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The National Handcraft Society

Updated on September 30, 2016

Welcome The National Handcraft Society

This page is dedicated to all who seek information about The National Hand Craft Society, also known as The Fad Of The Month Club.Here you will find information about the Handcraft Society and the products it had to offer.

If you are an old schooled crafter like me, and wonder what ever happened to this fine organization, fellow handcraft club members, and whether or not any craft kits are still in existence, you will find the answers here.

National Hand Craft Society - Shipping Label
National Hand Craft Society - Shipping Label

History of The National Hand Craft Society

The National Handcraft Society was established in or around 1947. The Handcraft Society was comprised of members who joined to receive the surprise craft kit of the month.

A Note From Club Secretary Nancy Lee

National Hand Craft Society - Dear New Member
National Hand Craft Society - Dear New Member

Each month, members received a letter from club secretary, Nancy Lee who would touch base with members with the latest notes about their Fad Of The Month Craft Kit, along with instructions.

National Handcraft Society Membership Information

It's A Good Idea To Pay Ahead - National Handcraft Society 1970
It's A Good Idea To Pay Ahead - National Handcraft Society 1970

As a member of The "Fad Of The Month Club," you were deemed the privilege of being a member of the National Handcraft Society. The craft kits were as shown in the catalog published by The National Handcraft Institute of Des Moines, Iowa.

Membership was available in two forms: The $7.50 Membership was ($6.00 for 6 Surprise Kits plus $1.50 to cover postage, handling, and insurance) for six surprise kits plus one FREE PRIZE. The second membership available was $12.50 ($10.00 for 10 Surprise Kits plus $2.50 to cover postage, handling, and insurance) for 10 Surprise Kits plus TWO FREE PRIZES.

The surprise kit was like the Forest Gump Box of Chocolates -- You never knew what you were going to get. But when that little box arrived, you knew you were getting a kit that included everything from start to finish to complete it. The package was well prepared, and often came with a full set of instructions, and a full color postcard of how the kit would look complete and on display. Of course, a member's satisfaction was of utmost importance. Members were protected with an UNCONDITIONAL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

Regardless of which membership package one chose, the FREE GIFT was the first item one would receive, along with a "Welcome" letter from Nancy Lee. The welcome letter also provided the means for enabling one to earn premium gifts by enrolling friends on the Special Membership Agreements. One could also provide Nancy Lee with names and addresses so friends could receive an invitation anonymously.

The Garden Medley Apron Kit

The Garden Medley Apron Kit
The Garden Medley Apron Kit

Gift Craft Catalog from The National Handcraft Institute

Gift Craft Catalog from The National Handcraft Institute
Gift Craft Catalog from The National Handcraft Institute

Thanksgiving In The Handcraft Institute Catalog

Thanksgiving In The Handcraft Institute Catalog
Thanksgiving In The Handcraft Institute Catalog

Make Your Own Cork Board

Wine Enthusiast DIY Wine Cork Board Frame Kit
Wine Enthusiast DIY Wine Cork Board Frame Kit

This is a very practical cork board kit that will help inspire those who save wine bottle cork.

 

Steam Punk Antique Cars Fad Of The Month Craft Kit

Steam Punk Antique Cars Fad Of The Month Craft Kit
Steam Punk Antique Cars Fad Of The Month Craft Kit

Where To Find Fad Of The Month Club Kits

Members of The National Handcraft Society will probably remember the joy in receiving a surprise box once a month in the mail. In the early 1970s, I was a member of The National Handcraft Society, and once a month I received a surprise craft kit. Members who were faithful for a whole year received a National Handcraft Society Pin.

For collectors of the antique National Handcraft Society kits, look for items available for sale on eBay, estate sales, garage sales, newspaper classifieds, Craig's List, and social networks online.

Christmas In The Handcraft Society Catalog

Christmas In The Handcraft Society Catalog
Christmas In The Handcraft Society Catalog
Build a Christmas Village: Paper Houses to Make and Decorate for the Holidays (Easy Papercraft)
Build a Christmas Village: Paper Houses to Make and Decorate for the Holidays (Easy Papercraft)

Fad Of The Month Craft Kits were always themed with the season, and everything you needed was always provided. This is an example of a seasonal craft kit that is available on Amazon.

 

The Posy Place

The Posy Place
The Posy Place

Fun Handcrafts From The Fad Of The Month

Fun Handcrafts From The Fad Of The Month
Fun Handcrafts From The Fad Of The Month

Members Of The National Handcraft Society Unite

National Hand Craft Society Crumb Chum Craft Kit
National Hand Craft Society Crumb Chum Craft Kit

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The Hancrafter's Note

All the information contained herein is from my own National Handcraft Society kits and personal experience. Based on how difficult it was (and still is) to find relevant information about "The Fad Of The Month Club," this page was constructed for the benefit of all who have inquiry about the hand crafting group that existed for more than twenty five years and disappeared without a trace. The purpose of this page, most importantly, is to assemble information about the National Handcraft Society to be shared with all for historical purposes.

If you were a member of The National Handcraft Society (Fad Of The Month), your knowledge and information are welcome here. I would love to hear about your crafting experience, craft kits, and how the National Handcraft Society was part of your life. Also, if anyone knows whatever happened club secretary, Nancy Lee, it would be great if you could share your information here with fellow former members, as well.

It is amazing how many links to the National Handcraft Society are obsolete, or non existent. This page was designed to provide you and the internet with a real and relevant source of information about this topic. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit this page. May all who visit feel welcome, and may all who seek information about this topic find it helpful.

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      Leslie 2 months ago

      Wendy, just in case you want to send me a list of the kits, you can go to auntbook.com and click on one of the Tell Aunt Book links to e-mail me (I'm kind of wary of posting my actual e-mail and I don't quite understand how this site works to get my address to you any other way!)

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      Leslie 2 months ago

      Wendy, I would love to know what kits you have. You can list them on eBay. They go for varying amounts. Some of them are quite common, some less so. If you have some of the earlier ones and can fill in gaps in my knowledge I will be thrilled.

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      Wendy 2 months ago

      Oh my goodness! I was going through boxes of my 96 year old Grandma, may God Rest Her Soul! I found numerous kits from Fad of the Month Club! Most all of them are still complete with ALL materials! What do I do with them, still in original boxes and wonder what they are worth. A lot of them are pretty and "cool"! Sure takes me back!!!

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      Debbie Milligan 7 months ago

      Cleaning out my garage, I found the entire unassembled 1975 set of craft of the month kits. My mom ordered them for me but being a typical teen, I never got around to making them. If anyone would like these, please let me know.

      manymilligans@airenetworks.com

      I don't want money for them but would like to be reimbursed for shipping.

