The Girl Mechanic: Classic Crafts, Games & Toys to Build (Popular Mechanics) by C. J. Petersen and The Editors of Popular Mechanics. Hearst (April 7, 2009).

Projects in this book, for those who are interested in the ‘girly’ pursuits, were originally created over 100 years ago. I love this series – and if you can get past the whole girl specific title – then you will really enjoy this book. There are some fantastic projects ranging from soft crafts like sewing and weaving (including making the loom) to amazingly ingenious gadgets like the ‘wondergraph’ – a drawing machine. Casting to paper crafts, making rainbow eggs to sawing metal to make novelty jewelry. Making your own cards to making your own paper.

There is a whole chapter on dolls houses – some very intricate and labour intensive designs – complete with floor plans and to scale drawings. There are some fantastic ‘mid-century-modern’ doll houses as well as another chapter on miniature dolls furniture. More chapters on making dolls, and doll accessories – like prams and carriages. Designing and making children’s playhouses includes plans to make outdoor cubby houses and prefab cottages, along with small sized play furniture to go inside.

This book might say it is for girls – but seems to me its for dads who have daughters – making your own backyard merry-go-round seems excessive but the plans are included, as is how to make a venetian or gondola style swing – and then there is the miniature golf course! This book is a gold mine – fantastic scale drawings and detailed instructions – what a lot of fun for a weekend hobbyist father.

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alpha mom has a neat tutorial how to make a tiny toolbox using altoid tins – totally cute! [via craft gossip.]

tiny toolbox

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