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vintage postcard rescue.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across some gorgeous vintage postcards in my local antique shop. I've seen a million postcards in my thrifting and antiquing adventures but was especially drawn to them on this particular visit. Not knowing what I wanted to do with them, I spent the greater part of an hour thumbing through hundreds of occasional cards. I  read the quirky messages written on the backs that date as far back as 1900,  admiring the language, penmanship and the gorgeous artwork. 

I wanted to send a few of these to some special persons in my life. Naturally, only one made it out. However, I thought it would be as shame to glue these wonderful messages to blank card and lose the history! Lightbulb moment: use photo corners! I'm certain I am not the first to have this idea for this application but having not looked it up for myself, I thought I would share with you all. 

Using the photo corners, your recipient can easily remove the card for re-gifting or for collage or framing. Can you imagine giving or receiving a box of these as a gift? What a perfect semi-handmade gift for the snail-mail loving, vintage enthusiast. Preserving history and passing on vintage cheer, what could be better? Not much. In my book, anyway.

{a couple of my favorites}

 All supplies can be purchased at your local craft store, inexpensively. Vintage postcards can be sought at antique stores, estate sales, thrift shops, Ebay, Etsy and so forth. I would expect to pay about $1 per postcard, more or less depending on subject matter, condition and rarity. Easy peasy.


Karen H said...

What a great idea! I would love to receive one of these. Thanks for sharing!

Joanne Huffman said...

Fun project to start the New Year off. Happy 2013!

Unknown said...

Hi Erica, just found your blog for the first time. I love all the things you are doing - very inspiring! As a fellow quilter I am really interested to know how you choose the colours for your quilts - they all look spectacular, and often have unusual colour combinations. What is your inspiration? I am trying to expand my colour boundaries, have historically gone in for the safe and common colour combinations, so I will love to hear from you about this. Also the quilting designs are fantastic - simple, but that double row adds a whole new dimension.
Thanks, and keep up your lovely work,