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Sundew,byΒ Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,Β using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.


I am very fortunate in that I get many lovely craft books sent to me to review. I love looking through them and telling you about them, and often will pass them on to you.

But very rarely (if ever) do I get a book that makes me go “Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” as soon as I clap eyes on it. But squee I did when I pulled this baby out of its mailing envelope last week:


This is The Polymer Clay Cookbook: Tiny Food Jewelry to Whip Up and Wear by Jessica and Susan Partain. Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, its release date is today, October 20.

And oh my gosh and golly. My first instinct was to take photos of every freaking page to show you. But that would be wrong.

The authors, Jessica and Susan, are sisters. In the introduction they explain that they’ve been playing with polymer clay since childhood. They talk about their relationship with food — how it evokes memories and emotions, and ties to places and times of our lives. So what could be better than to create a “Cookbook” of miniature polymer clay jewelry in the shape of favorite foods?

They start with a section of great information about polymer clay and how to work with it.


This section is extremely comprehensive and covers types of polymer clay, tools that you need, and includes a lot of great information about working and baking the clay and adding color and glazes to your masterpieces. Included in this section is a recipe for a sugar scrub that will remove excess clay from your hands.

Next is a chapter called “Jewelry-Making 101: Tools and Techniques.”


This covers supplies, tools and techniques that you need to turn your tiny clay masterpieces into charms, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc. There’s even a great section on bead stringing — beads can really enhance your mini-food jewelry.

Now we get to the really fun stuff: the recipes for tiny foods.

These are divided into five chapters: Fresh Fruit, Morning Favorites, Savory Entrees, Sweet-Tooth Delights and Other Treats, and Holiday Goodies. The photos here had me squeeing all over again.

Check out this banana bracelet.


And who the heck doesn’t want a bacon and eggs ring? Seriously.


Or taco earrings?


Or would you prefer soft pretzel earrings?


And of course, the ultimate Thanksgiving accessory: a pumpkin pie necklace!


My only question — is that whipped cream or Cool Whip on those pie slices? πŸ˜‰

An added bonus: a recipe or two for a real (i.e. edible) treat is included in each of these sections. A very nice touch!

Believe it or not, I’m going to give my review copy away to one of you. You may ask why, since I’m squeeing all over the place about this book. The answer is simple: if I were to keep this book I would very quickly find myself surrounded by pounds of polymer clay and jewelry findings and my poor knitting would languish unloved for an extended period of time. Yes, I have a compulsive personality.

Ah yes, I remember The Unfortunate Incident of the Bead Stringing Class back around 1989. I took one innocent class in bead stringing and very quickly found myself taking more classes, and more classes, surrounded by piles and piles of jewelry supplies. I gave away all my jewelry supplies a few years ago and I don’t need to become obsessed once again, thank you very much.


So leave a comment to this post if you’d like to have this book, but do so at your own peril. It is addictive!

(Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

The Random Number Generator will select a winner next Monday, October 26, noon-ish.

Lucy Sez:


“Are there salmon earrings in that book?”

P.S. — yesterdays pile o’ packages? Mostly boring non-yarn household items. Sorry to disappoint.

P.P.S. — Lucy loves the cleaning lady. She always enjoys the days that Miss Jackie comes to play with her clean the house. The only part she does not like is the vacuum cleaner, and Jackie thoughtfully does that last.


  1. I soooo wanttt this book! pick me, pretty please!

  2. My DH claims to be an amateur artist, although we’ve been married almost 2 years and I have yet to see him in action. Maybe I could convince him to make stitch markers for me and my friends! Then it won’t cut into my knitting time. πŸ™‚

  3. oh wow… all of the stuff is adorable!

  4. OOooo! Reminds me of a booth I saw at DC Crafty Bastards ( last year. Fun!!!
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Roxi loves the low window! =-.

  5. What awesome jewelry! Do you think people would judge an overweight woman who wears food jewelry?

  6. I agree those would make very cute stitch markers.

  7. I’ll take the risk to the knitting!

  8. Oh heaven and joy… I would be in absolute heaven if i won. I was thrilled to even see the post after the insane garbage day I had yesterday… i love the idea of the bacon and egg ring, i have a friend this is perfect for (one of those people who bacon should be a part of EVERYTHING… including bacon cupcakes…!)

  9. Oh, tiny banana stitch markers – I can see it now!

  10. I love your knitting, and the book looks lovely as well.

  11. It sounds and looks sweeeeeeeeet!!!

  12. That is amazing! I feel another obsession coming on! πŸ˜‰

  13. OMG! This book looks amazing! As it is, I collect mini food so all I need is to start making it! I’ll never make dinner again! lol

  14. That book looks absolutely delicious! Count me in!

  15. Yup, want that book — want it *bad*.

  16. Pumpkin pie necklace!!!!!!!

  17. Oh, please draw my name. I NEED that book!!

  18. Oh I want that book!

  19. What a cool awesome book! I love polymar clay and all the wonderful things you can do with it. If the wonderful random generator doesn’t pick me that’s going on the christmas list!

