So you'll find it no surprise that, while browsing through library shelves for crochet books (part of the Learn 5 New Things challenge), I was naturally drawn to this book: Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas by Susan Waggoner. Christmas AND vintage - awesome!
"Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas" came about after several years of looking at old Christmas catalogues, old Christmas cards, and old family photos - my own as well as everyone else's. What I saw was a wonderful world of memory, loaded to the gills with decorations no longer made. I wanted them badly. And I didn't want the tattered, torn, and faded items that had survived in someone's attic; I wanted to see them as they might have looked hen they were new. So I decided to try to make them for myself. (p. 7)The chapters go through the decades - 1920's through 1960's - giving history on the colors, themes and traditions that were popular in each era. Each chapter includes instructions for period-correct decorations. My vintage of choice is the 1950's, so I'll be making Christmas Matchboxes, Christmas Card Photo Holders and Ice Lights; and adding ornaments in the signature 50's colors of pink and aqua. I'm also planning a 1930's Yuletide Shelf Edger and some 1960's Ice Branches.
Along with history and crafts, the book contains recipes and an artwork portfolio that can be scanned and used for crafting. This book was published in 2011, so check your local bookstore or library and get in the holiday spirit.