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The Real Coco Chanel – Bookstagram Tour

We had so much fun taking The Real Coco Chanel on a bookstagram tour! Here are the highlights….

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Author Guest Post: John Shepherd

Making Your Own Beer

Quite a number of years ago, I started a craft brewery with an old friend. It came out of a conversation about ‘wouldn’t it be great to’ but looking back, what it really came from was a desire to make something and make something we cared about, in this case beer.

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Author Guest Post: Rose Sgueglia

On writing about Coco Chanel

My grandmother only wears Chanel no 5. Growing up, to me, it was not just a powerful scent like any other, it was nan’s perfume. So when the opportunity came along, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been prepared for this ever since.

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My top 10 ways to catch more salmon – By Henry Giles


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Julie Neville: Superfoods – How to Make Them Work for You

There has never been a better time to boost your immune system, to help protect your body from illness and infection. Or maybe you simply want to eat healthier. Are you wanting to reduce symptoms of various ailments without the use of medicines or do you want to get your body in shape for summer?

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Q&A Alicia Hall: Seasonal Plant Dyes

Earlier on this year my book Seasonal Plant Dyes was published. The book takes you on a seasonal journey throughout the year, showing you how to create colourful and environmentally friendly dyes using the different plants available in each season. I designed four lovely craft projects to go in the book too – a cushion cover, an embroidered picnic blanket, a hot water bottle cosy and a quilt – which I created to show off the plant dye colours beautifully. Over on my Instagram I asked you if you had any questions – about Seasonal Plant Dyes or about botanical dyeing in general – and you provided me with lots of interesting questions to answer. So lets get started.

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Author Video: 101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space

Did you know a compost heap generates as much energy as the Sun? Or that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate? Maybe you have not been into space but if you have then you will know that astronauts have feet as soft as babies! 101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space takes you on a wild journey around the Universe bringing you facts galore. Whether you are a space enthusiast or a newcomer you will find plenty of facts in here to keep you amused and entertained.

In this video Mark Thompson introduces us to his new book, 101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space. Enjoy! 

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The White Owl Books Craft Series

White Owl Books, a leading publisher for hobby enthusiasts are pleased to announce the
arrival of their new Craft series, covering a wide range of subjects from Crochet and Felt
Making, through to Quilting and Embroidery, for crafters of all abilities.

White Owl Books have teamed up with one of the industry’s leading content creation teams
to produce a beautiful series of books that any publisher would be proud to publish. The
team have previously produced content for one of the leading magazine’s in the craft trade.
Each concept for our series has been extensively evaluated and researched, before the books
themselves are meticulously designed.

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Sneak Peek: Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts

Our new release Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts features 14 colourful contemporary patchwork tutorials. Each project is broken down into easy-to-follow steps accompanied by detailed illustrations, advice on fabric choices and expert hints and tips to get you started. The cushion and mini projects are perfect for complete beginners, offering small-scale options that can be completed within a day. Once you’ve developed your skills, you’ll be ready to tackle the six tutorials showing you how to create vibrant large-scale bed quilts, lap quilts, and a picnic blanket.

Enjoy a sneak peek at this new book!

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Introducing… Authentic Spanish Cooking by Julie Neville

So it was a usual Monday afternoon when I received the telephone call from my husband advising me that he had been offered a job in Valencia in Spain….. and that he accepted……..and that he was leaving on Wednesday!!! Yes, he left with one suitcase and at that point apart from knowing what country Valencia was in, I actually had no idea where it was. Fast forward three weeks and I had closed up our house in the UK, shipped what belongings we needed plus cars, stored everything we did not need, found a new house, enrolled my children in an International school and had started life in Spain. Was it daunting? Absolutely! But this adventure turned out to be the most wonderful three years of our lives. We embraced a new language and culture, made some wonderful friends and experienced true Spanish food at its very best.

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