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Adorable Book Trailer for Smith’s Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old

Puppyhood Cover

Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old
By J. Nichole Smith
9781584799849
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
$32.95

 

This endearing and beautiful book published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang is choc-a-block full of cute, cuddly canine photographs. You will fall in love with Moe, the Yorkipoo with the little speckled muzzle, Tater Tot, the disproportionately large pawed Great Dane, as well as Chad, Roland, and ... well... every little guy in the whole book. Next stop? The Humane Society. So maybe you can’t get a new puppy at the moment, but there’s a chance you still may end up coming home with sixty furry new friends. Luckily, these little monsters are remarkably apartment friendly in non-fiction format.

In order to satiate your puppy love until then, check out this book trailer that is sure to give you the warm and fuzzies: http://youtu.be/eQ4zui-BPJw.

Hopefully Abby, our resident Manda pooch, doesn’t get jealous!

Inspired Weddings

I was a bride last summer, and know first hand that planning a wedding can start to feel like a second job.  My husband and I visited countless vendors on evenings and weekends trying to find the perfect colour, best deal and appropriate vibe for our blessed day.  I think back on that time with a mixture of emotions, the strongest being relief that the planning is over!  We had an amazing, dreamy day, but we paid for it in time, patience and $$! All said, I LOVE WEDDINGS!  I love attending them, reading about them in magazines, and dreaming about them when I come across a book like Matthew Robbins' Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favourite Objects and Family Treasures. How you decide to design your special day says a lot about who you are, and Robbins (who just happens to be Martha Stewart's right-hand wedding expert) offers inspired ideas on how to shine through the chaos and incorporate special moments and objects into the day so that you don't get lost in the shuffle.  After all, it's not about the perfect dress, photo, or centrepiece, it's about YOU!

For more insider tips and industry secrets, pick up a copy of Mathew Robbins' Inspired Weddings ($40 CAN/ISBN: 978-1-58479-893-4), available in bookstores now!

Scissors, Glue & Pine Cones

There's something heartwarming about receiving a handmade holiday card.  Knowing someone went through the effort to find the scissors, draw some nostalgic mistletoe and craft a personal note gets me every time.  Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that I'm a sucker for handmade decorations too.  On any given tree, my eyes seem to gravitate towards the papier mache angel hung with a piece of frayed red yarn, or the paper snowflakes heavy and wilted with copious amounts of white glue and glitter.  Images such as these send me back to grade school during that last week before Christmas break when all children are expected to do is decorate ginger bread, sing carols and go on nature walks seeking out the perfect pine cones and tree branches for endless craft projects.  The stuff great memories are made of.

 

Enter now the fabulous new book from Stewart Tabori and Chang, Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s - 1960s (9781584799238, CAN $22.95)

Author Susan Waggoner recaptures the magic of holidays past with vintage crafts projects that, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been craving. Inspired by treasures from the 1920s through the 1960s, she includes simple instructions for a variety of decorations that allow crafters of all ages, naughty or nice, to deck their halls with cellophane wreaths, glittered glass ornament balls, beaded bell garlands, and whimsical, tinsel-bedecked miniature trees.

To keep spirits merry and energy flowing, the book includes a sampler of easy-to-make candy recipes. Yum.

Merry, merry everyone!

BUST DIY GUIDE TO LIFE

 

 

The Circle Craft show was in Vancouver this past weekend, and yesterday I decided to brave the crowds and check out the handmade goods.  I'm glad that I did, because I picked up several original tree ornaments, some pickled garlic and a big bag of gourmet candy.  (perfect for stockings... if it lasts that long!) The experience got me to thinking, as I often do around talented "makers of things" that I should really try to indulge in my creative side more and try my hand at sewing, knitting or the like.  Unfortunately, such projects just don't hold my attention and I end up abandoning ship halfway through.

Lucky for me, the new BUST DIY GUIDE TO LIFE is now available in stores and is full of fabulous tips on how to do....stuff.  As early promoters and staunch supporters of the DIY movement, BUST magazine founders Debbie Stoller (of Stitch ‘n Bitch fame) and Laurie Henzel thought it was high time they collected the best do-it-yourself knowledge into a single hefty volume. The result is a book that not only teaches readers how to knit a scarf, but also teaches a new generation of women how to create a life on their own terms. Debbie and Laurie present the best of BUST’s archives: more than 250 DIY ideas for everything from how to style your home and how to style your hair to how to support your immune system naturally and how to support yourself financially. Fun right?!

The BUST DIY Guide to Life , STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book; CAN $32.95 | ISBN: 9781584798965

Mississippi Mud Pie, My Oh My

Monkey Bubble Bread...Boston Cream Pie...Heartland Turtle Bars...Buttermilk Doughnuts...  I don't know about you, but these desserts take me back to a time when I was young, life was slow and desserts were oh so fun!  If you're in the mood for a trip down memory lane, you and your taste buds should check out Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Stewart Tabori & Chang, $35.95).  The authors take liberties on some classics - but without making them too precious which seems to be the unfortunate trend these days.  As far as I'm concerned, this gorgeous new tome on all things baked (ahem) truly takes the cake.  If you don't believe me, check out this review in the Globe and Mail, together we should have you convinced.

Can you think of one special dessert that with a forkful, can flood you with memories from your childhood?  Tell us about it for a chance to win your very own copy of Baked Explorations!