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.
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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(R)
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 organized Ways to personalize your organizing plan Tips for using containers to put everything in place Advice 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.
Learn how to quilt with the fantastic guide to quilting for beginners by Liz Betts. Start by learning the basics of piecing and how to use a rotary cutter, then making a quilt sandwich, quilting, and finally, binding your new project! A fantastic guide for anyone looking to start a new hobby, Quilting Techniques for Beginners will have you quilting in no time!
Make big improvements in just a few hours, indoors or out! Small, simple, inexpensive home improvements can do wonders for any house. If you can spare a day or two, you can boost your home’s curb appeal, beautify your backyard or add convenience and style to any room. And it doesn’t require special skills or experience. Best 1-Day Projects shows you how, with detailed step-by-step instructions and hundreds of how-to photos. With advice and tips from our team of home improvement pros, even a beginner can tackle kitchen and bath upgrades, simple carpentry and landscaping projects, even basic plumbing jobs. Here are just a few of the easy, high-impact projects you’ll find inside: -Paint like a pro -Build simple, stylish shelving for any room -Make a backyard path the easy way -Eliminate garage clutter with an ingenious storage system -Double your bathroom storage space -Install a new faucet, toilet, storm door, shelving and more!
Henry Haven Windsor published these precious advises on creating furniture in 1909 in the collection Handbooks.
Nowadays reading this simple manual allows to create the most beautiful chairs, tables, book racks etc. of the beginnings of the 19th century, avoiding ordinary do-it-yourself books.
This edition contains several accurate instructions for create 33 different types of furniture, moreover this publication contains more than 70 illustrations and detailed schemes.
Eventually in the last part of this book there’s a brief chart listing 40 distinct styles of chairs from Egyptians to the Contemporary period, with descriptions and illustrations.
This interactive digital edition includes: Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.
Chapters:How to Make ItHome-made Mission ChairHow to make a Lamp stand and ShadeHow to make a Porch ChairHow to make a TabouretHow to make a Morris ChairHome-made Mission Book RackHow to make a Mission Library TableHome-made Mission CandlestickAnother style of Mission ChairHow to make and finish a Magazine StandHome-made Lawn SwingHow to make a Portable TableHow to make a Combination Billiard Table and DavenportEasily made Book ShelvesA Blacking Case TabouretHow to make a Roll Top DeskHow to make a Roman ChairHow to make a SetteeHow to make a Pyrographer’s TableMission StainsFilling OakThe Fuming of OakHow to make Black WaxHow to make a Piano BenchHow to make a Mission Shaving StandA Mission Waste-Paper BasketA Cellarette PedestalA DresserA Mission SideboardA Hall or Window SeatA Mission Plant StandA Bedside Medicine StandA Mission Hall ChairThe 40 styles of Chairs
The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community
Small steps can create big changes in your community’s food quality and food security, helping to get more healthy food to more people and support a better food system. Ali Berlow shows you dozens of things that anyone can do, from creating a neighborhood kitchen for preserving fresh food to mapping farmland, connecting food pantries with food producers, starting a school garden, and organizing a community composting initiative. Every action you take can help keep farmers on the land and family farms intact, keep money in the local economy, reduce the carbon footprint associated with food transportation, and preserve local landscapes. If you’ve had enough of E. coli scares, disappearing farmland, pesticide problems, and hunger in your community, this inspiring book will show you exactly how one person really can make a difference.
How to Make Curtains: Measuring and Making the Perfect Window Coverings for Every Room in Your Home. A Storey BASICS® Title
Rebecca Yaker, co-author of the best-selling One-Yard Wonders, offers this complete introduction to making your own curtains, covering everything from measuring to calculating yardage, choosing the best fabrics, sewing your curtains, adding linings, and selecting the right fixtures and hardware for hanging. She includes step-by-step instructions for making five different curtain styles: pleats, eyelets, tab tops, tie tops, and rod pockets.
It is now widely recognized that recreation is as important as work. This revealing book analyzes leisure and outdoor recreation in terms of both their management and their wider importance to society. Specifically, it:
• clarifies the link between leisure, recreation, tourism and resource management
• reviews contemporary outdoor recreation management and concepts
• critically examines approaches to outdoor recreation planning and management in diverse recreational settings
• considers the future of outdoor recreation and the potential influences of economic, social, political and technological developments.
Wide-ranging and topical, it considers such issues as motivation and choice, provision for people with special needs, the impact of outdoor recreation on the environment, and outdoor recreation in both urban and rural contexts.
This comprehensively revised second edition has many sections rewritten and expanded to reflect contemporary development in leisure and outdoor recreation management in countries such as Australia, Canada, the UK, the US and New Zealand. With an extensive bibliography of more than 500 references and including further reading sections and review questions, it is an essential student purchase and one of the most comprehensive and international accounts of outdoor recreation management available.
