Tiny House, Large Lifestyle!
Tiny homes are popping up across America, captivating people with their novel approach not only to housing, but to life. Once considered little more than a charming oddity, the tiny house movement continues to gain momentum among those who thirst for a simpler, "greener," more meaningful life in the face of society's "more is better" mindset.
This book explores the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle, helps you determine whether it's a good fit for you, and guides you through the transition to a smaller space. For inspiration, you'll meet tiny house pioneers and hear how they built their dwellings (and their lives) in unconventional, creative and purposeful ways. They'll invite you in, show you around their cozy abodes, and share lessons they learned along the way.
Inside you'll find everything you need to design a tiny home of your own: Worksheets and exercises to help you home in on your true needs, define personal goals, and develop a tiny house layout that's just right for you. Practical strategies for cutting through clutter and paring down your possessions. Guidance through the world of building codes and zoning laws. Design tricks for making the most of every square foot, including multi-function features and ways to maximize vertical space. Tours of 11 tiny houses and the unique story behind each. Tiny House Living is about distilling life down to that which you value most...freeing yourself from clutter, mortgages and home maintenance...and, in doing so, making more room in everyday life for the really important things, like relationships, passions and community. Whether you downsize to a 400-square-foot home or simply scale back the amount of stuff you have in your current home, this book shows you how to live well with less.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
From the Hardcover edition.
A beautiful landscape reflects well on your house, making it a welcome part of a neighborhood or native terrain. And it dramatically increases your home's value. Landscaping Basics For Dummies gets you started on turning the little patch of earth you call your own into a personal paradise.
Open the book and find:
Landscape designs for front, back, and side yards
How to choose and plant the right trees for your landscape
Choose and plant the right shrubs for your yard
Tips for landscaping a shady area
The biggest collection of crochet motifs. Period.
Crocheters can never get enough of granny squares--the cheerful, colorful motifs that are the basis of countless afghans, pillows, and baby blankets. The Big Book of Granny Squares is just that--the most comprehensive collection to date. Readers will enjoy 365 unique squares with swatches and step-by-step written instructions for each granny square pattern.
A lay-flat binding makes it easy for readers to check the crochet pattern while they work. Easy to use and inspirational, this is a go-to reference that crocheters will reach for again and again. Crocheters love granny squares and are sure to adore this--the biggest and best compendium of granny square patterns ever.
7 Days to Minimalist Living: A Stress-Free Guide to Declutter, Clean & Organize Your Home & Your Life
The Most Practical & Modern Guide to Living a Minimalist Lifestyle in 7 Days
Is your house overflowing with stuff that you don’t use or need? Clutter can:
• Overwhelm the senses
• Consume space
• Drain energy from our surroundings
• Cause stress and anxiety
This book will show you how to lighten up so you can walk into your home and be surrounded only by the things you love. Living in a minimalistic way means clearing the clutter from your life to focus on what’s truly important. Chances are, 75% of the things in your home are no benefit to your life at all. You’ll also find that throwing out a few garbage bags feels even better than therapy.
Why do you hold onto things? Here are just some of the reasons:
• Security—but the paradox is that the more we cling, the more frustrated and overwhelmed we feel.
• Addiction—shopping is a high and the novelty wears off.
• Approval—keeping material representations of who we are is one way we show off.
• Identity—we identify with what we own so that’s why we’re upset when something is stolen or broken.
• Obligation to others—we please others by keeping gifts and inherited things we don’t really like or need.
By letting go of possessions that no longer serves us, we can
• Let go of old beliefs
• Open ourselves up to new opportunities and relationships
• See your home, your life for what they really are
• Need less and do more
• Cultivate meaningful relationships
• Be more in tune with yourself in a meditative space
• Stop shopping as a form of therapy
• Stop wasting money
• Restore clarity
• FIND WHAT YOU REALLY VALUE
When you have inner clutter, it expands to your environment. So when you live in a clean and soothing environment, it can only benefit your inner life.
