1880 Nested Easter Cherubs Holy Cards – free printables

Please take a look at these Nested Easter Cherubs from my albums. They are American holy cards from the 1880-ies. These are some of my outmost favorite Easter images, and I hope you all will find good use for them 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: Nested Easter Cherubs #vintage #printable #ephemera #freebie #easter

I printed them on kitchen paper towels (see how HERE) and decoupaged them onto hearts I had cut out of corrugated cardboard and roughly painted with white acrylic paint. The frame is a thrift find, it used to be golden. I then painted it with acrylic paint, just mixed white, blues and greens, same as the wooden clothespins 🙂 The pretty tissue flower is made by my oldest daughter Guro (age 11).

It seems I’m starting a pitcher collection…I did not plan on it, it just kind of happened, I think I like it 😀

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Wings of Whimsy: Nested Easter Cherubs #vintage #printable #ephemera #freebie #easterWings of Whimsy: Nested Easter Cherubs #vintage #printable #ephemera #freebie #easterWings of Whimsy: Nested Easter Cherubs #vintage #printable #ephemera #freebie #easterHere is another painted piece, a mirror that also used to be golden. You can see the gold peak through a little, since I used a dry brush, and also a rag to wipe it down a little before it dried. I love these, and each frame took me about 10 minutes 😀Wings of Whimsy: Painted Mirror

I gathered my Nested Easter Cherubs into a collage sheet for ya’ll:

Wings of Whimsy: Nested Easter Cherubs #vintage #printable #ephemera #freebie #easter

And here is the low resolution individual cards:

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Go to the folder below to download high quality printable files, and to check out the Easter graphics I posted last year:

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This file is free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂 

My registered followers will find the individual cards in 600 dpi in the Exclusive folder 🙂

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Thank you Grandma!

When I’m crafting and creating, I always think of you. Your hands were never idle, even when you were resting. You would embroider or crochet, and both the sewing machine and the loom were in daily use.

Maybe I had no patience to sit by your side and learn every trick in the book, but I was always allowed to keep you company for a chat, a snack or to sit and sift through your buttons and trim. And growing a little older, you never said no to finding some fabric I could use, or to letting me use your tools.

What a mess I must have made, and how useless my products were! How angry I would be when you offered advice when I struggled, and how often I left my projects unfinished in frustration! You would still sit patiently and correct my errors and complete my work.

I never got to thank you for all this when you were still around. I never appreciated it then. I did not think I was one bit good at crafting, since in school I could never excel in following the patterns, and pleasing the teachers. I also could not draw, what-so-ever! So I decided I was not creative in that area, and stopped crafting. For years! Not until I became a mother myself 11 years ago, and I decided I wanted to knit a baby blanket. That blanket is still in my closet, unfinished… I now know knitting is also not for me… But it still triggered something, and I started some small projects, bought a little paint, my own home printer, and a digital camera. I don’t know exactly how Grandma, but all this has grown over the past 11 years. A lot!

I have gone full cycle and come to realize how much I love crafting. You’d probably still frown at my choices, I don’t knit, I don’t weave, I rarely ever make clothes or floor mats or anything useful! I don’t even crochet or embroider pretty linens or tablecloths… What is left, you say? Everything else! Art! All the quirky and whimsical things no one told me about when I was a child. Combining things in new ways. Seeing things from alternative perspectives.

I have you to thank for all of this, for patiently laying down the foundation when I was growing up! Being a mother myself now, I remind myself every day of that wisdom, always trying to engage my girls in whatever projects we encounter. Even if they don’t succeed in making a perfect pillow, those seems are practice, threading the machine 15 times is practice. Cutting the fabric wrong is practice, and getting a little help to finish stuff when needed is essential to feeling rewarded. I have learned from you Grandma, and my girls are now learning from me, even if they don’t know it yet.

