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Vintage

50 designs to help you de-stress

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Pick up your colouring pencils and create a wonderful oasis of peace on paper.

Pick up your colouring pencils and create a wonderful oasis of peace on paper.

Colouring in is a wonderful way to re-focus and de-stress. In this notebook you will find vintage-inspired designs to bring you calm and relaxation. The 50 designs in this book evoke the gentle pleasures of the past, from afternoon tea to beautiful florals. Just reach for your colouring pencils, pick a design at random and simply make a start.

As you concentrate on the simple action of colouring in, you will find your mind clearing and stress disappearing.

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  • ISBN: 9780600632917
  • Publication date: 16 Jul 2015
  • Page count: 64
  • Imprint: Hamlyn
Aster

Intention

Andrew Wallas
Authors:
Andrew Wallas
Aster

Thinking on My Feet

Kate Humble
Authors:
Kate Humble

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Carolyn Boyes
Authors:
Carolyn Boyes

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Make & Mend

Jessica Marquez
Authors:
Jessica Marquez

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Stand Tall Like a Mountain

Suzy Reading
Authors:
Suzy Reading
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Nikkita Palmer
Authors:
Nikkita Palmer

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Kyle Books

Wood & Steam

Charlie Whinney
Authors:
Charlie Whinney

In this beautifully compiled book, Charlie Whinney, the UK's leading expert on the topic, shares the secrets of the unique and magical craft of steam-bending. Although his creations look quite impossible, the reader will soon discover that wood can be made to behave in remarkable ways with the application of a little heat and steam. Charlie guides you through the ecological sourcing of wood for your projects and then, with practical instructions, reveals how to create your own steam-bent masterpieces. Form a wooden coathanger in the embers of a campfire, create perfectly round wooden hoops using just a saucepan and a mug, or use your new skills to craft a stunning rocking chair.With step-by-step instructions and inspiring photography from Charlie's workshop in the Lake District, this will make the perfect gift for anyone interested in developing a new skill.

Gaia

The Little Crystal Kit

Judy Hall
Authors:
Judy Hall

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Aster

Five Minutes to a Mindful You

Aster
Authors:
Aster

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Kyle Books

The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

Abigail Booth
Authors:
Abigail Booth

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Kyle Books

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Hilary Grant
Authors:
Hilary Grant

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Kyle Books

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Max Bainbridge
Authors:
Max Bainbridge

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Aster

Pause Every Day

Danielle Marchant
Authors:
Danielle Marchant
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Victoria Harrison
Authors:
Victoria Harrison
Aster

Shinrin-yoku

Yoshifumi Miyazaki
Authors:
Yoshifumi Miyazaki

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Aster

The Chakra Project

Georgia Coleridge
Authors:
Georgia Coleridge
Gaia

Sisu

Joanna Nylund
Authors:
Joanna Nylund

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Mitchell Beazley

Street Art Activity Book

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Hamlyn

The Mind Manual

Andy Gibson
Authors:
Andy Gibson

From the people who brought you the Mindapples "5-a-day for your mind" campaign, The Mind Manual is an accessible guide to what's going on in your head. From understanding how your own mind works, to making sense of the behaviour of others, this is a practical guide to managing your mind and using it to get the life you want. The book uses proven insights from neuroscience and psychology, filtered through the wisdom and experience of thousands of people in Mindapples' global community, to give you a crash-course in understanding your own mind. It will improve your well-being, your ability to cope with stress, and your understanding of yourself and others, and give you the tools you need to be your best self, with chapters including:How to Be YourselfHow to Keep CalmHow to Be HappyHow to Have a Healthy MindHow to Be WiseHow to Be ProductiveHow to Be ResilientHow to Be KindHow to Fall in Love

Aster

Five Minutes in the Morning

Aster
Authors:
Aster

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