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Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, hobbies, projects for home and office

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Foiled by Foil

Book of Decorations coverAlcoa’s Book of Decorations : A Year-round Treasury of Easy-to-do Decorations for Holidays and Special Occasions
von Hagen
1959

Submitter: I can’t decide what I love most about this book — there is just too much awesome awfulness to choose from! From “Conny of Alcoa” (is that like Saul of Tarsus?) perched on the edge of the table in her smart 50’s shirt dress to the scarlet-haired beauty dipping her foiled toes in the water on page 90, this book is a gem. Glue together foil boots to hold lingerie at Christmas! (And don’t forget to invite your guests to “snip nuts to learn their fortunes.”) Hang foil donuts on your front door to impress the neighbors! Mound crushed foil up and stack fruit on it! Dress your son up as a mind control-foiling (yuk-yuk) Pippi Longstocking for Halloween! (Although the aliens may have already gotten him — notice the childish attempt at a Vulcan salute)

Holly: Wow. These are really…something. What possible excuse could a library make for keeping this in their collection? 1959??

 

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Creative Crap You can Make

creative handcrafts cover

McCall’s Annual of Creative Handcrafts
Comstock, ed.
1970

Breakout the needles and crochet hooks everyone. We have some lovely outfits for you to craft, not to mention some cute animals and “whimsical action figures” too. (Warning! Knitted clown figure in the last picture. Proceed at your own risk.) The lace coverup isn’t too bad in my fashion-challenged opinion, however that granny “square”skirt has some serious issues. I have no idea what is going on with the “vest”/jewelry thing paired with the skirt.

I might be inspired to breakout my crafting supplies and watch re-runs of the Brady Bunch.

Mary

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Weaving Evil

weaving 1977 coverWeaving ’77
Ziemer and Smith
1977

Hey, I am all about the fiber arts and weaving can be just beautiful. Unfortunately, there is no “beautiful” weaving in this book. In fact, I am pretty sure this book should be burned in some kind of cleansing ritual since there are detailed instructions on how to weave a clown wall hanging. As you know, any clown themed decorating is the work of the devil.

The other projects are pretty awful as well. The last photo seems to be some kind of abstract mustache/mouth thing.

Mary

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