Sunday, September 18, 2011

My earliest cards

My sister and my mom have been in the process of cleaning out my mom's cedar chest. She's been saving things and putting things away into that cedar chest for most of her adult life. It holds a lot of treasures, including such things as what she wore on her wedding day.

It also contains "treasures" that she received over the years from her children. I knew she probably saved some things (don't we all?), but with seven children it's hard to say how much she could realistically save from each of us.

Well, it seems that I've been doing handcrafted cards, complete with embellishments, way before it became the "in" thing to do. I don't even remember these items, so that tells you how old some of them must be.

This is a selection of cards that I made over the years. I "love" the tissue paper flower on the Mother's Day card:

For this card, I went all out. I think the best "touch" must be the artificial flowers that are STAPLED to the outside of the card.

The inside:

On Mother's Day 1964, I was not quite eight years old (would have been a little over three months until my birthday). Too funny... In retrospect, I did a pretty good job on this artwork for a seven year old.


Pat said...

These are so sweet! And see! Making cards is really your calling!

Bouncin' Barb said...

How great that she saved them all. You were destined to make cards!! Great post.

Thisisme. said...

I agree with Barb = you were born to make cards!! That is a lovely card for a 7 year old to make. How lovely that your mum saved all these. You just can't throw those away!!

SkippyMom said...

I am giggling over the stapled roses. That is just so cute!

I love my kids' homemade cards, but, alas, I only get them from Wallene now. But my birthday card rocked! :)

Hugs! And thanks for the memories.

Jo-Anne Rambling said...

My mother has 5 children and she has saved things from all of us as well and I have a heap of things I have kept that my daughters have made and given is a mum thing....

Your talent was there from a young age.

Kristen said...

So Sweet! I love that she saved these!!

orchid said...

Dear Teresa,
Good Morning, my friend.
Wow, I respect both of you and your mother. What a talent you have since such a young days. How lovely!!! Yes, you are a born artist.
How sweet of your mother saving all these tresures♡♡♡ Oh, it proves how much she loves all of you, God bless her.

Love and Hugs, xoxo Orchid*

kneesandpaws said...

Awww, your cards are wonderful then and now. I'm always surprised to discover my childhood in things from the past. The creative child in you is a truly thoughtful and artistic person.

Marina said...

Definitely a good job :)