There's a reason that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. This is my new favorite book, and this is cover. Or should I say what's left of its cover.
Fortunately, the best part of the book is what's inside. It's a 1927 edition of "Make It Yourself." It was published by Popular Mechanics Co., which I think also is responsible for Popular Mechanics magazine.
This gem, which I found at a garage sale for $1, includes instructions for projects big and small. You can learn how to build a garden trellis, use a basket to catch grass clippings, remove ink stains, fashion a makeshift hairdryer, or build several "toys'' that seemed destined to result in a trip to the emergency room.
Here's a sampling:
In the category of just plain practical, is this primer on removing ink stains. Be sure to have plenty of salt, lemon juice and sour milk (?) on hand.
As for something practical (and pretty), here are some garden trellises:
Not so practical or pretty are these slippers made from paper bags. I don't think these caught on.
Oh, the lengths we women go to in the name of beauty.
There are also several projects for the daredevil in you. How about this swing, which, if you ask me, has a somewhat sinister look to it.
If you survive that, you can put a maypole in the middle of a frozen pond and watch the skaters fly in every direction.
Still in one piece? Then how about water wheel?
Finally, here's something entirely whimsical, which I can't resist sharing. If you live where it seldom snows, you might want to give this a try to create the right mood for the holidays. Here in upstate New York, we're lucky (or cursed?) that Mother Nature always comes through.