Tag: finds

Finds: Postcard Boxes

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:

Postcard boxes

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!

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French Posters Postcard Book

French Posters Postcard Book

Finds: De Weldaad

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!

Oh, and they also have a web shop, so go crazy!

Here is an impression of “de Weldaad”:

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Finds: yay for Ikea!

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.

Check out the pics!

  • Steampunk animal cards: here
  • Art bird cards: here
  • Botanical vintage look cards: here
  • Vintage with a twist clock: here
  • Old map pillow: here

Finds: toot my own horn

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!

Inspiration: Postick

Postick?

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:

  • Photographs
  • Drawings
  • Flyers
  • Invitations to events
  • Fabric
  • Vintage photographs
  • Collaged bits & pieces
  • Beautiful cardboard tea packaging
  • Vintage/ used postcards
  • Cut-out posters
  • Nice gift wrap
  • Torn-off corner of a pretty paper place-mat
  • Magazine clippings
  • Doodles on a paper serviette
  • Torn-out page from a daily planner
  • Kids drawings
  • Paper menus
  • Pages from old discarded books
  • A section of a map
  • Old concert tickets
  • Pressed flowers
  • 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!

postick - make a postcard out of everything