I wasn’t too enthusiastic about digital downloads at first. I mean, what do you do? Who has all different types and sizes of printing paper or cardstock? And how many of you have a good quality printer? And do you have the time to cut out 12 home printed tags? Not me.
But when I needed business cards for my webshop, I had no choice. I designed the card on a business card template I found online, put it on a USB stick and visited my local printing company. Two days later, they where ready to be picked up. I loved it. I imagined I could get almost everything printed. And it would be good quality. You just have to know what you want.
One of my great loves are old vintage maps (circa 1800) & I found a lot of them on Etsy. They are digital downloads, so no shipping costs. But, as you know me, I like things cheap. If they have digital images of old maps, there needs to be more out there. For free, ofcourse. So I browsed the entire afternoon & barely scratched the surface of libraries filled with high resolution scans and images of old books (I am talking really old here, 1500-1900 era). And the best part: they are all free.
Download some of these awesome scans, take them to your local printing company (if you plan on adding these to snailmail, just let them print your scans double), thrift for old photoframes and you have some really nice wall deco for just $3 or $4…
Some of the images have a lot of color, so I simply muted them in Photoshop to my own liking. Open the image, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Then go to Edit > Fade and slide untill you are happy. Save!
Grab some tea & let these old images take you back. Way back…
All above images (& many, many more) are free to download here: link
I am surely not the only girl still in love (and forever will be) with Alice in Wonderland. Did you know that the novel contains a lot of symbolism & references? For instance, the whole story evolves around food & drinks. Alice needs to eat and drink to grow taller or smaller.
After the riddle “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”, the Hatter claims that Alice might as well say, “I see what I eat…I eat what I see” and so the riddle’s solution, put forward by Boe Birns, could be that “A raven eats worms; a writing desk is worm-eaten”; this idea of food encapsulates idea of life feeding on life, for the worm is being eaten and then becomes the eater – a horrific image of mortality. Wikipedia
Without getting too much into detail, the Alice in Wonderland novels have inspired and entertained kids & adults all across the globe. I love how silly everything is, up is down and left is right. I also enjoyed the Tim Burton movie; including the Jabberwocky was a nice surprise, since Disney left it out in the animated movie (for obvious reasons).
Alice inspired me, so I went on a quest. Some Alice in Wonderland stationary would be nice. Very nice. Mind you, not the Disney version (allthough I love it). I wanted the real deal. Here are some of the amazing treasures I found (and bookmarked!) Be inspired by Alice in Wonderland!
Mini postcard & envelopes set (60 cards and 34 envelopes $12,43) link
Sticker stamps (80 stickers $6,90 ps: I got these & they are really nice) link
Postcard with real vintage back (12 postcards with envelopes $15) link
Like many of you, I like to splurge on stationary. Stickers, stamps, deco tape, washi tape, envelopes… I really have to controll myself. As I would like a lot of stationary on the cheap, I tend to stear away from most Dutch stationary webshops (it is often a little bit more expensive, but you receive it the next day) & browse Etsy first. When I find something I like, I check the price on shipping. Everything over $4 is too expensive for me, since I’ll probably only order a sheet of stickers. Unless it’s a stamp, but as we all know: stamps are forever, stickers are not (when it comes to snailmailing).
So my quest continues to Ebay. I ordered there a couple of years ago, but it turned sour when Etsy showed up. Now I go back and try to find stationary for a reasonable price. Just hit “Buy it now” if you are not into bidding, like me. You will be amazed! Usely shipping is very low and most of the time even free. You can find all kinds of lovely vintage stationary, stickers, postcards..
Here are 11 of the items on my watchlist, items you will probably also find on Etsy or any other stationary webshop, as they are resellers. I have yet to find the source of all this magic, but when the day comes, I will be sure to notify you. Get your paypal accounts out & have a look…
Travel Clear Stamps Anchor, Ship, Compass (a lot of stamps!) for $3,99 (link)
Alice in Wonderland postcards & envelopes (60 cards! 60!) for $12,34 (link)
Antique quill & ink set (awesome, right?) for $13,99 (link)
Old stamp stickers (153 in total!) for $16,99 (free shipping) (link)
Sealing stickers (real cute, 5 sheets) for $3,12 (link)
Paris cards & envelope set (56 cards, 36 envelopes) $12,34 (link)
Deco stickers (24 sheets) for $9,99 (free shipping) (link)
Around the world clear stamp stickers (6 sheets) for $3,49 (link)
Anchor stamp (I saw them on Etsy for $11…) for $2,54 (link)
7 Gypsies Apothecary label stickers (2 sheets) for $1,95 (link)
Alice in Wonderland stationary (writing paper, envelopes & stickers) for $3,32 (link)
Modern day gives us lots of opportunities to communicate. Think about it; when was the last time you received something in your mailbox, other than bills or adds? Right. So I decided to sent my best friend a package. Not a regular package, but a care package!
Inspired by my friend Irene, I picked a theme. As you probably can tell, I am in love with the ocean. Mermaids, anchors, shells, old ships, pirates.. My best friend likes it too, so it was fairly easy. Blue, greens, a bit of bronze..
I ended up having to seal the package shut, because it was so full. I added an insence stick, a brass chain with a lot of different marine charms, 3 small glass vials, a goldwrapped turquoise bead, a big brass key, some smoking papers (she forgot it at my place), lots of stickers, some cards & notes..
There is this cute girl. She is really pretty & a little shy. She loves My Little Pony. Not just love. She is a hooked. So when her older sister ordered a piece of jewelry from my webshop, this was the perfect opportunity. She would get a little gift. Because she is cute. Did I mention that already?
Anyway, it was just a simple gift; Summer lovin stamps by Basic Grey. I also wanted to add inkpads, but the envelope was already full. No biggy. I finally got a change to use my wooden envelope templates I purchased a year ago. The next day she received the package and sent me some supercute pictures. She made a necklace from the ribbon with the unicorn on it!