I love cards very much :: greetings cards and postcards that is, not the ones you play games with. I have a long standing habit of buying and hoarding cards, I think I could be a little addicted actually.
I have an old shoebox full (yes, I mean full) of postcards which I've collected over the past twenty odd years since my art school days. And I keep Little Piles of pretty cards around the house, cards bought on a whim because the artwork appealed to me or inspired me in some way. Some in the bedroom, some in the attic, some in the downstairs cupboard which quite frankly is not for the faint hearted (cards stay in there a long time cos it's so hazzardous getting anything out). I also keep cards which've been sent or given :: cards which remind me of people, places and occasions, cards that have feelings attached to them.
I do really like to have cards about the house :: I prop them up around the place, on bookshelves, on the fireplace, next to my bed. I stick them up on the walls too, in unexpected places so that they catch my eye as I walk past. Every so often I change them about and put new ones up, it does really please me to do this, to think about which images I'd like to surround myself with and where to display them.
The three cards I'm showing you today are on display around the house at the moment, they are my current Cards Of Choice. And looking at them now, it occurs to me how apt they are, how they pretty much sum up my life at this time.
The top card was sent to me by a very close friend on my 40th Birthday. The illustration is by artist Jenny Muncaster and I love everything about it. It really does make my heart flutter. I mean, whats not to like? Fresh flowers in a pretty jug, a plate of cakes and tea in a favourite cup :: the makings of a little moment of Daily Bliss. A reminder to take a moment each day to stop and rest and enjoy a little bit of Pretty Refreshment. Ahhhhhhhh yes indeed! This card is currently propped up against a small pile of books on my bedside table.
The middle card was one of many cards we received when Little B arrived on the scene, and as soon as I saw the image I was smitten. Love that cute little baby with his rosy cheeks! Love the Mummy's funky flowery dress! Funny enough, my hair has grown quite a bit during the past year and I often wear it in two bunches (although not quite on top of my head like that, I'm not that eccentric. Not yet anyways, although could very well be heading that way.) This card is currently on the mantel at the dining room end of my living space :: one of my favoiurite places for displaying cards.
The bottom card has been with me for a long time. Can't remember where I got it from, but I've had it since my arty student days (eh-hem, that'll be ooooo about twenty long years then, gawd I do suddenly feel very ancient indeed). I remember having it pinned onto my little Inspiration Board at college, and I remember having it stuck up on various walls of various rooms that I lived in at various times in my long-ago past. I just adore the image sooooooo much. Love, love, love the patchwork cover with a passion. And oh-oh-oh I'm having a major love affair with all things Bed at the moment, I can't tell you how much I dream and fantasize about being cosied up in bed these days.
Speaking of which :: time check :: 8:28pm :: about time for me to go and bliss myself out under my puffy feather duvet in it's crisp pure cotton cover, with my head resting on Cath Kidston Rosy pillows and my luscious Big Blanket keeping me warm and snug.......
Right-oh, thats IT, I can't stay away any more, I'm off to bed.....see you again soon