Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A SEA OF BLUE IRISES


We have started adding dried leaves of dark blue irises to our paper.

Friday, August 6, 2010

LIKE A FLAME


The Strelitzia around my house have started making flowers again.


Impressing me all over again with their color and their capacity to appear like an orange flame when the suns enlightens them

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

MILDNESS AND BETTER TASTE


I have collected old magazine advertisements for many years and I possess some where rare ones. The one with the young American farmers woman is worth showing.
This is a very unique and rare American war advertisement of the year 1941.
I have used it as a background for the stunning vintage necklace that you can see in the photo.
But I am also working on a greeting card with this advert.

MILDNESS AND BETTER TASTE THAT'S WHATS SMOKERS WANT ON THE WAR AND ON THE HOME FRONT.

 Everyone smoked in those years, men and women. Even without the war. 



In the right hand corner is written:

HATS OFF TO OUR FARMERS
Join the U.S.CROP CORPS and serve your country
Watch for local recruiting in your community
US Department of Agriculture
The Manpower War Commission

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

THE SEA'S GOLD


Frequent walks by the ocean I consider as part of my work. I look for drift wood and shells to decorate our cards.


We have created intentionally a very rough, non-manicured handmade look for the shell card range.


Shells who have a distinct, clear, unique and pure look have been selected to adorn hand-cut and hand-glued cards. The fabric background of these cards is made of the traditional Shwe-Shwe fabric in different shades of brown used since more than a hundred years in South-Africa.


The inside of the cards is blank and they have a white loose paper sheet held by a ribbon that can be removed  and replaced once it has been filled with warm and tender words. The card that is given to someone special as a present can be re-used.

FAIRY GRASS

Monday, July 19, 2010

I ADORE YOU, I ADORE YOU


I have to say that this is my favorite card inspired by the most beautiful woman in the world


my absolutely beautiful, stunning, delicate, fine, patient, funny, amazing and gracious mother, who looks today as the in the days when she was a girl.

This card was made for any woman or girl in your life you love, admire, are inspired and adore.

TRUE COMPANIONSHIP


The idea for the name of my greeting card range came from a quiet moment when I asked myself some rhetorical questions: 
Who is with me all the time? 
Who listens to me always? 
And who gives creative advice for my designs for free?
Who loves 1950's design as much as I do? 
She is.
Honestly she is.
Her name is Lucy.

FLY AWAY WITH ME


Fly away with me is a greeting card inspired by the restlessness of butterflies


and by the feeling of light-headed-ness they provoke when you look at them a long time,
leaving you in a state of despair because you are unable to follow them. 


created from very old insects charts originating from vintage biology books.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A QUESTION OF PERSPECTIVE


The decision for what perspective we opt in life is determining our happiness.
Closeness or distance. Does one want to see the leaf or the chairs.
Hard to decide. Both have definite virtues.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

GOOD OLD ROOIBOS



Rooibos or " Aspalathus Linearis " growns in the clean mountain air on the slopes of the Cederberg mountains in South-Africa. 
The local people of the area discovered at the turn of the last century that the fine needle-like leaves of the wild "Aspalathus Linearis" plant made a very tasty aromatic tea. 





The bushes, once harvested, are dried by the African sun to create a tea distinguished by its russet colour, bright clarity, its warm aromatic fragance and full, brisk flavour.




Rooibos is a herb that contains no caffeine and is claimed to have a soothing effect on headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns and digestive problems. This herbal is best brewed with an infuser or cotton tea bag.

Bring water to just short of boiling and pour over infuser. Brew for 3-5 minutes. Remove infuser.
This reddish orange tea has a fruity taste with a slightly sweet note.
Brewed Rooibos contain the following nutrients:
Iron, Patassium, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Flouride, Manganese and Sodium.


Additionally this beautiful and healthy tea is packed in our own handcrafted and 100% recycled paper gift bags. Not only is the paper hand-made but the bag is hand-cut, hand-glued and the label is hand written. It comes with a tiny handcrafted envelope and card for a greeting note. 




 This is an all South-African hand-crafted product that makes for a wonderful and special gift.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

PINK PAPYRUS


The flowers of the Bougainvillea tree become like pieces of papyrus once fallen off.


They keep their pink color for a long time exposing hundreds of tiny veins in their transparency.


Of amazing beauty when illuminated by the sun.

A FLOWER AND HER SHADOW

Monday, July 5, 2010

MORE TRUE LIFE


My grandfather who did not use many words once said to me :
 " At the end of your life when you want to tell someone about your life IT MUST TAKE MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR".



