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Christmas Cross-Stitch

Christmas cross stitch cover

Better Homes and Gardens
Christmas Cross-Stitch
1987

Another Christmas craft for you! We are getting closer to those dreaded holidays and you need to be ready. Time to whip out the needles and floss and make your family some traditional stockings for your special Santa moments.

The designs in this book aren’t too bad, but I think we can safely weed some of these 1980s era craft books.

Mary

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Pregnant and Groovy

great expectations sewing for maternity dressingGreat Expectations
How to make 30 easy, fast, sexy, cheerful maternity outfits that let you feel like a woman as well as a mother-to-be
Adams and Madaras
1980

I have always thought that “cute” or “fashionable” maternity clothes was an oxymoron. This book proves my point. There was not a single design that even came close to a realistic choice for the average pregnant lady. Even if someone wanted to rock the earth mother hippie look, I doubt these designs would work. I won’t even try and guess how one would use a bathroom in under an hour with the example Dhoti pants. Maybe this could work as swim/beach cover ups rather than actual maternity clothes.

Mary

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Creepy Kids with Tools

i can use tools cover

I Can Use Tools
Kesselman and Peterson
1981

I am all about maker type materials and info for kids in the public library setting. This book is pretty basic and does outline the most common tools. Good idea. However, the more I looked at this book, the more creeped out I became because of the illustrations of the kids. What is with the eyes and the duck-like faces? Then it was the hands in the picture below. I thought the hands were completely out of proportion and then I thought she had 6 fingers until I looked closely. Just no.

Text is fine, it is just these creepy kids. (They will probably grow up to be professional clowns.)

Mary

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