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Backyard Sugarin': A Complete How-to Guide
Backyard Sugarin'
A Complete How-to Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0881502162

This little book swept maple sugarin' buffs off their feet when it first appeared and is still the top-selling guide to the craft after nearly 30 years in print. Like the previous editions, this one tells you how you can make maple syrup right in your own backyard without having to build a sap house or buy buckets, holding tanks, evaporators and other expensive paraphernalia. Provides detailed "how-to" information, and makes some new and noteworthy revelations-including tips sugarers across the country have shared with the author.

Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan
Gift Wrapping
Creative Ideas from Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0870117688

Much care and thought go into gift giving. And the way a gift is wrapped can say a lot about the care and thought that went into its selection. This easy-to-follow, idea-packed volume draws on traditional forms and techniques of Japanese wrapping to create unusual, attractive, and surprisingly simple ways to wrap presents of all shapes and sizes.

The Japanese combine a love of ceremony with an equally strong fondness for giving and receiving presents. They have developed a sophisticated system employing many interesting and eye-pleasing ways to wrap all kinds of gifts. This tradition is evident in techniques such as layering several sheets of paper to create a color contrast or subtle shading effect, wrapping part of the gift and leaving pan visible, using origami-like folds to decorate or add interest, and fashioning soft wrappings from large squares of colorfully patterned cloth called furoshiki.

The author draws on his extensive knowledge of this Japanese tradition and his experience in other forms of paper craft, including doll making, to create sixty-six imaginative gift wrappings.

All sixty-six ideas are shown in beautiful color plates and accompanied by step-by-step instructions that take you from the materials you need to the finishing touches. Let these exciting and creative wrappings add a new dimension to your gift giving.
Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains
Catskill Crafts
Artisans of the Catskill Mountains
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517567008

Reveals the special qualities that have enabled artisans of the Catskill region to develop and sustain a remarkable craft tradition, and details all the processes involved in making handwoven cloths, ceramics, and other items

The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success
The Right-Brain Business Plan
A Creative, Visual Map for Success
Paperback      ISBN: 1577319443
Turn Passionate Ideas into Profitable Enterprises

Do you dream of making a living doing what you love but find the process of creating a viable business plan like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole? Jennifer Lee knows what it's like to make the entrepreneurial leap -- and how to do it successfully. The key is using, rather than stifling, imagination and intuition. Lee's illustrated, colorful worksheets and step-by-step instructions are playful yet practical, transforming drudgery into joy. They'll enable you to define your vision and nail down plans for funding, marketing, networking, and long-term strategy.

Discover how to:

* Develop a financial plan with fun and flair
* Select your circle of support to get the work done
* Clarify your business values and goals
* Paint a picture of your business landscape
* Understand your competition and what makes you stand out from the crowd
* Identify your perfect customers and create a marketing plan to reach them
* Map out concrete action steps to bring your Right-Brain Business Plan to life
Origami Aquarium: Aquatic Fun for Everyone!
Origami Aquarium
Aquatic Fun for Everyone!
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804839042
Make colorful and fun origami fish and sea creatures with this easy origami kit.

Sharks, fish and turtles are just a few of the origami ocean creatures you can create with this paper craft origami kit. World renowned origami artist Michael LaFosse introduces 20 unique origami paper craft designs for exotic undersea creatures. People of all ages and any level of skill, will enjoy crafting these eye-catching origami. This unique collection of origami designs will help you create folded paper models of fish and other animals from around the world. Finished origami projects are great for friends, to decorate your room, or for kids fascinated by aquariums and aquatic creatures.

All of the folds are simple enough to be origami-for-kids projects and are a great way to learn origami. The origami paper in the kit already has printed colors so no paint or glue is required, just unpack and start folding right away

The origami kit contains:
  • 2 full-colored, 32-page booklets
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • Easy-to-follow diagrams
  • 20 simple origami projects
  • 96 sheets of durable authentic origami folding paper
  • A variety of different colors and patterns
Origami Aquarium Kit provides you this stunning collection of origami projects that will have you creating your own personal aquarium in no time

Origami projects include:
  • Shark
  • Whale
  • Seal
  • Horseshoe Crab
  • Seahorse
  • And many more...
An Introduction to Picture Framing
An Introduction to Picture Framing
Hardcover      ISBN: 1555215815
The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Land
The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book
Faith, Family, and the Land
Paperback      ISBN: 0307275515

An anthology of Appalachian crafts, culture, and wisdom of simple living.

In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named Foxfire after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in American culture.

For four decades, Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, home crafts, and the art of natural remedies, and preserving the stories of Appalachia. This anniversary edition brings us generations of voices and lessons about the three essential Appalachian values of faith, family, and the land. We listen to elders share their own memories of how things used to be, and to the new generations eager to preserve traditional values in a more complicated world. There are descriptions of old church services, of popular Appalachian games and pastimes, and of family recipes. Rich with memories and useful lessons, this is a fitting tribute to this inspiring and practical publication that has become a classic American institution.

Making Natural Liquid Soaps: Herbal Shower Gels, Conditioning Shampoos, Moisturizing Hand Soaps, Luxurious Bubble Baths, and More
Making Natural Liquid Soaps
Herbal Shower Gels, Conditioning Shampoos, Moisturizing Hand Soaps, Luxurious Bubble Baths, and More
Paperback      ISBN: 1580172431

Make our own liquid soaps and body products right in your kitchen. Catherine Failor shows you how to use her simple double-boiler technique to create luxurious shower gels, revitalizing shampoos, energizing body scrubs, and much more. Step-by-step instructions teach you how to turn basic ingredients like cocoa butter, lanolin, and jojoba into sweet-smelling liquid soaps. You'll soon be experimenting with your favorite oils and additives as you craft custom-made products that are kind to your nose and gentle on your skin.

The Art of Woodgraining
The Art of Woodgraining
Paperback      ISBN: 0316905577

The painted illusion of woodgraining can turn an ordinary room into a grand "woodpanelled" setting, or transform a run of cheap malamine cupboards into elegant "mahogany." This book explains the techniques necessary to simulate many hardwoods and softwoods, and shows how to create fantasy effects. Advice is given on transforming floors, woodwork, walls, furniture, and more. Among the topics covered are basic techniques; specific simulations, including ash, oak, mahogany, maple, rosewood, bamboo, teak and pine; and planning a panelling system.

The Knitter's Year: 52 Make-in-a-Week Projects-Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits
The Knitter's Year
52 Make-in-a-Week Projects-Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570764611

This book is the avid knitter's dream, with 52 original projects specially chosen for each season of the year. Unique garments and accessories are yours to be had or given away, each of them charming, useful, and simple enough to make in one week or less. Projects range in scale from sizable to small; some take a few balls of yarn while others can use up your remnants. They all have step-by-step instructions any knitter can follow. This is the perfect book for people who are on a budget and have limited time to knit.