What you need to know about the Decor & Creativity category of products in the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
If you are reading this blog, or have come from my newsletter, chances are good that you want to create with your own hands. It’s one of the many things that drew me to knitting. And I’m guessing that it’s at least part of what drew you to knitting as well.
The 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle launches today, and I absolutely love its incredible diversity of product categories. And for me (and quite possibly for you, too), the most exciting category is Decor & Creativity.
I’m going to give you a great big spoiler right at the beginning: in my opinion, this category alone makes the UHB price tag of $29.97 worthwhile!
But let’s dig into the knitty-gritty (get it?) of this category. Today I’m going to look at all 9 products (not counting my own — you can take a look here to see all you could possibly want to know about it!). I’m giving you my honest opinions about these products. That way, you can decide for yourself if this bundle is something you’d be interested in.
So let’s begin!
Please note: I am an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking one of my Ultimate Homemaking Bundle links, I may receive a commission. Thank you so much for supporting Knitting for Charity!
Products Available in the Decor & Category of the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
Basic Hand Stitches
Brush Lettering 101
Embroidery for Beginners
Hand Lettering: Greeting Words & Phrases for Cards & Notes
How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home
How to Pick the Perfect Color Palette
Quote Decor: Simply September Collection
Redesign Your Home
Simply Home Sewn
Swaying with the Wind: a Charity Knitting Pattern Collection
Basic Hand Stitches: eCourse by Angi Schneider
Description: This course is great for anyone who wants to learn to sew by hand.
This course is exactly what it says on the tin! When you go through this course, you’ll learn the most basic hand stitches that you need to know in order to sew anything by hand.
I liked that the videos are nice and clear; as someone who struggles at times with video, I was envious of how lovely hers are. You can easily see her demonstrations.
The course itself is easy to access, and believe me, that’s no small thing. I’ve gone through some courses that felt like just accessing it was one long series of hoops.
I enjoyed learning the actual names of basic stitches. Most of them, I already knew, but it was nice to learn what they’re actually called! Now I feel like I can discuss them intelligently.
I also love how she encourages sew-ers to embrace “wobbly” stitches. If you tend to be like me and worry that your stitches are too wonky to be effective, Angi puts your fears to rest. “They just show that your project was hand-made with love.” I love that!
She shows exactly how you can finish off every stitch, and for me that was really helpful.
These stitches can all be used easily by a knitter or crocheter who wants to seam his/her finished work. You can easily use yarn and a tapestry needle and create all these stitches. (I’m really looking forward to trying the blanket stitch for just that reason.)
One really excellent thing about this course is that you can easily go through it in an afternoon. All the video lessons are very short; none is more than 3 minutes long.
The only thing I didn’t love about this course is that sometimes the video is inconsistent. Now this might have since been fixed, but when I went through it, one of the video got super slow, and then the audio at the end was cut off. Also, a couple of the videos cut off abruptly at the end.
Overall, this is a terrific learning-to-sew-by-hand course that I highly recommend.
Brush Lettering 101: eCourse by Shelby Abrahamsen
Description: Shelby designed this self-paced eCourse to cover everything a complete beginner needs to know about brush lettering.
Full disclosure: this course, plus the Hand Lettering eBook I’ll discuss later, were my two favorites in this whole category. Most likely, that’s because I was already interested in lettering before I began looking these products.
I really love the way they fit so perfectly together!
The introductory video of this course made me want to dive in immediately! Not only were the videos lovely and very high-quality, but just watching her letter made me want to jump in with her.
I loved her explanation of brush versus what she called “bullet” pens. I’ve seen brush pens at Hobby Lobby for months, and I’ve wondered what made them different. Shelby explains this very well.
Speaking of supplies, Shelby gives a thorough rundown of the supplies you’ll need to get started. Not a set of expensive tools for the expert, but some practical tools for the beginner.
Her technique lessons are impeccable, and that’s what really made me want to dive in! She also offers good tips for proper hand/arm movements. (Her best tip is absolutely ingenious. I’ve already started it, and it’s made such a difference in my technique.)
She also offers drill worksheets and explains how to use them. They’re absolutely fantastic, and I’ve been using them like crazy to get the hang of the movements required.
