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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #020- Mother's Day Creations and Carol Duvall!
April 21, 2009

Issue #020 - It was 1907 when Anna Jarvis passed out white carnations to all of the mothers in her West Virginia church, to honor the memory of her mother, the Civil War peace activist, Ann Jarvis. This custom caught on across the county, and by 1912, several states declared Mother's Day holidays. In 1914, the U.S. Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

This is our Mother's Day Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look, and we have some remarkable Mother's Day surprises - not the least of which is an exclusive interview with the "Queen of Crafting" - Carol Duvall, direct from her lakeside home in Michigan! In this issue:

  • Now is the time to make that special, handcrafted Mother's Day card - and we have the vintage design for you!
  • With the card, add a matching Teacup Pincushion that will charm Mom's socks off.
  • Download your FREE Vintage Image Collage Sheet, Mother's Day I.
  • Preview a luscious new image book, A Mother's Love I, just added to our Vintage Image Download Gallery.
  • Share an intimate visit with crafting icon (and mother!), Carol Duvall.

Let's get crafting...

A Vintage Mother's Day Card
(with a matching teacup pincushion!)

Here is an elegantly textured and layered card that looks like it took a dozen elves to make, but you can have it done in a flash. We love the way the vintage image "floats" on a background of soft flannel. We also love the way it compliments the gift you'll hold in your other hand - a classic teacup pincushion (see below).

We've provided the FREE vintage images and complete instructions at Mother's Day Card.

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

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Teacup Pincushion
(with a matching Mother's Day Card!)

Don't let Mom know you made her gift in 20 minutes with some scraps and an old teacup. Our Teacup Pincushion looks like a vintage treasure - and she'll think it is.

The adorable vintage image of a mother and her baby comes from the cover of a 1921 piece of sheet music - "A Mother's Lullaby." Add some fabric and stuffing, a little braid, and a pair of embroidery scissors and you're done!

You'll find the FREE vintage images and complete instructions at Teacup Pincushion.

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

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Charming Mother's Day Images at
Our Vintage Image Download Gallery

From A Mother's Love I

A mother's love was at the pinnacle of the emotional scale for the Victorians. We've brought together an exclusive, four-page collection of some of the most beautiful and sentimental vintage images of mothers and their children into our new Image Book, A Mother's Love I.

If you purchase A Mother's Love I, we have a money-back challenge for you! One of the vintage photos in A Mother's Love I is a 1936 photograph of Martin's grandmother surrounded by her nine children and some assorted in-laws and grandchildren. Can you pick out Martin's father? (You can use Martin's picture for reference.)

If you can correctly identify Martin's father (with one guess) - we'll refund your purchase price!

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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FREE Mother's Day Collage Sheet
Mother's Day I

Exclusive to our subscribers - a FREE collage sheet, Mother's Day I. We decided to try something new. Mother's Day I is a sentimental mix of sheet music covers from 1900-1920, all singing the virtues of a mother's undying love for her children. These are great images for cards or gifts - certainly different than the usual!

As our free gift to you for Mother's Day, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Mother's Day I:

Download PDF: Mother's Day I

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Interviews With Artists and Authors

Early this month, we were truly honored to meet the "Queen of Crafting" herself, Carol Duvall! In this exclusive interview for Crafting With a Vintage Look Carol reveals some great stories about her early life as a performer, and some of the untold pranks and bloopers on The Carol Duvall Show.

Photo of Carol Duvall, TV host, author and crafterCarol Duvall grew up "making things," but it was her love of performing that sparked her television career. What began as a literature assignment at Michigan State University grew into local performances of her dramatic readings from “Winnie the Pooh.” With that on her resume, she landed her first live television hosting job, featuring occasional craft projects for children. 23 years later, she was hosting "The Carol Duvall Show" on HGTV, beginning a decades-long run as America's foremost crafting icon. Along the way, she has published crafting newsletters and books, including her 2007 blockbuster, Paper Crafting with Carol Duvall.

You'll enjoy getting to know more about Carol, her remarkable book, and some of the outrageous happenings on and off camera during The Carol Duvall Show!

Read our entire Carol Duvall interview here.

Next issue:

We want to thank you for sending us the most interesting questions ("How do I remove tile adhesive from a leather jacket?"), intriguing photos (Thanks, Julia, for the origami swan made from hundreds of paper triangles), and loving comments. And thanks too for purchasing - and using - our VintageImageCraft image books! We feel like we are building a business and an extended family at the same time, and it's working out great.

By May 20, we should have our 4th of July issue ready to go. We have an idea for a door wreath that celebrates the great patriotic music of our country. We are also getting back into scrapbooking, with an interview with one of the foremost scrapbook designers and authors. We are learning so much from her!

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


Scott & Martin

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