I spent a few hours last week cleaning out my attic, sifting through long-forgotten possessions. And after rifling through dusty family photos and dodgy 80’s outfits (of which there were many) I discovered a random greeting card box that filled my heart with joy.
It contained nothing expensive, but the contents to me were priceless; a selection of drawings, letters and greetings cards from friends and (to be honest) relatives I had all but forgotten.
There were personalised New Baby cards for each of my children, illustrated with kitsch Storks and Cribs. Personalised birthday cards for every milestone, containing words of wisdom on the inside to prepare them for the next chapter. Plus a floral card of Congratulations on our Wedding written in the shaky hand of my beloved grandmother.
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Reliving those moments got me thinking about why we always stash memories away in boxes hidden under beds, or tucked into drawers.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to display these in some way…
It was then I had a lightening bolt moment… as some of the illustrations on the greeting cards are so gorgeous I should frame them.
I have recycled some really old frames with flaking paintwork to use and some of them I have mounted in new frames. Together they look delicate, delightful and decorative, and they mean the world to me.
Each time I pass my personalised cards collections on the stairs, I smile, the personal messages safely stowed inside.
Be selective in your choice however, it would be a bit odd displaying 10 letters about being selected for the local cricket team.
Also think about where you will display the personalised cards, your best friend may not appreciate her New Home Card in the loo – however pretty the gilt frame is!
It has inspired me to create a whole new personalised set of illustrations for HoneyTree. The thought that greetings cards could one day be framed as their own artwork to remind someone of happy times is inspiring.
Back to the drawing board !
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