Craftcycle is written by Heidi Boyd. This book is divided by the seasons so that you can make the best use of items available at different times of the year. There are larger, outdoor projects like birdhouses and garden trellises. There are also practical items like totes made from recycled grocery bags and rugs hooked from old t-shirts. You can also find Christmas ornaments and gifts to make. Lots of fun ideas for the person who likes making things.
It amazes me some of the creative ideas that we find in books. Recyclo-gami by Laurie Goldrich Wolf has ideas for all kinds of occasions. I wouldn't have thought of turning a piece of old sheet into a scarf or using bubble wrap to create a purse, but this book will show you how. One idea that I really liked was for a portable toy box the book calls a Racecar Ramp. This takes an old box with a flap lid and turns it into a road with storage space for the cars. What a fun idea for a way to take a game with you as you travel.
The last book I want to mention today is for the knitters in the group. Chic Knits for Young Chicks by Sarah Paulin. This book starts with some how to instructions for the beginner knitter, and then there are lots of projects. Included are the usual hats and scarves and blankets, but there are also Ipod cozies and hand warmers and other fun accessories. Lots of fun things to appeal to the younger knitter.