Cost-effective and adaptable, pole buildings are the perfect solution for tool sheds, barns, or even summer homes. Low-Cost Pole Building Construction focuses on designs that provide good wind resistance with minimal grading and no need to excavate for a foundation. With full plans for a number of sample buildings that include a solar cottage, garage, and woodshed, you’ll be able to quickly and effectively build the structure you need while saving both money and time.
Author: Ralph Wolfe
In 2009, tastemaker and best-selling author Lena Corwin turned the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone into a studio and began hosting classes for local crafters. In Lena Corwin's Made by Hand, she re-creates and builds upon her popular workshop series in order to reach crafters in Brooklyn and beyond. For this "best of" collection, she has chosen expert teachers and her favorite projects: Jenny Gordy introduces us to knitted socks and elegantly sewn tops and dresses; Cal Patch teaches how to make a modern embroidery sampler as well as a braided rag rug; and Corwin herself presents her favorite screen-printing and stamping techniques. In total, there are 26 lessons and projects, all presented with step-by-step photos and illustrations.
Author: Lena Corwin
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:
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.
Author: Sharon Astyk
We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work and play … and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.
Here, the teacher, scientist and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson-a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.
Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:
The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: Return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable and loving connection with ourselves and the world.
The book includes a complete CD with five guided mindfulness meditations by Kabat-Zinn, selected from the audio program that inspired this book.
Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn
Hooch. White lightning. White whiskey. Mountain dew. Moonshine goes by many names. So what is it, really? Technically speaking, "moonshine" refers to untaxed liquor made in an unlicensed still. In the United States, it’s typically corn that’s used to make the clear, unaged beverage, and it’s the mountain people of the American South who are most closely associated with the image of making and selling backwoods booze at night—by the light of the moon—to avoid detection by law enforcement.
In this book, writer Jaime Joyce explores America’s centuries-old relationship with moonshine. From the country’s early adoption of Scottish and Irish home-distilling techniques and traditions to the Whiskey Rebellion of the late 1700s to a comparison of the moonshine industry pre- and post-Prohibition and a look at modern-day craft distilling, Joyce examines the historical context that gave rise to moonshining in America and explores its continued appeal. Even more fascinating than the popularity of the liquor itself is moonshine’s widespread effect on U.S. pop culture: moonshine runners were NASCAR’s first marquee drivers; white whiskey was the unspoken star of countless Hollywood film and television productions; and numerous songs inspired by making shine have come from such musicians as Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, Metallica, Ween, and others. While we can’t condone making your own illegal liquor, reading Moonshine will give you a new perspective on the profound implications that underground moonshine making has had on life in America.
Author: Jaime Joyce
After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont-its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming-Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: "We're moving to Vermont!" The reality, they quickly learn, is not quite as glorious, often far too quaint, but, happily, worth all the trouble.
In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson's transition from city life to small Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, population 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the nation, she learns the hard way that "improvements" are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they've always been.
She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they're boycotting the store. Why? "The bread," they tell her, "you moved the bread from where it used to be." Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether?
Follow the author to her wits' end and back, through her full immersion into rural life-swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont "character."
Author: Ellen Stimson
With designs contributed by more than 50 creative builders across North America, the projects include tables, stools, workstations, benches, laptop stands, shelves, art panels, organizers, headboards, doghouses, dollhouses, and more. A photo of each finished project is accompanied by a list of needed tools and materials, cutting and assembly diagrams, and clear step-by-step instructions.
Author: Philip Schmidt
38 great diy projects. Requiring minimal assembly time and tools, this concise, engaging, and even humorous guide offers countless tips as well as clear and instructive photography.
Author: Spike Carlsen
From skin care expert and founder of the thriving organic skin care line SW Basics comes a comprehensive yet simple guide to switching to an all-natural skin care regime.
As savvy consumers, we’ve become all too aware that products labeled as “healthy” and “all-natural” are actually full of processed ingredients. But what about the “natural” face wash or “organic moisturizer” we use on our skin every day?
Like prepackaged food, many beauty products don’t deliver the benefits they promise, and that eye-catching packaging camouflages a host of unhealthy ingredients. In Skin Cleanse, skin care expert Adina Grigore teaches us how to move to a truly natural regimen, because when you detox from your skin care regimen, your body reaps the rewards.
Skin Cleanse helps readers diagnose and understand the underlying causes of their individual skin problems and offers all-natural recipes—using inexpensive ingredients that can be found at the grocery store to treat them effectively.
From teaching about how diet and lifestyle factors affect the quality of your skin to examining what is in the dozens of products we use every day, Grigore helps you take control over what goes on your skin and shows you step-by-step how to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Author: Adine Grigore
Two best-selling books-now in one comprehensive volume! Together, The Art & Craft of Stonescaping and The Art & Craft of Stonework make up the best beginner-friendly guide available for anyone wanting to build stone walls (freestanding, retaining, dry-stacked or mortared), steps, benches, paths, patios and borders. Any duplication in the tools and technique chapters has been eliminated, while a brand-new gallery of projects offers ideas and inspiration. Featuring lots of how-to photos, informative illustrations, and practical projects, this giant resource is a must-have for homeowners' reference libraries.
Author: David Reed
Nature still provides just as many effective remedies today as in times gone by. These remedies work as valuable medicine against all sorts of diseases and conditions … as well as the unpleasant side effects of modern life, such as stress, exhaustion and listlessness.
