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Crafts and Hobbies

Buy New: $21.00

Every conceivable craft--from quiltmaking to enameling to jewelry--is included in this comprehensive craft reference. The easy-to-follow text conveys instructions which are clear and precise enough for anyone to learn these interesting hobbies. Over 40 pastimes featured. 4,000 drawings and photographs.

Crazy Arts & Crafts Trunk

Buy New: $19.99

More than 400 pieces of Craft Material to create tons of fun and exciting craft projects that leave no limit to your imagination! The Crazy Arts & Crafts Trunk includes all the material that you need including a Step by Step instruction booklet. The Great Storage Trunk allows you to organize your project materials. The Crazy Arts & Crafts Trunk includes: Art Trunk, Confetti pack, 100 assorted foam shapes, 50 feathers, 40 colored popsicle sticks, 30 pom pom balls, 20 pipe cleaners, 10 pieces of White Drawing paper, 10 pieces of Assorted Color Craft Papers, 10 colored straws, 30 wiggle eyes, 6 felt pens, 5 sheets of felt, 4 glitter glues, 4 bottles of Ready Mixed paint, 4 shaped sponges, 4 yarn rolls, 3 paper plates, 3 tissue paper rolls, safety scissors, crepe paper pack, stencil, glue, and a paint brush.

Paper-Folding Fun!:

Buy New: $10.36

Origami's just the beginning in Paper-Folding Fun! 50 Awesome Crafts to Weave, Twist & Curl by Ginger Johnson, illus. by Betsy Day. Starting with "four steps to a perfect fold," the author leads readers on a crafting odyssey with instructions for making masterpieces such as a "Quilled Flower Mobile," "Pop-Up Birthday-Cake Card" and "Stacked Boxes with Bead Knobs." Also available: All Around Town: Exploring Your Community Through Craft Fun by Judy Press.
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Paint the Wild: Butterflies Kit

Buy New: $14.99

Re-create Mother Nature's beautiful designs on the wings of butterflies with this kit from Balitono. It includes 4-inch wooden butterflies that can be used as refrigerator magnets, hanging sculptures, window decorations, and toy treasures. The kit offers three butterflies, nontoxic acrylic paints in five colors, shiny varnish, and a paintbrush. Each figure also comes with a press-on magnet, hanging accessories, a suction cup (for window use), and a small gift tag. An easy-to-follow instruction sheet includes compelling facts about the nature of butterflies. Colorful illustrations on the box show a wide variety of butterflies young artists might like to paint. A coded diagram inside identifies each species by name. Children may want to give these items as gifts, use them to decorate their rooms, or simply use them in creative play.

Stamp Art Inspirations with MaryJo McGraw

Buy New: $29.95

MaryJo McGraw
She is one of today's most talented and innovative stamp artists. You've probably seen her on television or at a convention, taken one of her classes, or read her popular rubber stamping books.

Stamp Art Inspirations
This DVD is jam-packed with almost two hours of projects, tips, and ideas. MaryJo shows you, step-by-step, just how easy it is to create gorgeous artwork using rubber stamps. She makes working with many supplies, from shrink plastic to mica tiles, effortless and elegant. Drag out your craft supplies and get ready to play.

Making Memory Boxes

Buy New: $15.40

It is a fact of life that most of us practice the art of pack ratting, hoarding and saving ticket stubs, love letters, postcards, and other memorabilia. Now, artist-curator Mauriello guides us in collecting treasures in one place by crafting aesthetically pleasing containers, or memory boxes. Each of the 13 boxes is targeted to contain one type of collectible--buttons, fabric scraps, or a child's treasures, for instance. Tips abound, as does information about getting started, from critical-to-own materials and tools to the appropriate ways to paste paper or cloth to a board. (The trick, by the way, is to apply adhesive to the paper, not to the surface. Cloth, on the other hand, doesn't matter.) The project boxes, colorful and well designed, feature detailed illustrated instructions and occasional suggestions for a different look. A practical craft that just might lead to a new kind of collecting habit.

Kids Create!:

Buy New: $10.36

Over 150 creative craft and art activities for children ages three to nine years old. Laurie Carlson has captured the joy of creating while introducing the basics of working with paper and paste, clay and dough, printmaking, sculpture, and various other techniques. Includes time guides and degree of difficulty levels.

Childsplay Magazine
" ... on our top ten list of ideas for young children."

Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art

Buy New: $10.36

PreSchool-Grade 6-- This is truly a comprehensive source book . It begins with art-and-craft supplies made from natural objects and materials, and ends with recycling and composting. It's all here: bark, twigs, pebbles, weeds, prints, plants, and feeders. There is nothing totally new, but the broad scope and organization of projects in related groups with step-by-step, single-page directions make the book a first purchase. Drawings are clear and relate well to the text. Carlson indicates the level of difficulty of each activity with a symbol, and uses a clock to indicate when more than one hour is needed to finish (most require less than an hour). The style is breezy and chatty, and includes occasional tidbits of interest related to the project being described. With its large format and large type, this is a very easy book to use. --Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA

Adventures in Art

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Grade 3-8-- Milord targets a wide range of experience and capabilties with this comprehensive effort that includes 101 craft ideas. Because of the difficulty of language and the assumption of prior knowledge, only middle-school and junior-high age crafters will be able to use it independently. Activities are easily accessible through the inclusive index. Parents and teachers will appreciate the "Tick Tock" feature; a time-frame page lists each adventure according to the hours needed for completion. When recipelike instructions appear on a single page with large simple illustrations, in three-column form, the information is easily digested. But too often the steps flow over to the next page and drown in the beginnings of another craft. Margin facts appear every now and then and are often more interesting than the core information. Organization is generally good, however, and those looking for project ideas will find this encyclopedic guide much like a new cookbook--filled with endless possibilities. --Fran Powell, George G. White School, Hillsdale, NJ