Return of the String (of Postcards)

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Recently, I found myself once again in the possession of a “craft empire”–a.k.a. a vacant spare bedroom stuffed to the brim with letter-writing supplies. It’s a cozy room with a window looking out into (seriously, into) a tree; it reminds me of a hobbit hole or the Rat’s home from Wind in the Willows in the best of ways. I’ve found myself even more grateful for this little safe space over the past few days, a place where I can immerse myself in writing and creating and try to keep my focus on the wind and the leaves and my resident squirrel.

The most exciting part, though, is that my pride and joy, the postcard clothesline, has returned! Light the beacons of Gondor! I love being able to see so many pieces of the world lining my walls, and it’s a snap to construct and maintain (provided you have some strong thumbtacks and relatively light bits of ephemera). Read on for a peek at my favorite in-house mail art exhibition…

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Featured here: David Bowie (from Nevada), the most mori girl poster ever (from Ireland), a Gothic abbey extravaganza (from England), and some Art Nouveau-esque advertising (from Germany).

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very fascinating vintage postcard from Leipzig!

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There are countless ways to go about constructing a postcard clothesline, but I chose the following ingredients: ribbon that’s both strong and beautiful (like Daisy Ridley), painted clothespins from a certain massive craft supply retailer, and super-sized tacks that would look out of place on any reasonable bulletin board.

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So far, it’s proved very durable: I can even display some of my favorite envelopes! Long live craft rooms. Where do you house your creative activities?

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14 thoughts on “Return of the String (of Postcards)

  1. Idle Emma June 15, 2016 / 11:07 am

    I would so do this if only all the wall space in both my bedroom and craft room weren’t already claimed by posters and and shelves! But so happy to see that something I sent you is up there 🙂

    • Keely June 16, 2016 / 10:40 am

      More than a few somethings you sent me are up there 😀 But yes, since I didn’t have access to this room until recently, I have minimal wall art/furniture for it, so this is the best solution!

      • Idle Emma June 16, 2016 / 11:24 am

        Best get things up then while you have the chance! It’s amazing how quickly belongings can claim space without you realising it.
        Hmm…I could hang some things up if I took down my poster…but I’m quite fond of being where it is though (also no where else to put it!) It’s a giant poster of van Gogh’s Blossoming Almond Tree that I bought when I was up in Belfast and living in student accommodation – horrible yellow painted bricks? Ya, that’s real cosy! Bought the biggest poster I could find to try cover up as much as I could xD
        I’ll just have to stick with putting a few choice bits up on my pin board and incorporating other bits into art journal 🙂

  2. thesnailmail June 15, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Great way to display your treasures! I’ve been known to do this across my brick fireplace.

    • Keely June 16, 2016 / 10:38 am

      Oo, I’m sure that looks amazing! I’ve always wanted a fireplace/mantelpiece for similar display/general aesthetic purposes 🙂

  3. marinegirl1 June 15, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    It looks really lovely and I have to say that having a window looking into a tree sounds perfect. Would just be sitting there for hours waiting for birds to arrive and fins out what they are up to 🙂

    • Keely June 16, 2016 / 10:37 am

      It’s a lot of fun! I always wanted to live in a treehouse, so I guess this is as close as I’m going to get 🙂 If I had more time, I would be watching the birds and squirrels all day!

  4. tarabells June 15, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    I love this! I am moving into a new apartment soon and am thinking about creative ways to display/ organize meaningful things. I would love to send/ collect postcards but think I need some penpals first. 😉

    • Keely June 16, 2016 / 10:36 am

      It’s a wonderful way to fill lots of empty space! Some of my weirdest/most interesting postcards also come from secondhand stores; I like reading & displaying the tiny pieces of history that complete strangers have included on them!

  5. Ari Baker June 16, 2016 / 4:44 am

    Oh, a resident squirrel! How wonderful!

    • Keely June 16, 2016 / 10:34 am

      My sister dubbed the squirrel “Phyllis” for reasons unknown, but it seems to fit! Phyllis has a habit of leaving tiny, neat collections of baby pinecones on my porch these days…

      • Ari Baker June 16, 2016 / 11:53 am

        Oh, how cute!

  6. Jackie R June 20, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    So cute, I love love love this idea!!

  7. dannymellema July 13, 2016 / 5:40 am

    Another great title 😛 Enjoy your writing.

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