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That old doll collection. Twenty years of pay stubs. All the trophies your child ever won. It's difficult to love your home when every inch is packed with possessions. "The Clutter Cure" gives you the power to toss the things that are holding you back from living a full life and finally having a beautiful home--one that's more than a giant container for your stuff. In three steps, you'll learn to: Understand your compulsion to hold on to things Buy fewer but better quality items Envision and create rooms that make you comfortable and happy Take action by donating, discarding, or selling your stuff
First published in 1887, "Fences, Gates, and Bridges" is an instructional guide to the best ways to build a variety of fences, gates, hedges, bridges, and culverts. The section on fences boasts a wealth of information on building various types of fences, including rail, composite, garden, board, and picket. It also explores how to construct an effective barbed wire fence, how to use a stone wall to reinforce a wooden fence, and highlights the pros of building portable fences. "Fences, Gates, and Bridges" is a classic manual for anyone who wants to build their own structures for their farm, large property, or quaint backyard.
Minnesotans are a highly skilled bunch, whether pursuing traditional activities like wild ricing and pickling, or tastefully displaying taxidermy, or selecting the right fishing bait. Skills particularly appropriate to Minnesota such as creating seed art or baking a Bundt cake may be fully on display at the state fair, a prime opportunity to join with neighbours in celebrating our many talents. Best of all, Minnesotans are eager to share their skills with newcomers or the newly inspired, and for The Minnesota Book of Skills many freely offered their expertise in conversations with author Chris Niskanen. Get the inside scoop from Joe Hautman, who has won four federal duck stamp contests. Learn to sing like a voyageur from Francois Fouquerel, dean of the French voyageur program at the Concordia Language Village. Grow and harvest your own wheat with Dave and Florence Minar. The Minnesota Book of Skills brings to life the basic know-how that makes us uniquely Minnesotan. Seasonal tips like how to gracefully exit a ski lift mingle with skills your grandparents knew well, such as what to forage for while on a hike. How soon is too soon to bring a child to the Boundary Waters or set her up on hockey skates? The answers are here. Maybe you will never carve an ice sculpture or build your own coffin but is not it comforting to know that one handy book offers just the guidance you will need?
"Where did all this stuff come from? I don't have time for a life.
I need to get away " Ever feel this way? Society is quick to fill
our minds and homes with all the latest gadgets, tools,
obligations, and entertainment, but what happens when it all
doesn't fit? "The Simple Living Handbook" is a how-to memoir about
creating a life that has space for what really matters to you.
What is the correct way to carve a partridge? How should leeches be applied? How can egg whites be used to repair broken china? First published in 1856, Enquire Within rapidly became the indispensable guide to Victorian domestic life. Packed with words of wisdom and pithy advice, it covered everything from entertaining and etiquette to household management, and took in considered discussion of such arcane matters as how singing might prevent consumption, and which ointments will remove freckles, not to mention why chess should on no account ever be played at a ball. This new, charmingly illustrated pocket-sized edition contains a selection of hints and tips that not only provide a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of Victorian Britain, but also, in places, reveal timeless wisdom that we would do well to heed today.
The Queen of Clean
Make snow shoveling a breeze...store holiday decorations with no tangles...humidify dry indoor air...care for flannel sheets...make those Valentine's gems sparkle
Garden the natural way...allergy-proof your home...banish grass stains...color your Easter eggs
Prepare for family road trips...care for your camping equipment...keep bugs away without chemicals...clean your sports gear
Get organized for back to school...store your summer clothes properly...put away your air conditioner...prepare for stress-free holidays!
In this book you'll find clever, cost-effective, environmentally friendly recipes for keeping every inch of your home spotless using everyday ingredients such as lemons, vinegar and bicarb soda to beat the commercial products at their game! With tips on cleaning up stubborn food, drink and grease stains, and advice on how to keep everything from your kitchen sink to your bathroom tiles looking as clean as the day they were installed, this is the must-have guide to home cleaning and taking control of your cleaning budget and environmental impact.
Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green.
