The telegram reads,” Am starting on my way now and will be in Johnson City tonight. Go to bed early sleep well and I will visit you. Santa Claus.”
A telegram from Santa Claus! It is dated December 25th, 1930 and is addressed to Mother and her brothers. She must have been nine years old. I can only imagine the scene and their wide-eyed faces as the telegram was delivered and read. Communicating by telegram has long since been replaced by speedier means so this little holiday treasure from the past is one I hold dear and have wanted it displayed. This year I removed it from a scrapbook to a frame and propped it inside a vintage travel case with pinecones and greens.
I’ve been a collector of vintage suitcases like the one that holds Mother’s telegram from Santa. I use them throughout the house for storage and displays. I recently found a couple that needed repairs and set about to recover them with pages from vintage books.
The tutorial at My Junk Obsession was the biggest help in making my traveling craft suitcase. At the end of the post are photos of her finished work, all are so charming.
I must honestly say this decoupage project was difficult, I’m not sure why, but I even took off some of my newly applied pages and started over, there were just too many wrinkles. I looked up decoupage techniques at Mod Podge Rocks Blog to help me the second time around.
There are still wrinkles, but if I enjoy it as much as my traveling craft suitcase it will not matter.
One of the best loved holiday desserts at our house is Martha Stewart’s Gingerbread Trifle. I usually leave out the cognac, and add extra whipped cream. I can make the gingerbread ahead of time and freeze it. I’m going to go make that gingerbread right now. I can’t wait for the house to fill up with that lovely holiday smell and since the gingerbread is for the trifle I can go ahead and slice off a piece to have with coffee this afternoon. Sounds wonderful.
Thanks for listening. Take care.