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1,001 Old-Time Household Hints

by Yankee Magazine

Wonder what Grandma would have used to clean greasy kitchen walls? Cure a sore throat? Conquer insect pests in her vegetable garden? Wonder no longer! Whatever your grandma did to fix and maintain things around the house and garden, it probably worked. That's because the old ways are often the best ways when it comes to solutions for everyday problems, ideas for saving time, and handy advice for getting the job done. And that's where 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints comes in. Find the best hints, tips, and secrets for everything from cooking, cleaning, and home maintenance to pet care, gardening, and holiday celebrations. You'll also find ways to adapt and improve some old-time methods. Discover an amazing variety of useful and clever ideas, including how to: Clean copper pans, using buttermilk and salt Make real sourdough bread the way the pioneers did Fight wrinkles and create kissable lips Use natural ingredients to repair your hair Create your own unique perfume Organize common space in your home Use ivory soap for polishing silver and insect control Safely separate drinking glasses that have been stuck together And more! With 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints on your kitchen table or nightstand, you're always in the good company of an old-timer who's ready to dispense a helpful hint, encouraging word, or sage secret at the turn of a page. 310 color photographs

10,000 Garden Questions Answered by 20 Experts

by Marjorie J. Dietz

Answers on: soils, fertilizers, landscaping, ornamental plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, tubers, corms, roses, perennials, annuals, biennials, lawns, vegetables, fruits, house plants, weeds, etc.

150 Best Mini Interior Ideas

by Francesc Zamora

Featuring interiors that exemplify the beauty and simplicity of small-space design, 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas is the latest volume in the bestselling 150 Best series.Composed of stunning photographs, floor plans, and insightful text, this book will help you discover how architects and designers from around the world work within a confined square footage to create innovative living spaces. 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas profiles a diverse range of homes, from rural and urban constructions to town houses and renovations. It reveals how to utilize walls, floors, and furniture to make a small room appear large, and it shares other methods and decorating tricks to inspire homeowners and designers.Secret storage systems, convertible furniture, and mindfulness of materials combine to create unique and flexible homes. This extensive collection celebrates functional, striking design meant to maximize the most minimal of spaces.

150 Best Minimalist House Ideas

by Alex Sanchez

One of the most popular interior design trends, minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette.In 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas, photographs and floor plans of minimalist homes around the world are featured. The images are of stunning bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms; and insightful text complements them to reveal the methods used to make the minimalist rooms so eye-catching and desirable. The text includes a wealth of both big-picture and more focused ideas. It covers subjects such as walls (if and when to use them), doors, and partitions; flooring, lighting, furniture, and staircases; and explores color, patterns, materials, and texture.The houses featured in this extraordinary volume were developed by distinguished international designers at the forefront of the minimalist movement. The result is a guide that offers both inspiration and practical, easy-to follow advice for creating maximum beauty using minimal elements.

150 Best New Apartment Ideas

by Francesc Zamora Mola

This information-packed volume explores the manifold ways in which architects and designers meet the various challenges of designing and decorating apartments for their clients. Featuring an extensive collection of apartments from around the world, 150 Best New Apartment Ideas provides an in-depth look at the most stunning, innovative, and practical design solutions working today. Covering a wealth of information and showcasing the latest design trends, this little book is an inspirational source of ideas, perfect for the homeowner and the professional alike.

150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas

by Irene Alegre

150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavish guidebook are 150 never-before-shared tips and techniques provided by internationally renowned architects and designers, along with full-color photographs and diagrams of sixty-five uniquely beautiful projects from around the world. The design ideas reveal how to create exterior spaces that are clean, modern, and comfortable, as well as how to use cutting-edge materials that are practical, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Best of all, the design ideas featured inside are easy to follow and can be tailored to the unique tastes and needs of individual homeowners.

37 Houseplants Even You Can't Kill

by Mary Kate Hogan

Have the leaves dropped off your houseplants long ago? Here's the good news: you're not missing some mysterious green thumb gene. These 37 varieties of foliage, flowers and cacti will thrive even when almost totally ignored. Best of all, there's no need to sacrifice lushness, beauty or even delicacy. You'll find all the easy-to-follow basics you will ever need to show off your gardening prowess, even if you don't have any!

