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A treasure trove of age-old customs and time-honoured advice, as well as intriguing old wives' tales. A combination of folklore and traditional advice, Old Wives' Lore illuminates the history behind female wisdom from yesteryear and includes: *A brief history of old wives' lore *Remedies for health and well-being *Practical guidance for home and garden *Tips on predicting the weather *Eccentric cures for a range of problems Revealing that a great deal of old wives' lore does have its practical merits, but also how a lot of tales are not to be relied upon, this fascinating compendium of tips and tricks shows how sometimes old advice is still the best.
Cut your energy bills, stop relying on fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint. Living Off the Grid is the essential guide to making sustainable energy work for your home, with practical options that fit your house, lifestyle, and budget. Packed with straightforward explanations and clear color photographs, it provides valuable tips on sourcing, conserving, and storing energy. Alan and Gill Bridgewater offer expert advice on what will work for specific types of homes, with up-to-date information on the latest technology, codes, and standards. Seven types of off-grid energy are explored--including solar, wind, wood fuel, geothermal, water, gas, and bioenergy--and potential off-grid solutions are suggested for a variety of scenarios. Whether your dwelling is large or small, urban or rural, you'll find viable off-grid energy alternatives here to consider.
Hundreds of solutions to all your housekeeping needs! Banish those stains and transform your home into a palace of sparkling surfaces, clutter-free cupboards and carpets to be proud of. From ovens to fridges to bathrooms, red wine rings, and foul smelling microwaves - Aggie has all the answers to any cleaning question you can think of. From top to bottom, inside and outside, you'll find oodles of nifty ideas to take the drudgery out of cleaning. Erase each and every one of your domestic nightmares - after all, nobody knows housekeeping quite like Aggie!
Who wouldn't like their living space to be more organized? Tapping into the popularity of the "Good Things" column in Martha Stewart Living, Good Things for Organizing provides practical, efficient, and pretty solutions for organizing just about everything, from spools of thread and the silverware drawer to your entire wardrobe and home office.
Many wonderful little tricks and techniques can be gleaned from old-fashioned knowledge when it comes to keeping a home clean and comfortable with the minimum of effort and expense. This book contains a selection of the most useful hints and tips, including sections on: * How to clean everything - advice on the essential home-cleaning kit and failsafe tips for keeping every room of the house clean * Make do and mend - with recycling a virtue once again, these traditional tips are well worth following * Good plain cooking - basic cooking skills never go out of fashion and neither will these simple tips * Traditional decorating tips - time-honoured ways to achieve a professional finish * Gracious living - shortcuts to the 'domestic arts' that help turn a house into a home In addition, Linda Gray reveals the secrets to how to treat valuable and traditional materials, keep pests at bay and care for clothes, as well as tips to ensure safety at home. A handy pocket reference book you will turn to again and again, Household Hints & Tips is full of great tips to help you maintain a stylish home with minimum expense.
Inexpensive, indispensable, and easy-to-use, transparent tape can be found in nearly every home. With her trademark flair for pragmatic creativity, popular helpful hints expert Vicki Lansky offers ingenious ways to use tape in the kitchen and car, for home maintenance and personal hygiene, with pets and with plants. In her down-to-earth style, Lansky shows how to use tape to create an instant bird feeder with a sticky-side-out loop dipped in bird seed, cover a watch crystal when painting to keep it paint-free, secure small bundles of fresh herbs to a cutting board before chopping, prolong the life of crayons by reinforcing them around the middle, and much more. This new edition also includes many tips shared by readers of the first edition. Including a brief history of tape's serendipitous invention, "Transparent Tape" is a practical and fun guide to making the most of a product that most people wouldn't know how to live without.
Many glossy interiors seen in books and magazines appear to be occupied by owners with no everyday possessions, but no real-life room scheme can be effective without taking into account the occupants' storage needs. So where do you keep your clutter in a stylish room? THE STORAGE BOOK provides the answers, revealing innovative storage designs in over 250 inspirational photographs. Cynthia Inions looks at the best ideas worldwide for making storage a harmonious part of a handsome interior. As well as detailing problem-solving tricks where space is short, THE STORAGE BOOK offers solutions that actually enhance your interior, increasing the feeling of space in a room. This invaluable storage sourcebook provides inspiration for every part of the home: hallways, living areas, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, studies, and gardens. It features ten projects for original storage ideas with clear, step-by-step instructions, including an illustrated techniques section with practical information on putting up shelves, floor plans, and storage facts and figures. The book also features a comprehensive directory of specialist suppliers.
