As with yesterday’s post, this design seems better suited as an embroidery pattern. It was originally designed to be made from piped sugar icing, which seems like it would be such an extremely fragile display for all that work.
Designed by Clare McCanna.
[Taken from McCall’s Christmas Make-It Ideas magazine,vol. VI, 1963]
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]
The handwritten notes in the upper corner are Joe’s, probably organ settings from a long ago Christmas program at church.
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[Page taken from A Wreath of Carols, 47 Christmas Songs Selected and Edited by Betty M. Own and Mary E. Macewen, Piano arrangements and guitar chords by Carla Bley and Mike Mantler, Illustrated by Paul Granger; published by Scholastic Book Serivces, 1966]
A Wreath of Carols was one of the books I selected in 7th grade when our English teacher, Mrs. Sappington, took orders for the Scholastic Book Service. Seems I’ve had a weakness for books (like some women have for shoes or purses) for quite a long time because I can remember narrowing down my choices to only 4 or 5 each month when we were given the new flyers.
Joe and I have literally worn the covers off of this book. It’s one of Joe’s favorite Christmas carol collections. He said the arrangements are simple but nice and good for singing as well as playing.
[“A Wreath of Carols”, 47 Christmas Songs selected and edited by Betty M. Own and Mary E. Macewen. Published in 1966 by Scholastic Book Services.]
Color from the card front may show a bit on the inside pages, since these cards are folded from a larger sheet of paper (kind of a double fold, rather than a single fold as most cards are now).
Even the back was cheerful.
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.
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This card seems to be from the 1940s, possibly post-war.