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Craptastic Crafts and Hobbies

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

Crap from Scrap

Art from Scrap
Reed and Orze

Submitter: A book about arts and crafts using recycled materials is always in demand. This one is clearly geared toward art teachers, and many of the pieces were made by students. A few items shown are inspired and creative; many are just bizarre or ugly. Don’t get me started on the dead rat! I was finally able to replace this title with some newer craft books with–gasp!–color illustrations! I wonder what Freud would make of hanging a flying machine made of ballcocks in my bedroom…

Holly: I have patrons looking for this kind of thing a lot, but thankfully we have books published in the last few years to choose from here.  If it’s the best you can do, it’s not too awful, but if you can afford a replacement, this one can go.  I’m kind of surprised they picked that pig for the cover of the book, though.  Is that the coolest, most visually appealing piece of artwork in the book? The tongue from a VW hood would have been better (see below).

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The 1970s @ Your Library

Macrame Made Easy

Direct from the 1970s…. macrame @ yourlibrary

Always a favorite here at the ALB home office, macrame always screams 1970s for everyone. Granted, I wouldn’t be surprised if macrame enjoys a resurgence (if it hasn’t already) but the projects and condition of these books are generally a weeding slam dunk.

In case anyone is interested, I had the same hair and barrettes thing going on in 1973, as portrayed by the cover, and I am quite sure that I had that purse with the big loop handles.

My big question is what the heck is that woman in the the blue cape thing hugging or stroking? Or do I not want to know?


Feeling Groovy in 2013,


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