New Arrivals in Home & Garden

Embroidered Effects: Projects and Patterns to Inspire Your Stitching

Jenny Hart
Now in ebook for the first time ever!

Embroidery empress Jenny Hart taught her legion of fans the basics with the best-selling Stitch-It Kit and Sublime Stitching. Now, for the first time ever in digital format, she takes stitchers one step further with instructions and diagrams for more than 35 stitches. This very special ebook includes the text from the print version, plus instructions for how to print the patterns and iron-on transfers. With lots of project photos for guidance, even beginners can learn how to stitch faux tattoos on their shirt sleeves, cheeky fan dancers on their shower curtains, and many more fun projects.

1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects

Ellen Luckett Baker
Now in ebook for the first time ever!

Sewing is as easy as 1-2-3! In this creative teaching book, craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker offers a wholly unique approach to sewing: she presents projects in groups of three, each building on the techniques used in the project before. Baker shows, for example, how to sew a glasses case, then build on those skills to create a zippered pouch, and from there, make a more advanced cosmetics bag. There are 33 delightful projects in all, ranging from clothing to decor and accessories. This very special ebook includes easy-to-follow instructions, how-to illustrations, and instructions for how to print the patterns, making it an essential resource for beginning and intermediate sewers alike.

Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags

Amy Butler
Now in ebook for the first time ever!

Celebrated designer Amy Butler's most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The ebook offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler's fresh, modern style and attention to detail. This very special ebook includes illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and instructions for how to print the patterns themselves, making an essential and fashionable addition to every sewer's digital library.

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects

Jackie Huang
You can see how cute these woolbuddies are. You're not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren't mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con, and specialty boutiques. Here Huang teaches readers, using just some wool and a needle, how to needle felt a wide-eyed owl, a toothy shark, a fuzzy sheep, a towering giraffe, and more. With step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to photographs, crafters can create clutchable keepsakes to be instantly enjoyed and forever cherished.

Woodworking in a Weekend

Mark Griffiths
Finally, a nuts-and-bolts woodworking guide with achievable and beautiful projects that people actually want to use! Woodworking in a Weekend is the ultimate go-to basic woodworking handbook, featuring 20 simple yet eye-catching projects that require only basic tools and reusable wood. With creative and practical projects, including a rustic table made from axe handles, attractive shelves made of ladders, and even instructions for building a beehive, this gorgeous book is perfect for anyone who wants the satisfaction of building their own furniture without the hassle of extensive time commitments or fancy tools. Including clear, step-by-step instructions, inspiring photographs, and helpful how-to illustrations, crafters will soon be building classic, long-lasting home décor.

Braids, Buns, and Twists!: Step-by-Step Tutorials for 80 Fabulous Hairstyles

Christina Butcher
Top knots, Heidi braids, French twists, oh my! Chic hair is all the rage from the runways to the blogs to the city streets. This book pulls together 80 classic and contemporary styles and provides step-by-step tutorials for each one. Trendsetters from teens to professionals will love mixing up the looks for parties, the office, a casual beach day, or an elegant night out. Simple how-to illustrations take the guesswork out of styling, while glossy fashion photographs demonstrate how to tailor and accessorize each 'do. With advice for different hair types and lengths plus product tips and fun variations, Braids, Buns, and Twists! is the must-have beauty resource for showstopping hair.

How to Tie a Scarf: 33 Styles

Potter Style
From designer silk squares to chunky homemade knits, this guide is filled with inspired ways to style your scarves. Inside you'll find:

   • Step-by-step tutorials for square, oblong, and embellished scarves
   • Styles for the summer, fall, winter, and spring seasons
   • DIY scarf accessories featuring camera straps, tote bags, necklaces, and more

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects

Ellen Luckett Baker
In this follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew, expert seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker shares her fun building-block approach to quilting. Organized by quilting shapes—squares, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars, and diamonds—this easy-to-follow guide provides a simple way to master the elements of quilt design. Twenty-four projects progress in difficulty, allowing readers to develop technical skills as they work through the book. From the minimal Argyle Apron to the stylish Hexagon Handbag and more intricate Star Quilt, these modern, bright designs will appeal to beginning and intermediate quilters alike.

