We can't "contain" ourselves! We're announcing the winners of the VIC Creative Challenge for April 2012...
first, a few words about the most famous spring container, the Easter
The tradition of a bountiful Easter Basket goes back a ways. Let's
begin with the Pagan roots of Easter, the celebration of the
Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess Eostre (or Oestre or Ostara).
Eostre's month was April, her animal companion was the rabbit, and her
symbol was the egg. Clear so far?
So where did the basket come from? We waded through all kinds of
theories about early religious
ceremonies involving baskets, but decided that baskets were pretty much
only way to carry eggs. In the ninth century, the Eostre festival became the
Christian Easter, along with those rabbits and eggs. By the 17th
Germanic traditions of der Osterhase
(the Easter Bunny) and dyed eggs in baskets started making their way to
And we give you a basketful of treats in this VIC
Let's Get Crafting...
- The WINNERS of the VIC Creative
Challenge for April 2012!
- Craft paper mache eggs -
- An Easter Quiz that will
have you hopping for a PRIZE!
- Easter memories from
Scott and Martin.
The Winners of
for April 2012
Congratulations to our three worthy winners! These containers, cans,
baskets and plates, all hold delights for the senses. Each entry was
creative and colorful, but these three really sang of Spring. THANK YOU
Our Paper Mache Egg is All It's Cracked Up to Be!
Everyone loves vintage paper mache eggs, decorated with charming Easter
images. Filling them with candy doesn't hurt, either. Surprisingly, these are really easy to make if you know a shortcut or two. And, if
you have FREE vintage images of Victorian bunnies from VintageImageCraft. Which you do, if you click below...
An Easter Craft Quiz
The answers to these six questions can
be found among our vintage Easter Crafts
on VintageImageCraft.com. Answer
them all correctly by April 14, and you will win a FREE VIC Image Book
- What was our "secret ingredient" in our Chocolate Egg Easter Decoration that
most people have at home by the tub-full?
- What springtime plant do we hand-paint on our Easter Egg Pot?
- Who inspired our Easter Bunny
Basket with her little paper boxes?
- What hard-to-spell flower do we deconstruct for our Flower Pin?
- What metallic marvel gives our Easter
Egg Card its opening act?
- What product did we use to protect the vintage images during
decoupaging our Easter Painting?
Send us your answers by email
and you can be a winner!
Easter Memories from Two Basket Cases
We grew up 3,000 miles apart, in Los Angeles and New
but were destined to be soul-mates. We have the photos to prove it.
Here is Martin, around 4 years old. Easter in LA was usually warm, so
it was a day to dress up in saddle shoes, suspenders and a bow tie.
Yes, he outgrew those sugar-bowl ears. But not his love for Easter
trappings like baskets, cellophane, plastic grass and dyed eggs. He
carried that with him as a Kindergarten teacher, and for 34 years, he
boiled 12 dozen eggs every spring so his kids could learn the fine art
of egg dyeing.
the meantime, here is Scott at about the same age. Being colder in New
Jersey, I've got on my tweedy jacket. Apparently, I ate everything in
the Easter basket already. My family did the obligitory egg dyeing when
I was young, but I almost lost that inner-child. Then I met Martin. In
a few years, Martin decided we should have an egg dyeing party. I was
skeptical that our big-city friends would take to it. They loved
it. Ever since, we find some time at Easter to dye a dozen eggs,
look at them in a basket for a few days, and then have a dinner of
creamed eggs on toast. Finally united by a love for eggs.
Is that your mother calling you? Mother's Day
is May 13, and it has become a day to recognize the mothers all around
us. We've been working on some Mother's Day crafts, and we'll be
sharing some special maternally-appropriate creations you may want to
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