November 22nd, 2011
A few days ago I started working on the decorations we will use for our holiday book display at the Elkton Central Library this year. I am decoupaging old book pages on to a Styrofoam tree. Will it be a success? I’m not sure at this point. For me the joy of creating is not really being sure what you will end up with and the pleasure I receive when it turns out, hopefully, better than expected. The other nice thing about it is that I’m recycling old books and flower pots!
Everyone is looking for ways to save money during the holidays. One of the ways I save (and recycle) is by making my own gifts for relatives and friends out of vintage paper and fabric. They appreciate the thought, love and effort put into the gifts, and I enjoy making them. It, however, is not a pretty sight at my house during the “creative process.” When an idea strikes me, I rip through the boxes and boxes of vintage paper and fabric I collect until just the right pieces come together.
The library has a wide assortment of craft books from Scherenschnitte (Papercutting) to rug hooking and many dedicated just to holiday crafts. Two of my particular favorites are Sara Toliver’s Vintage Christmas Crafts and Terry Taylor’s Altered Art. I love the vintage quality of these two books and have made shadow boxes as gifts using ideas from both of them. Happily, these shadow boxes have become treasured gifts, prized by the recipients.
Here is a list of some other craft books available at the library that might inspire you to “craft” the perfect holiday this year. In December all the Cecil County Public Libraries will host holiday craft programs for all ages and open houses with music and food. We invite you to join us in celebrating the holidays. And now is the time to check out those craft books!
What will you be crafting for the holidays?