Issue #028 - Happy Halloween! From your emails this past month, we picture you knee-deep in orange and black crepe paper, spider webs and pumpkin shells. How are you doing on your ornaments for this year's Halloween Tree?
This issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look has more than a few ghoulish ideas and images to help you. The theme this year is Black Cats!
Martin just started teaching school again. We spent a week just disinfecting the stuffed animals. As "Teacher of the Year" he has a reputation to uphold. But through it all, we managed to bring together some terrific Halloween treats for you!
- Create a frighteningly easy and dramatic Halloween Candy Bowl from an old fish bowl.
- Be among the first to purchase our three new Black Cats image books!
- Download our FREE sampler, Black Cats I Collage Sheet.
- Browse a breezy blog about blogs by designer Linda Walsh.
- Enjoy another terribly authentic Craft-from-Hell from the 1916 edition of Henley's Encyclopedia.
Let's get crafting...
Halloween Candy Bowl
(The reason fish bowls are pumpkin-shaped)
Here is a Halloween candy bowl a wicked witch would be proud of. Somewhere in a forgotten corner of your local thrift store, or hidden in your basement, is a dusty, oval fish bowl. Exorcise the dearly departed goldfish ghosts by creating this colorful candy bowl. You probably have all of the materials and supplies you need on hand.
The grinning Jack O'Lantern vintage image is from a 1907 postcard. We enlarged it to fit a typical 8" high fish bowl, but you can adapt it for any number of glass containers. The shimmering autumn colors under the glass come from crepe paper scraps, decoupaged inside the bowl. Around the rim is a nifty collar of bright red pom poms, but you might have ribbon or raffia that fits the bill.
The FREE vintage image PDF download and craft instructions are waiting for you at VintageImageCraft. See the complete instructions at:
Be sure to see ALL of our Halloween Crafts for some nifty ideas using vintage Halloween images. Write us a note if you have any questions or suggestions.
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New Black Cats Image Books
From Black Cats I, Black Cats and Children I
Lucky for you!
and Black Cats and Witches I
Black cats have always been the feline companion of choice for discriminating witches. Their reputation for hissing, spitting and screeching (and all that bad luck) is just bad PR. You can see in these authentic vintage images that black cats are just as often cuddly, purring and affectionate. We assembled many of the rarest and most adorable Victorian black cat images into three new images books, each with twelve large images and four exclusive "scraps," all on four 8.5" X 11" PDF pages.
Our goal is to create the "picture perfect" image resource for your crafts, cards, scrapbook and altered art projects. We are proud to invite you to browse our Vintage Image Download Gallery.
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FREE Black Cats I
Exclusive to our subscribers - Your FREE collage sheet this month is a sampler of three large images from our newest Halloween image books - plus a bonus "scrap."
Download this sampler collage sheet
Black Cats I has our dark feline friends cavorting with children, snuggling with glamorous witches, and just 'struttin' their stuff.' Download the page, save it on your computer, and use these large, colorful images for your Halloween cards and crafts this year.
As our free gift to you for Halloween, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Black Cats I:Download PDF: Black Cats I
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Inspiring Books 'n Blogs
Here is one for the books: A craft blog about - craft blogs! But it is so much more, too. Linda Walsh is a crafter and designer with an eye for vintage style. And, she's great fun to read. Delve into her series of interviews with renowned craft bloggers, or read her blog reviews. Loaded with photos and insights, you'll find ideas and inspiration. Tell Linda we sent you to I Love Crafts and Craft Blogs.
Crafts-from-Hell circa 1916
As you probably know from Halloween lore, a witch can sour milk with a single touch. This can be irritating if you have a witch in the family, or if you are a witch who just wants to enjoy a little butter. Henley's comes to the rescue with this incomprehensible recipe. Today's mystery: Where do you get "freshly burned animal charcoal??"
To Sweeten Rancid Butter
"Wash the butter first with fresh milk and afterwards with spring water, carefully working out the residual water. Add 25 to 30 drops of lime chloride to every 2 pounds of butter, work the mass up thoroughly, then wash in plenty of fresh, cold water, and work out the residual water. Melt the butter in a water bath, along with some freshly burned animal charcoal, coarsely powdered and carefully sifted to free it from dust. After this has remained in contact for a few minutes, the butter is strained through a clean flannel. If the rancid odor is not completely removed, complete the process."
Excerpted from Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes and Processes, Volume 1, published in 1916, New York. You'll be grateful to know that we chose this recipe over an equally disgusting alternative - home-made embalming fluid. We are sharing some of Henley's best (or worst) craft and cooking instructions, so you will realize how good you have it today. Try these at your own risk!
We've been working on some very special Halloween card designs, and we hope to share them with you in the next edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look.
Yes, yes, we know from your notes that you are anxious for some Christmas crafts. We promise...as soon as we put away that stack of Christmas cards from last year and take down that mummified tree. If you have any ideas or suggestions, send us a note and we'll be glad to hear from you.
Teachers are getting the word that flu season will be scary this year. Flu shots are important, especially the H1N1 (swine) flu shot. Be sure to get yours.
Halloween is on the horizon!
Scott & Martin