Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Minute Paper Airplanes Giveaway


Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Review Wire Media. My prize is Tuttle Publishing's One Minute Paper Airplanes by Andrew Dewar. The kit includes 12 pop-out paper airplanes, easily assembled in under a minute, a 32 page full-color instruction book and super-charged catapult launcher. My boyfriend Graham and I worked on the kit together. I folded and he stapled the paper planes together, then we headed outside. We were amazed at how high and far the airplanes went. I squealed with delight as the planes shot up and zoomed through the air, changed direction, glided or swooped and plunged to the ground. Exciting and thrilling! Hours of learning, outdoor activity and fun. Get your kit below and make sure to stop by The Review Wire for a chance to win the grand prize, a Fathead Wall Decal of your choice!

Contents
Introduction
Tools and Techniques
Test Flying
Hand-Launching
Catapulting
Flying Tips

Sanger
Cirrus
Archaeopteryx
Taro
Thunderbird
Streaking Comet
Stingray
Crow
Wraith
X-15
Tailwind
Wasp


One Minute Paper Airplanes is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway a One Minute Paper Airplanes kit! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until July 31, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Origami Crane Platter (Paper Towel Napkin)


This is the quick and easy to make Origami Crane Platter from All-Purpose Origami by Boutique Sha. It's a handy serving paper or paper towel napkin. I made it using an ordinary paper towel. It can also be made of parchment, wax, tempura serving or hanshi calligraphy papers. There are 4 attractive variations in the book. The 96 page paperback published by Vertical, Inc., of New York contains a whopping 75 useful origami projects. You can't beat it for value. Add a personal touch to the everyday with functional origami. Check out the tutorial and get your copy below!

Table of Contents

PRETTY CONTAINERS
Crane Container
Congratulatory Crane Container
Small Crane Box
Basket A
Basket B
Basket C
Basket D
Candy Box
Pocket Dish A
Pocket Dish B
Winnowing Basket
Decorative Box A
Decorative Box B
Stand A
Stand B
Orisue
Stacked Box
Box with Lid
Coin Purse
Wastepaper Box A
Wastepaper Box B
Chinese Vase
Eight-Point Star Dish
Square Dish A
Square Dish B

FOLD UP SENTIMENTS
Bunny Pouch
Kitty Pouch
Puppy Pouch
Gift Pouch A
Gift Pouch B
Gift Pouch C
Heart Pouch
Crane Pouch A
Crane Pouch B
Shirt Bag
Square Pouch A
Square Pouch B
Sweets Packet
Herb Packet
Pyramid Packet

DRESS UP THE TABLE FOR GUESTS
Good Wishes Platter
Crane Platter A
Crane Platter B
Crane Platter C
Crane Platter D
Coaster A
Teapot Trivet
Coaster B
Teapot Trivet B
Memo Stand A
Memo Stand B
Coaster C
Kissing Cranes Chopsticks Rest
Peacock Chopsticks Rest
Crane Chopsticks Rest
Double Cranes Chopsticks Rest
Puppy Chopsticks Rest
Bird Chopsticks Rest
Lucky Knot Chopsticks Rest
Crane A Chopsticks Envelope
Crane B Chopsticks Envelope
Crane C Chopsticks Envelope
Crane D Chopstick Envelope
Dolls A Chopsticks Envelop
Dolls B Chopsticks Envelope
Helmet Chopsticks Envelope
Carp Banner Chopsticks Envelope
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope A
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope B
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope C 


All-Purpose Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random HouseVertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing.

Tutorial: Origami Crane Platter (Paper Towel Napkin)


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Snowflakes, Sunbursts and Stars

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt144 full color pages published by Kodansha USA. The neatly organized hardcover explores the celestial worlds of origami, kirigami and quilling. First choose your paper craft project from a dazzling array of photos. Gather some basic tools and materials. Learn some techniques. Follow clear step-by-step text and photographic instructions. Finally dress up your creations and use. Most origami projects start with a hexagon base cut from 6" squares. Kirigami 6" squares. Quilling 2" to 5" strips. Each design includes a level of difficulty. I made a striking origami star. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Forewords
About this book

