Lifestyle and Culture

Gift Baskets For All Seasons

75 Fun and Easy Craft Projects

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Baskets overflowing with seasonal delights or homemade vinegars and oils are featured in this inspiring book which contains 75 innovative projects and ideas for filling and assembling attractive baskets for perfect gifts or for decorations at home.

Baskets containing seasonal delights are perfect for gifts or home decoration. This captivating book contains 75 fun and easy projects and ideas for making, filling, and decorating baskets. All with a seasonal theme, the baskets celebrate holidays including Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and are wonderful gifts for such special occasions as birthdays and anniversaries.

The projects encompass a wide range of styles and techniques, from traditional country crafts using flowers, foliage, and herbs to more innovative ideas using materials as diverse as candles, sculpting clay, cookies, and chocolate. Bountiful baskets of all shapes and sizes are filled with decorative objects or edible treats, including:

  • Fresh and dried flowers
  • Decorated Easter eggs
  • Gingerbread men
  • A picnic spread
  • Seashells
  • Ripe summer fruit
  • Aromatic oils and herbs
  • Wheat and corn dolls
  • Sewing materials
  • Bright craft beads
  • Christmas specialties

There is a detailed "recipe" for creating each basket, with clear step-by-step instructions. Even so, each of the projects may be modified to allow for individual interpretation and creativity, making them memorable gifts and decorations.

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The Light's Way

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A beautifully illustrated tale of the power of light, which brings color and life not only into our visual world but also into the emotional realm of our hearts and minds.

The Light's Way is artist Judy Pelikan's wonderful companion to The Heart's Journey. In twelve original illustrations, Pelikan reveals the life-giving force of light by relating sunlight to color: without sunlight, our natural world is gray, consisting only of patterns, shapes, shadows, and at times, shadows.At the same time, The Light's Way shows how the nurturing inner light of the spirit has the power to make our lives colorful and blessed with happiness.

The Light's Way is an inspirational lesson that urges us, or someone we care about, to choose light and bring color, physically or emotionally, into the world.

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Rorstrand Porcelain

Art Nouveau Masterpieces

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The first definitive study of the Art Nouveau masterpieces of the Swedish Rörstrand porcelain factory.

The artists of the influential Rörstrand porcelain factory in Sweden created some of the most beautiful decorative objects of the Art Nouveau style. In his fascinating and authoritative text, Bengt Nyström focuses on the Rörstrand factory's designers and their revolutionary forms during the period 1865 to 1915, when the firm successfully competed artistically with Tiffany and Gallé in the great international expositions that showcased and helped to propagate the Art Nouveau style.

Inspired by late 19th-century crafts movements fathered by William Morris, the artists of the Rörstrand factory took nationalistic pride in incorporating their indigenous flora and fauna into their exquisite designs, transforming wintry berry springs and northern sea creatures into elegant three-dimensional works of art that appealed to a sophisticated European clientele.

Illustrated with objects from Robert Schreiber's outstanding collection, supplemented with craftsmen's drawings and archival documents, Nyström's thoroughly researched text includes engaging glimpses of the culture surrounding Rörstrand (a former castle), especially the close-knit community of insightful administrators, talented designers and inventors, and artisans. The book chronicles not only the company's artistic achievements but the day-to-day personalities and decisions behind the emergence of this once-utilitarian factory as the birthplace of some of Sweden's most beautiful decorative objects.

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Hieroglyphics

The Language of Ancient Egypt

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A complete handbook revealing the secrets of the hieroglyphic writing of the Nile Valley, which provides a still-vivid snapshot of the gods, the people, and the everyday life of the Ancient Egyptians.

Both literal and highly lyrical, hieroglyphics bring alive a distant world, with descriptions of the natural environment, the art, the society, the religious beliefs, and even the philosophical basis of a culture that flourished 5,000 years ago. Presenting and explaining almost 600 of the figures used in the classic phase of Egypt's "sacred writing," this fascinating volume traces the origins and the meaning of each sign, as well as its graphic stylization.

An opening essay reveals the secrets of the hieroglyphic system, including its development and its structural characteristics, and emphasizes the sacred, evocative, even magical power of the form, which — unlike our own abstract alphabet — is immediate and expressive. Concluding the book are a complete glossary, a bibliography, and an index, designed to make this book invaluable to the casual reader as well as the student and specialist.

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Small Worlds

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Classic in its vision and generosity, this extraordinary novel follows the lives and loves of the villagers of Krimsk, a small Hasidic settlement in Eastern Europe, in 1903.