The only thing I would change in this course is the position of the practice worksheets. I found it a little strange that she placed them at the beginning . I think it would be better to put them at the end. But that might just be my own quirk. Some people might prefer to follow along on the worksheets as they go through the course.
That’s a really minor quibble, though. I absolutely love this course!
Embroidery for Beginners: the Basics: eCourse by Morgan Roberts
Description: Anyone can embroider! Morgan is going to teach you how.
The videos are absolutely gorgeous and of the highest quality. I also really loved that you don’t have to sign up in a portal, the way you do in so many eCourses. All you have to do is download the videos to your computer and watch them at your leisure. You don’t even need an Internet connection once you’ve downloaded!
I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the different kinds of embroidery floss. It’s great information for future reference. I also enjoyed her finishing tips.
I found this course to be extremely basic. Which does not mean the course is lying; it is, after all, called “embroidery for beginners.” I was hoping for a little more instruction, but she does give you exactly what you need to start embroidery, down to some terrific templates.
Also, I was hoping that some of her embroidery techniques would be suitable for embroidering knitted or crocheted fabric. Some of it is, but a lot of it would need considerable alteration in tactics before you can use it on yarncrafted fabric.
Still, it is an ideal course for someone who as never embroidered before but would like to learn.
Hand Lettering: Greeting Words & Phrases for Cards & Notes: Printable PDF by Viktoria Andersson
Description: This workbook will help you become a pro at drawing words and phrases commonly used in greeting cards and notes.
I found two things about this particular product awesome. First, it is a great companion, as I mentioned earlier, to Brush Lettering 101. When you’re finished with the Brush Lettering quotes and have nailed the drills, the printables here are a great next step.
Second, this PDF comes with a bonus: Viktoria’s Beginners Guide to the Art of Hand Lettering eBook. She normally sells this for $27, but for Ultimate Homemaking Bundle customers, you’ll get it free!
This eBook has lots of terrific tips and assistance that also complements Brush Lettering 101. Take the two together, and your lettering will be unstoppable!
As for the words and phrases themselves, I found tons of terrific variety. I liked how she offered a multitude of ways to say the same thing, just using different words. And, I enjoyed the variety of lettering styles. Whether you prefer cursive or print lettering, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here.
Honestly, this plus the Brush Lettering 101 course alone are, in my opinion, worth the $29.97!
How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home – eBook by Jann Newton
Description: In this eBook, you’ll learn the step-by-step process that Jann Newton uses to choose paint colors for her own home and for her clients.
This is a great book to read WELL before you have any rooms to paint. I don’t recommend waiting to read it until you have rooms to paint, because you might feel frustrated.
Jann recommends you go through several steps before you actually go to the paint store and start looking for colors. This is a really good idea, and you’ll see why in her book. But again, if you’re just ready to START PAINTING ALREADY, you’ll get annoyed by her tips. (Even though they’re really good!)
I loved this book’s beautiful photography, and it really is filled with valuable information. It’s also a very quick read — just under 20 pages.
For anyone who believes you’ll want to paint any room in your house in the future, this book is excellent.
How to Pick the Perfect Color Palette for Adult Coloring, Art Projects, Graphic Design & More: eCourse by JoDitt Williams
Description: JoDitt Williams of JoDitt Designs shares her secrets to choosing colors that give your projects that WOW factor.
I was very excited about this eCourse, and at first my excitement faded when I realized that the title does not lie. This really is geared toward adult coloring projects.
But having said that, even though this eCourse is very much tailored to coloring projects, there’s still lots of extremely beneficial information for fiber artists. (Or artists of any kind!)
I liked the fact that her eCourse leads up to a project that you can turn into a card, if you’d like. That’s a really hands-on, practical way to use what she teaches.
JoDitt offers really practical reasons for picking a color palette in advance of starting a project. In fact, this REALLY resonated with me, as a knitter, and I imagine it would do the same for crocheters too!
She also offers great suggestions for finding and capturing color inspiration. I especially loved her suggestion to use Pinterest. What a great idea that definitely works well for fiber artists! (You do use Pinterest, right? It’s an incredible resource for knitters, and I use it all the time!)
