Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Season of Promise and Hope and New Life

My latest Books Bygone column is out in our little newspaper. Also available here-- along with all of the others! Take a look!

It begins: 

Long, long ago, in a time far, far away—that would be before the days of Pinterest—crafty souls got their creative inspiration from magazines and books. These “idea” books often focused on a specific season or holiday and provided not just ideas but also step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to make, for example, an adorable Easter Bunny Centerpiece using little more than paper towels, crepe paper, and paste. As Easter is “the season of promise and hope and new life” which “each of us wants to celebrate in the spirit of love and kindness,” I’ve begun to look through the Easter Idea Book (1954) for inspiration.

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