Few things in life are as fulfilling as seeing the idea in your head become the creation of your hands. Here are an assortment of titles to help stir your imagination and pique your curiosity. Create - enjoy!
A charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.
A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari?
A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.
Extra Yarn, winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, as well as a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community.
A one-of-a-kind interactive book that shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A singular work of imagination, creativity, and paper engineering, Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope”―each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.The smudge becomes the face of a bunny, a crumpled ball of paper turns into a lamb’s fleecy coat―celebrate the oops in life.
On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for? In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But today’s project is especially close to Mr. Frank’s heart. The result is a story that children and grandparents can share with equal delight.
Andrew draws, and draws, and draws. He becomes so skilled that his work takes on a life of its own in this story of a small boy who does the extraordinary in this whimsical picture book that will remind readers of the power that both art and artist can wield.
Rainspell Island is hosting an Arts and Crafts Week. Rachel and Kirsty can't wait to try all the different creative activities! But Jack Frost has other plans. He likes making chaos more than making art.
Now that Kayla the Pottery Fairy's vase is missing, ceramic projects are in trouble! Can Rachel and Kirsty put a stop to Jack Frost's antics before he ruins everything?
Find the special fairy object in each book and help save the arts and crafts magic!
This is the first in a large Magical Crafts Fairies series, with every type of arts and crafts you can imagine.
When school's out, it's time for camp—craft camp! Kids (and their parents) will love these 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more. Create colorful piñatas, eco-friendly mobiles, and up-cycled necklaces, hats, and T-shirts. Boys and girls, and children from 6 to 12, will all find something fun to do! Lots of helpful photographs, and how-to illustrations when needed, explain all the techniques in an easy-to-follow way.
An exciting artistic journey through more than 25 dynamic step-by-step projects, including canvas paintings, collages, doodled drawings, and more. Children will learn how to draw, paint, tear, stamp, stencil, and glue their way to imaginative, whimsical artwork using boldly patterned animals, fun and funky flowers, and playful patchworks. The colorful layout and full-color step-by-step photos make the instructions appealing and engaging for young artists to follow along with minimum supervision required, using only basic tools and materials.
This fun, visual reference features a thousand arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered. From making dolls and edible treats to sculpting and printmaking, everything is simple enough to recreate, but also up to interpretation. Add your own creative twist to make them your own and ask your child to do the same! Not only will you be engaging your children and activating their imagination, but also teaching them critical skills.
With a wide range of projects including animal masks, friendship bracelets, knitted bunnies, fabric bags, pom pom creatures, and more, kids will develop a sense of achievement upon completion of projects and will love the rewarding feeling of being able to have something to show for the time they've spent. In addition to the projects featured throughout the book, readers will learn about materials such as wool and fabric: what they are, where they come from, and fun facts about each one, making Mommy and Me Craft one-of-a-kind.
Patterns are fascinating! They can be so beautiful that people come from all over the world to see them, or so familiar you hardly notice them. They appear everywhere: beehives, dinner plates, even the bottoms of your shoes!
With stunning photographs that show diverse examples from nature and artwork around the world, Bruce Goldstone reveals the secrets behind patterns--and gives you some fun ideas for making your own.
Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe for the valleys of Colorado. He spends his days painting and fly-fishing. But one afternoon Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.
Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, hiding her maps within her paintings. She embraces this calling after being told she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward civil war, Sarah faces sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril. Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child, moves to an old house and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past. Sarah and Eden’s lives connect the past to the present, defining courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.
Tiffany Girl is the story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a budding artist handpicked by Louis Tiffany to help complete the Tiffany chapel for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. She quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated.
As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating gentleman next door?
Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne have an intense relationship. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time, fueling a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires. This book explores the tension between two strong-willed people, devoted to each other but also driven by a powerful need to explore their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature…
College counselor Gayla Oliver flees to New Bern after Brian,her husband of twenty-six years, suggests an amicable divorce. Her solo sabbatical is a chance to explore the creative impulses she sidelined long ago--quilting, gardening, and striking up new friendships --particularly Ivy, a single mother confronting fresh starts and past hurts of her own. With all of their support, Gayla just might find the courage to look ahead, decide which fragments of her old life she wants to keep, which are beyond repair--and how to knot the fraying ends until a bold new design reveals itself. . .
Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall. Gabby loves the school, with its newly-adopted progressive curriculum, and she loves that the Seaside Knitters are teaching knitting as part of the enrichment program. But not everyone is happy with the direction the school is taking. Outspoken board member Blythe Westerland is determined to unravel the current administration. Then, on the evening of an elegant school event, Blythe’s body is found on the school grounds. The Seaside Knitters carefully unravel the layers of Blythe’s complicated life.The knitters will need to stitch together the evidence to see if a murderer has been walking beside them all along.