New science has acknowledged the positive properties of many medicinal herbs. This growing interest in medicinal herbs is accompanied by the desire to make simple preparations at home that benefit and address the common conditions and ailments of both men and women. When concerns affect children and teenagers, parents can offer onion packs if their offspring complain of painful ears, because they recognize that many of their grandmother's home cures are exactly that, cures. In fact, all age groups can and do benefit from nature's healing powers without a lot of effort. Throughout this wonderfully comprehensive book the easiest methods and the most popular applications for natural remedies are provided in detail. In the large recipe section there is a suitable recipe for almost any complaint.
Making use of the healing power of plants can be accomplished with little effort by producing home-style "remedies." The 68 recipes address different types of complaints, organized for every age and stage of life. Each remedy includes step-by-step instructions, enabling the least-experienced reader to make a suitable remedy with confidence. No prior knowledge required.
For small children, Marjoram Ointment works wonders: By applying a little under a child's sniffly nose, the sneezing stops quickly. Homemade Ginger Candy greatly alleviates the effects of morning sickness. Using a natural gargling solution of sage tea, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil soothes a tickly, sore and difficult to swallow sore throat.
Recent studies from Europe show that nearly half the population is convinced that herbal remedies work and trust in nature's healing powers. This trend is mirrored here in North America. With this outstanding resource guide, dozens of useful and prescriptive home herbal remedies can be easily created.
Author: Melanie Wenzel
Christophe Pourny learned the art of furniture restoration in his father’s atelier in the south of France. In this, his first book, he teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update and care for it—from antiques to midcentury pieces, family heirlooms and funky flea-market finds. The heart of the book is an overview of Pourny’s favorite techniques—ceruse, vernis anglais and water gilding, among many others—with full-color step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home. Pourny brings these techniques to life with a chapter devoted to real-world refinishing projects, from a veneered table to an ebonized desk, a gilt frame to a painted northern European hutch. Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, including how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg and replace felt pads, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more.
Author: Christope Pourny
It features more than 25 do-it-yourself projects that you can modify to suit your needs and skills. Measured drawings, materials lists and step-by-step instructions for most projects are included in this easy-to-understand book. You'll also find articles that focus on learning skills such as welding, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, shed construction and more.
Author: Clarence D. Goosen
Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates summer with this collection of original outdoor shower designs that he’s discovered across North America. He offers dozens of designs to choose from, all pictured in stunning color photographs, ranging from a simple showerhead on the side of your cottage to semi-detached and freestanding structures. Fierro also includes an overview of basic plumbing and structural requirements, along with suggestions for using a wide range of building materials, such as stone, wood, metal, frosted glass blocks, earth, concrete, tile, stucco, and landscape vegetation. His plans are environmentally sound and incorporate cost-saving techniques, with ideas for repurposing found and recycled materials.
Author: Ethan Fierro
Want to know the secret to growing gorgeous hair or how your favorite celebrities have such flawless skin? Introducing the power of food into your beauty routine in a whole new way, you'll uncover the recipes that promote beauty from within (with beauty-boosting foods you'll salivate over!) as well as topical DIY beauty recipes (for facial masks, body scrubs and more that are, well, good enough to eat-literally!).
Dubbed the "Female Beauty MacGyver" by Access Hollywood, Alexis Wolfer shares with you 131 easy, all-natural, affordable and effective recipes that feed your beauty. Combining the best recipes from her personal archives with DIY beauty secrets and food recipes shared with her by chefs, beauty editors and celebrities (including Kristin Chenoweth, Brooklyn Decker, Vanessa Williams, Molly Sims, Byrdie Bell, Donna Karan and more), The Recipe For Radiance will take you into your kitchen to discover the food-based beauty secrets even the most well-pampered women rely on to look their best.
Each chapter in The Recipe for Radiance addresses a different beauty concern (acne, fine lines and wrinkles, brittle nails, lackluster hair, sun spots, cellulite, chapped lips, under-eye circles, and more), giving you the inside scoop on the causes and symptoms of the most common beauty concerns … along with their food-based solutions. Sample recipes include:
Be prepared to cook yourself beautiful, all the while saving money on products and keeping your beauty routine chemical-free.
Author: Alexis Wolfer
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its sixth edition, this workbook, highly regarded by therapists and their clients, remains the go-to source for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.
Author: Davis, Eshelman, McKay
Take the simple questionnaire inside The Skin Type Solution and within minutes discover which of the 16 unique skin types describes your skin, which ingredients to avoid, the skin care brands that are right for you, and your new time- and money-saving regimen. In this revised edition of her classic bestseller, world-renowned Miami Beach dermatologist and researcher Dr. Leslie Baumann helps you shop for the optimal skin care products.
Author: Leslie Baumann
Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as starting your day sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drinking this simple drink is only one of the many ways, all outlined in The Ultimate pH Solution, that you can change your body's pH and ward off disease. Too much acid in your blood can cause a host of health problems, but with cutting-edge, medically sound research, this indispensable guide offers an easy-to-follow plan and simple lifestyle changes that will help you kick acid and stay healthy.
The Ultimate pH Solution also includes the real-life success stories of people who have overcome disease and lost weight by balancing their pH levels, along with 50 recipes for delicious pH-powerful dishes. Learn why high-protein diets may be harmful to your health, why eating dairy may not help you avoid osteoporosis, and how to lower the acid levels in your body for optimal health.
Author: Michelle Schoffro Cook