One of these days I am going to have some free time. I just know it! I'm going to do some gardening, read my new Murakami novel, get out my Holbein gouache and make some paintings and colour code my winter wardrobe. I may even get prepared and pre-make this Christmas' bonbons rather than send myself into the usual panic come December 24.

Or do you know what I might do? I might make myself a nice Earl Grey tea, crack open the Iced Vovo's, and set myself up for a craft day with the lovely Pip Lincolne's new book Meet Me at Mikes. With 26 craft projects - all of which are more Cool-Melbourne-Craft-Chic than Nana-Craft (though I must admit, I am rather prone to a crochet coat hanger myself) this is one book you won't want to miss out on!

The amazing Pip has this to say about her new book:

The book is chock full of beautiful photos, projects and how-tos on all the basic things like sewing, knitting, crochet and embroidery. The projects range from simple screen printing, to making a mobile from paper ephemera, to clothing for crafty girls and babies, to making cute soft toys. There are things for the playroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom too! There are great gifty things to make for your Mum or your best friend (could be handy with Mother's Day looming?!)

Most projects are for beginners - but there are a couple of trickier things to keep the clever crafters happy too - and even if you've never made things before, this book will show you how. Instructions are fun and friendly - and all terms and techniques are shown clearly - assuming you are a complete beginner, so don't be scared!

Maybe it's time you made your Nanna proud and got into a bit of Contemporary Craft?! (Because it's really just a new-fangled version of her old-fashioned techniques!) Have fun making stuff!

You can buy the book at all good bookstores - or online here and here.

P.S. While you are waiting for your book to arrive check out Pip's blog! Or get involved in her Words and Pictures blog links. You could also join Pip's Brown Owls craft club. But better still, why don't you knit a Nana-Style Square blanket following these instructions.