Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Home and Garden

Do-It-Yourself Wonders
If you sew, garden, knit, or are looking for new ways to impress you family and friends with your DIY wizardry, here's a short list of new titles that are especially delightful.

Better Homes and Gardens Beds and Borders : More than 90 Plant-by-number Gardens You Can Grow offers first-time and experienced gardeners a range of ideas on how to plan and execute a beautiful garden. Pair this or any gardening title with New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques : the Indispensable Illustrated Practical Guide from the American Horticultural Society.

Elegant Scarves and Wraps : 25 Gorgeous Felt Designs by Jill Denton delivers step-by-step instructions for stylish wraps and scarves sure to add pizazz to your existing wardrobe. A nice addition to any felt maker's list of must browse titles.

Gather : Memorable Menus for Entertaining Throughout the Seasons by Georgeanne Brennan targets cooks who love to entertain. Though organized by season, the title features many gem recipes than can be used year round.

Fashion Sweatshirts : Tots to Tweens by Lorine Mason offers great ideas on how to turn traditional sweats (inexpensive, cozy, boring) into flattering fashion statements. Also watch for Carmen Webber and Carmia Marshall's Chic Sweats : 22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts, soon to arrive on our shelves.

In Sweet Nursery Chic, Susan Cousineau suggests 10 themes you might consider if you're readying for a new addition to your family. Pick and choose among patterns that match to skills you've mastered or would like to try.

In Terrific Table Toppers : Decorate Your Home with Fast Fusible Applique : 10 Quilt Projects, master quilter Patrick Lose offers 10 designs that once made, will last through a lifetime of celebrations.