A selection of the Jewish Book Club

The Russians called it Krimsk; the Poles called it Kromsk, but it was mainly the Jews who lived there. They called it whatever their hosts preferred. Krimsk-so it was called in 1903-had hills and valleys, forests not far from town, pastures and Welds close by . . .

In the little town of Krimsk the Jews are about to celebrate Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning marking the destruction of the holy Temple in Jerusalem. The teacher has instructed the young pupils in his primary class. And the Krimskers' beloved rebbe, who has secluded himself in his study for the past five years, has suddenly, mysteriously emerged on the eve of the holiday. But the joy of his congregants at seeing him is to be shortlived. For this Tisha B'Av will be a time of strange and momentous events, a time that will change their lives forever.

Across the river is the Polish town of Krimichak, where dwells the rebbe's rival for power, Grannie Zara. The women of Krimsk have always secretly crossed the river to consult her, and even on this fateful night, one determined woman and one small boy from the primary class unwisely feel the need to visit her. There have been pogroms nearby, and the relationship between the people of the two towns, always uneasy, is in danger of igniting.

On this night, too, the rebbe and his wife are discussing a groom for their only daughter, who has reached the age to stand under the wedding canopy. The rebbe summons to their home the man he has chosen. In another part of town, a different young man, a stranger swept up in the revolutionary ferment stirring all of Russia, stops for a while at the Angel of Death, the empty new synagogue. It is he who will face the angry mob from Krimichak as it crosses the bridge into Krimsk-with consequences that will affect and astonish everyone.

Small Worlds is the first in a series of novels concerning the people of Krimsk and their descendants in America, Poland, Russia, and Israel. In each volume Allen Hoffman draws on his deep knowledge of Jewish religion and history to evoke the "small worlds" his characters inhabit.

Echoes of Jewish literary tradition can be heard in Small Worlds, especially the mystical realism of Isaac Bashevis Singer and the poignant humor of Sholom Aleichem, on whose tales Fiddler on the Roof is based.

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Color Style

How to Identify the Colors That Are Right for Your Home

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Discover the "Living with Color" concept, a way to create your unique, personal color scheme, developed by Carolyn Warrender, a celebrated interior designer.

Learn how to identify and use shades of color that are tailored for you. Share the author's secrets and shortcuts to designing stylish and comfortable rooms. Decorate your traditional or modern home successfully with skill and confidence.

Decorating a home is a major investment and we all want to be sure that our choice of paints, wallpapers, and fabrics is the right one. This practical, informative illustrated guide to understanding and using color enables you to create a stylish home that reflects your individual taste and is a pleasure to live in. Based on a pioneering color system called "Living with Color," this approach will both simplify and refine all of your decorating and furnishing decisions. The "Living with Color" system divides the color spectrum into six clearly defined palettes — Air, Wind, Water, Fire, Earth, and Mineral — in addition to a range of Naturals. Each palette is then subdivided into warm and cool shades. Inspiring color photographs show how these palettes can be combined beautifully in interior decoration.

The book then addresses the entire home, room by room, offering practical, straightforward, and economical advice on using different color palettes to achieve particular styles and effects. A superb selection of color photographs illustrates color schemes for both contemporary and traditional kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, halls, bedrooms, bathrooms, children's rooms, and home offices. Carolyn Warrender demonstrates the practical use of color with step-by-step advice on how to make your own sample board, and with easy-to-follow decorating projects, each showing the use of special paint effects or other color-based techniques. These projects are brought to life by specially commissioned artworks and by the author's own tips for personal finishing touches.

Finally, a questionnaire and a series of checklists enable you to create a personalized portfolio of colors. Once you've identified the colors that you most enjoy, you will be able to create a home that is a true reflection of your personal taste and lifestyle.

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In Times of War and Peace

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As photojournalists since the early 1980s, the Turnleys have covered most of the great conflicts of the past fifteen years, and have been published in the best-known newspapers and magazines. Very often, one of their photographs becomes the iconic representation of the event. This is a result of their spending extended periods in the regions they cover, getting to know the people and the way of life.

During the three years David lived in South Africa, he showed apartheid as the prevailing system, its subsequent destruction, and the first elections of the new democratic state. Peter has pursued his interest in documenting the world's fourteen million refugees, and also photographed the fall of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Together they photographed student dissidents in the months leading up to the Tiananmen Square massacre; their photographs of the massacre itself are among their most recognizable. Shining through all the photographs is the strength of individual character and hope against powerful social and political conflict.

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The Heart's Journey

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An inspiring tale of the resilience and triumph of the human heart.