By the time I’d finished only the 2nd module, I was completely inspired to start paying a lot more attention to color inspiration in my life! Seriously, my mind was blown by all her incredible ideas.
The bonuses to this eCourse are wonderful. They extend color palette choice far beyond adult coloring and into website design, art projects, and more.
This eCourse takes a lot longer than some of the others in this category, but it’s not needlessly so. JoDitt packs a ton of information into these videos.
She’s really inspired me to look at color palettes in a whole new way!
Quote Decor: Simply September Collection: PDF Printable by Lindsay Bartlett
Description: Sharing fun and unique ways she incorporates quotes into her daily life, Lindsay also provides a large list of top decorating quotes and easily downloadable printables to decorate with yourself.
For me, this collection had a dual feature. First, the printables themselves are beautiful and can easily be used as artwork. But if you’re going on a lettering tear like I am, you’ll also find these printables perfect for lettering inspiration.
The quotes themselves are sweet and inspiring. However, some folks might find some of them overly sappy. (I didn’t, but I know that my taste tends toward “sappy.” So be aware!)
While only 10 quotes and printables are offered here, she does give you a link to sign up for more quotes. And finally, she offers great ideas for how to use these quote printables as decor.
Redesign Your Home: An Interior Designer’s Secret Steps to Redesign your Space (within your budget): eCourse by Angela Block
Description: In this simple, hands-on video tutorial, you will learn how to redesign your own space in just an afternoon using what you already own!
There was a lot to love about this eCourse. I loved her beautiful videos, and I also appreciated (a LOT) that she included a workbook. The workbook is super-helpful, and I wouldn’t recommend going through this course without it.
Her modules regarding furniture movement, hanging artwork, and arranging accessories were extremely helpful. Especially for a person like me with very limited interior design skill!
Going through this eCourse made me want to rearrange my whole house!
There were a few things that I wasn’t fond of. For one thing, at times the sound seemed a little off — the music is lovely, but sometimes it seemed to overpower Angela’s voice.
I also felt, at times, like she used terms that most people (like me) wouldn’t know. In particular, she used words like “unfunction” and “anchoring” and seemed to assume all would know what these meant.
Although I found the workbook helpful, I also thought it was a little strangely designed. I also think the inspiration information should have been placed closer to the beginning of the workbook.
(I’m also not sure how you discuss inspiration without mentioning Pinterest! She might have had a good reason for leaving it out, though.)
Overall, this was a fun eCourse that offered really good information for redesigning your own space. The quibbles I had with it were really just that, “quibbles.”
Simply Home Sewn: eBook by Chelsea Briner
Description: Get sewing for your own home with Simply Home Sewn. These 7 printable PDF sewing patterns can help make your home organized, comfy, and simply handmade.
The patterns are beautiful and look easy to follow. The eBook has a helpful glossary at the beginning, especially for beginners. I also liked how the patterns include pieces to print and use as templates.
(And because I’m a knitter, it got me wondering if I could use the templates to knit the fabric and then sew the pieces together?!)
This eBook offers cute patterns that I think anyone can easily sew. I do think it goes well with the Basic Hand Stitches eCourse. Kind of like the Brush Lettering 101 eCourse complements the Hand Lettering: Greeting Words and Phrases eBook so well.
I think it’s a terrific eBook, and it offers a great jumping off point for anyone wanting to add beauty and their own creative touch to their homes.
A quick word about my own eBook, Swaying with the Wind: a Charity Knitting Pattern Collection
I’m really honored that my eBook was chosen to be among so many incredible creative endeavor eBooks and eCourses.
First of all, if you know absolutely nothing about it, feel free to check out the sales page here.
If you’ve already purchased this eBook, that’s awesome! I don’t think it should stop you from ordering the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, unless you’re interested strictly in knitting and nothing else.
But if you’re interested in expanding your crafty or or other creative horizons, I think this collection is so very worth investing in!
If you have NOT purchased my eBook yet, then I really, REALLY encourage you to consider the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! For just $10 more, you’ll get my eBook plus so many other top-notch creative resources!
Ready to buy now? Go ahead and click the graphic below to be taken to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sales page!
Still on the fence? No worries. You still have a few more days to decide. And tomorrow, I’m going to be previewing the products in the Organization category. So stay tuned!