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Something for a Sunday: Handmade Christmas Cards

Crafting for Christmas can be a rather eventful pursuit, filling your Sunday afternoon with glitter and glue sticks, scrabbling about to locate your address book and contemplating the price of stamps these days.

There is something lovely about making and receiving a handmade card, and if you don’t have chance to make your own, there are a wealth of options available from wonderful independent shops and designer-makers. I am a particular fan those from Oh Squirrel and Curious Pip.

Leafing through my old craft books, I found this tutorial. I really like the way there is no carefully styled image of what the finished product should look like. Also the suggestion to write the message in nail polish must have ended in a smudged mess for many a maker. The book cover is of course pure joy too, published in 1964 by Abbey Library London. So have a read, and why not give it a whirl?



Lovely Old Books: Things to Make and Do the Whole Year Through, 1955.

I can never resist picking up old craft books when I’m out and about seeking vintage treasure. Often you don’t get any information on the author and in some cases not even the year of publication, which I always like to know. However a child’s scrawl on the ‘This Book Belongs To’ page is simply delightful.

This book is particularly jolly, I would have been overjoyed to have 365 suggestions for things to do when I was a youngster. Some of the ideas are a little bit antiquated but overall lots of the little projects would be suitable for kids and grown ups alike to try now.

The inside cover illustrations are pleasing too, very mid century in style.

I’ll be sharing more from this book in my regular Something for a Sunday posts, why not give the ideas a whirl?