Home, Garden and DIY for Christmas

Syndetics book cover Everyday roses : how to grow Knock Out® and other easy-care garden roses / Paul Zimmerman.
“More and more homeowners are adding easy-care roses to their gardens after discovering their versatility, range of color, and season-long foliage and bloom cycle. In this book, rose expert Paul Zimmerman debunks common rose myths and outdated care instructions, and instead imparts practical rose care advice in a fun and accessible voice. Readers will find helpful suggestions for choosing roses based on landscape need, tips on what to look for when buying roses, new techniques for the best way to plant roses, and sensible time-saving methods to maintain their roses throughout the year. Aimed at gardeners who want the beauty of roses without the fuss, this book offers an approach that is more accessible and environmentally friendly than competing volumes–and no other book in the current market focuses exclusively on modern roses and getting the most out of them. ” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverModern holiday : deck the halls with 18 sewing projects : quilts, stockings, decorations & more / Amanda Murphy.
“Fabric and quilt designer Murphy brings her bright, modern aesthetic to holiday sewing in this collection of Christmas-themed projects. She begins with nine quilts, most of which are the perfect size for snuggling on a cold winter’s night, and then follows with nine home decor projects. For many of the patterns, especially the quilts, a different choice of fabric or color palette would make them more suitable for everyday use, rather than as holiday gifts. Several of the projects incorporate intermediate or advanced techniques, such as precision piecework and hand or fusible applique, but directions are provided. VERDICT Holiday projects are ever popular, and summer is the time to start thinking about handmade gifts. Modern quilters will enjoy this fun collection.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book cover Kirstie’s Christmas crafts : make, create, give, eat / Kirstie Allsopp.
“Nothing shows how much you love someone more than a handmade gift, card or decoration. And the pleasure is just as much in the planning and making as it is in giving and receiving. In this ultimate celebration of Christmas, Kirstie has brought together over 50 of her favourite festive projects to make, bake and create.” (Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverThe art of simple food II / Alice Waters ; with Kelsie Kerr and Patricia Curtan ; illustrations by Patricia Curtan.
“For supporters of all ages of the sustainable food movement, here is a cookbook that centers on the author’s plant-forward way of cooking and puts forth her passion for seasonality and celebrating all vegetables. She is the leader of the local, sustainable food movement. Her previous cookbook of the same title was steeped in general cooking technique; this new version brings vegetable-forward meals to the table. With 300 seasonal recipes and 300 line drawings, this follow-up encompasses the author-chef’s vision for eating what grows in our Earth, all year long. This book is for her longtime fans plus the new generation of home cooks who care deeply about the source of their food and who so admire her efforts in the food movement. It is a must-read for home cooks who shop at farmer’s markets and supermarket perimeters, and who belong to CSAs, as she guides you on how to choose the best ingredients. And it is of special interest to those who grow their own food in their kitchens, backyards, or community gardens because gardening information is included. Here she teaches how to bring the most flavor and versatility to the plants, using familiar and new ingredients. With this book, she empowers you to nourish yourself for a more responsible and rewarding life in the kitchen and at the table.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverChristmas crafts : 35 projects for the home and for giving / Catherine Woram.
“Christmas is the perfect time to get crafting and decorate your house the homemade way. Rather than buying expensive, mass-produced Christmas decorations, follow the ideas and projects in Christmas Crafts and make your own stylish and fun creations. Decorating the Christmas tree always kickstarts the festive celebrations, and in the first chapter you will find masses of new ideas, from chandelier beads suspended from velvet ribbons to felt stars and cinnamon stick bundles. The next chapter focuses on wrapping presents, and here there are giftwrap projects using boxes and bows, paper and fabric, buttons and ricrac. The third chapter on cards also features labels and gift tags, and the projects range from fun snowmen greetings cards to stencilled and stamped cards which you can easily make in large numbers. The dining table takes centre stage on Christmas Day itself, and the chapter on table settings suggests different themes and colour schemes, from sophisticated silver to red-and-white country style, to traditional red, green and gold. There’s nothing nicer than receiving a homemade present, so the section on foodie gifts includes chocolates, festive cupcakes, chocolate brownies and biscuits to hang from the Christmas tree. And finally, as Christmas is the time for children of all ages, there is a chapter on makes for kids, including brightly coloured paper chains, paper snowflakes and pompom decorations.” (Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverKnit Christmas stockings : 19 patterns for stockings & ornaments / edited by Gwen W. Steege.
“Knit Christmas Stockings is a real treausure! It contains 17 clearly written patterns accessible to newer knitters plus hours of knitting pleasure for the more experienced. Chock full of excellently illustrated techniques and knitting basics, the updated version of this classic deserves to be tucked into your knitting bag. Its colorful and creative stockings will delight their recipients, and there is no second sock worry for the knitter! (Betsy McCarthy, author of Knit Socks!).” (Amazon.com)