50 More Crocheted Afghan Borders

by Jean Leinhauser

Like the frosting on the cupcake, or the tiara on the bride, a beautiful border is the finishing touch for a lovingly created afghan, whether knitted or crocheted. Borders can be elegant or whimsical, can match or contrast with the afghan, and can lift even the simplest afghan from ''ordinary'' into the ''very special'' category. If you usually depend upon fringe as an accent, you'll have fun experimenting with these 50 crochet borders by Jean Leinhauser. The borders can be worked with any weight of yarn that works well with the body of the afghan. For some designs, the number of colors used in a border also can be varied. General instructions are included for how to use the borders, work with stitch pattern multiples, and estimate yarn amounts.

52 Weekend Decorating Projects

by The Editors of Woman's Day

A wide range of easy, creative and inexpensive decorating projects that will add personality and style to your rooms at very little cost.

60 Crocheted Snowflakes (Dover Needlework Series)

by Barbara Christopher

This unusually comprehensive collection features patterns based on actual snowflake photographs. At the beginning of the book, the author gives easy-to-follow instructions for each stitch used in this book. The threads she suggests work up beautifully, though other brands will also make wonderful snowflakes. Some patterns are easy; some are intricate, but all rely on just a few basic stitches.

Absolutely Amazing Ways to Save Money on Everything

by James Paris

Tips on saving money on dining out, health care, home repair and much more.

Accessible Gardening: Tips And Techniques For Seniors And The Disabled

by Joann Woy

If advancing age, illness, or accident has made gardening too difficult for you, don't become frustrated. There is an alternative. Accessible Gardening is a book of tips and techniques that will help you to overcome obstacles and return the joy of gardening to your life: recommendations for modifying an existing garden for gardening ease; advice on selecting ergonomic tools and low-maintenance plants; directions for constructing raised-bed planters; instructions for developing manageable watering and pest-control systems; specifications for paths, inclines, and railings; discussion on the psychological and physical benefits of gardening.

Adopting Cats and Kittens: A Care and Training Guide

by Connie Jankowski

What should I look for in an animal shelter? What should I look for in a cat or kitten I am adopting? Should I even adopt a cat or kitten? And, when I get it home, what do I do then? In this short guide, the author answers all these questions, and more.

Adornments: Accenting Accessories with Flowers, Feathers, Lace and Beads

by Elizabeth Messina Myra Callan

Adorn Yourself.... The beautiful and delicate projects in Adornments are the perfect finishing touches for creating a purely romantic look. Make floral-inspired necklaces, in-full-bloom fascinators, and earrings with wispy feathers and sparkling beads. At parties, galas, special events, or even on your wedding day, the accessories in Adornments are artful creations that are sure to turn heads and inspire romance. Flip through the pages and you'll find... 20 accessory projects, from floral fascinators and hair pieces to necklaces, earrings and belts A techniques section that shows you how to use a millinery iron, cut lace appliques and work with wire and beads to create stunning pieces that would rival the wares of any high-end boutique Materials you'll love to work with: silk, linen and cotton fabrics, antique lace, delicate crystal beads and playful feathers Using simple hand-sewing, jewelry and millinery techniques, these accessories are easy to make and even easier to wear. In fact, you may not be able to take them off!

All about Creating Japanese Gardens

by Alvin Horton

These days, people crave gardens that fill the soul and comfort the body. Japanese gardening answers those yearnings. This book demonstrates how to: create a feeling of sanctuary; make tranquil spaces; and arrange plants and ornaments.

All About Seeds

by Melvin Berger

What are seeds? Where do they come from? What do they need to grow into plants? In this book you will learn All About Seeds by collecting, planting, and cooking them.

All The Onions: And How To Grow Them

by Betty Jacobs

Describes how to grow, harvest, store, and use all the members of the onion family. Onions, garlic, shallots, leeks as well as others.

Allergy-Free Gardening

by Thomas L. Ogren

With allergy problems reaching epidemic levels, horticulturist Tom Ogren set out to investigate the role that urban landscaping plays in this health crisis. What he discovered was startling: The vastly disproportionate cultivation of all-male plant varieties produces large amounts of intensely irritating airborne pollen. This extensively researched reference helps gardeners and landscapers make landscaping choices that can drastically reduce their exposure to harmful allergens.

