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The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties Paperback – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580087477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580087476
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* A full-color collection of 50 craft projects from the 1950s and1960s (including more than 10 new retro-inspired crafts) from the founder of hipster craft website Craftster.org.

* With hundreds of vintage photographs, original project instructions, colorized images, schematic line drawings, and contemporary color photographs.

* Leah Kramer and Craftster have been featured in Time, Jane, Budget Living, San Francisco Chronicle, London Guardian, and Houston Chronicle, and on National Public Radio. Selected Crafts: Cigar-Box Purse • Hardcover Book Clutch • Coffee Urn Lamp • Powder Room Poodle • Macaroni Glamour • Beaded Fruit • Felt Flowers • Glovely Lovelies • Plastic Bottle Piggy Bank • Doll Face Fridgies

About Craftster.org:

"This isn’t your grandma’s craft club. . . . Cross Martha Stewart with an urban hipster and you’ve got the idea." —CBS News Radio

"It has a sensibility that’s not exactly homespun. . . . Call it open-source crafting." —Time

About the Author

Leah Kramer has been a self-proclaimed craft junkie since she could hold a pair of safety scissors. In her spare time, Leah combs the aisles of thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets looking for items to add to her collection of everything weird, old, and eye-catching, including 1950s craft and cookbooks, kitschy plastic charms, cake decorations, and old records with beautiful covers. Combining her computer skills with her love of crafting, Leah started the popular web community Craftster.org, whose motto is “No Tea Cozies without Irony,” in 2003. Much to her surprise, the website is now visited by hundreds of thousands of like minded crafters. Part-owner of the Somerville, Massachusetts, boutique called Magpie, which sells hip crafts and goods by indie designers and artists, Leah is also an organizer of the popular punk rock craft fair, Bazaar Bizarre (bazaarbizarre.org). Leah lives and crafts in Boston, Massachusetts.

More About the Author

Leah has been crafting ever since she could hold a pair of safety scissors. Somewhere along the lines she thinks she inhaled too much glue because now she is attracted to crafts that are irreverent, ironic, kitschy, or cleverly eco-friendly. August 2003 she started Craftster.org which is a haven for likeminded renegade do-it-yourselfers and has over 50,000 registered members. She resides in Boston where she is an owner of the "coolest store ever," Magpie (Somerville, MA), and is an organizer of the not-your-grandma's craft fair Bazaar Bizarre.

Customer Reviews

This is a great crafty fun book!
Angel
Leah's affection for both the kitschy items of the era and crafting is very clear.
Siobhan McMahon
It has fun projects and great easy to follow instructions.
R. Furst

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 0 people found the following review helpful By J. Thacker on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Great book and great new projects to try out! Thing you would have never though of and intresting new ways to spice up things you may have tried before!! Must own by anyone new to crafting or an experienced one!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By molemann_services on June 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
i really, really wanted to love this book.
I've been a member of craftster since the begining and gotten some awesome ideas from there, and this book got so many positive reviews.
But I don't buy craft books to say how fun the projects are.
I buy them to *do* the projects.

I can't really see some of them (the egg carton lantern???) in anyone's home.
There are a few little cute projects (headband, snow globe, book purse) but you can learn how to make them anywhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Batgirl Librarian on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is chock full of fun and fabulous projects for anyone. The kitsch factor is high - these crafts will surely bring a smile to your face! I have found the instructions clear and easy to follow, and the projects have inspired a few kitschy brainstorms of my own!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kittykill on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want a fun book with lots of kitschy crafty history than this is the book for you! I have made a lot of the crafts and the instructions are easy to follow with no hassle. I would highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay3fer on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I guess I'll be the voice of dissent here, since everybody else apparently LOVED this book and its projects. I thought there weren't enough easy, do-able projects and some (the percolator/urn lamp, popsicle-stick purse, etc) were just plain weird. And where's the irony Craftster is known for?

PLEASE - don't get me wrong! I love kitsch, and I love Craftster! And there is so much fun and practical kitsch floating around on Craftster, I guess I just figured this would be a "best of"... to me, this just seemed like a collection of projects that are better off left in the past.

What I'd love to see from Kramer would be a "best of Craftster" - that would be fabulous! In the meantime, pass on this book and go for one of the other fine collections of vintage-type crafts already out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Sessions on April 18, 2007
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I love looking through this book and getting inspired--the writing is so fun and the design overall is just so kitschy-cool! All the projects I've made from it turned out great, and I've had so much fun going through it and choosing what to do next.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan McMahon on April 28, 2006
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In the interest of full disclosure, I must begin by mentioning that I know the author, Leah Kramer. Her collection of kitschy items and decor from the 1950s and 1960s is amazing (and, in fact, has been featured in Jane Magazine). Based on knowing Leah (including her talents and aesthetics), I was thrilled to learn last year that Leah was working on a book. I was even more excited when I got my hands on a copy last weekend.

Leah's affection for both the kitschy items of the era and crafting is very clear. The projects are great and well explained (and the materials and techniques are fun - they will surely inspire you to create your own unique items). The book's design and photography are lovely. `The Craftster Guide...' is a great addition to any crafting library. It is also perfect for anyone with retro tastes.

If you are about my age, your mother likely remembers these projects from her own youth. I bet she'd love a copy as a Mother's Day gift.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Furst on April 18, 2007
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I love this book! It has fun projects and great easy to follow instructions. If you love kitschy crafts this book is for you!
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