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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What Are You Waiting For?

If you're planning on making gifts or homemade decorations for the holidays, time is running out!

We recently added two new titles to our collection that may provide you with some simple and easy ideas. The first book is Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love by Blair Stocker [745.5 STO]. If you love it, then chances are, the giftee will also love it. A few of the fun and simple projects are: hand-woven placements made on a board-and-nail loom, wall hooks made of sturdy forked twigs, a tabletop garden, second-hand oil paintings which are embellished with beads and other trinkets. Some of the projects, like the felt pot handle covers could be adapted so you can have your kids make them as gifts. Simply having the kids hand-stitch the edges with yarn, rather than sewing by machine, should do the trick!

Don't be put off by the second book's title: Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects by Susan Wasinger [745.59412 WAS]. The projects may look elegant, but they're not necessarily difficult--ornaments can be made from paper, glue, and glitter, and others from cut and folded playing cards. A purchased foam wreath is wrapped in wide satin ribbon and decorated with hat pins and metallic beads. There are a number of more extensive projects, too, if you have the time and the skills.

If these two titles are out when you visit, we have plenty more in our crafts section to satisfy your creative decorative and gift-giving needs.

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