Bind a book beautifully, with these whimsical and stylish projects from bookbinder extraordinaire Erica Ekrem. With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of re-purposed materials, Ekrem has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. Choose from three categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. Make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art.
The Jewelry Recipe Book takes materials available at large craft stores―beads, shrink plastic, leather, lace, pearls, sequins, polymer clay, yarn, and pine cones, to name a few―and transforms them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Each of the 35 mini chapters organized by material consists of three projects and three skill levels, adding up to more than 100 stunning pieces. Every piece is beautifully photographed, and the information is presented in an easy-to-follow way.
Small Woodworking Projects is a collection of approachable projects that will tempt and satisfy even the most discriminating of woodworkers. You don't need a giant shop or formal training to build the useful, attractive pieces in this collection. Projects range from boxes perfect for gift giving, to tools for the workshop, to items perfect for the home, and they run the gamut from simple to elaborate. With the exploded drawings, detailed plans, and clear step-by-step instructions Fine Woodworking is known for, this is a must- have for every woodworker.
Deck your cats out in hats that suit their many personalities! There is a pattern in this book for every feline friend. Complete with a breakdown of skill level and method of working (knit or crochet), suggestions for yarns, and written patterns and charts where necessary, you’ll be able to whip up amazing head wear, whatever your cat’s character. With the adorable color photos and helpful illustrations throughout, these hat patterns will be both exciting and easy to create. It’s fun, it’s addictive, and it’s deliciously purr-fect from start to finish!
Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It's also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you'll find art activities, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you'll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you'll have lots of fun!
There is nothing quite like watching the interesting animals in your yard. In Natural Birdhouses , you’ll find instructions for making birdhouses, feeders, bat houses, and pollinator houses using materials that you can find locally for free.
Encourage wildlife to your garden with these unique, handcrafted homes for birds, bats, and bugs. Find out how to make them, where to position them for different species, and how to provide food, nesting materials, and shelter for your wild neighbors.
If sewing with friends sparks your creative passion, jump-start your next retreat with the projects in this resource. Organize your tools and supplies with projects you make ahead. Take along materials and supplies for projects that will have you stitching alongside friends for fun. Get lots of variety with 16 patterns from expert designers.Make everything from equipment totes, a needle case, retreat apron, and sewing mat to quilts, place mats, a pillow, and table runner
This gorgeous book shows you how to transform jelly roll scraps into stunning mini quilts and gorgeous patchwork gifts. Packed with 30 colourful and inventive projects – and all the techniques needed to create them – this book contains an abundance of guidance and inspiration for quilters and patch-workers of all abilities. The book is broken down into two sections: ‘mini quilts' and ‘gifts'. Each section contains a comprehensive step-by-step photographic techniques section and each of the 30 projects contains inspiring photography and clear, helpful illustrations throughout, to ensure that the book is as accessible as possible.
LEGO is more than a toy…it's a cultural icon! And no one demonstrates the power and versatility of LEGO better than master modeler Warren Elsmore. In Brick Vehicles, Elsmore puts the "GO" in LEGO with an exploration of the history of transportation. Starting with the humble wheel and rolling through centuries of land, sea, and air travel innovations, Elsmore showcases 40 fantastic vehicles in LEGO form. Includes full scenes in stunning detail, plus step-by-step projects for some of the smaller models.
This book is packed with ways to create all kinds of accessories, jewelry, bags, decorations, fix-its, and more with little more than a roll of tape. Peppered through the pages are fun and interesting facts and trivia about the amazing duct tape.
Learn about the basics of fiber arts while creating cool stuff. The Cool Knitting for Kids title teaches the first steps of how to knit. Activities will help kids use what they learned to make warm mitts for your hands, a simple scarf, hand-dyed yarn and more. Custom how-to photos and easy step-by-step instructions make crafting a blast. Don't wait to get cool crafting!
It's show time! This Super Skills title introduces budding filmmakers to the world of movie making. Using the amazing cameras available on cell phones and tablets, kids can learn the filming and editing basics for developing their own movies. Is your story a comedy? A drama? Are you documenting an event? From the "pre-production" basics of plot and script to the fun of getting to know cameras, camera angles, moving shots, and lighting, How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons takes you through the full production process. Discover tips for sharp editing, learn the difference between long shots and wide angles, explore tips for writing a clever script, and much more.
Author Choly Knight shows you how to quickly make real-world versions of all your favorite Minecraft characters and game elements, using only a few basic craft supplies. The blocky pixilated graphics of Minecraft are perfect for so many different kinds of crafts. Inside you’ll find 15 fun step-by-step projects for perler beads, duct tape, paper crafting, painting, sewing, and crocheting. So get in “creative mode” and celebrate the limitless possibilities of Minecraft!
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