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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #018 - New Easter Crafts - and a surprise guest star!
March 19, 2009

Issue #018: Get out the brown paint and bathtub caulk - Easter is on its way! That's right. Those are the unlikely (but wonderful) ingredients of one of the exclusive Easter crafts you can find in this issue.

In fact, Crafting With a Vintage Look has a basket full of Easter goodies! We've added a page of Easter Crafts that is sure to get you crafting in a big way - with "eggs of huge proportions".

In this issue, we bring you:

  • For subscribers only, a FREE download of Easter vintage images called Easter Bunnies I.
  • Craft a neo-classic Easter Egg Pot for your spring flowers!
  • Decorate your door with a giant Chocolate Egg iced with bathtub caulk!
  • You think the Easter Bunny is prolific? Wait until you meet Marie Browning, author of more than 32 craft books, including Memory Gifts, Jazzy Jars and Creative Collage: Making Memories in Mixed Media, in our exclusive interview.

But first, a touching Easter story: For years, Martin made Easter eggs with his kindergarten class, using paper mache covered balloons and gallons of poster paints. Then a few years ago, his school district issued a policy against commemorating religious holidays, like Easter and Christmas. At Easter that year, he brought home one of his student's colorful eggs to show me. "I thought you couldn't make Easter eggs anymore," I said. "It's not an Easter egg," Martin declared proudly, "It's a Spring Orb!"

So, it is time to make some "Spring Orbs" of your own this year. Let's get crafting...

FREE Easter Collage Sheet
Easter Bunnies 1

The Easter Bunny goes to extraordinary lengths to deliver eggs each year, and the Victorians captured him in the act! We chose five classic vintage illustrations to share with you in our FREE collage sheet, "Easter Bunnies I." Make some snazzy vintage-inspired cards, decorate your Easter table, or decoupage some eggs!

As our free gift to you for Easter, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Easter Bunnies I:

Download PDF: Easter Bunnies I

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Easter Egg Pot Craft
"The Perfect Pot for your Easter Flowers"

This very, very Victorian flower pot (or candy bowl, if you are so inclined) began life as a balloon. With the addition of paper mache, three wooden drawer knobs, paint, gold leaf, and hand-painted pussy willows, you transform it into a neo-classical showpiece for your table.

You'll find the FREE vintage images and complete instructions at Easter Egg Pot.

Drop us a note if you have any questions - or want to show us your proud pictures.

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Easter Door Decoration
"The Chocolate Egg of Huge Proportions"

Oversize chocolate eggs are a traditional treat for Easter. Why not take it one step further, and craft a really big one for your front door? In this exclusive craft, we begin with the basic balloon covered with paper mache. Brown paint and varnish transform the surface into faux-chocolate, and white bathtub caulk squeezed through a decorative icing tip becomes faux-icing. The addition of a lovely 1908 vintage image of a momma bunny and her baby makes it "picture perfect."

We provide the FREE vintage images and complete instructions at Chocolate Easter Decoration.

We'd love to know how yours turns out. Send us a note and let us know.

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Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Crafting With a Vintage Look is proud to introduce you to Marie Browning, renowned crafter and author, in an exclusive interview:

Photo of Marie Browning, author and crafterMarie Browning loves to garden at her home on Vancouver Island in Canada, but her love of crafting may have deeper roots. "I don't recall how early in life my passion for crafting began, but I do know it was definitely genetic! You cannot grow up in a family like mine, with its quilters, woodworkers and artists, without developing a respect for human creativity." This pedigree is channeled through her many distinctive craft books, stencil and stamp designs, and other crafting products. Marie Browning stands out among craft authors internationally. Her authoring output is one clear distinction 32 books and counting. Her books are produced by the aptly named "Prolific Impressions" team. Also impressive is her creative merging of computer technology, in the form of digital imagery, with traditional craft techniques. "I find the more I progress along the technological path of today's computerized society, the more I value those age-honored skills of the imagination worked out through human hands in the form of arts and crafts."

You'll enjoy getting to know Marie, her remarkable books, and her "genetic" love of crafting! Read our entire Marie Browning interview here.

Next issue:

There is still a lot of Easter to come! We have several crafts-in-the-making that will add to your vintage Easter celebration, so watch for a special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look in the coming weeks. In the meantime, make a batch of lacy dyed eggs from the Martha Stewart archives. These are beautiful "spring orbs" indeed.

Our next exclusive interview is with one of the biggest names in crafting. We'll keep her a surprise for the present, but be on the lookout for an intimate visit with true "crafting royalty."

As always, write to us anytime with your ideas and suggestions. We love it!


Scott & Martin

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