Being a homesteader today may seem difficult; the world is full of so many gadgets and conveniences, many of which most of us consider necessary to live a full and happy life. In this collection, edited and arranged by Jay Cassell, you'll see that going off the grid, adapting to your surroundings, and depending on yourself and your land is really not as challenging as one may think. With the information and tips you learn in this book, you'll easily find success as a modern-day homesteader.
The essays featured in The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliant Living were written by some of today's most respected outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen, nature enthusiasts, agricultural professionals, and successful homesteaders. Through the information on these pages, you will learn the best techniques and approaches concerning:
• Hunting, fishing, and trapping
• Growing and preparing your own food
• Animal husbandry
• Living off the grid
• Building barns and outbuildings
• Green living
• Country skills
• Alternative energy, such as solar panels and windmills
• Primitive survival skills, such as making fires and finding shelter
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 801 Pages (50,254 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Discover why so many Amish and Mennonites, committed to a simple life, make beautiful quilts. This book looks at quilting in plain communities and the possible origins of quilt patterns popular among the Amish and Mennonites. Why do so many Amish and Mennonites who are devoutly committed to a simple, austere life make beautiful quilts? Why this splash of beauty? What are the favorite designs? How has quilting become a part of the very fabric of Amish and Mennonite life? What are basic how-tos of quiltmaking? "Quilting has survived among these frugal, simple people because a quilt is not only apiece of art. It is also functional."
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 95 Pages (95,646 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
A Practical Illustrated Bird-Oriented Gardening Book with Great Reference Charts
Bird-watchers everywhere dream of a landscape dotted with fruiting shrubs, nests tucked into twining vines, and birds flocking to feeding stations. Let Natural Gardening for Birds show you how to lay out the welcome mat for birds by considering all of their needs, including year-round food, water, and shelter. Whether you're looking to create a hummingbird garden, install a water feature, create alluring perches, or simply designate a corner of your property as a natural area, you'll find all the inspiration and information you need in Natural Gardening for Birds, including:
The best plants for nectar, fruit, and seeds
The most attractive foods to offer birds
Housing for cavity-nesting birds
Simple habitat enhancements like snags and perches
Region-specific planting ideas and charts
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 256 Pages (14,264 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Whether it's learning about rifles and shotguns, determining the best hunting location, or butchering your five-point buck, here is all the essential information to have a successful and fun hunting experience in a compact, portable guidebook. Complete with handy illustrations and photographs, The Pocket Deer Hunting Guide is the essential reference guidebook for any deer hunter.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 160 Pages (11,609 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Most conventional store-bought cleaning products are packed full of chemicals, many of which are harmful to the environment and your health, let alone your wallet. You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that your kitchen cupboard already stocks the alternative supplies you'll need to transform your home into a clean, safe, and fresh-smelling haven! Lemons, salt, vinegar, baking soda, and club soda are just some of the natural ingredients used to clean the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, floors, and everything in between. Turn a chore into a pleasure and discover a whole new way to clean!
About the Self-Sufficiency Series: More and more Americans are becoming concerned about living a healthier land more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Whether it's moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city-living a little simpler and easier, the Green" movement is changing the way we live our day-to-day lives. Skyhorse's new Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to helpoffering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully-illustrated series made even more beautiful because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 136 Pages (13,758 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Christmas is a magical time of the year. How often have you lain in bed, visions of sugar plums dancing through your head? Maybe you've began to gently drift into a dream when, suddenly, you realize... you didn't move the elf!
That darn elf. Making you get out of bed when you're all snuggled up after a long day of gift-wrapping. But you know that if you don't move it, the kids will begin to unravel the Christmas secrets you've worked so hard to preserve over the years! Before you know it, they'll think Santa isn't real and they'll be all grown up. Fine, you say to yourself, I'll get up and move the freakin' elf. However, as time goes on, your kids start to notice the elf's moving to the same spots over and over, doing the same old things. It starts to become less believable.