The New York Times Garden Book, Revised

Joan Lee Faust

Every Sunday, leading horticultural experts writing in the garden pages of The New York Times provide practical advice on almost every phase of gardening—from lawn care to pruning espalier trees; from pest control to terrace landscaping; from old-fashioned rose culture to the selection of exotic house plants . . . with new articles on current concerns—organic gardening, pest control without pesticides, the use of herbicides to control lawn weeds, the use of mulches—and space-saving suggestions such as how to grow strawberries in barrels and tubs, gardens in “hothouse bottles, and many more. This book goes beyond the ordinary reference manual on workaday chores to give you a rich collection of exciting garden ideas—many new, but all tried and tested . . . The New York Times Garden Book will stimulate you to a keener awareness of the vast gardening potentials at your command, whether you have a tiny plot or elaborate acres. 

Knit Christmas Stockings, 2nd Edition: 19 Patterns for Stockings & Ornaments

Gwen W. Steege

Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 fun, simple patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful knitted Christmas stockings, as well as delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree. PLEASE NOTE: The patterns and instructions in this ebook rely on color illustrations and color sequences, and they will not fully render on black-and-white reading devices.

Old-Time Gates and Fences and How to Build Them

George A. Martin
First published over a century ago, this practical guide shows how to add traditional fences, gates, and bridges to your house, farm, or garden. Learn how to construct portable fences and hurdles, fences for streams and gullies, wickets, stiles, and other barriers and railings. More than 300 illustrations accompany straightforward instructions for installing stone, sod, board, picket, and other types of fences as well as hedges, posts, wooden and iron gates, and similar enclosures. In addition to its value as a manual, this volume is also a fine armchair book for enthusiasts of nostalgic Americana.

My First Origami Book -- Paper Planes: With 24 Sheets of Origami Paper!

Nick Robinson
This book has everything kids and beginning origami artists need to make sixteen paper plane models that will actually fly! Models include an eagle, hunter, javelin, snub nose, and many others. Perforated for easy removal, the twenty-four pages of origami paper ensure that the aircraft have an authentic look. And simple instructions and diagrams make folding the planes a breeze!

Ladies in Red Paper Dolls: Famous Fashions from Great Designers

Brenda Sneathen Mattox
These four alluring paper dolls model a collection of striking red outfits associated with actresses, singers, and other high-profile women. More than 40 costumes, each accompanied by a caption identifying the designer and wearer, include an Armani gown (Penelope Cruz), Elie Saab original (Rihanna), Alexander McQueen frock (Kate Middleton), and dozens of others.

Mother-Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter and Fit

Sally Melville
Knit to flatter and fit!

It sounds simple. But if every knitter knew how to do it, the unflattering sweater and the top that doesn’t fit would be things of the past. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in, and knitwear designer Sally Melville knows why: too many knitters choose the wrong pattern for their shape and size!

After decades of teaching, designing, and writing about knitting, Sally Melville knows how to customize knitting patterns to fit a wide variety of body types perfectly. With a little planning and subtle alterations, you can make a garment that is just right for you! In Mother-Daughter Knits, Sally shares this knowledge for the first time. Together with her daughter, fellow knitwear designer Caddy Melville Ledbetter, Sally demystifies the process of picking the right pattern and modifying it to your body’s advantage. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced knitter, young or mature, an hourglass or a triangle, Sally and Caddy have you covered!

The authors have designed 30 customizable garments for women of all shapes, heights, and ages, including:

• a slimming Jackie Kennedy—style Camelot coat,
• a reversible tank top with a scoop neck,
• a Jane Austen—inspired jacket with an empire waist,
• a flirty top that enhances feminine curves.

With fascinating insight, practical advice, and patterns for both classic and avant-garde tastes, Mother-Daughter Knits just might be the most useful guide a knitter could have–whether she’s young or just young at heart.


From the Hardcover edition.

Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden: Flowers and Foliage for Cutting

Alan Titchmarsh

We all enjoy having fresh flowers in the home, but they can sometimes be costly and the range is often limited. In this inspiring guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow a vibrant selection of plants to use in arrangements: flowers of many shapes, sizes and colours, and foliage, berries and seedheads too. With a little planning, you can have something beautiful in your home every day of the year.

