Minxy Vintage

A few months ago we passed up a '40s-style jacket we found at a thrift store because it didn't fit just right. Blast! If only we'd had Minxy Vintage ($31)! That gorgeous red print blazer would have been ours for the wearing! Author Kelly Doust... [More]

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Bringing Nature Home

In our city we're seeing signs popping up praising this house for having water-conserving gardens or that house for growing native species. We love the idea of using native plants to create a garden, and Bringing Nature Home ($17) shows us how to do that.... [More]

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Zone One: A Novel

Want to do some light summer reading? Colson Whitehead's Zone One ($14) can help with the summer reading, but the "light" part will have to come from a different novel. Whitehead tackles the dystopian zombie genre with a skilled pen, and Zone One reads more... [More]

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The Homebrew Handbook

The Homebrew Handbook ($13)... As in, you'll never get anything else done again.... [More]

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200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans

You've been talking about crocheting a blanket for ages. Now is the time! In a few months it will be hotter than hell and we can bet you won't want anything warm and woolly laying on your lap. (Except possibly the dog.) 200 Crochet Blocks... [More]

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The Italian Slow Cooker

There are evenings when we can barely put together a salad and a main course is a far-off, laughable dream. For days when we just want to come home to a hearty dinner, The Italian Slow Cooker ($16) is the perfect remedy. It's nice to... [More]

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We know how to follow a recipe. And we've mastered altering meals by switching out ingredients. But we're (mostly) stuck following instructions when we want to bake or make something more complicated. Michael Ruhlman's Ratio ($18) will teach you a theory of ratios that will... [More]

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Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-Shirt

How many t-shirts can you truly justify owning? The sky should be the limit when you can transform your Salvation Army hauls into tank tops, skirts, blankets, or even iPod cozies with the help of Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-Shirt ($16). Best... [More]

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Serious Eats

Where there is crispy fried chicken, we'll be there. Where there is mouthwatering Mexican fare, we'll be there! Where there are decadent desserts, we're first in line. So it's no surprise we're obsessed with Serious Eats ($16). This book is filled with culinary guilty pleasures... [More]

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The Meat Free Monday Cookbook

All right, we're gonna do it. Now that we have our copy of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year ($19) by The Meat Free Monday Campaign, we're going to nix the meat meals on Mondays. The campaign,... [More]

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The Perfect Start To Your Day

So, apparently, eating a Cadbury Creme Egg (snatched up after Easter) for breakfast is not the way to jump-start our day. It's an egg, right? The Perfect Start to Your Day ($13) offers ideas for better ways to keep our tummy happy in the morning.... [More]

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Simply Wonderwoman

If you need a little help getting your life in order Simply Wonderwoman ($29) is an awesome reference book for balancing the craziness of work and family. Imagine having a little more me-time, or having quality playtime with your kids, or even having time to... [More]

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A Field Guide To Fabric Design

We doubt we're the only ones who are incredibly particular about the fabric we purchase. Wouldn't it be cool to design your own fabric instead of wandering around Jo-Ann looking for the perfect floral for couch pillows? Don't bother looking. You won't find it. Make... [More]

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Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected

We've been reading Kelle Hampton's blog, Enjoying the Small Things, for a while now. Her beautiful photography and heartwarming family stories never fail to give us warm fuzzies. Now her book, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected, has hit the stores and we can't wait... [More]

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Pat Sloan's Favorite Techniques: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Enhance Your Quilting

We've been telling ourselves for years we'll learn how to quilt. There is something so enviable about using a quilt someone made by hand. Pat Sloan's Favorite Techniques ($23) is a good source for getting started and offers plenty of patterns to follow. We appreciate... [More]

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The Gastrokid Cookbook

Are we the only ones who gag a little when we see parents settling for eating kid-food? Since when did kids call the shots? Growing up in a big family, we ate what we were served. And it wasn't hot dogs and mac 'n' cheese.... [More]

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How To Make Books

As kids we didn't need instructions to tell us how to make books. We just folded notebook paper in half, wrapped a piece of cardboard around the whole thing, and stapled along the spine. Although the vertical lines never bothered us then, these days we're... [More]

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If you've ever stared at your living room wall for an hour wondering how to give your space a little pep, you are not alone! We're constantly updating and changing our apartment and usually we seek out advice from sources even cooler than ourselves (we... [More]

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OMG, it's like they wrote Quiet ($15) about Outblush. Kidding aside, Quiet is an interesting book about introverted types, the ways in which they're undervalued, their potential, and how we can tap into our positive introvertive qualities. This is a definite must-read!... [More]

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Appliqué Your Way

Technically, if we appliquéd "our way" we'd be purchasing our knickknacks from Pier 1 instead of making them ourselves. Why? Cause we're not that handy. Or, we didn't think we were... Appliqué Your Way ($17) walks us through thirty-five different projects. That's thirty-five more ways... [More]

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