Dee Williamsâ€™s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restoredâ€”but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldnâ€™t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxuryâ€”timeâ€”that would come with downsizing.Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot houseâ€”on her own, from the ground upâ€”was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. Itâ€™s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a momentâ€™s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.The lessons Williams learned from her â€œahaâ€ moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.
Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures
Manufacturer: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Focusing on nine different rooms (including her own recently purchased Manhattan apartment), Lara Spencer shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style. She takes readers through the step-by-step process of overcoming the challenges of the room, offering helpful tips and lessons along the way. She identiÂfies the design dilemma; comes up with a decoratÂing plan; makes a mood board for inspiration; compiles a shopping list; scours flea markets for furniture and accessories that fit the bill; restores, repurposes, and reinvents the pieces she finds, giving them new life; and brings all the elements together in the gorgeous, finished space. With illuminating before, during, and after photographs of her DIY projects and the room installations, Lara demystifies the decorating process and allows readers to envision endless possibilities for what they can do in their own homes.
The best-selling comprehensive, practical, and inspiring sewing reference, now fully revised and updated. Clear, simple instructions by sewing experts, and thousands of illustrations and diagrams show each stage of the sewing process. This guide is the standard stitch-and-seam reference book for both beginner and seasoned sewers.
National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 7th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States)
Manufacturer: National Geographic Society
Brand: National Geographic
Packed with more color photographs (380) and detailed, color maps (80) than any other parks guidebook on the market, this handy, practical, guide, completely updated for the 2012 edition, offers comprehensive information on the crown jewels of the national park system--the 58 scenic national parks that conserve and protect the flora and fauna in some of our nation's last wilderness areas. This guide helps travelers design custom trips, depending on the time and interests they have. Â The parks are grouped region by region so that vacationers can plan trips to one or more central location. Each chapter is introduced by a map and a geographical profile, followed by the parks in alphabetical order. Individual parks start with a portrait of the natural wonders available, their history, and the ecological setting and stresses they face. A practical "How to Get There" follows with suggestions on when best to visit and a "How to Visit" section with advice on which activities to engage in, how much time to provide for each, and how to savor the beauty of the place. After the descriptions, each park has an "Information & Activities" page with detailed visitor information, including the location of the visitor centers, the fees, pet guidance, special advisories, camping, and lodging details. Suggested brief, nearby excursions are provided to encourage the traveler to explore beyond the park boundaries. Â This update includes the lastest information on the 2009 Tsunami which devistated America Samoa National Park, information on road changes that resulted from the recent flooding in Olympic National Park, and changes in Arches National Park, including the collapse of Wall Arch in late 2008. The new edition also has 200 new photos by noted nature photographer Phil Schermeister. These pictures, many of which have never been published before, reflect the beauty and grandeur of our national treasures, while the accompanying text, written by experienced National Geographic writers who have traveled the parks, is full of pe...
This hardcover book with internal spiral binding is 6.5in x 8in, a perfect size for carpenters and woodworkers to keep near their workbench or toolbox for quick access.The design of this book allows it to lay open flat, which allows for easy and frequent reference, and the interior photographs, illustrations and diagrams, make the learning process simple and fun for beginners, and provides useful tips for more advanced readers.The Joint Book contains easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for creating edge and scarf joints, lapped and housed joints, mortise and tenon joints, miters and bevels, dovetails, dowels and biscuits, and provides detailed descriptions of fasteners, hardware, and knockdown joints. This book is the perfect companion for any woodworker interested in improving their joint-making skills.
