22 February 2013

You’ve Got Mail

Our local Variety Store closed last summer, making way for a Family Dollar store. Progress? I think not. But what are you going to do?

With the disappearance of the Variety Store, we also lost the touristy type postcards. Our local supermarket sells greeting cards, but that wasn’t what I was looking for when I decided to send a complete stranger a birthday card.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard (1)

I resorted to making a card myself. With one or two exceptions, I am not the card making type. My mother is the one who makes elaborately embroidered cards, not me.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard

My new sewing machine is capable of sewing the alphabet. Actually, since it also an embroidery machine, it is capable of much more, most of which I am still in the process of discovering.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard (2)

I think the white thread does not stand out enough, to be honest. The red letters are much easier to read. Other than that, I am quite pleased with how my card turned out.

DutchGirlOriginals Felt Postcard (3)

Since the recipient of this card lives in Holland, I sent the card in an envelope. However, I was curious to see if it would hold up in the mail by itself. For that, I made some changes to the back.

DutchGirlOriginals Postcard 2 (4)

After several failed attempts, I figured out that a 3/4” border sewn onto 3.5” by 5.5” cardstock gives the card the sturdiness it needs and enough room to write a short message.

DutchGirlOriginals Postcard 2 smudged

The lines are sewn with the sewing machine. A single, short straight stich works best. I taped the thread ends to the back, to keep the stitches from coming undone.

DutchGirlOriginals Postcard 2

My cousin and his wife are working very hard on opening a new restaurant & cafe in Milwaukee: the Blue Jacket Bar. I butchered their logo a bit for this project, I hope they’ll forgive me.

The card goes in the mail today. I’ll keep you posted (pun intended) on its journey.

While I was busy designing cards for strangers and yet to be opened bars, I let the birthdays of one of best friends, my sister, and my sister-in-law pass me by. Hmmm. Not good. I better get to work.

I will be linking my postcards up with:

Friday’s Nature Table at The Magic Onions
Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia

10 comments:

  1. Love the embroidered cards. Hope it makes it.

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  2. Wow! I really like these. And I like the white thread :)

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  3. Such a cute idea! Love that :-)

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  4. What a sweet idea. Your felt postcards look amazing. This is by far the most original idea I've seen around the web lately. Well done!

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  5. Great idea and cute! I'm pinning this!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ http://usscrafty.blogspot.com

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  6. These are SO very cute. I love them.

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  7. wow, this is so impressive. I have never seen a fabric card before - i can't imagine that your mom is more elaborate! :) Thanks so much for linking up at the Humble Brag!

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  8. Oh my gosh - super cute!! I love these. Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon@ Sewing Barefoot

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  9. Those are adorable! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

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