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Local artisans and crafters on Etsy

etsyHave you checked out Etsy? It's a shopping site where you can purchase items created by artisans and crafters from all over the world. It's also a great place to find special items made by those right here in our community! Right now in Canton, the following shops have items for sale:

Tattoo Delirium

tattoodeliriumTattoo Delirium by Eva Minguet is a collection of beautiful images of tattoos accompanied by biographical information about the tattooers who created them. Features are included on artists from around the world, including Detroit's own Bob Tyrell, who specializes in black-and-gray work and custom horror imagery.

What the World Eats

What the World EatsWhat the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio, is a look at families from around the world and what they eat in a typical week. The menu varies widely, as you can imagine, and there is quite a bit of variety represented. Interspersed with the photos and interviews with the families are facts about nutrition, health, wealth, and a bunch of other topics that relate to what we eat.

Made From Scratch

Made From ScratchMade From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich is another ‘how I did it’ book about living a DIY sustainable lifestyle. The book covers a wide variety of activities (a number of which may not even occur to you as particularly unusual): keeping chickens, bees, working dogs, and rabbits; growing food; baking bread; thrifting; sewing and knitting, and playing music on traditional instruments like dulcimer and banjo.

Farewell, My Subaru

Farewell, My SubaruFarewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living is Doug Fine's autobiographical account of his radical lifestyle change from nomadic journalist to sustainable desert rancher. Fine leaves behind a life of convenience, instead choosing to raise a couple of temperamental milk goats and make his newly acquired New Mexico property (lovingly christened the Funky Butte Ranch) into a self-sufficient, solar-powered homestead.

spring flowers

daffodilsEarly spring is the time when flowers from bulbs come up to greet us and reassure us that, despite the sometimes fickle weather, warmer weather is on the way. These daffodils are blooming in the courtyard outside the Children's Library. You can grow your own with a little help from our collection.

Have you started your garden yet?

first lady gardeningI've been doing a little prep work in my gardens, and I'm not the only one. First Lady Michelle Obama recently started a garden at the White House with the help of some local students. The fruits (and vegetables) of their labor will be used to feed the residents and visitors to the White House. You can even check out their garden plan for some inspiration.

Herbs: Simple Steps to Success

HerbsHerbs by William Denne is a new addition to the library's rich collection of gardening books. As I've come to expect from DK books, it has crisp, colorful photos that complement and illustrate the concise and informative text.

New aquarium!

newaquariumThe fish have finally moved into their new aquarium! We will be adding more fish soon, so keep your eye out for more information on how you can help. In the meantime, you can learn more about our fish by checking out some of our great fish books.

The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright

Gardens of Frank Lloyd WrightMost people think of architecture when they think of Frank Lloyd Wright, but he also created some stunning gardens, showcased in The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright by Derek Fell. In addition to being drool-worthy, they also provide inspiration and some great ideas for planting combinations.

My First Garden

myfirstgardenMy First Garden is a site for kids, parents, and teachers to learn more about gardening and the things we grow in our gardens. You can find out more about veggies, flowers, how to plan your garden and more.

Share a Story, Shape a Future

shape a story, share a futureDuring the week of March 9 - 13, visit Share a Story, Shape a Future. Each day, a different blog will feature links to posts on a variety of topics related to children and literacy. So far the list of events (which will be updated with more new stuff) looks pretty awesome!

Knit Night

knittingKnit Night is Monday, March 9 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Drop in to enjoy time with other handcrafters of all ages. Compare projects, ask for help with a tricky stitch, or learn how to knit! Crochet, embroidery, and other handcrafts are also welcome.

photo by Todd Huffman used under Creative Commons license

How To: Make your own garden plant markers

plant marker While it's still too cold to do any planting outdoors, I find myself looking for projects that will help me get ready for those warmer days. Instructables has a tutorial on making your own durable plant markers from materials you might have around the house: an empty aluminum can and heavy gauge wire. It's so easy - the tutorial includes photographs of each step!

Local Harvest

bee on hyssopLocal Harvest is a website dedicated to helping people find local food. You can find events, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers markets, co-ops, and more. There are many listings in the Canton area, including the Canton Township Farmers Market, which will start on April 26, 2009.