Don’t let the word minimalism scare you. Minimalistic living is not about getting rid of modern advancements and living in the stone age. It’s only about keeping things that are useful, meaningful and add value to your life. While it does not place importance on material things and lavish living, minimalism is also not about denying yourself of the things you need.
The guide is divided by different rooms and topics to make it easy and practical to refer to.
• Living Room
• Children’s Rooms
• Teen Rooms
• Computer & Technology
• Sentimental Objects
• Cards & Letters
This book also helps you
• Recognize Clutter
• Declutter, clean & organize your home room by room
• Sell your things for profit
• Shop for a minimalist wardrobe
• Get your family on board
• Declutter digital content and computer files
• Go car-free or car-lite
• Surround yourself with people who add value to your life
• Maintain your space once you’ve minimalized
Living with less is the first step to a peaceful mind. It makes space for the new to come in. Buy the book, put it into practice and welcome positive change into your life now.
Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more -- this is every crocheter's must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman's useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start one of these 20 exciting projects. The book includes eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project for their own holiday season.
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Great for new and experienced crocheters alike, Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers 200 stitches with detailed written, charted, and photographed instructions. This essential book presents 10 color-coded stitch sections: Basic stitches, Fans & Shells, Bobbles & Clusters, Spike stitches, Post stitches, Mesh & Filet, Cable stitches, Tunisian stitches, and more!
Learn each stitch with written, charted, and step-by-step photo instructions that clearly explain where the yarn goes each step of the way. In addition, each stitch pattern shows a large finished swatch in actual size.
You'll enjoy the colorful and eye-catching "candy-box" sampler pages that start every section. Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers excellent useful instruction and inspiration for all crocheters.
Its durability and flexibility make it perfect for creating everyday accessories such as belts, bracelets, buckles, necklaces, dog leashes and collars, key chains, and more. As you will see in Mikkelsen's book, this rope comes in various colors, from army green to hot pink, making it easy to personalize every type of project.
In Paracord!, you'll find step-by-step instructions that take you through every project. Each step is accompanied by a photo that clearly illustrates the process. In addition to learning how to make these accessories, Mikkelsen also includes introductory chapters preparing your paracord for crafting, tying different types of knots, and caring for and cleaning your completed paracord projects.
“Origami” comes from two Japanese
words: “ori” (to fold) and kami (paper). However, it has only been called
Origami since 1880. Before 1880, the art
of paper-folding was called Orikata.
It’s impossible to pinpoint how
Origami originated. The only concrete things we know about it is that it
originated in Japan and that it is strongly connected to the best oriental
values: patience, hard work and above everything else, the search for spiritual
From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.
Discover the secrets of color, shape, and scent the fun and easy way?
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned craftperson, this fun book offers everything you need to make beautiful, professional-looking candles and soaps at home. You get practical tips on dyeing and scenting wax, using unusual molds, adding embellishments to candles, working with soap ingredients, and even turning your hobby into a business!
Discover How To:Stock a safe & efficient work area Work with all types of wax Add color and scent to your projects Make melt-and-pour soaps Turn a hobby into a business
Packed with proven organizing systems and techniques, this guide shows you step-by-step how to break down organizing jobs into bite-size pieces, assemble the tools and supplies you'll need, and much more.
Open the book and find: How to make time to get organizedWays to personalize your organizing planTips for using containers to put everything in placeAdvice on how to train your mind to be organized
The bestselling, most comprehensive guide to home improvements has been revised and updated once again since it's revision in 2005. Over 10 million copies of READER’S DIGEST COMPLETE DO-IT-YOURSELF MANUAL have been sold since it's original publication in 1973. In 2005, the manual got bigger and better than ever, when The Family Handyman and Reader’s Digest joined forces and completely revised, updated, rewrote, and redesigned this home improvement classic. Now in 2014, The Family Handyman has once again updated and revised this do-it-yourself classic to make it relevant to today’s homeowners and DIYers..
