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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #010 - Vintage ornaments for Christmas
December 14, 2008

Issue #010 - It's December 14 - and you still have time to make some brilliant vintage Christmas ornaments!

In this Special Christmas Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look we have:

  • Instructions and FREE vintage image for a handmade Christmas ornament any Victorian family would have recognized as their own.
  • Christmas Angeles have just arrived in our Vintage Image Download Gallery.
  • visits "Christmas in Historic Sites."
  • A review of a a Christmas card swap with a personal connection.

Martin is auctioning some remarkable vintage post cards this week from his family's collection. Visit our vintage image eBay auctions to see the beautiful artist-signed postcards of vintage children by Anne Anderson and Agnes Richardson. Next week, there are some alligator border cards of Florida!

On to the crafts...

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Perfect for a proper "table top" parlor tree! We took our design cues for this colorful hanging ornament from Victorian originals. Like its predecessors, our paper bauble combines a colorful illustration, glitter highlights and metallic tinsel embellishment. And it couldn't be simpler to make.

We provide the FREE vintage image and complete instructions for you at Vintage Christmas Ornament.

Please take a look and let us know what you think!

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Christmas Angels Are Flocking to Our
Vintage Image Download Gallery

From Christmas Angels I image book

For the best crafts, cards and scrapbooks, you want large, high-quality images in high resolution. Vivid colors and detail. Unusual and whimsical illustrations from those imaginative Victorians.

With that in mind, we have been searching for the best vintage images of Christmas angels in all of their glory. We've just brought them together in two collections, Christmas Angels I and Christmas Angels II.

Our goal is to create the "picture perfect" image resource for your crafts, scrapbook and altered art projects. We are proud to invite you to browse our exclusive Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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Crafting in Historic Sites

McAllister House Museum Here's a "Tale of Two Cities" story with a Christmas twist. Not long ago, we heard from Karen, curator of the McAllister House Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She told us about this historic 1873 Victorian house, and some of the activities she runs there for children. "Your ornaments are so snazzy guys!," she wrote. "I'm going to do a workshop during the school holiday vacation with the napkin rings and the ornaments and I'll send images of it happening!... My main goal is to get anyone under 25 interested in some aspect of history!! So I am the wacky curator literally standing on my head trying to keep people (and kids) awake when touring our historic home." No problem there: from the website we can see that the McAllister House is a treasure and we’ll be finding an excuse to visit Colorado Springs just to see it.

Strongsville Historical Society Then, a few days later, another curator sent a note from the Strongsville Historical Society in Ohio! Sonia described this "living museum" that began with a land bequest in 1958, and has grown from the original buildings to become a restored 19th century town, including three Victorian houses, a school and a general store. "Currently I am working with the youth of our city on various projects, planning events and crafts that echo the times illustrated in our homes and archiving much of the millinery museum," Sonia wrote. "At Christmas, we host Christmas in the village where we open our doors to the community free of charge... I create and develop many of the craft ideas and themes for the Society and your images are just wonderful, and all in one place. I plan to use several of your crafts to decorate the Lathrop house this holiday (it is High Victorian) and add these 'new decorations' to our vintage collection."

So, a holiday toast to Karen and Sonia, and historical site curators everywhere! If you are in Colorado or near Cleveland - visit these two remarkable sties. If not, find out about tours and activities at historic sites near you. It is never too late to spend a little quality time in the past.

Inspiring Blogs 'n Books

Today in Crafting With a Vintage Look, we revisit our crafty friend, Cindy:

  • On December 10, Cindy created five "swap cards" with a vintage Christmas theme. They are beautifully layered, with pages from a 1923 German book embellished with glitter and fancy gilt borders. The central image is of Victorian Christmas children, from our very own VintageImageCraft FREE collage sheet! Cindy was nice enough to let her readers know - and we'd like you to take a look at her beautiful work at Cindy is Crafty... and she makes things, too!.

Next issue:

Fond Christmas wishes to all who have written these past few days, especially Margaret in Scotland and Sally M. who is making her batch of Christmas cards right now. Go for it, Sally.

Our next issues of Crafting With A Vintage Look will bring more Christmas and New Year surprises!

'Tis the season to craft...

Scott & Martin

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