Vintage Milk Glass Jar Gift Wrap

I had fun “lifting” the various patterns from one of my Vintage Milk Glass Jars, and using them to design Vintage Folklore Gift Wrapping:

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The main pattern:

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The lid pattern:Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Milk Glass Jar #thrifted #vintage #norwegian #folkloreThe lid border:Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Milk Glass Jar #thrifted #vintage #norwegian #folklore

I turned the 3 elements into a set of Milk Glas Jar Gift Wrapping!

First there is 4 different wrapping papers, all in A3 size (choose ‘scale to paper’ in your printer settings if you want A4 or other size):

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Then there is tape and circles, the idea is to print these on sticker paper:

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Combine these with white paper for large gifts, and maybe some of the White Heart Tags from yesterday, and have fun wrapping your Christmas gifts, knowing they are genuine Vintage Norwegian Folklore prints 😀

Lastly, here is a close up of the original – I can reveal it took me a f-e-w hours to figure out how to extract a curving print and make it “flat”…! But once I fix my mind on a design idea, I hate to give up, I’m quite pleased with the final result 😛

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The Shears Mystery Unveiled

You will not have followed this blog for long before you run into the Shears Mystery: how to fussy cut all those details on some of the crafts I present.

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The truth is, my scissors are not super special, and I don’t use a large selection of different ones. Here are the ones I currently use for all things paper:

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They are non-stick scissors from Panduro Hobby, sadly it seems Panduro are no longer selling these. When I first got the scissors, I could not believe how smooth and precise they would cut through even rather thick layers of paper. I think part of what makes these good, is the way they respond to my touch, I can cut even tiny-weeny details with super light pressure, and they are not “suddenly” chewing a nasty chunk away all by themselves! The non-stick treatment is essential, since I’m always glueing and taping stuff, other scissors become dull and sticky in no time.

They were the most expensive scissors in the Panduro selection when I got them about 2 years ago. If (when!) I’m buying scissors next, I’ll go for the Tim Holtz Titanium Shears. A bonus with these are that they can be used by both right- and left-handed crafters, and my youngest daughter is left-handed so this will be nice for her:

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Of course the Tim Holtz scissors are even more expensive than the Panduro scissors, but scissors are probably my most important tool, so I think it’s worth investing in the best pair I can have!

I don’t really use smaller scissors for details (or at least not very often) – I find that by turning the scissors and the paper, sometimes cutting from the reverse side, I can cut most any detail with my Panduro scissors. For most cutting I keep my (right) cutting hand very still and steady, and just turn the paper with my left hand, kind of feeding the paper in between the scissor blades. For the small details, I will move both the paper and the scissors! I know this is not recommended, but it seems to allow me to reach even the hardest nooks and crannies 😛 Most of my fussy cutting is done quite near the screw (the middle of the scissors) I barely ever cut with the tip, as that tends to rip the paper. If this explanation does not make sense to you, try to think about your technique the next time you cut something, and consider if you can develop it further.

When I sometimes need to cut away something tiny that can’t be reached with my scissors, I prefer using a sharp craft knife, like an X-Acto knife. Mine is from this Panduro kit (seen to the far left).

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But I honestly think any craft knife will do it, as long as your blade is tightly fastened and sharp, always sharp! You might want to choose one with a comfortable non-slip grip, rather than the plain metal ones (which often are thin like a pencil too!) Knife blades are not very expensive, so keep a few extras on hand and change them often! My cutting board is from tempered glass and I feel it gives me a much better precision than my old self-healing cutting mat, you can see it clearly in this picture:

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If you are throwing out an old fridge, make sure you keep the shelves, they are made from tempered glass, and the perfect size for your craft space 🙂

And two additional tips: My house is filled with regular,  cheap scissors, like these:

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This is to give my girls and crafty visitors some fun & viable options, so I can keep my non-stick scissors to myself…lol If (when!) the cheap scissors become sticky from glue and tape, I wipe them with baby wipes 😉

And last but not least:

My fabric scissors are locked away in a drawer, never-ever allowed to even “think about” paper!

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Do you have a pair of favorite scissors you would like to recommend? Or maybe a special technique that helps you with the fussy cutting? Please share in the comments below! I would also love to hear from anyone who already has the Tim Holtz Titanium Shears, if they really should be my next choice – or not?

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The vintage illustrations in this post are from the following sources:

Children & Scissors: Boston Public Library on Flickr

Sewing Singer Girls – Boston Public Library on Flickr

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Vintage Milk Glass Jar Advent Calendar

Every time I’ve visited the local thrift stores over the last 3 years, I have been looking to score these vintage milk glass jars:

Wings of Whimsy: Milk Glass Advent Calendar #thrifted #vintage #advent #calendarThe jars were originally sold in Norway in the 70ies, containing powdered bouillon. The quality resembles Pyrex; the red Norwegian Folklore decor is burned onto the glass, and they keep amazingly well! The weak spot on these seems to be the plastic lid… 😛 Each jar is about 16,5cm tall (approx 6,5″), so quite large, larger than regular table size spice jars, more like the vintage spice sets you would use in a pantry.

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I have finally collected enough of these jars to use them for my homemade Milk Glass Jar Advent Calendar – which was my goal with collecting them in the first place:

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I was planning to put the jars up on the open wall shelves I have in my kitchen, but maybe I’ll keep tweaking the setup on my old side table until I’m happy with it, and just leave them there 🙂

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The ones sealed with washi tape on the lids are already filled, with little gifts and sweet treats for counting down to Christmas, starting December 1st. I still need to fill a few more, but I think I have covered at least the first week, buying myself a little extra time…lol

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Would you like to create your own Jar Advent Calendar but don’t have a full collection of 24 vintage milk glass jars? (Who does…except one crazy Norwegian…lol) I say this is a pretty obvious idea for regular mason jars too, just line them with some red paper, or wrap your little advent gifts and treats in red tissue paper before inserting them into the jars 🙂 I can even envision placing the jars under the Christmas tree, if you set it up as early as December 1st 🙂 

In case you want to make your own Jar Advent Calendar, or just fancy my White Heart Tags, I have included a sheet so you may make your own:

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These tags can of course be embellished to your hearts delight 😀 The file is free for your personal use and enjoyment. Go to the download folder below to grab your high quality copy 🙂

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Calendar Sunday – Frances Brundage Ladies 1899

Frances Brundage has oh so many beautiful illustrations, so of course I’m including a calendar from her:

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Make this calendar for yourself, or why not make the calendar as a gift?

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Christmas Ladies 1902 – Frances Brundage Tags

The lovely 1902 Christmas Ladies I used for these tags are believed to be painted by Frances Brundage:

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I hope these will be added to some of your gifts this season 🙂

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Print the tag sheet on cardstock, I use Canon Matte photopaper (170g).
  • Attach the tag sheet to thin cardboard with spray glue, I save all my cereal boxes for this.
  • Cut out the individual tags
  • Punch a hole in each tag and string them with pretty lace or ribbon.

Here is a low resolution preview of the individual tags:

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I used elements from the following source for these designs:

Christmas Fantasy – Tuck DB

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