Issue #58 - The Victorians loved giving life to the flora, fauna and inanimate objects around them. "Fantasy" illustrations of talking flowers, like John Tenniel's for Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871), got the ball rolling. Soon, anthropomorphic flowers with the faces of children or beautiful women were gracing postcards and seasonal greetings. This all fit in with the prevailing "language of flowers," a complex system of secret-coded floral messages that could be communicated between budding lovers.
It is all so romantic and whimsical that we have taken "Flower Faces" as our theme for this issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look.
March is National Craft Month, in case the big signs at Michael's, Jo-Ann's and Hobby Lobby didn't clue you in. According to the Craft and Hobby Association, this marks the 16th year that National Craft Month has been celebrated, mostly by craft stores. Don't let them have all the fun. Make something!
To get you started, we have a "bouquet" of inspiration for you in this issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look:
- Make a batch of Vintage Flower Pins so you can be wearing flowers in the Easter Parade!
- Download your FREE Easter collage sheet, Flower Faces.
- Become fluent in the Language of Flowers.
- We review the great craft book with the embarrassing title, The Big-A** Book of Crafts.
- Look us in the FACEBOOK and say that!
So stop shoveling that snow and get into the spirit of spring! Let's get crafting...
Vintgage Flower Pins:
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These frilly "Flower Face" brooches are exactly what you need to put some "spring" in your step. Crafting them couldn't be easier. First, you 'deconstruct' a silk flower, separating the layers of petals. Second, glue a vintage image to the back of a flat glass marble. Finally, reassemble the flower petals with glue, adding the marble to the front and a pin on the back. Wear it with pride on your lapel, your hat, your purse, or wherever a blossom would be appropriate.
With one click, you can download the 100-year old images of women's faces, pre-formatted for these flower pins. As always, we provide complete crafting instructions.
See the step-by-step and download the exclusive vintage images at:
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Exclusive to our subscribers - Your FREE collage sheet for Easter is ready for you to download and print!
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Flower Faces is an essential collection of four vintage images of Victorian fantasy. Long before Walt Disney, flowers could sing, dance, and express personal sentiments. These vintage roses, lilies, geraniums and chrysanthemums can be a wonderful way to bring the "language of flowers" to your own cards and crafts.
As our free gift to you for Easter, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Flower Faces:Download PDF: Flower Faces
If the image link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser: www.vintageimagecraft.com/flowerfaces
The Language of Flowers:
Floriography was the secret language of love for Victorians. Budding amorists of both genders could communicate through various flowers and floral arrangements, expressing feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
Emotive Botany 101
There were many, many nuances to be studied and agonized over. Sending a bouquet (or Tussie-Mussie) of daisies might be crediting your sweetheart with purity or innocence. But, add a single daffodil, and it could mean you are doubting that purity. Throw in a few sprigs of coriander, and you could be saying "I suspect you are not very pure, and it turns me on." A florist had to be more adept than a U.N. translator.
Browse the exhaustive chart of Victorian flowers and their arcane symbolism at Wikipedia's Language of Flowers. You may discover that your gifts of flowers have been sending all the wrong (or right) messages.
Our theme for our spring crafts and cards this year is "Flower Faces," and the many expressions of vintage flower illustrations. We hope you'll forgive us for any gross mistranslations!
Inspiring Books 'n Blogs
Yes, this is the Big-Ass Book of Crafts. We admit that the title of this book is not entirely aligned with our Victorian sensibilities. You can crochet a lovely book jacket for it. It is worth it. Designer Mark Montano approaches crafting with an attitude and a lot of imagination. Do you like recycled crafts? He has dazzling transformations for magazine subscription cards, drinking straws, doll parts, dominoes, CD cases, chopsticks, cans, bottles - you name it. He has detailed instructions and pictures for 150 crafts for inside, outside, wearing and gifting. Best of all, several projects use vintage images in really different ways. Our "Flower Faces" pins are based on one of his fun projects.
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is a creative romp that will get you thinking, and you can peruse sample pages and purchase it at Amazon.com and other booksellers.
We also want to alert you to a couple of great vintage craft blogs. Justine at Cardiology: Cards from the Heart has been using Vintage Image Craft images for some beautiful, creative cards. And drop in on Jessica at Future Momo Jewelry to see how she went GREEN with our St. Patrick's Day Pin craft! Thanks Justine and Jessica for joining us on Facebook!
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VintageImageCraft now has its own little corner of Facebook! We'll be sharing our latest news, crafts and images on that miraculous cyber-doohickey. Visit us, write on our wall, and become a fan!
Are we excited? Over the next few weeks we'll be assisting at the recording of several episodes of TVWeekly, the online crafting show! Producers Cherryl Greene and Judi Watanabe Bostick of Judi-Kins Rubber Stamps invited us to come along for the taping. We also have more card-making classes with Michael Strong, which is always energizing.
We'll tell all in our April 20 issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look, along with the long-promised interview with the ruling "Glitter Queen."
We're still working on that redesign for www.VintageImageCraft.com. Who made up all this technical Internet stuff, anyway? And why did you make it so complicated?
In the meantime, be sure to visit our clutch of crafts on our Easter Crafts page. We've added some new Easter and spring Image Books into our Vintage Image Download Gallery, and we'll be adding a few more very soon!
Time to get out the Easter Tree and hang those lucky rabbits' feet over the fireplace!
Scott & Martin
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