Take the “Wonderland at Central” Ornament Hunt Challenge

Big, beautiful ornaments handmade by local artists are hanging throughout the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County during the month of December.  Fifteen of the ornaments in the Bausch and Lomb building are part of an ornament hunt.  Pick up a clue sheet on the 2nd floor in the Arts Division or Children’s Center, look for ornaments, and return your completed sheet to the Arts Division for a prize.

Here is a sample of a few of the amazing ornaments on display:



blue snowflake ball

icosohedron stars



Crafting With a Rolling Pin: Wrapping Paper for the Holidays

That time is coming when we will all need a lot of wrapping paper and cards. It can get expensive but you can make your own and make them look the way you want them to. I’ve used doilies and made some very pretty paper. I also have used unmounted rubber stamps and glued them to the rolling pin. Try it, it’s fun.

Rolling pins: perfect for pie crusts and original pieces of graphic art. 
Printmaking is simply the process of transferring a pattern or piece of art with inks onto paper. Every time you transfer the ink, however, it is considered an original piece of art since it will have it’s own unique qualities, making you (the roller pin swiller) a master of tarts and art. A very DIY nerd thing to say, yes; but true.

You can use many items for this exercise: a carved block, a Styrofoam plate, fruits, erasers, potatoes – anything that will transfer ink. As far as the rolling pin goes, use rubber bands and craft foam to create pure awesomeness. The advantage of using this particular implement is that you can print a large swathe very quickly.
This is going to get messy. Be sure to cover your work area and wear an apron.
Read the rest at Ecosalon.

Some books in the Central Library to get you started. Click on image to connect to our catalog.

Crazy for Halloween….

For those crazy about Halloween all year here are some Halloween blog treats and links to some of Central Library’s items celebrating this holiday.

This first blog is in a category all it’s own. It’s called Pumpkin Rot . The person or persons who put this blog together are admirable in so many ways. First that they devote this much time to this holiday and write very creatively about it. Second, the photographs of their pumpkins and rot are splendid indeed. It is divided by year and the blogger has included many decayed creepy scarcrows and other Halloween related things. Pumpkinrot.com was also very kind to let me use some of their images. I had a hard time deciding which ones to use as they are all so good.

Double, double, toil and trouble! The instructions in Witch Craft will help you conjure up more than 25 totally wicked treasures-everything from vampire bite necklaces to graveyard cupcakes. You’ll also find tips and tricks for transforming found objects and everyday items into wonderfully witchy treats.

From baking hemorrhaging desserts to burying family and friends alive, the outrageous projects in this guide will inspire readers to transform the house, the yard, the kids, and the wardrobe for the scariest Halloween ever.

Designer Bethany Lowe’s book  focuses solely on folk art projects for Halloween. She gets into the spirit of the season with 30 sensational projects that range from trick-or-treat cones to a crazy quilt pumpkin pillow.

46 tunes to play for your Halloween party. Included on this disc are Welcome To My Nightmare  by Alice Cooper, Scary Monsters (Super Creeps) by David Bowie, and Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde.

These demented designs include Projectile Sneeze Pumpkin, Baseball-in-the-Eye Pumpkin, and a Doll-Eating Pumpkin,  along with cool gourd designs, practical jokes, and more.

Halloween Newsletter, blog, Whatever!

Creepy  Cupcakes
The Life and Times of a Happy Halloween Homemaker.

Ehag Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild
For makers of Halloween art only!

Great Pumpkins features pumpkin-carving ideas to light up every porch and window, from an evil witch on a broomstick sure to terrify the neighbors to cute little kittens to welcome ‘frady cats of all stripes. Artist Peter Cole has created a delightfully clever array of pumpkin tableaux, including Pumpkinstein, a monstrous experiment in scary fun, and Cinderella’s Magic Coach.

*Hot Halloween collectibles are diverse — paper items from Beistle, 1990s tin parade lanterns, to vintage boxed gamesHalloween memorabilia is among the most bewitching collectible category today, with tens of thousands of online auctions devoted to Halloween-related treasures. This new edition of the groundbreaking guide Vintage Halloween Collectibles delivers historic Halloween facts, manufacturing data and maker marks, thoroughly researched pricing for 2,000 vintage Halloween collectibles, and 1,000 stunning color photos of vintage and modern Halloween memorabilia. Unmatched in details and authoritative pricing, this “ghoulishly” grand guide is a must have!

Recipes, games, costumes, party ideas, and decorations, along with excerpts from vintage periodicals, show the gaiety that epitomized historic Halloween celebrations.

Orange and Black
Focuses on creepy Halloween stuff, recipes, and candy corn.

Vintage Halloween Collector
For collectors of vintage Halloween collectibles.

Weird Hollow
Creepy Halloween obsessive types who live in the town of Neato Coolville.

20 fun projects for decorating pumpkins, squashes, and gourds, with ideas that will appeal to both children and adults. There are scary faces for Halloween, centerpieces for Christmas and Thanksgiving and stunning lanterns to light up your home.