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My grandmother Oddny was born in 1909 on a farm in the small town of Hornindal, Norway. Her parents Nils and Brita were married the year before in 1908. Nils at age 34 and Brita at age 25, which around that time was rather old. Their wedding photo is in cabinet card style, suggesting how remote they were, since cabinet cards were not much used into the Edwardian era. The picture of my grandmother was taken by a traveling photographer around her first birthday, spring 1910. The family did not receive the photo until several years later, when it came sent from America – in color! My grandmother used to tell me this was the first photo in color to arrive in Hornindal. She always said it was real color. I believe it is hand tinted in Iowa. Any expert advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

I love vintage photographs from this era. Most of the time I don’t know anything about the people depicted, not even their names. I only have a few real family pictures in my collection, and it’s needless to say: they are priceless to me 😀

I’d love for my Grandma and my Great-Grandparents to travel the world now, but please attach their details on the back of what you use them for 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: Oddny Bakke 1910 Hornindal Norway  - free for personal use #vintage #photography #baby #printable #freebie

Oddny Bakke, 1910. Hornindal, Norway.

Wings of Whimsy: Oddny - Greeting from Iowa  - free for personal use #vintage #photography #baby #printable #freebie

Oddny – Greeting from Iowa

Wings of Whimsy: Nils & Brita Taraldset 1908 Hornindal Norway - free for personal use #vintage #photography #wedding #printable #freebie

Nils & Brita Taraldset, 1908. Hornindal, Norway.

These files are free for your personal use and enjoyment. Go to the folder below to download my “high quality grandparents” <—- I really enjoyed writing that!

Download Printable

Wings of Whimsy: Easter Decoupage - #diy #napkins #easter

I had to include a couple more pictures of my thrifted girl & unicorn figurine, the silver halo made by my daughter Torunn (age 9) and my decoupaged crafts. Are they not absolutely adorable??? I think even Grandma would have approved 🙂Wings of Whimsy: Easter Decoupage - #diy #napkins #easter

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DIY Easter Peat Pots

Did you enjoy my Vintage Easter Peat Pots yesterday? But frown upon printing on paper towels, thus dismissing the idea?

Don’t worry, I have the solution for you to simplify the project:

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Decoupage with any pretty napkins you have laying around the house 😀

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I also cut out some tags from corrugated cardboard, and gave both them and some wooden clothespins the same napkin decoupage treatment as the peat pots.

There’s still a few steps with paint and glue, so this project will take a little time, to allow the drying between operations.

Estimated time: 3-day project/weekend project (approx hours per day).

Supplies: Peat pots, corrugated cardboard, wooden clothespins, white acrylic paint, napkins, mod podge (decoupage medium), a few sheets of plain printer paper, strong coffe or tea, 7 cm polystyrene eggs, kleenex paper tissue, gesso, skewers, feathers.

Tools: brushes for paint, gesso and mod podge, paper shredder, scissors

Instructions:

DAY 1

  • Push your egg onto the pointed end of a skewer
  • Crumble one layer of tissue paper hard together, then open it carefully, without removing the crinkles
  • Mod podge the tissue paper onto the egg, you can use the skewer to hold it and avoid getting glue on your hands. The idea is to get a rough and textured surface, resembling paper maché.
  • Set aside to dry in a vase or can, carefully so the eggs are not touching each other.
  • (Because of the crinkled tissue paper, the mod podge will be very wet, thus need longer time to dry!)
  • Stain your plain printer paper with coffee or tea
  • Set aside to dry.

DAY 2

  • Paint a layer of gesso over your eggs
  • Set aside to dry (at least over night)
  • Run your stained paper through a paper shredder. I have a darling little manual one, the kids love to hand crank paper sheets into those wonderful even curled strips.
  • Paint your peat pots/cardboard tags/clothespins with a rough layer of white acrylic paint, I painted both the inside and outside of the peat pots. I used a very dry brush and carelessly painted a little here and there letting some of the material show still. If your brush is too wet, the paint will not stay on the outside of the pot.
  • Set aside to dry.

DAY 3

  • Carefully separate the layers of your napkin, you want only the top layer with the graphics on it. Anything on a white background work well for these, because the white dries clear and lets the peat pot/tag/clothespin peak through 🙂
  • Apply mod podge to the surface where you want to attach the graphics, and attach the napkin.
  • Apply mod podge over the napkin with a brush.
  • Shorten the skewer if your peat pots are small like mine, to about 10cm
  • Lay a small handfull of shredded paper into the pot
  • Tuck the egg-on-a-skewer in the shredded paper, the skewer will easily let you control how your egg sits on top of the paper.
  • Embellish with feathers or whatever you fancy.
  • Sand the edges of the clothespins to remove excess paper and to roughen them a little.
  • Display your decoupage art on a shelf, as a table centerpiece, or hang them like mine as a garland 😀
  • TA-DAH: Easter Cuteness Complete!

