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Specialty Books Make Great Gifts

Sometimes the best gift is one that comes in the form of a fun book. Whether it be a book about crafting, a coloring book, or a journal there's sure to be something for every type of book lover out there!

Choose Joy: A Coloring Book of Gratitude and Wonder
Each of the 45 single-sided coloring pages features an original design from one of seven talented artists that illustrates a corresponding inspirational quote from renowned authors such as Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Goff, Mr. Rogers, and more. 

Whatever is Lovely Postcard Book: Twenty-Four Inspirational Cards to Color and Send
From the creators of the award-winning Whatever Is Lovely coloring book comes a delightful set of twenty-four detachable, colorable postcards that offer a peaceful escape from the stress and busyness of everyday life.

52 Weeks of Gratitude: A One-Year Journal to Reflect, Pray, and Record Thankfulness
With its lovely full-color photographs and illustrations, this textured hardcover book is a perfect keepsake. The weekly format offers just the right amount of encouragement to inspire, motivate, and create a grateful heart in all who use its pages to record and reflect on their blessings each week.

Creative Haven Christmas Charm Coloring Book
Cozy up with 31 charming holiday scenes that capture the magic of Christmas, including festive carolers, winter wreaths, detailed scarves and sweaters, a classic train set, decorated trees, and much more. Designed for experienced colorists, Christmas Charm and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books are a fun and easy way to relax. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal.

Creative Haven Christmas Ornaments Coloring Book
Celebrate the spirit of the season with 31 captivating illustrations of Christmas ornaments in all shapes and sizes. Each detailed design is filled with beautiful baubles emblazoned with angels, snowflakes, Santas, snowmen, bows, bells, and other merry motifs. Plus, many feature festive borders that offer even more holiday coloring. Pages are printed on one side only and perforated for easy removal. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Christmas Ornament Designs and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Creative Haven Autumn Inspirations Color By Number
Immerse yourself in the heartwarming colors of autumn with 46 rustic vistas and lush farmlands bursting with fall foliage as well as pumpkins, gourds, grazing cows, curious cats, and more. Follow the simple color key filled with glowing oranges, yellows, reds, and other seasonal shades or follow your own artistic instincts. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Autumn Inspirations Color by Number and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Wreaths for Every Season: 24 Projects to Make Throughout the Year
Unique wreaths for your front door — or anywhere in your home — don't need to cost a fortune. This guide provides inspiration and step-by-step instructions for creating 24 beautiful wreaths for any occasion. From a summertime nautical wreath to a winter snowman model plus spring and fall decorations, these customized, inexpensive projects can be made with easy-to-find items and are suitable for crafters at all skill levels. For each season, there is at least one project suitable for a junior crafter.

Each project features a list of supplies, instructions accompanied by full-color photos, and suggested variations for each. Following the project tutorials show you how to create bows, felt flowers, and more!

Bargello Needlepoint: A Pattern Directory for Dramatic Creations
Bargello needlepoint, which originated in sixteenth-century Italy, employs a simple stitch that is repeated over and over again to form a distinctive geometric pattern in vibrant colors. Our mothers and grandmothers whiled away their time with it in the 1960s and 70s, and Bargello is now enjoying a revival among crafters. The technique lends itself to dramatic, wave-like designs in exciting, graduated colorways, and it's often used to create striking pillows, bags, belts, and purses.

This new collection brings Bargello designs up to date with 40 stitch patterns, graded from beginner to advanced. Sisters Laura and Lynsey Angell offer a brief history of the technique as well as tips on tools and materials plus a tutorial of the stitches. A wealth of designs follow, enhanced with full-color photos and easy-to-read charts. In addition to guidance for creating textures and smart finishes at edges and borders, the authors provide suggestions for using fancy and alternative yarns and experimenting with freestyle patterns.

Express Yourself! Joyful Journaling for Kids
More than 100 colorful pages offer dozens of engaging prompts to help tweens and teens explore ways to maintain a positive outlook on life. With lots of space to make lists, add pictures, and express their thoughts and feelings, kids can identify positive things about themselves and others while journaling on a variety of fun and meaningful topics.

Cut and Assemble The Mayflower: A Full Color Paper Model
She was a medium-size merchant vessel of the seventeenth century, but her cargo was far from ordinary. Aboard the Mayflower were 102 passengers, known today as the Pilgrims, who fled religious persecution in Europe for freedom in the New World. In the summer of 1620, the small wooden vessel embarked upon her historic voyage. Sixty-six days later, the Pilgrims landed and established the first permanent colony in New England.

Now hobbyists can commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' historic voyage by creating their own authentic full-color model of the reconstructed ship that is visited by thousands each year in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams enable hobbyists of all ages to assemble a sturdy 17-inch model of the Mayflower II.

Creative Haven Christmas Cats Coloring Book
Have yourself a meowy Christmas with 31 purrfectly playful holiday illustrations. From felines frolicking on a stack of gifts and riding a toboggan to kittens cuddling a teddy bear friend and decorating cookies, it's a book filled with festive images for everyone who loves this very special season — and cats! Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Christmas Cats and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Origami Safari: For Beginners
Papercrafters of all skill levels — especially beginners — will love this collection of 21 wild animals. Clear instructions, illustrated in full color, explain step by step how to create lions, giraffes, elephants, polar bears, beetles, monkeys, narwhals, and other creatures from around the world. Each model is graded from one to three stars, according to its complexity. Plus, you can get started right away with the 24 pages of colorful origami paper

Origami Farm: For Beginners
Sheep, roosters, ducks, and more — kids will be amazed by the variety of animals they can create. Step-by-step, full-color illustrations explain exactly where to fold and crease, and children can start right away since the book includes 24 sheets of origami paper in all colors of the rainbow. The 22 models are graded from one to three stars, making the book ideal for papercrafters of all abilities.

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