Happy St. Patrick's Day!
By the Catholic ecclesiastical calendar, the Irish priest,
of Kilpatrick, died on May 17 in the year 493, fulfilling a
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
Pictorial is a container too:
Let's Get Crafting...
- Join the VIC Creative Challenge
for April and win global acclaim with your artwork!
- Make this simple Ribbon Rosette
for St. Patrick's Day.
- Crafting jewelry with
spuds: Go Irish!
VIC CREATIVE CHALLENGE
for April 2012
"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
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!
READ THE DETAILS AND SUBMIT
Decorate Yourself for St. Patrick's Day
with our Exclusive St. Patrick's Brooch!
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
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:
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
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.
- 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.
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...
Scott-and-Martin on eBay
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
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
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.
We 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!"
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