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Handmade Collage

Handmade Collage offers an insider's look at how to create your own, professional-artist quality collages. I've seen and admired collages like the artist/author's, in my art history textbooks, upscale office buildings, and in galleries or museums. But how to actually...

Yarn Whirled: The Royal Family

We have a young anglophile in our household -- who seems to love all things British -- and she's learning to knit, crochet and cross-stitch, although she's not a pro at this point. So I thought I'd get her this book. It offers a simple way to create darling dolls by...

Customize Your Knitting

The basic approach in Customize Your Knitting is to create various panels, sized to fit your figure, and then connect each for a perfect fit. It offers not only many patterns for sweaters and tops but instructions on how to personalize them for fit and finish. It...

Zen Origami

This origami set includes instructions on how to make 20 geometric shapes -- which are many-sided balls and stars. I think they could be created, again and again, as a meditative activity. I really like the patterns and colors of the pretty folding papers that come in...

Crocheted Abode A La Mode

Crocheted Abode A La Mode  is such a fun and creative book, I love every single adorable idea! This is definitely not my grandma's crochet, it really takes it to a new level. Twinkie Chan has created lots of super cute crochet projects that I never would have thought...

Make In A Day: Modern Wreaths

The full color photos throughout this 60-page book not only show how to create your own wreaths out of a wide variety of materials, but make it all so much fun to follow, too. There are 15 different projects, each designed to be able to finish them in a day or so. The...

Dumpling Cats To Crochet

I've been teaching my daughters how to crochet, and they seem to be getting better and better. I know they love Tsum tsum style characters, and our cats, too, so I thought they'd enjoy this book from Dover all about adorable tsum-tsum style cats! And I was right! The...

Animal Cookie Necklaces

A Joyful Riot made these circus animal necklaces to look just like the fun pink and white cookies. Love the colorful...

The Beeswax Workshop

My daughter is very interested in beekeeping, so I got this book to learn about what we can do with all of the leftover beeswax. I know that beeswax smells wonderful and its really nice to see all of the excellent ideas of what we can make with it. The lip balm recipe...

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