Arts and Crafts
The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making
The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making
Paperback      ISBN: 1589239431

Homemade soaps, scrubs, salves, lotions, and other bath and body products have been popping up all over the places from craft fairs to Etsy and it's no surprise why. Soap making is a fun and creative hobby that you can do right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Want to learn how? Look no further. The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making is an A-Z primer on all things soap making.

Written by About.com soap making expert David Fisher, this easy-to-use book will guide you through everything you need to know from necessary ingredients, tools, and safety requirements to soap making methods, including: melt and pour, hand milling, cold process, and hot process. You'll be a pro in no time

Each chapter focuses on a specific method, demonstrating the basic process as well as decorative techniques, recipes, and related products such as scrubs, bath bombs, and liquid soaps. You'll also find a section on how to formulate original recipes, plus guidance on storage and ideas for packaging to impress your friends, family, and maybe even customers So grab your creativity and some great ingredients and let's get started.

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness
A Book That Takes Its Time
An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761193774

Take time to breathe. Take time to create. Take time to reflect, take time to let go. A book that's unique in the way it mixes reading and doing, A Book That Takes Its Time is like a mindfulness retreat between two covers.

Created in partnership with Flow, the groundbreaking international magazine that celebrates creativity, beautiful illustration, a love of paper, and life's little pleasures, A Book That Takes Its Time mixes articles, inspiring quotes, and what the editors call "goodies"--bound-in cards, mini-journals, stickers, posters, blank papers for collaging, and more--giving it a distinctly handcrafted, collectible feeling.

Read about the benefits of not multitasking, then turn to "The Joy of One Thing at a Time Notebook" tucked into the pages. After a short piece on the power of slowing down, fill in the designed notecards for a Beautiful Moments jar. Make a personal timeline. Learn the art of hand-lettering. Dig into your Beginner's Mind. Embrace the art of quitting. Take the writing cure. And always smile. Move slowly and with intention through A Book That Takes Its Time, and discover that sweet place where life can be both thoughtful and playful.


Screen Printing at Home: Print Your Own Fabric to Make Simple Sewn Projects
Screen Printing at Home
Print Your Own Fabric to Make Simple Sewn Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 1446304094

Do you love the idea of printing your own fabrics at home but don't know where to start? This comprehensive guide to screen printing shows you just how easy it is to create beautiful, hand printed fabrics at your kitchen table.

Screen printing expert, Karen Lewis, demonstrates two screen printing techniques - stencilling and screen filler - and how they can be used to create stunning, professional results with basic, inexpensive equipment. Both techniques are explained using step-by-step text and photography.

Karen also explains how to create simple sewn projects from your hand printed fabrics. The sewing patterns include an apron, tote bag and tea cosy, as well as ideas for how to print on ready made items such as tea towels to make fantastic gifts for friends and family.

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat
Crafting with Cat Hair
Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat
Paperback      ISBN: 1594745250

Got fur balls?

Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it's time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour--with a little help, of course, from your feline friends
A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning
A Craftsman's Legacy
Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning
Hardcover      ISBN: 1616208368
A book for makers, for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of artisans--and how their collective wisdom can inspire us all. "Despite our technological advances, we're busier than ever, our lives more frazzled. That's why the handmade object, created with care and detail, embodying a history and a tradition, is enormously powerful. It can cut through so much and speak in ways that we don't often hear, or that we've forgotten." --Eric Gorges, from A Craftsman's Legacy In this joyful celebration of skilled craftsmen, Eric Gorges, a corporate-refugee-turned-metal-shaper, taps into a growing hunger to get back to what's real. Through visits with fellow artisans--calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, woodworkers, and more--many of whom he's profiled for his popular television program, Gorges identifies values that are useful for all of us: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Most of all, A Craftsman's Legacy shows how all of us can embrace a more creative and authentic life and learn to focus on doing what we love.
The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything
The Martha Manual
How to Do (Almost) Everything
Hardcover      ISBN: 1328927326
Essential life skills from America's most trusted lifestyle expert--together in one beautiful and practical handbook, with hundreds of ideas, instructions, and inspirations

