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Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts

The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts, Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties is a resuscitation of those crafts your grandmother or mother grew up with. I myself am not a fan of kitsch beyond the window shopping sense so while I appreciated the whimsy of some of the things in this book they aren’t things I would make for myself, which isn’t to say I wouldn’t make them for somebody who I know would like them. The book has projects I’ve seen before (melted record bowls, cigar box purse, toothbrush bracelet), projects I liked the book’s take on (etched martini pitcher, sweater teapot cozy) and projects I want to make (headbands with a button and elastic loop, your own knitting loom, and glamorous paper decorations). Almost every project has pictures of the finished object combined with a vintage inspiration photo which is fun to compare. The directions are clear and the pictures in nice full color and when combined with the general exuberance of the tone and I really like this book.

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