Written in a style of text that addresses readers in a very accessible, conversational tone for easy, user-friendly assistance with every do-it-yourself task. All instructions and materials have been updated to address current codes (electrical, plumbing and building), and revised to indicate the very latest in materials, tools, and technology. Suitable for beginners and experts alike, this newly revised edition includes:
• Over 3,000 photos and illustrations to make complex projects and repairs easy to understand
• Twice as many storage projects that help home owners cut clutter
• New building materials that yield great-looking, long-lasting results—and low maintenance!
• New technology that lets homeowners save energy, add convenience or improve security.
• New building codes that make homes safer, more energy-efficient and trouble-free.
The book’s tried-and-true instructions provide do-it-yourself solutions to a ton of problems that could cost a fortune if you had to hire a professional. This manual is a “must-have” reference guide for every home-owning man or woman.
Criminal Crafts: From D.I.Y. to F.B.I. Outlaw Projects for Scoundrels, Cheats, and Armchair Detectives
Criminals attract an audience. People admire the sneakiness and creativity of the profession while cursing the dastardly outcomes. So why not have all of the tricks without the trade? Criminal Crafts brings together illicit behavior and artistic expression with dark humor in this do-it-yourself project book. Author Shawn Bowman focuses on original crafts and recipes themed in noir, murder, retro espionage, pulp fiction, mafia, and voodoo.
Crafters and mischief lovers alike will love this book of 30 projects revolving around notorious criminals and their activities. From John Dillinger's soap gun to Bonnie Parker's gunshot poetry journal, readers will find themselves both amused and intrigued with the devious creativity. Not to mention how impressed party guests will be when they show up to Flaming Amy cocktails and cocktail bars stashed in violin cases. And just wait until you show off your shiv cozy! From the practical to the classically kitsch, Criminal Crafts are art projects readers will love.
Some of Bowman’s notorious crafts are available online at www.criminalcrafts.etsy.com, and you can follow Criminal Crafts at www.criminalcrafts.com and via Twitter and Facebook.
Known and prized around the world in the form of the "Irish fisherman's sweater," Aran knitting originated generations ago in the chilly, windswept islands of Galway Bay. The seafaring Aran Islanders developed a distinctive method of crafting heavy wool into snug garments resistant to the stormiest weather. These clothes also happen to be extremely stylish, with distinctive, highly textured patterns of cables and ropes.
Suitable for novices to the Aran style as well as for experienced knitters, this guide offers start-to-finish advice. More than 20 patterns, illustrated by 117 close-up photographs, include:
• Traditional fisherman's sweater
• Family sweater, with round, polo, or V-neck
• Jackets and coats
• Hat, mittens, and scarf set
• Cushion covers
Traditional Aran Knitting also explains the history of the craft and the meaning behind the coded "messages" woven into the unique Aran patterns.
The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. Here’s just a small sample of what’s inside:
The smartest thing you can do before going on vacation
Push a button and save $100
Be ready for any natural disaster
Make burglars bypass your house
The most effective way to cut heating and cooling costs
Clever shortcuts for home maintenance—indoors and out
Keep mice, ants and other invaders out of your house
Boost curb appeal without remodeling
What to do when the power goes out
The most common—and costly—homeowner mistakes
Eliminate noises, odors and other household irritations
Grow the best lawn on the block
Secret weapons pros use for easy, instant repairs
Make appliances last years longer
The key to drip-free faucets
Make your mower start right up—every time
Cures for damp basements
Exterminate mold and mildew
Pick a paint color you’ll love
Get faster downloads and better TV quality
Stop peeling paint
Plus, incredibly easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls, furniture and more!
Author Robin Wilson, plagued by allergies and asthma since infancy, has become an expert in Clean Design—creating allergen-reduced home environments that comfort and protect families. Using Wilson’s four principles of design—sustainable, reusable, recyclable, and nontoxic—every room in the home, from attic to basement and entryway to bedroom, can look sensational and stylish while reducing “your wheezing and sneezing.” Clean Design leads to amazing results: fewer allergy symptoms and asthma attacks, easier breathing, and better overall health.
