Crafts

The best DIY, anti-consumer homemaker guide out there. Easy to use, compact, realistic, and not for hippies. Want to save money and avoid toxic chemicals while cleaning your stuff and yourself, but still want your hair to shine and your toilet to sparkle? Includes everything from non-toxic lip balm recipes to what kind of dish soap you can recycle into your gardening.  

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Julia
$21.00
ISBN: 9781605294629
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Published: Rodale Press - April 26th, 2011

This is a good book. It's about people who are happy and depressed and ecstatic and regretful and loving and bored, and how they are brought together in this book with ink and pain and blood and everything they’ve experienced. Pen & Ink is sparse and gorgeous, the illustrations allowing the narratives to take center stage.  

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Rachel
$22.00
ISBN: 9781620404904
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 7th, 2014

Cirilia Rose is a crafter after my own heart. This collection of patterns is organized with 3 sections based on the three main types of knitting projects (Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads) and broken up further by smart and relatable personal essays on the creative process. No matter your knitting mood, you'll find a perfect pattern in this awesome book. 

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Megan
By Cirilia Rose, Jared Flood (Photographer)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781584799535
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 4th, 2014

Fashion and color are inextricably linked, as color is usually the first thing our eyes fix on. For years, designers have turned to color experts Pantone for inspiration, and this new book neatly displays the relationship. Organized by each distinct hue, with the classic Pantone color strip running along the bottom of each page, designs of every style grace these pages. Pantone on Fashion is a bright and glamorous look at over a century of fashion.
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Flannery
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452115351
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 16th, 2014

This super-charming book is filled with great projects that encourage creativity and play. From oversized (and adorable) paper puppets to fair-maiden crowns to cracker-box trucks, these ideas are easy to make, use inexpensive materials, and will inspire kids’ imaginations. Playful includes patterns and templates in the back to make these projects even simpler to make. Parents, teachers, kids, and crafters will love this book!
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S.B.
$24.95
ISBN: 9781617690457
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - September 16th, 2014

This super detailed coloring book by UK based illustrator Megamunden is perfect for honing your “coloring in the lines” skills. Or for the rebel in you, take liberties inking outside the line- work by adding and improvising on Munden’s classic tattoo art. Skeletons to geishas, roses to ravens in top hats—this book covers all your badass tatt needs.
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Kimberly
By Megamunden (Created by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781780670119
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Published: Laurence King - November 5th, 2013

Expert and realistic advice on how to make online sales serve your needs. With lots of case studies and platform reviews, this book will instruct and inspire. Whether you're a hobby seller looking to support a creative addiction or someone who is ready to start a full-time business, this book will guide the way.
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Nici
$17.99
ISBN: 9781440559198
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Published: Adams Media Corporation - September 18th, 2013

You could sum up this book by one of its best chapter titles: "Some days it's OK to just knit dishrags." A compendium of heartbreaking and uplifting short essays on knitting by some great writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Sue Grafton, this book had me laughing out loud and feeling utterly lost and found at the same time.
Well worth the read!

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Mikaela
By Ann Hood (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393239492
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 11th, 2013

This book gives novices and experts (and every kind of knitter in between) the tools necessary to make really beautiful, modern knitwear. I' m a little obsessed with not only how pretty the pictures are (a plus) but also how much information is packed inside. Melville is a genius, and one who has honed her craft to perfection, and I am all-too-happy to benefit from the product!

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Mikaela
$24.99
ISBN: 9780307965578
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Published: Potter Craft - March 26th, 2013

How do I love top-down knitting? Let me count the ways. Trying on a garment as I knit is invaluable to me, allowing simple corrections to avoid later frogging nightmares. (I also particularly love the look of raglan sleeves—it does wonders for slimming my shoulders!) But seriously, you could make an entire wardrobe out of Kristina McGowan’s second volume of top-down patterns: uniquely styled hats, skirts, sweaters, cardigans, and even pants (no joke!).

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
By Kristina McGowan, Anna Williams (Photographer)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781617690334
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 5th, 2013

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