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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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What Is A Stamp Collector
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies of many Americans and other cultures. It may be weird to some people who do not understand the joy people get from collecting stamps. Stamp collectors find it satisfying to see their huge collection of stamps from different countries, each depictin

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ISIS Plans For Coins Blocked
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

The terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria AKA ISIS, has been bragging for quite some time that it is going to undermine the economic system of the United States. Of course, neither the economic facts of life nor the logistics involved were taken into consideration by

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Gingerbread House to Sew
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

The delightful gingerbread house cookie confection made from flour, spices and honey or molasses is a timeless classic. Sew a three dimensional one out of fabric, batting and add a few trims.

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A Flight of Angels - Martha Ess
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Martha Ess has just released a new book. "A Collection of Angelic Tatting Patterns" is a spiral bound paperback book of 32 pages, 8.5" x 11" in size.

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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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My Prayers For You Challenge 2
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Faithbooking Prayer Challenge Two. Each challenge will help you to prepare your own prayer cards or album that will give you prayers to specifically and intentionally pray for the growth of your children's Godly character, protection, and His plan for their lives. See examples with each challenge

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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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Fair Isle Style Book Review
Knitting - Lisa Linnell-Olsen, Editor

20 patterns utilizing the fair isle color work technique brought to knitters by editor Mary Jane Mucklestone

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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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Couching and Laid Work
Embroidery - Megan McConnell, Editor

Couching, whilst also being a description of where many of us sit to embroider, is also a technique going back over a thousand years and can produce works of stunning intricacy, as well as simple bold designs.

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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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Decorative Embroidery
Over 50 projects to embellish your home with embroidery. Templates, patters, and stitch guides. Great illustrations and fun to do!


Digitizing Made Easy
This is a great book for those embroiderers who want to learn to digitize their own designs ready for use on an embroidery machine.


The Knitter´s Handbook
My personal favorite reference for knitters. Uses step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations to explain many knitting techniques and skills. A good go-to for your knitting library.



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