Friday, August 31, 2012

Crafty like a fox!

There are few feelings like the feeling of having made something awesome (or even not so awesome) with your own two hands. You've just created this thing. You create! You're a creator! Mwaaaaahahahahaha!!! (Those in the psychology field call this a God complex; those of us in the art field call it a healthy sense of self-worth.) Thankfully you too can experience this wonderful feeling no matter what kind of creation you're into with the help of your wonderful public library! We've got everything from cupcakes, kawaii awesomeness, and even something for a budding Tony Stark.

There's nothing better than creating something with your own two hands... except maybe if that something is cupcakes! "Hello, Cupcake!" and the sequel "What's New Cupcake?" by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson is a crafty baker's Bible. There are shark cupcakes (Twinkies make up the body), popcorn cupcakes (mini-marshmallows), and even spaghetti-and-meatball cupcakes (strawberry jam sauce and candy balls). They're almost too amazing to eat.

Like cute little stuffed fuzzy things? You're gonna wanna try your hands at "Yummi 'Gurumi" by Christen Haden. It's amigurumi (aka cute, little, and stuffed) crochet food adorableness. If you recognize the sushi, it's probably because I made a bunch of these for MangaMania!! this past May. "Amigurumi Toy Box" by Ana Paula Rimoli is a great one if you want to try your hand at some animals, a unicorn, or even a cute little tree.

For the more superhero (or evil villain) inclined, there is the "Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction" series by John Austin. There are catapult-like launchers, tiny guns, throwing stars, slingshots, and more all made out of basic desk supplies and other easily obtainable stuff. Another great resource is Make magazine. The current issue has instructions for a marshmallow shooter (also accompanying goggles -- safety first!) and glow in the dark rock candy.

--The Stacked Librarian

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