12 all-new bags and purses to sew for every occasion
Author: Lisa Lam
Publisher: David & Charles
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
From the author of the bestselling The Bag Making Bible comes an outstanding collection of 12 inspiring bags for you to make at home. Lisa Lam of U-Handbag.com brings you a stunning collection of sewing patterns to make your own bags. The book features 12 brand new bag designs with full photographic instructions for how to make a bag with truly professional results. The book features full-size patterns on three separate pull-out sheets so that you can get started right away ? no photocopying or enlarging required. The book opens with Lisa's in-depth advice on all the aspects needed to get started, from the tools and equipment you need, to understanding and interpreting patterns, to choosing, preparing and cutting fabrics. A comprehensive Techniques section explains some core bag-making techniques such as how to insert a zip pocket, how to use magnetic snap closures, how to sew bag straps and handles including adjustable straps, and how to bind edges and use piping for a truly professional finish. There is also guidance on how to insert a lining to your bag. All the techniques are fully explained with easy to follow photographs, so you'll be creating professional, practical and great-looking bags before you know it! The 12 projects that follow range in complexity. If you're new to sewing and bag making there are beginner bag projects such as the Compact Groceries Tote, All-Sorted Laundry Bag and Access-All-Areas Pouch to get you started before progressing to the more fully featured bags such as the Too-Cool-for-School Satchel and the 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack. You can make your own iPad case, sew a child's backpack, create a pretty purse using a metal purse frame, make your own tri-fold wallet, make a baby changing bag with matching changing mat, sew your own bicycle panniers, and sew a vanity case for your beauty essentials. The bags all have style and substance and are designed with real-life practical uses in mind. Within each project Lisa gives her hints and tips for success, along with advice on how you can customize the patterns to create your own version of the design. The book is presented in a spiral bound format, making it lay flat so you can follow the instructions with ease while sewing. "This information-rich book will elevate your sewing know-how with versatile techniques and inspiring suggestions for making these bags your own." --Amy Butler
A bag for the gym, another for school or work, and several for trips to the grocery store--there are never too many tote bags! These seven designs by Marty Miller are easy to make and so nice to have on hand. Each bag is shown twice, with one made using yarn from a craft store and the other with yarn from a specialty shop. The pictures are proof that no matter where the yarn comes from, the tote will turn out beautifully. Crochet all of these colorful, useful bags, and be prepared to tote everything you need, any time you want! Seven totes to crochet (5 in medium weight yarn and 2 in bulky): Puff Stitch Tote, Granny Square Tote, Trellis Stitch Tote, Bucket Tote, Beach Tote, One Skein Tote, a nd Circle Mesh Tote.
A good book to pick up and read when you have a little time or a lot of time. A book that will be enjoyed by all. It is small and convenient to hold. It is fun and easy to read. This book is full of both thought provoking and whimsical poems. It makes a nice gift for birthdays or just to say “Thinking of you”. It is great idea for the travelers or the homebound. A gift for all occasions. A book for all reasons.
Absinthe, LSD, Speed and anti-cancer drugs - these three entertaining stories explore how drugs, both legal and otherwise, can affect the lives of those who make them and those who use them. The author, a former professor of chemistry, has previously written three popular science books: Murder, Magic and Medicine, the Elusive Magic Bullet and Chasms of Delight (also published by Memoirs). This is his first work of fiction.
The Blacksmith The blacksmith by his anvil, his hammer in his hand. He beats a merry rhythm upon the hardened steel. Tap, tap, it bounces, up and down, a clear shrill note as old as time. The shoe he forms with an expert eye, as practiced as his old clay pipe. The Language of Flowers A wish: A cry from the heart A dream: A longing for something good A care: For something lovely Gary the Grasshopper Gary the grasshopper was such a nice guy. All he wanted to do was to fly and fly. Around and around, and up and down he goes, he bangs off the ceiling and hurts his poor nose. From Ireland to Uganda to South Africa and all in between Poems for all Reasons which reflects The Musings and Amusings of an ordinary guy is really what is says it is, Poems for all Reasons. It is a reflection of the life and the various moods and humours of the author during the many facets of his life. No two poems are from the same theme or genre of experience, from the seriousness of What land is this I gaze upon to the tongue in cheek humour of Gary the Grasshopper the diversity is extreme to say the least.