Chapter 1
SELECTOR

Chapter 2
THE  BASICS
Tools
Paper choices
Core techniques

Chapter 3
DESIGNS
Quilling designs
Origami designs
Kirigami designs

Chapter 4
PROJECTS
Quilled place cards
Origami napkin ring
Kirigami place card
Quilled coasters
Kirigami notecards
Quilled window ornaments
Origami garland
Quilled mobile
Kirigami silhouettes
Origami earrings
Origami gift tags

Index
Suppliers
Authors' acknowledgments

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Kodansha USA. Check out their unique catalog at Kodansha USA

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Girligami Kit Review & Giveaway

Girligami, A fresh, fun, fashionable spin on origami, by Cindy Ng, published by Tuttle of Vermont. "Cindy Ng is an origami designer whose mini-kits and jewelry are sold in museum shops worldwide. Her work has been featured in Real Simple, Elle, and the New York Times." Her kit includes a 64 - page booklet with 18 projects and 60 folding papers. Pre-printed fold lines leave no room for error. Most "models are presented in multiples on a single sheet" so scissors are required to cut them out prior to folding. There is an added section on how to turn your origami creations into various trinkets. A fun folding activity kit for girly girls. Get your copy below!

Contents
INTRODUCTION
Making the Connection
Essential Tips
A Guide to Folding Symbols, Terms and Actions

WHAT TO FOLD
Fashion Runway
Foxy Pumps
Trendy Tote
Dazzle On A Bow
Strapless Dress
Classy Ensemble

Heaven & Earth
Daisy Bunny
Bobo Panda
Lola Kitty
Build A Bamboo Stalk
Beautiful Butterfly
Tulip Garden

Cute Sassy Fun
Cool Cupcake
Secret Love Note
In Hearts We Trust
Lovely Little Laptop
Yay! Presents
Fortune-Telling

WHAT TO MAKE
Vogue-It Earrings
Cute Pin
Colorific Magnets
Hanging Noetpads
All-Occasion Greeting Cards
Bunny Ornament
Chic Bow

Girligami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Girligami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until June 22, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Origami Sweets Box


I folded these gorgeous boxes from single 15 cm squares. The design is from Practical Origami, Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories by Shufu-no-Tomo, published by Vertical, Inc. of New York. The 160 page paperback presents 75 useful and decorative projects with clear, step-by-step instructional text, diagrams and photographs. It's an inspirational guide to the ancient art of paper folding. You'll learn how to make beautiful packets and boxes perfect for gifting. Easy through difficult. Paper in square and rectangular sizes required. A valuable resource I will return to over and over again because of all the handy projects. A lovely book. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Basic folds and symbols explained
Materials, tools, tips and tricks
How to Resize Patterns
Index

Part 1
GORGEOUS EVERYDAY CONTAINERS
Rectangular Box
Sweets Box
Pound Cake Box
Open Box
Cookie Box
Gift Bag
Deli Box
Lunch Box
Cutlery Case
Square Box
Small Drawer
Two-Tone Box
Bag with Handles

Part 2
TABLETOP DECORATIONS
Chopsticks Envelope
Pop Chopsticks Envelope
Knotted Chopsticks
Bunny Chopsticks Rest
Hat Chopsticks Rest
Boat Tray
Crane Chopsticks
Cherry Blossom Dish
Serving Paper
Crane Serving Paper
Toothpick Holder
Herb Pouch
Triangle Pouch
Pepper Pouch
Candy Dish
Candy Box
Cutlery Rest
Heart Napkin Ring
Card Stand
Photo Frame

Part 3
GIFT WRAPPINGS WITH A JAPANESE TWIST
Cross Pouch
Cross-Over Pouch
Simple Pouch
Pinwheel Pouches
Four-Corner Pouch
Hexagonal Pouch
Octagon Pouch
Celebratory Envelopes

Part 4
DESKTOP ACCESSORIES
Book Cover 1
Book Cover 2
Book Cover 3
Envelope
Shirt and Tie Envelope
Shirt and Tie Bag
CD Case
Pen Tray
Desktop Box
Pyramid Potpourri Case
Tissue Case
Card Case
Folding Card Case

