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Sent: Fatima’s UK Kit

You all remember Fatima? She sent me a great package full of treats & a lovely letter some time ago.

I was informed that Fatima will be going to fabulous London in May. She is crazy about everything UK-related, a true Anglophile. This is the first time she is going to the UK & I wanted to send her something nice. At first, I only wanted to send her a Crumpled City Map of London, but I went a little overboard.

Crumpled City Maps are awesome. These are made from Tyvek, which looks like paper but it really isn’t. It’s a waterproof, indestructable material, on which you can write, protect yourself from the rain, use as a picknick plaid and even throw in the washing machine.

But as it turned out, the postage box was still pretty empty with just the map in it. So I found some nice London-themed goodies to go along. Because, who would go to London without an UK kit? Exactly, noone in their right mind.

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I bought a Moleskine and stamped it with a London stamp. Also some handmade Jane Austen soap from PenandCandle. Some UK postcards from Zazzle, half a paper pad, luggage tags & a set of bookmarks from the All Aboard collection from Papermania. A set of 4 sheets of UK themed postal stickers from Sellzang. Some die cuts from the Chronology collection , a facemask & a teabag. On the last minute I made a bracelet with a cute brass key, put it in an apothecary bottle, adorned it with a 7Gypsies bottle label and distressed it with Distress Ink (Ranger).

I had some kraftpaper laying around, so I decorated it with London themed stamps (a crown, a Victorian chair) from the Printery stamp set (Prima Marketing, Inc). To my surprise, everything fit into the box. And it is still small enough to fit through a mailslot!

I painted the box black, cut out an opening flap and stuck 4 photocorners by Tim Holtz on the inside. I slid a Pride & Prejudice postcard (Zazzle) in to cover the backside of the brads I used on the top of the box.

As I said, I used a lot of Graphic45 stickers on the front, as well as some Bo Bunny brads (Camp a Lot), a brass key and gears from the Chronology collection (Papermania), a wooden pocket watch (which I’ve painted black, also from Prima Marketing), some stickers from the Idea-ology Lost & Found collection (Salvage Stickers) & a sticker of Jetta Goudal I found in a magazine.

Next, the box needed to be secure for posting. So I wrapped it in brown kraft paper, stamped it up and used some rubb-ons from 7Gypsies.

I hope the box will arive safely. I wanted to wait a little longer before shipping this project, because May is still a month away. But Fatima started talking about buying a map of London & I tried to talk her out of it (because I had my Crumpled City Map for her). Must have been weird for her. All excited telling me about buying a map to highlight the must-see spots & here I am saying she should wait..

Anyhoo, onto the pictures!

Inspiration: making envelopes out of maps

Hardly original or new, I made these little map envelopes. I bought me some envelope templates a year ago, meaning to sell them, but never got to it. And seeing so much of these templates on other blogs, gave me the inspiration (or motivation) to finally try to make some envelopes myself.

I bought an old map of a province in the Netherlands (Friesland), which is connected to the North Sea and has some pretty islands. The Netherlands has 8 islands (excluding the Caribbean ones), of which 3 are uninhabited. I visited one of them a couple of years ago, Texel (on the picture). It was beautiful & I would love to go back. Go there if you can!

So, I could get 12 envelopes out of the map with the mini envelope template (didn’t use the big one). I moved the template around a bit, so I could get the prettiest parts on the envelopes.

It wasn’t much work & it was a nice way to spend an afternoon. Oh, and here is a pic. Just to give you an idea. Pick up the wooden templates on eBay or Etsy on the cheap!

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Finds: thrifting treasures

Yesterday I was invited by my lovely friend Anique to go thrifting. It is one of my favorite things to do & if it was possible, I would do it everyday. But I had a budget, I could not spent a lot. Anique wanted clothing & I wanted home deco! Unfortunatly for Anique, there weren’t a lot of clothing sellers, but home deco? Oh, yes.

So I splurged. But.. stayed within my budget and got some really neat stuff. There was a lot of retro, 80’s, 90’s but also some antiques. And books. And DVD’s. I also saw a tiny wooden ship, but didn’t get it. I already have one of those & want to get a ship in a bottle someday.

There was also an antique magnifying glass, with a brass handle. And one with an old bone as a handle. They looked very cool, but way over my budget. Anique got a beautiful book with a lot of loose prints and drawings by Anton Pieck, ready to be framed & loved.

My budget was 15 euro (that’s about $20) and here’s what I got:

  • a lamp (1 euro)
  • a book with old maps (3 euro, it is amazing, maps from 1400 until 1850, “Oude scheepskaarten en hun makers: Hoogtepunten uit vijf eeuwen cartografie”)
  • really old playing cards (5 euro)
  • 2 glass domes/jars (2,50 euro+ 3 euro)
  • an old wallet (made of camel leather, not on the pictures) (0,20 euro)
  • vintage stationary (I got it for free with the book!)

Check out the pictures below. Do you like thrifting? What’s your favorite item you got so far?

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