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Family pictures are a vital part of any home, and the design and use of frames is an essential decorative feature. The best ones show off their contents to great effect while adding to the styling of the room. Learning to make frames is a satisfying and rewarding craft, and this practical book shows you all you need to know to make the perfect frame for any environment and occasion. Split into three chapters, the book begins with Cardboard, Tin, Wire and Paper which explains the basics of picture framing, from choosing mounts, using mouldings, cutting glass, fitting up a frame and deciding on a style. In this section the projects include a pretty Swirly Mirror and an unusual Bottle Cap Mirror Frame. Next is Fabric, Beads and Flowers, which offer a multitude of ways of decorating frames, such as a lovely Pressed-Leaf Frame and a gorgeous Padded Silk Picture Frame. Finally, Plaster, Clay and Mosaic, a more challenging media, but the end results are stunning. There are many projects to try, from a funky Geometric Clay Frames and an appealing Modelled Flower Garden Frame through to a beautiful Mediterranean Mirror and a unique Grotto Frame so you wont be short of ideas. Whether you want to frame photographs, paintings or objects, this book features a superb range of frames for you to make. Complete with comprehensive guidance on materials and equipment and over 30 projects to guide and inspire, all shown step-by-step in more than 340 colour photographs, this is an indispensable book for crafts enthusiasts everywhere.
Children growing up today are confronted by four difficult and intersecting challenges: dangerous environmental change, weakening democracies, growing social inequality, and a global economy marked by unprecedented youth unemployment and unsustainable resource extraction. Yet on streets everywhere, there is also a strong, youthful energy for change.
This book sets out an inspiring new agenda for citizenship and environmental education which reflects the responsibility and opportunities facing educators, researchers, parents and community groups to support young citizens as they learn to 'make a difference' on the issues that concern them.
Controversial yet ultimately hopeful, political scientist Bronwyn Hayward rethinks assumptions about youth citizenship in neoliberal democracies. Her comparative discussion draws on lessons from New Zealand, a country where young citizens often express a strong sense of personal responsibility for their planet but where many children also face shocking social conditions. Hayward develops a 'SEEDS' model of ecological citizenship education (Social agency, Environmental Education, Embedded justice, Decentred deliberative democracy and Self transcendence). The discussion considers how the SEEDs model can support young citizens' democratic imagination and develop their 'handprint' for social justice.
From eco-worriers and citizen-scientists to streetwise sceptics, Children, Citizenship and Environment identifies a variety of forms of citizenship and discusses why many approaches make it more difficult, not easier, for young citizens to effect change. This book will be of interest to a wide audience, in particular teachers of children aged eight to twelve and professionals who work in Environmental Citizenship Education as well as students and researchers with an interest in environmental change, democracy and intergenerational justice.
Introduced by Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity without Growth, the book includes forewords by leading European and USA academics, Andrew Dobson and Roger Hart.
Half the author's royalties will be donated to child poverty projects following the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Follow Bronwyn Hayward's blog at: http://growing-greens.blogspot.co.nz/
A Girl's Guide to Decorating is a hip, practical decorating guide full of insider advice, cool and original ideas, fabulously glossy photography and clever tips for turning your space into a fabulous stylish pad - without spending a lot of money. Internationally renowned designer and stylist Abigail Ahern imparts her expertise on all aspects of home decoration - from the initial planning of a space to make it work for you, right through to the small details that will add a touch of glamour and make it unique.
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