Part 5
DECORATIONS FOR EVERY SEASON
Paper Crane
Plum Blossoms
Butterfly
Mustard Blossom
Dolls
Offering Box
Helmet
Iris
Goldfish Balloon
Hydrangea
Dragonfly
Evening Primrose
Snow Bunny
Camellia
Leaf

Practical Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Origami Birds Kit Review & Giveaway

Origami Birds by world-renowned origami artist Michael G. LaFosse, published by Tuttle of Vermont. Kit includes 2 booklets, 96 sheets of folding paper and 2 sheets of gold foil, everything you need to make your own flock of feathered friends! Booklets contain easy-to-follow instructions for 20 origami birds along with origami symbols keys. Paper is 6 inch square and colored on both sides. Most models are single-square, no-cut and no-glue original designs by the author. Hours of fun and learning perfect for home, school, cottage and camp bird lovers. Beginner/intermediate. Get your copy below!

Book One
Origami Symbols Key
Crane
Swallow
Elsa's Swan
Cardinal
Duck
Duck Family
Phoenix
Macaw
Hen
Seagull

Book Two
Origami Symbols Key
Flapping Bird
Simple Penguin
Peacock
Parrot
Golden Goose
Golden Goose Egg
Pajarita (Little Bird)
Thunder Bird
Toucan
Hummingbird

Origami Birds is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Birds! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Open until June 7, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Origami Flower Paper Napkin

I just discovered this quick and easy to make flower paper napkin fold and will be using it a lot this summer! Best of all the design has 3 gorgeous variations! It's from Origami Flowers, Fold Beautiful Paper Bouquets by Kazuo Kobayashi published by Vertical, Inc. of New York.  A square, lunch-size paper napkin folds into a pretty flower about 15 x 15cm. The 79 page paperback features 64 floral patterns ranging from easy to difficult and includes 8 tear out sheets of 8 x 10" colored paper. Each design includes easy-to-follow instructional text, diagrams and photos. Scissors are required for most projects, though not this one. Author Kazuo Kobayashi is the director of Origami Kaikan  one of the "Six Cultural Treasures" of the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo.  Check out the easy tutorial and get your copy below! 

The Joy of Origami Flowers:
Stimulate Your Brain While Having Fun

SEASONAL FLOWERS
SPRING 
Cherry Blossom / Dandelion
Standing Tulip
SUMMER 
Morning Glory / Iris
Sunflower
AUTUMN
Chrysanthemum
Cosmos
WINTER 
Camellia
Poinsettia
NEW YEAR
Daffodil

FLOWER GIFTS
Deluxe Rose
Box Rose / Curled Rose
Double Carnation
Carnation
WRAPPINGS
Lily / Bellflower
Stacked Roses
Curled Rose
BROOCHES
Lily Brooch/ Camellia Brooch
Sunflower Brooch
FLOWER CARDS
Snowflake / Maple
Small Morning Glory / Plum Blossom
WALL HANGINGS
Tulip
Hydrangea
Gift Envelope (Rose) / Gift Envelope (Cherry Blossom)
Flower Paper Case
Essay: Wrapping Bouquets

PRACTICAL FLOWERS
Flower Napkin
Lace Flower Case
Leaf Plate
Chopsticks Envelope (Iris / Plum) / Cherry Blossom Chopsticks Rest
Flower Dish (Cherry Blossom)
Flower Dish (Chrysanthemum)

ORIGAMI PAPER

Origami Flowers is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing. 

Tutorial: Origami Flower Paper Napkin

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Paper To Petal

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From the book Paper To Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand, Foreword by Martha Stewart and published by Potter Craft, New York. Learn to transform paper into playful, luscious and sophisticated flowers with inexpensive tissue and crepe paper. These exquisite blooms never wilt, are always in style, and are endlessly fun to create, share, and give to everyone you love. Get your copy below. Get inspired. Gather supplies. Learn some techniques. Craft your project. You'll be amazed how easy!

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Foreword By Martha Stewart
Introduction
Get Inspired
The Flowers
Materials
Skills
How-Tos
Templates

Sources
Index
Thank You! 

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 More than 200 unique flowers and foliage to make and enjoy.

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Always in season. For any reason. Parties, weddings, gifts, holidays, everyday.

Paper To Petal is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Check out their charming catalog at Potter Craft.



