Issue #86 - Our
Victorian cat craze is almost over -- we promise. But first, some
serious words of concern from Frances E. Lanigan, writing in the 1895 Ladies
Home Journal: "Of the four
hundred and fifty canvases which hang in the Louvre, only three portray
the cat," she decried. Well, let us say this is an outrage, and Vintage Image Craft
has taken steps!
Our VIC Creative Challenge for
was a showcase for talented crafters to illustrate our theme of
"Christmas Cats." Not only did they create enduring works of art, they
used a VIC vintage image to do it.
So, write to
the Louvre (C/O Paris, France) and lobby them mercilessly to consider
hanging any or all of our winning entries. It can't hurt.
we gift to you:
deserving winners of the VIC Creative
Challenge for November 2011,
fancy, feline Tea Bag Ornament.
- A FREE Vintage Image -
one of the
Gifts of the Season.
- Our Christmas Cards for 2011.
Waggoner takes us back with Have Yourself a Very
- Gingerbread House Competition
- Our Holiday Message to
The Winners of
the VIC Creative
to our WINNERS, and thank you for
your participation, too! The judging decisions were tough. Every artist
expressed their "inner feline" with composition, textures, colors, and
vintages images of cats, of course! Fabulous work by everyone!
for November 2011
Try Our Tea Bag Folding Christmas Ornament
Speaking of Christmas Cats...
have you seen our "Pussy White" Tea
Martin designed this hanging snowflake ornament as our inspiration
piece for the 2011 "Christmas Cats"
Creative Challenge. If you haven't
tried tea bag folding, this is a soothing, low-impact paper craft for
complete instructions and tips, as well as FREE vintage images of the
proud white cat, courtesy of a Victorian advertising label!
And our closing
words about cats come from Godey's
Lady's Book from May, 1895:
is indeed remarkable how much these animals can be taught if taken
in kittenhood and treated gently. Even as soon as their eyes open, they
can be made to understand many things..." Except how to stay
off the kitchen table.
But Godey's goes on to assure us that "It
is settled now that
cats and spinsterhood have no direct
connection." A sigh of relief.
Our FREE Vintage
Wishes You the Many Gifts of the Season
If the link
doesn't work for you (it is a very large file and can take
up to a minute to download), try this alternative link: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/lzl03k
Clapsaddle (1865-1934) is one of our favorite illustrators. She
self-taught artist, designing thousands of postcards, calendars and
advertisements through her long career. There is something so cheery
about this boy, laden with festive holiday packages, that we decided to
use him for our 2011 Christmas cards. We're hoping that you too can use
this illustration on one of your crafts this season!
Cards for 2011
making our own Christmas cards for five years now. We are always
anxious to share them with you, although we wish we could make enough
to just send you one. That would take well over 3,000 cards, but maybe
Our 2011 inspiration
was both artistic and technological. First, we found this dandy "slot
corner punch" made by EK Tools.
It punches a
filigree design that serves as a photo corner slot. We knew we had to
searched our collection for a bold vintage image. Ellen H.
Clapsaddle provided it, back around 1910, when commercialism was young
and still charming.
Then we chose
our papers to compliment the image. Deep red cardstock for the card,
and off-white for the punched photo frame. We made the card 4 1/4" x 5
1/2" because we can make two cards from an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper,
and envelopes are easy to buy.
it was a day of printing, trimming, punching, taping, writing, signing,
stamping, stuffing, sealing, and snacking. See, Martin was still
smiling though his paper cuts.
inside our cards was Wishing
You All of the Gifts of This Holiday Season.
We wish the
same for you and those you love.
Have Yourself a Very
Vintage Christmas will bring back
memories, decade by decade. Here you'll find all of those crafts,
decorating tips and even recipes from the 1920s to the 1960s. Author
Susan Waggoner has captured the
essence of those decades, from the
colors, fads, trends, and quirks that made them distinct. She has
dozens of craft ideas, and even provides pages of vintage images that
you can reproduce and use.
leaning toward Victorian crafting styles, we embrace our own
mid-century upbringing. This book really took us back, and even
explained some of those unasked questions, like "Did Elvis really have
a black flocked Christmas tree?" You'll want to thank Susan for
lovely, festive walk down memory lane. (Published by Stewart, Tabori
& Chang, 2011)
FIRST PRIZE in
year, Bellingham sponsors a gingerbread house competition for families,
adults and children. And every year the entries get more plentiful and
complicated. This year, we witnessed everything from gingerbread
castles to "Angry Birds" dioramas.
Gingerbread House Competition!
The FIRST PRIZE
winner really nailed it. Crafted of gingerbread and icing, a family of
cookies stands proudly around a table. On the table is a tiny
gingerbread house with a family of cookies standing around a... tinier
house with tinier cookies standing around... We think it stops there.
Our hats are
off to the Wolgamot Family and
their winning entry, "A
Family Building a Gingerbread House of a Family Building a Gingerbread
Susan Waggoner's wonderful book about vintage Christmas decorations got
us talking about our own 1960s childhoods. Suddenly, Martin was off
searching through his old family photos. He came back with this
photograph. It was 1962, and 11-year old Martin had made this iconic
Christmas tree out of Styrofoam balls, toothpicks, white paint, and
glitter. It was a proud achievement, and his family displayed it for
many years, always on a bed of cotton batting with a trio of porcelain
Yes, only God
can make a tree. But only a true crafter could take slivers of that
tree, add paint and glitter, and make a memory.
That is our
message to you. Make something for Christmas. Put in your imagination,
some paint, love, glue and glitter. Display it. Share it. Give it.
You've made a memory.
We wish you and
yours a wonderful holiday.
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