For when you're stuck in this predicament, author Jason Deas has developed 101 different ideas of what to do with your Christmas elf. Get St. Nick's assistants off the shelf and into a variety of creative situations that will amaze and amuse your children:
Make your elf some skis for water skiing and snow skiing
Set up your elf like he's been working out all night long
Put your elf in a boat in the bathtub
Create a drum set with a few cans, pots, plastic containers, and other odds and ends
Have your elf become a mechanic and fix a toy car
Filled with Christmas spirit and humor, 101 Things To Do With Your Christmas Elf is your handbook to surviving December and making sure you keep your little holiday helper on the move.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 208 Pages (45,985 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Sea glass is the beautiful result of broken glass being naturally polished and smoothed by the ocean's currents for extended periods of time. These beautiful jewels become weathered and frosted from abrasion and erosion in salt water, giving them a distinctly beautiful, jewel-like appearance that is perfect for all sorts of crafting!
Sea Glass Crafts includes twenty step-by-step projects for you to create beautiful works with your collection of sea glass. Accompanying each project are beautiful full-color photographs which visually aid readers in the instructions as well as display the finished product. From jewelry to other lavish lifestyle crafts, this book will give skills needed to learn the art of creating beautiful homemade pieces.
Sea glass can be purchased in bulk online, but it is way more fun to collect on your own. On your next trip to the beach, when you find yourself swimming in these treasures, be sure to utilize the lessons in this book to create something truly homemade, unique, and beautiful. It's a perfect activity for anyone interested in jewelry-making or crafting, or for someone looking to learn a new hobby.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 160 Pages (129,421 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Otto, the sage old pup who taught Wilson the ways of the Tao-te Ching, the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, is finally ready to rest his bones and retire to Boca Raton. Wilson is next in line to take his place as Master of the Taoist put lineage, but before he can assume his rightful position, he must train his own successor, the young pup Homer. Once Homer has learned the lessons of the Tao and earned his yin-yang badge, Wilson can take his place on Otto's throne.
Through funny letters and charming photographs, Wilson convers with his apprentice on the subtle wisdom of the Tao-te Ching. But unfortunately for Wilson, Homer's not the easiest pupil to teach. He's more interested in filling his stomach than feeding his mind. And he'd rather nap his way to wisdom. The young pug's path to enlightenment is chock full of surprises, as Wilson is about to find out.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 120 Pages (56,049 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Wilson the Pug has taught his many admirers some important life lessons -- and he practices what he preaches. One crisp winter day, Wilson comes across a baby pug, lost and alone. Determined to do "the right thing," as it is written in the Tao-te Ching, Wilson sets out to help his new buddy Homer, and together they embark on a quest to find the puppy a home. Their adventure takes them along comical and surprising paths, where they encounter many new friends as well as some unsavory characters who cause big trouble for the duo. Things start to look bleak for Homer until Santa Claus himself steps in to lend a hand. Homer just might get his wish after all... Homer for the Holidays is a heartwarming pug buddy story destined to become a holiday favorite of dog lovers of all ages for years to come.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 104 Pages (78,051 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
For more than 100 years, Shooter's Bible has been the ultimate comprehensive resource for shooting enthusiasts across the board. Trusted by everyone from competitive shooters to hunters to those who keep firearms for protection, this leading series is always expanding. Here is the first edition of the Shooter's Bible Guide to Combat Handgunsyour all-encompassing resource with up-to-date information on combat and defensive handguns, training and defensive ammunition, handgun ballistics, tactical and concealment holsters, accessories, training facilities, and more. No Shooter's Bible guidebook is complete without a detailed products section showcasing handguns from all across the market.
Author Robert Sadowski proves to be a masterful instructor on all aspects of handguns, providing useful information for every reader, from those with combat handgun experience in military and law enforcement fields to private citizens, first-timers, and beyond.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 288 Pages (64,180 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Widely regarded as one of the most famous and useful encyclopedias on watch- and clock-making, this eleventh edition of the regularly updated guide was first published in 1907. This is the final edition Britten completed before his death in 1913, and it is full of classic information on tools, repairs, terms, and definitions. Britten's book is the only place to get invaluable information on watch- and clock-making techniques and technology of the early-twentieth century and be-fore.
