Great Aunt Adelaide's Attic & Pink Saturday


DSC03780Once in a garden my Great Aunt Adelaide played with my Grandmother in their country home visiting Great Aunt Mart.

Grandma through the years

DSC03780I fell in love with this photo a long long time ago. I originally designed this Great Aunt Adelaide Thank You Card to hold collections of ephemera.


DSC03780Then one night I had a dream about her and thought about designing a card with Great Aunt Adelaide on the front of the card. I had this card printed professionally on dreamy white watercolor paper.


DSC03780Then I added just a touch of glitter to remind one of those old fashioned Vintage cards.


DSC03780Then I added a pocket inside, which I covered with Great Aunt Adelaide’s photo.

etsy great aunt adelaide seven


DSC03780Inside the pocket are old letters, postcards, Vintage ribbon binding, old tags, stamps and a bit of Antique prints.

Great Aunt Adelaide for etsy

Inside the card opposite the pocket is a blank card to write a note. I am sure anyone who loves ephemera will enjoy this gift.


DSC03780The matching envelope is lined with a print of old sheet music "Dear Old Days."

etsy aunt adelaide one

DSC03780When I was finished creating this labor of love, I decided to wrap it like an old fashioned parcel.

DSC03780I gave the first package to my mother, she loved it. As she felt the package tied in twine, she said that it brought back floods of memories of when she was little. My mom and Great Aunt Adelaide used to listen to the radio show "Let's Pretend." I was able to give her the CD, and the look on her face when she listened to it was priceless.

Great Aunt Adelaide for etsy

DSC03780My mom said that Great Aunt Adelaide is smiling in heaven.


DSC03780Angel inspired, I am creating numerous packets from stashes of old letters, Antique and Vintage postcards, Vintage shoelaces, bits of ephemera and stamps. The prices will vary depending on the ephemera inside. I have many resources here in historical New England to find the most incredible finds.


DSC03780 I have just added the first GREAT AUNT ADELAIDE'S ATTIC CARD packet on my little etsy shop. I will continue to add these packets to my etsy shop. I have a category now on my etsy shop called Aunt Adelaide’s Attic.


DSC03796The song for this post is Once in a Garden.


letter-happy-pink-saturday-penToday is Pink Saturday, so please visit Bev from How Sweet The Sound and see all of the Pink Saturday posts this week.

judy-12Speaking of fun posts, my friend Judy of JuJuz Beads has created a special post today to share her surprise collection. Be sure to stop by and see them HERE.


What are you going to be for Halloween? Cocoa is going to be a Fairy Princess.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karen, these are exquisite! Oh if I had the photo program that you have, I could do this with my beautiful grandma's photos....I am enjoying so much that lovely Paris card you sent...thank you again. Please do come by this weekend as you usually do (thank you...), I mention you on my post. Love and blessings, Anita

The Feathered Nest said...

Karen these are just BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the photograph and the way that you've used it ~ absolutely wonderful ~ xxoo, Dawn

LiLi M. said...

Oh Karen, this looks just wonderful! I am sure you will make many ephemera lovers happy! Have a great weekend!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

These are terrific; I just love them! They will make charming gifts for the holiday - and your packaging is as beautiful as the contents!

Riet said...

How beautiful those cards are. Just stunning. You certainly put a lot of work in it , Glad to see how you did it.
have a nice day

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Karen!!! This whole post is fantastic! I love every creative detail you've employed here and the results are not only nostalgic and beautiful but totally inspiring! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for visiting me today!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I love your bundles so much I just had to pop right over to your shop and purchase one! Can't wait to receive it!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh how beautiful, I love it! I am off to look at your shop right this minute! Bisous... Julie Marie

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

KAREN!!! Oh I love these! You are so amazing, every time I come here, I am inspired! These have such a beautiful, vintage look to them! And how perfect the story behind them!! I love them, I want one!!!

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

These cards are awesome...

~ Gabriela ~

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

What an elegant gift!!! Every little bit of elegance was covered...APPLAUSE for your wonderful artistic creativity my friend!!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those are fabulous! What wonderful gifts those will make for someone!

p.s. the fireplace isn't in the master bedroom. It is in the great room.....:-)

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Karen,
Such a delightful creation your Aunt Adelaide cards are!.
The scarf your friend sent you is so beautiful and the colors are exquisite.
Your photos for your fall garden and the inside of your home is again so beautiful, your photo's take my breath away, a delight to behold.
I always enjoy my visits with you.
Take care and have a wonderful fall weekend,

MARIA said...

I hope you are well and want to wish you and your family a fun and happy Halloween !

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful creations! You are very talented. Thanks for stopping by.

Dogwood said...

Oh, dear, sweet lady~I actually have tears in my eyes. You card is so beautiful and meaningful. I love every part of what you have done. That is so creative. I had better stop now because I could honestly go on and on forever!

Have a lovely day.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

They are so wonderful...m..

Pauline said...

what a wonderful tribute to your great aunt.

Bellamere Cottage said...

What fabulous works of art! And, such a special gift too...I LOVE're awesome.


Fairy Footprints said...

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for the family. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween :0)

PS Glad you stopped by today.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Karen these cards and gifts are OUTSTANDING! Oh my goodness, I love them. Just splendid! Blessings friend as your creativity flows!! Sharon

Marina Capano said...

Hi Karen, what a cute cards, are so cute...I love them.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful idea, Karen! That photograph of your Aunt Adelaide is so charming, I remember it from the first post you wrote about her.

