knitxcore.: The Encyclopedia of Craft: Volume 1.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Craft: Volume 1.

Encyclopedia of Craft; Volume 1.

A few years ago, I found a picture of a paper mache fox head. I thought about it every day for weeks. I have never even tried to do paper mache. I checked ebay and Etsy constantly hoping to find the book it was from. After a little digging, I found out that the picture was from an Encyclopedia of Crafts that was released in 1975 by Columbia House, NY.

I was more than prepared to buy every single volume (yep, all 24) separately at $7 a piece from a handful of different sellers. I really was out of my mind but, you know how it feels when you prepare space for something in your life and it's just not there yet? That's how I felt about these books. On the morning when I decided to throw caution and cash ($168 to be exact) to the wind, the whole set magically appeared as a library sell-off for $15. $15, can you believe it?

Of course, I bid and checked. And checked again. And checked again. I seriously didn't sleep. I wanted these things so badly!!!!

Obviously, I won (or I wouldn't be sharing the story). I counted the days until they came. Do you know how long a 50lb. box takes to be delivered from California to New Jersey via parcel post. I could have died.

After they arrived, I looked at every single page before I put them away. Once they were shelved, that's where they stayed; until last week.

I was de-cluttering and thinking about blog content. A light bulb came on, I had a goldmine of content stuffed on a shelf in the craft room!!!!!


And so it begins...

I'm going to go through each of these 24 volumes, doing any REASONABLE project along the way (There is some woodworking and furniture making that I have no business attempting). However, I will show the projects I skip as I wrap up each volume.

I have already finished two, and I intend to share them both this week!!!!

Get Ready! This is going to be awesome!


Coming Up...

-Vintage Birthday Card
-Tissue Paper Peonies
-Connor the Clown
-Our Bathroom; A Work in Progress.
-An Easy Recycled Vase

...and so much more!!!q


Anastasia said...

That's a great idea!! I need that much focus in my projects x_x

also don't knock woodworking!! I've never done it but it's my secret dream to learn. Its always seemed like a versatile medium that doesnt require a specific set course of action. If that makes sense. It could be wrong.

yay lol

Erin Joy said...

Drum roll please...

The Mercurial Knitter said...

I can't wait to see what you've been up to. You missed my paper mache puppet the other night, but never fear, I'll bring Gudbrun with me again next week.

eat my shorts said...

Can't wait to see what you've done! :)

Davitron said...

ah! that's so exciting! I love books like that, i used to live for them as a kid. I'd buy them at garage sales and library sales (or check them out of the library) and do anything in them i could even remotely get my hands on the materials for. I hope you have a blast!

The Feisty Redhead said...

This sounds awesome! I always wanted to feel motivated enough to do one of those project-a-day things. Now I can live vicariously through you!