Saturday, November 14, 2009

Crafts 19th Century Style

Today my Mom and I went to our favorite local living history museum and made 6 crafts all for $20. We had such a good time. Click on the link and it will take you to the website.
The first one is a marzipan hedgehog. Isn't he just the cutest thing???! This little guy was made out of almond paste (you can find this in most large grocery stores) with cloves for the eyes and nose. Sliced almonds are the spikes in the back.
This is the other side of him, shows all the almonds. People of the 19th century used marzipan for decorating cakes, and for all types of decorations. I've seen small fruits made out of this.

This is a pomander ball. It is an orange covered with cloves. We took a nail and pierced the orange and pushed the cloves into the hole. Beware if you try this your fingers will hurt..LOL! Then we took cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and orris root (used to bind the spices all together) and we rolled the orange in it. As the orange dries out it will shrink holding the cloves in place for years to come. The lady that taught this craft had hers for 20 years. I love the smell in the house as I type much like Christmas!!

This one is a tin ornament. It is a star with the current year underneath. This was a lot of fun also. You used a hammer and nail to make all the small holes.
This is our santa dollpin (clothes pin) ornament. He was made with felt and pipe cleaners for his arms. This took us a while to make because we had to wait for the glue to dry.

This is my bird ornament made out of an old wool blanket. I like the simplicity of this. I'm going to try and make more of these.
This is a Christmas cornucopia. Children in the use to make these to hang and get treats in. The picture is of a horse drawn sleigh.

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