Craft Some Holiday Fun This Season


When librarians are getting ready to host a program or plan a story time, we start researching months in advance. People must have laughed when people saw me carrying around a stack of holiday books back August. Whether you're looking for a fun craft or neat gift idea or a new recipe, try out some of these festive favs:

"Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year Round Celebrations," by Martha Stewart Living Magazine Staff
This amazing book contains simple step by step instructions, unbelievably gorgeous photos and templates. It's a year round resource. The cinnamon ornaments look great and make the whole house smile nice. At the Thornhill Holiday Open House, the pipe cleaner candy canes and snowflake ornaments were a treat for all.

Need a gift idea for a pet lover? Done. No idea what to make for dessert for an upcoming party? No, prob. With its easy layout, "Creating the Happiest of Holidays" and  "Creating the Happiest of Holidays. Book 2" will jump start your creative juices flowing with its tempting treats and quick gift ideas.

"The Ultimate Christmas: over 240 projects to help you make, bake and decorate  everything for Christmas!" breaks down dinner menus by courses, gives gift basket ideas, tree trimming tips, and mouth watering desserts.  It's must have for the season and will do all that it claims to do and help you make, bake, and decorate everything for Christmas.

 Wondering what to do with the kids while they are off for winter break? "Holiday crafting and baking with kids : gifts, sweets and treats for the whole family!" by Jessica Strand gives terrific crafts ideas and fun recipes for every holiday. Maybe give making your own holiday wrapping paper or candy cane elf a try.

--Joni H., Thornhill Branch
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