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This sweet heart garland looks adorable and would make a great gift for Valentine's day.

Check out the crochet pattern from Bella Dia.

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Ellen Brown's Sushi with Style is a book that aims to show you that there is a lot more to sushi than raw fish. Covering all the basics, this is a nice guide for beginners. One of the main elements of sushi making is the preparation and this book will teach you everything you need to know about preparing ingredients and working with different food and tools.

Filled with recipes, which are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams, you can learn to make different styles of hand rolls, Tempura and even accompaniments, like Miso Soup. The most unique part of this book are the dessert sushi recipes, featuring a range of sushi-style pieces, replacing the fish for sweet ingredients like chocolate and fruit.

Sushi with Style is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know, so if you've ever wanted to make your own sushi, this book will have you chopping, cooking and rolling like an expert.

You can pick up a copy of the book from The GMC Group or Amazon now.

Check out a sample project from the book, Nigiri Zushi.

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This bean and farro soup looks like the perfect dish for a cold winter day.

Check out the recipe from Pink of Perfection.

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The start of the year is the perfect time to get organized or improve your existing to-do system, and Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry is the perfect companion. Presented in the design of a cute diary organizer, the book provides week-by-week guides to organizing every aspect of your life.

Starting with your mind and priorities, Jennifer aims to give you a clear head, so that you can move on and deal with the tricky areas of paperwork, your possessions, your home and even preparation for special occasions like weddings and pregnancy. Full of check lists, goals and to-do's, the book is focused on the long-term, helping you to get on top of your life and stay organized.

Reader offer: use the code COK25 to get 25% off the price of the book from the mycraftivity shop.

You can also pick up a copy from Amazon now.

These paper flower ornaments look so easy to make and would add a touch of colour to any occasion.

Check out the how-to from How About Orange.

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The Guide to Teen Craft Projects claims to "engage in the hottest DIY way of life" and with advice from the hip librarians, you can learn a variety of classic craft projects. This book is more traditional than the other craft books we review, with crafts like collage and pressing leaves.

There are the obvious classics, like picture marbles and vinyl totes, but I particularly love the Woven Paper Baskets which are a great way of repurposing old magazines and providing some handy storage. Aiming for low-cost projects that recycle and repurpose unwanted materials, the book includes a dozen step-by-step projects for you to try at home.

You can pick up a copy from the American Library Association now.

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Here's a super cute way to display your jewelry.

Check out this clever how-to, for making a dress form from an old Barbie doll, from Craft Chi.

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If you've ever dreamt of becoming a pinup or burlesque star, then the Ministry Of Burlesque have put together a DVD which will teach you all of the tips, tricks and twirls you ever wanted to know. The DVD starts with a great introduction to the history of burlesque and the different styles that exist today, with advice on the important decision of picking a stage name. Presented by some of the top international burlesque stars, you can learn various routines, posing and posture through step-by-step demonstrations. From cheescake pinup to sensious vamp, you will learn the art of dressing and peeling, tassel twirling and how to make your accessories, such as nipple tassels and fascinators.

The skills are taught in a humorous and enjoyable way, so whether you're interested in burlesque as a hobby or a profession, this is an enjoyable watch and provides a super fun and sexy way to work out. You can pick up a copy from the Ministry Of Burlesque now.

If you want to add a tasty spread to your bread, then try out this tasty recipe for making your own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Angry Chicken.

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January is the perfect time to make a change for the better and bring a bit of glamour in to your life. Brini Maxwell's Guide To Gracious Living is the ideal book to get you started.

Focusing on the day-to-day, entertaining, travel and occasions, this book is focused on helping you make the most of everything you have and everything you do. Find tips for decorating and adding a bit of retro style to your home, with practical advice on cleaning and de-cluttering; put together a balanced diet or perfect your beauty routine; and learn how to be the most fabulous hostess with party games, nibbles and drinks.

The book contains numerous recipes, including a guide to making your own lemonade, a delicious Banana & Strawberry Smoothie, and family favorites, such as a scrumptious Potato Salad. There's even a selection of crafty tutorials for making gifts for your loved ones. So get 2009 off to a flying start and "make your life bloom."

You can pick up a copy of the book from Brini Maxwell's website or Amazon now.

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