And you thought I was bluffing in our last post with all that "Xmas in July" jazz, eh? Well, we're not gonna spend the whole summer steamin' up the mistletoe, just a few fun posts during the hottest time of the year to remind you, of course, that xmas is always. right. around. the. corner. ugh. So anyway, here are some crafty ideas, planned and designed (by John Oster Manufacturing Co.) to "take advantage of readily available materials" that happen to be lying around your house. In other words, if you're a penny pinchin', skinflint, Scroogeroo during the holidays, then doll-up some stuff with string or toothpicks, old soap, or a plant pot. Yes sir, being a cheapskate doesn't mean that you also have to be a bad designer... and these are just a few of the highlights inside this truly neat booklet from 1963.