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      Angela 8 months ago

      Can't believe that 40 years ago I had my children make the Vintage Christmas ornaments, and that I still put them up on my Christmas tree. Last year my daughter finally took the one she made and has it in her curio cabinet. I also have the Scarecrow broom. Those were beautiful memories I shared with my girls and their friends.

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      Cindy 12 months ago

      I belonged to Fad of the Month Club in the late 50;s early 60's...my ..soon to be ...mother in law and I each got the surprises each month for $1. We loved doing the crafts..sometimes as gifts and sometimes we kept them. It was so exciting each month to see what we would get and there was always everything we needed to make the objects. WISH WISH WISH they would be available again.

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      anonymous 15 months ago

      I was so excited to read that others had such a fond memory of the monthly kits. I couldn't wait for each month. I believe the price I paid was $1 per month. My mother signed me up as a child.

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      J Milstead 18 months ago from B.C., Canada

      All the kits are vintage and so paints, glues, liquids are dried up. Probably someone removed the dried up varnish. I bought some vintage kits and then I bought a few acrylic paints, some white glue, hot glue, a small can of varnish, and a small can of wood stain. So far these have been enough to do the kits.

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      pterryalne@aol.com 19 months ago

      I have acquired a Fad of the Month called "GLIS-GLASS Rose Array" I have an instruction sheet, but no varnishes. Is it possible to still get them? The person who gave me this box of flowers did not know anything more about this. I am just pulling at straws here. Let me know on my E-mail please & I will send you my address.

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      Robin McGowan 23 months ago

      I looked forward to getting these every month. I wish they would come back because i would definately rejoin!

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      Crafty Sheila 3 years ago

      I received these in the mail when I was about 12 yrs old and looked forward to every one. It was always such a neat surprise to see what I would be making. I'm 65 now and wish we still had that neat monthly complete craft kit to look forward to.

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      Tonie Cook 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your link and your web page. The National HandCraft Society means a lot to me in that I was a member in the early 1970s, and still have my original kits and the boxes they came with. I am in the process of expanding on this page, as well, and if by chance your link does not show up here, I will make a point of including it on this page for all to see. Cataloging the kits from the Fad Club's beginning to the end is quite a challenge. Thank you for making an effort to do so, and thank you again for sharing your link here.

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      Leslie 3 years ago

      But, just in case you're interested, Charlino:

      http://auntbook.com/FadoftheMonthClubIntroduction....

      has links to other pages. It's still a work in progress, though.

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      Leslie 3 years ago

      I've started a webpage showing the various kits, but the little message under this text box says I'm not allowed to "promote other sites." Pity, because I have pictures of a whole bunch of the kits posted.

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      Kjuneau 4 years ago

      I loved these! Someone (I think it was my mother) gave me a membership as a child. ( I am my mid 50's) The surprise of a package every month and I was so proud of my creations that I still have a few in my treasure box. I made the car art kit in the for my Dad. Wish this was still around, I would give these to all my younger relatives.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      I'd never heard about the National Handcraft Society. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thought I had already posted here but don't see it. Hope we don't end up with multiple posts.

      My grandmother, now deceased, was a member of the Fad of the Month Club. How fun it was to see her open those little boxes of supplies and instructions--such excitement and anticipation for a child! I hadn't thought of it in years until recently while working on a pottery project with one of my sisters. After painting the frog she was working on, they asked if she wanted to put glass into the concaves. As we shook out those little glass shards, I had a strange sense of deja vu. My sister suggested that it might be memories of crafting with our grandmother. This brought to mind the "Fad of the Month Club." Just wondering if anyone out there knows of a project kit that might have included glass. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My grandmother, now deceased, was a member of the Fad of the Month Club. How fun it was to see her open those little boxes of supplies and instructions--such excitement and anticipation for a child! I hadn't thought of it in years until recently while working on a pottery project with one of my sisters. After painting the frog she was working on, they asked if she wanted to put glass into the concaves. As we shook out those little glass shards, I had a strange sense of deja vu. My sister suggested that it might be memories of crafting with our grandmother. This brought to mind the "Fad of the Month Club." Just wondering if anyone out there knows of a project kit that might have included glass. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found one at a thrift shop for $.10. It's the Turtle Trivet 1973. Back in the early 80s, my friend's mom let us pick a project from a stash she had and I made the 1964 Copper Trivet for my grandma. She still has it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I just listed a Foam Fun with the Gay Blade kit (the one for cutting styrofoam) on eBay, if you're desperate to have one again. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Neat! Which one did you find?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just found a kit at a yard sale! This website is great! Very glad to have found some information.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Foam Fun with the Gay Blade - November, 1965.

      And Coppertrim Trivet - July 1964.

      Some others from around that time:

      1964 January HEAD 'N' SHOULDERS RING

      1964 February GILDED CAGE

      1963 March CHICK-A-BIDDIES

      1964 April WOOD BLOOMS Arrangement 1

      1964 May VINETIME HANDBAG

      1964 June PIERRE PANHANDLER

      1964 July COPPERTRIM TRIVET

      1964 August INDIAN SUMMER BRAID BOUQUET

      1964 September AUTUMN SET (honeycomb candle craft)

      1964 October FILIGREE FANTASY

      1964 November SANTA'S DREAMBOOT

      1964 December TOLE ART "CRUMB CHUMS"

      1964 December FALL FLIGHT (perhaps an earlier kit bonus gift?)

      1965 ? STYLE-STITCH HANDBAG

      1965 January RUS-TIC-TOCK PLANTER

      1965 February HI HATS

      1965 March TREAT TOTE (Blue)

      1965 April "WONDER WEAVE" HANDBAG

      1965? ? PARTY SMARTY

      1965 May FRUITIQUE

      1965 June VINE DIAMONDS

      1965 July "MISS HAMCRAFT" (pink)

      1965 August GEM-TOP CHARM CHEST (Shades of Autumn)

      1965 September "PEBBLE POINT" PICTURE (Roses)

      1965? October? HERE'S CHEERS CARDS

      1965 November FOAM FUN WITH THE GAY BLADE KIT

      1965 December LEOPARD STEPPERS

      1966 January PHONO PLANTER

      1966 February BONNIE BONNETS

      1966 March VANITY FAIR (BLUE)

      1966 April? AR-TIQUES (gesso bookends)

      1966 May "LATTICE LOOK" HANDBAG

      1966 June SAVORY SET

      1966 July KEEP-KASE

      1966 August FLEMISH FROSTING Flowerscape #1

      1966 September FRINGE FANCY STITCHCRAFT PILLOW

      1966 October EMBER-GLO hurricane lamp

      1966 November JOLLY V.I.P.

      1966 December PEEK-A-BLOOM SCARF

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I belonged to Fad of the Month in the sixties (my mother got me the membership) and the whole family got interested in all the cute things -- you could even give some of them as gifts depending on the subject matter. I remember a styrofoam project which came with a battery operated wire cutter that heated up to melt the styrofoam so you could cut it! We used that cutter on multiple other projects that we were involved in around the house! A trivet with copper tooled embellishment was really great and useful! So many holiday decorations that we kept for years. Sewing was my least favorite, but on those my grandmother would chip in and help. Memories, memories!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I first became a member of NHS/FMC when I was only 12 years old! (I did not read the fine print that indicated that I should have been an adult.) Anyway, the would have been from 1967-around 1971, then again in the late 70's - early 80's. I have about 30 of my old postcards. I loved it so much! I am now a serious "crafter," and it all began with NHS.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I belonged to The National Handcraft Society in the 1960s. I so enjoyed the kits that I received. I could not wait to get the next one in the mail. It was so enjoyable to get the box with everything in it to make the craft. My favorite fad was the Steam Punk Antique Cars. I got so many compliments on that fad. I was thinking about the Society and wandered if I could find it on the internet. It appears that it is no longer in existence. Hopefully, I will find more information the more I look. If I fine any information that will be helpful to this page I will be back. I am so happy to have found this site. Thank you. Brought back memories.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I've been keeping an eye out but haven't seen the listing. Have I missed it?

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      OMG.. I have sooo much to learn.. thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am going to sell 20 boxes from fad of the month club on ebay under norquistsales2011. The 2 with dates are from 1969 and 1970. 1 item was a free gift as I assume from reading above information. It is an Itailan made coin purse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh, and I forgot to ask: Do you think it would make more sense for me to list the kits individually, or grouped together? I listed one set of three trivets, and a couple of kits as a set because I knew one person wanted to buy them all; but most I've done individually. If you were buying them, how would you want them listed?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm listing a bunch of old Fad of the Month kits on eBay - I've done maybe 25 so far, and have maybe 75 to 100 to go. If there's a particular kit you're trying to find, post it here and if I have it I'll bump it up to the top of the "list first!" line. These are duplicates and triplicates from my own collection.

      Meanwhile, I'm making Bunny 'n' Beau, two little fluffy bunnies with flowers on them. The balloon around which their bodies are supposed to be built is long gone, so I substituted one that seemed like approximately the right shape, and it has worked out all right so far.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      back in the early 60's when I was a young homemaker i belonged to this club for a couple of years.I really loved making the different crafts.The wishing well planter, The wheelbarrow planter, rolly polly santa, aprons, all sorts of things. It was great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was a member of the Fad of the Month Club years ago. How I enjoyed it!!!! I learned from it how to stain wood with the little packs of stain and/or varnish. How excited I was when the box came in the mail. I still have one item I still use to this day and it's a wood letter holder that goes on the wall and has a plastic scrolling front to it. I have glued the plastic several times over the years as I still cherish this little bit of the past. It helped me later in life to get into doll house miniatures, start a club and do doll houses to give to charity. I loved the Fad of the Month Club!!! p.s. I just recently found a post card of a foam Easter egg with an oval opening where plastic flowers peek out....called Eggs-Quisite Egg.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just took down my Christmas tree which had several ornaments made with Fad of the Month kits. My mom and I made these many, many years ago. Also, a Christmas door hanging that I still use (although it has had some "redressing" over the years) and a sleigh and reindeer, and a Santa playing the piano on a musical stand, and..... Still have lots of other decorations from the club. Remember when they went to an "enhanced" membership when you could get the month's craft and its accompanying items all at once. Heaven!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a bunch of these and am going to list them on etsy soon! (my shop is moxiethrift) THANK YOU for the info on them!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: thank you for responding so quickly. the angel airies has a booklet says copyright 1975 so i amagine they are all around the same date. i have a matchbox planter1975,party pup 1976, merry meleodeon 1975, and crystal glo grapes 1976 i am looking to sell them as a lot could you tell me what they would be worth? none of the boxes have labels all have been opened but all the pieces are there.

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      AuntBook 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The desk is from the end of 1973 and is called Memo-ry Minder. Not sure which angel and Santa Claus kits you mean; if you can describe them a little more, I can ID them for you. And the others, too.

      I wish the National Handcraft Society were still in business, but it ceased operations in the early 1980s.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i recently was given a few boxes of crafts from your company. how can i find out when they were put out?They are wooden pieces that you have to put together. one is a desk that holds paper and pencil the other is a christmas angel and a santa claus. also have three more but haven't opened the boxes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hopping backwards in time we come to the year 1958.

      January's kit was the SHADOW SHEER SCARF. White lace over a shimmery turquoise fabric, held together with beads and sequins, made a lovely neck scarf. It was also available in a soft red color.

      February's SCULPT-O-GLAS SEA CUPS were round, clear plastic containers with lids. Decorations were glued on and then lacquered into place.

      The TREE OF ELEGANCE arrived in March. An egg-shaped piece of styrofoam made the shape of the tree, held up on a stick and base. I haven't made this yet and can't remember for sure of what the "leaves" and "flowers" on the tree are made - foam rubber, I think - but I do know that the idea is to put jelly beans on toothpicks and stick them into the tree. I know this because the kit I found includes 54-year-old jelly beans.

      In April, the SILHOUETTE PURSE arrived. The outside is a white vinyl molded with large "buttons." The lining is white fabric with black silhoutted profiles. The clutch purse is stitched and accented with black lanyard. A matching headscarf was available.

      The COFFEE MILL PLANTER that was May's kit served as a new member gift for years. Made of redwood, with a black plastic flower pot set into it, itlooks like an old-fashioned home coffee grinder, with a false drawer at the bottom and a "crank" on top.

      The BUN BUNK was June's kit. Very handy for a cookout, it was a long, rectangular wooden frame on legs, with a fabric basket slung on it by rings, just the size to hold hamburger buns. The fabric was printed with a cute kitchen utensil print. There was a matching KITCHEN SHOWER APRON. The Bun Bunk proved popular enough that they made it again in the 1960s with a red bandana-print fabric.

      In July you could make the HOMESPUN SPLENDOR placemats or runner (you could cut the fabric into four mats, or leave it as one long runner). The fabric is a sort of waffle-weave, creamy color with gold threads woven into it; the corners were decorated with flat white mother-of-pearl buttons, gold beads, and a gold thread scroll. The matching COMPANION NAPKINS came in cherry red or cocoa brown.

      August's TOLE ART HI-HOLDER was matte black metal. It hung against the wall or sat on its base, which was a "pocket" that would hold matches, or mail, or just about anything. The rather ornately shaped back and the pocket were decorated by painting them; there were several patterns from which to choose.

