I love cards, and like nothing better than browsing in a card shop, looking for something a bit different. I was reminded of this when I received a card from an old friend a couple of days ago wishing me a "Happy New Year". I thought it was so sweet - it is titled "Blossom Umbrella" taken from a painting by Erte (1892 - 1990). I have heard of a lot of artists, but never heard that name before, I must admit.
This next one was proudly handed to me by my two year old grandson recently! It is a little card that he made to thank us for his Christmas presents. Needless to say, this one will never be thrown away! This is the little boy who lovingly painted my kitchen cupboards with nail polish a short while ago! http://southhamsdarling.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-suppose-i-should-laugh.html
I absolutely love Venice, so if my daughters see a card featuring that magical place, they always buy it for me, and I then make them into pictures for the home.
I don't know whether you are the same, but I have found that since starting my Blog, I have become a veritable magpie, scouring the newspapers, listening to the radio, trying to take interesting photos wherever I go and generally keeping an eye out for things to write about.
I actually saw the following on a friend's facebook page, and she has given me permission to share it with you :
"A true friend doesn't care if you're broke, being a pain, what you weigh, or if your house is a mess.
They don't care what you drive, about your past, or if your family is filled with crazy people.
Your conversations pick up where they left off, even if they have been months apart.
They love you for who you are."