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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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Needles, Pins and Pincushions
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Needles and pins were once so valuable that women may have had just one fine needle with which to do all their hand sewing. Pincushions, keeping pins and needles secure, were often made of pewter or silver in decorative shapes to display on fireplace mantels - thought to bring good luck to the home.

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Stamp Auction Tips
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

There are many ways to acquire stamps for your collection. One overlooked option by novice collectors are stamp auctions. Participating in an auction can be either a pleasant or a very frustrating experience. If you have never participated in a stamp auction, here are some tips to take much of the

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Investment Goals For Gold bugs
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Set Your Gold Investment Goals If you are a coin collector or a gold or silver bug, you have likely been called every name in the book. The only important thing that matters is if you are right. If you bought your gold or silver at the bottom of the market, it doesn’t matter what the naysayers hav

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Gina Brummett - May Mystery Motif
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Gina Brummet was a great friend and terrific tatter. She offered this pattern as the May Mystery Motif (2008.)

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Scrapbook Chalk Tips
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Tips for chalking on your scrapbook pages. Scrapbook chalks can add soft color with ease.

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Make a Springtime Bingo Game
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

Using springtime stickers and cardboard you can make a bingo game that will be easy to play with young children. Or use the same concept with holiday themes, Superhero stickers, flowers, animals sticker or any other kind of stickers and have a fun game ready in minutes.

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Shell Lace Washcloth Pattern
Knitting - Lisa Linnell-Olsen, Editor

This pattern for knitting an open shell lace washcloth or dishcloth from worsted weight yarn gives a little bit of a challenge while still being speedy to knit up for yourself or a gift.

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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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Learn To Knit, Love to Knit
Young adults and teens will find great projects to learn to knit. This book has projects for those who have never knit or would like to try out some intermediate level techniques.

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Sock Knitting Loom
Knit socks on this sturdy wooden loom. Comes with DVD two you can watch how to make socks and other small projects on this loom.

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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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