Well Crafted Threats with Tamara Maynes – What’s Stopping You?

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 19th May 2011

Tamara continues to inspire and challenge us this week with her Well Crafted Threats – What’s Stopping YOU?! Don’t forget that every day Tamara is giving away a Cross-stitch Starter Pack to one lucky reader, leave a by 10.00pm to be in the draw to win! – Jenny x

By far the biggest and most exciting project I am currently working on is my first book proposal!  Getting these wheels in motion hasn’t required a threat so much as this corker of a question – WHAT’S STOPPING YOU? I know some wonderful creatives who have had their work published – Shannon Fricke, Megan Morton, Fleur Wood and Emma Magenta… so the notion was not unfamiliar to me. A dream for many years, this challenging suggestion now glared at me until I realised there was actually nothing stopping me!

With all aspects of said proposal now underway and the help of two super clever members of my extended creative family, it is shaping up to be a very special book indeed. I wish I could post a taste for your reading pleasure… but alas this project remains under lock and key until I have secured the perfect publisher. Hint hint…

The only thing to do under such secretive circumstances is offer suggestions and inspirations from which you can draw your own conclusion. Below are some influential books, marry them with my signature take on craft and decorative arts, appetite for all things interiors and love of a custom diy project. Failing that subscribe to my mail outs and I will let you know the minute it hits the shelves!

*UPDATE – thanks so much for all your entries!  Congratulations to comment #2 – Susan!  Don’t forget, Tamara is giving away a kit each day so you still have 1 more chance to win. Get commenting folks!

My all time hands down favourite diy book, Tossed & Found by design duo Wary Meyers.

I love vintage craft and decorating books and am slowly building my collection. The simple cover art of Crafts Design – An Illustrated Guide published in 1962 is perfection.

Does anyone not love Fornasetti and the visual treat of striking black and white?! Designer Of Dreams is completely inspirational.

The Selby Is In Your Place is the interiors book I just can’t get enough of, and this house (right), an 18th century saltbox style on Long Island has got the goods.

Tamara x

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 19th May 2011


  • Mary 5 years ago

    A very motivating threat.

  • Susan 5 years ago

    I would like to have my crafty way with a stater pack. V. Downtown park. I can see a project coming on.

  • Katie 5 years ago

    Absolutely agreed on The Selby’s feature on that salt box house..they have a bearskin rug(!) from my recollection

  • Kathleen 5 years ago

    The cover of ‘The Selby is in your place’ has got to be one of my favourite book covers of all time. I’m considering framing it!

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    Happy to add your book to my Art/Craft/Design book collection, anyone who’s cool with a needle, has my support!

  • suzie 5 years ago

    Looking forward to reading it.

  • Prue 5 years ago

    Love Tamara’s cool stitching….just have to work out what to say with the starter pack.

  • Dyani 5 years ago

    Congrats on the book, can’t wait to see the finished product :)

    Thanks for today’s ‘threat’ – booking myself into Italian classes right now!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    I am very much looking forward to the book – and I loved your cross stitch workshop in Melbourne last year – can you do a doily workshop down here soon?

  • Nichola 5 years ago

    I love the Selby too. Looking forward to seeing your book!

  • sally M 5 years ago

    Cross stitch never went out of style…..I still have the ones I made as a child in my childrens rooms….

  • di 5 years ago

    ohhh looking forward to your book Tamara, loved the images of your home in Inside Out.

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    Go girl!

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