Outside My Window is a description of things found in an urban nature preserve, but it is much more. A recurring point of view in this collection of essays is the author’s search for the story... More > behind the immediate visual impression—an attempt to see with the mind as well as the eye. For example: The shape of the grandfather oak shows that when European settlers arrived they found the landscape of an oak savanna; The spacing of old silver maples in a ring tells of the presence of a ghost tree, once inhabiting the place in the center; The presence of small holes on a maple tree reveals the presence of an unseen bird that has arrived this spring, following the lead of others of his kind in past years; and The size of the glacial kettle in the nature preserve reveals the presence, 12,000 years ago, of a buried chunk of ice the size of the adjacent apartment house that now overlooks the preserve.< Less
This ebook takes you through the process of growing Staghorns (Platycerium Species) from spore to sporeling from three to six months. This method is not hit and miss like most instructions you can... More > find. There are reasons why Platycerium spore will not germinate and this booklet explains in a simple to follow way the reasons and and the rules you must follow. The process is not difficult and is a very rewarding hobby. even commercial growers may gain from this ebook.< Less
'Style To Impress and Create a Home with Heart and Personality' is a step-by-step DIY workbook for homeowners to successfully manage any interior design project. You know how much time and money can... More > be waisted if you don't have a strategic approach to DIY renovating.
What my ebook does is very quickly develop a plan for you, through a range of printout sheets, checklists and practical tips, so that you are very clear what you spend, what to buy and when to buy it whilst renovating.
In this workbook you will discover
- how to become more confident in interior styling
- how to have less stress and achieve greater clarity of your objectives for your project
- how to become organized and in control of your project
- how to work with a budget and timeline
- how to enhance your interior decorating style
- how to visualize your ideas
- how to create room layouts that suit your lifestyle
- how to become your own stylist
- how to eventually create a space that reflects your personality.< Less
If you have some silver pieces to sell but don’t have a clue about how to do it, this booklet is for you. Questions answered include: .......... What's the difference between sterling and... More > silver plate? ..........How do I identify what I have? .......... What’s a fair price? .......... Who buys silver? ..........
Where can I find buyers? .......... Which is better - selling silver for scrap or selling for intended use? .......... Should I sell now or hold my silver pieces? ............... Reading this booklet will answer many of your questions. To be fair, you still will have some work to do on your own because there is no precise way to find a buyer. But, you’ll be well on your way with basic knowledge to help in locating a buyer and negotiating a good deal............ SECOND EDITION --- 37 pages in "pdf" format you can read on your computer...........Requires Adobe Digital Edition Reader - a free download.< Less
This book is for anyone that lives off-grid or would like to live an off-grid homesteader lifestyle. It is 355 pages and includes detailed step-by-step plans, full color pictures, and material list... More > for building an off-grid cabin and over 30 useful homestead projects. Also included are directions for installing a small solar and wind power system, rain water harvest system, composting toilet, outdoor wood furnace and more... This ebook is printable and works on Linux, Windows, and Mac!< Less
This is a guide for solving problems in the electrical circuits of a home - shorts, loose connections, GFCIs tripping, etc. The book is thorough but not overly technical, and gives over 30 helpful... More > black and white diagrams and charts. Homeowners will come to understand their wiring system and what can happen to it. Many problems will become easy to fix with confidence.< Less
If you're not cleaning like a professional, you could be spending unnecessary hours doing it the long and hard way. Professional cleaners have a system to move through buildings and homes quickly and... More > efficiently. Why shouldn't you benefit from these techniques and secrets?
How to Clean Your Home Like a Pro contains step-by-step techniques and systems to clean better and faster. Plus recipes for homemade cleaners.< Less
For many years ceramic tiles have been popular as a means of covering walls and, to a lesser extent, floors and work surfaces.
They provide a maintenance free, long lasting, and tough decorative... More > surface finish which cannot be matched by any other form of covering.
If they have any drawback it is purely that they are so durable that they cannot be stripped off at will like wallpaper or paint to suit changing decorative tastes.
