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Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Made from Scratch
Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1603425322

In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it's easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Young web designer Jenna Woginrich chronicles her adventures as she learns to embrace the idea of self-sufficiency in all aspects of her life, including sewing her own clothes, growing her own food, and creating her own fun outside of the mainstream. Woginrich's hilarious, heartbreaking, and soul-satisfying journey will bring joy and inspiration to those who dream about a more independent lifestyle.

Geeky Lego Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects
Geeky Lego Crafts
21 Fun and Quirky Projects
Hardcover      ISBN: 1593277679

Indulge your love for LEGO by making the challenging, quirky, and occasionally practical designs in Geeky LEGO Crafts.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to build handy bookends, geeky coasters, a stylish wine rack, adorable pencil holders, and much more.

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2
Build a Secret Agent Arsenal
Paperback      ISBN: 1569767165

If you're a budding spy, what better way to conceal your clandestine activities than to miniaturize your secret agent arsenal? MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction 2 provides fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for building 30 different spy weapons and surveillance tools, including:

* Paper Dart Watch * Pen Blowgun* Rubber Band Derringer * Mint Tin Catapult* Pushpin Dart * Cotton Swab .38 Special* Toothpaste Periscope * Paper Throwing Star* Bionic Ear * And more Once you've assembled your weaponry, the author provides a number of ideas on how to hide your stash--inside a deck of cards, a false-bottom soda bottle, or a cereal box briefcase--and targets for practicing your spycraft, including a flip-down firing range, a fake security camera, and sharks with laser beams.
Lego: A Love Story
Lego
A Love Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470407026
An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down?

In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participates in challenges at fan conventions, searches for the largest private collection in the United States, and visits LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he finds his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor--to have a child. His two worlds intertwine as he awaits the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises--and a happy ending.

  • Explores the world of adult fans of LEGO, from rediscovering the childhood joys of building with LEGO to evaluating LEGO's place in culture and art
  • Takes an inside look at LEGO conventions, community taboos, and build challenges and goes behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters and LEGOLAND
  • Tells a warm and personal story about the attempt to build with LEGO and build a family

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

Popular Mechanics 101 Things That Go Fast: Planes, Trains and Automobiles You Can Make and Ride
Popular Mechanics 101 Things That Go Fast
Planes, Trains and Automobiles You Can Make and Ride
Hardcover      ISBN: 1618370820

These 101 classic projects from the pages of "Popular Mechanics" will bring out the kid in everyone Go full speed ahead with these wonderful things to build, from a Motor Car, Motorcycle-powered Catamaran, and Ferris Wheel to a Spring-propelled Toy Seam Engine and an entire Electric-Locomotive Model and Track System. You'll find Aquatic Pursuits; Winter Sports; and Backyard Shenanigans; as well as great Go-Go Gadgets and Games. And now the beautiful vintage illustrations that readers love appear in glorious full color, showcased in an oversize hardcover.

The Art of the Brick: A Life in Lego
The Art of the Brick
A Life in Lego
Hardcover      ISBN: 1593275889

Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits--all made from LEGO bricks.

The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world's most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.

Follow one man's unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.

Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, Second Edition
Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, Second Edition
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0890249385

This is the one-source guide modelers need to learn to install trackwork properly for smooth operation in any scale. This updated edition showcases the newest products, current manufacturers, and the latest techniques, including how to lay flextrack, how to install turnouts and switch machines, how to install roadbed, how to ballast and detail track, and much more.

The Big Book of Crochet Stitches: Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters and a Whole Lot More
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters and a Whole Lot More
Paperback      ISBN: 160468450x

Increase your stitch repertoire Access hundreds of crochet stitches that you can use year in and year out. From two of the most respected names in crochet, this indispensable resource provides excellent value. Find step-by-step instructions for more than 350 stitches, from easy to advanced, including shells, fans, clusters, bobbles, and more See a swatch for each stitch in a full-color, close-up photograph Locate quickly and conveniently any stitch you like; stitches are grouped by style for easy reference, and an alphabetical index is also included

Building and Detailing Model Aircraft
Building and Detailing Model Aircraft
Paperback      ISBN: 0890247234

Readers will learn how to master construction and finishing of plastic model aircraft with basic skills such as assembling, aligning, gluing, surface preparation, painting, and decaling. Then they'll be able to add extra details and use more advanced techniques.

Card Tricks: The Royal Road to Card Magic
Card Tricks
The Royal Road to Card Magic
Hardcover      ISBN: 1944686274
With more than 120 illustrations to accompany instructions to more than 100 tricks, and a new foreword by Steven Cohen, a master of sleight of hand, this edition of Jean Hugard's classic is an essential edition to any illustionist's library.

If you practice any sort of magic--or plan on giving it a try--you probably know that for most people, card tricks are often the starting point. If you have a deck of cards readily available, as many common households do, the only things required to wow an audience are a little sleight of hand and a magician's secrets.

In spite of the timeless credo "good magicians never reveal their secrets," renowned magicians Jean Hugard and Frederick Brau generously divulged theirs in Card Tricks: The Royal Road to Card Magic.

Published originally in the 1940s, this classic guide contains more than one hundred spectacular tricks allowing anyone to pick up a deck and dazzle an audience--whether their performance is in a theatre, at a party, or even on the street