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Home, Garden, and DIY January 2014
"The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain...the rain that falls on a day when you'd just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency."
~from Susan Allen Toth's England for All Seasons
New and Recently Released!
Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design - by Amanda Brown
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/22/2013
Share Spruce%3a A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design ISBN-13: 9781612121376
ISBN-10: 1612121373
Dedicated home decorators who are desperate to refresh worn-out old furniture or revamp their thrift store finds will relish this modern, practical introduction to DIY upholstery. Using a framework of five simple projects, professional upholsterer Amanda Brown walks readers through the skills needed to reupholster furniture of various shapes and sizes. Some specialty tools are required, but Brown writes with authority and verve, and her detailed, beginner-friendly instructions are illustrated with photographs at every step. Brave DIY-ers will come away feeling empowered by this "wonderfully readable volume that speaks to current style" (Library Journal).
The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life - by George Lange with Scott Mowbray
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/10/2013
Share The Unforgettable Photograph%3a 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life ISBN-13: 9780761169239
ISBN-10: 0761169237
George Lange's photographs have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, and Esquire, and in this insightful, hands-on guide, he shares his advice on how to capture the drama and energy of human emotions on film. Though he certainly offers plenty of useful technical tips, it's Lange's ideas for creative photography exercises that will really get those shutters clicking. Challenges such as "Feel the Rhythm" and "Embrace Intimacy" are a fantastic way for amateur shutterbugs to feel out their personal style as well as an opportunity for more experienced photographers to shake up old habits and invigorate their art.
Vintage Crafts: 75 Do-It-Yourself Decorating Projects Using Candles, Colors, and Other Flea Market Finds - by Clara Lidstrom
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/08/2013
Share Vintage Crafts%3a 75 Do-It-Yourself Decorating Projects Using Candles, Colors, and Other Flea Market Finds ISBN-13: 9781626361034
ISBN-10: 1626361037
If you love prowling the flea market for bargains or scouring the Internet for upcycled designs, you'll definitely want to check out this collection of shabby-chic craft projects. Here you'll find tons of ideas for repurposing vintage items (champagne box bookshelves; baby shoe planters) and putting scraps to good use (decoupaged cabinets; lace-covered speakers), interspersed with low-budget, eco-friendly household tips and pointers for exploring flea markets. Highlighted by winsome photos, this enthusiastically written book is an "idiosyncratic and inspiring romp" (Publishers Weekly) through the world of retro-inspired DIY.
The Chew, what's for dinner? : 100 easy recipes for every night of the week - Peter Kaminsky and Ashley Archer
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/24/2013
Share The Chew, what ISBN-13: 9781401312817
ISBN-10: 1401312810
The Emmy Award-winning television producer and the hosts of The Chew present more than 100 healthy, affordable and family-friendly recipes complemented by preparation tips and reflections on some of the hit show's most popular themes and segments.
Get Cozy!
Start off the new year by cozying up to comforting cooking and soft fiber crafts.
Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes - by Anna Thomas
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/21/2009
Share Love Soup%3a 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes ISBN-13: 9780393064797
ISBN-10: 0393064794
Many vegetarians cut their culinary teeth on Anna Thomas' classic The Vegetarian Epicure, but the soups in this book "may just charm even a die-hard carnivore" (Publishers Weekly). Arranged seasonally, these mostly vegan recipes include such mouthwatering bowl-fillers as Smoky Eggplant Soup, Wild Mushroom Soup, Creamy Potato and Roasted Garlic Soup, Carrot Orange Ginger Soup, and two full chapters' worth of soups that feature dark, leafy greens. Ever the consummate host, Thomas appends a chapter of recipes for accompaniments (spreads, breads, salads, etc.) that turn a simple soup into a hearty meal.
Granny squares : over 25 creative ways to crochet the classic pattern - Stephanie Göhr, Melanie Sturm and Barbara Wilder
Publisher: Traflagar Square
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2012
Share Granny squares %3a  over 25 creative ways to crochet the classic pattern ISBN-13: 9781570765254
ISBN-10: 1570765251

Square, iconic, and creative, granny squares can be beautiful designs in themselves, but this book goes further with instructions on joining them together to create more than 20 modern projects. Affectionately called “grannies” by their fans, these crocheted squares can be quickly made with endless color variants and combinations of yarns and stitches. Ideas for big and small granny square showpieces are provided with precise instructions for all basic techniques and patterns. The individual squares can be easily joined together and thorough instructions are provided for making wonderfully colorful bags, gifts, beautiful home accessories, or snuggly throws. With the help of this project book, each square is a little work of art that can stand alone or be multiplied and joined together to form useful and beautiful creations.

Socktopus : 17 pairs of socks to knit and show off - Alice Yu
Publisher: Taunton Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/25/2011
Share Socktopus %3a  17 pairs of socks to knit and show off ISBN-13: 9781600854101
ISBN-10: 1600854109
"Sock knitters now have something to really get their needles into with the lavish and inspirational Socktopus, which is packed with invaluable tips and 17 fabulous patterns. Full of clear, helpful instruction on topics such as how to master turning a heel, sizing a sole, and fitting a high arch, Socktopus is the book that will enlighten and intrigue knitters. Socktopus is ideal for the aspiring knitter in search of the perfect sock. A comprehensive section on fiber and yarns will entice and delight yarnaddicts; while newcomers to the world of bespoke socks will never look back. The projects also introduce techniques that will allow knitters to adapt and create their own designs".
Rustic fruit desserts : crumbles, buckles, cobblers, pandowdies, and more - Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/01/2009
Share Rustic fruit desserts %3a  crumbles, buckles, cobblers, pandowdies, and more ISBN-13: 9781580089760
ISBN-10: 1580089763

An early fall cobbler with blackberries bubbling in their juice beneath a golden cream biscuit. A crunchy oatmeal crisp made with mid-summer’s nectarines and raspberries. Or a comforting pear bread pudding to soften a harsh winter’s day. Simple, scrumptious, cherished–these heritage desserts featuring local fruit are thankfully experiencing a long-due revival. InRustic Fruit Desserts, each season’s bounty inspires unique ways to showcase the distinct flavor combinations that appear fleetingly. James Beard Award—winning chef Cory Schreiber teams up with Julie Richardson, owner of Portland’s Baker & Spice, to showcase the freshest fruit available amidst a repertoire of satisfying old-timey fruit desserts, including crumbles, crisps, buckles, and pies. Whether you’re searching for the perfect ending to a sit-down dinner party or a delicious sweet to wrap up any night of the week, these broadly appealing and easy-to-prepare classics will become family favorites.

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