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Have yourself a very vintage Christmas : crafts, decorating tips, and recipes, 1920s-1960s
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Susan Waggoner has written numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including STC's It's a Wonderful Christmas , Under the Tree , Christmas Memories , and, with Robert Markel, Cocktail Hour , Vintage Cocktails , and Make Mine Vodka . Waggoner lives in New York City.
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If you're looking for nostalgia or a retro style, this is the perfect book to help you plan your Christmas decorations. Separated by decade, the designs and crafts quickly call to mind bygone days of Yuletide joy. Each chapter includes a "Style File" explaining the top trends seen in the decorations from each decade, how to decorate a tree in the style of the decade, and how to get the overall look of the era. The final chapter presents recipes for Christmas candy popular during the featured decades. Of special note is the art in the back; Waggoner encourages, "Scan or photocopy them, resize them or embellish them, and use them in your own cards, place cards, stickers, gift tags, ornaments, and accessories." This is a well-thought-out themed book for any craft collection. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In her newest volume, Susan Waggoner recaptures the magic of Christmases past with the vintage crafts projects readers have been craving. Inspired by the most sought-after treasures from the 1920s through the 1960s, Waggoner recreates a tempting array of decorations and provides step-by-step instructions that allow anyone to deck their halls with cellophane wreaths, glittered glass ornament balls, beaded bell garlands, and whimsical, tinsel-bedecked treat cups. Those pressed for time will also find quick crafts for every decade, along with style notes and decorating tips to pull it all together. Nostalgic bonus art throughout provides a host of images to use in greeting cards and photo holders. And to keep spirits merry and energy flowing, Waggoner includes a sampler of easy-to-make candy recipes, from Mackinac Island Fudge to old-fashioned soft caramels.<br> <br> Praise for Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas:<br> <br> "If you're looking for nostalgia or a retro style, this is the perfect book to help you plan your Christmas decorations. . . . A well-thought-out themed book for any craft collection." -- Library Journal <br> "Packed with an amazing amount of information and/or tips for having a fab retro holiday of your own." -- The Costco Connection
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