Today’s post is from another of the vintage Christmas magazines I bought at that great thrift store in Watertown, New York.
The directions are to make these ornaments from the craft-weight aluminum foil, but I think they might actually be more nicely done as embroidery on felt or muslin.
Design by Margreet Akkerman.
[Taken from McCalls’s Christmas Make-It Ideas magazine, vol. VI, 1963]
Adoration of the Kings by Antoinette Brinks
This is an attractive, kind of mid-century Christmas decoration that I found in one of my magazines.
A few years ago when we were in Watertown, New York visiting our son and his family, he and I went to a really great thrift store downtown. It was messy, dust was everywhere. However – not only did they have fantastic bargains, they even had a free table – right out on the sidewalk!
I was thrilled to find lots of old craft magazines from the 1950s and 60s for only .50 each. Today’s post was in one of them.
This was before – way before – photocopiers. When a pattern required enlarging, one was supposed to mark off a grid, then draw the pattern off box by box, using the original as a guide. Therefore, it was possible to increase it to any desirable size.
But it was work.
Now, we just slap something on our home copier (something almost unheard of even into the 80s) and set the size for enlargement.
(The instructions look kind of blurry until you click on them for enlargement.)
[This project is taken from the 1965 McCall’s Christmas Make-it Ideas, Vol. VIII magazine.]
They were invited to Liberty Street & Church Street, New York City on September 11, 2001.
But they were not invited to Liberty Street & Church Street, New York City on September 11, 2011.
Photograph by Gillie Peres, in the book “World Trade Center”, by Peter Skinner (2002).
September 11, 2010
This 1963 issue is one of several vintage Christmas magazines I bought for .50 each at a thrift shop in Watertown, New York. I had gone there with our older son; it was a really junky store and I probably wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t been with him.
But I am so glad that I did! It was a real treasure trove and the prices were excellent. They even had a table of free books out on the sidewalk.
These are mostly Christmas aprons, but check out that Bongo Music Apron in the upper right corner. Just the thing for a cool, retro party.
(Click on photo to enlarge; resolution with improve if you then click again.)