Thursday, 20 September 2012

Lurking in the attic...


We finally got round to clearing out our attic last Saturday.  It's a job we've been threatening to do for at least the last three years, promising to have a car boot sale with all the junk hidden treasures taking up space up there.

So, S made two trips to the dump and a further trip with said treasures to his work storage shed for a brief stop off until he can take them to the local town auction - apparently they can sell any old crap what with one man's junk being another man's treasure! Among other things, we re-discovered 4, count em, guitars, amps, fishing rods, computer monitors, printers, convection heaters - all in perfectly good working order!



I also came across a box of basically every letter, postcard and greetings card I've ever received from my teens onwards from friends, family, acquaintances and some folk I now don't remember at all!  I spent the afternoon getting lost in the reminiscences of first loves, holiday romances, 'sorry you're leaving' cards from jobs I barely remember and gossipy letters from my friends sent to me when I lived in Germany, Portugal, Cyprus and Tunisia back in the days when people still put pen to paper and sealed it in an airmail envelope which always gave me a thrill of excitement when it landed through my letter box - do you remember how exciting it was to get a big, long, handwritten letter in the post - opening an email just isn't the same. 



Anyway, I decided that, as I'd been lugging this box of correspondence around from house to house (as well as country to country) for the last 20 odd years only for it to sit forgotten and dusty in my attic, that it was time to be ruthless and get rid.   I did keep all the birthday cards from my parents (the started at age 11 onwards when my tendency to hoard such things must've first begun!) and I'll always keep the cards and letters that S has sent me over the years but the rest, I ripped up and consigned to the bin - I don't need the physical letters when the memories are all still there in my head. 


Anyway, the point of this post is, in the middle of this box of memories I discovered a little envelope with 8 small watercolour illustrations I did back in 1997 when I was living in Dublin and had the idea of designing greetings cards (several rejection letters put that idea on the back burner for several more years when the advent of Etsy and Folksy meant I could sell them myself without needing the services of a publishing house!) There were 4 more that I had framed and gave to my mum which I mentioned back here.

I did do art this week (the People Per Hour commission) but I can't show it yet so I thought I would share these little blasts from the past instead!

Happy Paint Party Friday for tomorrow (I'm a little early)!

33 comments:

  1. You definitely do have some treasures here... Score! I definitely know what you mean about real pen-to-paper letters (I actually have a pen pal & get so excited when I see a letter in my mailbox!

    There must be a cleaning bug in the air... Bob & I have been going through all of our closets for the past couple of weeks :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  2. All so cute and showing that your art has been with you a long time, perhaps then screaming to be let out into the world that the internet now serves up to us.

    I never know what to do with hardcopy correspondence. I never throw it out, so what little I have received is clogging up cupboards. Things like Christmas cards from my now gone grandparents and friends I can't even remember. My email inbox is the same. I keep everything until the computer dies and Outlook won't let me transfer them with any ease. I discovered on one computer that just over 17,000 emails can fit into one Outlook folder before it won't ake anymore. Words are precious, despite mundane. You don't know what you might want to read again (yeah, I know 17,000 is ridiculous, but it was tag writing).

    Happy PPF!

    Liz

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  3. Loving your beautiful pictures and congratulations on sorting out your attic. I dread to think whats in ours, haven't been up to it for quite some time. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  4. Ahh... These are ADORABLE! What a lovely find!!
    We recently cleared our loft out too - and I couldn't believe how many black sacks of rubbish we filled! It's amazing what we can accumulate over the years isn't it? I also have birthday cards which I have kept from when i was little. Paul never had a memory box until I met him. From that date onwards he now has all his birthday cards, letters etc too! And Letters? Oh how I miss those! I have a box full of them - but they all stopped once email arrived :0(

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  5. Oh my goodness! One adorable kitty drawing after another! I love them all! Wouldn't they be awesome all lined up in a child's bedroom wall?

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  6. I LOVE your sweet little kitten paintings, especially the one hugging the Christmas tree! They are wonderful! And yes, thank goodness for online selling, so much nicer than rejection letters (been there, done that ;)
    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  7. Sweet and delightful cards! HPPF!

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  8. Adorable creations ~ love them they are so sweet and expressive ~ (A Creative Harbor)

    Must be the Fall season ~ I cleared out a whole storage area in the house ~ lots went to be recycled ~ ^_^

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  9. The kittens are so cute! Happy PPF!

