Maps and The Explorer

I am fascinated by maps. I’m not quite sure why.

World Map Print

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I used to study the atlas as a child and look for random places. I wouldn’t say I’m extremely well travelled, but I do like to visit new countries and study the maps of surrounding areas. On flights, I put the map system on the screen and watch as the journey progresses. G doesn’t seem as excited when I repeatedly point out where we are in the world and all the funny place names.

When I first moved to Cambridge, I bought a pocket A-Z and went out at the weekends on my bicycle, looking for streets and paths to explore.

I’m not sure what it is that I find so interesting about maps. Perhaps it is discovering new names of places I didn’t know existed, or the magnitude that we are part of this huge planet and can travel so easily around it.

This interest has influenced my craft passion for sure. I’m drawn to map print items and just searching for ‘map crafts’ on Pinterest¬†gives me a whole heap of ideas to work with. It’s just a pity vintage maps are so expensive or difficult to acquire.

For now, I’ve created an Etsy Treasury called ‘The Explorer’, which I hope you will agree is full of beautiful items on the theme of travel.

I’d love to hear which item you would favourite.


Washi Tape, WIDE Japane…

$7.50

Chevron Passport Holder…

$5.00

life travel photograph …

$28.00

Vintage Gladiator Suitc…

$75.00

Leather Travel Wallet /…

$99.00

Pastel stripe canvas Ba…

$92.70

Cyber Monday Etsy BOGO …

$35.00

Postcard blanks – set o…

$10.00

Vintage Mint Green Impe…

$72.00

Map Envelopes A2 with L…

$10.00

His n Hers – Personaliz…

$35.00

Vintage Map Pendant, Cu…

$12.00

Antique Travel Book – C…

$32.00

Vacation Journal, Trave…

$17.00

vintage globe / mid mod…

$32.00

Vintage oversized shade…

$45.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

You can find photos of my travels on Flickr, although I’ve yet to add the ones from my Vancouver trip!

claireabelle