* A-Z directory of Alan's recommended plants for cutting

* Ideas for arrangements and planting plans for cutting plots

* Tips on choosing the right plants for your garden

* Expert advice on cutting and preparing flowers and foliage

* Seasonal recommendations and ideas for special occasions

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

Brett L. Markham
Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-suf?ciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.

The Simple Living Handbook: Discover the Joy of a De-Cluttered Life

Lorilee Lippincott
Where did all this stuff come from? I don’t have time for a life. I need to get away! Ever feel this way? Society is quick to fill our minds and homes with all the latest gadgets, tools, obligations, and entertainment, but what happens when it all doesn’t fit? The Simple Living Handbook is a how-to memoir about creating a life that has space for what really matters to you.

Lippincott’s road to simplicity started in the fall of 2010 when she was on the verge of a breakdown. Her life was basically “normal”—husband, two kids, comfortable home, three home businesses—but she felt like she was running a rat race. She was desperate for more time and space to focus on family, health, and her own interests. So she and her husband decided to cut back on clutter—drastically. Now the family of four lives in a one-bedroom apartment with only the possessions they actually need and use; they stick to a simple diet of only whole foods “that God would recognize”; and they have managed to become productive without feeling busy. They’ve never been happier or healthier.

Through personal stories, advice, and tips, Lippincott teaches how to make the hard decisions necessary to simplify your home and your schedule. Beyond that, she addresses the hidden emotional hoarding that threatens to keep our souls running in circles. Through her inspiring story, readers will learn to take a step back, reassess priorities, and commit to making space for those people and things that really matter.

Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More

David R. Montgomery
Crafts and Skills of Native Americans is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made Native American famous worldwide as artisans and craftsmen. Readers can replicate traditional Native American living by trying a hand at brain tanning, identifying animal tracks, or constructing a horse saddle. Readers can even make distinctive Native American beaded jewelry, a variety of moccasins, headdresses, and gourd rattles. Native American style is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in the American West.

The Joy of Hobby Farming: Grow Food, Raise Animals, and Enjoy a Sustainable Life

Michael Levatino
When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living, that’s hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and overproduction. But we can take this a step further by learning how to grow and savor what we can produce ourselves—while still maintaining an alternative career to fund this passion. Michael and Audrey Levatino here share how to:

     • Grow your own food.
     • Raise chickens, horses, llamas, bees, and more.
     • Practice being (a little) off the grid.
     • Sell the bounty in your local community.
     • Balance a professional career with a rural lifestyle.

The Joy of Hobby Farming is a book that will excite armchair farmers and inspire any do-it-yourselfer.

The Mini Farming Guide to Composting: Self-Sufficiency from Your Kitchen to Your Backyard

Brett L. Markham
<p>Composting has never been easier—learn how to incorporate Brett Markham’s amazing composting techniques to maximize your vegetable output, increase your self-sufficiency, and be kind to the ecosystem.   </p><p>Brett Markham, author <

Homemade Contrivances: 1001 Labor-Saving Devices for Farm, Garden, Diary, and Workshop

Skyhorse Publishing
The traditional American devices contained in this intriguing compilation date from an era long before milking machines, pesticide sprayers, and industrial hay bailers. Yet the simple inventions described for doing everything from managing young bulls to protecting drain outlets can be just as useful for today's farmer as they were for the homesteaders of over a century ago. Discover how to make such items as a movable nest for hens, a ribless boat, a contraption to extricate a mired animal, a farm cart with adjustable racks for larger loads, a wire fence tightener, a fruit picker, a grindstone set and frame, and much more. This book is a boon for the rancher, farmer, or anyone who loves the rural life.

Loom Magic!: 25 Awesome, Never-Before-Seen Designs for an Amazing Rainbow of Projects

John McCann
This book includes twenty-five new rubber band loom projects, including bracelets, sports-themed charms, key rings, pendants, and even a working slingshot. New crafters and dedicated fans will enjoy creating the wide variety of projects in this collection, including:

Cell phone case
Daisy chain bracelet
Watch band
Octo bracelet
Blooming beaded bracelet
Sports fan keychain
Matching barrettes
Pencil topper
Rainbow ring
Nunchuks
Rocker cuff bracelet
Snowman ornament
And many more!

