I have collected antique and vintage books, papers and wallpaper for years. Although I pretty much had it organized I have WAY TOO much and decided last year to use it for a project for 2010. Sometime back I posted I had been cleaning and going through my over-abundance of art supplies. At one time I didn't think I could have too much of anything when it came to art. Over the past eight months I have had to make some major changes to my life style in order to get control of my health problems.
Your home, studio, work and those you associate with can all have a huge effect on your health. So one by one I started removing things that were adding additional stress. Slowly I was finding a calmness and balance that I had lost over the years. During this time I started removing "art supplies" that I no longer used, that I had had for years and things that were no longer important to me. Some of it was given away, some given to children's art programs, some of it boxed & labeled and tons were thrown away. I know, some of you are thinking, I bet she had something I could have used and you are probably right, but the idea was to remove it quickly to start the de-stressing so these nasty stomach ulcers could start to heal.
Last December I made a post "Wallpaper for Charity" where I was selling packs of my vintage wallpaper with the proceeds going to a different charity each month. Much to my surprise this has gone over very well especially during the month of December when the proceeds went to several "Angel Tree" programs that provided Christmas gifts to children. January sells went to the American Diabetes Association, February to the American Heart Association and March will go to a local women's shelter. Since Steve and I donate to various charities personally, I have decided starting in April ALL proceeds will go towards several "Angel Tree" projects.
The packages will include antique/vintage papers and wallpaper with at least 100+ pieces in various sizes up to 8" x 10". These pieces are perfect for backgrounds, embellishments, journals, ATC's and multiple other art projects. Each package is only $15 and this includes shipping by Priority Mail Flat Rate with the envelope filled to the brim. That's less than 10 cents a piece and I am known for being very generous when it comes to filling those envelopes with extra goodies!
For those not familiar with an "Angel Tree" project; it is when organizations help to provide hope and dignity to less fortunate families by providing the parents with a few Christmas gifts for the children. Usually these organizations have a list that has been screened to verify they truly are in need of help. Then individuals can select a family or children to purchase gifts for. The gifts are then delivered to the organization where arrangements are made for the parents to pick up wrapped presents for their children a few days before Christmas.
When our three children were little I was a member of our local Junior League and this was one of our community service projects each year. The years I was Vice-President and President, I selected several children from the tree and then let each of my children pick one to shop for. After shopping, we would come home and wrap each present as if it were going under our very own tree and then deliver them to the church were we were holding the gifts. I told my children we were helping Santa to make sure these special children would have several gifts to open Christmas morning just like they do.
To purchased, please see the right sidebar "Vintage Papers & Wallpaper for Charity". Packages will usually be mailed within 3 business days once payment has cleared. Please note Georgia residents sales tax will be added to your order.
The above images are various samples of what may be in your package. No two packages will be the same. Occasionally I will accept request for specific colors/styles to be included, but please allow up to 10 business days for these special request orders to be shipped.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at debbie[at]debbieoverton[dot]com.
Until next time.....be creative!