Altars: Bringing Sacred Shrines into Your Everyday Life

by Denise Linn

TFrom the book: he urge to create sacred spaces is so deep in the human psyche that we often create them unconsciously. A gathering of photos on a piano, an arrangement of personal objects on a desk or fireplace mantel, are perhaps outer manifestations of an inner desire to establish hallowed and holy spaces in our environment. Denise Linn, the internationally acclaimed author of Sacred Space, speaks directly to this primal longing for sacred places. In Altars, she demonstrates in photos and text how you can enrich your home or office by creating unique shrines for healing and contemplation. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly practical, Altars shows how to Create personal altars for devotion, transitions in life, manifestation, and love Choose the optimum place to locate your home altar, according to the points of the compass and the ancient principles of feng shui Select altar objects that are particularly suited to your special needs Purify yourself and your altars with incense, prayers, drumming, and chanting Everyone who yearns to enter into the mysterious and wondrous realms, to infuse ordinary moments with sacred meaning, will find a great abundance of beauty, inspiration, and wisdom in this unique book. Renowned lecturer, author, and visionary Denise Linn has researched spiritual practices from cultures throughout the world for more than twenty-nine years. Calling upon this wealth of knowledge, she originated the unique and groundbreaking feng shui system Interior Alignment . Her synthesis of practical information and spirituality has had a deep impact on thousands of participants worldwide. She is also the author of nine books, including Sacred Legacies, The Secret Language of Signs, Quest, and the international bestseller Sacred Space. Includes appendices which explain the meanings (traditionally) of items frequently used on altars: stones, shells, flowers, herbs and more.

Amazing World of Spiders

by Janet Craig

What kind of animals have two more legs than insects, eat their boy friends, make beautiful traps, and have 8 eyes but can't see very well? "Spiders! This book of facts about spiders is too short and interesting to be boring. These are facts you will want to know. You will enjoy yourself as you learn about spiders, which make good pets and which can kill you. Find out how spiders catch insects to eat and how they escape birds and wasps which want to eat them. Many pictures are described.

American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards

by Wade Graham

The story of our nation and ourselves as told through our country's most significant gardens and their creators. From Frederick Law Olmsted to Richard Neutra, Michelle Obama to our neighbors, Americans throughout history have revealed something of themselves--their personalities, desires, and beliefs--in the gardens they create. Rooted in the time and place of their making, as much as in the minds and identities of their makers, gardens mirror the struggles and energies of a changing society. Melding biography, history, and cultural commentary in a one-of-a-kind narrative, American Eden presents a dynamic, sweeping look at this country's landscapes and the visionaries behind them. Monticello's gardens helped Jefferson reconcile his conflicted feelings about slavery-and take his mind off his increasing debt. Edith Wharton's gardens made her feel more European and superior to her wealthy but insufficiently sophisticated countrymen. Martha Stewart's how-to instructions helped bring Americans back into their gardens, while at the same time stoking and exploiting our anxieties about social class. Isamu Noguchi's and Robert Smithson's experiments reinvigorated the age-old exchange between art and the garden. American Eden offers an inclusive definition of the garden, considering intentional landscapes that range from domestic kitchen gardens to city parks and national parks, suburban backyards and golf courses, public plazas and Manhattan's High Line park, reclaimed from freight train tracks. And it exposes the overlap between garden-making and painting, literature, and especially architecture-the garden's inseparable sibling-to reveal the deep interconnections between the arts and their most inspired practitioners. Moving deftly through time and place across America's diverse landscapes--from Revolutionary-era Virginia to turn-of-the-century Chicago to 1960s suburban California--and featuring a diverse cast of landscape-makers--whether artists, architects, or housewives, amateurs or professionals, robber barons, politicians, reformers, or dreamers--Wade Graham vividly unfolds the larger cultural history through more personal dramas. Beautifully illustrated with color and black-and-white images, American Eden is at once a different kind of garden book and a different kind of American history, one that offers a compelling, untold story--a saga that mirrors and illuminates our nation's invention, and constant reinvention, of itself.

The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (Revised American Edition)

by Christopher Brickell H. Marc Cathey

American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a comprehensive, detailed, and illustrated alphabetical guide to some 15,000 ornamental plants and an essential reference for all gardeners and horticulturists. Easy to Use Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names for fast, straightforward access, and previous names and common names appear as cross-references throughout the main text.

American Profile Hometown Cookbook: A Celebration of America's Table

by Mary Carter Susan Fisher Candace Floyd

"In this extraordinary cookbook, you'll find traditional American favorites with a unique twist alongside ethnic creations from around the world. Also included are helpful tips from American Profile's test kitchen as well as 30 articles on hometown festivals and fairs across the nation that give you a sneak peek into the lives of the ordinary citizens that make up hometown America. Whether it's a simple soup for the family or a full meal for visitors, the American Profile Hometown Cookbook has just the right recipe to make any gathering a special occasion."

Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers

by Sharman Apt Russell

Combining graceful writing with a scientist's clarity, Russell reveals that the science behind these intelligent plants--how they evolved, survive, heal--is even more awe-inspiring than their fleeting beauty.

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