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living

Rachel Kaplan
The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachable guide to learning to live more ecologically in the city. The book embraces the core concepts of localization (providing our basic needs close to where we live), self-reliance (re-learning that food comes from the ground, not the grocery store; learning to do things ourselves), and sustainability (giving back at least as much as we take). Readers will find concise how-to information that they can immediately set into practice, from making solar cookers to growing tomatoes in a barrel to raising chickens in small spaces to maintaining mental serenity in the fast-paced city environment. Full of beautiful full-color photographs and illustrations, and plenty of step-by-step instructions, this is a must-have handbook for city folk with a passion for the simple life. 

The Encyclopedia of Monograms

Leonard G. Lee
Monograms, once indicators of social or commercial exclusiveness, are now symbols of creativity, testaments to the idea that everyone deserves to individualize his or her own things. The remarkable Encyclopedia of Monograms—filled with over 11,000 handsomely engraved initials, ciphers, crests, insignias, emblems, badges, and shields—is a resource of fantastic scope that will be useful to anyone working in the field of graphic design, both as a compendium of the very best monogramming work of the past, and as an inspiration to create new work, commercial and artistic. From elaborate Gothic figures, to restrained Victorian creations, to elegant, floral Art Nouveau triumphs, The Encyclopedia of Monograms offers an exhaustive array of decorative marks sure to influence original and unforgettable designs.

Top Selling in Home & Garden

The Backyard Homestead

Carleen Madigan
Home-produced food almost always begins in the vegetable garden. So, too, begins "The Backyard Homestead". Planning charts and a thorough vegetable-by-vegetable growing guide are accompanied by simple techniques for canning, drying, and freezing the garden's bounty. The plant section continues with the hows, whens, and wheres of growing fruits, herbs, and nuts. Hardworking food growers will be delighted to reward themselves with healthful herbal teas and homemade wines and cordials. Recipes and simple techniques are included for the beginning home wine maker. Part two moves from plant to animal products, beginning with an overview of chicken keeping. Readers will find charts, lists, and helpful tips for collecting, storing, and using eggs, along with advice on butchering chickens and cooking the meat. Additional chapters focus on raising larger animals, such as cows, sheep, and goats, either for their meat or for their milk. Milk producers will find plenty of information on making simple yogurt, butter, and ice cream, as well as all the basics on getting started with cheese making. Additional information on rabbits and pigs rounds out the meat-raising sections. An overview of foraging and detailed information on installing and caring for honeybees wrap up "The Backyard Homestead". Storey's trusted advice on gardening, cooking, brewing, cheese making, and raising animals proves once and for all that it truly is possible to eat entirely from the backyard

Ultimate Organic Vegetable Gardening: Secrets of Success from Artichoke to Zuccini

H. Breyner-Wade
Want to get the best out of your organic vegetable garden? Ultimate Organic Vegetable Gardening is brimming with time-tested expert knowledge on setting up your own organic home garden - secrets learned from decades of tilling the land. Become an expert in the hobby that just keeps on giving - its easy, it saves you a packet, its great exercise and it allows you to take control of your diet.

Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop: Techniques and Projects for Weaving With Wire

Karen Karon

Discover the ultimate technique-based guide for one of the top trends in jewelry making - chain maille.

In Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop you'll find multiple weaving techniques for making today's most popular chain maille weaves - from simple chains to beaded wonders to intricate Dragonscale.Jewelry artist and author Karen Karon pairs in-depth, step-by-step instructions with color illustrations that show exactly where to place the next jump ring. You'll also get a thorough but flexible approach to techniques that prove weaving can be done in a multitude of ways and demonstrations on “speed weaving,” which is ideal for large projects. Designs progressively increase in complexity, so every jewelry maker - beginner and pro - will find inspiration and projects that suites their skill level.

What's more to love? Every chapter provides a unique jewelry project and a plethora of design advice, visual inspiration, shortcuts, tips, and tricks, as well as guidance for attaching clasps and findings. Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop is your ideal resource for innovation and originality in chain maille jewelry making.

