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    The Big Idea -or- What is the GetCrafty.com Community Book?

    In late October 2006, GetCrafty member anthrogirl started a thread titled "Getting radically crafty" that asked, among other things, "How many of you are willing to help create what might be called the 'Get Crafty Ladies Volunteer Brigade' and put the radical idea of helping others while helping oneself into action?"

    Community members chimed in with various craft-charity combinations, and we kept turning the idea over until we hit the jackpot: A community compilation of crafts, recipes, and ways to make a house a home. The book would reflect the DIY spirit of GetCrafty.com and be a great resource for people moving into the first place and trying to make ends meet.

    Anthrogirl envisioned it as this generation's "definitive craft book - the book that shows what really matters," filled with "the classic stuff that modern women ought to know so they can take better care of themselves and their families, while taking pride in their handiwork and moving away from the consumerist mentality that makes people feel small and poor when they aren't buying things they don't want or need." Looking at my family's old community cookbooks, filled with recipes and household tips, I shared the idea of putting a craftista spin on all those things and including simple crafts to enliven your home and yourself (as well as take some stress out of giftgiving).

    Many thought the book itself could be a charitable enterprise, with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity or a similar organization that helps people get on their feet and have a home to call their own.

    Right now, we're just getting a feel for the community's level of interest in this project and the type of submissions we receive, but as the project grows, we'll include more details and share previews of the book.

    Do you have a tasty recipe or a fun craft to share? What advice you would give a new homeowner or someone setting up their first apartment? Got a tip for getting out grass stains or putting on a spectacular holiday meal? Then we want you to submit your ideas! We're really excited about this idea and hope you are, too. We're looking for all sorts of submissions and all sorts of ideas about what this book could be. If you would like to submit a craft project, a recipe, a household tip, whathaveyou, look for the appropriate thread and please contribute. Also, after you've contributed something, please list your bio/information in our contributors thread.

    I look forward to hearing everyone's ideas and to holding a completed community book in my hands!

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    this is so exciting!!!! a big HUGE thanks to Anthrogirl and Artgeek for getting the ball rolling!!!!
    Everyone, keep in mind that the holidays are a great time for cooking, crafting, getting your home in order quickly for company, trying extra special decorating, etc...it's quite possibly the most domestic time of year! So be sure to really pay attention to the special things you are doing that pertains to the topics of this book. Even if you don't have time to post them during the mad rush, just jot down a few reminders to yourself so you can share with us later.
    The Get Crafty Ladies Volunteer Brigade rocks!
    xoxoxoxoxox, Christy

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    So, is this going to eventually be a tangible, print book - or all virtual?

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    The result will be a physical book, h_pets360, though an e-book version will likely be available, too.

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    WOW! great idea! Where should we put our creative items?

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    gusmarco, within the "GetCrafty Community Book" forum there are different sections (like crafts, recipes, etc) so just find the one that looks right for your idea and post away!

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    This is such a cool idea!

    Now, I need to write up some good stuff to contribute! :)

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    Just want to pop in and say how excited I am about this too!

    xo
    Nancy

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    I think this is a brilliant idea. can't wait to buy a copy!

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    This is fantastic!


 
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