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Friday, April 04, 2014

Creative Beaded Jewelry Review & Giveaway

Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet by Carolyn Schulz and published by Tuttle of Vermont. Stunning photos will inspire the novice through experienced to make impressive bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings with materials you can find in most craft stores. Each project includes-- author's notes, you will need..., all you do is... and detailed step-by-step instructions. Get the book below, gather your supplies, learn some techniques and start crafting your own masterpieces!

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/new-releases/creative-beaded-jewelry-paperback-with-flaps
CONTENTS
Beaded Jewelry Inspired by Asian Art
Notes On Materials and Tools
Chapter 1
ELASTIC CORD BRACELETS
Using Elastic Cord
Basic Technique for Using Elastic Cord
Hints & Tips
Tying a Slipknot
Tying a Surgeon's Knot
Marbled Splendor
Cinnabar Magic
Turquoise Cuff
Classy Ceramic
Exquisite Pearls
Jade & Onyx Watch Band
Chapter 2
MEMORY WIRE JEWELRY
Using Memory Wire
Tools for Working with memory Wire
Optional Extras
Basic Techniques for Using Memory Wire
Hints & Tips
Basic Technique for Making Dangles
Wood & Metal Cuff
(above) Aqua Lampwork With Silver Tubes
Jade, Flowers & Butterflies
Black Velvet Choker
Red Fossil Coral Choker
Silver & Jet Ring
Black & Pink Sparkle Ring
Chapter 3
WIRE STRUNG JEWELRY
Using Beading Wire and Crimp Beads
Attaching a Clasp Using the Flat Crimp Technique
When to Use Flat or Folded Crimping Techniques
Floating Beads on Beading Wire Using Crimps Beads
Etched Jade Necklace
Blue & Jade Necklace
Elegant Earrings
Coral & Lava Bracelet
Pearl, Crystal & Ivory Necklace
Red & Black Double Stand Cinnabar Necklace
Turquoise & Coral Floating Necklace
Chapter 4
KNOTTED JEWELRY
Cord and Knotting
Larks head Knot
Overhand Knot
The Square Knots
Half Square Knot
Square Knot
Loop and Bead Clasp
Making the Bead Side of the Clasp
Attaching a Cord Tail
Black & Copper Necklace
Red & Black Cube & Tube Necklace
Patina Donut Necklace
Black Knot Choker
Amethyst Shamballa Bracelet
(below) Pink Flower Green Macramé Choker

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/new-releases/creative-beaded-jewelry-paperback-with-flaps

Chapter 5
LOOP AND CHAIN JEWELRY
Making Loops and Working With Chain
Basic Techniques for Making Single Loops
Opening and Closing Loops
Opening and Closing a Jump Ring (or a Link of Chain)
Making a Bracelet, Necklace or Earrings with Chain
Abalone Shell Ensemble
Gold & Peal Lariat and Earrings
Red & Black Resin Bead Necklace
Etched Resin Choker
Flower & Butterfly Charm Bracelet
(below) Elephant & Jade Bracelet (With Matching Jade Earrings)
Resources
Index

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Creative Beaded Jewelry is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their catalog at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway one copy of the Creative Beaded Jewelry! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Origami Square with Pocket Letter Envelope


Design from Origami Card Craft by Karen Elaine Thomas, published by Potter Craft, New York. This book illustrates beautifully how clever origami folds can be turned into cherished stationery keepsakes. In this project, rectangular paper is folded into pretty square envelopes that stay securely closed yet open easily. Tuck something into the outside pocket or inside of the fold. Made from wallpaper samples, 8 1/2 x 11" paper folds to almost 4" squares. I refer to Origami Card Craft over and over again because of the variety of useful designs ranging from quick and easy to a little more complicated. Each project includes the author's notes, materials, clear step-by-step instructions, finished size and tips. A few projects require non-traditional paper sizes. Author Karen Elaine Thomas is the Creative Director of Yasutomo. I like this book! Get your copy below.
 