There are a billion reasons Kate should marry her current boyfriend. Will she trade them all to be madly in love? Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter. She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter. He’s everything she wants in a husband. And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. Only now he’s a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for a friend’s wedding. As his date. But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there’s still a magnetism between them she can’t deny. Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasing, Christian marriage. But what if there’s more? What if God’s desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that’s what Luc has offered all along? "Katie and Luc dance off the pages of this book, making you fall in love with them and New Orleans. Full of surprises and romance." —Carolyne Aarsen, author of The Baby Promise
WINNER: GOLD Non Fiction Humor, 2012 Readers Favorite Award WINNER: SILVER Non Fiction E-Book, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award New York is the capital of the world and 101 Reasons to Leave New York offers up its reasons why, with a humor, realism and perspective rarely seen. You can't live in New York City for any period of time without collecting enough stories to fill a book. 101 Reasons to Leave New York explores and explains the Big Apple's tendency to be a little rotten in spots, from the point of view of someone who has taken a bunch of big juicy bites. "Really a long love letter to the Big Apple, 101 Reasons makes you laugh, cringe and love the city even more ... It'll make you miss New York even when you live here." - Jason Sheftell/New York Daily News "Howard Jordan has written an entertaining book with touches of humor, truth and love for the wonderful place known as the best city in the world - New York. 101 Reasons to Leave New York is a five star winner." - Trudi LoPreto/Readers Favorite 101 Reasons To Leave New York is a quirky and humorous pop culture book that recognizes and articulates the unthinkable notion of willingly leaving the greatest city on the face of the planet. Then, provides all the funny, insightful, sad and silly reasons you'll ever need to justify doing so. Each entry is a candid expression of the perpetual hope that surrounds inevitable heartbreak; and an acknowledgment of how the city can make you, break you, or just take you for the ride of your life. Richmond, Virginia native Howard Jordan, Jr. moved to New York City in the summer of 1999 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an advertising copywriter. Since that time he has contributed award-winning creative work to some of the world's most recognizable brands. Jordan is a graduate of James Madison University, BBA and Virginia Commonwealth University, MS. He may, or may not, still live in New York City. Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/howardjordanjr/
When her longtime marriage abruptly ends in the wake of her husband's infidelity, Madrid college professor Blanca Perea struggles to rebuild her own life by researching that of an enigmatic Spanish writer who died decades earlier. By the best-selling author of The Time in Between. 75,000 first printing.
From boardroom barracuda Work was everything to businessman Aaron Bradley. So when his four young nephews were orphaned and left to Susan Turner, he should have been relieved. Instead, he yearned for a chance at fatherhood. Aaron didn't know the first thing about children, but he hoped Susan would coach him. If only she weren't so temptingly distracting… …to husband and father material? Susan Turner was finally a mother; now all she need was the right man to fulfill her other dreams—the steamy, romantic, 'til-death-do-us-part kind that Aaron inspired. The stubborn bachelor was determined to remain single, but Susan had a plan—and it began with a kiss… The Daddy Club: From Diapers to Dating—These Single Dads Learn It All!
Reasons to Believe is the sad, funny, twisted, tragic and ultimately inspirational story of twenty-three year old Jimi Avery, who longs to be a poet but is trapped by her addiction to alcohol and drugs and her seemingly bottomless capacity for self-destruction. After her beloved father dies, she begins a rollercoaster ride through discovery and desolation, love and loss, reality and pipe dreams. During the course of the novel, she tries and fails several times to give up alcohol and drugs, with progressively more painful consequences. Finally, with the help of an old friend of her father's and a young girl she takes under her wing, Jimi becomes willing to let go of her boyfriend Angelo and everything else that holds her back from life's joy and beauty. She extricates herself from the web of her childhood traumas and finds hope, both in herself and the world outside. Ultimatley, she propels that hope into a workable sobriety. Jimi's story is a fictional memoir, filled with tears and laughter as she trudges haltingly along the bumpy road to recovery.
Being America's favorite heiress is a dirty job...but someone's gotta do it. Lexington Larrabee has never had to work a day in her life. After all, she's the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they're not supposed to crash brand-new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Boulevard either. Which is why, on Lexi's eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there's anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it's dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her. In Jessica Brody's hilarious "comedy of heiress" about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
If your pantry was empty, your children hungry, your electricity cut off for nonpayment, and you saw no prospect of support, what would you do? For a decade in a rural Tennessee community, you went to a shabby building behind a church and found Laura Willis. Running a program to help the needy, Laura discovered a world of people she never knew: the lonely and unemployed, chronically poor families, and middle-class folks surprised to be struggling in a great recession. And to each, she offered a bag of groceries, a compassionate ear, and a heart of love. Taking a tiny food pantry and watching it grow to feed hundreds, Laura learned about her own hunger for God and began to discern her own spiritual directions, learning how her calling card—a bag of groceries—could be a gift to others and to herself of abundance and grace.