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9/26/13 12:18 A

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I just referenced a book under the "What are you working on now?" thread, so I thought I'd list it here.

"The Humument" by Tom Phillips is an altered book that he first started in 1966 and has kept revising since then. Originally a book titled "A Human Document" by W.H Mallock (published in 1892), Phillips has chosen words from the old text to rewrite a totally different story. Each page is a work of art in itself. The 5th edition of the book was published in 2012, with some pages quite different from the first printing. I have copies of the 2nd and the 4th editions.

My description doesn't do it justice, so here's a link about the book. You can also do an image search for "The Humument" and find lots of photos of the pages.

www.humument.com/intro.html

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1/4/13 11:40 P

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I am working slowly but surely to get the whole house organized. My Mother was very organized ( I think I am adopted). I have made up my mind to clean out the shelves in the kitchen and to get rid of the stuff I don't use. I also make time in my day just to work on a craft. I need to make some baby quilts for friends and Grandparents quilts for other friends. I have faith that you will be able to organize every thing to make your life an easy one. emoticon emoticon

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1/4/13 2:43 P

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I think this book I'm reading is going to lead to more creativity.

"You Can Find More Time for Yourself Every Day: A Seven-Step Plan That Will Change Your Life" by Stephanie Culp.

It's sort of an organizational book, too, so I'm hoping that I can manage to get more organized this year in order to have more time to do the things I want to do -- mainly arts and crafts.

(From all the SparkPeople and other motivational articles I've read, I think the word "hoping" in that last sentence isn't a strong enough committment word. I suppose I should say "...so I WILL manage to get more organized...") emoticon

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12/29/12 4:50 P

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I have made some jewlery in the microwave kiln. I need to take a class to work the big one. Class on Jan 26. can't wait.

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12/28/12 9:43 P

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Good for you! I love working with fused glass.

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12/26/12 6:07 P

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Sounds like fun. I got a glass kiln. Now I have to learn to use it.

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12/26/12 4:13 P

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My daughter's friend gave me a new book for Christmas that I know I'm just going to love.

"Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper" by Kayte Terry

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7/9/12 10:11 P

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That sounds incredible. Do have little brother show you!

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7/9/12 8:17 A

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I need to get little sister to show me how to upload pictures on this new computer.

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7/8/12 9:50 P

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You really made a good find!
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7/8/12 10:11 A

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Got glass book at a garage sale. Have made 5 projects so far. I just started at the beginning and learned five new skills. Made brothers birthday gift and a optical allusion spinning star. This book is the inspration for all my gift giving for the year.

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6/20/12 9:06 A

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I haven't made any of the actual projects in this book yet (although I've made some similar ones), but I've really enjoyed looking at all the great ideas in "Making Mini Books: Big Ideas for 30+ Little Projects" by Kathleen McCafferty. The author provides instructions for books made by guest artists.

There are little books for all skill levels, although maybe most of them will take a concentrated effort to read the instructions. Some are just stapled, and some are sewed on a machine.

Cute little books!

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3/27/12 8:54 P

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Good stuff. My cousin beads so I'll pass along the book idea. Had to laugh at the title of the Big Ass Book lol

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3/27/12 2:48 P

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I was in the crafting section of my bookstore when my husband came up behind me and said "That one looks like the one for you." Which one? The Big Ass Book of Crafts! There's some cute stuff in there, some I find funny, and others I would never have in my home, but see where they might have their place. All in all...good book.

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3/17/12 12:29 P

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Lark Books has a series of beading books called a Beadwork Master Class Series. My fave of the set is by Laura McCabe. Although I have 6 or 7 so far and a few more preordered on Amazon. If you make beaded jewelry they cover all the basic techniques at that next level most of the books and magazines don't quite reach. Totally worth it even for the inspiration and eye candy.

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1/27/12 12:16 P

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That title is intriguing Louise! After reading this thread I am jazzed about reading some of my secret stash of books. Yup - I buy them then thinking someday I will have time to look them over and use the patterns.

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1/26/12 11:23 A

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This isn't a favorite book yet, because it won't be published until April 2012. But I absolutely love the title! I have given lectures on reinventing yourself by tapping into your creativity by making arts and crafts, so I've got to read this one when it comes out.

"Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life" by Marney K. Makridakis.

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1/19/12 6:14 P

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So many great suggestions here.

Just got "Surface Treatment Workshop" by Darlene Olivia McElroy which is a way to prepare your backgrounds (I do ATCs and mixed media) for projects. It's a great book. 45 different treatments.

