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  Friday's Find for Friday, February 7  •
Rare Lacquered Ladybug Dresden Trims
Old Stock from the 1980's ~ Made in Western Germany
Old Stock from West Germany
Ladybug Dresdens
Lacquer-Painted Foil Die Cuts
We purchased these charming red ladybugs
back in the mid-1980's from Party Bazaar, a
wonderful, old-time stationery shop that was
located on 5th Avenue in New York City just
across the street from the old B. Altman's department store. Party Bazaar had a wide
selection of crafting supplies, many of which
were old stock -- so we were delighted to
find these colorful Dresden ladybugs, still in
their original cello packages with "Made in
Western Germany" labels. Now at least 35
years old, our sheets of paper foil Dresden
ladybugs are in excellent, unused condition.
Lacquered Dresdens are no longer
being produced in Germany
On one of our first buying trips to Germany
back in the '80s, we located the company
that had originally made the ladybugs.
When
we inquired about purchasing more lacquer-
painted Dresdens, they told us that due to
new German environmental laws regulating
the use of the lacquer, it was too expensive
to re-fit their factory to comply with these
regulations. So our cute Dresden ladybugs,
with their cheerful lacquer-painted red and
black accents, are rare treats from the past
for crafters and and collectors alike.
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Good Luck Ladybugs
In many cultures around the world,
ladybugs are symbols of good luck
and fortune, so why not send a bit
of luck to loved ones for the New
Year by making them real Dresden
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•  Make your own Ladybug Ornaments and Floral Picks  
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Ladybug Ornaments
Ladybug Picks
To make our ladybug ornaments, the only tools you
need are a pair of scissors and tacky white glue.
For a single-sided ornament: Trim the ladybug
Dresden, then cut a 3" long piece of gold metallic
string. Make a loop of the string, then glue down
the ends. To secure and neaten the ends, cover
them by glueing on a gold daisy Dresden trim.
For a double-sided ornament: Match two of the
ladybugs so they fit together nicely back-to-back.
Glue down a gold metallic string onto a ladybug;
let dry. Next, paint tacky white glue onto the backs
of both ladybugs. Carefully position the pieces so
they fit together evenly; press gently to secure.
Our bright and cheerful ladybugs
are colorful decorative accents.
It's quick and easy to create your
own ladybug floral picks that can
be used for table arrangements,
on wreaths or in Easter baskets.
We used a 18 gauge stem wire,
but you can choose any type of
wire that's best for your project.
Glue the floral wire onto the back
of the ladybug, about 1" up from
the bottom; let dry. For a neater,
professional appearance, glue a
gold daisy Dresden over the end
of the floral stem wire.
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Vintage Ladybug Dresdens
Die-cut and deeply embossed from thin cardboard that was covered with shiny
gold metallic foil on both the front and back, these rare vintage embellishments
have red and black lacquer painted details. Made in Western Germany at least
35 years ago, they have been safely stored in our archives since the mid-'80s.
Ladybugs are 2-1/2" high by 2-3/8" wide.
Limited time SALE! Save 10%, 15% and 25% off
Set of 4 Ladybugs
- Save 10% off -
Reg. $5.00 - now $4.50
#DTQ344-A   $4.50
Sheet of 10 Ladybugs
- Save 15% off -
Reg. $12.50 - now $10.50
#DTQ344-B   Sold out
3 Sheets of Ladybugs
- Save 25% off -
Reg. $37.50 - now $28.00
#DTQ344-C   Sold out
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Margerite Daisies
Gold Dresden Embellishments
Embossed and die-cut Dresden trims
have gold foil on the front, and white
paper on the back. Our direct import
from the manufacturer in Germany.
Sheet has 55 margerite daisies
that all measure 5/8" wide.
#DT081G
$3.50
fluffy white chenille trim from Germany
fluffy white chenille trim from Germany
Smooth Fine Metallic Gold String
Old stock from the 1980's
Made in Austria by a company that is
no longer in business, this real metallic
Lahn string will darken a bit with age.
3 yards per package.
#TH001G
$1.95
Twisted Metallic Gold String
Old stock from the 1980's
Made in Austria by a company that is
no longer in business, this real metallic
Lahn string will darken a bit with age.
3 yards per package.
#TH002G
$1.94