Book Review | Oh Joy!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I picked up a bunch of reads recently. Thankfully, the library had a bunch of books I've been wanting to take home. It feels nice walking out with a bunch of amazing books without spending a dime. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share a little mini review about my reads to hold myself accountable to actually finishing the darn things. Yes, I'm one of those. By "those" I mean someone who NEVER finishes books. So bad. I also thought you guys would enjoy this and possibly get inspired in some way.
2016 ｅｖｅ Picked up a bunch of reads by influential ladies in the blogging community, and I'm so excited to flip through these pages and learn a few things. I wanted to start 2016 being inspired and excited, so here's to that! Thank you all who have joined me this year and showed me just how real my dreams are. A lot of fun stuff ahead! 💕 Happy New Year!!! 💜 Tap for details. #hellolovelyliving #2016
The first book I decided to delve into was Oh Joy! mainly because it is so colorful and bubbly. I actually skimmed through almost every single page before I even left the library, so that kinda speaks for itself as to how eye-catching the photos are in this book. When I actually sat down to read it, I wasn't as wowed as I would've been because I had already ruined the surprise for myself.
Oh Joy! was created by Joy Cho of ohjoy.blogs.com, and the thing that inspires me about this book is that she is also a blogger and has reached incredible success. She is doing so many amazing things that I can only dream of doing in the future like creating her own line of products! She created this book to share some of her tips, but it is mainly filled with tons of DIY projects that are super fun.
One of the tips that I really loved and benefitted from was how to style patterns because I've always been hesitant when it comes to mixing and playing with patterns. She explains how to mix two patterns by choosing one that is simple and one that is more fanciful.
I also liked her tips on how to create color palettes by choosing a base palette then adding an unexpected pop of color. She is known for her vibrant use of color, so I'm pretty sure she knows a thing or two in this area.
Her ideas are very whimsical and add that touch of cheer. I especially love how she adds flowers in unexpected places, like these party hats. So very cute. I could definitely see myself putting flowers any and everywhere! Thanks, Joy, for telling me that it's totally okay so that no one can question me!
Her DIYs are super easy and fun, so this book is perfect for anyone who loves to make things that are bright and colorful. Some of my favorite DIYs were the Edible Confetti p.22, Alphabet Fruit p. 84, Pop-up-wrap p. 94, and Ombre Fruit Vases p. 140.
There are so many clever ideas in here that basically take something simple and add color and whimsy to make it bring a smile to your face. She also provides some templates at the end of the book so that you can create these DIYs with ease.
Overall, I really enjoyed Oh Joy! and would recommend it in a heartbeat. It's so nice to open up a book that cheers you up and that inspires you to really take that extra step to make something ordinary, special.
I hope you enjoyed this mini review of sorts. I'm inspired to make more DIYs for you guys and to really get creative with it. It would be amazing to one day have a book like Oh Joy!
What books are you currently reading? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!