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Curious about the vast world of wine? Start by learning the fundamentals. Sunset Magazine walks you through the basics of processed Vitis vinifera, from choosing the best corkscrews and wine glasses to determining tasting notes. You’ll also learn how to aerate vintages and save a half-empty bottle of wine for another day.

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Whether you have a home business and need to keep track of inventory, or you have to organize data for a report, spreadsheets are a great organizational tool and can help you manage information efficiently. In this lesson, learn how to get started in Microsoft Excel 2003. Guy Badger shows you the basics of data entry and formatting, and teaches you about auto complete and general navigation in the spreadsheet.

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Before you get out there and start popping wheelies, learn the basic things that any cyclist should know when attempting tricks on his or her bike. This lesson by Think Bikes provides a checklist for you and your bike (got your helmet? gloves? do your tires have the right pressure?) and shows you how to do one of the most important tricks in the book: the track stand.

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Interested in learning how to use Microsoft Excel 2010? The first in a series, this Excel tutorial covers how to edit and format spreadsheets, enter data, and create basic charts. Motion Training will also teach you simple tips and tricks to help you get started with this powerful software. Although the lesson focuses on Microsoft Excel 2010, the concepts covered can be applied to earlier versions of Excel.

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Whether your significant other has just surprised you with a dozen red roses, or you are bringing a bouquet to an ailing friend, creating a balanced and beautiful arrangement can be a stressful experience! But there is a trick to creating the perfect bouquet of roses, whether you are working with a tall vase or a short cubed one. In this lesson from uBloom, learn the 7-4-1 method—in no time at all, your arrangements will look professionally perfect!

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Buying all of the accessories for an already expensive doll can add up fast when you start counting clothes, houses, beds, cars and who knows what else. Build a doll bed yourself for cheaper - that will be of better quality and custom. This bed was designed for an American Girl doll but can be used for any type of doll by adjusting the dimensions.

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Learning Spanish can be a blast when it’s taught by kids! In this scene, Eli comes downstairs for breakfast only to find that his brothers Parker and Andy are missing! Where could they be? And will they make it in time for breakfast? Learn some of the most common Spanish words and phrases in this fun and interactive scene about breakfast, or “desayuno.”

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Fashion magazines can provide wonderful ideas for your wardrobe. But these fashions often cost more than you can spend. Learn how to make them for yourself, at home! You’ll save on cash, and each time someone compliments you on your good taste, you’ll have the personal satisfaction of knowing you designed and created your one-of-a-kind jewelry. In this lesson, get the hang of making wirework jewelry— familiarize yourself with the tools, materials, and learn how to design your own pieces.

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Have you mastered the double crochet and slip stitch? Are your friends and family always complimenting your handmade crochet scarves and accessories? If you want to start selling your crochet for profit, this is the course for you! You’ll learn how to create a business plan to make your dream into a reality. Begin by thinking about your audience, inventory, pricing, and advertising strategy.

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Before you set out on your next adventure in the great outdoors, make sure you have the right food—and enough of it! Elaine Johnson, associate food editor at Sunset magazine, reveals what to prep ahead, why you should use a grocery list, how to pack a cooler to keep fragile foods safe and secure, and more. With all of the meals squared away in advance, you can spend less time hovering over the grill and more time enjoying the fresh air.

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Pack a lunch that packs a punch using these reusable snack bags! Crafty Gemini teaches you how to make a sandwich bag that is easily cleaned and environmentally friendly using only basic sewing skills. All you'll need is an 18 by 7 inch piece of laminated cotton and a sewing machine. While laminated cotton has the advantage of being waterproofed and easy to wipe clean, you also can use plain old cotton fabric for this project and just toss it in the washing machine between uses.

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New to the iPhone 5s? Excited to explore its features? In this lesson by The Unlockr, learn how to set up and use Touch ID by scanning your fingerprints accurately. Scan one or two fingers, or take the time to record all of them! With Touch ID correctly set up, your phone will be secure from prying eyes (and fingers).

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From gathering tools and materials to devising a final script, planning a high-quality lesson is a challenge. If you’re having trouble, take some tips from crafting experts and producers of over a dozen Curious lessons, the O’Neil Sisters. Whether you are thinking about creating your own how-to videos or you’d like to improve the quality of an upcoming series, use these tips and tricks to create clear, structured, and attractive lessons.

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A unique take on a holiday classic, this 1966 recipe for Italian chard stuffing remains the most popular ever published by Sunset Magazine. Mix sweet crumbles of Italian sausage with wilted Swiss chard and milky bread to form the perfect texture for stuffing. Learn how to make this perennial favorite just in time for your Thanksgiving feast.

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This Advent Calendar is a gift that kids can make for their parents! This lesson shows you step by step how to make an advent calendar. Think of things you can do to help your parents in December, write or draw every promise on a little piece of paper and put them in the Christmas ornaments. For teachers, the lesson attachment has a link to a free companion document containing writing suggestions and sample drawings. Music courtesy of Davenport Productions, used under license.

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Top off your holiday meal with a light and fresh dessert. This recipe for poached pears in white wine syrup from Sunset Magazine yields a fresh, elegant dish that won’t put you out of commission for the evening. Once you’ve let your pears cook in the vanilla, cinnamon, and boozy syrup, serve them with a dollop of sweet mascarpone and an extra drizzle of syrup.

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Want to store your stuff with style? Crafty Gemini teaches you how to stitch your very own quilted zipper pouch with boxy corners. All that you'll need is two kinds of fabric, batting, a lapel stick, a zipper, and a sewing machine. These bags are easy to make and perfect to use as pencil cases, make-up bags, travel dop kits, or what you will. This video offers handy tips for sewing zippers onto fabric using a zipper foot.

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New to Microsoft Excel 2003? Unfamiliar with the program and its basic functions and applications, or intimidated by this complex software? This tutorial demystifies the program and teaches you the basics of creating a spreadsheet and chart from a series of data, while demonstrating the advantages of using Microsoft Excel to manage information.

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Have you been looking for healthy vegetarian meals that taste good? Korean recipes might be the way to go. Learn how to make a simple and mild soybean sprout soup that beautifully complements this colorful bibimbap recipe with a side of namul, or cooked vegetables. This vegetarian dish still packs plenty of protein, and its colors will make your mouth water. Watch this lesson to learn about Korean foods, ingredients, and culture!

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