Friday, 20 August 2010

Vintage postcards....

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When I was a little girl, an old lady I used to visit once a week called Mrs Exeter gave me a pile of old letters and postcards. At the time, I thought it was rather a boring present (yes, I am ashamed I ever thought such a thing...) but now I love them! They're not just any old postcards. They are correspondence from 1930s England between my friend and her godson Gordon.

They've been sitting around stored away and I had all but forgotten about them in the hustle and bustle of every day life. Then last week, they suddenly popped into to my mind and set me a-wondering what I could do with them. It seemed such a shame to just have them stashed away. I wanted them, or at least some of them, to be on display. But how to do it?

I found two picture frames that I really loved. I'd bought them a while ago but hadn't yet used them. Do you buy the frames before you've decided how to use them or buy as you need them?


I find if I buy when I need them then I can't always find what I'm looking for. So, if I see a picture frame I particularly like then I often buy it and look out for how I can use it. I will, of course, have to stop this frame-buying fetish sooner or later, otherwise our house will be filled top-to-botttom with picture frames!


They're slightly distressed off-white wooden frames. One is slightly larger than the other, which I like. Adding interest and all that.

I picked out two letters that I liked the colours of especially (no orange stamps for me!!!).


One has a lovely old red stamp and slightly yellowed paper. Aaaah! So gorgeous. Really and truly vintage.


The other is the envelope from a letter in a gorgeous grey-green-blue colour (as you will know, my favourite ever colour, in its many guises).

Then it was just a matter of popping them in the frames. The envelope did need trimming slightlyto fit, which I feel terribly guilty about. But, I decided it was better to be cut and out, than hidden away in a box, so I got scissor-happy....



And putting them out on our console table in our living room, which was looking a little bare.

I'm so pleased with this project! What do you think? Do you like them?
What would you have done with a box of old letters? Ideas on a postcard!! (hoho)....or, much easier, you can leave a comment below....




Well, it's Friday again, which means a lovely weekend ahead! I hope you have a smashing time, whatever you do, enjoying the last of the summer days.

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15 comments :

Claire said...

Proper love it!!! And 1930s!! I would have settled for 60s even and still love it! xxx

Chatelaine said...

Yes, I love it! And it's so nice that you know the person they belonged to. I love the frames too and yes I buy a frame if I like it. I know I will always find a way to use it.

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Oh what a lovely gesture to give those to you but these are the things we never appreciate when we are young, eh? I think you have done them justice by displaying them in such a lovely manner!

So glad to have found you, looking forward to see what else you have in store. And I must say, those candlesticks in your dining room are TO. DIE. FOR. Love...

Mrs Modern Country said...

Thank you! You're right, it was a really kind thing to give. I only wish I hadn't waited to many years to do something with them!

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

southernscraps said...

Love this! I have some old letters from my grandmother to my grandfather. I could do this!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

I adore this
I still prefer to send letters over emails :)
Always fun to get something other than bills in the mail..
This is really special and a wonderful project
Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

I have to thank you for this inspiration....I just purchsed a 1933 scarpbook of a college student in my home town for $.25 cents! It has some really great stuff in it and this would be a perfect way to display it!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

What a great idea! Very cute! I'd love for you to come link them to my link party this weekend. Hope to see you there.

Krista
whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Very nice way to create art. Those beefy frames are wildly amazing! This pair really makes a nice statement!

Donna

Melissa said...

This is fantastic - love it!

Melissa
http://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

Vicki said...

I love these. I am a big fan of framing any type of vintage ephemera. I just did some altered vintage recipe cards on my blog. I plan to frame those. Love the colors you used. Becoming a follower!

Shelly said...

This is a beautiful idea -thanks for posting :)

Luvin' the Hubs said...

Love your idea! And those frames are just gorgeous! Love how thick they are with all that molding. Where ever did you find them?

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you! They were from a little independent shop in the Cotswolds called The Old Country House.

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