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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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Stamp Collecting Terms
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

The very first stamps that came out did not have perforations, but cutting them became cumbersome. Perforating machines came into use to solve this problem. They punch holes vertically and horizontally so that stamps can be torn from the sheet more easily.

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Fun Fact About Coins
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

There are approximately $8 billion worth of coins circulating in the U.S. today. In the past 30 years, the U.S. Mint, who is responsible for designing and producing the nation’s coins, has minted over 300 billion coins, worth about $15 billion!

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Sewing with Plaids
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Plaids have always had a traditional strong presence for the fall and winter seasons. From the many customary tartan plaids of the Scottish Highlands to the red, black, camel and white English Burberry signature design – plaids are a very distinct and memorable style maker.

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Review of 150 Scandinavian Motifs
Knitting - Korie Beth Brown, Ph.D., Editor

Looking for a dictionary of Scandinavian color patterns? Mary Jane Mucklestone has you covered!

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Simple Dainty Edging Beginners
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

A Simple Dainty Edging for Beginners. This edging appeared in the Coats & Clark Booklet #159, "Priscilla Edgings for all purposes," and is used as a teaching tool with their permission.

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Food Halloween Costumes
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

There are lots of creative ways one can dress up for Halloween. Here are some ideas for food related costumes.

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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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Scrap The Vote!
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

This 2016 Presidential election has been an interesting race! Remember to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to record your thoughts and impressions from the political uproar! You´ll create a valuable historical record for yourself and generations to come.

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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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