  20. Wow. Irresistible. Looks like so much fund.

  21. I just might have to buy that one! Too cool!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Lorna’s Laces Swirl DK SALE =-.

  22. I think I may have almost every book on Polymer Clay, except this one. What a great addition to my library–and oh, so much fun!

  23. OMG – I bought a few pounds of clay to take a clay class, which got cancelled because the teacher was ill, and she NEVER rescheduled. SO, I need the book to do something with all the clay sitting on the floor in my dining room!

  24. That book looks like a hoot! I think whoever wins it should make you a banana bracelet. πŸ™‚

  25. This book spoke to me! I would love to share it with my sister. I could totally see us working on something like this together! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Think of all the cute stitch markers!!!!! *swoon*

  27. I’d squeal too, if the Random Number Generator chose me!

    I already have the clay and the pasta machine…now time…time might be an issue.

  28. jo morgan says:

    I had to leave a comment since I have a bunch of polymer clay from a class taken a number of years ago. The book looks like great fun!

  29. I have been lurking here for a while and that book is so cute that it made me pluck up the courage to post! Even if i didn’t win, i think i would have to find a copy anyway. πŸ˜€
    .-= Georgina´s last blog ..Experimitten =-.

  30. Rachel Peterson says:

    I would love to own this book. Not that I need a new addiction, but it would be a nice offshoot to try my hand at. (Did that make sense? Probably not.)

  31. I would love a copy of this book! It looks like it would be so inspirational.
    .-= Yvonne´s last blog ..Late October Sale! =-.

  32. Squee is right!!! What a marvelous book. I’m envious of your book review opportunities. Does Lucy pre-screen any of them for you? Cheers.

  33. I can see how it might well be dangerous, but I’d like it anyway! Thanks for offering it up.

  34. How extremely smokin’ cool is that jewelry!

  35. Hope your trip to Oklahoma goes well. Would love to have the book.

  36. That is one craft I haven’t tried yet. Must have now.
    .-= Tracy C.´s last blog ..When they say Flash Flood, you better listen! =-.

  37. I am enjoying my lunch AND your blog at the same time! Maybe I’ll be the correct random number generated. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pics!

  38. The first thing I thought of when I saw the book is food stitch markers!!! I make you some if I win the book

  39. What a great book. Just love all of those cute foodies! Please, please feel generous to a non-blogger but very serious blog reader!

  40. HelenKathleen says:

    I would make the food in the book for my dollhouse, another addictive hobby!!!

  41. Oh. My. Gorsh. Little food! *dies from the cute*

  42. Oooh! Put me in the book drawing please!

  43. Please enter me in the tiny food book giveaway.
    .-= Carmen´s last blog ..Eradication, quilting and sparkles =-.

  44. Please? Please oh number generator! I have the jewelry supplies. I just need the book and the hundred pounds of clay!
    .-= Carol L Simmons´s last blog ..Glinda! =-.

  45. Heather R. says:

    How cute! Thanks so much for offering up the giveaway.

  46. Awww.. yay for little polymer things! That book looks awesome!

  47. You are so sweet and sharing of the crafty goodness! I lurve polymer clay! You can do the neatest stuff with it – I am hereby crossing my fingers…

  48. I need this book like I need another hole in the head. Love it!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..good byes =-.

  49. Those pretzel earrings are so cute. You know you want to start playing with polymer clay.

  50. Oh, that looks like a fun book! I am thinking food-themed polymer clay stitch markers now…
    .-= Becki´s last blog ..Flowers aren’t the only colorful things in those fields. =-.

  51. It was the pretzel earrings that got me…what a fun book! Thanks for the chance! Salmon wishes for Lucy, safe travel for you!

  52. helene harris says:

    um yeah absolutely incredible.
    thanks for the chance!!!!!!!
    squee right back atcha!

  53. Dr. Jackie says:

    Yummy, yummy. Just think of all those little food bead stitch markers you could make!!!

  54. I love this; i have some cute pumpkin pie stitch markers made from polymer clay!
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Maryland Sheep & Wool 2009 =-.

  55. ok so the video made me want the book…
    .-= HAEdwards´s last blog ..Going rather quickly! =-.

  56. Oh, okay. Come on, Random Number Generator! I don’t need a new hobby, but I want one . . πŸ™‚

  57. So cute. If I don’t win, I’ll probably have to buy a copy for my sister.

  58. Holy cow, that food is supercute! I’ve always wondered how they create cute things with it. . .

  59. Oh my GOSH! I totally love the idea behind this book!

  60. OH! these are adorable, what a fun book! I think these would really be neat to make into stitch markers etc, maybe gingerbread men for Christmas knitting? I would love this book.

