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Christmas Crafting – Now with extra pink!

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Victorian Christmas Crafts
Bruno
1984

I pulled this book for weeding as it was falling apart and had a bit of an odor problem. I love the idea of traditional Victorian Christmas crafts, but this book wasn’t doing the job. I am not a particular fan of the illustrations. There is too much pink and not enough visual instruction. I like pink as much as the next person, but going through this book was making me a bit crazy. Between the odor and the pink, time for this one to die a natural death.

Mary

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Smells Like Christmas

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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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Can or Can’t?

tin can crafting

Magic With Tin Cans
Craft Course Publishers
1965

Start saving your cans now! Look at all the magical decorations you can make with just a tin can. I really have no words for this ultimate recycle craft. From the text and pictures, it looks difficult and requires a lot of supplies–all so you can make your home into some kind of Vegas venue. I think my favorite is the chair (last picture below). Check out the use of “giftable”.  I think the word in quotes lets us know that it is best to give this to someone you don’t like. In other news, I just got a few ideas for holiday gifts.

Mary

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