Whether building a new home, renovating, or simply updating the design of their current home, Wilson offers suggestions for the best eco-friendly, healthy, nontoxic furniture, wall and floor coverings, and window treatments to dramatically improve indoor air quality and reduce household exposure to dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, dust mites, smoke, household chemicals, airborne toxins, and other allergy and asthma triggers. By making eco-friendly design choices, you will not only protect yourself and your loved ones, but also contribute to the health and sustainability of our planet at the same time.
Using traditional solutions, new methods, and some of her grandmother’s secrets, Wilson empowers you to incorporate Clean Design into your home, influencing your lifestyle, increasing your family’s wellness, and proving that “eco-friendly can be beautiful!”
This innovative collection features 35 simple, inexpensive projects that you can make from salvaged and upcycled materials -- cardboard, metal, plastic, and wood. The projects include tables, shelving units, chairs, lamps, and more, in a variety of styles. Many are stackable and easily portable, most can be made in a weekend, and all include instructions for disassembly and disposal when you’re ready to repurpose the materials. If you’d rather make than buy, these low-budget, high-style designs are just what you’re looking for.
Created for smart, aspiring young women, The REAL SIMPLE Guide to Real Life offers REAL SIMPLE's clever solutions for navigating adulthood with ease, confidence, and style. This essential handbook helps to simplify (and demystify) landing a job, finding an apartment, decorating on the cheap, cooking for one, dressing for work, organizing a small space, picking a mentor, writing a thank-you note (yes, they're still a thing)-plus all the know-how you need to deal with 401(k)s, kitchen fails, epic hangovers, messy roommates, and even messier breakups. Packed with useful 'Life 101' tips, the book also features essays from bestselling writers (including Cristina Henriquez and J. Courtney Sullivan) and advice from relatable and successful women (like Jessica Alba and Emmy Rossum) about what they wish they had known when they were starting out.The REAL SIMPLE Guide to Real Life is full of wit, wisdom, and practical information--a trusted, must-have resource for making every crazy, colorful day easier. Gift it to a recent graduate or young woman who aspires to have it all or keep for yourself as a reference to help you thrive in the real world.
Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans, and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. In Plastic-Free, she shows you how you can too, providing personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and individual solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.
Presenting both beginner and advanced steps, Terry includes handy checklists and tables for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals—Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create change on a larger scale. Fully updated for the paperback edition, Plastic-Free also includes sections on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren’t as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for those concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.
Indoor plants play a large role in the design and feel of a space. Focusing on indoor gardening--from small containers and vertical installations with air plants to unique tabletop creations--Rooted in Design provides readers with the means to create beautiful and long-lasting indoor landscapes. Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give, owners of the successful Sprout Home gardening stores, offer expert advice for choosing plant varieties and pairing them with unique design ideas. Sharing practical tips honed through hundreds of plant design classes, Heibel and DeGive tell readers everything they need to know to care for their one-of-a-kind green creations.
From the Hardcover edition.
Build some family fun--in the woodshop!
What could be better than spending some quality time with your kids? How about spending time with them in the woodshop? Perfect for any woodworker with kids, Build It with Dad features 22 woodworking projects that kids of all ages will love.
These easy-to-make projects will help you teach your kids how to correctly and safely use fundamental tools such as handsaws, hammers, screwdrivers, tape measures, and cordless drills. Best of all, they’ll have fun doing it! Projects include: Fun fantasy sword Working trebuchet Bird feeder Tabletop foosball game Display shelf for collectibles Candy dispenser And many other toys, games and gadgets! Woodworking is a great way to teach kids about using tools, instill a good work ethic, build self-confidence, and simply spend time together as a family. Complete with measured drawings and step-by-step color photos, the projects in this book will give kids creative skills and family memories they'll value the rest of their lives.
