1872 Chocolate Cherub

I’m having fun creating some digital Christmas collages, and thought I’d share this one first, since it’s the least typical Christmas. The photo was taken in 1872 by the famous photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, and is titled “I wait”. I think the darling cherub looks like she waits for more chocolate:

Wings of Whimsy: Chocolate Cherub  #vintage, #ephemera #photo #printable #freebie #cameron

I’m sure you creative peeps can think of a use for this piece! I’d love to hear in the comments what ideas come to mind?

Find your high quality copy in my Christmas download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

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I used the following elements to create this design:

“I wait” (1872) – Photo by Julia Margaret Cameron (Wikimedia)

Royal Crown – Wings of Whimsy

Impact Label font – dafont.com

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1902 Christmas Angels Collage Sheets

I have prepared a precious set of Christmas Angels as a collage sheet for you today:

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Angels #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #angel

And here is just the ovals, in two different sizes:

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Angels #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #angel Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Angels #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #angel

When crafting Tart Tin ornaments, I was reminded how important it is to have good collage sheets, with sizes that you (mostly) can use directly into your project. The smallest size of these angels will fit perfectly into one of those oval tart tins…;-)

Or how about using the larger ovals or “full size” postcards for Christmas Card – making? The large ovals would also be wonderful as tags 😀

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I used the following graphics to create this design:

Christmas Angels – Tuck DB

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DIY Victorian Christmas from BBC

I  don’t follow a lot of blogs, and the ones I DO follow are quite different. I rarely read them daily, but try to browse around to see what’s cooking, at least a couple of times per week. One of the really entertaining blogs is Marc’s London By Gaslight.

Marc just posted a reference on how Victorians wrapped their Christmas gifts, but I could not load the video, so I looked it up directly on Youtube, and stumbled across a whole BBC-series on how to create a Victorian Christmas:

Click on the playlist above, and choose from 26 little snippets, approx. 2 minutes each, or lean back and watch the whole series in one sitting (57 minutes).

First there are loads of fun crafts:

  • Victorian Tree Ornaments
  • Victorian Christmas Tree
  • Victorian Ivy Ribbons (I am sooo making those, but will exchange sewing with my glue gun!)
  • Victorian Wreath
  • Victorian Holly Berries (Yes, how city Victorians would make faux berries!)
  • Victorian Mistletoe Ball
  • Victorian Gift Bags
  • Victorian Keep Sake Box
  • Victorian Pixture Frame
  • Victorian Scrapbook
  • Victorian Wrapping Paper
  • Victorian Christmas Crackers
  • Victorian Paper Flowers
  • Victorian Table Mats (I figure those can be made with a glue gun too!)

Then there are loads of typical Christmas dishes, like Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Sugar Plums, Turkey and stuffing, Christmas Pudding… YUM!!

And finally there’s some Victorian Christmas activities, including making a Toy Theatre, Christmas Caroling, reading a Christmas Carol (Dickens) and How to play Victorian Parlour Games 🙂

Poking around a little more in the BBC-archives finally payed off, and I found the section where you can download instructions, templates and printables for ALL the crafts, including the complete Toy Theatre 😀 Of course The Toy Theatre was the only activity listed as hard, and indeed the one I’m planning to do with my girls during the Christmas days 😀 😀 😀

I can’t believe what a lucky find this was, and could not wait to share it with all you vintage lovers 😀

Click HERE to see the BBC-site, and get access to all these wonderful FREE crafts.

Thank you Marc for pointing me towards these, I want to try many of the crafts for sure!!!

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Vintage Snow Globes with 1905 Winter Children

Maybe you already noticed that I’m creating numerous snow globes for Christmas this year? Today I’m sharing a set of 4 matching ones:

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Snow Globes #freebie #printable #ephemera #christmas #victorian

These are so incredibly easy to make! Gather your mason jars, (or any large glas jar you have sitting around the house), add a little epsom salt for snow (thank you for making me an epsom believer, Paula!) and the graphics of your choosing. 

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To get you started, I have included a printable with 4 cute winter children postcards, ready for you to print and cut:

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Snow Globes #freebie #printable #ephemera #christmas #victorian

I printed mine on 170g Canon Matte Photo Paper, left the bottom part uncut, but cut away the background above the children. This can easily be done with most any images, also vintage photos, or even modern photos if you prefer! I then used some of the excess paper, to create little feet (like an H-shape) to each picture, this will make it stand up, and can (mostly) be hidden in the “snow” 🙂 I also used a gold glitter pen to enhance the Christmas greetings on the cards.

This printable sheet of postcards can of course be used for many other Christmas crafts too, maybe they can be included with your Christmas cards this year?

Find your high quality copy in my Christmas download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

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I’m sure there’s several different ways of illuminating the snow globes. The 2 alternatives shown here are either little tea light candles in front of the globes (my favorite!) or place the globes in a row, and tuck a few lights from a string of white/transparent Christmas lights into each globe, to light it from the inside. You might even want to do both…lol!

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Snow Globes #freebie #printable #ephemera #christmas #victorian

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Snow Globes #freebie #printable #ephemera #christmas #victorian

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Snow Globes #freebie #printable #ephemera #christmas #victorianIf you want Christmas trees in your snow globes too, I designed several different ones last year, and they are still looking good with this years displays (click on the image below to go to the posts with the trees):

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Christmas Village - free printables #vintage #victorian #ephemera #cottage #cherub #tree

 

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Winter Children – Tuck DB

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2014 WoW Christmas Ornament Swap: Set No 2

Another set of ornaments arrived at it’s new home today!

The following set of Tart Tin Ornaments was made by Margie in Northumberland, England for Irene in Arkansas, USA:

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

 

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Ornament Swap 2014And here is the lovely Margie with her ornaments! She sent me this little note about the ornaments:

Thanks again for the inspiration – you might recognise the image of the children on the sledge …….  That one was actually the easiest to make.  The hanging decoration had me stumped for a while until I found a piece of packaging which would fit inside the tin and hold the Vintage Santa image on top – lots of glue needed though.  My favourite has to be the 3D Christmas fairy which I made using the Tim Holtz dressform die and lots of folded old music paper sheets.  I love her wings and just hope these don’t come off during transit.  Anyway, I’m sure a dab of glue will re-attach them if they have.

And when I commented on the unusual boat shape of the last one pictured here, she said:

The tart tins were bought at a Collectors Fair near us so I presume they are from a local source but I thought the boat shaped one was cute too.  I think these were used to make pattiserie tartlets filled with cream and fresh fruit.  I seem to remember my granny making these for special occasions when I was young.  Pity I didn’t inherit any of hers though.

Irene was also very excited to receive her swapped ornaments:

I received my package yesterday from Margie. I love them. Such beautiful work. I am going to put them on my tree this year. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Another set of complete treasures, in my book! Don’t these talented ladies deserve some extra cheers and encouragements?

Even Margie picked one of my earlier graphics for one of her ornaments, and I was equally surprised about her idea, using the sleigh ride children (click on image below to go to my post):

Wings of Whimsy: Sleighride #victorian #ephemera #freebie #printable #tradecard

I am soooo going to copy this idea too!!! lol

Did you miss out on the planning of this swap? This is what my swappers signed up for back in September:

  • Each swap is for a set of 3 ornaments. Either 1 tart tin swap or 1 cookie cutter swap, swapped with one swap buddy
  • Deadline November 15th to craft your ornaments, take pictures and get the packages ready
  • Send pictures to me of the finished ornaments
  • Alert me when the swapped ornaments arrive at their new home

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