The Heart’s Journey is a universal story of love, loss, and the growing process that leads to greater self-knowledge. The tale of a heart that encounters pain and suffering only to be healed by the power and security of love, this story transcends language and speaks directly to our emotions. Artist Judy Pelikan’s heartfelt and lovingly rendered illustrations depict the human heart’s strength and capacity for love so eloquently and persuasively that words are hardly needed.

An inspiration and a joy to anyone who has encountered emotional hardship and who knows, or will know, that the heart is a resilient muscle, The Heart’s Journey is the perfect gift for somebody who needs to remember that the heart always emerges triumphant.

 

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Love Letters

Post Impressions

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Now available in paperback, this romantic little book presents memorable words from the world's most famous lovers — both the great and the not so great — alongside beautifully illustrated postage stamp portraits.

Post ImpressionsTM Love Letters is a witty compilation of brilliant comments on the world's most romantic subject by such renowned authorities as William Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, and Emily Dickinson. A color portrait in the form of a cleverly rendered postal commemorative stamp by artist JoAnna Poehlmann accompanies each quotation.

Originally a handmade book, Love Letters was a popular success when it was first published in 1991. Now Love Letters is being reissued as a paperback. This charming book is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion that calls for an amusing little treat.

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American Bar

The Artistry of Mixing Drinks

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This "bar bible" provides recipes for mixing the perfect drink, classical or exotic, and offers tips on serving it correctly.

-- WINNER of the New York Book Show Award

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing with a cocktail, let world-renowned bartender Charles Schumann be your guide to mixing masterful libations. American Bar—the most authoritative cocktail book ever published—provides all the information the cocktail lover or professional bartender needs to serve up the perfect drink.

Inside American Bar you'll find

  • Recipes for more than 500 drinks, listed alphabetically
  • An easy-to-use drink index arranged by drink categories
  • The fascinating history and names of leading brands of all the major cocktail components
  • A handy guide to bartending equipment
  • A glossary of international bar terms and measurements

Illustrated with hundreds of delightful 1930s-style line drawings by Günter Mattei, this exceptionally handsome book is an indispensable companion to home or professional entertaining.

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Natural Decorating

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Ideas and projects for creating simple, natural interiors in traditional or contemporary rooms from materials like muslin, linen, wood, and terra-cotta.

Authentic, robust, practical, and refreshing, natural decorating is not so much a style as a way of life, a preference for relaxed simplicity after the overdesigned interiors of the eighties. Natural decorating takes the long-term view--incorporating materials that age well and improve with the years, furnishings that bring comfort, simplicity, and practicality to the forefront. The richness of chalky colors and earth tones, the easygoing sympathy of wood, stone, and terra-cotta, the refined simplicity of linen and calico, muslin and raffia--all of these ingredients work together in effortless combinations for a natural sophistication and understated elegance that transcend the fickly whims of fashion.

Natural Decorating is a practical guide to bringing natural style to every feature in an interior. Treatments for walls range from whitewash to organic stains to natural brickwork; floor finishes range from natural fibers to polished stone and limed wood; windows and doors receive curtains made of muslin, ticking, or parachute silk and feature wood blinds or etched glass panels; furnishings are a mix of styles and materials and covered in natural fabrics; display objects bring nature indoors to create simple finishing touches. All the projects provide essential information so that readers can assemble the look they want with ease. Supplementing the projects is a resource section that includes a guide to environmentally friendly products and a directory of suppliers.

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Tuscany

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The incomparable region of Tuscany and beyond, where the beauty of nature rivals the wealth of art, by the photographers of the much heralded Provence.

For three decades these photographers have been drawn to Tuscany and its surrounding areas endeavoring to capture the special light, the sculpted countryside, the heralded cities and hilltowns, and the celebrated art and architecture. Their photographic themes include timeless views of ocher landscapes where farmers arrange their haystacks like artists; castles overlooking acres of irises and vineyards; shadowy cypress trees defining the land; explosions of color in springtime; incandescent views of Florence, Siena, and Pisa; faces on sculptures; faded frescoes in silent cloisters and other details of art and architecture; humorous vignettes of the daily round; and sparkling Mediterranean seascapes. This photographic album of Tuscany is truly unlike any other.

In her fascinating text, Marie-Ange Guillaume provides a verbal portrait of the scores of artists and writers, as well as infamous people, who lived or worked in Tuscany, including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Stendhal, Savonarola, the Brownings, Henry James, Modigliani, Fellini, and James Ivory. The anecdotal text, liberally flavored with quotes from the letters and diaries of these well-known individuals, provides insights about Tuscany today and in centuries past.

