Finally at a stage of your life where you have some time of your own? Check out some of our recommended titles on ‘Recreation’!
Recycled Home: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials
Author: Rebecca Proctor
Publisher: London: Laurence King Pub., 2012.
Call No.: 747 PRO
Learn how to “turn old books into eye-catching wall paper” or “revive a tired lampshade with a fresh cover”.
Sounds exciting? Check out this book of creative craft projects to decorate your home with style! The book features 50 projects made from recycled materials so you can do your bit for the environment. Each project is accompanied with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. With a wide range of projects, from sewing to woodwork and paper crafts, you are bound to find something that caters to your interest.
Ball of Confusion: Puzzles, Problems & Perplexing Posers
Author: Johnny Ball
Publisher: London : Icon Books, 2011
Call No.: 793.74 BAL-[REC]
Exercise your brain by indulging in mind benders! For a start, try out the following puzzle titled: Old before his time?
‘A chap once said to me, “The day before yesterday I was 19 and next year I’ll be 22.” On what day was he born and when did he make the statement?
Find the answer in this book together with more brain-twisters that will keep you entertained for hours.
Outside the Box Origami: A New Generation of Extraordinary Folds
Author: Scott Wasserman Stern
Publisher: Tokyo; Rutland, Vt.: Tuttle Pub., c2011
Call No.: 736.982 STE [ART]
Been folding cranes, airplanes and jumping frogs for a while? Ready to take the next step: this book will blow you away with more creative designs! All you need is a piece of paper and your hands of course: we can assure you that you will literally be ‘folding outside the box’!
The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts
Author: Susan White Sullivan [editor-in-chief]
Publisher: Little Rock, Ark.: Leisure Arts, c2009
Call No.: 745.5 BIG-[REC]
Ever wondered what to do with empty CD cases? Give them a new lease of life by crafting them into photo frames! Simply trim your picture to fit the dimension of the CD case before inserting it into the front cover. You can even use ribbons to embellish your photo frame.
This is another nifty book of craft ideas that uses recycled items such as detergent boxes. Be surprised by the beauty you can create out of ordinary household items!
Terrarium Craft: Create 50 magical, miniature worlds
Authors: Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2011
Call No.: 635.9824 BRY
Don’t always think you need a green thumb to create a beautiful garden in your home. Try your hands at making a terrarium – a miniature garden where small plants are housed in a transparent container, usually a glass jar or plastic bottle, along with some sand, pebbles and decorative ornaments.
Check out this book for 50 step-by-step terrarium projects that are easy to follow or simply create your own in any way you fancy!
Closely Knit: Handmade Gifts for the Ones You Love
Author: Hannah Fettig
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio: North Light/F+W, c2008
Call No.: 746.432 FET -[ART]
If you are running out of gift ideas for your loved ones, why not surprise them with a knitted gift to show them how much they mean to you? Learn how to make a myriad of presents such as a patchwork blanket, pinwheel pillow, flowered socks, striped scarf or even a cuddly bear!
With more than 30 different knitting patterns to choose from, there is bound to be something suitable for everyone who loves knitting in this book!
Digital Photography for Seniors: for the over 50s
Author: Nick Vandome
Publisher: Southam, Warwickshire: In Easy Steps, c2009
Call No.: 775.0844 VAN -[ART]
The last ten years has seen the price of digital cameras falling substantially. These days, digital photography is the norm and this book focuses specifically on the needs and requirements of seniors approaching digital photography for the first time. The book walks through simple topics such as choosing the right digital camera, how to take pictures, some photography terms explained as well as intermediate topics such simple photo editing.
Decorating with Papercraft: 25 Fresh and Eco-friendly Projects for the Home
Author: Clare Youngs
Publisher: Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, c2009
Call No.: 745.54 YOU -[REC]
The tradition of breaking open a decorated clay pot to release the candies and coins within is hundreds of years old. Today, piñatas made from papier-mâché are still used around the world to celebrate special occasions.
If you have grandchildren, this is the perfect project to do together. They will love helping to create this papier-mâché piñata that can be filled up with candy.
To learn how to make papier-mâché piñatas, tea lights, vintage flower lampshades, and more, check out this book!
The Art of Beaded Beads: Exploring Design, Color & Technique / edited by Jean Campbell.
Author: Jean Campbell [editor]
Publisher: New York, N.Y.: Lark; Lewes: GMC Distribution [distributor], 2010
Call No.: 745.582 ART -[REC]
Celebrate your creative spirit in a big way by making a dazzling multicoloured confetti bead! Use a single confetti bead as a tassel head or pendant, or string several together to make a bold necklace.
For more ideas on beading designs, look through this book for step-by-step guides, and then use the techniques described to make your own gorgeous creations!
Playing with Books: the Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book
Author: Jason Thompson
Publisher: Beverly, Mass.: Quarry Books, c2010
Call No.: 745.54 THO -[REC]
Design funky one-of-a-kind book bags using pages from old books. The material of the bag will have a texture similar to reusable shopping bags, and can be made using pages from many types of printed material, including comic books, children’s books, sheet music, art books, diaries, and ledgers.
For more information on art projects that use old books as their starting material, check this title out.
Author: Michelle Powell
Publisher: Singapore: Page One, 2009
Call No.: 736.98 POW -[ART]
Looking for a fun and simple way to make greeting cards and gift boxes? Pick up the technique of iris folding where coloured or patterned strips of paper are folded and layered onto each other to give a spiralling pattern resembling the iris of a camera lens.
In this book, Michelle Powell provides step-by-step instructions to six interesting projects such as a Christmas star ornament and a beautiful trinket box. What’s more, templates for each project are provided too!
Scrapbooking Digitally: the Ultimate Guide to Saving Your Memories Digitally
Author: Kerry Arquette [et al.]
Publisher: Englewood, Colo.: Cantata Books ; Newtown, Conn.: Taunton Press, c2007
Call No.: 775 SCR -[ART]
Scrapbooking is a great way to create artworks with your memories, however, it can be costly and space consuming. For those who are digitally savvy as well as a fan of crafts like scrapbooking, you may want to consider trying your hand at digital scrapbooking.
This book provides you all the information you need to get started, from software to technical skills such as image editing. Best of all, it comes with a CD of images you can use to help you create your first few digital scrapbooks.
Jane Packer at Home with Flowers: Beautifully Simple Arrangements for Every Room in the House
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Author: Jane Packer
Publisher: London; New York: Ryland Peters & Small, 2011
Call No.: 745.92 PAC -[REC]
My design philosophy is very simple. My inspiration is and always has been nature – the way flowers grow on the plant.” -- Jane Packer
Did you know that re-cutting stems at an angle that enlarges the surface area allows for more water intake in plants? Are your hallways, bookshelves or side tables looking dull and neglected? Learn how to select, condition and care for flowers from leading floral artist Jane Packer. Be surprised by the type of blooms introduced, from dainty white pompom chrysanthemums to fresh, red pomegranates!
This is the perfect book for anyone who is interested in picking up flower arrangement as a hobby.