Editor’s Picks: Holiday Crafting

It’s never too early to start planning your holiday crafts – whether they be gifts or decor! These titles have all the information you need to get started.

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Hands On
9781907593437Hands On: The Art of Crafting in Ireland details the history of more than forty eclectic crafts, from basket making to woodturning, and provides concise information on where to see them, where to learn them and what’s involved. With over 150 images showcasing the extraordinary work of craftspeople from across Ireland, as well as insightful contributions from acclaimed writer, Jeanette Winterson and the Crafts Council of Ireland, Sylvia Thompson’s book is the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive guide to craft in Ireland. A lavishly illustrated volume containing everything you need to know about the traditional and innovative techniques involved in Irish craft, Hands On is sure to be an indispensable resource for beginners and experts alike.
Buy it here $34.95

Soaps, Bubbles & Scrubs
9781432302009After attending a natural product workshop during her time as an aromatherapy student, Nicole Seabrook became interested in creating her own, personalized natural products. Soaps, Bubbles & Scrubs comprises more than 100 simple, easy-to-follow recipes that Nicole has developed for use on your body and in your home. There are chapters on facial products, hair products, treatments for hands and feet, as well as products for babies and children, and for use during pregnancy. She also shows you how to make glycerin and cold-process soaps, and discusses the various essential oils and their uses. QR (quick response) codes have been included to provide links to videos on the Internet demonstrating how to make some of the products. Contents: Introduction, About natural skin care, The origin of natural cosmetics and the history of soap making, Aromatherapy essential oils, Carrier oils, Equipment, Products for the body, Products for hands and feet, Products for hair, Bath products, Facial products, Products for pregnancy and childbirth, Products for babies, Products for kids, Soap, Products for the home, First-aid and medicinal products, References, Index.
Buy it here $20.95

The Color Answer Book
9781931868259For the past twenty-five years, color authority and best-selling author, Lee Eiseman, has spoken to thousands of consumers and professionals about the influence of color on our lives. Now she provides expert answers for all of us who want more color in our lives to more than 100 of the most commonly asked questions – in all areas from decorating to health, from fashion to gardening, from families to work – all in one beautiful guide to color.
Buy it here $15.00

Food can also be a wonderful holiday “craft.” Find fun ways of wrapping or serving the delicious treats from the cookbooks below for a cute, easy gift!

Cakes Regional and Traditional
9781910690062Julie Duff runs an award-winning cake business, which supplies wonderful rich succulent fruit cakes and other traditional cakes to some of the country’s premier shops, such as Fortnum & Mason. Her most treasured collection of recipes, some of them from generations of her own family which was first published to huge critical acclaim in 2003 has now been revised and updated.
She says in her introduction ‘my passion for cakes can be wholeheartedly blamed on my grandmother who spent many hours letting me mix fruit cakes at the kitchen table. It was inevitable that one day I would derive pleasure from baking cakes.’
This remains one of the most comprehensive collection of cake recipes published in one mammoth volume. Cakes Regional & Traditional encompasses all the traditional, historical and regional cakes from the British Isles. With the combined circulation of cake making magazines exceeding 50,000 per issue the market for this book is assured as other cake making books specialize in either wedding cakes or children’s novelty cakes and there is no one source for the hundreds of cakes which are such an integral part of British cooking.
Buy it here $29.95

Raw Snacks
9781909808058Spicy nuts, crunchy raw chocolate truffles, dream bars, licorice almonds, grape lollipops, date fudge, candy crunch popsicles, nut shakes, coffee substitutes and energy drinks are just a few of the quick, easy and healthy raw food snacks that Caroline Fibaek, Denmark’s leading raw food exponent, presents in her gorgeous book Raw Snacks. She provides tempting recipes that will inspire you the next time the craving for sugary, chocolate candy and other fat filled sweets comes upon you. Here are tips to quit comfort eating and bad and unhealthy habits once and for all. You’ll get practical advice on how to fight the craving for sweets, and how you can easily replace the unhealthy, sweet and fatty with healthy, delicious and especially nutritious alternatives. Let health, balance and happiness be your new addiction – because you can really get addicted to feeling good!
Buy it here $24.95

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