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Crafting With a Vintage Look #045 - Happy New Year!
December 29, 2009

Issue #045 - Here is the crowning issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look for 2009, just before the start of the New Year. As soon as we get this in the mail to you, we'll start preparing for a house-full of family on January 1. Our New Year dinner menu is basically Thanksgiving. That bargain turkey has been in the freezer for months and it's time to trot it out.

We're also preparing to attend our first CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) convention and trade show at the end of January. We hope to be meeting Carol Duvall there, and several of the wonderful artists and authors we interviewed in 2009. If you will be attending the CHA show, please let us know. We'd love to meet you!

In this issue, we wish you "Happy New Year" with a few special offerings:

  • "Coast" into 2010 with these vintage New Year Coasters!
  • FREE for 2010, our newest collage sheet, Healthy Heart Valentines I.
  • Celebrating the Christmas Aquatic with our fishy tree.

Let's get crafting...

Vintage New Year Coasters
Perfect for Vintage Champagne

These "antique painted" coasters are actually inexpensive tumbled travertine tiles. Look close and you'll see Father Time making time with some beautiful Victorian women. The images appear to be embedded into the rough stone surfaces. But the actual secret is: waterslide decals applied with a turpentine wash.

"Why yes," you can say with impunity. "I hand-painted all of these myself."

Click the link for everything you need to make your own set of New Year Coasters: The FREE vintage images (created exclusively for this craft) and the step-by-step instructions:

Vintage New Year Coasters

Write us a note if you have any questions of suggestions.

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Healthy Heart Valentines I
Download this FREE
Valentine's Day
collage sheet

Valentine's Day is supposed to make the romantic heart beat faster - just like a good sports workout. We took that idea to "heart" and searched out some unique sporting Valentines from the apogee of the Victorian era. Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like these images of lovers and cherubs engaged in golf, tennis, baseball, track and fencing!

Healthy Heart Valentines I omits archery - but we figured Cupid had that covered.

As our free gift to you for Valentine's Day 2010, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Healthy Heart Valentines I:

Download PDF: Healthy Heart Valentines I

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The Christmas Aquatic

We received several holiday notes before Christmas, asking to see a picture of our "Fishy" Christmas tree.

Until about ten years ago, our tree was entirely decorated with Santa ornaments. Then we found several blown glass fish that were so unusual and "vintage" that we decided to look for more. We soon discovered some incredible glass fish from Department 56 that looked tropical and iridescent.

WE WERE HOOKED. A trip to the beach city of Ventura gave us several glittered seashells. We found some beautiful purple seahorses on a vacation. The small starfish came by mail order from the Oriental Trading Company. The tree topper is a vintage metal mermaid and a large "Starfish of Bethlehem."

The dried starfish continue to give off a salty, ocean smell, so there is the occasional odor of a bait shop. Still, we love our fishy tree.

Next issue:

In 2010, we'll be back on our once-a-month schedule, publishing Crafting With a Vintage Look around the 20th of January. Since this is just before the CHA convention and trade show, we'll probably write a small Special Edition after the show to tell you about it.

For our next issue, we are planning to announce our new "Crafter's Gallery" on VintageImageCraft, where you can submit your photos, craft stories and questions - so we can ALL enjoy them!

We'll have a new Valentine's Day craft that will make your heart skip a beat. And you may get a glimpse into our new e-book, Ten Vintage Valentine Greetings to Make!

Happy New Year - and may it be a creative one!

Scott & Martin

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