I recently acquired a lovely collection of used stamps which were designed in 1979 to celebrate the Year of the Child. They feature classic illustrations from classic British children’s literature: Peter Rabbit, the Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland. Unsurprisingly, I could not resist upcycling them into badges (click on pic above right to view full range).
While I was browsing around this subject, I discovered something quite wonderful: real (well, ‘official’, at least) Alice in Wonderland faux postage stamps which were issued on special edition first day covers when the Alice stamp from the series mentioned above was released (the pic below is an amalgam of 4 different envelopes). There are 4 different Wonderland stamps: the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and Tweedledum & Tweedledee. Better than that, each is postmarked from a different ‘region’ of Wonderland, including Hattersville, and the Pool of Tears (I might have expected this one to have been somewhat blurrier…), and each has its own little quirky detail in the design to tie it further into Wonderland. I love it! Just wanted to share…
We all know that often the best things come in small packages, so to celebrate the long-awaited launch of the Society for the Preservation of Borrowers, I have created an Etsy Treasury of all things Tiny! There are some exceedingly cool (& tiny) things included (such as the wonderful miniature message embroideries from Of Little Consequence (right), so please take a look!
This month’s TangleClub freebie continues the Borrowers theme but moving away from miniatures and toward recycling, with a set of printable envelope re-use labels & seals featuring the Borrowers Recycle! logo. If you want to share the TangleClub freebie goodness, all you need to do is spend £5 or more in the TangleStore – Etsy, Folksy or Storenvy – and you will receive a free membership card plus password to access the TangleClub Archive of FREE projects & printables.
And on the subject of clubs, you are all hereby invited to join the Society for the Preservation of Borrowers! Membership packets are now available from the TangleStores. Each miniature manila envelope includes:
* a copy of the micro-zine Borrowed Time (you will need a magnifier to read this!)
* a membership card cut from discarded packaging
* and an upcycled pinback badge made using pages from a vintage copy of Mary Norton’s original ‘Borrowers’ book.
The first 10 Membership Packets will be signed, numbered & dated.
Everyone knows that the Borrowers were the true pioneers of the upcycling movement, so SPoB is the ideal cause for crafters & literature lovers to support! 😉