Monday, December 7, 2009

A Drawer Full of Memories

It's Vintage Christmas Monday again! I thought for sure I'd have all my Christmas stuff out (or at least enough out, because I'll seriously never be able to use it all, unless we move into the Biltmore), and would have more material to post last week. I am fighting the urge to just drag everything out an once, and have been doing it little by little this year.
In my last post, I showed you my yarn cabinet, and now I want to show you the treasures inside.

This drawer is full of my collection of vintage greeting cards and postcards. I've picked them up at estate auctions and just love them. I've got them sorted by holiday, and love to look through them. I don't use them nearly enough beyond propping into a flower frog for a holiday. But I love knowing they're there. They contain friendly greetings and expressions of love between people I've never met. I can't imagine the messages, let alone the beautiful artwork, ending up in the trash.

Here's a closer look.

Several years ago I did use some of the cards for a decoupage project. I cut the actual cards (yes, now I would scan and print copies) and Mod Podged them onto a lampshade. I trimmed it with the red beaded fringe for a little jolly fun. If I were doing the project today, I probably would go for a little less boudoir of a trim, but a little beaded fun is okay once a year, right?

This little Santa was a surprise in a box lot from an auction. His sticker is not readable, but I am sure he's from the occupied Japan era. I have a similar Santa that's larger, and I like to put candy canes in his bag.

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  1. I love how you have rescued all those postcards and greeting cards. I'm glad you love them. Your lamp is adorable! Hey a little bit of glam is always appropriate!

    Linda Mac

    PS I'm still struggling to get all my Christmas out also...

  2. What a beautiful collection of cards you have and I love how you have used them! Bisous... Julie Marie

  3. Visiting again this week and picking my chin up after seeing your yarn cabinet and all of your wonderful vintage Christmas treausres. Love the cards too! Judi

  4. i love your collection of vintage greeting cards and postcards. I am an avid collector of these myself.they are all so lovely and unique! what IS IT about those old sentiments and images that tug at our hearts each time? Thanks for sharing and happy VCM!

    ~*~*~*~ michelle~*~*~*~*

  5. Looks like you have a wonderful collection of cards! I've just started collecting this year, and it's so fun to find them. Love your little lamp, and that Santa too. So unusual to see one that is all white!
    Happy VCM!

  6. I love what you did with the old cards. It is beautiful. And that Santa is the nicest and fanciest I have ever seen! I am going to read your post from last week because I must have missed it! xo Joan, your hostess

  7. Wow, what a card collection you have! Love the Santa.

    It's all cute!

    Happy holidays,


  8. I wanted you to know that I included you in my favorites post recap for this Vintage Christmas Monday party. xo Joan, your hostess

  9. I have a thing for vintage cards (and wrapping paper) too! Love this project...fabulous idea! Stop by to see a recycled holiday treasure...

  10. What a great lampshade! It's beautiful!

  11. How cute! I love your card collection and that lamp shade is so fun! What a cute little Santa too!

  12. I would have a ball looking thru those cards! I LOVE old cards! But my favorite is your lamp....right up my alley! I will have to try that someday....decopage scares me! :)

  13. Ohhhh I love old vintage cards...and I am still drooling over that yarn cabinet!! Merry Christmas..