Safe, efficient, code-compliant electrical installations are made simple with the latest publication of this widely popular resource. Like its highly successful previous editions, the National Electrical Code 2011 softcover version combines solid, thorough, research-based content with the tools you need to build an in-depth understanding of the most important topics. New to the 2011 edition are articles including first-time Article 399 on Outdoor, Overhead Conductors with over 600 volts, first-time Article 694 on Small Wind Electric Systems, first-time Article 840 on Premises Powered Broadband Communications Systems, and more. The National Electrical Code is adopted in all 50 states, and is an essential reference for those in or entering careers in electrical design, installation, inspection, and safety. About the 2011 Edition of the NECÂ® From the Publisher New requirements added that focus on workplace safety, including labeling at subpanels to identify feeder supply source. Updated every three years and outlines minimum industry standards for all types of electrical installations. New and revised articles, including Revised Article 625 with vital changes covering safe battery charging for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Revised wiring requirements and receptacles. New installation rules to improve electrical worker safety. Explore this title's supplements: Color Coded EZ Tabs for the 2011 National Electrical CodeÂ® Significant Changes to the NECÂ® 2011 National Electrical CodeÂ® 2011 Handbook
Manufacturer: NFPA (distributed by Delmar, Cengage Learning)
Brand: Brand: NFPA (distributed by Delmar, Cengage Learni
Safe, efficient, code-compliant electrical installations are made simple with the latest publication of this widely popular resource. Like its highly successful previous editions, the National Electrical Code 2011 looseleaf version combines solid, thorough, research-based content with the tools you need to build an in-depth understanding of the most important topics. New to the 2011 edition are articles including first-time Article 399 on Outdoor, Overhead Conductors with over 600 volts, first-time Article 694 on Small Wind Electric Systems, first-time Article 840 on Premises Powered Broadband Communications Systems, and more. This looseleaf version gives users the ability to easily remove pages of the code from the three-ring binder for ease of reading. The National Electrical Code is adopted in all 50 states, and is an essential reference for those in or entering careers in electrical design, installation, inspection, and safety. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Proâ„¢. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit dewalt.com/mobilepro.
Ugly's Electrical References, 2014 Edition is designed to be used as an on-the-job reference. Used worldwide by electricians, engineers, contractors, designers, maintenance workers, instructors, and the military; Ugly's contains the most commonly required electrical information in an easy-to-read and easy-to-access format. Ugly's presents a succinct portrait of the most pertinent information all electricians need at their fingertips, including: mathematical formulas, National Electrical Code tables, wiring configurations, conduit bending, voltage drops, and life-saving first aid procedures.
STUFF.Â It's everywhere.Â Lurking in corners and closets,spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere welook.Â And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down.Â Ohno, it is the stress of overbooked schedule, and the weight of a lifethat sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain--she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans,she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not justour home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real,honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing--how canwe take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down? In this book, together we will:Create a comprehensive vision for our homes, and make instant changes to improve its overall function.Discover that more closet space is not the solution, and instead learn how to set strict limits for the stuff we bring inOvercome the frustration of dealing with our kids' influx of stuff and implement practical solutions for keeping the chaos at bay.Recognize the pitfalls of an overstuffed schedule BEFORE it gets out of hand, andinstead learn to combat the culture of busy that keeps us running fromone thing to the next.Finally conquer that mountain of paperwork that threatens to tumble down around us at any moment.Let go of the guilt that gets attached to gifts and instead learn to separate our loved ones from their stuff.Begin to cultivate our real friendships while eliminating the toxic relationships that weigh us down.
This excellent hands-on guide by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America contains a wealth of practical instruction and advice on how to build everything from a bark teepee and a tree-top house to a log cabin and a sod house. No professional architects are needed here; and knowing how to use an axe is more important than possessing carpentry skills.More than 300 of the author's own illustrations and a clear, easy-to-follow text enable campers to create such lodgings as half-cave shelters, beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, over-water camps, a Navajo hogan, and a pole house. Additional chapters provide information on how to use an axe, split and notch logs, make a fireplace, and even build appropriate gateways to log houses, game preserves, ranches, and other open areas.An invaluable book for scouts, campers, hikers, and hunters of all ages, this guide and its fascinating collection of outdoor lore "still has intrinsic value," said Whole Earth Magazine, and will be of keen interest to any modern homesteader.