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Cupcake Stand DIY

I love this idea of making cupcake (or cookie!) stands out of easy to find materials. Not Just a Mommy uses colorful paper plates and cups to make these fun stands. You could easily match the colors to your party or the holiday!

Make Garbage Great

Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle strikes me as perhaps the standard-setting book on the subject or recycling, suitable for almost any age, including middle school through collegiate levels. The text is well-informed,...

The Knitter’s Book Of Knowledge

They're not kidding when they say this book is the "complete" guide to knitting. My daughter, who is a beginner knitter, saw it and leafed through The Knitter's Book of Knowledge and said, "Wow, this is like a knitting encyclopedia!" I love having an instant reference...

10 Granny Squares

I have fond memories of watching my grandma make granny squares while she was watching TV, and then later she transformed them into a gorgeous crocheted blanket. In 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets, just by changing the yarn color or weight results in an entirely...

Little Felted Dogs

There are at least two great things about Little Felted Dogs. The first is that the 24 tiny dogs shown are the cutest things I've ever seen. Just darling! Each breed is represented realistically, photographed in such a cute way, it's all just ridiculously charming....

Disney And Peanuts Crochet

I learned some basic crochet techniques when I was young, but my daughter is the main one who enjoys crochet at this point. So, I gave her this Peanuts Crochet kit and she is really enjoying it. The amigurumi style characters are very cute and I love the small size,...

Sewing Knits From Fit To Finish

When I was younger, I'd toyed with the idea of becoming sort of a street-level fashion designer. A friend of mine had started to make a living sewing hats for local boutiques, and encouraged me to try some designs out. Mostly, I wanted to modify T-shirts and other...

Stone Painting For Kids

My daughter likes to paint river rocks, though the design book she's been referencing is a little too detailed and grown-up for her tastes. So we're both thrilled with "Stone Painting for Kids." The book is full color, with lots of step-by-step photos. The clear...

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