Category Archives: DIY

Crocheted Scoodies by Magdalena Melzer and Ann Thiemeyer

Crocheted Scoodies
A scoodie is a combination of a scarf and a hoodie. They are very cute. This book was originally written in German and translated into English.

US and British instructions are included in the book. It lists German yarn, and doesn’t include the US weights, but there are very good pictures in the book so you can tell by the pictures that most of the scoodies are done in bulky or super bulky yarn, a couple are of medium weight. Most of the patterns are rated at a difficulty of 1 or 2. Don’t let the fact that the book is translated from German or doesn’t list US yarn weights from trying some of these beautiful projects.

Availability:  COSMOS
Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: Book published by a small press. A translated book.

Heirloom Plants by Thomas Etty & Lorraine Harrison

Heirloom Plants: A Complete Compendium Heritage Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, & FlowersHeirloom Plants: A Complete Compendium Heritage Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, & Flowers

I liked the book. The authors did a good job of describing heirloom varieties of veg., fruits, etc., and why it is important to save them. The book is British, so there are varieties listed that seem only to be available in the U.K. and Europe, but it does list many varieties that are
American. Many good resources for seeds from the U.S. and Canada as well as the U.K. and Europe are listed. I feel this is a good book for someone interested in gardening with heirloom pants, but that probably is a limited audience.

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Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Recommended

500 Crochet Stitches: The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible

500 Crochet Stitches: Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible

This is an excellent reference book for a beginning or an advanced crocheter. Every stitch has a picture, diagram, as well as written directions. This book does not have any patterns, you will have to make them up yourself. There are many beautiful stitches that should spark your creativity. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in crocheting.

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Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: Book with a number in the title

Grow Fruit by Alan Buckingham

Grow FruitThis is a how to book on growing fruit, it has very detailed instruction, nice pictures, and gives different design ideas for growing the plants. It is broken down by species and then gives you a yearly calendar for each. Diseases and pests are also well covered as well as the best varieties for different situations. Looking thru the must have brambles section, I came across dewberries, I’ve never grown them before. Yes, now I dewberries, the book did convince me that I needed them.

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Review Submitted by:  Shelley Clark
Rating:  Recommended

Design Mom: How to Live with Kids by Gabrielle Stanley Blair

Design Mom: How to Live with Kids

Most design books seem overwhelming for me and way out of my price range, but this book is filled with great ideas and simple tips on how to make to have a stylish home while living with kids. It’s broken up into 7 areas of the home and how to make simple and inexpensive changes to design your home to fit your family. I’ve already started to remodel my entryway after reading this book. It’s a simple read, but I want to keep it around since there are such great ideas in it.

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Review Submitted by: Joni Schoeny
Rating:  Recommended
Challenge: A book you can read in a day

The Incredible Edible Landscape by Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow

The Incredible Edible Landscape

This is a good how to book on raising edibles. It would be a very good book for a beginner, I’ve been gardening for years and I learned a few things. The book covers growing and harvesting, also there are recipes to get you started using your produce. The book does not cover design ideas. It is a good book, but if you are interested in using edibles in your landscape, I would recommend also reading the other gardening book that I reviewed, Groundbreaking Food Gardens, for design ideas. They complement each other very well.

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Review Submitted by:  Shelley Clark
Rating:  Recommended

Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden is a great book. Niki Jabbour did not actually write the book, but has compiled some great garden plans from horticulturist and professional gardeners. The book isn’t a step by step book on how to grow plants, but gives amazing design plans for a wide variety of gardens. There are gardens for everyone, if you live in an apartment or have a large yard, or if you want an informal garden or a very formal one. Here are some examples I will call “small and cheap” – “Hanging Gutter Garden” – uses cheap or recycled gutters and it is a vertical garden taking up very little space. With this garden you can grow salad crops, strawberries, herbs, etc. Also there is a “Grocery Garden” – with this garden you regrow seeds, roots, and shoots, using things you have bought at the grocery store. On the large side, you have the “Front-Yard Suburban Farm”, and there is also a “Beat The Grocery Bill ” garden. This is also a large garden with fruit trees. There are many different gardens in this book, it has a very nice variety list with each garden,

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Review Submitted by: Shelley Clark
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a number in the title