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.