Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year

This wonderful set of  New Year's postcards 
by American artist Samuel L. Schmucker,
was sold in the United States in 1922.
Happy New Year!!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Postcards by A. L. Bowley

These early 1900's postcards
are by British artist A. L. Bowley.
Her postcards were sold in
Britain and the United States.
I love all the detail in her
illustrations.  I thought it 
would be fun to show her work 
over a period of time.   
In every postcard, Santa 
is dressed slightly different.
Her children are so 
sweet and innocent.
Hanging up dolly's
 What a cute family!


Merry Christmas Y'all!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Molds

Brown Bag made 4 Limited Edition
 Old World Double-Sided Santas.
Father Christmas #3 in the series
was issued in 1998.   These Santas are
 the only two sided molds made.  The
 front of the mold has a raised image. 
 The other side has the depression used
 for making cookies or paper castings.

It's a beautiful mold.  Also, it's nice to see
what the cookie or casting will actually look like.
Brown Bag also made paper craft molds.
The 1994 mold below makes 3 1/2 inch stars.
The 1997 Christmas Cut-Apart makes small
cookies or little paper gift tags.
Occasionally, I come across molds by
other companies that I just can't pass up.
 The Longaberger Company is known for 
it's fine baskets.  They also made beautifully 
designed stoneware cookie molds.  These tiny 
molds were sold as Christmas ornaments.
They make little 3 1/4 inch paper
 snowflakes.  Add glitter dust to the wet
 pulp and they sparkle!

This nutcracker was issued in 1997  by Wilton.
  Every year the studio where my daughter and nieces 
studied dance put on the Nutcracker Ballet. 
 Wonderful memories for us.  
How could I leave this mold behind? 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Elf Fairy & The Creepy Krampus

This Christmas fairy elf is 
a jolly little fellow.
 He sits on a tiny box I decoupaged
with Christmas images.
On one end, is the Christmas Krampus.
The kids thought he was horrible &
would always turn the box so he couldn't
 be seen.
St. Nicholas was kind, generous and handed
out treats to good children.  Krampus was evil, 
covered in stinking goat fur and whipped 
bad children with sticks and chains.
Translates, Greetings from Krampus.
If you'd been very bad, Krampus would
stuff you in his basket and take you
down to Hades.
Krampus was a popular figure
on Christmas postcards.
Parents in Germany, Austria, Italy and
the Alpine region of Europe frightened
their children into being good by telling
 them terrible tales of Krampus.
  Krampus is much worse than 
the threat of getting a lump 
of coal in your stocking!