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The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques
The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques
by Alison Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.04
53 used & new from $18.40

166 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Clear Detailed Sewing Book, April 28, 2009
I can't say enough good things about this book. I saw it in a borders bookstore, pretty much right when it came out, flipped through it briefly and knew I had to have it. There are clear, step by step, close-up pictures of every sewing task. This is exactly what I've been looking for.

I've been very frustrated by other sewing books or magazines that don't have clear photographs, or have ambiguous illustrations of sewing techniques. I wish that Amazon had the look inside feature on this book so everyone could see the photos. It starts off with showing a basic toolkit, plus extras to fill it out, then pictures and descriptions of all kinds of sewing tools. Then an index of fabrics and how they are made. This section seemed a little skimpy to me, but not terrible. Next is a section on how to lay out your patterns, which is a big plus for a beginner like me. Then it moves on into the techniques section, first with hand sewing, then machine sewing. I would say that the book is heavily bent towards apparel sewing, but you can apply these techniques to all kinds of projects.

There is a projects section at the back of the book, simple designs in plain fabrics, don't expect anything mind-blowing. Things like a pillow, an apron, etc. There is also a glossary of terms and an index at the back.

The best thing (besides the photos) about this book is the cross-referencing. Someone obviously took a lot of time to make sure that the reader wouldn't get lost. Every technique is rated on difficulty, and as you progress through the book, on the bottom of every page is a list of previously learned techniques that are applied on that page, plus the page number they are on. This really gives you an idea of how to build on previous knowledge, and all the little techniques that make up a more complicated one.

I am very pleased with this purchase, and know it will improve my sewing.
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Kyjen PP01058, Hide-A-Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Squeak Toy 4 Piece, Jumbo, Brown
Kyjen PP01058, Hide-A-Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Squeak Toy 4 Piece, Jumbo, Brown
Price: $11.99
16 used & new from $8.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boxer Toy!, June 18, 2008
This thing is great. My 6 mo. old boxer just loves it, and he has no trouble at all getting his short snout into the stump. The first time he removed all the squirrels, he ran around the living room, gathered up all his small toys and dropped them in front of the stump, waiting for me to put those in there too. The squirrels are cool because almost the entire body is one big squeaker, so no matter what way he picks it up, it makes noise. If you have a bigger dog I would definitely recommend the Jumbo, because I looked at the other sizes in person, and my boxer puppy could swallow those squirrels.

Tidy Cats Cat Litter, Breeze, Litter Box Kit System, 1 Kit
Tidy Cats Cat Litter, Breeze, Litter Box Kit System, 1 Kit
Price: $22.49
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No more pee smell!, June 10, 2008
This is really the best litter box I have ever tried! I thought it might be a little gimmicky, but I got a coupon for it, so I decided to give it a shot. The thing works great! Honestly, I really can't believe it. Before, there was litter tracked absolutely everywhere, and I was sweeping it up several times a day. And the stench was unbearable. Now, there's nothing. I can walk into my laundry room without shoes now! And there really is no urine smell. I have a very sensitive nose and I asked everybody who came into my house for the first month that I owned this system if they could smell anything. Most of the time, the reaction was "You have cats? I didn't know you had cats!"

I gave it one less star because I can't flush the poop the way Tidy Cat advertises. A few of the pellets stick to the poop, and I'm afraid of what that might do to my toilet. So I just have a little sealed trash can next to the litter box that I drop the solid waste into and then I empty that once a week. If someone knows if the pellets are flushable, please let me know.

I have a tip for getting your cats to use the Breeze system if they are a little reluctant. I had a hooded litter box before this, and I just positioned the breeze system directly in front of the "door" of the other box (so the two ends of the boxes are touching). This required my cats to step into the breeze box before they could enter the hooded box. This got them used to stepping on the pellets and eventually they started peeing in the breeze box. In order for them to poop in it, I had to remove the hooded box completely, but the transition was fine because they were already used to going in it.

I highly recommend this box - it really works!
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The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book
by Scott Kelby
Edition: Paperback
164 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Overall, July 9, 2007
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of Scott Kelby books, especially the "Killer Tips" series. I highly recommend them for any Photoshop and Illustrator users. This book is in the same kind of format, and is clear and concise. Yes, his humor is a little silly, but after the first chapter it's only the first page of each section. Some reviewers made it sound like that was the entire book, and that is just not the case. I would not recommend this book for advanced users though. It's a great jumping off point for beginners because it gives some general guidelines and settings for several photo situations. It is easier to know what buttons to push to get a great photo, then learn why those settings work. And this book will help you do that.

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