greeting card as art

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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.”Β  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 meΒ  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.


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  6 comments for “greeting card as art

  1. Jen
    September 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Melissa – what a great idea! So fun to see how others are enjoying our cards. Thanks for featuring us in your post!

    • Melissa
      September 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Aw! so glad you like it. My pleasure πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  2. Jeanne
    September 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm


    I love your creative idea . . . and thank you for including Bluebird in your desktop gallery! xox

    • Melissa
      September 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      my pleasure Jeanne <3 when I first saw the response from Jen I had to go back and look at our emails to make sure I wasn't calling you by the wrong name all this time...LOL...stranger things have happened. Then when I looked at your website I realized that Jen is your partner/daughter. whew! πŸ˜‰ xoxoxo

  3. Pamela
    September 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Love this idea – it makes the card more special and artistic!
    The first card’s shape and clarity is astounding – I will check out her link. Soooo pretty!

    • Melissa
      September 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      thanks Pamela! πŸ™‚

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