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online, Edition 2

Kari Chapin

Since its original publication in 2010, Kari Chapin's The Handmade Marketplace has inspired thousands of crafters around the world to find the courage and know-how they need to make money -- and even to make a full-time living -- from doing what they love best. Now, this best-selling guide has been completely revised and updated to include solid information on the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, as well as fresh advice and invaluable tips from successful crafters and artists. With Kari Chapin at your side, you can live a more creative life and enjoy a lucrative career at the same time.

The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty

Karen Lehrman Bloch

The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty opens the door to twenty-five of the most beautiful homes in the world—ones owned by top interior designers, fashion designers, artists, and stylists—to reveal how simple principles borrowed from nature can inspire gorgeous, innovative interiors that both calm and embolden us.

To create this unique volume, Karen Lehrman Bloch interviewed renowned aesthetes with homes all over the world, including interior designers Juan Montoya, Darryl Carter, and Vicente Wolf; fashion designers Donna Karan, Alberta Ferretti, and Consuelo Castiglioni; stylist Lori Goldstein; and artist Michele Oka Doner.

The direct and practical advice featured inside, along with a wealth of extraordinary photographs of the homes, teaches us how to feel visually, understand color and texture, and find objects, new and used, with a sense of life. An inspired home, Bloch reveals, fulfills our physical and spiritual needs, provides an enduring sense of rejuvenation and pleasure, and is both easily attainable and timeless.

The Fruit Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden

Lewis Hill

Grow your own organic fruits, berries, and nuts! The Fruit Gardener’s Bible is the complete reference on planting, growing, caring for, and harvesting everything from strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to orchard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, cherries, almonds, and walnuts. A perfect companion to the best-selling The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, The Fruit Gardener’s Bible has all the information you need to successfully grow fruits and nuts at home.

 

Butterfly Gardening for Texas

Geyata Ajilvsgi

Texas hosts an unparalleled number of butterfly species, and whether one lives near the beaches of the Gulf Coast or in the mountains of the Trans-Pecos, all Texans can enjoy the color and tranquility that butterflies bring to any outdoor space.

In Butterfly Gardening for Texas, author and expert Geyata Ajilvsgi shares a wealth of practical information about all kinds of butterflies and the many flowers and other plants they utilize in their miraculous life cycle: from hidden egg to munching caterpillar to cryptic chrysalis to nectar-sipping, winged adult.

Written in an engaging, nontechnical style for anyone who wants to attract butterflies to the yard or garden, the book provides tips for making gardens caterpillar- and butterfly-friendly, in-depth profiles of more than fifty butterflies, descriptions of the food plants for a variety of both caterpillars and butterflies, and plant lists for easy selection and substitution, depending on where you live and what is available.

For those who want specific advice on what to plant where, Ajilvsgi has designed useful, adaptable landscape plans and extensive planting options for each of seven state regions. Helpful appendices aid gardeners in taking photographs of the butterflies they attract, in locating sources for seeds and plants, and in finding organizations and other instructive publications for additional information about these beautiful and beneficial insects.

As the popularity of butterfly gardening continues to increase, gardeners of all skill levels will find Butterfly Gardening for Texas an invaluable source of guidance and inspiration.

Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-Claim, Re-Vamp, Re-Purpose & Re-Use Salvaged & Leftover Building Materials

Chris Peterson

Building with Secondhand Stuff takes green remodeling and construction practices to new extremes. From deconstruction methods and salvaging tips to plotting efficient cutting plans and devising creative new uses for everyday items, it is packed with clever ways to obtain low-cost materials (and reduce landfilling in the process).
This book contains the answer to a question most of us have wondered about at some point: Is that pile of used maple flooring I saw on Craigslist worth taking? From plywood to hardwood flooring, to windows, doors, carpeting and more, salvaging building materials can save you thousands of dollars (and is about as green as you can get). This book is a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer's guide that shows you how to identify materials that can be salvaged efficiently and then gives you step-by-step instructions on how to go about doing it. Plus, it provides over one dozen complete plans featuring clever ideas for putting salvaged materials to good use as useful home furnishings.

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture

Spike Carlsen

Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

Teri Dunn Chace

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it's too late and they've already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.

