I’m still trying to get caught up from my Houston trip, so today, let’s kick back and look at some choice images from Rachel‘s collection of vintage craft magazines. I had a splendid time hanging out in her spiffy studio, reading with Emilie.
Rach has lots and lots of McCall’s, Family Circle, and the like from the 70′s, which is when I was growing up and eagerly poring over magazines for crafty ideas. This stuff speaks directly to my brainstem.
…As does this outfit! Cancel all the other craft projects I have in progress, Marge – I need to make me one of these pantsuits!
Did you save all your old wooden spools? Then it’s time to make a chess set.
…And here’s what should adorn your game table while you’re playing! Tower of Bell Peppers FTW!!
…Or perhaps a tower of kale and candles. And baby’s breath.
I thought these brown paper sacks were glorious in their exuberant overdecoration. Anybody got a spare tassel?
Here’s a greeting card made with tiny little pasta! ‘Nuff said!
Here are some funky animals, made by snaking wire into some metallic cord and then bending and wrapping. In the 70′s, we never asked whether something actually needed to be made. That it was new and unusual was quite enough.
Case in point: these wacky car-slippers. Vroom!
But here, my friends, is my very favorite find. This is Dick Martin, who’s apparently known as “the father of 3D plastic canvas.”
He authored over 100 PC booklets for Leisure Arts, and pioneered a number of shaping techniques. He was completely devoted to the stuff, and is quoted in the article I found as saying he didn’t think PC had yet reached “its full potential.”
Amen, Dick Martin! He has a couple “Best of Dick Martin” books out there, which are now on my Amazon wish list and thift-store radar.
Do you see how clever all his PC pieces are? That kachina doll? The melon slices? The sculptural flower-pod thing? This man is my newest hero.