Wednesday, 29 February 2012

What a card!

Just nipping in with a little giveaway for you all. I was emailed a week or two ago by artist Twinkle Troughton with a really interesting little story about her Nanna Trudy, who moved to the UK in 1951 from Holland, after it was devastated by WWII. Here is some blurb, lifted straight from the press release (sorry for being a lazy, or rather time-poor sod today)...
Born in Amsterdam, Trudy’s childhood fell apart when in World War 2, her father joined the resistance movement and the family had to live under assumed names, in hiding, often eating no more than tulip bulbs.

At the age of 19 Trudy came to study nursing in Rugby, England and within months met the man she soon married. No guests at the wedding, just two witnesses, no honeymoon, but a trip to London Zoo. Pale, beautiful, thin, afraid of the sound of planes, in a foreign country, slowly Trudy saw a life that held promise and joy. Her pictures, all originals, drawn in 1951-52, reflect the life she so wanted to live.

Years later after Trudy passed away, these drawings by a much loved Nanna resurfaced. The family felt the drawings were too beautiful to be hidden away in an old sketchbook. In honour of Trudy and her dreams, and for thousands of women like her in those post war years, these drawings have been given new life. The drawings are not nostalgic reflections of an era gone by, but were created at the time and are as authentic and original as any vintage artefact you might find.

Vintage Trudy includes greeting cards and gift tags, aprons and cushion covers. The range will be expanding with new lines added as the venture grows. Vintage Trudy merchandise will be available online at http://etsy.com/shop/VintageTrudyOriginal
I thought it was a lovely story and I really like helping out little companies, so in return for a couple of the cards (which I'm going to frame), I said I would host a giveaway. One lucky reader will win a set of all eight Vintage Trudy Cards, worth £20. Perfect for the upcoming wedding season, or birthdays, or just in time for Mother's Day!



To enter, you know the drill, please leave me a comment below!  If you'd like another entry, please follow @VintageTrudy on Twitter and do a tweet mentioning the Prize Draw on my blog. Leave me a second comment to say you've done this (though I will check!). This is simply to spread the word a little bit, and get more people buying these cute cards with their awesome backstory.

Yes, it's open to anyone in the world!

I'll announce the winner on Monday 5th March.

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

72 comments:

  1. What gorgeous illustrations! So glad they are being shared with the world, along with Trudy's legacy! Thank you for a fabby-dabby-doo giveaway. Have tweeted the news!

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  2. They are beautiful!! I would have to frame them too :) !! xx

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  3. So gorgeous, and a lovely story.
    Love to see legacies of the 50s still living on today.
    Great giveaway!

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  4. Lovely story and pretty pictures - I want to enter please!

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  5. These are very cool, and I love that they have a history beyond just being old :) Please enter me, if you can ship these abroad!

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  6. What truly beautiful cards! I have followed them on twitter and will tweet the news, thank you so much for offering this giveaway!

    JoynessSparkles (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. The cards are utterly adorable! I hope this contest is not just for UK residents. I'm off to Twitter now and will post another comment soon.

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  8. Just followed @VintageTrudy on Twitter and retweeted your blog post highlighting your giveaway.

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  9. How fantastic are those cards?! Love!

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  10. These are so sweet! I'd love to be able to post one home to Mother.

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  11. They're so beautiful, it's lovely to have a story behind the pictures too.

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  12. What a lovely story! Those cards will definitely look cute framed :)

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  13. What cute cards! I would like to enter : )

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  14. Beautiful cards, sweet story. Please enter me into the giveaway!

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  15. They are so cute! Would look so lovely on my wall together with my collection of old pictures and posters!

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  16. I hope this is international!

    I love the story. So sweet.
    I would absolutely love to win this.

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  17. they are very cute cards! i'll definitely have to pop by her shop

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  18. Og they were really cute! So want those! ;)

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  19. What a talented lady. I'd love to be considered for this one, thanks.

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  20. Yes please! I'm also assuming that this draw is open to international contestants since you didn't mention it otherwise?

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  21. So beautiful! I too am hoping this is open to international shipping.

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  22. LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE these-love the story!!!!!! Just LOVE!

    I also follow them on Twitter and posted this giveaway under my name @Bunny Moreno

    PS The link for the etsy doesnt wk for some reason but I found them anyway-just love her wk!!! xox

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  23. what a lovely story, and what lovely cards!