The book's 24 chapters tackle every kind of gardening disaster, whether it has to do with plants, tools and techniques, or general care and maintenance. Gardeners looking to prune their roses will learn to hold off until late winter to avoid damaging plant tissue. Gardeners that have allowed their mint to overgrow? Dunn advises pulling it out and replanting it in a container to control the root.

Organized by common garden topics and designed to be easily dipped in and out of, The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers offers nuggets of wisdom based on Teri Dunn Chace's years of hands-on gardening experience. Advice is humorously supported by Colleen Coover's delightful illustrations. This accessible guide will transform an anxious gardener into an informed, confident, successful gardener with a mistake-free garden

How To... Air Plant and Succulent Terrariums

Nicole Almeida
Recently described as the more stylish cousin of the indoor houseplant, plant terrariums have seen a huge revival in recent years with many being featured on Home and Garden Shows as well as in design magazines. While they are rather easy to assemble there are a definitely a few things you need to know before you start building your own. This book will explain what plants work and what plants don’t as well as how to create your own terrarium in a simple but very creative step by step process. It even includes an instructional video, a shopping list and not to mention helpful tips on how to take care of your terrarium plants. You’ll be able to show your friends and family the designer in you as well as your green thumb while enjoying your terrarium for many years to come.

Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures

Katherine Dewey
Katherine Dewey's expressive and elegantly detailed sculptures enchant all who see them. With the magical medium of polymer clay and this book, you can follow in her footsteps.

Thorough instructions supported by more than 400 step-by-step color photos and 200 detailed drawings cover the entire process of sculpting realistic figures, from selecting clay and gathering essential tools to the basics of modeling the human figure, to incorporating poses, facial expressions, ethnic and gender subtleties, costumes, and painted finishing touches. Easy-to-read maps of the figure illustrate the landmarks of the body, while scale diagrams indicate the simple shapes hidden within the human form, as well as how to combine and model those shapes.

For anyone who loves fantasy, romance, nature—or sophisticated crafting—this book is a must-have.

The Papermaker's Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper

Helen Hiebert

This essential reference covers absolutely everything you need to know about papermaking, from the basics to advanced techniques such as shaped sheets, embossing, laminating, and watermarking. Also includes thorough step-by-step instructions for processing pulp, building papermaking equipment, and making paper-based projects like cards and lamp shades.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Carleen Madigan
Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

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.

Barbara Randle's More Crazy Quilting with Attitude: Edition 3

Barbara Randle
Fans of crazy quilting will happily lose themselves in the exciting world of Barbara Randle's More Crazy Quilting with Attitude. In this follow-up to Randle's wildly popular Barbara Randle's Crazy Quilting with Attitude, quilters learn three trendy techniques for crazy quilting and embellishing, along with tips for designing their own handbags.

Featured in this ultimate crazy-quilting reference are 14 projects, including a throw, diaper bag and a variety of handbags plus a gallery with tips for customizing clothing and home decor. Quilting enthusiasts of all skill levels will benefit from Randle's easy-to-follow instructions, demonstrated in more than 60 illustrations and 100+ stunning color photos. Plus, full-size patterns for two handbag projects are included with this must-have resource!

How Happy Is Your Home?

Sophie Keller


Change your home…for the happier.

With these 50 tips, you'll learn how to apply the principles of feng shui to make your home a healthier, happier place to live. Discover:

– How to bring more love in through your front door.
– Simple office solutions that will increase your income.
– Where to place your bed for better sex and better sleep.

Take charge of your happiness, one tip at a time.

Nordic Knitting Traditions: Knit 25 Scandinavian, Icelandic and Fair Isle Accessories

Susan Anderson-Freed
Knit Gorgeous Colorwork Accessories in the Nordic Tradition!

Traditional Scandinavian and Icelandic designs are given new life in the projects found in Nordic Knitting Traditions. 25 projects feature original floral, star, feather and geometric motifs, all knit in fresh and modern colors. With a diverse collection of hats, tams, mittens, gloves, socks, knee-highs and legwarmers, you'll find plenty of jaw-dropping, colorful accessories to knit for yourself and the ones you love.

