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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #003 -- Sneak preview of our bright and easy 4th of July craft
June 19, 2008

Issue #003 - We sent this issue is a few days early, to give you a little more time to craft something special for the 4th of July.

This proudly patriotic door decoration is a VintageImageCraft exclusive (we made it up). It all starts with a wire coat hanger. Twist on some red, white and blue crepe paper, add a vintage image and some glittery embellishments, and you have a soul-stirring tribute to the Land of Liberty.

And, as a subscriber, you are the first to see it. We'll be adding it to the website later next week.

4th of July Decoration

For complete crafting instructions and photos, go to 4th of July Craft. We are providing two, free vintage images. The image we used in the photos is an adorable little drummer boy, painted by Ellen Clapsaddle in the early 1900s.

(If you see any typos in our craft instructions, or have any comments or questions, please contact us)

Everything About
Victorian Embroidery and Crafts

If you are curious about needlework and fabric crafts, especially in the authentic Victorian traditions, there is a very special website you must visit -- Victorian Embroidery and Crafts.

When we first saw Mary's website, we immediately wrote to her - we just knew she was a "kindred spirit." And she is! She has collected and organized scores of original Victorian patterns and instructions, not just for embroidery, but also crocheting, knitting and a variety of other needlecrafts. She even has articles on Victorian crafts and decor. It is, by far, the most complete compendium of traditional Victorian crafts we have ever seen. And - Mary is someone you'd like to know. See what she has to offer at Victorian Embroidery and Crafts, and sign-up for her e-newsletter.

Inspiring Craft and Scrapbook Blogs

We're continuing our series of "blog reviews," to give you a taste of the many creative bloggers out there who are using vintage images in crafts and scrapbooking. This month in Crafting With a Vintage Look we want to introduce you to three exceptional blogs:

Heartwarming Vintage is a collective blog brought to you by the folks at Vicki Crisman and a team of six designers keep this blog stocked with crafts and scrapbooking photos and ideas. Browsing the blog and its archives is like wandering around a great craft fair for an afternoon -- without worrying about wearing sunscreen. Get an eyeful of inspiration at Heartwarming Vintage

Nancy writes Vintage Papers, and we love checking in with her regularly. She has an artistic eye for vintage images, and her photos are bound to inspire you. Be sure to look back through her archives and visit some of the other blog sites she recommends: Vintage Papers

Here is our special find: Gothic Arches is a "challenge blog," where artists are challenged to create and submit pieces every week based on a theme -- this one is "Gothic Arches." The host for this blog is Nancy again, from Vintage Papers, and she receives some fascinating photos each week. I think it was Stravinsky who said that creativity blossoms best when it has restrictions. Take a look and see what can be done within the design confines of a Gothic arch: Gothic Arches

Next issue:

Martin has the summer off (one of the nice things about being a Kindergarten teacher), so we will be crafting and scrapping like mad. By the July issue, we should be able to offer previews of several crafts, including an Asian-inspired fabric-covered box with a beautiful Japanese vintage postcard printed on silk. Sounds difficult, but isn't.

We've been getting more email than ever, but we are hungry to get to know you better. Please send us a note through our contact page. We'd love to hear from you with your suggestions or more about your interests.

Until then, keep crafting!

Scott & Martin

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