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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #012 - Have a Vintge New Year!
December 26, 2008

Issue #012 - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! We hope your Christmas day was full of spirit - and hopefully some handmade crafts, gifts and treasures.

Our holiday dinner table this year was set with Grandma Martin's hand-painted china and Fostoria, and decorated with scattered vintage postcards, mercury glass reindeer, pine cone candles, and (yes, it is true), vintage-look Christmas Napkin Rings. They were a hit!

In this last Crafting With a Vintage Look for 2008, we leap into the New Year...

  • Even the Victorians kicked up their heels for the New Year. Here are instructions and FREE vintage image for a handmade New Year Noisemaker.
  • Check out our Happy New Year I image book just added to our Vintage Image Download Gallery. Midnight strikes twelve times!
  • Holiday expert Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell shares some stories about New Year imagery.

Just a reminder: We'll be away in the great Pacific Northwest between Christmas and New Year's Day. If you send us a note during that week, we'll be able to respond to you when we return. We're suspending our vintage image eBay auctions until we return, too. January will have some of our best vintage auction items ever.

On to the crafts...

Vintage New Year Noisemaker

We've seen illustrations of Victorian New Year parties, and they were not as straight-laced as history implies. As early as 1809, it was already a raucous holiday, when Washington Irving wrote, "On that genial day...every house was a temple to the jolly god; and many a provident vagabond got drunk out of pure economy, taking in liquor enough gratis to serve him half a year afterwards."

Whether you toast with champagne or apple juice, midnight is the time to make merry and make some noise. We took a look at some authentic Victorian noisemakers and came up with our own version (based on a recycled soda can). A few of these noisemakers and some greenery make a charming table centerpiece - and fully functional when the clock strikes 12.

We provide the FREE vintage image and complete instructions for you at Vintage New Year Noisemaker.

Have a party and let us know what you think!

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Happy New Year Images at
Our Vintage Image Download Gallery

From Happy New Year I image book

We think we found some of the best New Year "midnight" images ever - twelve clocks striking midnight in fact! Your crafts, cards and scrapbooks can have a vintage look with these large, high-quality images in high resolution. Vivid colors and detail. Unusual and whimsical illustrations from those imaginative Victorians. Available "right now" with secure PayPal payment and simple one-step downloading.

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 first offerings of our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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New Year Symbols

You may have noticed that we often quote from "Postmarked Yesteryear," Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell's remarkable book about the art of the golden age of postcards. She has graciously agreed to let us excerpt from her book, now out of print but highly sought-after by collectors. Her research into holiday symbolism is enlightening, and we think you might learn a few interesting facts about the New Year images we all recognize:

The symbols for the New Year are Father Time, hoary with age, being replaced by the newborn child... The symbols of prosperity are many and we will see them repeated again and again during the year on other holiday cards. The four-leaf clover, pigs, mushrooms, money, black cats, chimney sweeps, stars and goats are but a few of these symbols that induce and indicate prosperity and happiness. Seasonal figures such as snowmen cavort and frolic with elves and animals as well as children and adults... Because of the Nordic influence on American culture we often find elves, gnomes, trolls and goats included with the traditional seasonal figures.

Regardless of what country or language the postcard originated from, the greetings and wishes for good luck and happiness predominate. The sentiments of love are an underlying current as celebrators kiss when the transition takes place, under a clock, ever the symbol of fleeting time, or under the mistletoe, which is the symbol of ever-lasting love...

One more important connection that must not be forgotten is the Scottish influence. The poet Robert Burns is probably the most quoted poet of all time but he was also the reason much of the early folk music of Scotland survived. He traveled the countryside collecting old tunes and preserving this heritage for posterity. How could any celebration be complete without the singing of his poem "Auld Lang Syne"? The Burns connection is one of the reasons we see thistle and tartan on New Year's cards. His immortal words are a reminder to remember times that have passed and friends who have departed. It is also a reminder to cherish the friends and loved ones that are still with us.

"We'll share a cup of kindness yet in the days of Auld Lang Syne."

Postmarked Yesteryear coverExcerpted from Postmarked Yesteryear: The Art of the Holiday Postcard, Collector's Press 2001, by Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell

Next issue:

What a year this has been! We want to thank you for the wonderful Christmas wishes and e-cards we received this month, and for the hundreds of messages we received all year. It was one year ago, in January 2008, that we started Vintage Image Craft, to share our love of crafting and vintage images. Now, looking back on the past twelve months, we feel like we have already gained a lifetime of enjoyment and great friends. Your enthusiasm has given us the motivation to continue building Vintage Image Craft through 2009 and onward!

Our next issue of Crafting With A Vintage Look will be out around January 20 - with Valentines on our minds! Contact us with your ideas and suggestions!


Scott & Martin

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