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Cooking Lessons by Daisy Garnett is more of a novel from the kitchen than a cookbook, crammed full of stories and home-style recipes.

A wonderful insight in to the life of a foodie, the book follows author Daisy and her lifetime experience with food - from her childhood days in her family kitchen to her move to New York and city cooking in her adulthood. As Daisy shares her experiences, her beautifully illustrated food diary is periodically interrupted with lessons on how to cook various dishes to perfection.

With family classics such as Gingerbread and delicious sounding Potatoes Dauphinoise, and more unique dishes such as Pine Nut Ice Cream and Spaghetti With Squid And Courgette, there's sure to be a dish to inspire your love of food. If you missed out the day when you're elders were handing down the family cooking secrets then this book will give you a more than needed top-up.

Pick up a copy of the book from Quadrille or Amazon now.

Halloween is on it's way, so why not invite the ghools and demons in with a DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath hanging on your door?!

View the how-to on The Long Thread.

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If you've ever dreamed of becoming a seamstress then this book will teach you everything you need to know. The Ultimate Sewing Bible by Marie Clayton is a comprehensive guide to sewing and dressmaking.

Covering hand-stitching, as well as sewing with machines and overlockers, the book will teach you all the need-to-know techniques including finishing seams, clipping corners, piping, cording and pressing. If you fancy yourself as an aspiring designer, then the sections on constructing patterns, body measurement and darting will come in very handy. There's also practical advice on the best fabrics to use in dressmaking and techniques for sewing on buttons and embellishing your items.

All of the tutorials featured in the book are clearly explained and there's a range of projects for you to try out at home. Not just limited to garments, the book also includes a range of home furnishing ideas, such as upholstering and curtain making. When you're finished making your projects, the guide to laundering will come in very handy!

You can pick up a copy from Collins & Brown now.

Order a copy for only £14.99 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1057.

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Cindylou on Skip To My Lou has posted on article on "how to start the "BOO" in your neighborhood".

She also includes a template for making these cute Halloween Cat Masks.

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The latest offering from the Jewish Princess, Feasts & Festivals offers a witty and contemporary take on traditional cooking. This book will take you by the hand, explaining traditions and advising on how best to cater for various Jewish festivals and celebrations, with recipes such as Lime & Apple Slaw, The Handbag Sandwich and a Ginger Beer Cake.

Though not as picturesque as some cookbooks, it is stocked full of recipes for you to try at home - you'll just have to use your taste buds to gauge if it turned out right. There is even a selection of recipes suitable for vegetarian Princesses. Filled with practical advice, the book aims to make cooking for family and friends easy, with recipes that are suitable for royalty.

You can pick up your copy from Quadrille or Amazon now.

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If you've recently brought out your winter wardrobe to find that it's not as stylish as it seemed last year, then why not spruce up your dowdy sweaters with this excellent how-to.

Learn how-to alter a wool sweater on Sweet Sassafras.

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Knitting may primarily be seen as a woman's 'sport', but with books such as Men's Knits by Erika Knight increasingly hitting the shelves, its popularity is growing with both sexes. Some of the styles in this book are better suited to an older man, but there are 20 projects to choose from.

To get the male opinion, Crafterella asked one of her guy friends what he thought of the book. "The key is what you wear the pieces with, you need a good sense of style", he stated. "The hats and scarves are really good".

There are some interesting pieces in the book, including a sweater with external seams, and others which use various cabling and texturing techniques. Whether you pick this book up for yourself, or for your man, it will teach you everything you need to know to keep cozy through the winter months.

You can pick up a copy of this book from Quadrille or Amazon.

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These knitted skull tea cosies would be perfect for a Halloween tea party. Learn how to make your own with this knitting pattern from Halloween Mania.

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If you're an aspiring rollergirl or an avid knitter and spectator of the sport, then you'll love Knockdown Knits by Toni Carr.

Featuring '30 projects from the roller derby track', this book will have you skating in style. If you haven't heard already, roller derby is back and it's got a new punk-rock look. Add a bit of flair to your team's uniform with projects such as knitted pivot and jammer hats, legwarmers and bloomer pants. And, with projects like an Elevate That Ankle Pillow, "Hey, at Least It Wasn't Your Leg" Arm Sling and a cosy to hold Frozen Peas for Bruised Knees, you can find a knit to sooth every conceivable roller girl injury or ailment.

There are even knits for the referees, crowd and announcers, as well as more off the wall items, such as a derby-inspired Wedding Veil and Baby Bootie Skates for new recruits. As well as patterns, the book is filled with stories from the track. Knitting and roller derby may seem two worlds apart, but you can combine these two hobbies and exercise your mind and body at the same time.

Keep an eye out for our interview with Toni in the upcoming Day Of The Dead issue of Snippets. Check out Toni's website for more roller girl action, or pick up a copy of the book from Wiley or Amazon.

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Halloween is just around the corner, so why not prepare yourself, and make greetings cards for your family and friends now.

Check out this awesome how-to for making a Pop-Up Bat Card on Robert Sabuda.

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