Monday, April 11, 2016

Sweet Sentiments - Vignettes

Hello, Dear Friends,
today I would like to share a few
beautiful cards from my collection.

Sweet Sentiments from special people.

I love to showcase these charming tokens
of love and friendship in little vignettes.

The handmade paper and sweet posies give this
 card simple charm.

Sweet Sentiments from my dear Sis, Donna.
She lives too far away and I miss her.......

I painted the vase years ago.

The tiny tea 'cookbook' was a gift from
my Dear Mother and is illustrated with hand-painted
images of tea-cakes, teapots, and on these pages -
a whole tablescape.

A lovely reminder of treasured visits over tea.

It's wonderful to pass by this sweet vignette
with its whispered memories.

Tucked safely on the shelf in the blue cupboard.

Handmade cards are extra special
and this one, especially so.

Dear Connie, from the blog,
'Connie's Crafty Creations,'
made this especially for me.

(You can find her on my blogroll)

She makes beautiful, personalized cards.
This one captures my life so perfectly....

With two cats in the yard.....

Thank-you, sweet Connie.

Aren't blogging friends wonderful?

This vignette is in celebration of nature.

A gentle reminder to stop and appreciate the beauty around us.

And sweet, blogger friends.

This handcrafted card was sent from another
blogger friend a couple of years ago.

Each little flower is cut from handmade paper.

I created this vignette with my own crocheted baskets. 


If you are interested in the baskets,
you can see my original post Here.

This vignette features another handcrafted card
from my sweet Sis, Terry.

The handmade sachet was a gift from her, too.

This vignette inspires my needlework
and resides on a work tray in a corner of
my sewing room.

So easy to just pick up when inspiration strikes.

Vintage bits and pieces for creative moments.

We are thousands of miles apart,
but close in heart.

A childhood ironing board
makes a perfect perch for gathering

Here I am, once upon a time.....
Too bad irons don't work on all wrinkles :)

This vignette features a card that is
very special to me.

It's from my Dear Mother.
Here she is as a child, and as a young woman
when she first met my Father.

The hand-crocheted lace is from
the ring-bearer's pillow
at her wedding, made by
her Grandmother, Ellen.

Her card is a thank-you note in her lovely handwriting.

This vignette is on my vanity.

A place to pause and reflect before I start my day......

To honor all of the women who came before
me who shared these same, timeless, beauty rituals.

This 'Flavia' tile was given to me by Ramblin' Man
when we were dating <3

My fifth and last vignette features
an anniversary card from my daughter,
Heather and her husband, Eric.
 (Our anniversary is in the fall)

This lovely card is also made of handmade, embossed paper,
with a lacy die-cut. If you look closely, you can see
how delicately sparkly it is, as if it was sprinkled
with star dust.

Paper roses in the same lovely color.

You can find how to make the roses here.

Sweet Sentiments and hand-painted loveliness.

My daughter's wedding day.
My baby cup.

A simple vignette in celebration of love and devotion.


I hope you have enjoyed my 'Sweet Sentiments -Vignettes,'
Dear Friends, and that this inspires you
to create some of your own.

In this day and age of social media and instant messaging,
a beautiful card is a charming keepsake.

It's wonderful to showcase these lovely works of art
to honor special moments, and treasured friends
and loved ones.


A little Consideration, a little Thought
for Others, makes all the difference.

 Eeyore to Pooh in Winnie-The-Pooh,
A.A. Milne, writer


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  1. So sweet and precious Karen. Those homemade items - made with extra time and tender loving care mean so much, don't they? They are definitely treasures worth the keeping for many years to most precious of all are the memories that come with them. xoxo

  2. I adore your vanity! I love that style of furniture.

  3. You always put together the prettiest vignettes. It's so nice to have lovely things from friends and family and to keep them out so you can enjoy them. Everything looks like Spring! Hugs!

  4. Karen, such beautiful sentimental journeys you've taken us on. Each card is beautiful and unique as is your decor. Lovely!

  5. Hi Karen, you have so many beautiful memories from so many loved ones and friends. I love how you have displayed them. Thank you for sharing.

  6. The vignettes are lovely and oh so many memories. I have an old photo of my mom when she was in her early 20s with her hair so pretty. She always had her hair done nicely and even at an older age, she cared about it even though it was cut shorter. Thanks for sharing your inspiration of your interesting displays. Good ideas!

