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The VIC Pictorial: Saints Be Praised! Irish crafts for St. Patrick's Day!
March 12, 2012

Issue #90

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St Patrick on Vintage Image CraftBy the Catholic ecclesiastical calendar, the Irish priest, Patrick of Kilpatrick, died on May 17 in the year 493, fulfilling a miraculous life devoted to bringing the pagan Irish chieftains to Christianity.

Legend tells us that St. Patrick used the shamrock's three-leaves on a single stem to demonstrate the doctrine of the Trinity. And for more than 1,500 years, the shamrock has been the symbol of St. Patrick's Day.

Our St. Patrick's Day craft for 2012 features the shamrock on a beautiful ribbon rosette, which can be worn as a brooch or to embellish a greeting card for the day. We are proud to give you the FREE vintage image and full instructions for making one of your own!

We are also excited to announce our VIC Creative Challenge for April 2012 - "Spring Containers." Think about it - Easter baskets, candy bowls and jars, greeting envelopes, flower vases, and eggs are all containers holding the promise of spring's renewal.

This issue of the VIC Pictorial is a container too:
  • Join the VIC Creative Challenge for April and win global acclaim with your artwork!
  • Make this simple Ribbon Rosette Brooch for St. Patrick's Day.
  • Crafting jewelry with spuds: Go Irish!
Let's Get Crafting...

for April 2012

"Spring Containers"

Easter scrap on Vintage Image CraftCan't "contain" your enthusiasm for spring? Put it to good use, and create a unique "container" craft using vintage images of spring and Easter! Create a unique basket, bowl, vase, envelope, bag -- or something egg-shaped.

Show us photos of your creation, and you might win one of THREE WONDERFUL PRIZES!! First prize is a copy of Terry Taylor's remarkable book, The Artful Storybook.

The submission deadline is April 4. FREE spring images will be available on our Facebook page. Click below to learn the rules, see the prizes, and join the springtime fun!


Decorate Yourself for St. Patrick's Day
with our Exclusive St. Patrick's Brooch!

St Patrick's Brooch from Vintage Image Craft
Pin this St. Patrick's Brooch to your jacket, and prepare to be kissed. Easy enough for children, you can make a batch of these before the corned beef comes to a boil. The ribbon rosette of green and gold is simply skewered on a brad. The shamrock image and glitter are both affixed with double-sided adhesive paper. A lucky charm!
See the full instructions here.

High Fashion Spuds

Since it is St. Patrick's Day, we will depart from our fixation on vintage images for a moment. And turn to good old Irish potatoes.

Every savvy crafter knows a potato is the crafter's favorite starch. Where would we be without potato printing? But the humble potato offers so much more! Well, one thing more. Potatoes can be the "mystery ingredient" in jewelry making!

Grab an Irish potato or two and create a beautiful stone and emerald necklace. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style:
  1. Potato necklace step 1 on Vintage Image CraftSelect two or three large russet potatoes. Wash and peel them, and cut 20-30 1" square cubes. Trim the corners to form roughly rounded chunks. Spray toothpicks or thin wood skewers with oil or WD-40 silicone. Skewer the potato pieces.

  2. Potato necklace step 2 on Vintage Image CraftSet them out to dry for 4-5 days, keeping the potato pieces from touching each other. We used a cardboard box and stuck the toothpicks upright along the edge. Within a week, the potato chunks will shrivel and turn brown and hard.
  3. Remove the toothpicks (you might need pliers to pull them out). We left our beads natural, but you may choose to varnish or paint your potato beads at this point. Alternating potato beads with emerald beads, string your beads on floss, wire, coat thread, or whatever cording you like, and attach your clasps. Honestly, no one will ever guess the starchy origin of these rustic "stones!" And you will have a quick snack on hand if you ever get stranded in an elevator.
Potato necklace final on Vintage Image Craft
We want to thank Carol Duvall for reminding us of this kitschy craft. Back in 1972, she included potato bead instructions in her craft book, Want to Make Something Out of It? She went on to string dried potatoes, carrots and peas - but that is taking it a bit far, don't you think?

It's STILL the Real Thing...

Martin and I continue to auction off most of our most beloved and rare vintage ephemera on eBay. This week there are dozens of original Victorian postcards, with beautiful holiday and fashion illustrations. Please come by our eBay pages and browse through our Victorian gallery!
Scott-and-Martin on eBay

Next Issue

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way - again. We will be premiering our version of a spring "container" craft - no idea what it will be yet! But there will be eggs involved.

Rainbow on Vintage Image CraftWe want to urge you to enter a spring craft in our VIC Creative Challenge. People who participate share their work on our Facebook page, and support each other with comments and encouragement. We'd love to have you join in the creative fun!

We want to leave you with a bit of good luck for St. Patrick's Day. Martin took this photo this morning. Our house is on the left, and in the sky - a fantastic rainbow stretching off into Canada. Remember the ancient Irish saying: "When digital photos of rainbows ye gaze, the pixels will bring ye good luck all your days!"


Scott & Martin

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