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Getting Crafty

Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, decorating, DIY, and repair materials.

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Dolls from Hell

Doll Making: A Creative Approach
Laury
1970

Submitter: This book was found in the craft section of my local public library. It’s more about artistically crafted dolls you can make at home. Really, it’s just filled with creepy dolls. I know I won’t be able to get their face out of my head when I sleep at night. Hopefully this won’t scare Mary as much as the clown book I submitted a few weeks ago.

Holly: You mean this one? Yeah, that one got her good. I get that libraries should have books about doll making, and maybe even the history of doll making. I just don’t understand why they should be almost 45 years old and filled with dark, old black and white photos of the weirdest dolls ever made. There are cute and cuddly and adorable dolls out there, I swear.

Mary: That third one looks like Miss Piggy after some kind of alcoholic bender or demonic possession.

 

More Old Dolls:

Just in Time for the Holidays: Soft Toys and Dolls

Creepy Dolls

Dressing Dolls

The Pioneers

Puppet Nightmares

DIY Boyfriend

 

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Felt Up!

Decorate with Felt
Goldman
1973

I think this is hands down the DULLEST craft book  I have ever seen. There are no colorful pictures and the crafts themselves are pretty ugly. This is just page after page of stuff I would never want in my house, even if my precious snowflake children made them.

I can’t imagine this flying off the shelf in the 1970s any more than it would in 2014.

Mary

More Crafting:

Please throw it away

Groovy Teen Crap

Moar Pantyhose Crafts!

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More Grave Matters

Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself
Power
2001

Submitter: This book was weeded from our public library collection because it hadn’t circulated in more than 5 years. The front cover was enough to make me laugh and post a picture to Instagram with the hastag #NeglectedBooks and #LibrarianHumor, but I didn’t read the back cover until today.  And do read the reviews on Amazon–they’re hilarious!

Holly: Mr. Power never fails to delight! Remember this old post? We even talked about that one when we were on the Jimmy Kimmel show in 2009.

It’s an interesting book, and I’ll bet he’s sold a lot of copies. It’s weird, which makes it intriguing. I’m not entirely shocked that it hasn’t circulated in five years, but I’m also not shocked that it did circulate at some point. I’d be interested to know its total circulations, actually.  I’d also be interested to know if Mr. Powers ever made anything out of wood that wasn’t death-related. Duck decoys? A nice book shelf for his death woodworking books?

More Crafters Delights:

Everybody in the Tub

Pantyhose – not just for legs!

Nightmare in the Craft Section

MOAR Panty Hose Crafts

DIY Boyfriend

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