We don't want to be catty,
but this edition of The VIC Pictorial
is heavy on the felines. To be clear, we must acknowledge that the
Victorians were pretty much dog people. Even Queen Victoria posed for
portraits with her collies by her side. This is possibly because a dog
will sit for a portrait, whereas a cat...
Anyway, we proudly offer you this is a cat-centric, feline-focused
edition. This is because we polled our VIC Facebook friends for themes
for our November 2011 VIC Creative Challenge. The
results were divided evenly between
Christmas and cats.
So, the BIG announcement today is the start of our VIC Creative Challenge
for November. We want to see what you can do with the theme of Christmas
Cats! Read all about it below.
So on little cat's paws, we invite you to peruse:
Let's get crafting...
- Your FREE
Halloween vintage image of a black cat and his
- Join the VIC
Creative Challenge for November 2011 -- Christmas
- A Frightening but True
Black Cat Story.
- When people tell you
about Judi's Paperie, tell
them you saw her in The VIC Pictorial first!
FREE Vintage Image
from Halloween circa 1910
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We like things bigger-than-life, and so did the Victorians. This
Halloween greeting circa 1910 was one of a popular series of
illustrations of pumpkin-headed people. We chose this picture of "Melon
of Troy" (yes, we named her) because of her bold colors, gold-gilt
highlights, and her classic black cat. Wouldn't she be great as an
ornament for your Halloween
Tree? While you are at it, this might be the perfect image for any
one of our exclusive Halloween Crafts!
Join the VIC Creative
Challenge for November!
Jingle All the Way!
How do cats and Christmas go together?? Show
us your crafty answer, and you might
win one of THREE
PURRFECT PRIZES, including a copy of "Scraps, an
inspirational field guide to collage" from Lark Books!
The photo submission deadline is November 27.
FREE Christmas Cat images are available on our VIC
Facebook page. Click below to see the prizes and join the
crafty Christmas spirit!
THE DETAILS AND
CHRISTMAS CATS CRAFT
Black Cats Haunt Local
We wanted to share a black cat tale with you,
and we didn't have to go any further than our own backyard. Just a few
houses away from us is the brooding and creepy Wardner Mansion, built
in 1890 by silver-mine millionaire, James Wardner. Jim was an
imaginative entrepreneur, and after mining for silver and lead,
speculating in real estate and opening a bank, he hit upon his big
and We've Seen Them
He bought Eliza Island, just a boat ride away, and established his
“Black Cat Consolidated Co.” His business plan: find stray black cats,
raise them on the island, then skin them and sell their fur as “seal
fur” for a lucrative profit. He has barely begun breeding his cats when
the press got a hold of the story, and soon a firestorm of public
outrage shut down his black cat ranch.
But even today, more than a century later, you can see an unusual
of black cats around Bellingham. Very true! Would we kid you?
Serendipity Leads Us to
A few weeks ago, we took a drive to the town of
Snohomish, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains north of
Seattle. We went for the antiquing, but we lucked upon a small crafts
fair downtown. Soap, potholders, soap, pine cone sculptures, soap...
Whoa! What is this? Like a grand piano in a cornfield, Judi's Paperie
stood out from the rest.
Each vintage-inspired piece by artist Judi Thurman is a classic.
All-hand stitched, her journals and memory books are beautiful fusions
of clever design and classic style. Her palette of colors is eclectic,
shifting from muted to vibrant, but always complimenting the Victorian
sensibilities and images. We especially enjoyed the breadth of her
work, which included pillows and other fabric art, baskets, books and
albums, frames, and containers of all kinds. And, she is a
kindred-spirit who loves to use recycled materials.
We lingered and chatted with Judi for quite a
while. She limits her sales to local festivals and fairs around her
Woodinville home. We urged her to carve out some space on the Internet,
because we think she could be a sensation.
Then, we were back to the soap and carved walnut shell crafters. We can
only hope we happen upon Judi's Paperie
again at another
Good lord, it's almost
Christmas. Before it leaps on us and tears our
wallets out, we want to at least acknowledge the noble holiday of
Thanksgiving. In a Special Edition, we'll be sending you a FREE
Thanksgiving vintage image, and a few quick and easy crafts to do while
the turkey is overcooking.
Of course, we will be announcing the winners of the VIC
Christmas Cats Creative Challenge! Watch Facebook,
or the December 1 VIC Pictorial.
Beyond that, it's Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. We'll share our 2011
Christmas cards with you, and some fun things to make with asphalt!
We're still working on that.
Have a wonderfully Horrible Halloween!!
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