Inspired by one of my favorite authors, Alexandra Stoddard, I have been collecting postcards and saving greeting cards for the purpose of adding them to my own tiny, desktop “art gallery.” In her book, The Postcard as Art, Alexandra talks about the idea of being able to collect beautiful art on any budget. By simply purchasing postcards and greeting cards that speak to you, you can “take the art museum home.” I just love this idea, and I encourage you to start a collection of your own. Above is my most recent addition (top) a photograph by my friend Jeanne at Bluebird Tea Paperie. Jeanne takes photographs of beautiful tea images and has a business out of Dassel Minnesota where she sells her stationery. She generously sent me the gift of nine of her stunning creations. Her images have so inspired me these last couple weeks as I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a couple magazine articles I wrote and photographed for TeaTime Magazine over the summer. The middle image is one of my favorite greeting cards. My brothers gave it to me when my husband and I were celebrating the purchase of our first house. I love it because it reminds me of me and my brothers when we were little. The bottom card was given to me by Jeff and Gracie for my most recent birthday. I smile every time I look at those bedazzled little beaded cupcakes!
I keep a small easel on my desk in my home studio so I can change the artwork to fit any mood. I also have museum postcards and pretty miniature art prints taped inside cupboard and closet doors so I can enjoy my favorite pieces any time.