The other day, I came across a box called “The Art of Instruction”. It’s a sturdy box containing 100 postcards, all in the same theme. It’s so great! Here’s the description:
Celebrating this scientific beauty of vintage educational charts, this collection of 100 postcard prints is divided into four categories; anatomy, botany, zoology and miscellany.
Here’s a little pic of my box:
I was over the moon! But, there’s more… I did a little research and found out that there a lot of postcard boxes out there!
I’ve found the Pantone Postcard Box, New York vs Paris Postcard Box, French Posters Postcard Box and many, many more. All containing 30+ postcards, all in the same theme. It’s a lot cheaper than buying loose postcards and you don’t have to search for a great postcard anymore! As a matter of fact, if you search Amazon for “Postcard Book”, you’ll get a lot of hits.
Here are some pictures of my box and as for the other boxes, I really would love to get my hands on them!
A little while ago, I was shopping in Amsterdam. My eye was immediately drawn to a little shop with a big Nautilus shell on display in the window. I had discovered the fan-tas-tic shop called “de Weldaad”. Walking in this shop, it was like I was back in 1890. They have all kinds of glass domes, fossilized shells and old clocks. What a wonderful experience!
I wanted to buy everything! But since carrying around a huge glass dome on a shopping trip in Amsterdam wasn’t really what I bargained for, I decided to keep it simple: I got a dried sea star, a small ammonite and two zinc labels for decorating. Yay!
Ikea; I never go there. Not because I don’t like it, but because it is so far away. I don’t have a car, so when I go I want to buy everything, but I have to rely on public transportation, so one can not take a whole bunch of stuff.
But, yesterday I went! And what a trip it was! They had a lot of cool things, but I had to control myself. Apparantly, Ikea also picked up on the revival of steampunk, because they currently sell a beautiful set of steampunk animal prints on heavy cardstock. They can be used as postcards, but also to be framed. Look at the cute steampunk kitty!
I couldn’t resist and why should I, they were only 2,50 euro (about $2) for a set of 5. I also picked up some other cards, botanical and art cards with birds. And a cool pillow with a map on it! And a clock. Wasn’t really sure about the clock, but it’s beginning to grow on me. Well, I also bought some more stuff (for organising and storage), but it’s not worth blogging about.
Been browsing Etsy for months. Because secretly, one of my biggest passions is home decorating. I’m not good at it, I just like it. Especially the cabinet of curiosities, glorified in the Sibella Court books Nomad and Living Etc.
Let’s not beat around the bush: I wanted a horn. Or an antler. Really bad. So bad, that I almost caved in to spending $30 (excl. shipping) for one. I tried to put it out of my mind, but it still lingered.
So, today was just a regular day, except: there was a fleamarket in town! And the billboards didn’t say: Fleamarket. They said: Gigantic Fleamarket! Ofcourse I had to go. So I woke up really early this morning (08:00; yes, I find 08:00 early), put on some clothes and headed to this presumably gigantic fleamarket. It was indeed gigantic. Once again, I was on a budget. But I didn’t have to worry, because my best friend Suus was there too. When cash is low, we back eachother up. You know the drill.
Still, I arrived with 20 euro ($25). Here’s what I scored:
5 packages of old stamps (space, ships, European, Romanian and a mixpack 3 euro)
an ancient (yes, I do not dare to call it vintage) pulley (3 euro)
a black and white postcard (5 for 1 euro)
a lot of shells (1 euro)
And.. a horn! I was so excited, I had to keep myself from hugging the man. I was really worried about the price.. He wanted 5 euro for it. Check out the pictures!
Yes. Postick. A sticker with a postcard, which you can stick on the back of anything you wish to send.
These things are briljant. I have so many old (but good) recipes, illustrations from children’s books, playing game cards.. They are made with beautiful matt and un-coated paper, on which you can even write with a fountain pen!
Here’s the list that got me excited! Some ideas for future postcards:
Invitations to events
Collaged bits & pieces
Beautiful cardboard tea packaging
Vintage/ used postcards
Nice gift wrap
Torn-off corner of a pretty paper place-mat
Doodles on a paper serviette
Torn-out page from a daily planner
Pages from old discarded books
A section of a map
Old concert tickets
Cardboard chocolate packaging
Want it? Good. You can choose if you want a pack of 10, 20 or 50. Go to the Etsy shop of Postcard Happiness & pick up these sweet babies today!