I can’t even express how pleased I am to be on the Chronicle Books tour for Vintage Craft Workshop. The book is by Cathy Callahan (also known as Cathy of California), and she is one of my heroes. I’ve even gotten to meet her in real life! Cathy is absolutely amazing and I wish I could be just like her. To this day, I haven’t met a craft of hers I didn’t want to make. This book is filled with 24 projects inspired by the 60s and 70s, but with a current twist. Cathy grew up in Southern California with a very crafty mom. I had a very similar experience growing up. I have fond memories of crafting as a child, and one of my favorites is making fruit leathers in a dehydrator. What can I say, my parents were complete hippies. Without further adieu, here are my five favorite things about this book.
1. The profiles of women crafty entrepreneurs throughout the text. We’re women, and we’re pretty awesome (don’t you think?). We rock the crafting world, and I love reading stories about women just like me who made a creative hobby into a business. All I can say is that I want to be like these women someday. Their stories are inspiring.
2. The use of Mod Podge (and other glues). How could I leave this out? You can do so many vintage crafts with Mod Podge, including several in this book. And to reference my point above, a woman named Jan Wetstone invented Mod Podge about 43 years ago in her home. She covered a car with bedsheets!
3. The bright colors. The crafts of “yesteryear” have a delightful color palette, and Cathy has updated them for the contemporary crafter. Each project has an accompanying picture that shows the inspiration, and it’s fascinating to see how Cathy and her contributors have interpreted them. Amazing, really.
4. YOU can do these projects. I’m not quite sure what it is about 60s and 70s crafts, but they are all accessible. Cathy and her team completely figured it out – they know what people want to do and they show how to get there easily. I don’t feel overwhelmed by any of the projects, and I even want to give paper mache a go. I’ve never wanted to try it before, but now I want to be the perfect vintage crafter.
5. I can apply the designs to other things. I could sew the fish from the “Gone Fishing Tote” onto a tote as shown, but I could also sew them onto a shirt. Or a girl’s dress. My mind is spinning with ideas; I only have one problem – what will I do first? I’m seriously considering using the florals from the wastebasket above on clothing (shirt?). Done correctly, wouldn’t it be so awesome?
I’m going to tell you with the utmost confidence that you need this book. It’s become, in a short time, one of the most important in my craft library. I’m happy to be giving a copy away to a reader. Yay!
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