Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Embroidering Ephemera on Tag Tuesday

 We have had a lot of fun opening up our new Etsy Shop! I found some great tutorials from Renae Christene on YouTube. Our shop is called Vintage Post & Paper and it features authentic vintage ephemera with envelopes and postcards postmarked from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. I even managed to figure out how to add the Etsy mini to the side of my blog here. Woo hoo! Feel free to click on it and visit my shop!
I have a few from our vintage collection that I plan to alter, including this envelope with the two-cent stamp from the 1930's. I was embroidering on it when I realized it wanted to become an art tag! Today's theme over at Tag Tuesday is "text" and I can only imagine the text that was on the vintage letter this envelope once held.

I have seen vintage ephemera in a wide variety of altered art, mixed-media, embroidery pieces, framed pieces, and even scrapbook pages.

It was fun to make this unique 80-year-old envelope into an art tag.
 I actually found some envelopes in the collection that were from the year my mother was born, and those are now special to me. I plan to find a way to use them with mother's photo - I don't know if it will be a scrapbook page or an art piece. I usually find out after I start working on it. 
We will continue to add these postmarked vintage envelopes and postcards to our shop as we go through the collection. Our tagline is, "A tale of mail carried long ago." I love that, because all vintage mail tells a story. And let's face it, when's the last time you wrote and mailed a real letter to someone? A personal letter. (let's think Jane Austen here--someone writing about the joy of buying cake.) 

Real mail is becoming rare. It's truly special to see it live a new life.

Happy Tuesday!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

1 comment:

  1. Wishing you all the very best with your new shop Sandy. I love stitching paper.
    Im off for a look around it now.
    Lynn x