As the owner of a ranch home, I'm quite familiar with the challenges and charms of this modest style. I'm quite happy to have a smaller footprint (both literally and in terms of sustainability) but it can take some clever thinking to make the most of limited space. The houses profiled here range from full-on retro to classic mid-century modern to sleek contemporary, and common ranch architectural features are also profiled.
Felt is such a versatile and easy to work with material. It's perfect for small projects like these adorable felt figures. You only need some basic hand-sewing skills and you can whip up a passel of pals from felt and materials you probably have around the house.
Wool is one of the most-used fibers for knitting and this book contains all the info you could possibly want to know. There are dozens of varieties of wool outlined here, as well as advice for handling and use and twenty patterns that show off the beauty of this natural fiber.
Many popular knitting patterns are designed to take advantage of and show off the myriad of man-made fibers available today, but a lot of crafters prefer to be more environmentally responsible. The patterns in this book are designed to highlight the beauty of natural fibers and even some creative materials like reused newspaper. These projects are not only eco-conscious, they are lovely and useful.
Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books have many fans and now you can knit and crochet ten projects inspired by the series. This book is designed with ease in mind - the print is large and you can easily refer back to the patterns without losing track of the stitches on your needles. The patterns are simple yet elegant and range from beginner to intermediate skill level.
Are you a dog person? Or someone who appreciates the art of photography? This book is a stunning gallery of beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes. My favorite is Petunia the Boston Terrier - how about you?
What is art? Is knitting good for more than sweaters and scarves? This book takes a detailed look at the subversive movement of beautifying public spaces and objects with handmade art pieces. This book includes instructions, tips, and techniques, as well as patterns for traditional projects like sweaters and gloves. Teach yourself to knit and decorate your world.
Layered, tattered & stitched : a fabric art workshop by Ruth Rae
Do you ever see those store greeting cards embellished with fabric, beads, or buttons, and think - I could make that myself, but I don't know where to start? This book shows exactly how to create your own. It also contains instructions for a wealth of other fabric-based projects, many of which don't require any specialized sewing skills.
West with the night by Beryl Markham
- Lifehacker - for example, their article The Best Times to Buy Anything, All Year Round
- MintLife Blog - such as Ready, Set, Action! What TV Characters Teach Us About Money
- The Grocery Cart Challenge - Can your family's grocery bill be $60 a week?
- Money Ning - Has a frugality category for budget-centric advice
- Get Rich Slowly - Another personal finance blog, frequently with cost-cutting advice
The complete Tightwad gazette : promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle by Amy Dacyczyn, a.k.a. The Frugal Zealot
Suddenly Frugal : How to Happier & Healthier for Less by Leah Ingram