      In September, the MINK CORALBERRY CORSAGE resembled the "Fleur de Mink" from five years previous. Coral-colored fabric and scraps of mink made a floral corsage.

      The EMPRESS PEN POCKET that was October's kit was a white-and-gold textured vinyl, sewn together with gold-colored lanyard lace to make a little notebook that held a small pad and pen and calendar, and was clasped with a beaded flower. It was also available in silver, as were the matching billfold and key case.

      The GOLDEN STARBURST CANDLEHOLDERS were November's kit. Gold-colored Mylar was cut and folded and taped to make candleholders that looked a lot like those ready-made bows that you put on packages. The matching GOLDEN STARBURST CENTERPIECE was a larger version of the same thing.

      December's STARDUST FAIRY was an amazingly detailed fairy, molded from pale pink plastic. A skirt of tulle accented with silver was made for it, and it was decorated with glitter and crystal beads, with a touch of red for the lips and black for the eyes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Jill, are there any in particular for which you're searching?

      I don't have an updated list of my extras, but I listed a whole bunch of them earlier on this lens (I also post as AuntBook). If you would like to look through the lists and see if there are any you want I can look and see whether I still have them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I belonged to the National Handcraft society in the 70's and was very disappointed when the club ended.

      Leslie, if you still have some extra kits that you would like to sell, please let me know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, since nobody objected: Let's take a look at 1970.

      The year started with January's BELLOWS PLANTER. It was designed to look like an old-fashioned fireplace bellows, in Colonial style. Two pieces of redwood, with black leatherette between them; a molded eagle, and lots of brass nails. It hung on the wall and could hold fake flowers or greenery.

      February's kit was the ELEGANT EGG. Designed to remind one of those sugar eggs with scenes in them, this one was about seven inches long and made of styrofoam. The hole was in the top and one looked down on a scene of a bunny and flowers. The styrofoam had raised flowers on it, and they were painted in pastel colors. One could also buy the matching kit, which would be painted in Wedgwood blue and white.

      March brought LOOM BLOOMS, a framed picture of flowers made of loops of yarn, with green velour paper leaves. The matching kit was FRINGE BOUQUET, made the same way except that the loops of yarn were cut to make a fringe.

      In April, the kit was the BLUE HUE HANDBAG. Foam rubber backed a blue floral print, to make a lightweight but rather bulky purse with handles. The handbag and the matching BLUE HUE BONNET were also available in golden color.

      May's STITCH STAND was a handy wooden sewing accessory, with pegs to hold thread, hooks to hold other sewing implements, and at the top a styrofoam ball covered in coral tricot cloth, to use as a pincushion.

      In June, club members received the kit to make PASTEL-O-GRAMS, note cards of pale green on which different flowers made of felt were glued.

      July's kit was the POSY PLACE BOX. A box just a bit bigger than a postcard, made of redwood, had an inset lenticular 3D picture of flowers. (Lenticular pictures are those ridged plastic ones that looked three-dimensional without needing a viewer). One could also order the matching POSY PLACE BOOKENDS.

      August's SUN-SPUN SCARF, sadly, has not aged well. A chiffon scarf would be made with wide hems at the ends, and inside the hems foam rubber shapes would be added. The foam rubber, however, has usually disintegrated so that it is unuseable, and sometimes has left stains on the fabric. The kit is in warms yellow and orange; the matching kit, SKY-LITE SCARF, in shades of blue.

      VERA VOO-DOO arrived in September, but was intended as a Halloween decoration. She was a little broom topped with a witch's head, wearing an orange burlap costume. She was called a "Brush-Off Girl," and a matching one was available for Thanksgiving: Polly Pilgrim. Also available was a metal dustpan on which to paint a coordinating design.

      October's kit looked forward to Christmas. The GOLDEN SLEIGH was made of cardboard covered with textured gold-colored foil. A matching pair of HOLIDEERS to pull the sleigh and the SLEIGH ARRAY of greenery to fill it were available for members to order.

      November also featured a Christmas kit: the SWEET STOWAWAY. A white plastic, pie-shaped box was decorated in red and green ribbons on the sides. On top, a fluffy cloud of white batting and a half a cherry served as the setting for a little mouse with a bow on his tail. The matching SNACK SNATCHER was of styrofoam to hold toothpicks of appetizers.

      December brought the WISHING WELL PLANTER. I just finished making it. Using cardboard from the box and redwood uprights and dowels, the frame of a well was made. Then the member had to cook a mixture of wheat powder and water, and add powdered redwood to it. The resulting dough was kneaded, rolled out between waxed paper, cut into pieces, pressed into place on the well or its roof or the bucket, "distressed" with lines to make it look like wood, and then baked. When cool, it was touched with a color glaze in the lines and then painted with a redwood sanding sealer. If this sounds simple and easy, I'm not describing it right. The matching QUACK PACK 'N' POSIES was a block of styrofoam and some orange flowers and greenery to put inside the planter, and a mama duck and four ducklings to pose around it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oops - the Wee Three Centerpiece had a brown (looks like) woven nest; it was the excelsior inside that was pink.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      1962 was the 15th anniversary of the Fad of the Month Club (originally known as the Month's Fad Club) and was 50 years ago, so I thought I'd tell you about the kits that came out that year. (I'll do more years if anybody is interested).

      January's kit was the GIRL FRIDAY CAL-INDEX, in Italian blue (though it could also be ordered in black). It is a blue box with a divided inside and a sloping lid. There is a paper calender nestled on the top, and inside are pages for addresses. The instructions came with several different patterns from which to choose and with which to decorate the top and sides of the box using gold embossing liquid.

      February brought the FARM CHARM APRON, which could be either the Country Squire pattern (a rooster) or the Crowabout pattern (a scarecrow).

      March's kit was accompanied by something new: a color post card showing the completed craft. This feature would continue until the mid-1970s, stop for a bit, begin again, and then disappear before the club's end. WEE THREE CENTERPIECE was the kit; three little birds in a woven pink nest.

      April's fad was the SHOWER OF FLOWERS HANDBAG, a cleverly-designed purse which was made of a drawstring fabric bag inside frame of black plastic ovals and cording. It was a copy of a kit from 1960 (SUN BASKET PURSE) in a different color scheme and fabric pattern.

      In May, you could make the LUSTRE LEAF. A foil mold was shaped like a leaf. In it you would put small green and blue pieces of stone and clear plastic pellets. Baking it melted the plastic to make a solid piece, which before it cooled was curved to make a serving bowl or dish.

      June brought the PANSY CANDLE SKIRT. Fabric pansies were attached to a wire mesh frame and then "Porcelizing" liquid (essentially liquid acrylic) coated and hardened them. The whole thing was attached to a holder for a candle.

