Throwback Thursday: A Year of Pies

July 31, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman

This week we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday with: A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies!

Pie, the country’s perennial favorite and savory delight is the perfect way to get your summer off to a delicious start. With expert baker, Ashley English, learn how to fashion, bake, and shape 60 mouthwatering treats for the hot summer months and for all year round.

By using the freshest seasonal ingredients possible, English provides traditional and delectable recipes, for classic summer favorites of Blueberry Pie and Peaches & Creme Pie. With the accompanying full paged photos of English’s heavenly baked goods included, this cookbook will keep you coming back for seconds. Treat yourself to your own copy of A Year of Pies by clicking here.

Ashley English, author of the homemade Living series, has had a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge and Taproot magazine and has been featured in major publications, including Food & Wine, Delish, Edible Magazines, and Anthology. She has been a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusFM and has been named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Food Books of 2012.



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Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics

July 28, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by JillJarnow

Who better to guide us through the creation of stunning kiln-formed glass projects than Brenda Griffith? With over 25 years of experience and the dedication to keep exploring new techniques and materials, her newest book, Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics (July 2014, $35.00), is beautiful, clearly written and artistically inspiring.

The book begins with Brenda reviewing studio set ups, tools, materials, and best practices before moving into step-by-step instructions for creating dazzling dichroic glass jewelry, stenciled tiles, fused boxes, and other pieces of sparkling glass artwork made with molds and casts.

As an example of her on-going passion for working with kiln-formed glass, Brenda includes how-to’s for new techniques that she has developed such as marbling with glass enamels and making oil pastels that, painted on glass, become one with the glass surface.

By far the most amazing technique Brenda includes in her new book is manual 3-D printing with glass, which she warns is only for the type A personalities among us (and you know who you are). But for those of us without the call to obsessive-compulsive kiln-formed glassmaking, Brenda’s book holds a wealth of information and unique projects.

Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics is out now and you can order your copy here. If you are already a kiln-formed glass artist, or if you have ever wanted to add a new skill to your tool kit of crafts, this book is sure to excite you, as it did me!

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In 1987, Brenda Griffith launched Siyeh Studio where she teaches a variety of class-making techniques. The author of A Beginner’s Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass (Lark, 2007), her work appears in galleries across the United States and Canada. Brenda lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Fall Preview Friday: Decorating Cookies Party

July 25, 2014, 09:00 am  Posted by JohnFoster

Honestly, who doesn’t LOVE a good cookie? Forget those fancy cupcake shops you see everywhere these days; cookies are where it’s at this fall, and you and your friends will be in style with Decorating Cookies Party (Oct. 2014, $17.95) by Bridget Edwards.

With 50 easy cookie designs that will please even the pickiest Cookie Monster, Bridget’s designs will rock you out of this world, which, coincidentally, is my favorite theme. The retro rocket ship and space cookies work well for both a children’s party or an adult’s.

If vintage Space Age isn’t your thing, no worries. There are nine other themes for adults and kids to choose from, including a Monster Mash-Up, a Tailgate Party (complete with helmet, megaphone, football, ref jersey, and a foam #1 finger), Under the Sea, Wedding, and Baby Shower.

Now, throw out those cupcake stands this October, get out your cookie sheets, and get ready to party! Check out these great cookie designs from the book:


Bridget Edwards is a highly visible baking expert who blogs at www.bakeat350.blogspot.com—named one of the top five baking blogs by Better Homes and Gardens in 2014—and tweets at @bakeat350tweets. She was one of 15 food bloggers selected to participate in a bake-off fundraiser with TLC’s Cake Boss and Kelly Ripa, has participated in themed blog challenges, and develops recipes for brands such as Imperial Sugar and Land O’ Lakes. Bridget’s recipes have appeared on DailyBuzz Food and her cookies have been featured on marthastewart.com, the hugely popular Pioneer Woman blog, the Today show blog, bonappetitit.com, Cake Spy, and and in Woman’s World magazine. Bridget lives near Houston, TX with her husband, son, and two kitties.


