Sunday, July 29, 2007


Somebody....anybody - quick! Tell me it's o.k. and NOT a desecration to cut up the SWEETEST of vintage baby cards! That auction was SUCH a bargain and I got some dear little cards out of it, but I have the last year! ;) I have turned into quite the little collector! So when I decided to actually USE them, I was both excited and a bit anxious. I had no idea how it would feel to actually take scissors to these darlings!

Omigosh I am having major anxiety over this. I'm sure I am not the only one who feels some remorse over cutting vintage lovelies up, whether it's books, linens or cards. Right???? Good heavens - it's someone's "trash," after all! But I can't help it, Sweets! Somehow the fact that they were cards for babies makes it worse, perhaps because I am in the middle of the baby/toddler/small child phase of parenting and these items are particularly sentimental to me. I'm just guessing.

So... I am telling myself that I am not only NOT desecrating these precious bits of history, but I am in fact PRESERVING them by making something new, useful and desirable out of them. These sweet images aren't being appreciated or enjoyed (except by me of course...pulling them out and smiling over them every few weeks...wondering what to do with them). So I in fact OWE it to these delightful cards to make them into new yummies!


Jules said...

Poor you i know the feeling,maybe you could scan them and print them,or just close your eyes and hack away.
They are still way better off in whatever you are doing than in the fire or in the bin.Thankyou for the really nice comments on my blog you made me cry.(well i admit thats really easy but still)

Jenn said...

Hello Sweet Cheryl,
Im giggling over your post. ;) I SOOOOOO have been in your shoes! I have at least 30 original vintage baby greeting cards and when I first used them I had MAJOR guilt. I cant cut these precious things up! However,like you, I realized I using darling images in my artwork, would bring them to life and put smiles and enjoyment on many faces. If you werent using these adorable images, they would probably be sitting in a closed dresser drawer somewhere collecting dust. ;)

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Oh they are precious! Can't wait to see what you make!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I know how you feel.....
But think of it as giving them a new life; you are enhancing them. They are happy to have a purpose again!

Cheryl said...

Phew! Thanks, girls, for the encouragement! Maybe I can go cut some more now..... ;)

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Yep, I suffer with the same dilema all the time.

However, I reason that I have already saved them from languishing in a moldy basement or being thrown in the trash.

Some too precious for crafts get scanned and then embellished with glitter or ribbons to mimic the originals.

I say "use them"...they're not bringing any joy just sitting in a drawer.

Kimberly :)