Jess Hutch.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Cover of Treasury of Christmas Crafts & Foods

As I've mentioned before, finding a good vintage craft book at a thrift store or flea market makes me do the happy dance. So you can imagine how excited I was to get a vintage craft book in the mail the other day, from my mom - one she bought new in 1980! I loved this book as a kid, it wasn't truly Christmas unless I'd looked through it about a million times. Even after I left home to go to college, trips back for the holidays always involved a little time spent with the Treasury. Funny how that works.

A lot of the stuff in it seems dated (of course) but looking at it now, 25 years later, I can see how much it influenced my crafty aesthetic and inspired me to make toys and other fun stuff.

My interest in embroidered figures on a stuffed surface clearly comes from these guys, who are just too cool for school:

Bears & Bunnies from Treasury of Christmas Crafts & Foods

This photo veers into threadbared territory, but I really kind of love it in spite of its, um, intensity. I honestly thought that this is how my house would look when I grew up, super colorful (and it is) with hardwood floors (check), and me with a kid, both of us in bowl haircuts (well...). Fab:

A Very Dino Christmas from Treasury of Christmas Crafts & Foods

My very favorite image in the book when I was a kid, and I really think I may make it this year:

Family Stocking from Treasury of Christmas Crafts & Foods

Thanks Mom!


At 3:14 PM , debbie said...

My mom has that book too!

At 11:57 PM , suburbansider said...

I think that book is neato! I have a thing for the Women's Weekly birthady cake bookfrom the early 80's. I used to look at it for hours and dream of which cake I would have.I like the dinosaur softies in this one they would be great to make.The stocking looks cool too.


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