Although the use of ceramic tiles, and quarry tiles, is on the increase there are still many people who hesitate to tackle a major tiling project believing that it is too complicated so this leaflet is aimed to dispel many of the doubts and worries which exist and to make tiling an easier and more enjoyable task.< Less
This book is a 110 page detailed guide to build what I would consider to be the best darn homemade BBQ Smoker on the planet. This is a full blown nuts to bolts, 110 page instruction guide with... More > pictures that will walk you step by step in building your dream bbq smoker. This is a well thought out, engineered bbq smoker that is made up of many components that all work together in harmony to produce championship quality bbq..every time. Why do I think the plans are so good: Well, I have spent the last 5 years designing and building the ultimate BBQ smoker based on readily available 55 gallon drums and with NO WELDING. I have spent COUNTLESS hours perfecting the design, so that it does the following: Maintains steady BBQ temps for LONG periods of time, Fuel efficiency, Even INDIRECT heat, Weather-Proof, Inexpensive to Build, Precise air flow control, unique charcoal chute for easy loading,charcoal basket and ash pan, folding side tables, steel casters for easy mobility, precise temperature gauging, etc.< Less
A modern pioneer celebrates the kitchen garden by exploring home grown and whole food sources. A homesteader's journal that features growing instructions on over fifty different herbs and... More > vegetables. Including tips on home canning, preserving and foraging for wild edibles.< Less
Greening Your Condo Association: Politics, Pitfalls, Recommendations, and Rewards.
This book will help you to:
1) Understand and work with condo associations using the example of environmentalism,... More >
2) Understand environmental problems associated with people, economics, balance, and psychology using the example of a condo association, and
3) Learn the EASE problem solving method, which can be broadly applied beyond the greening of condo associations.
With so many condo associations in the world contributing to environmental challenges, there should be at least one book on how to make condo associations more environmentally friendly.
For the health of our planet, this book should be purchased by every condo association and read by every board member and property manager.
For more generally understanding and dealing with condo associations, realtors and new condo owners will find this book invaluable.< Less
In the Garden with Blue Butterflies is a picture guide for people who love plants. It lays down a learning structure for beginning gardeners at work with our green friends. It is an introductory... More > book for horticulture and ecology students, suitable for plant apprentices from about nine years old to adult.
The coverage of this book is broad, its taxonomy lumpy, the examples scattered, and the answers ambiguous. It is a science book in stories and drawings. It presents scenes of plants connected with everyday life. The pictures point a path into the study of nature, and the immersion in communities of flowers and trees.
This book is best activated in a hands-on fashion with knowledgeable teachers and fun field activities. Plant work include growing plants, weeding, smelling flowers, rubbing leaves, cooking food, brewing tea, carving wood, weaving rope, making compost, and much more. Good luck in your plant explorations!< Less
This guide covers 10 home staging tips, which may yield a timely and profitable sale. Brokers want to sell a property fast in order to fetch a high profit for the homeowner. This doesn’t happen... More > by chance. Preparing the home professionally, and upstaging local comparables will drive buyers into purchasing your home as a turn-key investment.< Less
“Building in the ’Bu: Navigating the Malibu Zoning Code” addresses the process of building a home in Malibu, from what code(s) are applicable for a given project, to how to deal... More > with older homes that no longer meet current codes, to the actual submittal and plan review process. Flow charts and decision trees are included to help a reader decide where in the planning and permitting process their dream home lies.
Finally, as Tobias writes: “After laying out all the pitfalls, trials and tribulations of the process, I give the reader a reason to not be daunted, and to go boldly where plenty of homeowners have gone before.”< Less
This Blook is a selection of the first six months entries and images in the journal of my attempt to build a log cabin from dead trees and found materials. The goal was to create a small cabin... More > spending as little money as possible.< Less
Everybody's Building Code helps everybody build safe and efficient homes and helps everybody avoid costly construction defects.
Everybody's Building Code is for homeowners, contractors, real estate... More > agents, home inspectors and anybody else who wants to understand the International Residential Code without wading through the dry and often confusing language of the code itself.
