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Whether you're looking to farm a balcony, backyard, an allotment or an acre, My Tiny Home Farm is bursting with ingenious ideas and savvy solutions to help you transform any plot or planter into a super small holding. Visit a rooftop in Brooklyn, explore a Swedish koloni plot and enjoy the harvest at an organic vineyard in England.
The featured smallholders share their expertise, from growing fruit and veg and raising livestock to advice on establishing creative community spaces. Practical project ideas for potato buckets, hen baths, bee hotels and more will ensure your plot reaches peak productivity. Get inspired, let your imagination grow and enjoy your tiny home farm.$29.99
Since it was first published in 2011, The Granny Square Book has instructed and inspired crocheters to make and create beautiful, stylish projects with these classic motifs. Margaret Hubert has updated her bestselling book to include 25 additional crochet squares (for a total of 100!) and 25 all-new projects to make, wear and give.
Margaret shows the evolution of the granny square, how it can be used and interpreted in different ways with different yarns, and how today's crocheter can design her own projects using the granny squares of choice with today's yarns. Among the designs are accessories (headbands, bags, and jewelry); garments (vests, jackets, and tops); and decorative items and gifts (afghans, pillows, and a sweater set for baby).$29.99
Just for Fun: Easy Perspective takes a complicated topic and makes it easy and fun for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts! Even if you've never picked up a pencil or paintbrush, you can follow the simple, step-by-step instructions, and create realistic, proportionate artwork using perspective.
Featured subjects start with basic lines and shapes, then slowly progress with each new step to fully rendered artwork.
- Learn about the differences between one-, two-, and three-point perspective; vanishing points; and methods for measuring and dividing areas of a subject or scene proportionately
- Use basic lessons on depth and distance to add colour and create your own drawings and paintings
- Sep-by-step instructions for shapes, architecture, portraits, animals, street scenes and more
Pocket Skirt: Semi-fitted paneled A-line skirt with pockets. Elastic waist. The no-fuss, flat, deep and close fitting "in-seam" pockets can be sewn completely with your serger. This skirt has the perfect amount ease at the waist and hips then gracefully falls into a very wearable a-line. Use the solid back pattern piece for both the front and back for a simple "plain" a-line skirt.
Suggested Fabrics: Woven and knit fabrics such as doubleknit, jersey and Lycra blends with at least 5% stretch.
Shirred Turtleneck / Raglan Tee: This top has long raglan sleeves and shirred yoke. It is designed to be close-fitting so that the bodice gathers will stretch tight vertically. The pattern also includes an alternative front pattern piece for a smooth and simple raglan top.
Suggested Fabrics: Lycra blend knits with at least 80% crosswise stretch.
Ruana Wrap: Unstructured wrap with optional rounded or pointed hem. Wrap may be made reversible. This Ruana is the perfect accent to tie this outfit together. It frames the shirring on the top while softening and balancing the skirt.
Fabric Suggestions: Fabric with a nice drape, other than that , your fabric options are nearly endless – including wool coating, jersey, silks, knits or sweater knits. Slippery fabrics are not suggested, they would not stay in place.$28.00
With an Oriental flair and choice of two patch or two welt pockets on the outside, plus six secure hidden pockets in the lining.
Take a trip around the world or around the block and leave your purse at home. Pockets hold all your essentials, safe and handy, leaving your hands free for everyday things. Wardrobe plan included.
Multi-sized: 6 – 20
For author Flora Bowley, making art and expressing herself creatively have always served as potent forms of personal evolution and holistic healing. Creative Revolution is the culmination of Flora's life's work as an artist, offering guidance for others to embrace their authentic selves through paint.
The book is the next best thing to taking a course from Flora and readers will gain a deeper connection to their intuition, increased confidence to make bolder choices, freedom to let go and explore various options, an understanding that everything is transformable, the trust that it will all work out in the end and a renewed sense that creating can be fun and playful.$29.99