  7. Dear Karen,
    this really is such a wodnerful and sentimental Post, filled with so many wonderful artwork and memories from loved ones and friends.
    Thank you for sharing all this with us!
    Sending much love and Hugs and Blessings for a joyful week, my dear friend!
    Claudia xo

  8. Karen, what a beautiful collection and lovely post!
    Happy week

  9. Such a beautiful post, filled with love and treasured memories. Each card stunning in its own right, made, displayed and cherished.

  10. Hello, I love your pretty vignettes and your lovely homemade cards collection. They are beautiful memerories, lovely post. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  11. What a lovely selection of vignettes, each one holding special memories.

    I do agree with you when you say stop and appreciate the beauty around us, in a world that sometimes moves at such a fast pace, let us slow down and be thankful ...

    Have a lovely Tuesday

    All the best Jan

  12. I love seeing how sentimental you are, dear Karen, and how you value those special treasures in your life. Have a beautiful week!

  13. A truly gorgeous post. I so loved seeing all the beautiful keepsakes and precious memories you have collected over time, and yes there is so much beauty all around us we just need to take time to stop and look and most of all, appreciate and enjoy.
    Have a wonderful week ahead dear Karen :)

  14. What beautiful examples, of love. Handmade, and coming straight from the heart. :-)

  15. Beautiful vignettes Karen, and a lovely way to show off your cards. I have saved dozens of cards over the years in a drawer. At least I know where they are even if they don't get displayed. I'm sure they will be thrown out some day which is sad to me. Have a wonderful week.

  16. AS always your vignettes are beautiful and it inspires me to create little spots for me in my world.Thank you

  17. Dearest Karen,
    Yes, it is those little tokens, made with affection and love and mostly by hand, that will touch us forever. That's the reason we hold on to them and will not part of them.
    It is the living memory by which our loved ones live on and you so lovingly do continue the romantic and above all, practical and frugal touches that your dear Mom and Grandmother lived by.
    Sending you hugs and blessings,

  18. I love all of those pretty vignettes and handmade cards!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  19. Karen, the little spaces you have created around your house are so wonderful. And Yes, you have inspired me to make one of my own. I do have cards that I cherish, but are put away, and it would be nice to put them out. The vase you painted is so pretty. Your blue hutch holds soft spring colors. You know, I love to see women's vanities, and even did a post about it one time showing mine. Yours is so charming. I really liked the nature display because nature is so very special to me, but I have to say that my favorite on here was your dear Mother's display. I love her picture as a child, the hand crocheted lace, her card, everything about it. It looks so vintage and filled with meaning, which in my opinion, is the best kind of display of all.


  20. It is so lovely that you have kept this special and pretty cards, and that you use them in your decorating to remind you of the messages and meanings and sentiments in them. Just beautiful! xx

  21. I just love how you have little areas for each of the cards to go with the theme or style of them, makes them extra special, so glad that you felt the care and thoughts of you that went with my card. Such beautiful and precious cards and beautiful ways to display them!

    1. I love the card you made for me, Connie! It is such a sweet and thoughtful treasure. Thank you so much! xx Karen

  22. your tablescapes are so soft, thoughtful and beautiful!!! do you keep the cards out year round??? i have a few special cards out on tables, that i never put away, you showcased so many today.

    connie's card is perfect for you, she is such a thoughtful soul and an amazingly talented card maker!!!!

    1. Hi Debbie, thank you for your sweet visit! Yes, I keep a revolving display of my favorite cards, as I get them and in between :) Sometimes I just like to go through my collection to pull out special cards. I am a secret card hoarder...I can't bear to throw them away! Now that people don't send them as often, I am glad I saved them! Yes, Connie is so talented and thoughtful, as are all my blogger friends. Hugs xo Karen

  23. Good evening Karen... I particularly love the tiny tea 'cookbook; and what a special treasure... one to keep forever, as it came from your mother... I love that filtered light coming from that window where the table is, and outside that piece of landscape I can see past the balcony... lovely.

    I have enjoyed the little tour...



  24. Beautiful cards and vignettes; so soft and lovely.

  25. These are very sweet vignettes. I especially like the little tea cookbook one, and your crochet close to hand. Lovely touches throughout your home.

  26. I LOVE the card with the 2 cats in the yard!!! It is so cool and one of a kind!

  27. Beautiful post. I love the cats, too. Two cats in the yard made me think of the song, Our House.
    Thank you for yor nice comment on my poem. Hug.

  28. Great collection of "Sweet Sentiments -Vignettes". Each one made with love and with loving gentle hands. They are all beautifully crafted and so special.

