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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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Sewing Teddy Bears
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Most teddy bears can be very easy to sew and are great for gift giving. A handmade toy can add joy for any child - they can be small or large, quick to sew, and any wobbly seams or mismatched eyes only give creative character to a stitched toy made especially with care and love.

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Pom Pom Crafts
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

Use pom poms to make some winter crafts to decorate your room, to display on the holiday table or to hang on the Christmas Tree.

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Joy - Faithbooking
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

"God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." Genesis 21:6

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Mignonette Edging Tatting Adeline Cordet
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

This pattern is #558 on page 8 of "Tatting", by Adeline Cordet Book 5. It may serve as an edging or an insertion. It begins with a regular all rings strip with bare thread spaces between the rings. The following rows are tatted in a light and airy method call "mignonette."

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Knitting A Simple Cowl Without a Pattern
Knitting - Korie Beth Brown, Ph.D., Editor

It's not difficult to create your own patterns for simple cowls. Here are general instructions that produce beautiful results.

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Late-Fee Postal Markings
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Prior to the invention and increased public use of the telegraph and telephone in the 19th century, people primarily communicated long distance by mail. When they had a message to send, they often wanted it to get to its destination as quickly as possible.

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Ancient Roman Coins Found In Japan
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

The subject of numismatics is once again rewriting history. It was recently announced that some ancient Roman coins have been found in an archaeological site in Japan. Ten coins, at least six of them are reported to be from the Constantian era.

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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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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.

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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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