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Criminal Crafts: From D.I.Y. to F.B.I. Outlaw Projects for Scoundrels, Cheats, and Armchair Detectives Paperback – April 10, 2012

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About the Author

Former professional chef and current crafter extraordinaire, Shawn Bowman dallied in a promising East Coast film career, but decided to chuck it away to raise a demanding and ungrateful family and an ill tempered dog. Attached to her glue gun in a meaningful yet painful way, she spends her days skulking in Portland, Oregon, writing, making stuff, and drinking awesome beer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449409857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449409852
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Teigen on June 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
So often, craft books are sticky sweet or dry -- sticking to the directions with little personality. This book turns that notion on its head, presenting not only engaging ideas for projects, but pithy and hilarious writing. Beyond the humor, the author has clearly has done her homework and described very clearly and thoughtfully each project. And, what a great combo of adult and kid ideas -- my 10 year old says, "It's so creative...and I love the dark humor." My 7 year old says, "The gingerbread men are my favorite, because it's so fun what you can do with them."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ktpies on May 21, 2012
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This book is not only fun for those who enjoy to craft it is also a great read. I really enjoyed creating several of the projects, and I must say they are perfect for criminal themed events. The gingerbread recipe is also the best I've ever made.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2012
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This is is one of the most amusing themed craft books I've ever seen. The theme is criminally inspired crafting, and it covers a broad range of crafts. The crafts are clever and most of them are very inexpensive to make as gifts or for your own enjoyment.
Each project starts with a brief introduction explaining the inspiration for the project. Some are inspired by real criminals, others are more generally inspired.

The projects are all written so craft novices can follow the instructions.

The chapters are separated by type according to how it's used. The projects themselves use a variety of techniques including but not limited to paper craft, hand sewing, stamp carving and duct tape.

Chapter 1- Criminal Intent has things with practical use, like the John Dillinger inspired gun shaped soap or the wonderful Ransom Note Kit that can be made with minimal cost and would be a great gift for slightly twisted paper crafters.

Chapter 2- Accessories to the Fact is accessorizing at it's sneaky, criminal inspired best. I really love the Case the Joint Craft Caddy made from a used violin case and the Crime Scene Tape Messenger Bag. The simple sewn orange and striped fleece poncho named for the craft world's most famous criminal had me laughing out loud.

Chapter 3- Recipes for Disaster is cooking and cocktails with a crafty, witty flair. My favorite is the Crime Scene Gingerbread Men all dead in creatively morbid ways. There is also the obligatory cake with a file in it!

Chapter 4- Home is Where The Heart is... and the Left Leg and the Spleen is home decor items. I love the noir silhouette Concrete Slippers Window Shade. My daughter loves the Barefoot Bandit Grass-Head Cellmate that's made from a discarded sock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. R. Wingfield on January 4, 2013
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I am a mystery buff and love the Day of the Dead so this just seemed to be up my alley. Sent it as a gift to a friend with similar tastes and she liked it too. Fun ideas for off kilter crafters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Sparke on May 7, 2014
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This is the cutest book of strange little gifts to make and even has recipes for a couple of drinks! I love it!
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I bought this when it first came out, when the author presented at our local bookstore/brewery. I just now realized I had yet to offer a review. Sorry. I loved it from the get-go. This book is great--- not just for the crafts it offers--- or maybe in spite of the crafts it offers. The text is laugh-out-loud brilliant. Ms. Gascoyne-Bowman is the real McCoy when it comes to camp, upright cultural insight and devilish fun. You can buy this book and never do a single one of the crafts and still have a good deal. If you also do the crafts--- which she clearly shows you how to do (check out table of contents)-- you'll get even more bang for the buck. What's not to like about this book? Nothing. Life's too short (unless you're doing life in prison) to not own it.
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