I love 1970s #craft books! #vintage #kitsch #history

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I encourage you to collect these vintage treasures lest we forget these wonderful crafts!

Found May 26, 2012 at The Bookcase Co, secondhand bookstore, Maple Ridge:

Found on June 6, 2011, in Fort Langley:

Lamarque, C. (1970)  The Fun-to Make Book, A Big Golden Book Goldren Press (Western Publishing Company Inc): New York, NY

Found May 26, 2012 at The Bookcase Co, secondhand bookstore, Maple Ridge:

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Vintage book find: The Fun-to-Make Book, A Big Golden Book 1970 #glorious #kitsch

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Found on June 6, 2011, in Fort Langley!  I’m sure Amy Sedaris was raised on this book as well!

 

This book is filled with THE ESSENTIALS!!!

Lamarque, C. (1970)  The Fun-to Make Book, A Big Golden Book Goldren Press (Western Publishing Company Inc): New York, NY

 

Craft quote of the day: Amy Sedaris, Simple Times- Crafts for Poor People

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One of my favorite all time books.  FRICKIN’ FUNNNNNNY!  So wonderfully inapproriate.

I do find one thing upsetting about multiple personality disorder.  Each personality seems so different from the other one, yet they all kind of dress the same.  Perhaps the top button is opened, or a scarf is adjusted, but there is not a whole lot of change.  To address this problem that most of our “experts” seem to be more than willing to ignore, I’ve included ideas throughout this book for crafting simple costumes that are worthy for even the most radical personality change. [p. 104]

Amy Sedaris’s Shut-In Shuffle Slippers

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INSTRUCTIONS: If you don’t knIt, ask a lady who does and have her knit you some pretty house slippers.  If you are a man she should use dark color yarn, for a woman maybe a light color or curry color. (p. 217) Simple Times- crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

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Craft quote of the day from Amy Sedaris Simple Times- Crafts for Poor People “teenagers have a lot of pain”

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Crafting stimulates many areas of the reckless brain.  Sensory overload is the key to control.  Crafting requires shape and pattern recognition, construction mobility, color palate perception, and hand-eye coordination.  But most important, when all else fails, crafting will keep even the most impetuous teenager in check by narcotizing him with excessive glue and paint fumes into courteous drone.



Crafts I love: #kitschy old lady knitted #crafts from thrift stores

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Let the pictures speak for these important and marvelous crafts!  I get very sentimental and sometimes heartbroken when I find them- wondering who made them, and why they were “discarded.”

I adore the little $3 price tag on this character. Made by a hospital auxiliary member.

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Craft Book Quote of the Day: ‘Simple Times’ by Amy Sedaris

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Simple Times- crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

But why go to the trouble of giving a handmade gift?  Is it the fact that it’s much cheaper than buying something that a person actually wants?  No, probably not.  Does it have something then to do with the fact that making a gift is a good way to get rid of the odds and ends you don’t have the energy to toss out?  For argument’s sake, let’s say no.  How about the idea that crafting a gift gives the illusion that you are “artsy” or doesn’t require you to leave the house to shop, or is a good opportunity to practice doing something you are hoping one day you will be good enough at to turn a profit on? (p. 191)