I'm definitely going to look at your Etsy shop for holiday shopping!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I received my goody package today, and am sitting here in awe. For some reason I am really touched with your items as I feel like you put so much of you into your work, and of course, Aunt Adelaide. Every card is beautiful as well as the packaging. I am keeping every ribbon, and every bit of paper. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Ele

Cottage Rose said...

Oh Karen; What a beautiful tribute to your Great Aunt... Your cards are so pretty... they will go fast...
and what a special treasure for your Mom....

Have a great weekend


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

What a gorgeous creative card, and love your Great Aunt Adelaide's Attic
Very beautiful to have the memories of your Aunt.

Have a happy weekend

Elyse said...


these cards a stunningly beautiful, just like adelaide. just adore them!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Karen!
How beautiful are these packets with your precious Aunt Adelaide. She looks so precious standing and holding her stalks. What a wonderful idea, and I am sure your Moma was so pleased when she opened your tied little treasure. The DVD was a wonderful touch Karen.

Thank you for sharing. God Bless you sweetie. Country hugs and love, Sherry

caren said...

How wonderful! What a great gift!

claudie said...

Very very pretty. I love old letters. I have a special box that I keep my dad's war letters in. I have everyone of them that he sent to his mom and dad, and sisters. I read them all the time. He lost his legs in the war at 21.
I miss him dearly.
Happy PS
Love Claudie

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Such beauty!

Im thinkin your pup is lovin that taffita :)

Have a great weekend my friend.

TTFN ~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

MARIA said...

The Best Card!
Very Beautiful and Very Lovely Card!
Love it, love it
thank you Karen!

Kathleen Grace said...

Karen, what a fantastic use of your Aunts beautiful vintage photo! Those old pictures are such treasures and so many of them never see the light of day again, your idea of putting it in card form and adding beautiful ephemera is genius!


Love,,,your music..and the FAIRY PRINCESS PUP! Adorable post!

Chris V. said...

ooh what a neat gift. Love those packets! fun way to use old photos!
Happy Halloween and Happy Pink Saturday!
Chris Verstraete
Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystey - bff's, a missing mini painting and a nosy Dachshund = a fun kid's mystery!

Mary said...

The note cards are really lovely. What a lot of work that must have been. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday.

someplace in thyme said...

Oh Karen, that is just gorgeous and heartwarming too. You must have made your mother so happy with the gift of love. What a great idea and I must visit your shop to see more of your wonderful creations. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Halloween too, Char


Your cards you have created are so beautiful! What a charming gift for your mother. I am glad I happened upon you on this pink sat. , your blog is lovely!

RobinfromCA said...

This is just beautiful! What a wonderful way to honor a cherished relative. And then you made the packaging almost too pretty to open! Such a talent!


She'sSewPretty said...

Karen, I love those sets! I will have to favorite so I can go back and get one! I love vintage ephemera and the whole package with your great aunts picture and story is just wonderful!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Happy Halloween!!!!

Claudia said...

Karen - you continually amaze me! Just gorgeous - what a wonderful tribute to Aunt Adelaide! Such detail and beauty. Happy Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

Hiya Karen, I have come from "Blondie's Journal" and I am so glad I did!! Your cards are superb. I love to get cards that are special ones, not just shop bought, I am going to visit your etsy shop, I just hope the poatage won't be too expensive and when I order some I get them ok as our postmen are on strike in the UK!!!

Rhonda Roo said...

What a lovely idea! Cocoa looks divine!
Er, um. I mean...what a lovely idea! Ephemera packaged prettily, made even more special by knowing its your own family!
Happy Halloween!

Janean said...

too beautiful and very clever.

Susie Jefferson said...

How fabulous - everyone who sees these is going to want one, and everyone who receives one is going to treasure it forever! What a wonderful idea.

Happy Halloween and Spooky Pink Saturday!

Mollye said...

Well girl I just know she is smiling in heaven and telling the whole choir how very talented her sweet niece is. You did her proud and what a fun blog you have. Mollye

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Karen. I hope you had a fun Halloween. We had the cutest witch come to our door last night. She had blond curls - just like Shirley Temple.

I love your Aunt Adelaide collection. And, I smiled thinking of your mother's joy.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You are a true teacher and lover of this beautiful world. I am not sure if you realize what a simply joyous thing you have created? We live in a big old house that my Mom grew up in and so it is full of these photos which should be treated just as you have designed. I have photos that are about three by two feet and everything smaller and now I can give them the peace they deserve. You bring me joy friend. Thanks for this lesson and sparkle. Blessings.

vickie said...

Happy Pink Saturday. Your doggie is a cutie in that pink hat and dress. I love your beautiful creations, thanks for sharing.

ceekay said...

Karen, those Aunt packets are precious beyond words. I love the look and all the vintage touches! Wonderful!

Lynn said...

I love these!!
Blondie sent me over and I am glad I came!

Anonymous said...

Cocoa is so adorable as a fairy princess :-) I'm sure she had fun trick or treating.

The gift you gave to your Mom I love. I like the personal touch in it. You really though of everything. And then the package and it's old-feel is just perfect. A card with pockets - I think that's a great idea. I don't think I've seen a card with it. It's nice to have it and put little treasures in it :-)


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, as usual, you socked it out of the ballpark again with this post. What a charming card of your Aunt Adelaide which is the name of one of my close friends.

You just never cease to amaze me.


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. And lest we forget, Cocoa is such a cute pink princess! :-)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Priceless! Exquisite! Gorgeous! Aunt Adelaide is smiling!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

so glad you found me today Karen, so I could come and visit your lovely blog!

So beautiful, thoughtful and heartfelt ... those are always the very best creations! You've packaged them so artfully too!