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Contents
INTRODUCTION
 
ORIGAMI BASICS
 
CARDS
Fold-Out Heart
Fortune Teller
Little Pocket
Cut and Fold
Love Knot
Secret Slipcase
Money Holder
Pinwheel
Woven Belt
Folded Frame
Signature
Star
Pop-Up Box with Fan-Out Card
Kiss
Crane
Accordion
Folded Box
Secret Message
Jacob's Ladder
Postcard Holder
Dos-a-Dos
From the Heart
Tato Puzzle
Pop-Out
Simple Fold
 
ENVELOPES
Simple
Classic
Square with Pocket
Square with Tabs
Elegant
 
RESOURCES
 
INDEX
 
Origami Card Craft is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Check out their charming catalog at Potter Craft.
 
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Friday, February 28, 2014

All Things Paper Review & Giveaway Hop

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/bestsellers/all-things-paper-paperback-with-flaps
Welcome to the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. My prize is a copy of the bestselling All Things Paper, featuring 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers, by Ann Martin, courtesy of Tuttle Publishing, VermontThis is Chapter One's elegant Candle Luminaries and below is Chapter Three's Fine Paper Yarn Necklace. Beautifully illustrated projects range from simple to complex and include, artists tips, supplies and tools lists, and detailed step-by-step photographic instructions. The book closes with a gallery of the 18 contributing artists and project templates. These distinctive paper crafts will have you look at paper differently. Get your copy below!

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/bestsellers/all-things-paper-paperback-with-flaps
CONTENTS
Introduction
 
CHAPTER 1: HOME DECOR
Candle Luminaries
Phone Book Letter Holder
Crepe Paper Lilacs
Tiered Garland Ornament
Citrus Slice Coasters
Sticky Notes Notepad Holder
Mysterious Stationery Box
Silhouette Portrait Art
 
CHAPTER 2: FASHION ACCESSORIES
Tiger Lily Fascinator
Everyday Tote Bag
 
CHAPTER 3: JEWELRY
Jungle Beads Necklace
Introduction to Quilling
Teardrop Orb Pendant
Antique Key Pendant
Fine Paper Yarn Necklace  
Loosely Braided Makigami Pendant
Makigami Pendant Flower
 
CHAPTER 4: CORRESPONDENCE
Frameable Tree Card
Perfect Journey Journal
Frameable Gift Card
Wedding Cake Card
Fringed Flower Card
 
ARTIST GALLERY AND DIRECTORY
TEMPLATES 

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/bestsellers/all-things-paper-paperback-with-flaps
All Things Paper is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their catalog at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway one copy of All Things Paper! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Everybody Kirigami! Review

I have long admired the ancient craft of paper cutting and couldn't wait to start the projects in Everybody Kirigami by Mitsuhiko Imamori published by Vertical, Inc. of New York. Just add scissors to transform paper into art by simply folding and cutting,  then open to reveal patterns that will delight. 53 projects explore Kirigami's rectangular, square and triangular bases. 20 pages of ready-to-fold and cut patterns on two kinds of colorful paper (heavy and light weight) will provide hours of enjoyment. Simple yet beautiful, this is what I did with February's Cranes pattern. A fun kit for the beginner. Get your copy below!
 
http://www.vertical-inc.com/books/everybodykirigami.html
CONTENTS
Explanation of Instructions
Decorations that Reflect Life
Spring . Summer . Autumn .Winter
Preparation
Seasonal Kirigami
January
Lion Dance . Camellia . Lobster . Racket & Shuttle
February
Snowflakes . Snowman . Cranes
March
Doll Festival . Ferns . Horsetails . Bamboo shoots
April
Cherry Blossoms . Butterflies
May
Carp Banner . Carnation . Oak Leaf
June
Hydrangeas . Snails . Umbrellas . Frogs
July
Milky Way . Seashell . Yacht . Ice Cream . Rhino Beetles . Stag Beetles
August
Sunflowers . Goldfish . Fan . Watermelon . Sparkler
September
Harvest Moon . Dragonfly . Grapes . Persimmon . Chestnuts . Rabbits
October
Ginko . Maple . Bat . Baseball . Sneakers
November
Chocolate Vine . Migratory Birds . Daikon . Carrot . Lotus Root
December
Santa Claus . Tree . Reindeer . Shortcake . Candles . Bells
Various Patterns
 
Everybody Kirigami! is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing. 
 
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