Are you worried about what will happen when Mom and Dad can no longer care for themselves? If the whole job of caregiving falls to you, this will be your essential playbook for managing their end-of-life period. Some people are quite blessed to be able to live independently until the end of their days. However, there are those who have to contend with chronic illnesses and other health conditions characteristic of old age. If these aging members of the populace happen to be your loved ones, especially your dear parents, the challenges of old age is not solely a gerontological issue, but a family dilemma. If your parents are in this phase of their lives, you are at the crossroad of a three-way junction.
This book will explain how to first evaluate your parent’s geriatric needs, help you make this decision, and describe all the factors that go into elderly care. It offers you insider's guidance into long-term care, clearly explaining what your options are, and the pros and cons of each. He shows you how to find and select the best facility for your needs, and most importantly, what to watch-out for.
But as with any important endeavor, you need expert guidance before venturing into unknown territory - this book is your road map.Packed with invaluable insights and practical tips, you'll be able to make clear and informed decisions when dealing with any frail, elderly person.
There are new sections on expanded housing options, alternative therapies, balancing career and care giving, and dealing with difficult parents. It covers the biggest change in care giving - the newfound independence of seniors and benefits of healthy aging-and the reverse
Tags: caregiver, caregiver jobs, homecare, home care, hospice, hospice care, care, aging, parents.
Whether you're building from scratch or installing straight from the store, this is the only book you'll need to make sure your shelves, cabinets, and built-ins look professional and well integrated in your home or office. First you have to know what you want. Then you'll find an overview of the tools, materials, and techniques you'll be using. From here, you'll go one of two ways-building them yourself or installing ready-mades-and this book gives equal attention to both. Step-by-step instructions guide you through the installation process so your ready-made shelves look like they were created by a custom carpenter. For the do-it-yourself builder, there's more than enough guidance to make shelves and cabinets that could earn the praise of a master craftsman. Whichever way you choose, instructions are illustrated with color photographs and diagrams. Projects include entertainment centers and bookshelves, plus kitchen, bathroom, and utility room storage cabinets.
Easy-to-follow instructions offer guidance every step of the way, from selecting the right materials to building to installation. Practical, doable projects. Includes color illustrations with step-by-step instructions. Expert tips on all the tricks of the trade for building and installing cabinets. It does give is a very basic overview of cabinet making, plus an overview of using powertools like orbitals saws and routers. If you are looking for plans, information on shelving, inspiration or step-by-step instructions.
Whether you need storage for books, DVDs, games or clothes, you'll find attractive, custom options in this book. Open shelving? An enclosed cabinet? They're all here. Building Cabinets and Shelves offers Number of storage solutions in a variety of styles and sizes with both open and enclosed storage. Each project includes cutting lists, step-by-step instructions and tips and advice from professional woodworkers who have made each piece. Best of all, you can build them just as they are, or customize further to make each piece uniquely yours. This Book has Helped People more to make their homes look better and now its your Turn!
Tags: woodworking plans, woodworking tools, woodwork, kitchen cabinets, kraftmaid cabinets, display cabinets, wall shelves, storage shelves, floating shelves, corner shelf.
This book is all about how you can help the planet through your life and work, both of which are key areas within your control and influence.
Practical steps based on my own experiences are outlined within this handy guide book, and I invite you to join me through reading and doing.
My belief is this book will inspire you to shift your behaviour, helping you to have a healing impact on our planet.
After years of seeing Matthias shift consciousness with his superb message, we are proud to see him put it on to recycled paper. This is a must read for anyone who wants their children to inherit a healthy Earth. You won't see your life the same again.
- Mike Handcock, Chairman of Rock Your Life
Intellectual arguments alone will not sway the dominant paradigm; to be motivated to create change, people must be moved. Art has the power to inform, influence, and inspire. The creative impulse can, quite literally, change the world.
"Better" explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. Presented in the context of the unique story of Better Farm, a blueprint for environmentally conscious living originally established as an intentional community, this unusual guide blends theory with practical, hands-on, DIY ideas to incite your own creative adventures, including: Upcycling trash into treasure Turning your fish tank into a garden Making your yard or balcony a work of art
"Better" is a concrete application of the Better Theory, which views every experience good or bad as an opportunity for exponential personal growth. Packed with life lessons and tips for making any lifestyle more sustainable, while drawing on everyone's inherent creativity, this unique book provides the inspiration to live more simply, take more chances, and engage more with the natural world. A must-read for anyone who questions the purpose of the daily grind or grapples with the need for more meaning in his or her life.
Nicole Caldwell is the co-founder of Better Farm, a sixty-five-acre sustainability campus, organic farm, and artists' colony serving as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Her writings have been featured in "Mother Earth News," "Reader's Digest," and "Time Out New York," among others.
Babies, like all people, love comfortable clothes. Crochet Patterns for Babies is home to various vintage patterns that will make your baby extremely comfortable. There are sacques, jackets, a cardigan, and other brilliant patterns.
The instructions are straightforward and pictures are included.
Water stains ruin priceless furniture. However, glass jackets can help prevent this catastrophe from happening, and they can also make your glasses better-looking. This book includes 17 vintage glass jackets that come in an enormous diversity of colors and styles.