  61. What a great giveaway.

  62. It looks like a great book. I’d love to be entered into the drawing.

  63. I have a student who’s an avid builder of dollhouses. She would love this book πŸ™‚

  64. Michelle O. says:

    My 13 year old daughter would love that book. She has exhausted her interest in origami and is looking for a new craft. She made me the beaded stitch markers I am using now. Her fav is the ice cream cone.

  65. Michelle O. says:

    Cool! I got a Purple People Eater avatar.

  66. That bacon and egg ring kills me!

  67. I’ve loved working in polymer clay for years!! Yes it is addictive and I do have tons of clay. I will definitely have to add this book to my library. Thanks for sharing!

  68. The book looks delicious and my daughter would love trying some out.

  69. Oh, my! I still have all my polymer clay supplies and all my jewelry supplies. This looks like so much fun that I might have to drag them all out again.
    .-= LoriG´s last blog .. =-.

  70. I notice you said that ‘MOST’ of the packages were non-yarn stuff. Hmmm!

    That book has my younger daughter’s name all over it. If I’m not fortunate enough to be a lucky number, it will definitely be an idea for a holiday present!
    .-= Cathy-Cate´s last blog ..Illustrated Book Report: The Odyssey =-.

  71. What a cute book! I, too, have a compulsive personality where making things is concerned. I tend to collect all sorts of craft items, and things that could become craft items. My knitting stash is one case in point. Well, we won’t go there. Have a great trip.

  72. I have no experience working with clay, I do with food. The book looks intriguing and I say that with proper regard to the risk involved in exploring another addictive hobby form.

  73. Stephanie R says:

    Oooo-another great book I would love to win!

  74. Clay food looks fun! And diet-friendly. I love the pumpkin pie necklace.

    Thanks for the introduction to I am seriously in love with the two girls in the current litter, Luella and Millie. And I live close enough to go and get them!

  75. I’ve been wanting to learn how to make my own row counters, and what could be more fun than combining two of my very favorite things: Knitting and Food!!
    .-= Cricket54´s last blog ..Busy, Busy Month =-.

  76. Wow, the hamburger video made it look so easy. I’ve been tryiing to make buttons….and not very successful yet…

  77. Yummy looking goodies in that book.

    I have been away, and missed you and Lucy.


  78. Holy crap, you have a lot of responses already! But I’m throwing my name in the hat anyway cause I’d love to win this for my daughter. We spent many, many hours when she was little creating things with polymer clay and I know she’d love this book!
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..More Rhinebeck! =-.

  79. How cute would the teeny tiny bits of food be at the end of stitch markers!?!? WAY too cute. It’s been so long since I’ve played with polymer clay but how fun it would be!

  80. Ooooh, want want want that book

  81. I’d love that book. It looks like so much fun and something I can do with the grandgirl when she gets bigger.

  82. Count me in! I already have the findings just need the book now…

  83. I would love to win this! Please random generator pick me!

  84. linda lee says:

    cool idea to make food things.

  85. Love to create fun projects using polymer clay with DD#2. Her birthday is in 11 days!

  86. Hi Wendy,

    Please add me to the list of hopefuls for the book.

    Thank you for the opportunity!


  87. I already have the clay. Now, maybe I could actually learn how to make something presentable.

  88. Jasmin Nyack says:

    Oh!!! i want so i can make chirstmas presants πŸ™‚ yay for either stitch markers or charms πŸ™‚ (for all those weird non knitters out there….)

  89. What a cute book. My girls and I would have so much fun doing those little bitty food charms.

  90. I’ll jump in and say I’d love the book, but not for me. I think my daughter would enjoy it, and it would make a lovely Christmas gift for her!
    Thanks for thinking of us!

  91. I love polymer clay! I so want to make stitch markers for my knitting friends this christmas!

  92. Oh my goodness, I love fake food! This is adorable.

  93. Cooking in miniature, gotta love it!

  94. Oh how cute! That would make a wonderful gift for my daughter…who would then have to make some wonderful gifts for me!
    .-= Katrina´s last blog ..Slouchy Red Hat =-.

  95. *delurk* I couldn’t resist entering – my husband always gets frustrated with me when I bring a new hobby home to go along with my yarn… and I’ve done jewelry before, maybe half a dozen times. And it’s the holiday season, so I of course need more excuses to be crafty πŸ™‚ Thanks for your inspiration, Wendy!
    .-= Ellie´s last blog ..Out of titles, clever or otherwise =-.

  96. Mary Beth says:

    I already have a polymer clay addiction and would love to add this book to my collection.

  97. Too cute! Please enter me in the drawing!

  98. Very cute! Please throw my name in the hat for that book. Not that I need a new obsession, either!

  99. That is pretty nifty. I was just thinking that it would be cool to work with polymer clay.

  100. This looks like a lot of fun!