I expected this book to be filled with wonderful holiday crafts, but instead, it was basically a dissertation on the history of holiday crafts.
I love this book; will be buying a book for myself. The author discusses each decade's 'look,' and then gives suggestions how to reproduce it. I really liked the Art Portfolio in the back of the book. Lots - 90 to be exact - of great pictures for scanning, including vintage cards, post cards, gift tags, stickers, etc. Pictures of: bells, mail boxes, Santas (in red, green and brown outfits), snowpeople, trees, holly, presents, ornaments, candles, Scotty dogs, sleighs, poinsettias, wreaths, etc. And of all genres, 20's art deco, 30's colorful, 40's sentimental, 50's kitch and 60's streamlined. In addition, there are lots more pictures scattered throughout the book. All great for scanning and all fabulous! The crafts are wide-ranging, from elegant decorated tree branches to an over-the-top 50s red cellophane wreath and sequined ball ornaments. Candy recipes are included for an easy, quick fudge, caramels, turtles, peanut butter cornflake clusters, butterscotch haystacks made with chow mein noodles (remember those chow mein noodle recipes?), almond bark, and buttercrunch (made with nothing but sugar, butter, salt and vanilla). I enjoyed this book so much - as by now you can probably tell ;-)
I'll be looking for this book again before next Xmas. Some great projects here - love the feathers!
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