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DIY Vintage Easter Peat Pots – Free Printables

I’ve been obsessing over Peat Pots lately! They are so promising of spring, both by appearance and fragrance, and I love the prim, worn look of them. Furthermore, they are really cheap to buy, and offer amazing texture for all sorts of artistic whimsies 😀

Wings of Whimsy: Easter Peat Pots #vintage #printable #scraps #ephemera #freebie #easter

I must admit I have crafted more than a few of these for Easter, thinking I’ll gift some to friends and family too 🙂

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These are the largest peat pots I could find locally. I would love to get even larger ones for more projects later, they’d make wonderful gift baskets for any season 😀

I was struggling with this project because I wanted to keep and enhance the rough textures. When I printed my graphics on plain paper it covered the texture totally. I then tried printing on tissue paper, but even that covered the texture and looked way to smooth… I was almost giving up on my initial idea, when I decided to try printing on paper towels:

Wings of Whimsy: Easter Scraps - free for personal use #vintage #printable #scraps #ephemera #freebie #easter

The paper towels have the perfect texture for this project, actually adding even more roughness to the final look 😀

You know how I love easy projects, and usually tell you I spent 10 minutes or maybe 1 hour…? This is not one of those projects… 😛 Not because it is difficult at any point, but because there is a lot of ink, paint and glue involved that must have time to dry between operations…:-P

I have an ink jet printer: Canon Pixma MG 6150, and I need to take several precautions to be able to mod podge my images while minimizing the ink bleed. Your printer ink might cooperate better, and if so you can complete this project in a lot less time! In case your printer ink is also troublesome, try following my steps and see if that works for you too 🙂

Estimated time: 3-day project/weekend project (approx 2 hours per day).

Supplies: Peat pots, white acrylic paint, a roll of white kitchen paper towels, mod podge (decoupage medium), sealer or hair spray, 3-4 sheets of plain printer paper, strong coffe or tea, 7 cm polystyrene eggs, kleenex paper tissue, gesso, skewers. (Scissors NOT allowed on this project)

Tools: your printer, brushes for paint, gesso and mod podge, paper shredder

Instructions:

DAY 1

  • Push your egg onto the pointed end of a skewer
  • Crumble one layer of tissue paper hard together, then open it carefully, without removing the crinkles
  • Mod podge the tissue paper onto the egg, you can use the skewer to hold it and avoid getting glue on your hands. The idea is to get a rough and textured surface, resembling paper maché.
  • Set aside to dry in a vase or can, carefully so the eggs are not touching each other.
  • (Because of the crinkled tissue paper, the mod podge will be very wet, thus need longer time to dry!)
  • Stain your plain printer paper with coffee or tea
  • Set aside to dry.

DAY 2

  • Paint a layer of gesso over your eggs
  • Set aside to dry (at least over night)
  • Run your stained paper through a paper shredder. I have a darling little manual one, the kids love to hand crank paper sheets into those wonderful even curled strips.
  • Paint your peat pots with a rough layer of white acrylic paint, I painted both the inside and outside. I used a very dry brush and carelessly painted a little here and there letting some of the pot show still. If your brush is too wet, the paint will not stay on the outside of the pot.
  • Set aside to dry.
  • Use a roll of good quality paper towels.
  • Tear off one sheet, and bring out your ruler to take precise measurements (my paper towel sheets are 140mmX212mm)
  • Create a custom sized paper in you printer settings and choose manual load
  • Don’t separate the layers of you paper towel sheet before printing
  • Print out the pages, I sat right next to the printer and fed only 1 paper towel sheet at the time, to avoid printer jam.
  • On most pages I had small drops of spilt ink, but the more accurate you define your printer settings, and manage to feed the paper, the less spills.
  • Let your sheets dry over night. (if not your ink will bleed when you start mod podging)