Everybody’s Building Code restates code requirements into direct, command oriented statements and provides many examples, illustrations, and photographs that demonstrate how to apply the code requirements. In cases where the code requirements may not reflect current best practices, the book discusses some opinions on the subject and directs the reader to other sources for more information. The book contains an extensive key word index and a detailed Table of Contents that helps readers find the code provisions they need.< Less
Does the thought of planning a party feel overwhelming, intimidating, or like one more thing you have to do? Have you ever wondered how to create a fun and memorable party? The Enlightened Party... More > Planner: Guides to Creating Parties from the Heart is a series of books based on the notion that being of service and coming from the heart will not only make for an amazing party your guests will remember for a lifetime, but will also leave you feeling happy and fulfilled.
The Six Elements of a Successful Party is based on one fundamental principal: show your guests how important they are to you! With a special blend of “heart-centered” party planning teachings, unique party plan ideas, invaluable resources and examples, journal pages, and a 30-page all-inclusive Planner Pack, this book is the perfect companion for planning any gathering or celebration with grace and ease.< Less
This book is for anyone thinking about or already living off-grid. It includes detailed step-by-step plans for a solar cabin and over 30 other projects.
This is an encyclopedia for homesteading and... More > off-grid living written by a homesteader and includes cabin plans, solar and wind system installation, solar composting toilet, how to make a living from your homestead, where to find cheap land and much more...
This book was designed as an Ebook with links and videos that will not work in the printed version. If you want full color pics, links and videos to work please order the Ebook download or CD version available on Lulu.< Less
1001 GardenLine Questions is a collection of questions and Randy's answers from hundreds of his radio show listeners. It covers how to grow and kill things in the garden, especially for those along... More > the Gulf Coast and in the Houston-area specifically. This is a great follow-up and a perfect companion book to Randy's first Lulu-made book Gulf Coast Gardening with Randy Lemmon.< Less
SIMPLE SOLAR HOMESTEADING: Self-Help
This book is for anyone thinking about or already living off-grid that wants to learn how to build simple solar projects to make life easier. ... More > Includes 15 plans with many pictures, drawings and material list. Learn to build: a solar cabin, solar composting toilet, solar water heater, solar food dehydrator, rainwater harvesting system, root/storm cellar, drill a water well and more...
Also included: How and where to find cheap homestead property and a resource guide for homesteader supplies.< Less
Color Me Organized is a right-brain approach to getting organized. It includes activity doodle pages, how-tos, inspiration, and a chance to write all over your book.
Color Me Organized is written... More > by Certified Professional Organizer Allison Carter, a right-brained creative who has collected a variety of fun strategies for helping her clutter challenged clients.< Less
reprint of the 1896 Biltmore Herbarium pamphlet produced for George W Vanderbilt by Chauncey Beadle. Very neat historically for Herbarium researchers, very little in the way of items on Biltmore... More > House or its history. Only describes the Herbarium and its specimans.< Less
Randy Lemmon is the host of Houston's GardenLine radio program, on Newsradio 740 KTRH. Over 1.4 million Houstonians garden for a hobby or pastime, and GardenLine is where they listen for advice and... More > information on gardening and landscaping. Every Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m.-10 a.m., (on line at www.ktrh.com) GardenLine’s Randy Lemmon answers listeners' questions on everything from aphids to zoysias. He's Houston’s absolute expert on lawns and gardens, offering help to listeners both with and without "green thumbs." Randy's a Texas Aggie who truly KNOWS plants and flowers. He explains them with ease and candor, and is as competent a "plant" person as there is. He studies, and he practices. He embraces "new methods" as well as the "old" ways of dealing with problems. Gulf Coast Gardening with Randy Lemmon is the first in a series of self-published books by Randy Lemmon Consulting.< Less
We have always loved the look and feel of stone houses. They have an ageless quality that stands in contrast to the built in obsolescence prevalent in today’s world. Twenty five years ago we... More > built own stone house. We researched the available methods, and settled on the slip-form technique popularized by Scott and Helen Nearing. We made several major improvements including better slipforms, creation of a reveal at face of the stones, and foam insulation built into the walls.
We have organized our book into two parts. Part I: The Art of Building a House of Stone details an Advanced Slipform Construction Technique from the gathering of stones to the construction of finished structures with a special section detailing building Garden Walls. Part II: From Dream to Reality – Building Our House chronicles our building experience in the summer of 1979 and offers comments gleaned from living in our house for more than a quarter of a century.< Less