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  10. This little cat is delightful. So cute and mischievous. Good thing you found these paintings again! I have a box full of letters just like you. I couldn't bring myself to throw them away when we moved to Australia, so now they're sitting in another box in my sisters' attic ....

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  11. Very cute kitty portraits!

    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  12. Interesting post - I've learnt to live with my rubbish, it's easier than hiring a skip or two.

    Great kitten pictures!

    Ever since I mentioned Russell Crowe in my last comment to you, we've been adopted by a chicken!! Four days now ... nobody knows where it came from. A fully grown hen! Good job I didn't mention Gregory Peck!

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  13. oh these are so cute and sweet!!!!! lovely work and you have to create more of these characters!!!! love them

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  14. your kitty is so cute - what a wonderful model. You are brave - sifting through all those memories. Happy PPF!

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  15. It does feel good to unload the attic. what a treasure you found with your small paintings. Isn't it a shame how we get discouraged and put things away. I'm glad that it motivated you to keep going and come up with your own way to sell your lovely cards. Happy PPF

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  16. These kitty paintings are fabulous. Whoever was running that publishing house back then certainly didn't know what they were doing. Well done for finding these again. I've got one of those boxes too btw. Too busy with my watercolours these days to bother with old boxes. Though I should take a leaf out of your book as who know what I'll find... ;-)

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  17. OH I have a hard time discarding notes and cards as well! You kitty-series is super duper cute, and I am sure like old friends re-surfacing!

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  18. How sweet! I love all the kittens, you know to capture the spirit and sweetness of small animals. saludos

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  19. Such a fun blast from the past. What cute kitties! You can sell them as "vintage." :)

    Happy PPF.

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  20. Wow, what treasures! Oh you should have kept the letter and glued them in a journal. In any event, your little kittens are just awesome. How great that you have lived here and there and everywhere. Awesome! Happy PPF!

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  21. yahoo... there is a christmas card in there... I thought I was getting in the mode early but it turns out your have been ready for years and years... I feel so much better knowing I'm not early at all compared to 1997.... Phantom was just a baby then!!!!

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  22. I love this kitty! :) She looks so sweet hiding and playing. I decided it's a she. :)) Thanks for answering my questions. It was so fun to read. :) I used to save letters and postcards as well and then decided to throw everything away. Now I wish I'd have done something with it.

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  23. I would have been very excited to find these treasures!! Love all the kitty illustration!! I could even see them as a kids book!! Love that character!! The Christmas tree with purple babbles being my favorite!!

    As for keeping cards I have about forty years worth I've kept...I have no idea why! I guess I just valued them. They are in binders but seriously I need to purge them!! In a group someone asked in jest, "seriously who keeps cards?"....I was the only one to raise my hand!! lol I wonder if it's an artist thing! I always wanted to have a line of cards too!!

    Great post, thanks for sharing and making me feel more normal!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  24. Great post and great blasts from the past- Wish I had kept things for so long, but when we emigrated from South Africa to England 26 years ago- I had to get rid of stuff and be merciless. I do miss it all now though!

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  25. What a treasure to find! Not only all those letters but such adorable art too!

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  26. Yes we all should move now and then just to get rid of things we keep that should have been tossed years before. :)) some are treasures tho. Love the drawings.. absolutely adorable. HPPF

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  27. These are so cute! Isn't it a revelation to find things you drew or painted years ago? Sometimes it's a nice feeling of "Hey...that's actually pretty good."

    Usually for me it's the complete opposite, more, "I can't believe I actually had the nerve to show this to people!" followed by a quick trip to the trash bin.

    Can't wait to see how your commission piece is turning out.

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  28. Your kitties are just purrrfect :) The treasure you found must have brought you so much of joy ...I am sure :)

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  29. In other words you were always phenomenal! Love the story you shared with this kitties and I do miss slow mail letters with decorated envelopes. They were so much fun to receive among those annoying bills. :)

    Beautiful post, my friend. It helps to keep on keepin' on. I can't imagine you getting any rejection letters. They should see you now.

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  30. Aww, these are all so sweet and adorable! I especially like the first one. Emails are great, but it really is fun to get something in the mail... Thanks for reminding me of that, maybe I'll break out some stationery and drop someone a line :).

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  31. i am new to the party, typically a wallflower but i have to say...i got so wrapped up in your story that i couldn't wait to see where it was going and how it related to this paint friday challenge...ahhh, the kittens...so adorable, cute and looking so cuddly...i would buy one of those greeting cards...so fun...thanks for sharing such a motivating story...now off to clean out my craft/art/computer room...who knows what i will find...he he he... :)

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