Thursday, January 25, 2007

Pretty Postcards.

The other day I was thinking about the slightly kitsch postcards that I used to receive as a child from my old Auntie, who holidayed in Spain in the 1970's. They would feature pretty Spanish ladies in fabulous dresses, embroidered with vibrant silken threads.

They have inspired me to try something similar. I have a collection of old Edwardian postcards, printed with lovely ladies, so I have been embellishing them with vintage millinery flowers. The first one that I tried was a little over-the-top. I got carried away and kept adding more and more!!...including lace, buttons beads and flowers!

The next one that I created was slightly more restrained....
They are fun to do and all that is required is a few pretty embellishments and some glue.

They can then be placed in a picture frame or perhaps mounted on a greetings card blank with photo corners for a special gift card.
Here are some other items that I have crafted over the past week.

31 comments:

  1. Hi Niki thank you for your comments on my post. I really appreciate the feedback on the art work. It's so different from my vintage stuff so am not sure where to actually display it yet.

    I love your vintage cards, great idea to use on old photographs.
    Best wishes Ginny

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  2. That's truly another enchanting idea you've had there Niki. Your embellished vintage cards are far more beautiful than the spanish ones. A great way to use your some of your never ending collection of gorgeous millenery flowers, lace, beads and buttons etc.!

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  3. So sweet, I never would have thought of this in a million years.

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  4. I agree with Carol. Far nicer than the Spanish ones. Another lovely idea.

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  5. What a lovely thing to do with those old postcards! You are so creative and talented!

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  6. These are so sweet. Their lovely sepia faces, with the colour of the vintage flowers are such a nice mix.An inspired idea.!

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  7. Hi Niki, another wonderful and beautiful idea! I see you've been very busy this week making lots of other things too, I'm sure they'll be sold in a flash! Clare x

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  8. Oh Yes , I love the things that I see on your site .it is a dream to see it all.
    Rini from Netherland

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  9. Lovely old postcards, I have some interesting ones as well. I hesitate to embellish them because of the family history but yours are beautiful.

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  10. Anonymous6:23 pm

    Just want to say Thank-you, for all the lovely things you post on your site, it is so wonderful and always so so inspiring Thanks for sharing, Crystal

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  11. Good job as usual Niki. Are those reg. size postcards? because the embellishments must be very small right? Hope I spelled that great big long word right.
    NANCY JO

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  12. Hi Lovella,
    Yes, you are right, I would not embellish valuable, rare or otherwise precious postcards. These were ones that I had picked up at flea markets for very little money.

    Nancy Jo, yes indeed they are regular sized postcards and the flowers are really teeny-tiny! Tweezers help when gluing them down!

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  13. How clever of you! I would never have thought about embellishing old postcards!

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  14. Hi Niki,
    I have one of those pretty Spanish embroidered cards. I recently found it at the thrift store in a frame. I never realized it was embroidered until I took a third look. It’s a pic of the guardian angel and the two children. I love what you did to the cards. Fantastic idea; your mind is always thinking. Lately for me I've been thinking more about my son's college choices and my hospitals tests but this is great for stress relief. Lovely crafts as usual.

    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

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  15. You never cease to amaze me

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  16. I think you are on to something that may take the craft world by storm! Why can't I think of things like this????

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  17. Such a beautiful collection!

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  18. What a fantastic collection of postcards -

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  19. Gorgeous postcards and what a fab idea to embellish them!

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  20. I like the vintage post cards and I like what you have done to them. They look more victorian with just a little lace or flower........a very good idea.

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  21. You certainly are a crafy lady and those dolls are the sweetest!What a wonderful idea embellishing those photos!

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  22. Nikki beautiful just as usual! Have missed your inspiring posts and having a look back over what I have missed out on, I am so looking forward to going through each one to catch up!!

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  23. Those are fantastic and you KNOW I love the fairies!

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  24. What a clever way to embelish those pretty cards! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!!

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  25. I love your aunts old postcards from Spain.
    Penny.

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  26. Sweet dolls. I just enjoyed some lovely window shopping at your store. What a fun place.

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  27. Renee8:47 am

    I love the postcards too, just beautiful. I may do the same with a few of mine, great ideas. And your fairy dolls are just stunning. Renee

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  28. I love your blog...beautiful pictures and colours...And your house is amazing;) I'll be back! Have a wonderful sunday...

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  29. Lovely...great idea
    Chamara

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  30. Those are so sweet! I would have never thought to do that... Always an inspiration!

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  31. I loved the postcard slideshow and it's always nice to see vintage postcards being put to innovative use......You might be interested to know that Embroidered postcards have a history dating back to just over 100 years ago..... Theres some info on my postcard collectors blog (look in the military section or search for "WW1 embroidered")
    Kind regards from England
    Linda

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