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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #007 - FREE Thanksgiving Vintage Napkin Rings!
October 19, 2008

Issue #006 - Our last two issues, August and September, were devoted to Halloween, with three exclusive card designs and three ornament crafts - and a newfangled Halloween Tree project! We hope you picked a few to make and that your decorating is "dead on" this year.

Halloween is still two weeks away, but the malls around us are already decorating for Christmas! They are skipping right over one of our favorite holidays - the one in the middle - Thanksgiving. How much do we love it? Well, here is Martin to demonstrate in his favorite hand-made turkey hat:

(He will be so embarrassed when he sees I used this picture from his Kindergarten class last year)

Sorry. Back to the treats in this month's newsletter:

  • A "subscribers' preview" of our new craft for Thanksgiving - simple but classic Thanksgiving Napkin Rings.
  • A FREEBIE to get you started on your Thanksgiving cards and crafts. Here is a sample page to download from our upcoming Thanksgiving Collage Sheet called "Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys."
  • Reviews of three vintage-inspired crafting blogs, including gems from Sandra Evertson, Sue Clark, and Craftzilla the Glue Gun Goddess.

We've been working hard to keep up with the calendar, adding some interesting "holiday backstories" to our new Halloween Crafts, Thanksgiving Crafts and Christmas Crafts pages at VintageImageCraft. Drop in and find out what the Pilgrims really had for dinner that day...

And thank you for subscribing to Crafting With A Vintage Look. To see some of our original antique images and ephemera on sale, visit our vintage image eBay auctions.

On to the crafts...

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

We think these 3-D Thanksgiving Napkin Rings are among the easiest and classiest crafts we have come up with so far. Paper, scissors and glue are the prime ingredients, plus one of the classic vintage images we provide - a proud turkey or a grateful child at the Thanksgiving table.

The idea came from an antique pop-up book - and it adapted perfectly to this three-dimensional paper technique. Have we mentioned how SIMPLE it is? May we predict that you'll be making seasonal variations on these for every holiday dinner into the distant future?

Try out our Thanksgiving Napkin Rings and contact us with your comments or suggestions. Perhaps you can think of some creative variations on this idea. We'd love to hear from you!

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FREE Thanksgiving Collage Sheet

"Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys"

We are working now on a new line of vintage image collage sheets which we'll be offering for sale from VintageImageCraft.

To give you a taste of what is to come, we want you to have a FREE sample page from our upcoming Thanksgiving collection we call "Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys."

Click the image below to download a one-page PDF file - and make something fun for the holiday!

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Inspiring Blogs 'n Books

Each month in Crafting With a Vintage Look, we highlight some of the best craft blogs for vintage image lovers. So get prepared to go surfing...

  • Perhaps you've noticed that we are in love with artist and crafter, Sandra Evertson. Last month, we talked about her book, Fanciful Paper Projects. This month, we want to entice you to visit Sandra's exquiste blog so you can read her fully illustrated story, "A Halloween Tail," starring her chihuahua Juliette and a crow named James. Then settle back and flip through the pages of her blog and revel in the fruits of her imagination! Let her know we sent you to Sandra Evertson, Artful Visions and Inspirations.

  • Sue Clark calls herself a "recycled artist," which is not so much about her reincarnation as about her reinvention of materials. If we weren't already in love with Sandra Evertson, Sue would seriously turn our heads. She combines vintage images and designs with recycled findings in unique ways, and the results are magical. Be sure to see her great Chrystal Shoe Charms at Perpetualplum's Weblog.

  • Okay, you know you are in for some very specialized crafting when the blog is called "Glue Gun Crafts with Craftzilla." We found this blog when Craftzilla featured one of our Halloween ornament designs, and the more we poked around her site, the more we liked it. Sift back through the archives and find craft photos and instructions for every holiday, each needing no more than simple materials and your quick draw with a glue gun. Visit the Glue Gun Goddess at Glue Gun Crafts.

Next issue:

"What's that in the road up ahead? OH NO - IT'S CHRISTMAS!!" In our NEXT issue of Crafting With A Vintage Look, expect previews of some of our newest Christmas crafts and cards. We'll also have another incredible vintage image FREE GIFT, straight from SANTA!

And not to rush things, but the New Year is just around the corner. We have a couple of knock-out party crafts to help you welcome in 2009.

We've had some great email lately (like how to get tile adhesive out of a jacket, ideas for a black cat decoration, and an eagle-eye "tempera paint" correction for our glossary). Contact Us and we'll always be quick to respond!

Happy Halloween, and keep crafting!

Scott & Martin

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