I also like "Collage Unleashed" by Traci Bautista

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1/8/12 12:12 P

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"Origami Card Craft: 30 Clever Cards and Envelopes to Fold" by Karen Elaine Thomas is a great book that McJulieO and I have used to create different cards, boxes, envelopes and paper ornaments.
ISBN: 978-0-307-40840-2; c 2009; Published by Potter Craft

We first came across the DVD by Karen Thomas, published by PageSage in 2004, titled "Fold It: Beyond Traditional Origami: Greeting Cards, Books, Boxes & More." We enjoyed it so much and were happy to find the book published later. If you're able to find either one, I highly recommend checking them out!

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10/15/11 12:50 P

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I agree -- I love Martha Stewart's "Living" magazine AND her publications. Very nice photographs, too, with lots of ideas and inspiration for projects.

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6/21/11 8:55 A

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While I'm somewhat reluctant to admit it, I love the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing and Encyclopedia of Crafting. As a relative newbie to crafting, I find the basic skills coverage and clear instructions to be incredibly helpful. I find that I often refer to those sections when I am trying to execute my own project ideas.

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9/20/10 4:24 P

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Have you ever tried altering a book? Get started by checking out "Altered Books 101: Everything You Need to Know...The Complete Guide" by Beth Cote and Cindy Pestka.
This paperback book is part of the Can Do Crafts series published in 2002 by Design Originals by Suzanne McNeill. ISBN: 157421477-2

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8/27/10 12:09 A

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Here's another polymer clay book with instructions to create stunning pieces that resemble the real thing. "Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay: 30 Techniques & Projects That Imitate Precious Stones, Metals, Wood & More" is by Irene Semanchuk Dean.

First Paperback Edition 2005, copyright 2003. Published by Lark Books; ISBN 1-57990-408-4

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8/8/10 6:25 P

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I purchased this book a couple of years ago, bought some polymer clay, but have never completed any projects in the book. Laurie Mika, the author of "Mixed Media Mosaics: Techniques & Projects Using Polymer Clay Tiles, Beads & Other Embellishments" will be teaching a workshop later this month at a scrapbook/rubber stamp store near me, and as soon as I found out about it, I signed up. Can hardly wait!

The book is copyrighted in 2007 and published by North Light Books in the U.S. ISBN: 978-1-58180-983-1


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7/19/10 11:32 A

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Although I haven't done much calligraphy in the past few years, that used to be my specialty. In the late 1970s I took a workshop from Marc Drogin, a professional calligrapher of medieval styles. His book, "Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique" is an excellent instruction manual containing 13 significant medieval scripts and a history of the evolution of the alphabets.

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7/6/10 12:29 P

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Here's a great book by Bee Shay -- "Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations, and Exploratory Project."
There are 52 labs to get your creative juices flowing.


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6/18/10 10:21 A

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I loved paper dolls as a child, and I still love them today. Last Christmas a friend gave me the book "Artful Paper Dolls: New Ways to Play with a Traditional Form" by Terry Taylor. There are some really creative ideas in this book, and when my granddaughters come this summer, we'll make some more paper dolls. Last summer they cut out catalog models, mounted them on a heavier card stock, and pasted pictures of their own faces to the figures. My older granddaughter (age 9) went for the sporty look and her younger sister (age 6 then) found glitzy and glamorous models with fancy outfits. Fun!

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5/6/10 1:14 P

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SparkFriend McJulieO and I have just started working through the exercises in the book "Artist Trading Card Workshop" by Bernie Berlin. It's full of creative ways to color and collage papers.

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4/28/10 10:44 P

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I just got my May/June 2010 copy of "Cloth Paper Scissors" in the mail on Monday. As usual it's an issue filled with photos of interesting projects.

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4/21/10 3:21 P

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Wow, did I recently stumble upon a book full of eye-candy! If you like mosaics, Laurel Skye's "Mosaic Renaissance: Reviving Classic Tile Art with Millefiori" is a book you need to see. I've never used millefiori, but this makes me want to go find some.

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4/5/10 1:41 P

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As a retired librarian, I can't keep from surrounding myself with books. My favorites are those on bookbinding and mosaics.

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I love any crafting books but I have a special affinity for wire jewelry magazines & books.

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7/21/09 10:28 A

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I am addicted to beading magazines. I love
bead & button (great stitching ideas) and bead unique(ideas of many techniques) I dont subscribe because i want my hands on it before i decide what to buy! I scan book stores and resale shops for any good bargains on actual books. Sometimes I think I love the books more than the crafts. emoticon

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4/13/09 11:28 A

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I like any decorating books and have subscriptions to several craft magazines. Soap and candle making are fun too!

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If anyone is into making herbal skincare, "Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair" by Dina Falconi is a great resource.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

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