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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



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!

Joyness Sparkles

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

Molly M.

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.


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

Bunny Moreno

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


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.




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


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

Danielle H

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


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


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!)


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?

Katie E

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!


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!


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.

Mrs D.

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


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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