64 Yard and Garden Projects You Can Build Yourself
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64 Yard and Garden Projects You Can Build Yourself

Burch (How To Build Fifty Classic Furniture Reproductions, Sterling, 1993) here details outdoor building projects that can be completed in no more than a single afternoon. For each project he lists recommended types of wood, complete materials lists, instructions, and user and environmental safety concerns. Users will find it helpful to read Burch's book first, for the instructions are not presented in a fashion that yields easily to...

Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living
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Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living

The book walks u thru several green roofs projects with pics. In each case it details what the project entailed and the ups and downs from each one. It also points out what the people felt they might of done differently in hindsight, which I really appreciated. It's a very small residential based and a great book to start with on the topic. This book is a cross Atlantic effort with authors and green roof specialists in England and th...

Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones
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Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones

I am a fan of Amy Butler so I might be a bit biased. I'm at about a beginner to intermediate sewing level. The projects in this book I would say are for intermediate to advanced sewers. The instructions sound clear for the easier projects (she does label the difficulty of each project) but there are only a few diagrams. The projects are just darling, with a lovely array of choices from toys to bedding, diaper bags to clothing. The bo...

Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of SCRABBLE
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Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of SCRABBLE

"Guides and manuals tend to be grim, charmless things. But not this one! If you consider SCRABBLE (and/or its digital knockoffs) a small key pillar of modern civilization--or even just an intellectually nutritious way of killing time with friends and family--why wouldn't you immediately buy a book as smart and literate and companionable as the game you love to play?"

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The Art of Paper Quilling

For those who say it doesn't give the length, read the book. in the beginning she states the length of the strips. Then states that you cut them in half, quarter or eighth depending on what you're using the strip for. The directions are precise and the projects are beautiful and inspiring. I hit a roadblock and now I feel ready to create again. I highly recommend this book for beginners or experienced quillers. She shows many differe...

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Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects

I picked up this book because, like so many other people I know, I absolutely dislike what is being offered to me on clothing store shelves and racks nowadays. Pretty in Punk is great because it offers a little of everything- from the crowning achievement kick-butt mohawk hat on the cover to accessories such as purses and arm bands all the way to sweaters, skirts, corset-style tops and the ever-important arm warmers. The instructions...

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The New Braiding Handbook

My 10 year old daughter is obsessed with this book. Even now so long after Christmas she consults this book regularly to practice new hairstyles. She was quick to tell me how I was damaging my hair by washing it everyday and has placed me on a strict hair care regimen. Nice, right? I don't follow it, but she loves telling me everything she has learned in this book. I know who to consult when I have a braid question and I get pampered...

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Wood Accents for the Home: (Black & Decker)

Provides plans and instructions for making easy wood projects, including: Step stool – Mirrored coat rack – Knickknack shelf – Cedar chest – Firewood caddy – Quilt stand – Room divider – Corner TV Center – Wine rack – Coffee table – Overjohn – Plant stand – Video/CD rack – Bookcase – Serving trays – Magazine rack – Nightstand – Mug rack – Mission lamp base – Dresser valet

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Movable Storage Projects

The book has some ingenious ideas with very well-illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Some of the projects are quite clever and I look forward to working on a number of them.