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Knitting on the Edge: The Essential Collection of Decorative Borders

This is a knitting book with a difference. It's an amazing guide to 350 types of edgings and decorative borders that will inspire you to create one of a kind pieces to add designer style to your wardrobe. Fringes, ruffles, lace, flora, loops, tassels, points and picots are all explained and a super collection of patterns from a ruffled bag to a vintage lace pullover are included to get you started.



"Family Circle" Easy Crochet: 50 Fashion and Home Projects

Lovely collection of crochet patterns from Family Circle. I particularly loved the delicate edgings for romantic cushions and heirloom tablecloths and the luxurious scuptural cream cushion cover. There are also some very pretty blankets and throws, as well as sweet cardigans for little girls and big ones too, pretty lacy shawls, tote bags and sweaters, all graded as easy, intermediate or advanced, and comes with basic crochet instructions too.


Easy-to-crochet Cute Clothes for Kids

Gorgeous collection of quick and easy to crochet designs for little ones. Crochet is easy to learn from the instructions included in the book and garments grow quickly, often finished in a few evenings. You will soon be making the ballet style cardigan, the warming Winter set of bag, hat, wrist and legwarmers, the sweetest baby bootees, the hat and mitts crocheted in the round with no sewing up required or one of the wonderful soft sweaters and chunky cardigans guaranteed to keep kids fashionable, cute and cosy.


Supersize Vs Superskinny: Take Control of Your Weight

One in four adults in the UK are now clinically obese while at the same time 1.1 million of us suffer from an eating disorder. Something clearly has to be done. In this book Dr Christian Jessen uses science, medicine and common sense to get us back on track. There are chapters on weight and body image, the dangers of being supersize or superskinny, changing your relationship with food for the better and more lighthearted chapters such as Gillian McKeith's Extra Helpings and a report on eight popular fad diets. Then you will find eating plans and recipes to help you reach your ideal weight whatever your current size. Sensible and supportive this book will help yopu have a happy, healthy attitude towards food.


Home Sewing for Beginners: 25 Fabulous Items to Make for Your Home

Superb sewing book that begins with the basics, useful equipment and essential stitches and follows this with 25 really lovely, yet simple projects to make for your home. Extremely good step-by-step photographic instructions and the lay flat flip-page design makes it easy to keep the instructions at hand while you work on the gorgeous designs, which include table runners, simple cushions, bolsters, a beaded, quilted throw, a lined linen basket, dining chair covers, duffel bag, nappy stacker, children's tee-pee and all with ideas for variations too. Highly recommended!


Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats


Take a nostalgic trip down your culinary memory lane to the food that was so much a part of our favourite children's litereature. Remember the ginger biscuits enjoyed in Enid Blyton's Famous Five adventures, the Secret Seven's rock buns, the Malory Towers tuck boxes and midnight feasts and scrumptious muffins in Milly Molly Mandy's cosy home. Extracts from the original books are followed by recipes for the treats described in them, from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Lemonade to Aunt Fanny's Treacly, Sticky Ginger Cake and Paddington Bear's Marmalade Buns. The recipes catapult you straight back to your childhood and will have you planning perfect picnics and homemade feasts for your own children and reminding you to share these fabulous stories with them too.






Delia's Vegetarian Collection

All of Delia's delicious vegetarian recipes gathered together into one book has to be a great idea. The gorgeous photography will tempt you to try recipes for soups, starters, egg and cheese dishes, pasta, noodles, grains. pulses and vegetables, plus ideas for entertaining and mouth watering puddings, cakes and biscuits. Super addition to your cookery book collection or would make a lovely gift for any keen cook, vegetarian or not.


750 Designer Decorating Secrets: Exclusive Design Ideas from the Pros

400 inspiring photographs and 750 secret tips from top designers make this new book the next best thing to having your own architect, designer and decorator on hand, whether you are working on a complete house renovation or just want to give a tired space a fresh new look. Scale and proportion, lighting, colour and pattern are all covered, as well as creating family friendly rooms, solutions for small spaces, art and accessories, outdoor rooms and lovely ideas for entertaining and table settings too.