For the past few years, Grant Thompson has spent his weekends
starting fires, building cannons, and experimenting with dry ice
and liquid nitrogen. He's made pumpkins explode, defied gravity,
and discovered countless ways to make everyday life easier using
ordinary items such as butter, suntan lotion, cupcake wrappers, and
aluminum foil. His discoveries and experiments, many posted online
to sites such as YouTube, have earned him the title of the King of
A follow-up to Black Dog's bestselling "Country Wisdom and
Know-How," the "Country Wisdom Almanac" provides hundreds of ideas
and methods for living the good and simple life, plus information
on weather, gardening, buying produce and cooking by season,
holidays, frost dates, moon phases, and more.
When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own
food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small
farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start
raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep,
pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest
from your animals--from eggs to milk to meat to wool--based on her
own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens
for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim to make
your own cheese, or are looking to sustain your family and make
some extra money from raising and selling beef, this is the book
Markham reveals the "pretty and curious secrets" of preparing everything from simple foods to such elaborate meals as a "humble feast" - an undertaking which entails preparing "no less than two and thirty dishes, which is as much as can stand on one table." He instructs the housewife on brewing beer and caring for wine, growing flax and hemp for thread, and spinning and dyeing. As a housewife was also responsible for the health and "soundness of body" of her family, he includes advice on the prevention of everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath. No other source from this period provides the same richness of information in such a readable style. Michael Best's introduction and his abundant notes make The English Housewife readily accessible to the contemporary reader.
In 1901, Gustav Stickley began to create the first uniquely American style of furniture and home design--known as Craftsman. Stickley's principles of home design include construction that is in harmony with its landscape, open floor plans, built-in storage, and natural lighting. He was a major influence on Frank Lloyd Wright, and he remains one of the great names in American architecture. "Craftsman Homes and Bungalows" showcases his work in an affordable, attractive new edition. Featuring hundreds of black-and-white photographs, line drawings, and sketches of cabins, cottages, and bungalows from concept to finished product, it presents easy-to-understand directions on both home construction and improvement. This resource, a combination of three of Stickley's works, is a comprehensive introduction to the design and building of beautiful Craftsman homes.
With the rapid depletion of our planet's natural resources, we
would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the
midst of an economic crisis, it's just as important to save money
as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise
guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your
bank account It doesn't matter where your homestead is
located--farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, "The
Homesteading Handbook" can help you:
A grand encyclopedia of country lore by famed Texas folklorist Jerry Mack Johnson, covering water witching, maple syruping, weather wisdom, country remedies and herbal cures, cleaning solutions, pest purges, bird migrations and animal lore, firewood essentials, adobe making and bricklaying, leather working, plant dyes, farm foods, natural teas and tonics, granola, bread making, beer brewing and winemaking, jams and jellies, canning and preserving, sausage making and meat smoking, drying foods, down-home toys, papermaking, candle crafting, homemade soaps and shampoos, Christmas wreaths and decorations, butter and cheese making, fishing and hunting secrets, and much more.
"Country Lives Remembered" contains stories of Britain's most colourful countrymen and women from the past, lovingly edited by best selling countryside author Ruth Binney. The tales are packed with amusing anecdotes, informative facts and folklore, providing a valuable and evocative insight into what life was like in the countryside over many decades. 'Bygone Days' sections source information and activities on country pursuits, demonstrating the joy and satisfaction that can still be found in country living today. Beautifully illustrated throughout with specially commissioned artwork, "Country Lives Remembered" celebrates a traditional way of life that so many people aspire to.
How to Clean Absolutely Everything is the essential reference book for every home. Whatever needs cleaning, from floors, windows and furniture to silver cutlery, delicate fabrics and jewellery - How to Clean Absolutely Everything shows you how, without the need to spend a fortune on gimmicky products. It includes advice on how to clean absolutely everything thoroughly, quickly, or the environmentally friendly way* It includes A-Z listings of fabrics, stains, domestic pests, and much more* This book is a household essential however house-proud you are!