The " More True Life " vintage montage greeting card is a symbolic creation of work representing our wish and desire for a true and meaningful life. Or since I can not speak for everyone let me say it represents my own personal wish for a true life. It is an ode to my grandfather's words.

It stands for our hope that the years that are given to us will not just pass in monotony until one day at the end of our life we sit on a bench, watching youth with regret and envy, thinking of what we should, would or could have done.


It is a reminder that we can do a lot. And that we have to make us happy. Not should.


Play soccer on the beach or anywhere


Be a friend to someone, enjoy time with friends, be curios, laugh and be happy, love someone and love yourself. Again and again.


And just remember it has to be done now. 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A WINTER CHILD



I have already spoken about the fact that photographs of days of old have cast a spell on me.
Last year the gods showed me a special sign of their love and appreciation and fueled my fire because they led me into a shop where I found a Victorian family photo-album with monochrome pictures of four generations.

I am visual person but I also have enough words in me to describe the world to a blind man.
When I look at something, that something turns into a poem, a story, an expression or a rime immediately.

The child that I saw on this photo became the ' winter-child " for me the same moment I looked at it.

I have created a greeting card of it's beautiful and innocent image. 
It is winter in it's expression and it has the winter in it's eyes. 
There are people in this world that are like the winter in their nature. 
And this boy or girl is a child of winter for me.

THE PUDDING LOVER'S ECSTASY




The Pudding Lover's Ecstasy is a range



of beautiful handcrafted and unique envelopes and cards made from vintage cookbooks.


All envelopes are hand-cut and hand-lined and show a variety of the most delicious, decadent, scandalous rich, creamy and sweet deserts that our mothers and grandmothers shamelessly created with lots of love for their husbands, friends, sons, daughters, lovers, grand- children and other loved ones


without ever counting one calorie or spoon of sugar.
And the recipes are all there.
Yummy! !

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A VERY NEAT CAT


" This is a very neat and sexy cat", my friend said.
Indeed it is. And it lives happily in an Antiques Shop.
At night when everybody has left it roams through the rooms, corridors and yards of three old houses all part of the shop.
The emperor in his kingdom.
Daylight is reserved for sleeping in old cupboards and drawers.
Or sunbathing on Victorian chairs.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

TO TAKE A PLEDGE

I am intrigued, fascinated and pleased by the fact, that from time to time I find old family photos in second hand or junk shops. I admit, I am looking for them.
I look for photos of people nobody knows and whose memory nobody wants to keep anymore. Sometimes I use them as designs for my vintage style cards. This is a way for me to remember their special days they once had.

In many cases the images are simply given to me, like this beautiful monochrome photograph of a young woman, taken to memorize the day when she became a nurse. The sincerity of this photo has moved me.



She is committing to what is called the Florence-Nightingale Pledge. When a nurse takes this oath a candle is lit in her lamp. And when she dies, in a ceremony others nurses call three times her name before blowing out the light. When I found this photo I was not quite sure what it represented and I asked a doctor who enlightened me about the Florence Nightingale pledge and it's origin.

The Nightingale Pledge was composed by Lystra Gretter, an instructor of nursing at the old Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and was first used by its graduating class in the spring of 1893. It is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians.

                                                                               ~~~

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

                                                                               ~~~

From A Short History of Nursing by Lavinia Dock and Isabel Stewart:

CUT OFF

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

OLD LACE


To work with lace is a beautiful thing.
If the lace is old there is something magical about it. Old lace has often a special smell because usually it has been well protected and well preserved against insects and the teeth of time by it's previous owner considered as something precious and delicate only to be used for certain occasions. 


Sometimes it has not seen the light for years stored away in some chest or box in a dark cupboard, folded and stacked away neatly.
When you remove it from it's shelter it smells of celebrations of the past.  
Hold it against the sunlight and it will start shining and telling you stories ( that's what I think you are by no way obliged to believe it).


These are our cards that are adorned by lace. 
The lace pieces that I find and use are left overs of lace trimmings that have been used for wedding dresses or ball gowns. Often dating back to the Victorian period.
In the picture you see some of our wedding cards and wedding invitations. 
Each space is cut out by hand and the lace is carefully glued in or sewn in depending on the type of card.
For these cards we have used some exquisite pieces of ivory colored lace that were once part of an old wedding veil. Each card is adorned additionally with small beads in different colors.


The structure of lace is very important. Some lace types are as thin and delicate as hair flowing in the wind and others are of a rougher but also striking texture.  


For each lace character the right paper has to be chosen to create something remarkable. To match a material like lace is not easy. 
The old saying " lace with lace only "  has it's truth. 

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