Some of the homes featured here emphasize environmental needs, while others are concerned with preserving cultural traditions or supporting societal and interpersonal needs—such as extended family dwellings. Each residence, however, exhibits solutions developed from a holistic point of view. These homes typically embrace the tropical climate rather than fight it, and illustrate how smart manipulation of air flows, light, shade, water, and landscaping sustain higher levels of comfort without resorting to air-conditioning.
In addition to profiling individual residences, Sustainable Luxury looks at the big picture, canvassing the most pressing issues—including changing demographics and lifestyles—and examining the available solutions. Anyone concerned with the future of our world will be fascinated by the houses presented here and the ways in which Singapore is leading the way in the development of residential architecture that is as luxurious as it is sustainable.
Edith Jordan shares some simple tips and tricks to Modernize Your Kitchen. Besides changing the colors, there is a host of things to do to make your kitchen meet with the new century. In this book, Edith Jordan shows you how.
Minimalism for Regular People
Are you tired of stuff owning your life? Do you feel your life is too cluttered to focus on the things which are important to you? Would you like to simplify your life without going crazy about it? Minimalism for Regular People: How to Simplify Your Life without Going Crazy about It was written for people who want to become minimalists, yet prefer to own more than 100 things or just one couch.
Minimalism Isn’t about Living Like a Monk
The book shares with you numerous examples on how to simplify and find balance in your life without following the dogmatic principles of extreme minimalism that are very difficult to apply for a regular person.
Here’s what you’ll learn from the book:
- how to escape the consumerist lifestyle
- why minimalism is NOT a new fad and has been with the humanity for hundreds of years
- how to achieve moderation in minimalism (I won’t tell you that you have to live with 100 things)
- a simple process to de-clutter your home without going crazy about it (it’s simple and ensures you won’t regret getting rid of your possessions)
- why acceptance is a necessary step toward a happier and simpler life
- why multi-tasking will clutter your life (and what to do about it)
- 5 currencies of minimalists (and none of them have anything to do with dollars, pounds, euros or yens)
- your greatest and least appreciated currency (all minimalists place this currency at the top of their pyramid of importance)
- 13 ways to adopt the minimalist mindset
- why buying more stuff will never lead to the true joy (and how to achieve it)
- the difference between simplification and impoverishment (most proponents of minimalism give advice that leads to impoverishment)
- how to deal with toxic relationships in your life (you don’t have to cut ties with all negative people in your life)
- how to clear your daily schedule and restore balance in your daily life
Do You Want to Live with Just 100 Things?
Who wants to live with just 100 things? Do you want to live with only the bare necessities and cuss every time you realize you only have two plates and three forks?
Life is meant to be enjoyed, and Minimalism for Regular People will teach you how to do it without unnecessary clutter (and zero extreme minimalism dogma).
P.S. All buyers will receive a free gift and access to exclusive content to help them simplify their lives.
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A Homeowner’s Guide to the Custom Home Building Process introduces the new homeowner to the paperwork and processes that it takes to build a home from the ground up. The Homeowner’s Guide walks you through contractor selection, bidding and contract administration, all the way to project completion. You will learn of some warning signs along the way, so you don’t get taken advantage of.
Building your new home can be an enjoyable experience, by educating yourself, staying positive, and visualizing the outcome—your dream house.
“I have personally known Christy for over twenty years. Christy is very personable, honest, hard-working, and dedicated. She has an excellent understanding of the construction industry and associated paperwork, and her estimates have always been accurate.”
—Paul U. Dritenbas, AIA, principal architect
Instruction in practical household technology, first published in 1914. 60 black-and-white illustrations. "In language which every boy can understand and so arranged the he may readily carry out any work form the instructions given... This book takes the beginner through a comprehensive series of practical shop work, in which the uses of tools, and the structure and handling of shop machinery are set forth; how they are utilized to perform the work, and the manner in which all dimensional work is carried out. Every subject is illustrated, and model building explained. It contains a glossary which comprises a new system of cross references, a feature that will prove a welcome departure in explaining subjects."