Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Here we go again.....

Can you believe that's it's May already?  For those of us living in Wisconsin it has been a Narnia-like winter - never-ending!  Yesterday felt more like March 3 than May 3 - it only reached 45 degrees!

But today, the sun is out, the birds are singing, it's supposed to be 60 degrees for the high - and I feel like celebrating. And because I feel so "springy" today, I want you to celebrate with me!

How, you ask?  Well, how about ANOTHER giveaway!  :D

My friend Trina at the Paper Flea Market is in on the celebrating too, and we're teaming up to give away a $20 gift certificate!  WOO HOO!!!  :D

Here's how to enter:

1.  In the comments below, tell me about your absolute FAVORITE piece of ephemera that's in your collection. It can be anything - an old label, a typed piece of paper, a sticker from your youth - ANYTHING!
2.  You must have a current e-mail address that I can easily find..  If you win, and I can't find an e-mail address where I can reach you to tell you, then it's on to draw another name.
3. I will give your e-mail to Trina, who will furnish you with a special code that you can use in her awesome online shop.  Believe me, you will have no problem finding wonderful things to purchase (but the items are so inexpensive, it may take a couple trips!).
4. You have until 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 6 to enter.  I will be drawing the name then.

Okay, Ephemeraologists!  Now's your chance to show-n'-tell us the jewel in your stash!  Ready?  GO!

Happy Spring!

15 comments:

  1. My favorite thing that I can't bring myself to use is a bound packet of xeroxed poems. The poems are obviously typed, and it seems to be an old typewriter, so it has that feel to it. I keep thinking I'm going to use them as card backgrounds or on my canvases....but don't. At the same time I made that purchase, I also bought a notebook that seems to be penmanship exercises. Those are also poems that someone carefully wrote the lines to. It's beautiful handwriting. My email: wnerman AT hotmail dot com :)

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  2. I have, but also can't bring myself to use, an entire Sears catalog from 1943. The colors are still so amazingly vivid, the fashions and prices are amazing, and it just shows such a wonderful picture of life back then. I'd love to find another one for actually cutting up and using, because I can't bring myself to ruin this piece of history...
    ravencomeslaughing at gmail

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  3. A promotional joke book from 1908 from a patent medicine company. It has great color illustrations and really funny ads.

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  4. My absolutely favorite piece of emphemera is probably that bit of silver and black handmade paper my cousin wrapped a gift in years ago. I've never seen any more anywhere, but I finally brought myself to use it to cover a journal.

    It was hard to cut into it - I get like that, I can't use that piece of fabric/paper/ribbon/trim/whatever, because I'll never see another like it, and what if someday I think of a better use for it...

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  5. I have a copy of the magazine- The Woman Beautiful march 1910. The articles are fascinating- a real peek into a woman's world from the early turn of the century.The editor was a woman Idah McGlone Gibson and the magazine was published in Chicago. The editorial is priceless- lamblasting a "diatribe against women's magazines' that had been recently published in the "New York Herald" I love this line- "While man may be the noblest work of God, woman certainly is the most interesting"

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  6. My favorite ephemera in my collection is this tissue paper I found a couple years ago that has bright bold coffee cups all over it. It makes a great background as is, or I can cut out the individual cups and coffee beans to use on a project.

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  7. I just purchased a 500-page pharmacy journal....6 inches wide by 16 inches tall. Every page is filled with hand-written prescriptions from 1917-1918. I'm not sure if I'll be able to bring myself to use it or not.

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  8. my very favorite bit of ephemera is a block of S&H Green Stamps that was included in a swap package i received. i hadn't seen green stamps in sooo long! when i was little i can remember waiting for mom to get home from piggly wiggly not for any treat she might have, but for the green stamps! she always let me stick them in the book....and when one would get full, oh man then the trip to the green stamp store! i got my first little kiddle doll with green stamps! and doesn't that just date me!
    my email is: debsea61@hotmail.com. just in case...

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  9. Mine tends to change to suit what I'm into at the moment. Right now it's napkin collage so it's my little stash of pretty napkins! I have one with chili peppers that I can't bare to part with yet :)

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  10. I have an old Bible with beautiful thin pages that I can't bring myself to cut and use. It feels abit strange to crop up something so scared.

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  11. I have an envelope addressed to my little sister from the 1950's...the handwriting is so lovely, and a 2 cent postage stamp. I have lots of postcards, but this envelope is so special to me. I need to scan it again as I lost that file...
    Kathy22eggs@yahoo.com

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  12. My all time favorite piece of old stuff I love is Old Trading Cards. I love any and all trading cards from cigarettes to perfume to laundry detergent and candy.
    I, like so many others, cannot bring myself to use the originals in any project I'm doing but have no problem at all making copies and sharing them with my art projects and my crafting buddies.

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  13. My favorite. Hmmm.. Anything and everything is my favorite. ha ha... I would have to say a letter that my dad wrote to my grandmother on USO paper in 1942 while he was in the service. It is yellowed and in the original envelope. And his favorite word must have been swell, because he sure did say it enough times. Tucked in the letter is a stamp that is so cool. I can't wait to use the stamp in a project.
    Once again, thanks for hosting the give-a-way. I love your blog, but you already know that. ha ha...

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  14. A daily calendar from Russia from 1973. Each page has drawing on it, and while I can't read a word of it, it just reeks of rah-rah Communism. Red and black print ink throughout. It's just a fascinating little bit; 365 pages from another time.

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  15. We have a winner! :D Britta Schatz, you're the lucky winner of the $20 Paper Flea Market gift certificate! :D I'll let Trina know and we'll get you the code you need. Congratulations! :D

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