Martha Stewart is America's go-to source for the best answers to nearly every question. As an authority on the many worlds upon which she's built her domestic empire, she can advise on everything from creating a cutting garden and setting the table to playing classic lawn games or building a campfire. Whether it's organizing, celebrating, cleaning, decorating, or any number of other life skills, these are the time-tested, Martha-approved strategies for frequent challenges and basic how-to knowledge that everyone should have at the ready. Also included are plenty of solutions for the not-so-common conundrums, such as how to transport a decorated cake, bathe a cat, or fold an American flag. With hundreds of expert tips and useful insights in an easy-to-follow format, this is the manual you need to learn how to do everything--the Martha way.
Waterlife: A Mindful Coloring Book
Waterlife
A Mindful Coloring Book
Paperback      ISBN: 1250095034

An entire world exists beneath the waves, and now you can bring it to vibrant life with your colored pencils, markers, or even watercolor paint Waterlife presents a new kind of mindful coloring book, containing over 35 astounding drawings inspired by illustrator Georgie Woolridge's travels in India and around the world. Each stunningly intricate drawing incorporates swirling paisley patterns and other local designs inspired by the styles in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. By easing you out of your thoughts and into another world, coloring these beautiful images becomes a practical exercise in mindfulness that anyone can adopt, regardless of skill level.

Each stunning illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph about the underwater creature and its habitat, in addition to a helpful introduction with hints and tips about drawing, coloring, and the various effects that you can achieve by using different coloring tools. Go ahead and dive in

500 Kids Art Ideas: Inspiring Projects for Fostering Creativity and Self-Expression
500 Kids Art Ideas
Inspiring Projects for Fostering Creativity and Self-Expression
Paperback      ISBN: 1592539858

Keeping a child engaged and happy can be a tall order, but with 500 Kids Art Ideas, you'll never run out of inspiration This fun, visual reference features a thousand arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered. From making dolls and edible treats to sculpting and printmaking, everything is simple enough to recreate, but also up to interpretation. Add your own creative twist to make them your own and ask your child to do the same Not only will you be engaging your children and activating their imagination, but also teaching them critical skills. 500 Kids Art Ideas also features purposely open-ended art meant to bring families closer together. You'll be able to connect with your child on a deeper level in no time, letting them know that you can be fun, too

Tattoo Activity Book
Tattoo Activity Book
Paperback      ISBN: 9185639648

An original activity book for kids and adults. Tattoo Activity Book features artwork from more than 30 tattoo artists from around the world. Old school to new school, to graphic and realistic. Pretty birds, dreadful skulls, stylish full-rigged ships and graphic weirdness. Tattoo enthusiasts of all ages are invited to add their own color and creativity to the 64 pages with artwork from some of the best tattoo artists on the planet, and create their own designs. Among the beautiful drawings you will find tattoo activities, such as "follow the dots" and "paint by number." Get inspiration for you future tattoo, and go wild with coloring the motives in the book, just as you would like them to be. Tattoo Activity Book is the latest in Dokument Press popular coloring book series, with themes such as graffiti, skateboarding and lowriders.

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
Build Implements of Spitball Warfare
Paperback      ISBN: 1556529538
PopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009 We've come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies--binder clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips, plastic utensils, and (of course) matches and barbeque lighters--troublemakers of all stripes have the components needed to build an impressive, if somewhat miniaturized, arsenal. Toy designer John Austin provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, including materials and ammo lists, clear diagrams, and construction tips, for mayhem-loving MacGyvers. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, minibombs, darts, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive "bomb." Several of the projects even include variations where combatants mount laser pointer sights to their shooters to increase their accuracy. Finally, once you've built your armory, the author provides plans for a Top Secret Concealing Book to hide your stash, as well as targets for shooting practice. Never let your personal space go undefended again