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  24. It's incredible, what beautiful pictures! I don't think I've ever come across a cloggie that made such lovely period images, like these, in this style- and I know a great many of them, in the demographic.. beining from quite near Amsterdam myself...What a remarkable lady, and what a moving story. I've heard many, but this one is definately something else.

    - will try and find on etsy as well, the link doesn't work for me either. oh well!

    Thank yoy for all your beautiful posts, Enjoy reading them every time.

    Love,

    Angeliek

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  25. They are beautiful and what a story behind them!

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  26. Such beautiful images and a very touching story behind them. I would also have to frame them so I could admire them.

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  27. Those are fab, love the one with the vacuum!

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  28. These are really cute cards and a lovely story too. Karen

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  29. What gorgeous cards, and such a lovely story to go along with them. I hope that this little company does very well!

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  30. Lovely! And the story is just too much!

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  31. What lovely cards! I would have to frame them. Here's hoping Monday is my lucky day!

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  32. What a great story, and such lovely drawings to share with us all.

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  33. Beautiful story, beautiful cards!

    tina_crossgrove(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Wow! I would never have imagined these are originals! They're adorable! Count me in!

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  35. Fabulous - what wonderful cards, Yes please count me in.

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  36. What a beautiful and touching story! Please enter me into the draw! Ruth W

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  37. I read something about this recently and thought they were lovely drawings.

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  38. These are so gorgeous, they'd also look lovely as little embroideries.

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  39. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! And such a lovely story xx

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  40. These are beautiful count me in!!! How lovely that they havent just been put in a box under the bed and forgotten about :)

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  41. The artwork is beautiful and its amazing that it's finally being shared and given such a showcase after so long.

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  42. They're great and what a lovely story behind them!

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  43. they look great - would love to enter the giveaway (usually read your blog by email but this was too lovely to miss especially as it's my birthday tomorrow!)

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  44. have also tweeted/followed. Thanks for such a great blog and giveaway x

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  45. Those are lovely and what a rich history for her family! Have also followed & tweeted. Thanks!

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  46. Oh, these are so sweet, and what a great story! I don't know if I would be able to give them away though, is that naughty?

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  47. Gosh, I love the cards. What a super collection to inherit.

    I have been following your blog for a while but this is the first time I have commented as never know what to say!

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  48. They are lovely! Do count
    me in.xx

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  49. What gorgeous cards! If I don't win, I'll certainly make a purchase or two from their lovely shop.

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  50. How delightful are these? Would just love to win this giveaway!
    x

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  51. Tweeted a link too! (Hope that counts as two entries?!) x

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  52. What lovely cards! Fingers crossed :)

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  53. Lovely :) and what a wonderful story! fingers crossed! xo

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  54. these are soo amazing :) i love everything like tis!

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  55. Oh this is just lovely! I like to collect vintage sketches like these anyway and these cards would be a nice addition to my collection!

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  56. These are so pretty. Thanks for the link. I think I need to buy some

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  57. They are just marvellous, there's almost an 'Attwell-ish' quality about them.

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  58. Beautiful illustrations, such a lovely idea for a prize!

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  59. What pretty and charming cards! Sign me up, giveaways are fun. Bon week-end, by the way!

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  60. Wow they are beautiful!!

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  61. I have tweeted and followed on twitter @emmabo26

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  62. Lovely artwork, and a lovely story!

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  63. It's very nice we all get the chance to enjoy these drawings now. Touching story too! Nanna Trudy must have been a very strong woman!

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  64. Beautiful story and what stunning cards, would love to win - I still write and send letters after all and these would be lovely to send :)

    Amy at Wonderland Boutique x.

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  65. The cards are beautiful and even more so because of the story behind them. Sadly though, the etsy link doesn't work :( xx

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  66. These are really beautiful designs, unfussy and endearing. Larvly.x

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  67. After your timely reminder today please enter me,

    I live 20 km outside Amsterdam most of the time, the privations of period are still remembered here.

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  68. Hi all, thanks for all the amazing comments and feedback and for entering our first ever giveaway! We'll definitely do more in the future thanks to your wonderful responses. Im not sure why the Etsy link doesnt work above but here it as again and we're looking forward to seeing who Fleur names the winner!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageTrudyOriginal

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