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Homemade, best made (Reader's Digest) Hardcover – June 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Reader's Digest
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; First Edition edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762100761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762100767
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was one of the best wedding gifts that I received. In the grand tradition of Reader's Digest, this book distills several sweeping topics into small bites -- just the highlights. It begins with a section on cooking (canning, preserving, condiments, desserts, and a sumptuously generous section on ice cream!).
The book then forays into projects for "around the home" offering a crash course in design/decorating for your home as well as useful techniques to use in decorating your home. Selected projects involve decorative techniques for painting walls, refinishing furniture ("reviving") with paint, window treatments, making decorative touches such as throw pillows and braided rugs, and many more. This chapter emphasizes using existing pieces of furniture, revamping them to give them a new look, while not costing a great deal of money. Some of the projects are simple, and some are more advanced, but the book takes you through each one step by step. Also included in this chapter is a very useful section on natural cleaners with recipes for more than thirty household cleaners.
We then move into the beauty and body-care section, in which many more recipes for bath and body products are given. Most of these use easily attainable ingredients, however, most will only last a short period of time and must be whipped up every time you wish to use one. Examples of recipes: hand cream, herbal deodorant, summer body splash, soaps, cold cream, lip gloss, face masks, toothpaste, men's cologne & aftershave, shampoos, perfumes, and natural home remedies.
Pets and wildlife receive treatment in the next chapter, which showcases projects that benefit our animal friends.
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I love this book! No, I probably won't make my own toothpaste, but there are recipes for it! Plus sauces from scratch, easy to follow instructions on making jams and jellies, chicken stock, fish stock, fish sauce, lollipops (on a stick!), syrups,eggnog, punch,sorbet, ice cream recipes to die for. Then there are chapters on floor painting, stenciling,appliquing, recovering chaircushions, making picture frames, birdhouses, plant your garden of flowers and herbs,make kids' magnets, knit a sweater,decorate your house. I could go on and on - the reading is interesting and there are many projects to do with kids or grandkids or by yourself. I recommend this for anyone wanting some simplicity in projects and making things from scratch - wanting to do something different - and you don't have to be an expert at any of it. There are even recipes for cosmetics, lip balm,etc. Great gift for the other women in your life like daughters and daughters-in-law and best friends too!
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By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Thought this would be another artsy-craftsy thing. Great reference. Great projects. Love the cosmetics !
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Will open your eyes to an almost limitless variety of wonderful things that you can make att home. Its hundreds of projects all have step by step instructions to take you through the creative process without a hitch. Here is ample opportunity to rediscover the satisfactionof saying "I made it myself"
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I used to have this book and lost it, was very happy to find it again. Being a Reader's Digest book you can trust the facts they have in it like a simple solution for toe nail fungus without spending money on expensive fixes or dangerous oral meds for fungus. This book arrived in great condition and I would deal with this seller again.
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I had started making my own homemade cleaning products, and I wanted some more ideas. A blog that I was reading had suggested this book for some great, inexpensive ideas. I love it, and the price could not have been better!!
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By Saturne on December 26, 2012
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One of my favourite go-to books for do-it-yourself. I use this book all the time, and love the variety of things that you can find in it. I gave it for Christmas to all my girl-friends, it's just that good.
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I was at my mom's recently and she had been given this book by a neighbor. After tabbing over 75% of the pages for myself, I decided to get online to see if I could find a copy for myself (it is several years out of print but still very useful!). I found several copies for sale and had it in my hands within a few days. I look through this book almost everyday and still find things I hadn't seen before, even though I've read it cover to cover several times already! It's packed full of useful information that will keep the average person busy for years.
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