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Life is what you make for it.,
This review is from: Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures (Paperback)Another blogstar in another book..... that's not a bad thing, either.
Amanda Soule has a huge following on the web with her blog of a North-Eastern American life and this book is her manifesto; why she lives how she lives and what she makes for her family. There is a heavy emphasis on recycling and reusing stuff, with instructions for making things as diverse as material sanitary equipment, beach blankets and jumper hats and plenty of pictures to browse through. The book lives up to its green pretentions by being printed on recycled paper and the whole emphasis is not on living as Amanda and her family live but on living as you live, but by making what you need, not just buying things.
It's not an unbelievable craft book, the sort filled with bright bags you could not imagine using and large teddies and dolls to decorate a home, but a real-life book. The children are real children and the stuff is real stuff. Just look at the little one asleep on the front cover. This book is the chronicle of a life lived with meaning and purpose. Read it (for it has pages of text as well as pictures to linger over) and think beyond the superstore; what do you need and how can you make it?
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