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Clay Craft Cuteness

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The Sculpey Way
with Polymer Clay
Hot Off The Press, Inc.
2002, 2006

I was updating some of my craft materials, and fell upon this lovely item, which went out exactly 3 times since it was purchased. My guess is it was a request purchase for someone and it died on the shelf quite a while ago. I also was surprised that this book wasn’t older. The crafts look a bit dated to me.

I have no doubt that there is skill involved with creating these objects and that there are people that would enjoy this book, but I am not one of them.  All I can think about is that person who likes this kind of stuff making tons of it and displaying it around their house. My next thought is that too many of these little objets d’art means too much dusting.

Personal comment that has nothing to do with this book’s suitability for libraries: hats in the bathtub is just wrong, and let’s just say no to creepy eyes and feathers.

Mary

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Smells Like Christmas

scented Christmas cover

A Scented Christmas
Cusick
1990

This book, and another I weeded recently, suffered from a vomit/rot stink. I thought since this book was about scent, it was kind of poetic. The book itself was okay and circulated pretty well. It is an appropriate choice for any craft or holiday section. However, I am going get a newer book that doesn’t have that old book/death smell.

Mary

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Little Loos

doll house bathrooms cover

Dolls’ House Bathrooms
Lots of Little Loos
King
1997

My knowledge of doll houses is limited to a few visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms and whining for a Barbie dream house sometime in the mid 1960s. I never got one, by the way. I know that there are lots of people that enjoy crafting doll houses, so this book would probably have an audience in a public library collection. Unfortunately, this particular book hadn’t left the shelf in quite a few years and was not in great condition. I have to admit, I am always a bit fascinated by books that are so specific. It’s not just miniatures, but miniatures of toilets.

They really do have a book for everything.

Mary

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