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The earliest developments in culture were artistic creations which brought beauty and joy to a community. From beadwork to candlemaking, from sewing to embroidery, crafts clothed us, decorated our worlds, and expressed our individuality. Let our BellaOnline editors help your creativity soar!

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Holiday Ornaments to Sew
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

The simple beauty and homespun warmth of holiday ornaments lovingly made bring many a smile to all who have ever gazed on an old-fashioned decorated Christmas tree. Simple sewn ornaments bring elegance to the time-honored tradition of decorating a pine tree brought indoors for seasonal goodwill.

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Tat Mats by Karey Solomon
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Tat Mats by Karey Solomon is a new booklet of original designs which may be used for many purposes. Singly, they could be mats, coasters, rug mugs or adorable motifs for clothing embellishment.

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Bohus Stickning
Knitting - Korie Beth Brown, Ph.D., Editor

Everyone was hungry during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930’s. In Sweden, however, a woman named Emma Jacobsson decided to do something about it. The result is knitting history.

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Overprints And Surcharges Great To Collect
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Defined simply, a stamp overprint is one that has any printing added over the original completed design of the stamp. This overprinting can include a surcharge which is an overprinted marking that changes or restates the stamp's denomination. Also included in this definition are other images or word

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Narrow Range Coin Prices
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

The current precious metals market continues to trade in a very narrow range. While coin collectors are enjoying this price stability, silver and gold bullion coin buyers aren't. Sales are stagnating for this very reason, buyers may be taking a short recess. Sales of bullion coins are slowing down.

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Food Halloween Costumes
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

There are lots of creative ways one can dress up for Halloween. Here are some ideas for food related costumes.

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Preparing Your Kitchen for Soaping
Soapmaking - Cindy Jones Lantier, Editor

How to prepare your kitchen for safe soap and/or cosmetic making

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Art at the Speed of Life Review
Painting - Christine Sharbrough, Editor

Art at the Speed of Life, motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day by Pam Carriker is a lavishly illustrated volume of crafting goodness you will not want to miss. Whether you are trying to find your muse or start an art blog, this book covers a broad array of topics.

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Scrap The Vote!
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

This 2016 Presidential election has been an interesting race! Remember to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to record your thoughts and impressions from the political uproar! You´ll create a valuable historical record for yourself and generations to come.

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Zoom Burst Photography Explained
Photography - Ewa Sapinska, Editor

Feeling bored with your photography and want to get a bit more creative? Try using your zoom lens to create some exciting effects “in camera”.

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Healthy Brains and Jewelry Making
Jewelry Making - Susan Mendenhall, Editor

There are several ways to keep your brain strong by learning new things. Jewelry making will keep you active and can provide life long learning. Being self taught, taking workshops and classes all help your brain to grow. Learn how you can get on board using jewelry making to keep your brain active

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Faux Enameled Embellishments
Paper Crafts - Mia C. Goloy, Editor

Here's how to make faux enameled embellishments using debossed silver cardstock, permanent markers, and a glossy finish like Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze, or clear embossing powder.

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A Cautionary Tale
Quilting - Judie Bellingham, Editor

Here's a jovial poem about a quilt group making a quilt for a raffle prize.

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Stronghold Builder's Guidebook Review
Role Playing Games - Leif Sutter, Editor

Perusing the shelves for Dungeons and Dragons Third Edition books? If you've come across the Stronghold Builder's Guidebook, I've got some advice before you buy it. Especially if your group isn't hardcore into that system.

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Preserving Doll Patterns
Doll Making - Helen B. Wharton, Editor

Here is an idea for making sturdier patterns that last longer and a great way to store them.

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Book Review- Kumihimo Basics and Beyond
Beadwork - Shala Kerrigan, Editor

A review of Rebecca Ann Combs book Kumihimo Basics and Beyond : 25 braided and beaded jewelry projects on the kumihimo disk.



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Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls
This ebook contains patterns and step by step instruction for making 5 different cloth dolls. These are some of the most popular dolls on the Doll Making Site all together in one handy book.


Make Clothes for 18 Inch Dolls
With this book you can make a complete wardrobe for 18 inch dolls; including dresses, pants, jewelry, a bag and a crocheted outfit.



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