Inside:

  • Thoughtful construction and full-color charts make these designs easy to knit.
  • Variations for knitting mittens and gloves in two ways and lengthening socks into knee-highs, as well as fully charted alternative colorways, allow you to achieve customized looks.
  • "Complete the Look" instructions guide you to patterns that match, making it easy to create coordinating accessories.
  • Tips and tricks for sizing, construction and stress-free knitting help you knit items that will become family heirlooms.
Nordic Knitting Traditions celebrates the roots of stranded knitting with inspiring designs and elegant colorways. Start knitting your own piece of history today.

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

Sydney Eddison
Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved — pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots — become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what's the alternative?

In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help — another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials.

This edition features a new chapter in which Sydney's struggles with hip and back problems
force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, “Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I'm happy to
see that you've read it.” Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Pam Dawling
Growing for 100 – the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.

Maverick Quilts: Using Large-Scale Prints, Novelty Fabrics & Panels with Panache

Alethea Ballard
Are you drawn to bold, graphic, large-scale prints, but you're not sure how to use them in a quilt? See just how easy it is to let fabric prints do the design work and sew wild, joyful, colorful quilts!

Helen Kelley's Joy of Quilting

Helen Kelley
While making quilts is a priority for Helen Kelley, her primary passion is quilters themselves. And this love of quilters comes through in "Helen Kelley’s Joy of Quilting", her contribution to the ""universal quilter’s support group."" Through these entertaining and lighthearted yarns, you’ll experience Helen’s insights into the warmth and enjoyment of quilting. Join her as she delights in the support and enthusiasm of fellow quilters; experience her pride in accepting a gift of ""quilting rubble"" and finding a home for it; smile at how she can ""read"" fellow quilters through their pile of old quilt blocks and scraps and pieces; see a bit of yourself in the humble way she admits to improperly cutting and preparing fabrics; and chuckle as she candidly describes her messy workroom. About the Author: Helen Kelley’s ""Loose Threads"" column has been a favorite of readers of "Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine" since 1983. She is the author of Voyageur Press’s "Every Quilt Tells a Story", as well as "Scarlet Ribbons: An Indian Technique for Today’s Quilters", and "Dating Quilts: From 1600 to the Present". Kelley’s by-line has appeared in a variety of quilting publications, and her prize-winning quilts have been the subject of numerous photo essays. Her ""Renaissance Quilt"" was chosen as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century.

Ancient Modern: Polymer Clay + Wire Jewelry

Ronna Weltman

With Ancient Modern, learn to create organic, sophisticated, and distinctly contemporary jewelry by artistically combining polymer clay and wire.

  • Use a range of innovative techniques to design beads and jewelry components from polymer clay.
  • Add wireworking elements, inspired clasps and ear wires, and more for a signature look.
  • 16 one-of-a-kind projects, including necklaces, bracelets, and pins in Ronna’s distinctive style.
  • Each project features detailed instructions and step-by-step photography.
  • Crafters and jewelry makers will be making gallery-style jewelry in no time!

In addition to an extensive technique section on polymer clay, wireworking, and jewelry design, readers will also find a gallery of work for endless inspiration.

Ancient Modern draws on artist Ronna Sarvas Weltman’s fundamentals of jewelry design, what makes a piece “primitive,” and shows how to achieve her organic effects and signature style, from color mixing to texture effects.

Pruning Plant by Plant

DK Publishing
Pruning Plant By Plant is a pruning visual guide in a handy format that covers all of the most popular plants. There is clear text and an artwork for every plant that explains the reasons for pruning and the correct timing, and shows exac

Connecting Made Easy Using the DH Method of Connecting

Vicki Dueno and Cheri Hibner

This book takes quilting-as-you-go to a whole new level. It simplifies putting your quilt together and yet allows you to make two completely different quilts. You can have one theme on one side and a totally unrelated theme on the other. Imagine changing the atmosphere of the room by simply turning your quilt over. And you only made one quilt.

We made the instructions clear and precise so that everyone, including the most inexperienced sewer, would be able to follow and enjoy making their very first project (a lap quilt) with inventory lists included for larger quilts.

For you more-experienced quilters, there is a section that goes straight into "Just the Connectors" and bypasses the planning stages and preparing of your blocks that you would already be very familiar with.

We hope you enjoy making your quilts using the DH method as much as we have enjoyed putting the book together for you.