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151.

MAKING HOME

Sharon Astyk
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Other books tell us how to live the good life … but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. Wh…

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Other books tell us how to live the good life … but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.

Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more: more happiness, more security and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:

  • Save money on everything from heating and cooling to refrigeration, laundry, water, sanitation, cooking and cleaning
  • Create a stronger, more resilient family
  • Preserve more for future generations

We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crises and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.

152.

BREAKING THROUGH CONCRETE

David Hanson
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

People have always grown food in urban spaces—on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks—but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that trans…

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People have always grown food in urban spaces—on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks—but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document 12 successful urban farm programs, including an alternative school for girls in Detroit, a backyard food swap in New Orleans and a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Each beautifully illustrated essay offers practical advice for budding farmers, such as guidance on composting and keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, and even changing zoning laws.

153.

THE HANDMADE HOME

Editors of Country Living
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Country Living magazine knows that beautiful handcrafted accents are as essential a part of a home, sweet home as a comfy cushion to sink into at the end of a long day. Whether it's richly indulgent h…

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Country Living magazine knows that beautiful handcrafted accents are as essential a part of a home, sweet home as a comfy cushion to sink into at the end of a long day. Whether it's richly indulgent herbal soaps, vintage-inspired woven pillows, a keepsake family album, or beeswax tapers to illuminate a dinner party, the 75 projects in this varied collection will warm your heart … and give a personal touch to every room in the house.

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AGED TO PERFECTION

Leslie Linsley
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Inspirational and lavishly illustrated, this guide reveals the secrets to adding old-world charm and character to any home … even newly constructed houses. From heirloom furniture to classic window tr…

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Inspirational and lavishly illustrated, this guide reveals the secrets to adding old-world charm and character to any home … even newly constructed houses. From heirloom furniture to classic window treatments, ideas abound for creating a beautiful rustic effect. Add simple architectural details such as crown molding. Or try paint techniques like crackling, mosaics and staining to keep a new house from seeming too new. Gorgeous photographs show what's possible with a wide variety of homes.

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ECOTHRIFTY

Deborah Niemann
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without - our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But somewhere along the way we succumbed to the belief that we can get everyth…

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Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without - our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But somewhere along the way we succumbed to the belief that we can get everything for next to nothing, have it shipped halfway around the world and then, more often than not, just throw it away.

This consumer binge is taking its toll. Diet and lifestyle-related illnesses are epidemic, our environment is awash in a sea of plastic, our climate is changing, and the cost of everything is skyrocketing with the price of oil. Are we doomed? No. We can make greener, healthier choices, and we can do it while saving money.

Where to start? Ecothrifty is packed with simple, practical ideas and recipes to help you:

  • Make homemade products for cleaning and skin care
  • Grow your own food and cook more from scratch
  • Raise your family without lowering your standards
A must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to live a greener life but thought that it would be too expensive, time-consuming or difficult, this handy, complete guide will show you how small changes can have a huge environmental impact and save you thousands of dollars, all while improving your quality of life.

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ROUTERS AND ROUTER TABLES

Randy Johnson
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Routers can do an amazing variety of tasks in the workshop, from shaping molding to cutting joinery, but which type is the best investment: trim router, plunge router, multi-base router?

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Routers can do an amazing variety of tasks in the workshop, from shaping molding to cutting joinery, but which type is the best investment: trim router, plunge router, multi-base router?

Along with shop-tested buying advice, Routers and Router Tables includes complete plans for four complete router tables and routing workstations, a spiffy router lift, plus several more auxiliary fences for special operations such as raising panels and jointing edges. Also included are dozens of proven shop tips and router table add-ons, illustrated with photos. A special section features amazing sliding dovetail joints, which can only be made on the router table.

As part of the Tool Smarts Series from American Woodworker, Routers and Router Tables is a must-have book for all woodworkers, regardless of skill level. It covers everything a woodworker needs to know about these important tools.

Want to read more? Preview this book: 8 Great Reasons to Own a Plunge Router.

157.

EDIBLE DIY

Lucy Baker
Paperback

Price: $19.00

Edible DIY may not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular online Serious Eats column by the same name, Edible DIY includes 75…

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Edible DIY may not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular online Serious Eats column by the same name, Edible DIY includes 75 recipes divided into five chapters: Crunchy; Boozy; Sweet; Spicy Condiments, Pickles and Snacks; and Jams, Jellies and Other Preserves. With plenty of packaging tips throughout, Edible DIY is the perfect solution for making inexpensive edible gifts in your own kitchen with everything from Peppermint Marshmallows and Coconut Granola to Homemade Sriracha and Espresso Barbeque Sauce. Inspirational full-color photography throughout illustrate the recipes.

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PRACTICAL JEWELRY-MAKING TECHNIQUES: PROBLEM SOLVING

Stephen O'Keeffe
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving departs from tradition by offering serious instruction to jewelry makers without assuming an advanced degree of prior knowledge. It presents a comp…

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Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving departs from tradition by offering serious instruction to jewelry makers without assuming an advanced degree of prior knowledge. It presents a comprehensive survey of the core jewelry-making techniques while providing easier alternative solutions that get the same results as traditional methods. Each chapter is packed with unique ideas on how the jewelry artist can make tasks simpler, quicker or less expensive and still produce beautiful pieces. There are instructions for adapting and making problem-solving tools and jigs from everyday items, and tips on identifying potential pitfalls in a project and avoiding costly mistakes.

Step-by-step lessons in jewelry technique accompany more than 50 projects designed to put the skills into practice while creating beautiful pieces. Thorough explanations and hundreds of close-up photographs with detailed captions ensure the book will become a well-used reference for the jewelry maker. "You Will Need" boxes keep track of tools and materials, and "Tip" inserts offer sound advice born of experience. Where needed, there are design sketches with measurements.

The chapters are:

  • Tools for jewelry-making
  • Basic techniques
  • The making of simple specialized tools
  • Punch and die
  • Alternative methods of soldering
  • Wire scrollwork
  • The coming block
  • Applications of the screw
  • The removable spindle tool
  • Findings
  • Ring-sizing and wire-sizing tables

Those with any level of jewelry-making experience will enjoy and greatly benefit from the author's decades of experience, his clear instruction and the wealth of useful illustrations in this book. It's sure to be a welcome choice for both students and professional crafters alike.

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THE VILLAGE CARPENTER

Walter Rose
Paperback

Price: $15.95

First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time before power t…

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First published in 1937, this woodworking classic reveals a fascinating look into the social structure of a 19th-century English town and a carpenter's place in it. Encapsulating a time before power tools and mass production, when woodworkers made virtually everything, Walter Rose writes eloquently on a number of topics, including running a country business; the carpenter's shop; working on a farm, new home and windmill; undertaking; and furniture repairs. Manifesting the importance of skill and the attitudes of the craftsman to his tools and work, this book will be of great interest to any carpenter or woodworker with an appreciation for the history of their craft.

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THE NATURAL SOAP CHEF

Heidi Corley Barto
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Soap is supposed to cleanse and soothe skin, but what's available in stores often just dries and irritates. With The Natural Soap Chef anyone can quickly learn how to make all-natural soaps that gentl…

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Soap is supposed to cleanse and soothe skin, but what's available in stores often just dries and irritates. With The Natural Soap Chef anyone can quickly learn how to make all-natural soaps that gently wash even the most sensitive skin. Not only are these soaps good for the body, they beautifully dress up any home with their delicious scents and colors. This book will show you the way your great-grandma made soap, by using the cold process method and the basic components of soap: lye and oil. With easy-to-follow instructions and photos that guarantee success, you'll be a soap-making expert in no time.

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