Throwback Thursday: Crochet Love

July 24, 2014, 16:32 pm  Posted by joshglickman

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!

While we love sharing all of our latest titles with you, sometimes it’s nice to take a look back at some of the other great Lark books now lining our shelves. With guides on everything from crocheting and knitting to beading and book-binding, we at Lark Books pride ourselves on having something for everyone, with books of projects and instruction to help crafters of every discipline progress from beginner to expert in their respective fields. So whether you missed hearing about these fantastic titles when they first came out or you could just use a fresh reminder, there’s no need to worry about missing out on all the fun.

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Whether you sew, embroider, scrapbook, or crochet, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the name Jenny Doh. The renowned craft author has made quite a name for herself within many different areas of the crafting world, and it’s no wonder why when her books are all so elegant, sweet, and fun. Well Crochet Love is no exception.

Inspired by the Japanese design style of Zakka, which is all about elevating the ordinary to imaginative levels that make people smile, Crochet Love offers 27 simple and stunning projects that include scarves, handbags, finger puppets, and more. With detailed instructions and photographs that illustrate each step of the process, as well as an informative “Basics” section, Crochet Love is perfect for beginners looking to jump right in and start creating fun and adorable crafts right away.

With a variety of small projects that are ideal for crocheting on the go (and finishing quickly), as well as projects that are not only decorative but useful too (like a seat cushion and a doorstop), Crochet Love is a wonderful tool for anyone looking to fill their house with handmade crafts or give make someone special a personalized gift.



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Ever pick your way through shelves of expensive face and body creams, toners, lip balms, shampoos, or bath salts? Eventually you shake your head and walk away confused and frustrated. The high prices are intimidating and the fancy labels make all kinds of extravagant claims. But the truth is, these expensive commercial items are concocted with all the same old chemical stuff,  while maybe an herb or two has been thrown in for appearance.


Heather Lee Houdeck’s The Herbal Bath and Body Book (Sept. 2014) offers eye-opening information about how to make many of these products at home with pure, natural ingredients. And it sounds like they’ll be more effective than the store-bought version.


Houdeck’s book opens with elegant photographs of the herbs and flowers that fill the recipes. She includes valuable information about how to buy and store the herbs and use them to their best advantage, as well as her top twenty list of favorite herbs.


Part two is a treasury of easy-to-follow recipes for making sunscreen, shampoos (for oily and dry hair, as well as to fight dandruff), a sore muscle soak, a sugar scrub, herbal face masques, skin toners, shaving balm and aftershave, perfume, body butters, deodorant, and more.


While I have occasionally thought about trying to make some of these products, after reading The Herbal Bath and Body Book, I feel totally confident that I have all the information I need to make what I especially want:  my own body butter and perfume. The Bay Rum aftershave and toner sound like great gifts for the men in my life.


And guess what? At the end of the book, there’s tons of information on where to find containers and how to package the products (including making gift baskets, and great labels). The author also provides conversion charts and advice on where to buy the ingredients. I’m psyched! Now, what to choose for my first project?


Starting next week: Throwback Thursdays!

July 17, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by joshglickman

Announcing a new feature segment on our Lark Crafts blog: Throwback Thursday, or as you might already call it, #TBT! Starting next week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite books from past seasons, every Thursday. With great crafting projects and ideas to share from our archives, this is a chance to revisit old favorites, and to discover something new you might’ve missed the first time.


To make Throwback Thursday even more fun, we’ll be offering book giveaways each week to our readers, so be sure not to miss out on the craft-stalgia! We can’t wait for next Thursday and hope you’ll join us for the #TBT fun.


Fall Preview Friday: Felt-O-Ween

July 11, 2014, 13:54 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban

Welcome to Fall Preview Friday! Each Friday this summer, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Fall 2014. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Is Halloween one of your favorite holidays of the year? Are you looking for easy-to-make costume ideas? Does your home need a little splash of spooky to celebrate the holiday? Look no further than Felt-O-Ween: 40 Scary-Cute Projects to Celebrate Halloween by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio, the team behind the bestseller, Fa la la la Felt.

