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About Brenda DeHaan
Brenda DeHaan is the author of an eclectic mix of books for both children and adults, each written in a down-to-earth style with photographs to illustrate the information. Her books' topics for adults include craft fairs, healing crystals, library genrefication, and indie authorship. The children's books are about cat humor, acceptance, diversity, celebrations, and rocks and minerals.
She has been a high school and college English teacher and is a K-12 librarian at two school districts. Her favorite 3 R's are reading and relaxing in her recliner.
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*See 130 interesting, colorful photographs of rocks and minerals, crystal grids, chakras, and auras.
*Learn about dyed vs. natural crystals.
*Explore ways to store and display your crystals collection.
*Receive instructions on how to do a crystal layout on yourself.
*Feel more energy!
*Honor your intuition.
*ROCK your life with the healing power of crystals!
After hearing "Where are the spooky books?" countless times over the years, the author genrefied her library. Now the beloved spooky books are in one spot with fiction next to the related nonfiction. All sorts of genres and subjects were reorganized in an easily accessible manner.
Patrons can quickly find what they'd like to read. Shelving is faster also. Best of all, books that had been overlooked for years suddenly started circulating.
In addition to explanations of how an elementary and a secondary library each arranged by the Dewey Decimal System became one genrefied K-12 library, many color photographs document the process.
Genrefying has helped to build a reading culture, and books that had been previously overlooked for many years were suddenly being checked out. If not sure about genrefying your library, mini-genrefication ideas are also included.
Seeing how someone else does something can make it easier to determine what is the best route for you and your library. There's not just one right way to genrefy. There's not just one right way to organize your library, regardless of which system you use. This book starts with one way that worked for one librarian who encourages you to find your own way.
This book was updated in September 2019 after the author genrefied her second school's library. She keeps learning and is happy to share her lessons with you (leading to another update in 2020). Also included is an activity using genre bookmarks to acclimate your students to genrefication.
The book contains many tips if you ever have to box up your library to move or renovate it. Genrefication means moving thousands of books even if your library isn't switching locations. When redoing your library for any reason, every helpful tip counts.
"The Craft Fair Vendor Guidebook: Ideas to Inspire" is the go-to guide for people interested in personalized selling. Including many color photographs from craft fairs and other vendor events, this book offers logical ways to display merchandise, simple solutions to save time and make money, and practical advice on a myriad of subjects. It even includes tips for craft fair organizers.
The author's specialty is wire-wrapped jewelry, but the book's principles may be applied to other crafts and merchandise. Learn tips on attracting customers to your enticing booth displays.
Being a craft fair vendor involves efficiently transporting your booth items, quickly setting everything up like an attractive "mini store," dismantling everything later that day, loading your vehicle (again!), and going home with more money than you'd brought.
Setting up a portable display poses different challenges from creating one that will be stationary in a store setting. Each craft fair has its own layout and what works in one venue may not work in another. Therefore, it's essential to have a variety of display ideas to determine the best one for each show.
"The Craft Fair Vendor Guidebook" contains common sense strategies to assist with your home-based business. It starts with business basics and expands to cover a wide range of topics from set-up to sales, including selling beyond the typical craft fair venue. Offering economical DIY techniques, learn how a child's art kit can be transformed into a lovely jewelry display case or how PVC pipe can uplift your displays literally and figuratively.
Throughout the book, the author shares her experiences to encourage and inspire others. Instead of wasting countless hours searching online for realistic ways to elevate your craft fair business, this book is a handy, step-by-step reference. A quick read including 100 color photographs, this book should spark ideas and motivate vendors to create their best booths ever!
If unsure which route to take, "Self-Publishing Painlessly for Free" guides you through the forest of information overload so you can find your own comfortable path. The conversational tone makes the content accessible because you have an English teacher-librarian-author helping you each step of the way.
"Self-Publishing Painlessly for FREE" focuses on Amazon's popular Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. More and more people are discovering the rewards of being an indie author.
What are you waiting for? Let's get your book published and promoted, all for free. Exciting times are ahead!
P.S. This book is not full of technology jargon because the author doesn't speak that language very well. Instead, read it like a friend is gently encouraging you along your publishing journey.
This clever housecat explains, "I am the only one in the family who can leap onto a roof. The dog can’t do it. The humans can’t do it. It’s my special cat power.”
Watch Apollo “fly” up high on the rooftops!
“Remember, roof walking is for cats. If you are a dog or a human, just stay on the ground,” advises Apollo. “Read my book and find out more!”
Do you like rocks and minerals? How many different ones can you name?
"Crystals for Kids" has colorful photographs of 17 kinds of rocks and minerals (also called crystals). See how many you already know and see what the others look like.
The crystals are shown with their names and are also photographed in magical village scenes. Most of the stones are in their polished form.
"Crystals for Kids" combines geology with imagination. It has almost NO reading, just learning through the creative photographs with the rocks labeled. Look at the fun pictures and learn to identify more rocks and minerals. This book also works well as an interesting homeschooling science lesson.
NOTE: Because color is an important part of rock identification, reading this book with a Kindle or app that has color capabilities is highly recommended.
"Crystals for Kids" shows 17 rocks and minerals, one page with each stone's name and the other with rocks arranged in a magical village scene. This book has hardly any words; the pictures are the focus.
"Rocks with Socks and Fox" is a fun rhyming book showing 30 different kinds of rocks. This beginning reader book also teaches positional words.
Why read just one book when you can read two? This double book will bring out your "inner geologist" and your imagination!
*To best view the colorful photographs, please read this Kindle book on a device with color capabilities. Enjoy!
- You want the event's sponsoring organization and the vendors to make money.
- You want the guests to make memories of a fun time shopping and spending time together.
- You want to accomplish these things as efficiently as possible.
This book tells you how.
The information is geared for smaller craft fairs held indoors, but the strategies may also be applied to larger events. "Host a Successful Craft Fair" is an especially valuable resource if you and your committee are new to organizing craft shows or similar events.
Tips to please your vendors are included because you can't have a show without them. You want your craft fair to be vendors' first choice. Your vendors have a lot of experience with many types of events. They want you to succeed with your craft fair. It's win-win.
Learning different ways to do things makes it easier to determine the best way for you and your team. Make your craft fair special, one that people look forward to attending each year.
NOTE: This book was updated in August 2020 to include Covid considerations when planning your craft fair.
This is best read on a device that displays color.
How long can you procrastinate decluttering your craft area? If you’re like many, the answer is “TOO long!”
"Crafty Decluttering" is a light-hearted look at how one tiny craft space was organized and transformed. The story is told through colorful pictures of the progress. Seeing how one crafter's mess gets organized may be just the thing to motivate you to tackle your own projects in your own way.
Organizing a craft space is an ongoing challenge. Two versions are featured in this updated edition. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an entire craft room, but regardless of the space allowed, decluttering is vital. In fact, the smaller the space, the more important organization is.
Minimize your clutter to maximize your productivity and peace of mind. The author's craft is wire-wrapped jewelry, but the overall concepts may be applied to other fields.
The books starts with a craft space in the disaster zone and appeals to crafters who struggle with clutter. If you need some quick inspiration on improving your own space, this book is for you! Organizing your area allows more time for creating. Enough said!