Life in the modern household has become much more complicated than it was for previous generations. Our roles are increasingly multi-layered, our ambitions further reaching and our expectations completely unreasonable. Juggle a successful and fulfilling career with raising children/pets, servicing the car/bike, maintaining a social life, exercising, cooking a balanced diet, repairing the broken kitchen pipes and managing a regular grooming schedule? Completely doable, in theory. But how exactly? What to Do about Everything is the ultimate householders' guide to twentyfirst century living. It covers everything from changing a tyre to surviving divorce, and addresses all sorts of households, not just the traditional nuclear family. Applying cast-iron information and empathy to all aspects of domestic life, Barbara Toner has ensured that anyone with a roof over their head can dip into it and find the help they need, whether it's how to darn a sock, hire a plumber, light a fire, leave their husband or decide they're gay after all. This comprehensive book covers household relationships, time management, household administration, money, where to live, home renovations, chores, clothes care, food, home repairs, transport, childcare and rearing, grooming and healthcare, holidays, home entertainment, socialising etiquette, life changes (death, job loss, moving) and much more. Modern life is stressful. Nothing contains stress better than order; nothing relieves it better than knowing what must be done.
There's nothing quite like the wise words that only grandfathers can deliver, and their wealth of experience means that there is no problem they don't have a solution for; whether it is advice on how best to shine your shoes, how to win at cards, or just a bit of basic good sense, grandfathers never let you down. Grandfather's Wisdom is a fantastic treasure trove that contains such homespun wisdom as: tips for household and outdoor maintenance (including how to clean windows properly and how to maintain your shed), how to maintain your personal appearance from polishing your shoes to the dos and don'ts of facial hair, timeless tips for classic hobbies, from 'old-fashioned' games, like boules, and card games to fishing, hiking and drawing. Harking back to a life of traditional values and basic good sense, Grandfather's Wisdom is more relevant and useful than ever.
This little book of essential flag facts answers the question many
Americans have about the proper care, treatment, and customs of
America's most significant symbol.Recent attacks on American soil
have led to a surge in displaying the American flag. Yet this
patriotic presentation is often accompanied by some basic questions
- how should I hang the flag in a window? When should it fly at
half-mast? Should I bring the flag in at night? These and many
other questions are answered within the pages of this little book,
in simple, straightforward words and pictures. (4 1/4 z 5 1/4, 64
pages, color interior)
How to Get Things Really Flat will amuse and instruct any slobbish man, forced at gunpoint to read it...Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a guide to housework for men. Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot about the house. On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into bath-cleaning, fairly regular vacuuming, and washing up after dinner (when he wasn't going out). For the purposes of this book, Martin has interviewed many experts, and can thus provide answers to such burning questions as: 'Do I Need to Bother about the Controls on the Iron?' and 'Is Dust Actually Dangerous?' The result is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author's Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life.
First published in 1881, this classic volume presents dozens of
practical examples of barns and outbuildings--including floor plans
and building instructions--and contains two hundred and fifty-seven
engravings, woodcuts, and line drawings illustrating historical and
practical designs. Featured designs include cattle barns, pigpens,
pigeon houses, self-feeding corncribs, self-closing doors,
icehouses, springhouses, granaries, horse barns, dog houses, and
much more. Halsted also provides suggestions on the placement of
outbuildings and on choosing the cor-rect materials for
foundations, walls, and roofs.
Combining old-fashioned common sense and modern-day ingenuity, "Pearls of Country Wisdom" offers literally hundreds of ways for anyone to enjoy a simpler, more natural lifestyle.
In 1995, Deborah Tukua and her family left their suburban home in Jacksonville, Florida, for life on a farm in rural Tennessee. When they arrived, Tukua turned to her neighbors in nearby towns for any pearls of country wisdom they might be willing to share. Good advise gushed forth from every imaginable source, including farmers, midwives, herbalists, shopkeepers, and more.
This unique and indispensable book represents the distillation of a community's tried-and-true techniques for everything from caring for linen to keeping harmful bugs out of the garden. For example:
-- Need secret storage space? Who'd think to look inside the bottom step of a staircase?
-- Keep brown sugar soft: Refrigerate in a glass jar or plastic bag with a piece of bread or apple.
-- Egg whites applied to a burn give quick relief.
-- Dry baking soda or table salt on a sponge makes an effective scouring powder.
Every tip is practical, easy, and affordable. Many have been handed down through generations. "Pearls of Country Wisdom" is perfect for the novice and seasoned homesteader, as well as anyone looking to bring a bit of the country life into a city or suburban home.
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