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    Photo Manipulation Have you ever had an image in your mind that you wanted to share with the world, but knew it would be impossible for you to get that picture? Like that picture at the Halloween party, where I was dressed in my full Daggerhir renaissance battle garb. It was a nice picture, but it was taken inside and it looked rather out of place. Standing beside steel cabinets and computers with leather studded renaissance garb, not quite the image I wished to share with the world. Wishing the photo was taken in a castle or maybe on a path in the woods it would look so much better,…

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    Natures Art Nature art is all of those fun and inexpensive art projects that are forgotten in today’s instant society. This is the type of thing that can go from creating artwork to seasonal edibles. The list is endless, yet so many people stay with the lets run down to the store attitude, when nature hands us so much to play with. Today people run to the craft stores to buy a rubber stamp for all occasions, but what if instead you go to your kitchen. Pull out a potato, cut it in half so you have two pieces and taking a paring knife or any thin bladed knife for…

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    Remember those cool autumn nights when you grab the quilt that your grandmother made and wrap up before the fire to keep warm. Its a nice thick quilt of geometric patterns and subtle colors that breathes comfort and warmth. Now I know this may come as a shock to some, but it isn’t only a craft that grandmothers can do. Many young people enjoy the hobby also. Quilting has been made easier if you wish to start with the do it yourself kits. The blocks are pre-cut, often the thread is included, and step by step instructions. All you need to do is pull out a needle or your sewing…

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    Sculpting Prying that top off of the Play-Doh container and jamming your fingers in, as you plunge to the bottom. Curling your hand into a fist the red clay with bits of green from the last time you played makes a sucking noise as it gives way and pulls free. Smiling you squeeze it hard and watch as it is forced between your fingers in thin ropes of clay. It is there to maul, squeeze, form, and shape, as you gather it back up to try again. Remember those youthful days when you squeezed clay through your fingers. Making hand prints for Mom or getting fancy and making an animal…

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    Reborn Baby Dolls I always thought the Reborn baby dolls brought out the maternal instinct in a woman, but the other day I listened to a couple of women talking and began to wonder. “Wash the baby with an alcohol swab until she is nice and clean then hold her with a steady hand as you trace the veins so they stand out nice and blue. Once you’re done, lay the baby carefully on a towel in a cake or pie pan, depending on size of infant and place them on the center rack in the oven. I like to bake my babies at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes.”…

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    The magician pulls out his wand his magic wand and starts to say those famous words, Ala-kazam or Hocus Pocus, as he waves the wand. Poof goes the well timed smoke pellet and out of the empty box he pulls a rabbit. Wood working magic is an illusive illusion that occurs when someone with limited talent, creates something that they can use and are proud enough to use it. There are so many forms of woodworking, from the intricate lathe, and saber saw work to the more traditional small tools that most people have. These house hold tools are sneered at by many, but they can produce amazing things that…

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    The dragons of olde dream the dreams of times gone by. Of when their wings would spread wide to catch the air that would lift them on high. The armor plated scales of their chest still shone bright. Fore the fires that burned deep within heated those so hot that when their flames burst forth, they would light up the night sky, telling all that dragons ruled. Now the elders lay upon their horded treasures, which remind them of the days of olde. There are still dragons within the world today that are growing old as they fly among the mountain tops. They have no fear of man, but also…

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    Painting Stained Glass As the sun rises over the horizon the marvel of the mornings glory rises with it. The light radiates in a multitude of colors from the predawn grays to the blazing yellows as the sun pulls itself away from Mother Earth’s horizon. The molten mass of the sun climbs higher and higher. The morning light reaches out and strikes the sun catcher in your window throwing its colors into the kitchen. That radiating piece of glass can be bought in many shapes and sizes, from the beautiful to the inexpensive looks nice. The only problem is that the design you want is never on the shelf, and…