  29. Hello, Karen! I never stop admiring how much beauty and warmth you create around you. And then you take wonderful photos too. :) There's indeed much love and friendship in these thoughtful cards and books.
    Happy spring! Hugs!

  30. Such sweet and special gifts Karen. To treasure always...

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x

  31. What a great way to decorate and fill your home with thoughts of special people in your life! I never thought to decorate with the cards I receive...I do keep them...they are all in a drawer!

  32. Such beautiful reminders of loved ones. You have set up such pretty vignettes through your home. I tend to keep my cards packed away, but what's the fun in that. You've inspired me Karen :)

  33. Dear Karen,

    Such beautiful treasures you have shared and each one has so much sentimental value and so lovely to look back on them all. Love the way you have displayed them all around your home.
    Sending hugs and love and wishing you a happy weekend

  34. So beautiful & romantic photos. I wish you a lovely weekend Karen!

  35. Beautiful lovely memories and gifts from friends, delightful presented... oh yeah, a hand written card is a great gift in our times.
    Enjoy your weekend

  36. What fun you have had organising all your treasures into such pretty photos whilst thinking about all the people who mean so much to you. x

  37. These are some really wonderful and beautiful cards, my friend. And I love those pencils!

  38. What a lovey personal post. Great ideas too and couldn't agree more about sending cards, I have become very remiss of late

  39. Beautiful touches of spring here and there. Lovely.

  40. Your vignettes are lovely and your vanity is adorable so adorned.

  41. Hi Karen, the vignettes you created are so, so lovely. And, I think they are especially unique in that each items means something to you. I love the decor on your dressing table. Lovely! I've been looking for a Limoges dresser tray; hopefully I will find one. Hugs, Pat

  42. My dearest Karen,
    I so love all these goodies of yours, which belong to your past and your present life, making your home so warm and cozy ... they talk about the Love you've received and you've shared, that's the most priceless Gift we have in our Life !
    Thank you for this so touching post of your, sweetie!

    Hope you're having a wonderful day, I'm sending blessings on your weekend ahead, with so much gratitude


  43. Such loveliness. I especially like the first vignette - peach is my favorite color.

    You've inspired me to get back to my card making. Maybe someone appreciates mine as much as you appreciate yours. You're very blessed to have so many people who love you so much.

  44. Sweet and Charming

    Marina from the South of Spain

  45. Lovely memories! How nice to receive such beautiful cards

  46. Talk about inspiration striking, what a simply stunning reminder of how special the written card and letters are. I wrote a letter this week and it was a joy to hand write, sadly I bought the card...You would be such a joy Karen to send the cards to because you cherish and keep them and the memories. I love the thought of you at your vanity each morning remembering the women who have come before you!
    Have a fantastic week - and thanks for joining me on the jet ski last week, Soon I am hoping we'll all go out exploring on motor bikes!

  47. Everything is so pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  48. Such pretty cards, and they look so wonderful with all your treasures.

  49. Such beautiful and special cards! I love to keep all the handmade ones, too.
    They are certainly one-of-a-kind treasures!

  50. Lovely Karen, another beautiful and inspiring post! Everything is simply wonderful and extra precious!

    The card Connie made you is quite the work of art...she is so sweet and talented!

    Thank you for sharing. May you have a blessed week. Love and hugs to you!

  51. My dear Karen,

    I am always amazed at your wonderful posts. It's your lovely home and all the little touches you have with your creative spirit...a love for the past, and for family and friends! I adore it! Your vignettes were delightful to see, and I love each and every little tribute to beauty and love and the "little things" that make life wonderful! I hope I can do more of that in my new home. I don't have Victorian, or shabby chic as my style, but love Arts & Crafts Movement and love the Depression era...the days of my Grandmother. Speaking of such, I hope you will consider reading a book I will be reviewing soon, Angle of Repose. It is a long read, but it won the Pulitzer for good reason, and I have loved it so much! It is partially set in the Victorian era. I think you would appreciate it. Hope you have a beautiful week!

  52. What a lovely post, full of inspiration and nice pictures...
    Have a great week and take care.
    Love from Titti

  53. My dear Karen,

    reading your post and watching the photos was like a little holiday trip to me.
    All these memories which we take with us for a lifetime. From a distance your mum looks a little bit like young Queen Elizabeth, maybe because of the same hairstyle.
    I love to be a guest in your house, watching all these little things which are so convenient, so significantly for our lives. The little treasures which mean so much for us, they are all telling us stories about beloved people, moments. We couldn´t exist without our memories.

    Wish you a wonderful week my dear Karen, Hugs Barbara


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