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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season nearly upon us, now is the time to get a head start on those craft projects you won't have time for later on.

There's no better way to fill your home with Christmas cheer, and everyone loves handmade gifts. Crafting is also a great stress reliever after a long day of cooking, shopping and entertaining.

A new, 45-page guidebook, "Believe," features 24 playful projects inspired by the poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

From painting and needlework to beading and baking (there's even a recipe for gingerbread cookies), the projects bring this beloved poem to life in a most magical way.

Divided into three sections -- "A Wintry Welcome" (outdoors), "Delightful Decor" (indoors) and "Playing Dress-Up" (wearables) -- the book includes step-by-step instructions and full-size patterns for all 24 projects.

In addition, a section of general instructions covers the basics, so it's easy to try your hand at something new.

Designs include "Peppermint Wreath," "Patchwork Tree Skirt" (pictured), "Cookie Plate," "Plastic Canvas Stocking" (pictured), "Children's Elf Slippers," "Stocking With Trees" (pictured), "Peppermint Mittens" and 17 others.

The "Believe" guidebook, No. LA3710, is $10.95. You can find 12 other seasonal painting projects in a 52-page guidebook, "Snowman Parade," No. LA22567, also for $10.95. Include $3 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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