DAY 3

  • Spray the graphics with some sealer, hair spray will do if you don’t have craft sealer on hand (to avoid bleeding)
  • Carefully separate the layers of each paper towel sheet, you want only the top layer with the graphics on it
  • Spray sealer on the back side of the graphics too (my sealer take about 5 mins to dry, hairspray even less)
  • Tear out the graphics with a generous white border around each one (don’t cut them out or you will have the sharp edges on your finished project)
  • Apply mod podge to the peat pot where you want to attach the graphics, and attach it with light finger pats.
  • Work quickly here: apply mod podge over the image with a brush, I do the white edges first, then go from lightest to darkest colors.
  • Rins your brush with water between each graphics!
  • Repeat the process with the egg stamps.
  • Shorten the skewer if your peat pots are small like mine, to about 10cm
  • Lay a small handfull of shredded paper into the pot
  • Tuck the egg-on-a-skewer in the shredded paper, the skewer will easily let you control how your egg sits on top of the paper.
  • TA-DAH: Hard labor Easter Vintageness, but the end-result is greatly rewarding!!

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Go to the folder below to download high quality printable files, and to check out the Easter graphics I posted last year:

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These file are free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂 The egg stamps are various transfer images from Karen at The Graphics Fairy. Karen also has the wonderful graphics I used to decoupage my little Easter Box, displayed with more thrifted finds; 2 figurines and a little star doily:

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I have used the following sources for this project:

Egg Stamps – The Graphics Fairy

Easter Chicks in Egg Cart – The Graphics Fairy

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DIY Fil de Fer Royal Crown

I like to vary what crafts I do (thus my blog title) and lately I have been all over the place… moving a little away from paper(!) – as long as it makes me happy…lol!

Here is my freshly crafted Fil de Fer Royal Crown, it took me about 2 hours to make once I had stashed up on wire:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Fil de Fer Royal CrownWings of Whimsy: DIY Fil de Fer Royal Crown

I did by no means invent this beauty, I followed the very easy tutorial found on the Swedish blog Kerstinsdottern!

Now, Swedish and Norwegian are two different languages, but closely related, enough that I can read her instructions just fine. But she has no instructions in English :-O If you want to copy this crown, please try google translate on the instructions, or write me and I’ll happily translate to English for you! She asks for a little feedback if anyone uses her instructions to make a crown, so please leave her a little blog love if you stop by 🙂

I have a plan for my Fil de Fer Royal Crown, but until that project is ready, she (I definitely think my crown is female!) sits on top of my plain and boring wood stove, making it a modern version of the Kroneovn, that was very popular in Norway around the turn of the century:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Fil de Fer Royal Crown

OMG I really need to paint my wood stove, look how sad and grey it is… come spring I’ll have to see about that 😉 And what is whit me, not being able to remove my seasonal projects…??? 😛 I have both Christmas AND Valentine AND Easter stuff up atm… lol – as long as it makes me happy, right? 😀 I even used some of the cuteh-pah-toothe RPP Christmas Cherubs to make these cute little tags, displayed with my dear Grandmothers unpolished silverware 🙂 (Sorry Gran, it’s called “vintage” and it’s much more stylish these days than polishing your silverware every week, then leaving it in the drawer!):

Wings of Whimsy: Angel Tags

The tags are a punch-project. I punched the cherubs faces with a 2″ circle punch and the heart borders with my Martha Steward Heart Edge punch. To fold the heart border around the circle (or basically a-n-y shape, like the Cherub Hearts in the previous picture on this post) just snip between each heart (or other pattern, so your punched strip is barely connected, and glue one section at the time to the back. I used my glue gun, but little glue dots would also do the trick 😉 Then add another sweet cherub face to the back, and you have double sided ornaments, or just punch another circle from plain paper, and you have a little writing space, should you want to use these as gift tags.

After making the crown and realizing how amazingly easy wire works are, I’ve been compiling a Pinterest board with lots of other projects for inspiration, so don’t be surprised if you see more Fil de Fer from me down the road!

Here is one I made “freelance” just off the picture – the original was for sale on etsy:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Fil de Fer Display

Seems I have some of my non-seasonal crafts up as well…:-P

When mum’s crafting, I’m never alone, and my youngest daughter Torunn (age 9) made this precious beauty:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Fil de Fer Candle Cage

Here are some links for you to check out:

Wire Crown Tutorial in Swedish – Kerstinsdottern

DIY Wire Works – my Pinterest board

Curly Wire Photo Holder – from etsy

Cottage Lights – Wings of Whimsy

Valentine Hearts – Wings of Whimsy

French Christmas Cherubs – Wings of Whimsy

Celebrity Bookmarks – Wings of Whimsy

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