Synopses & Reviews
In her newest volume, Susan Waggoner recaptures the magic of Christmases past with the vintage crafts projects readers have been craving. Inspired by the most sought-after treasures from the 1920s through the 1960s, Waggoner recreates a tempting array of decorations and provides step-by-step instructions that allow anyone to deck their halls with cellophane wreaths, glittered glass ornament balls, beaded bell garlands, and whimsical, tinsel-bedecked treat cups. Those pressed for time will also find quick crafts for every decade, along with style notes and decorating tips to pull it all together. Nostalgic bonus art throughout provides a host of images to use in greeting cards and photo holders. And to keep spirits merry and energy flowing, Waggoner includes a sampler of easy-to-make candy recipes, from Mackinac Island Fudge to old-fashioned soft caramels.
Praise for Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas:
and#8220;If you're looking for nostalgia or a retro style, this is the perfect book to help you plan your Christmas decorations. . . . A well-thought-out themed book for any craft collection.and#8221; and#8212;Library Journal
and#8220;Packed with an amazing amount of information and/or tips for having a fab retro holiday of your own.and#8221; and#8212;The Costco Connection
Provides step-by-step instructions for recipes and crafts inspired by Christmas fare and decorations from the 1920s to the 1960s.
puts the holidays back into the family kitchen with 100 recipes and projects for holiday treats for parents and children to make together. The recipes are easy to make, donandrsquo;t require special equipment, and are accompanied by lush color photographs. From real homemade candy (peppermint fudge, pulled ribbon candy, sugared pecans) to edible decorations for the tree (stained glass cookies, Rice Krispie snowmen, chocolate Santa mice) to handmade gifts for special people (golden caramel sauce, dark chocolate truffles, Christmas pudding bonbons), this beautiful and inspiring book even has recipes for Christmas morning: buttery pull-apart bread in a caramel glaze, sticky buns, orange-butter pancakes, and hot maple doughnuts.
Praise for Sweet Christmas:
andldquo;Sweet Christmas puts the holidays back in the family kitchen.andrdquo; andmdash;GoodHousekeeping.com
andldquo;Not just another holiday baking book.andrdquo; andmdash;The Star-Ledger
andldquo;Kid-friendly magical recipes for holiday treats and instructions for wonderful decorations.andrdquo; andmdash;The Stir blog
Even now that we're all grown up, we can't help but look back on our childhood holidays and hope to recapture that elusive spirit of joyful anticipation. Celebrating Christmas is so often about nostalgia. With a nod and a wink to the days of Christmas past, It's a Wonderful Christmas
presents classic images of the Yuletide icons of mid-20th-century America.
Bubbler lights and glow-in-the-dark icicles. Catalogues crammed with toys. Norad bulletins tracking Rudolph's red nose through the nighttime sky. Along with hundreds of such quintessentially American illustrations, author Susan Waggoner stocking-stuffs her lively text with fascinating bits of information, lore, and lists. Wonder what the all-time most popular Christmas song is? How the tradition of the department store Santa got started? The answers are here. Loaded with images of vintage Christmas cards, wrapping paper, magazine ads, Lionel toy trains, and more, all in full color, this charming book will appeal to anyone who associates Christmas with home movies, "The Chipmunk Song," and Santa relaxing with an ice-cold bottle of Coca-Cola.
Oh, those Christmas memories. We all have them, locked away in our hearts. But what about the Christmases we werenand#8217;t there for? The one our favorite heirloom ornament came from, or the one we know only from a picture of our newlywed parents smiling under the mistletoe?In Christmas Memories, Susan Waggoner, author of STCand#8217;s Itand#8217;s a Wonderful Christmas and Under the Tree, looks at bygone holidays from the perspective of those who lived them. Beginning with and#147;Christmas in the Melting Pot,and#8221; which depicts yuletide in the early 1920s, the author presents detailed snapshots that re-create holiday seasons past. She chronicles the gifts, activities, fads, and fancies that made each Christmas unique; indulges in fantasy shopping at yesterdayand#8217;s prices; shares thoughts from letters, diaries, and magazines of the era; and makes the past pop to life with vibrantperiod art. Readers will revel in the irresistible nostalgia of Christmas Memories.
About the Author
Sharon Bowers is the author of the bestselling Ghoulish Goodies (more than 85,000 copies in print) and Candy Construction, and is a regular contributor to NBCand#8217;s iVillage. She has appeared in the New York Times and People magazine, and on CBSand#8217;s Early Show and ABC News Now. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
How to use this book -- The 1920s -- The 1930s -- The 1940s -- The 1950s -- The 1960s -- Candy -- Source list.