Vintage Crazy and Not-So-Crazy Craft Patterns V

Here is the post that was promised a couple of weeks ago when we were talking about the not-so-great estate sale.  I bought a whole boatload of 1970’s (so not my favorite decade, as if you didn’t know) craft pamphlets and showed you a picture:

Craft pamphletsWe won’t renege on a promise, so be careful of what you ask for.  Let’s start out with crafts that were shudderingly awful:

Fantasy Fur pamphlet coverCan you imagine having the fantasy fur next to a lit candle?  Seems like a recipe for disaster to me.  But having the whole shebang go up in flames might be preferable to having fun fur flowers sitting on your coffee table staring back at you.

Flowers not your cup of tea?  What about:

Sweet thing my sweet patootie!Sweet thing?  Are you kidding me?  She is not bad enough to be good, and not good enough to be bad.  Sweet Thing sure wouldn’t be part of my Halloween decorations.

Just in case you’re not convinced, here she is in color:

Flowers, witches, and bugs, oh my!I would rather have two of the rest of these craft projects than one of the Sweet Thing.  Heck, the Flaming Swords up in the right-hand corner would be pretty good dusters.  In fact, the only legitimate use for these fur flowers might be dusting:

Mod pod flowers  Purple fur flowers

There is a second Fantasy Fur pamphlet for Christmas:

Bet you can't wait 'til ChristmasBut you will have to wait until Christmas to take a gander at the inside.  Just in case you think you dodged a bullet, here are some Ribbon Crafts:

Ribbon craft projects you never want to do  Even less popular ribbon projects
Let’s just ignore the clown; there is enough horror without throwing it into the mix.  Since this is the graduation season, can you imagine the face of a high school graduate who received an owl or the graduate pictured on the back page?  They would have to be a master of diplomacy to compose a civil thank-you note that didn’t convey their intention to get rid of it ASAP!  The only thing that would make a ribbon-craft gift tolerable would be if it were stuffed with chocolate, or money as a second choice.  Thankfully, ribbon crafts don’t appear to be too durable, since we rarely see one in decent shape at garage sales or thrift stores.  Otherwise we might be photographing these every week:

Ribbon ornament that looks like Saturn  Large ribbon egg

I’m pretty sure that these crafts would NOT improve with time.

My favorite book (of this group) was so mod, that they had to say it four times:

It's a mod mod mod mod world Those little figures have horrible names like “Kissing Cousins” or “Kemo Sabe”, so the badness doesn’t stop at their looks.  Time to put them in the balloon and send them far, far away!

It’s hard to know where to start with this page:

Mrs Claus desperately tries to look innocentThe plaque in the background is awful, but I’m mesmerized by the expressions on the Claus’ faces.  Is Santa giving her the “come hither” look, is he irritated, confused, or plotting her demise?  What the heck is Mrs Santa thinking–has she been goosed, did she fart, has she been tippling, or hypnotized?  It’s hard to figure out what’s going on with those two, but I think some couple’s counseling may be in order.

Here is a sampler of different mod mod mod mod crafts that are in the booklet:

None of these projects look terribly mod mod mod modI’m not too sure that yarn beehives or dolls dressed in long dresses and muffs are the epitome of mod.  There need to be wild colors, and that dress had better be a mini to qualify as mod.  I’m not sure how the snails even made it in the mix–this is an old lady’s idea of mod!  At least they have Twiggy eyelashes!

Again, I’m having trouble discerning the “mod” quality of this fluffy kitty plaque:

Kitty plaque made with mod yarnIt’s white, not wearing go-go boots, or a psychedelic ribbon.  If you take a look at the directions, you see that white mod yarn is called for–is it mod because it’s fluffy?

I bought this pamphlet solely because of those beaded go-go boots:

Beads, baubles and pearlsI would have been over the moon about those super-cool boots.  Reading the directions, I seriously doubt whether I had the patience to make all the flowers and then painstakingly sew the fragile beads to vinyl boots.  Even if I did, two of my younger sisters would have “borrowed” them and returned them in less than pristine condition.

I would have loved this jar and used it to keep my treasures together:

Jeweled Jar  I’m pretty sure my grandmother had one of these on her dressing table–empty and perfectly dusted of course.  I sure didn’t inherit those genes!

There is nothing too heinous in these bead books.  You could change up colors and lengths and make it work:

Mod Beads  Bead and Pearl Jewelry for your creative moods

The part of these books that makes me smile are the pictures showing off the finished crafts:

Weird pictures of beads Weird pictures of beads2
I’m not exactly sure how a piece of hide, a wooden horse, or a woven hat make a perfect backdrop for ropes of beads.  This was the 1970’s, so things didn’t need to make a lot of sense.

However, the above tableau makes more sense than this picture:

Isn't too much fun for the birdThat poor bird is never going to be able to fly with all those wooden beads weighing him down.  Beloved Husband theorizes that the beads are used by fashionable hunters to snare  unwary birds.

That’s it for the crafts.  However, I’m not done since my beloved Sister-in-Law has a submission for the post:

Czech delft bowl with an extraShe got this from a great-aunt who had lots of cool and strange things.  I think it’s marked “Cechoslovokia” on the bottom; the mark is very faint and blurry.  I’m not sure why it’s decorated with delft-appearing windmills, but the kicker has to be the wiener on top!  It’s probably is supposed to be something else, but it sure looks like a hot dog to us.  The lid lifts off the casserole dish that also has the lip around the bottom.  All in all, it’s a mystifying piece.  If you know anything about this, please share the knowledge.

Thanks for reading, and as always, show us what you are finding.

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14 Responses to Vintage Crazy and Not-So-Crazy Craft Patterns V

  1. Connie says:

    I suspect that Claus is figuring out how to hide the candle stick behind his back so he can bash Mrs. Claus over the head And given Mrs. Claus expression, I think she has already been whacked once or twice.

  2. Connie says:

    Oh… and I love the delft-inspired-wiener-casserole-dish. Not that I am an expert, but of the vintage dishes that I have come across with a lip around the base (courtesy of elderly family members), they have usually been some sort of gravy/sauce inspired serving dish. Oh… wait a minute, I have a vintage cookbook from the 19teens. Frankfurters were frequently mentioned. Perhaps it was serving dish for them? The lid helped keep them warm and the wiener handle was a clue to what awaited the unsuspecting diners. What do you think of that theory?

    • kathydeb says:

      I think you are right about the purpose of the wiener on the lid–the lip on the dish is pretty confusing too. SIL says that great aunt always served hotdogs in that dish.

  3. Terri Gold says:

    That weiner topped casserole is so interesting. Your SIL should submit a picture to Antiques Road Show to get an explanation.

  4. I came across your blog via Pillows A-La-Mode and I have to say you made me laugh out loud. Your sister-in-law’s piece is definitely unique. I actually received a gift from a friend who visited Bratislava. It’s a mug with a ceramic wiener that serves as a straw. Unintentionally (perhaps?) inappropriate. I love it!

    • kathydeb says:

      Thanks for visiting our blog. I’m smiling at the mental picture of someone using a wiener straw and trying to look nonchalant while doing so. 😉

    • d.e.glass says:

      iris I am the owner of the unique dish. Thank you for the much needed lol. The visual of the “straw” on the mug what dinner humor.

  5. jensine says:

    well MAYBE just maybe it’s a sausage pot … you know somewhere to keep the long sausages hot in after all the Czechs do eat a lot of sausages

    • kathydeb says:

      You’re probably correct, but I’m not sure why it needed a sausage handle and windmills! But yes, the sausage handle should be a dead giveaway about what to expect for dinner!

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