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Alchemy Arts: Recycling is Chic
MacKay and Jennings

This book was recently weeded from a medium sized public library for a complete lack of check-outs. It’s not awful, exactly, but definitely a little weird. The examples are described in general terms, but there aren’t really exact directions or patterns or anything. I think it’s meant to inspire more than instruct.

Books like this are confusing to me. They’re interesting for creative types, I suppose. They just don’t seem very practical. Do people really wear playing card hats (below) and dresses made from ties (also below)? The word “recycling” in the title is definitely going to garner attention, since that’s something we can all get on board with.

All you crafty/sewing types, please weigh in! Wonderful or weird?


More Sewing Sensations:

Like a Living Doll

Tim Gunn Would NOT Approve!

SEW Bad!

Sew This!

Costumes for Kids

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Land of Enchantment

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New Mexico: A Guide to the Colorful State
Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of New Mexico

Submitter: Giving out travel advise from 1962. It has “modern” views of Albuquerque, and a helpful road map that I am sure has not changed at all.

Holly: I love New Mexico. I was once stranded at the Albuquerque airport for hours on end as a storm blew through. (The Hubs flies small planes, and our 4-seater was no match for Mother Nature that day.) It is a lovely state with some of the nicest people I have ever met. This book does not do it justice or reflect the wonderful place it is today.

I do have to give props to the Writers’ Program books, though. My library weeded them all just a year or two ago. That is a great example of a series that you want to hold onto forever because they were so, so good, but when the space is needed for other things, difficult decisions have to be made, and the reality is, these are 50+ years old. Onward and upward!

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Dating Tips for the Desperate

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Guerrilla Dating Tactics
Strategies, Tips and Secrets for Finding Romance

Are you desperate for love? Are you looking in all the wrong places? This is your book! It even has a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! This book has it all: Flirting advice, pick up lines, personal ads, cutting edge techniques using a fax machine! Sample “ice breaker”: “Do you think we will ever change to the metric system?” (Now I am all hot and bothered thinking about the metric system.)

Waiting by the phone,



More Dating advice:

Dating for the mature

Chicks, Man

Cheap Dates

And for those looking for that 1970s porn vibe: Bom Chicka Bow Wow

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