Big Book of Weekend Papercrafts

In this super book Vivienne Bolton shows us how to turn some of the beautiful papers available today into 3D and pop-up cards, hanging mobiles, cute gift bags, gorgeous keepsake boxes, original gift wraps, photo albums, collages, bookmarks, wedding stationary, party invitations and envelopes of all kinds. With excellent photographs and instructions for each project plus a guide to the materials, equipment and techniques used, this is a fabulous addition to any crafter's book collection and one that will inspire them to recreate the designs in the book and give lots of ideas to use the stamping, scoring, origami, weaving, fringing and folding techniques in future projects of their own.




Simple Elegant Flowers: Over 30 Ideas for Stylish Arrangements

Fast flower arrangements for busy people who love colour and perfume but don't have hours to spend arranging flowers in old fashioned fussy ways. After some advice on choosing unsual containers and conditioning your flowers to make them last as long as possible, Avril O'Donnell's simple arrangements using fruit, leaves and twigs as well as gorgeous blooms, will give you the confidence to decorate your home with the bounty of the seasons and to show off your skills with stylish party centrepieces and gift arrangements.


Party Knits

This is the rediscovered art of knitting brought bang up to date, using an array of exciting new yarns and designer look patterns that really do have the wow factor. The first part of the book covers basic stitiches, finishing and garment care, plus fancier techniques such as using beads and sequins in your knitting. Then enjoy the 25 clear and consise patterns for special occasion sweaters and jackets, a beaded clutch bag, a rose corsage, lacy fingerless mitts, a gorgeous and easy to make fake furry bolero, a pretty beaded cardigan, a studded denim blue jacket and lots more unique and stylish items.





Seasonal Food:
How to Enjoy Food at Its Best

Superb guide to eating seasonally and as locally as possible, following the natural rhytms of the year for the freshest and tastiest produce. How to choose, store and prepare each ingredient, plus the history and appearance of each, makes this a book you will return to again and again. There are also 200 delicious recipes to help you make the most of each seasonal harvest, treat your taste buds and lessen the miles between the farm and your kitchen. Lots of inspiring photographs too.




Baby Costumes

Instructions and templates for 24 of the cutest baby outfits you will ever see. Written by costume designer Bettine Roynon, clear instructions and step-by-step photographs ensure that with just basic sewing skills you can create peacocks, mermaids, toadstools, flowerbuds, dragons, turtles and lots more fabulous costumes that will give lots of fun for birthday parties, creative playtime or special family occasions. A treat!




The Big Book of Wok: 365 Fast, Fresh and Delicious Recipes

Embraced in Western kitchens for it's fast and healthy stir frying this book shows us that the wok is a far more versatile cooking tool that can adapt itself to steaming, blanching, braising, deep frying or even smoking food. Traditional and fresh new recipes for appetizers and soups, salads and side dishes, noodles and rice, meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes will inspire you to use your wok to create many interesting and tasty dishes that are as much a feast for the eyes as a treat for the palate.


Start Taking Great Family Photographs

Award winning professional photographer Mark Cleghorn reveals tricks of the trade picked up over 20 years as he explains how to get great photographs of your friends and family. Basic techniques and choice of equipment and lighting are followed by excellent ideas to improve poses, groupings and general composition that will make all the difference to the finished photograph. Digital image processing on the computer is also covered in this fabulous book that will inspire you to be more creative with your family snaps and give you the knowledge and confidence to take memorable images to treasure.


Dad Manual: How to Be a Brilliant Father

Men are simple creatures as we know, so when they have to get a handle on something as important as childcare, it's best given to them in a format they are used to, with lots of pictures! This fabulous book, published by Haynes, famous for their car manuals, is full of ideas and instructions for activities that Dads can share with their children during precious and sometimes rare time together. The kids will love it when Dad builds ramps for bikes and skateboards, makes a gorgeous doll's house or a child size play house for the garden, teaches them magic tricks, makes toys or makes smoothies and pizza. There are so many good ideas, stargazing, beachcombing, gardening, treasure hunting that you can confidently leave your man at home with the kids, take the car and indulge in a little solo retail therapy. Sounds like a plan!


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