This fascinating book, reprinted from the 1930s, takes the reader back to a time when Americans had free access to hard drugs; people were responsible enough to be given recipes for poisons, explosives, and addictive substances; and making such items as soap, disinfectants, and insecticides was commonplace.
Most people use nail polish remover to remove nail polish. They use
coffee grounds to make coffee and hair dryers to dry their hair.
The majority of people may also think that the use of eggs, lemons,
mustard, butter, and mayonnaise should be restricted to making
delicious food in the kitchen. The Instructables.com community
would disagree with this logic--they have discovered hundreds of
inventive and surprising ways to use these and other common
household materials to improve day-to-day life.
With enough money-saving tips to banish the budgetary blues for good, these collected hints and tips from Channel 4's Supercrimpers show us all how to be more clever with our cash. Why waste money when you can have new for nothing? Rediscover the thrill of thrift with our clever tips and ideas to help you have the lifestyle you want without it costing the earth. These days it's hip to be thrifty and we've looked to the superscrimping skills of yesteryear to find hints and tips to remind us all of the nation's fine tradition of resourcefulness. And you'll find brand new ideas for chic-on-the-cheap fashion, handy homes, beauty, DIY and more that will put some glamour into your life without emptying your pockets. Proving frugal can be fun, join our proud penny-pinching revolution and learn how to live well for less!
In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don't have to come off the public utility grid--alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, "Living Off the Grid" can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.
Few things in life are more attractive than a roaring fire on a
wintry day, but too many modern homeowners have never learned the
skill of getting that fire going.
Does turning the thermostat down on a winter's night offset the costs of reheating the house in the morning? What will best prevent energy loss: new windows or insulation in the attic? Is heating oil cheaper than natural gas?
Blending science with anecdote and example, Colin Smith answers questions like these, providing an insightful guide to creating an environmentally friendly home without sacrificing comfort. This Cold House helps homeowners identify heating and cooling priorities and choose the most appropriate methods, tools, and equipment. Basic equations allow you to estimate possible savings in annual heating and cooling bills and determine payback times for improvement projects.
Practical and entertaining, This Cold House illuminates the concepts behind energy efficiency and translates them into ideas you can use, whether you live in a castle, igloo, or house.
Your prescription for the organized and beautiful home you desire
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.
Never lose a receipt or other important household document again This organizer is the perfect tool for keeping track of your miscellaneous paperwork. Roomy pockets inside are great for storing anything from appliance warranties and owner manuals to maintenance records and purchase receipts. With additional room for jotting down details of home purchases, it's like having an entire filing cabinet that fits on your bookshelf.
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.
Originally published as twenty-four newspaper columns from 1859 to 1861, Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management is many things, but it is first and foremost a guide to managing a household during the nineteenth century. Beeton wrote, "As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house." Running an extravagant household was a monumental task and a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It meant supervising every employee, from the butler to the laundry-maid to the footman and the wet nurse. It meant managing the safety, happiness, comfort, and well-being of the family. In addition to offering advice on a wide range of domestic topics, this abridged edition of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management contains hundreds of original recipes. A compendium of practical information about everything from animal husbandry to child care, this Victorian classic is both fascinating and still useful. Sarah A. Chrisman, author of Victorian Secrets and This Victorian Life provides the foreword, reflecting on how she uses Mrs. Beeton's advice on a daily basis.
What stops you from clearing your clutter? What would it mean if it was all gone? If clutter were no longer an obstacle, what would you then have time for? The world tells us that success is 'more and bigger' but if your material possessions weigh you down, overwhelm you and no longer bring you joy, this is a loud-and-clear sign that something in your life needs your attention. In this book, lifestyle designer and coach Kerri Richardson guides you to accept that clutter is a messenger - it is your subconscious showing that you are not living the life you truly dream of. Richardson dives into the most common categories of physical clutter and provides efficient and effective steps for clearing your space. But more than house and home, Richardson encourages you to clear out the clutter of relationships and habits that have been occupying your time and energy for too long. When you clear away what you no longer need, you make space for new opportunities and experiences to come your way. This book will show you how to reclaim your freedom, energy and power, and begin living more fully and authentically.
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
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