The Watch and Clock Makers' Handbook, Dictionary, and Guide is an important resource for hobbyists, artists, antique dealers, history buffs, students, and horologistsamateur and professional alike.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 504 Pages (55,518 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Dating from the Golden Age of American Farming, this volume is both a tribute to days gone by and a resource for present day homeowners, farmers, and ranchers striving toward greater self-sufficiency. Here you will find hundreds of clever ways to transform those odds and ends that might seem like junk into very useful gadgets and tools, from a treadmill that can power a dairy separator and churn, to a drinking fountain for chickens. Other devices include a rig for moving large trees; a self-feeder for bees; a hand garden cultivator; and gates that lift over snowdrifts. It's full of useful illustrations and includes a whole section of tried-and-true tips.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 304 Pages (100,823 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats.
Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, scrapbooks, quilts, and other forms of storytelling.
Readers of Memoir Your Way will find out how to:
Create your own family cookbook like a pro
Design, stitch, and create stunning quilts that preserve family memories for the next generation and create a cherished gift
Bring out the natural storyteller in children while building self-confidence and a sense of family
Write engaging family stories with proven writing tips
Enrich scrapbooks with stories that might otherwise be overlooked and techniques that showcase even the memories that weren't preserved in photographs
Turn your story into a graphic novel with hand-drawn illustrations
Become the bridge for your heritage between the old world and the new
Memoir Your Way makes memoir accessible to everyone, including those who don't see themselves as writers. Memoir Your Way is a valuable sourcebook for quickly and easily creating memoirs that celebrate family stories and ancestry.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 208 Pages (27,160 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
An ode to the feline in your life, Hardworking Cats shows cats are much less lazy than we give them credit for. It's not all just sleeping in sunspots, curling up on laps, and looking adorable. Our cats are just as motivated as we are to get a good day's work done. The next time one of your dog-loving friends (shudder) asks you What's your cat even good for other than lying around?" you can answer with a long list of one hundred different jobs your cat can do, including:
Official greeter, waiting for you at the door
Exterminator, ridding you of those pesky pests
Interior decorator, achieving that messy yet chic look
Furniture stripper, because who really needs upholstery anyway
Comedian, providing you with laughs at just the right moment
Food critic, letting you know you accidentally bought the wrong flavor
Yoga practitioner, making sure to stay in shape with extra-long stretches
Job supervisor, keeping an eye out for any goofing off during gardening season
Data entry typist, showing you don't actually need to use real words to get your meaning across
And many more
Lovingly illustrated with one hundred original illustrations, cat-lovers of all ages will enjoy finding which jobs their cat does best.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 112 Pages (13,434 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Craft away with the quirkiest creatures around!
Save the drama, these Llamas are going to whisk you away to your happy place. Fun and quirky, these furry animals are the latest spirit animal that everyone is interested in. This book has 15 projects that will inspire you and make you ready for your own Llamapalooza! You'll get directions here on how to make Llama Papercraft ornaments, a Llama piñata, Llama wall prints, Llama finger puppets, Llama plushies, Llama T-shirts, Llama greetings cards, Llama bag and so much more.
Both novice and expert crafters will enjoy this variety of projects. Each craft comes with a list of all the items and templates that you will need to create your llama-fueled fun. There's no shortage of ways that you'll be able to envision these dazzling Llama Crafts?the perfect activities for any adventurous Llama fan. Great for yourself or to give as gifts, but you'll probably want to make them for both... Get ready to leap for llamas!
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 200 Pages (164,827 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020
Chew on this. As humans, we have a deep need to believe... a need to relate to something greater and more ideal than ourselves. Perhaps that's why so many millions believe in Dog. Man's devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This thing has gone way beyond a hobby.
We may not literally worship dogs, but we come pawfully close. This rabid reverence for Rover has a name: Dogtology. Dogtology is for the dog lover who has bailed on a date because they didn't want Twinkles to be left home alone. It is for the human whose dog owns a more festive holiday wardrobe than they do, whose pups dine on free-range bison burgers while they live off ramen, or whose smartphones have more photos of their dog than of the humans in their family. In this sacred dogtrine, the case is made that Dogtology has become a bone-a-fide belief system on par with the world's great philosophies and religions.
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home Length: 184 Pages (39,831 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 1st, 2020