      July's kit was the HOME 'N' ROAM CHARM CASE. Line drawings of Parisian landmarks were printed on pink vinyl. A red crayon was used to add accents to the pictures, and the whole was sewn to make a long, narrow strip with pockets for makeup and toiletries. The whole thing could be rolled up and tucked into a suitcase.

      Continuing the Parisian theme, August brought the FRENCH FLOWER CART PLANTER, a wooden cart with big wire wheels.

      September 15, 1962 was the fifteenth anniversary. Members received an anniversary gift along with their September kit: "BLENDESCENT" EARRINGS. Iridescent plastic disks were to be glued to screw-type earrings. The kit itself was the FLEUR-ALLURE HIDEAWAY. A pale-pink flower pot was the bottom; the top was a styrofoam half-ball that was covered with a floral cloth. It just fit into the top of the pot to make a lid (and pincushion).

      The October kit was the SUGAR PLUM EXPRESS, a train engine made of cardboard covered with gold and black and red. A little gnome or elf drove the engine. Other cars for the train were also available.

      November's TIFFANY TREE was a modernistic Christmas tree made of cardboard hoops (think: insides of rolls of cellophane tape in different sizes) which were green foil on the outside and silver foil on the inside. Glitter was glued to the edges, some of the hoops were cut, and they were glued into a tree shape and then accented with small pine cones (also decorated with glitter).

      Finally , the December kit was FOOT FANCIES (in Sparkle Red): fleece slippers with white vinyl poinsettias and gold beads on the tops.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Linda, I have a ton and a half of extra kits. If you send me a list of what you want I can tell you which ones I have. Alternately, I could post a list of what I have and you could tell me which you want, and I can list them on eBay or Etsy so you could buy them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Goodness! I'm looking for these craft kits and was hoping that in my retirement I could rejoin NHS. I can remember so many of these kits. Every month I couldn't wait to see what was coming. I remember the bird cage and one that was plastic flowers that when painted looked like glass. If anyone knows of any other such place to get these types of kits. Let me know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had so much fun when I belonged to nat. Handcraft soc. looked forward to each new craft. So sorry it doesn't exist anymore.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My daughter, Liane, and I so looked forward to receiving our kit each month. It allowed us to spend time together doing something fun. One of my favorites was a sail ship made with gold foil. It was exciting and fun for us to spend time together working on the projects and holds many cherished memories for us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i was hopeing to find you still in business so i could again join. i was a member back in the 60's and loved it..virginia wilkinson

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eileen - what's Feminine Flattery? I don't know that kit! I've seen pictures of the Spanish Leaf chest, but have only been able to find the Royal Rose one that matches it. What fun that you still have the instructions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow talk about old memories! I was just cleaning out a box in my basement and found the instructions for some of the kits I had done back in 1975 75 snd 76.There is s Country pump planter followed by a Spanish leaf chest. Then there is a Photo go round. I have Dahlia delight and part of Feminine flattery. Handy hoppy was a frog that held coasters and my final instruction set is for an Old Glory Box. I remembrr them all fondly.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I was a kid, my mother was a member of The National Handcraft Society. I LOVED when that box showed up and she'd let me open it at the kitchen table (so I wouldn't lose any of the parts and pieces) to see what the craft was for the month. The pictures of the old cars on the red felt background hung in my brother's room for years and seeing the pictures here brought back a lot of memories. I found this website because I was looking for something similar now...I'd love to find a monthly craft club that gives you all the parts and pieces you need to get from start to finish. Thanks for the memories!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would think that the NHS storerooms would have been a crafter's heaven, with all those bits and pieces and things. Just looking at the kits, it seems they must have saved the unused stuff, because you can see the same parts reappearing in later kits.

      I don't suppose you know anybody who worked there (or had relatives who worked there) in the very early years? I'm having trouble finding information on the kits (never mind the kits themselves) from the first, oh, five years or so.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, thanks for the kits!

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: You are a treasure to the craft world for being here! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experience with The National Handcraft Society, and for being here..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @myraggededge: Interesting u say that because I'm a crafter as well

      I would probably use the instructions and make my own craft.

      But when your so young it was much fun.

      I used to do this with my girlfriend

      My father joined us in the 70s and we would never get our kits toggether

      But we had so much fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow the must have been so much fun just to see the way everything

      Was put together in that day.convyer belts reminds me of Lucy and Ethel and

      The chocolates,it must of been interesting now to go back and remember but then it was a job.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello...I worked at National Handcraft Society in Des Moines when I was going to college. It was located at 6th and Cherry St down by the viaduct by the river. I think this was about 1976 because Jimmy Carter was elected president that fall. There were about 12 or 15 ladies seated at a slow moving conveyor belt table top and they each supplies a part of the kit. I supplied them with boxes of materials so they could all remained seated. It was quite fun and I remember some them very well after all these years. It was fun to rune across this site.

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      AuntBook 5 years ago

      Hmm - they seem to have changed their format a bit!

      Someone on eBay is offering a group of 7 kits, including two of the cupcake ornaments kits, if anybody wants to bid on them. I already have them, so I won't be bidding, but I know several people are looking for them.

      Leslie

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Such an interesting society ... I don't believe I had heard of them or the Fad of the Month. Very informative! I'm wondering about all those obsolete or non-existent links? Do they need someone to take over their web presence and fix all that?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, what fun! Can you list the names of the kits? If any are ones I don't have, I'd certainly be interested in them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I found a half dozen boxes of crafts from the "Fad of the Month Club" about a month ago above the rafters in my utility room. I was going to throw them away, then, thought there might be some people interested in collecting them. None have been assembled, and all have the directions enclosed. Perhaps, you can direct me people interested in them.

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      myraggededge 5 years ago

      We didn't have anything like this in the UK, apart from 'Book of the Month'. It sounds like a good idea for people who don't mind what the project is. However, I'd find it difficult to make something that was someone else's idea. Great lens - I'm sure it's brought back a lot of memories.

      Blessed :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was a member of the handcraft club in the 7o's. I enjoyed receiving all the neat things. I gave a lot away for gifts and some I kept and I found one of the patterns in among my papers. it was the holder for measuring cups and you got the measering cups with it. I didn't know that this was still around. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wishing Well Planter - wishing well and bucket, made by forming wood paste over cardboard

      Magic Violin Planter - violin-shaped planter that hangs on wall

      Crystal Garden Candleholders - curled triangular candle holders made of clear plastic with small flowers melted inside

      Pierre Panhandler - oven mitt made to look like a French chef

      Hmmm - didn't divide those up well!