This book is certain to be a treasured gift for travelers, photographers, students of art and literature, and anyone intrigued by Tuscany and beyond.

Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo are a husband-and-wife team who live in New York City. Their work has appeared in leading magazines and books, including the highly acclaimed Provence and Venice and the Veneto. Among the museums and galleries exhibiting their work are The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paolo.

Journalist Marie-Ange Guillaume lives in Paris and has written several biographies and works of non-fiction, including Provence.

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Everglades National Park

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This little book provides a compact view of an unsurpassed wetlands area visited by 1.1 million people each year.

Everglades National Park, one of America's great natural treasures, is a sanctuary for an incredible variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, orchids, and other living things. This handy little book presents the park's amazing diversity of wildlife and plants as well as views of its unique landscape. Illustrated with scenics and maps, the first section offers five suggested tours of the Everglades and of the adjacent Big Cypress National Preserve.

The rest of the book features vivid color photographs of scores of the area's remarkable species including water birds, panthers, alligators, manatees, tree snails, butterfly orchids, and gumbo limbo trees. The text provides a lively account of the park's natural history, an overview of its wildlife, and advice for exploring the area.

This compact guide is both helpful for planning trips and a wonderful memento of an incomparable place.

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The Bedroom

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Sumptuously illustrated and overflowing with dreamy design ideas, this book is a complete guide to decorating the most private and special room in the house.

The Bedroom explores every aspect of decorating this most personal and intimate of places, from the basics, such as what style of bedstead to choose and how to maximize storage space, to the aesthetics, including countless ways to dress the bed, accessorize the vanity, and transform the walls, ceiling, and floor into the room of your dreams. Whether you prefer the regality of a canopy bed swathed in a luxurious fabric, the coziness of chintz-covered walls and country furniture, the cool repose of recessed lighting and a sleek contemporary bed dressed in tightly wrapped linens, or the sweetness of airy tulle curtains and daintily embroidered pillowcases, the book abounds with tips and suggestions for achieving just the look you want, no matter what your budget.

Illustrated with Fritz von der Schulenburg's extraordinary photographs of bedrooms all over the world, including those of Bill Blass, Karl Lagerfeld, and Valentino, and complete with an international list of sources, The Bedroom will give 1,001 nights' worth of ideas to everyone who hankers for a room that can truly be called one's own.

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Central Park Postcard Book

This selection of thirty breathtaking images by the celebrated team of Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo is a celebration of Central Park, the verdant heart and soul of New York City.

Designed in 1858 by Frederick Law Olmstead, Central Park is the verdant heart and soul of New York City. Through it covers a mere 840 acres, the park is a haven in the midst of a bustling city that encompasses wooded glades, serene meadows, ponds, paths, plazas and forests. It is a truly democratic place, where all gather to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.This selection of thirty breathtaking images by the celebrated team of Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo is a celebration of this urban utopia and its beauty in all seasons.

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Martha's Vineyard

An Affectionate Memoir

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The legendary island of Martha's Vineyard is revealed as never before through inspiring paintings by Ray Ellis and a captivating history by Ralph Graves.

Martha's Vineyard is a celebrated vacation haven equally captivating summer residents and daytrippers. Among the Island's ardent admirers are Ray Ellis, whose paintings created over a 25-year period depict his love of the Vineyard, and Ralph Graves, whose lively, affectionate history spans 400 years.Offering great natural beauty, the Vineyard, separated from Cape Cod by a seven-mile stretch of ocean, is a perfect place for a summer vacation. The Island's devotees have included public people who value their privacy, Jacqueline Onassis, Princess Diana and President Clinton, to name a few, as well as ordinary folks who are seeking a special holiday.Featuring 100 of Ray Ellis's luminescent oils and watercolors, this book provides a unique appreciation of the Island's delights. Here is a wide range of scenes from quiet landscapes to such beloved annual events as the county fair. In addition to vignettes of sunny months Ray Ellis salutes the Vineyard at other times of the year-the glorious arrival of fall, the sedate pace of winter and the inaugural of springtime.Rounding out this marvelous pictorial album is a fascinating text by Ralph Graves. He has written a concise history from its discovery in 1602 to its present-day active conservation efforts. The memoir also includes interviews with five long-time residents who provide insightful, firsthand accounts of their special connection to the Island. This book is an ideal gift for anyone who has ever felt the lure of the Vineyard as well as for those who have yet to fall in love with this extraordinary Island.

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