Coming this fall, Felt-O-Ween will be your guide to a fabulous and felt-o-licious Halloween. Newcomers to felt can start with the basics, understand the types of felt and how to work with it, and practice techniques for hand stitching. More experienced crafters can jump right into the projects. All the supplies you need are available at any local craft store, which makes every project in this book accessible, easy, and fun.


The Creepy Crawly Wreath is the perfect décor to greet trick-or-treaters at your door. Fall foliage has never looked so scary-cute with this yarn-wrapped wreath:


With these sweet Pumpkin’ Treat Pouches you’ll be every trick-or-treaters favorite house this Halloween. It’s the perfect size for a small bite-size candy bar or even a small healthy treat:



Monster Hands make the perfect quick costume for kids and adults alike and are sure to scare up candy at every door in your neighborhood. Wrist straps can be altered for a custom fit to accommodate any size:


Felt-O-Ween will add a dash of crafty ingenuity to your Halloween this year. Pre-order your copy today!

(Post written by Lark Editor, Connie Santisteban.)


Cookbook Preview: From Scratch

April 17, 2014, 11:06 am  Posted by Lark

You don’t have to be an accomplished gourmet to appreciate the delicious ideas in From Scratch: An Introduction to French Breads, Cheeses, Preserves, Pickles, Charcuterie, Condiments, Yogurts, Sweets, and More by Laurence and Gilles Laurendon. Featuring 120 recipes, this beautifully photographed new book captures the classic tastes of the French countryside. In addition to recipes for delicious artisan foods, the book includes a wealth of menu ideas, culinary tips, and easy-to-follow techniques.

If you’re hoping to hone your yogurt-making skills in time for summer or want to try your hand at preserving veggies, then look no further than From Scratch. You’ll find all the DIY info you need for those culinary undertakings, along with simple instructions for making your own pastas, sausages, and tofu. Whether you’re a culinary connoisseur or merely curious, you’ll find inspiration in From Scratch. It’s a feast from start to finish.

From Scratch is available at Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.



Introducing 1000 Beads

April 03, 2014, 10:55 am  Posted by Lark

A sparkling new collection that focuses on the timeless creative practice of beadmaking,1000 Beads features a diverse group of handmade beads in glass, clay, metal, paper, and fiber from an international roster of artists. As the companion volume to Lark’s 2004 title 1000 Glass Beads, this impressive new volume provides an illuminating look at contemporary practitioners of the form.   The pieces in the collection were selected by Kristina Logan, who is known internationally for her glass beads. The techniques used—image transfer, appliqué, and traditional flameworking, among many others—are as diverse as the materials.

Whether they’re depicted individually or as part of a necklace, bracelet, or brooch, the beads in this dazzling book are examples of consummate craftsmanship on an intimate scale. Enjoy the images below and pick up a copy of 1000 Beads. You can find it at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.


Cubes, of Course! by Ann Klem

Thera by Holly Cooper

Spiral by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit 



Purple Fibers by Lee Schein

PB2 by Lily Liu


Packaging How-To for Crafters!

April 02, 2014, 17:50 pm  Posted by Lark

Etsy sellers, wholesalers, gift-givers, Pinterest lovers, and home crafters, gather around! You’ve got your craft down, but what’s the best way to present it or ship it? Packaging Your Crafts is [beautifully] jam-packed with nearly 200 eye-candy photos of creative packaging ideas. You’ll also find overviews of packaging and packing materials including tips on keeping it green, 10 tutorials for specific techniques such as glass etching and image transfer, 13 designer spotlights illustrating specific products from real brands, plus downloadable box and label templates!
You might never outgrow this book, because it offers so many resources for every level, from wrapping up a single brownie or stack of stationery to packing hundreds of t-shirts to be stacked and sold in retail stores. Check out a few of my favorite spreads below–you’ll see why I love this book so much!



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