Issue #043 - Thank you for your many wonderful Thanksgiving wishes and e-mails. We hope your holiday was a source of energy and renewal. Our holiday was also a source of mileage - we drove from Savannah, GA, up through Charleston, SC, Durham, NC, and into Williamsburg, VA. We'll share the story in this issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look, along with:
- A sparkling Christmas Window Decoration that you can make with an old window frame and vintage glass glitter from Art Glitter.
- Our newest FREE collage sheet, Christmas Treats I.
- Buyers speak out about our Christmas card e-book.
- Our Southern-style Thanksgiving.
- A visit with Mandi Pike at Mementos.
Let's get crafting...
Christmas Window Decoration
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A Perennial Stained Glass Display
for You Glitter-Lovers!
Now it can be told! Several newsletters ago we teased you by writing that "a famous glitter manufacturer" invited us to create a Christmas craft based on their product. We are pleased to announce that Art Institute Glitter has now accepted our Christmas Window Decoration craft for their website - and that we can now share it with you.
Our inspiration came from hand-painted Victorian glass Christmas ornaments, as well as painted stained glass. What makes it glow is the vintage glass shard glitter from Art Glitter that fills the brightly-colored ornament designs. And true to our recycling natures, we used an old, discarded window frame (with a crackle painted finish) as the basis.
The window frame can be hung or placed inside a window for an instant holiday transformation. Since ours was so large, at 45" x 36", we screwed iron brackets onto the bottom so it can stand in front of our candle-filled fireplace.
Our instructions include everything you need: FREE vintage images, ornament and ribbon templates, and links to the necessary products, including Art Glitter Vintage Glass Shards. You can use the templates and images to create single panes of glass or plexiglass, too. This is by far the best, richest and most vibrant glitter we have ever worked with. See the step-by-step at:
Write us a note if you have any questions of suggestions.
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Christmas Treats I
Exclusive to our subscribers - Your FREE collage sheet this month is fresh out of the oven and ready for you to download and print!
Download this FREE Christmas collage sheet
Christmas Treats I celebrates the edible delights that make Christmas so filling, um, we mean fulfilling. Flaming Plum Pudding is here, along with Christmas cookies, and something fishy only a kitten would love. These images would make great recipe card gifts: Just print your favorite cookie holiday recipe on the back and tuck it into a plate of the finished product!
As our free gift to you for Christmas, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Christmas Treats I:Download PDF: Christmas Treats I
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Inspiring Books 'n Blogs
Mementos is Mandi's blog about all things vintage and crafty. She has become one of our fondest pen-pals, and we visit Mementos often to see what she has been creating. For Christmas, she has been turning out vintage candy wrappings, cards, journals and tags (Yes, we always look to see if any of our vintage images make an appearance!). Month after month, Mandi celebrates the seasons with beautiful creations that display her love of antique ephemera. Her 'other line' is personalized wedding favors and gifts, still with a vintage flair. You might find ideas for your own work - or something you must have from her trove of handmade treasures. Visit Mandi's blog at Mementos.
Buyers Speak Out!
On Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make: "I love your designs! Ok...to say I'm into vintage images would be an understatement! I've been working with them for a couple of years and have a number of designs under my belt too. I bought your first guide not to copy your work but to be inspired by it, and your second book topped the first! I love the 3-D Santa car card, the "seal" card, and your CD card is sheer genius!!! My son loved the 'peek a boo' card we saw in the first book and wants to use it for his "Hadley and Santa" card this year. Anyhow, I enjoy your e-zine, your stories and the work you share with others." Mandi
(Honestly, we had already written the piece about Mandi's blog, Mementos, when we received this note from her. Eerie coincidence, isn't it? Hers was one of many notes from buyers during the past few weeks. Thank you for all the great ideas for Valentine's Day!)
If you are thinking about making some "special" Christmas cards this year, it is not too late to purchase our e-book, Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make. It is published in a convenient, high-quality PDF file format. You download it to your computer for reading or printing. The vintage images are included in high-resolution, pre-sized format, ready to print at a copy center or on your home ink-jet printer!
Just go to:
Click on the "Add to Cart" button and complete your purchase with PayPal. You'll immediately receive an email with the download link, and you are one click away from creating some of the most unique vintage-look Christmas cards this season!
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We had such a terrific time in the Southeast during Thanksgiving week, we want to share a little of our road trip with you. We crammed in four states in seven days, starting in Savannah, Georgia. History, architecture, mossy trees and - Paula Deen. Okay, we admit it. We really wanted to try Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady & Sons. Fried chicken, fried biscuits, sweet potatoes, and a dozen Southern treats on the buffet. Pancakes as an appetizer. We were cautious for the first few minutes, and then we got into it. Surprisingly good and a bargain for the price. Yeah Paula!
We visited a couple of cemeteries and plantations (Martin posed at Drayton Hall in this picture) around Savannah before we pushed Yankee-ward through Georgetown to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston was the gem city on this trip. We stayed in the historic district, toured several mansions (the unbelievable Calhoun Mansion) and churches, and ate superb barbecue and fish for two days.
After a stop at the notoriously tacky "South of the Border" attraction, we jumped into North Carolina and the historic university town of Durham. There, we enjoyed a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner with our friends Mitch and Mario, and assorted friends and family. We include this picture of the ice-cream cake for dessert, because it sums up the holiday so succinctly. Too succinctly.
On Friday, driving in the driving rain, we got to Williamsburg, Virginia, America's "museum town." It was beautiful - as seen through the downpour. We slogged all around town anyway. Then, when we were fully soaked and freezing, the sun came bursting out. It was soon followed by the previously hiding Williamsburg-costumed employees, so we were finally able to see the town in all of its historic charm. Here we are with a charming vintage horse.
Then... it was time to catch our breath and our plane back to Los Angeles. We loved every soggy minute of it! Thank you for writing to us with advice on places to stay, eat, and visit. We gave a special word of thanks to you before dinner!
For our next issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look, can we get away with saying - "We haven't the slightest idea?" Our Christmas Window Decoration project with Art Glitter took much of last week to complete and photograph. We're still dithering on what to make next. Then, there are all of our Christmas cards to make and send!
Tell you what: we promise to come up with a few more vintage somethings before Christmas. At least an ornament or two.
Most important, we want to thank you for your kind notes and pictures of your crafts, cards, ornaments, tags, and what-nots. You make the most fantastic things! If you want to share, write us a note. We are always delighted to hear from you.
Countdown to Christmas!
Scott & Martin