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Pirates & Pompoms is packed with playtime ideas for creative parents and carers. Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you’ll keep children entertained with make-believe worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required.
Focusing on these three popular themes (pirates, circus and woodland animals), projects include: eye patches and a telescope, stuffed animal friends, leaf bunting, circus ringmaster’s hat and a big-top canopy den. Each project includes a simple template and illustrated step-by-step instructions.
Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.$32.99
Wrapping with Fabric explains furoshiki and the "one cloth, many uses" ideology behind the craft.
The author shares the myriad ways in which a few basic techniques can transform a simple square of cloth into an elegant wrapper. Use your folded fabrics to:
- Gift-wrap anything from books to flowers
- Bundle up a picnic
- Use as a handbag or backpack
- Make into a pillow covering
- Create decorative coverings for vases, tissue boxes and more
A quiet reminder that opportunities for artistry are everywhere around you, Wrapping with Fabric makes it easy to bring a touch of grace and ingenuity to everyday life and help preserve the environment, too.$24.99
The Davie Dress is as comfortable as a tee shirt, but way more stylish! You'll look instantly pulled-together in this flattering princess-seamed knit dress.No closures make it easy to pull it on, and go! A keyhole neckline draws the eye upwards, but won't gape open. The princess seams on this style make it easier to adjust the fit, while the knit fabric allows for a close fit. Cap sleeves add a little more coverage, while the sleeveless option makes it easy to layer under a cardigan or jacket. Choose between classic knee length, or a playful shorter length.
Sizes: 0–20 (all sizes are included in one pattern!). Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips$22.00
Make your Mark celebrates and discusses the work of 45 urban artists, extraordinarily diverse but united by one basic principle: their work is completely fresh, original and the epitome of creativity – the perfect antidote to the jaded imagery that fills our streets and our media.
The names – 44 Flavours from Germany, Bault from France, Morcky from Italy, Ricardo Cavolo from Spain, Zio Ziegler from the USA, Fuco Ueda from Japan, Raymond Lemstra from the Netherlands, Joao Ruas from Brazil and many others – will be unfamiliar to most; the talent they display, indisputable, courageous, always distinctive, is a joy.$54.99
Here is a new giggle-inducing bestseller!
For the Grown-Ups: OK. Two things you need to know. Firstly, your favourite thing in the whole world is the letter B. And secondly, you're about to sneeze and all the Bs are going to be blown out of the book. So until you can get your favourite letter back, you're about to sound really, really silly ... And the kids will love it!
Recommended for ages 3+.$19.99
This visually stunning cake baking and decorating manual makes DIY wedding cakes easily accessible for everyone.
The book is full of step-by-step guidance and advice, with plenty of tips to help a novice create something stunning and inspirational. Natasha Collins takes the reader through the whole process of choosing their design, baking their cake, embellishing it, transporting it, presenting it and serving it, so that they can be certain of success at every stage.
Every project includes a timetable indicating how long each part of the process will take, and gives a schedule for when the cake should best be decorated and set up in relation to when it is going to be eaten.
The book begins with basic instructions such as ingredients; equipment; trimming, filling and covering a cake; creating floral and paper decorations; and getting your cake from your kitchen and on to your guests' plates. The second half of the book comprises five chapters, each representing a distinctive style and theme (with four to five cake designs provided for each theme):
- Romantic beginnings (traditional flavoured cakes with romantic decorations)
- Putting on the glitz (glamorous, 'glitzy' cakes)
- Laughing all the way to the altar (fun, modern cakes)
- Home(spun) is where the heart is (rustic, pretty cakes)
- Magic in the air (bohemian style cakes)