      I'm pretty sure I have some others, and some of them I have more than one extra, so let me know what you need and I'll see what I can do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Okey dokey, another batch of kits that are extra. Again, contact me and I'll put whatever you want up for sale on eBay or Etsy (on the theory that for all you know I'm a slick con man trying to lure your money from you, and you'll be protected on those sites!)

      Cherry Berry Bin - four coasters with pictures of fruits on them, kept in a little wooden berry crate

      "Totem" Bag - olive geen "quilted" vinyl bag with scalloped edges and drawstring

      Checker Chick Cozy - red and white checked hen that will hold eggs, or rolls or whatever

      Yarn-Craft Coasters - four round coasters decorated with yarn pressed into wax, with a holder for the coasters

      Decorator Scales - Molded plastic scales with one pan on each side (decorative, doesn't really work)

      Ember-Glo Lamp - Plastic pellets to melt into a round tube to set around a candle

      Measure Maid - holder with 3 measuring cups and 3 measuring spoons, in early-'70's melon, harvest gold, and avocado

      Fruitique - plaque made of loops of rattan, with raffia-covered "fruit"

      Tole Art Crumb Chums - little dustpan and brush

      Daisy Drizzler - clear plastic rain hat with blue net and red-centered daisies inside

      Rus-Tic Tock planter - clock-shaped wall planter, with dangling chains and "weights"

      Splash Bag - vinyl bag covered with floral-print polyester eyelet fabric

      Flora-Dorables - plaque with woven wood basket and painted styrofoam flowers

      Vine Diamonds - Necklace and earrings made by melting pellets of plastic and sticking on little plastic grapes and leaves in clear plastic

      Victorian Showcase - plaque with two gold-plaster-framed pictures

      Loom Blooms - picture with flowers made of loops of harn

      Big Slipper - giant Santa slipper (there's one in my Christmas pictures)

      Foam Fun with the Gay Blade - battery-powered wire cutter to cut styrofoam into Christmas shapes to be decorated

      The Velvet Touch - velvet-covered scallop-shell-shaped bowl

      Biddy Baskets - little hen-shaped egg holders (set of 4). Same pattern as the earlier one from the 1960s, but made with a different fabric

      Cock-a-Doodle Dandy - styrofoam rooster-shaped planter covered with patchwork-patterned paper

      Dutch Treat Planter - styrofoam Dutch shoe with Delft-blue tulip pattern decoupaged

      Cloud 9 and Seventh Heaven - little angel in fluffy clouds (there's a set of those in my Christmas pictures)

      Muffin Maid - muffin or bread holder made with a rooster-print vinyl

      Bellows Planter - bellows-shaped planter with golden eagle on it

      The Jewel Garden - poppies and wheat of color-varnished plastic stuck in a styrofoam base

      Velvetique - picture of pansies painted on velvet

      Country Store Décor - styrofoam old-fashioned coffee grinder and flowers

      Party Pup - dachshund-shaped snack holder

      Pansy Candle Skirt - candle base with pansies and leaves

      Garden Party Apron - pastel floral apron

      Lattice-Look Handbag - Green striped with beige net over it

      Pansy Solitaire - orchid-colored flocked pansy-shaped apron with ruffle

      Wonder-Weave Handbag - taupe burlap purse with black and white embroidered pattern

      Memory Laners - wood plaque with old-fashioned bicyclist

      Opulent Owl - turquoise styrofoam owl bank

      Nature Noteables - painted note cards of nature scenes with velveteen accents

      Decorator Trivet - wooden trivet with cork cutout pattern

      Spring Ringer - old-fashioned wooden tub with wringer; holds flowers

      Petal-Point Roses - two pictures of roses made by gluing colored pebbles to cloth

      Keep Kase - accordion file folder covered with fabric in an early-American print

      Golden Olds- old-fashioned car made of hardware bits and pieces and gold paint (not a plaque, but a 3D car)

      More to come...

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Hello, Leslie - Your list is welcome here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have three huge boxes of extra kits that I'm trying to work up the initiative to sell on eBay or Etsy or wherever. I'm going to type a list here of a bunch of them, if that's okay with Charlino-the-lens-owner (otherwise, please delete this). It isn't all of them, but it's a start. If you're interested in any of them, you can contact me at auntiebook @ yahoo . com (minus the spaces, of course), and I'll put them up on whichever website you prefer.

      In no particular order:

      Handy Hoppy (frog holding 4 coasters)

      Cinderella bouquet (cellophane wrapped over beans and made into flowers and a bouquet)

      Grow 'n' Show Time (plaque that says "grow" and holds clear tubes for making plants root)

      Happy Highlights (looks like a candleholder with a red pyramid-shaped top, though made of plastic so can't be used with real candles)

      The Stylemaker (necklace of black disks edged with silver)

      Find-It File (little file card holder with embroidered Alpine boy and girl)

      Purr-fect Pen Pals - white styrofoam cat with dots, little mouse on spring with paperclip for holding notes)

      Gem-Top Charm Chest - box with green, brown and gold pellets melted on top

      Braid Bouquet - flowers made of yarn braid

      Coffee Pot Planter

      Ar-Tiques - bookends with raised decoration on them

      Vanity Fair - plastic fainity box with pincushion on top, blue velour

      Old Glory Box - box built to hold 2 decks of cards, with Revolutionary War-era flag on it

      Vinetime Handbag - purse decorated with vine, "peas," and ladybugs

      Decolabra - candle holder in Danish Modern style

      Cannon Calendar - old-fashioned cannon on stand that holds a small calendar

      Alum-Allure Planter - embossed aluminum, painted black in parts, enclosed in a planter shell with pillars

      Scrap-Happy Whoo-ter - Owl picture made of hardware bits and pieces

      Tree-O Trims - three plastic sleds, decorated, Christmas ornaments (you can see a picture of them among the ones I posted)

      Lustre Leaf - serving dish in leaf shape made of melting plastic pellets with colored pebbles

      Meadow Magic - two octagonal plaques with 3-D butterfly and flower cutouts

      Duck Flight - redwood plaque with plaster mold of duck on it

      Picture Tube - picture frame in the shape of a television

      Angel-Aires - Angel Christmas tree ornaments

      Filigree Fantasy - Christmas tree made of shaped pasta on boucle net, painted gold. One of these is in the pictures I linked

      Empress Pen Pocket - little pocket memo pad with calendar and pen, gold embossed plastic

      Prairie Spooner - Molded plastic springerle half-roller, holds 3 measuring spoons

      Owl Trivet - a trivet. That looks like an owl. Imagine that!

