Making 2016 a Year to Remember: Part 3 – Makers & Crafters

This list features books about the makers movement and other topics that may help to inspire you creatively or to acquire new skills.  Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog listings.

The Artisanal Vinegar Maker’s Handbook: Crafting Quality Vinegars–Fermenting, Distilling, Infusing by Bettina Malle – Translated into English for the first time, this guide offers tips on vinegar fermentation, distillation, and infusion. Detailed, step-by-step instructions for over a hundred recipes illuminate this fascinating process for beginners, and even experienced vinegar crafters alike.

The Better Bag Maker: An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design – Techniques, Tips, and Tricks by Nicole Mallalieu – If you want to make gorgeous, quality bags with the professional edge that really makes the difference between home-made and handmade, open The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. In this how-to book Nicole reveals her high-end techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for professional design and finishes. Continue reading


Making 2016 a Year to Remember: Part 2 – Fun with the Family

This is the first list that I mentioned in my previous post. It covers books with kid/family friendly activities. Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog listings.

Baking with Kids: Make Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Pies, Pizza Dough and More! by Leah Brooks

Get ready to measure, mix, and decorate! Baking with Kids is just the book you need to help teach children to bake. Show your children how to safely use basic equipment in the kitchen and explain all about the important ingredients they’ll need to make the most delicious baked goods.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets: 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! by Mike Adamick

Don’t get caught off guard by your kids’ science questions! You and your family can learn all about the ins and outs of chemistry, biology, physics, the human body, and our planet with this book.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick

Inside, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photographs detailing projects so imaginative and fun, no one will complain about turning off the TV.

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden

This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a collection of things that make being young, or young at heart, fun.  Topics like building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, to flying the world’s best paper airplanes are included. Continue reading

Making 2016 a Year to Remember

I don’t know about you, but it seemed like 2015 went by way too fast. Even my friends are saying, “Where did the year go?”  While I did do some fun things last year, most of it was taken up by work, TV, and household chores.  It was basically the same thing day in and day out with little variety.  So in the New Year’s tradition I’ve set some goals.

My first goal for 2016 is to break out of the routine by spending more quality time with family and friends. Another goal is to work on the creative projects I’ve been putting off and maybe jump on the “makers” bandwagon.  My thought process is that if I accomplish more and spend meaningful time with the people I care about, then maybe I will feel like the year wasn’t a total blur.  Then again, time may go even faster…I guess I’ll find out. Continue reading