      Feathered Fancies - bird sitting on driftwood, both molded plastic painted

      Braid n' Brocade Purse - silver and black brocade evening purse

      Sparkletrique - shimmery golden scarf with sparkly gold flower

      Cinderella Purse - pastel brocade evening bag

      Holiday Hi-Pocket - pocket decorated in green net. It's in one of the pictures

      Picture Window - Bake Day - 3D paper cutouts of oldfashioned stove, girl in bonnet

      Sunburst Candleholders - made of foil cut and curled to look like flowers

      Lotus Blossom - corsage made of white velvety fabric with big fake pearl center

      Not sure how much I'm allowed in one post, so I'll stop here and add more later.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello everyone. My name is Carolyn and I simply loved the National Handcraft Society! I have wonderful memories. I don't have any of the kits nor finished projects, I gave them all to family and friends. I reluctantly gave my Mom the school desk after I finished it (it was one of my favorites) because she wanted it. If anyone has any extra kits for sale I'm interested! Please contact me, my email address is buhaco@msn.com. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. I miss getting each kit. Peace to all.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Charlino99: What if we asked Martha Stewart to take over the club? I think I'm actually a member, but I've forgotten my log in ID. Thank you.m

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for going to the trouble. They look beautiful! sniff : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Grrrrr! I forgot how much trouble adding a link was. Let's try it like this:

      http://s1058.photobucket.com/albums/t404/Fad-of-th...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I promised to post pictures of the Fad of the Month Christmas kits I had set up in the glass display case in my living room. It took me a while (my camera went strange, and I had to borrow one), but here is a link to a Photobucket album.

      A few of the things in the background sitting on top of the case aren't kits, and as you can tell there's some overlap in the pictures. There are more Christmas kits, but these are the only ones I've made so far.

      I found the directions for the cupcake ornaments, and as soon as I get my scanner software reloaded (fatal crash of hard drive a few months ago and I haven't installed the software again yet) I'll see about getting those copied.

      I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I've finished several more kits. One I started ages ago is a 1978 calendar, which started with January 1 on a Sunday and I got all excited by the coincidence until I realized that, unlike this year, 1978 wasn't a leap year :(

      Let's see, what else; Nancy-Go-Round belt, Accents A La Mode, Tuck-Away Table Mats, Angel Feather Corsage.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Help! My mom in the 60's made beautiful pictures using glass beads, tiles, jewels, they were kits and I remember a pagoda, peacock, and cherry blossoms. Does anyone remember these?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Fireside Friends (which should be a rug and a kitten or puppy) was the companion kit for the Sew 'n' Stow Rocker, which was a pincushion and thread holder shaped like a rocking chair. It came out around September, 1973. The desk is the Memo-ry Minder, and came out around December, 1973. If it came with notepaper printed with an apple, and I think a pen, that was the matching kit which was called the Teacher's Pet Set.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my aunt passedaway and i found 2 kits, one fireside friends and a school desk kit. i have no idea of the dates,the boxes as well as the paper work. thanks for any info. M baker

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Hello Leslie - It would be wonderful to see the pics. You are welcome to join the group on Facebook and upload your kit photos there. You are also welcome to write an article about each kit here, on Squidoo, too. I plan on doing a web page about each kit I have - and I have several from the early 1970s in their original boxes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'll scan them (probably this weekend) and post them on Photobucket or somewhere and post the link here.

      Meanwhile, if there are any that anybody remembers or needs to identify, I have or have information about most of the kits from the early 1950s to almost the end (things got a little fuzzy at the end, and the really early kits are hard to find).

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Included in the information above are links to the current auctions of National Handcraft Society Craft Kits. (There is also another section of auctions that ended. Those were included for historians and collectors trying to identify their assembled or boxed craft kit. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @AuntBook: I would appreciate the directions thank you, just let me know how you would like to get them to me. Do you know if the kits are available for purchase anywhere? Thank you for your help.!!

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      AuntBook 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Those were from October, 1973 and were called the Santa Cake Tree-O. I can photocopy the directions for you if you want them, though I don't have an extra kit anymore (someone else who was desperate for the same kit got that).

      I have an antique glass store display case in my living room, and I just loaded it up with all of the Fad of the Month Christmas crafts that I've made, including the Santa Cake Tree-O. Very vintage looking! I'll try to take a picture and post it when I have some time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Does anyone remember a craft in the early 70's that had three styrofoam cupcake shapes and you made a santa, a toy soldier and a clown out of them? They looked like cupcakes with sprinkles but were the three cupcake guys. They had styrofoam heads and shoes. I always put them in my tree but over the years the have started falling apart. I would like to find the kits or the supplies to put new ones together.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was in high school when I signed up. I was so excited when the kits would come. I especially remember the fall scarf, with felt autumn leaves attached to a lightweight scarf. So pretty. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow! Thank you so much AuntBook! Maybe the date on the Customs labels is just from when the labels were printed. Thanks again for all the great information!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yours are from later on:

      Phone Mate, 1976 December

      Rocking Chair Planter, I'm not sure whether this was a monthly kit - I think it was an extra

      Provincial Pair Olga, 1978? March?

      EggsQuisite Egg, 1978 January?

      Wee World Napkin Server, 1977 January

      Crewel Creations, 1977 April?

      Foto File, 1977 May

      Cock-a-Doodle Dandy, 1977? November?

      Bunny Bower, 1977 February?

      Double Decker Card Caddy, 1977 March?

      Muffin Maid, 1977 June?

      Purr-fect pen Pals, 1976 August?

      Posy Planner Banner, 1977 December?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't see very many kits that are the same as mine. I wonder if we got different ones sent to Canada?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Charlino99: Here's a list of the kits from the early 1970s, in order as best I've been able to manage it. I'll bet the names will ring some bells for people!

      1970 January BELLOWS PLANTER

      1970 February ELEGANT EGG

      1970 March LOOM BLOOMS

      1970 April BLUE-HUE HANDBAG

      1970 May STITCH STAND

      1970 June PASTEL-O-GRAMS

      1970 July POSY PLACE BOX

      1970 August SUN-SPUN SCARF

      1970 September VERA VOO-DOO

      1970 October GOLDEN SLEIGH

      1970 November SWEET STOWAWAY

      1970 December WISHING WELL PLANTER

      1971 January PEARL-GLO APPLE BLOSSOMS

      1971 February EASTER FEASTERS

      1971 March DECORATOR SCALES - THE WILLIAMSBURG

      1971 April? THE JEWEL GARDEN

      1971 ? DECOLABRA

      1971 May? OPULENT OWL

      1971 June? MEMORY LANERS - BIG WHEEL

      1971 July DECORATOR TRIVET

      1971 September? PLYMOUTH PAIR

      1971 October? HAPPY HIGHLIGHTS

      1971 November? SNOW-FLAKE FANTASY

      1971 December? GARDEN MEDLEY APRON

      1972 January? COFFEE TIME PLANTER

      1972 February? MR. BIG

      ? ? SPINNING WHEEL PLANTER

      1972 ? KEY KEEPER

      1972 ? CINDERELLA BOUQUET

      1972 ? GOLDEN FLEET "THE EXPLORER"

      1972 ? BLOSSOM BARROW

      1972 ? NATURE NOTABLES

      1972? ? ZIPPY DIPPER

      1972 October? OLD WORLD ILLUSION

      1972 November TREE TREASURES

      1972 December NOEL BANNER

      1973 January CANNON CALENDAR DÉCOR

      1973 January? (can't be January, but now all the dates are messed up!)

      MAGIC VIOLIN PLANTER

      1973 February? SCARLETT O'HARE

      1973 March? COPPER TOP LINE: BITS & PIECES EXPRESS

      1973 April? CHECKMATE BAG (pc J7382)

      1973 May? SPRING RINGER PLANTER

      1973 June? TURTLE TRIVET

      1973 July? MAKE `N SHAKE

      1973 August? CLASSIC CAR-TOONS

      1973 September? SEW `N STOW ROCKER

      1973 October? SANTA CAKE TREE-O

      1974?? KITTY CARDS

      1973 November? DOORMOUSE DRIFTER

      1973 December? MEMO-RY MINDER

      1974 January? FLORA-DORABLES

      1974 February? DUTCH TREAT PLANTER

      1974 March? LA BELLE CHAISE

      1974 April? PRAIRIE SPOONER

      1974 May MEADOW MAGIC

      1974 June? TREAT TRIO

      1974 July? BANTAM BUTLER

      1974 August? COUNTRY PUMP PLANTER

      1974 September? ROYAL ROSE CHEST

      1974 ? TREE-O-TRIMS

      1974 November PENGUIN PALACE

      1974 December? TOP BRASS DESK CADDY

      1975 ? DAHLIA DELIGHT

      1975 February EGG-STRAVAGANZA

      1975 March? PHOTO-GO-ROUND

      1975 April? COUNTRY STORE DÉCOR

      1975 ? WICKER NAP NEST

      1975 ? SALEM SNACK SERVER

      1975 July HANDY HOPPY

      1975 August? TIFFANY GARDEN OF DAFFODILS

      1975 September MATCHBOX PLANTER

      1975 October ANGEL-AIRES

      1975 November MERRY MELODEON

      1975 December? TAILOR-MAID THREAD CADDY

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Charlino99: Can't really write about my collection in detail, because it's huge. But if anybody remembers a favorite kit, I can probably find the name, the date, and a picture, and would be happy to post those.

      I've bought a table at a flea market at the end of the month, and one of the things I'll be selling (I hope) are three large boxes full of duplicate kits. Right now they're sitting smack in the middle of my living room, and short of calling them Modern Art Sculptures and leaving them there I really must do *something* with them!

      I had posted the link to a picture of the Doll-a-Day darlings before - it's here:

      http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s78/aged_crone/... (It's the kit I always wanted and my mother cruelly and heartlessly wouldn't buy for me. Alas!)

      Think:

      Monday's child is fair of face

      Tuesday's child is full of grace

      Wednesday's child is full of woe

      Thursday's child has far to go

      Friday's child is loving and giving

      Saturday's child works hard for a living

      But a child that's born on the Sabbath day

      Is blithe and bonnie, good and gay.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Doll-A-Day-Darlings!?! I'd love to see that one, too. If you would like to display your craft kit and and write about your collection in detail, you are welcome to join me here at Squidoo to share your information with others. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit. It is nice to meet fellow crafters here.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your post here. Your information provides a look at a brief moment of history, and the list of crafts provided during the early 1970s. Like you, I have several kits. Below is my link on Facebook where you can post a photo of your craft kit, either before or after it was built so others may share this information, too. It is my hope to find some time to post mine there, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello again, I couldn't wait to open the boxes. I'm sorry to say there is No Doll-a-Day Darlings in my collection. I have the Phone Mate, Rocking Chair Planter, Stitch Stand, Provincial Pair Olga, EggsQuisite Egg, Wee World Napkin Server, Crewel Creations, Foto File, Cock-a-Doodle Dandy, Bunny Bower, Double Decker Card Caddy, Muffin Maid, Purr-fect pen Pals, Posy Planner Banner, and Tree O Trims, there is also a box with 2 little frames but no instructions. I love all the little stories they include!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I posted this but it doesn't seem to have shown up, so I'll try again; forgive me if it duplicates.

      Ooooh, fun!!! If you have more than one kit from the same month, they're probably some that she ordered from one of the catalogues. If you do open them, I'd love to know what they are. If they're the Doll-a-Day Darlings, pleeeeeeeeease sell them to me!

      The March 1975 kit was, I think, the Photo-Go-Round, which was a central pillar with little frames that hung around it, sort of like a sideways Rolodex; you could put pictures in the little frames, back when prints that you got were square and not rectangular.

      The July 1971 kit was the Decorator Trivet; a wooden keystone-shaped trivet with a handle, and on the top of the trivet part was cork with a pattern cut into it. The wood part was painted so the color showed through the cork.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ooooh, fun!!! If you have more than one kit from the same month, they're probably some that she ordered from one of the catalogues. If you do open them, I'd love to know what they are. If they're the Doll-a-Day Darlings, pleeeeeeeeease sell them to me!

      The March 1975 kit was, I think, the Photo-Go-Round, which was a central pillar with little frames that hung around it, sort of like a sideways Rolodex; you could put pictures in the little frames, back when prints that you got were square and not rectangular.

      The July 1971 kit was the Decorator Trivet; a wooden keystone-shaped trivet with a handle, and on the top of the trivet part was cork with a pattern cut into it. The wood part was painted so the color showed through the cork.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My mother gave me a box of these craft kits They appear to be un-opened. I have 14 from March 1975 and 2 from July 1971 (according to the customs sticker) they all appear to be different. I wasn't sure if I'd be making a mistake by opening them. They are so charming and mysterious! Thank you for your site. Cathy

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      I Love this stuff!! Thanks for making this lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I've been collecting the crafts for a few years now, and they are so much fun to make! I'm making the "Nailheads and Bows" purse from 1950 right now (and working on a few others as well). When were you a member? Which crafts do you still have?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was among those who was a member of the monthy craft club. I loved it and still have a few of the crafts from way back then. I actually came to this site to see if they still did it. I miss it.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very entertaining. What do they say on Etsy. "Not the crafts your Grandmother made". As if new crafts are supposedly, grander? I was not aware of this club. Maybe a tad before me? You were a member in the 70's? I must have read the wrong magazines.

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      AffinityYarns 6 years ago

      Hello. Great lens. We love anything that encourages people to learn new crafts.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice lens. I hadn't heard of the National Hand Craft Society!