Saturday, May 10, 2014

Celebrating Mothers Day with Darling 19th Century Paintings by Frederick Morgan

Hi Everyone!
Tomorrow is Mothers day. 
A day to celebrate and thank our moms for all they do. 
I am very thankful that my mother has made it to 82. Best of all she is in good heath. I love her so much.
The following paintings all feature a mother with her children. 
The artist is Frederick Morgan (1847-1927). 
How sweet and sentimental his paintings are! 
I hope you enjoy these and it is not to late to make a Mothers Day card!
Much love as always, Louise

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Children's clothing 1910 to 1923 From Antique Photographs Free Images for Artists and Crafts.

Hi Everyone and Welcome!
Thank you for all your comments. It makes me very happy to know that you like what I post.
The post on April 26 was liked by so many of you.
My new little laptop computer has been working great but I am still learning about it.

Life is good at the moment.  How grateful I am. I always wonder how you all are doing. There is so much happening around the world. I hope all is well with you.

Now lets see what should I post today? Cruising through my files I came up with these pictures. I like them because they are grainy and not in sharp focus. The originals may have been but these have gone from an original film negative to photographic print to printed page in a magazine, scanned by the online library and then click and saved by me. Quite a journey for an image.
Family photos even if you did not have any from your real family. I love the big bows and the clothing. This is an unusual post but I am sure one of you crafty ones came come up with something.

 The pictures come from  Kodakery magazines circa 1919-1920s. from Wonder who came up with that tittle!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Welcome May! Beautiful Antique P.J. Redoute` Early Botanical Prints of Iris

  Hi everyone! Welcome to you all.

Today is the first of May. A month with mothers day and my birthday. For the last several years one of the places I like to go (after a brunch) is to a local iris farm. Row after row of  all kinds of blooming iris. My mother always had irises in our garden. I came across P.J. Redoute` volumes of botanical prints at my favorite online library I was first introduced to Redoute by a dear friend who was planning a rose garden. She had a book of his work featuring roses. The pictures below are from various volume's dating back to 1806-1812. Be sure and  click for a larger version. Blue is my favorite color so these are all blue. 
I wish that the month of May be full of good things for you!
Much love to you all, Louise

Monday, April 28, 2014

Darling Children on Swings in Art and Illustrations. Late 1800's to Early 1900's

HI Everyone! So glad you have come for a visit. 
Swinging was always fun when I was a child. Playground or school swings  were fun but nothing like the one at  my Nana's house.My Grandparents had a huge old oak tree in their orchard. From one of the high strong branches hung a course rope swing with a weathered wooden seat.  The tree was back in the orchard beyond the garden fence. The perfect escape when a family gathering was no longer interesting for a child. Ferns and shrubs circled the area. It was a cool and private place to go. I wonder who originally hung the swing because that was a massive oak tree! After we had grown up my sister was married there, 
Hope you have a wonderful and creative day!
Much love as always,

by Frederick Morgan
  Pictures are from children's books at the Baldwin digital library. The paintings were found at

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children a Volland book illustrated by Carmen L. Browne

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful and creative day. 

Today I went through hundreds of old magazines that have been accumulating. With quilting magazines at only a quarter and free if they are older than 3 years it is so easy to get carried away. I pulled out the pictures and patterns of quilts I just loved and the rest is going to recycling. Now I want to plan and sew quilts! National geographic and Smithsonian magazines that I 'might' reread are also going. It seems I have a bit of spring cleaning going on!

Well on to the theme of the day. It is always so hard to choose! When I found this old Volland book  Sunny Ryhmes for Happy Children I knew it would be  perfect.  The illustrations are by Carmen L. Browne. Volland was a book publisher of children's books and greeting cards. You can find out more about Volland at 

Much love to all of you, 



 All these illustrations are from

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful Images from 1800's Children's Books plus Buttons and Lace

Hi everyone and welcome friends, old and new.

It has been a busy day getting everything ready to bring to the store. It feels really good to open one of my little sorting drawers and find it empty. That means all of that type of button are carded. What a relief! We always get cuff links and collar studs in with the buttons and that little drawer was overflowing until today.

Get nice and clean.

Dress for a new day.

Open the door.

Daddy's home to play!

And now for some buttons and lace.
How cute is this! A black glass hatbox button.

 A few of the Channel buttons someone donated.

 We had a wonderful donation of rhinestone buttons.It was so fun going thru all the bling! 

 I  love lace and this piece is gorgeous!  

One more bit of lace.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Free Ephemera of Easter Chicks from Antique Postcards

Hi Everyone!
Thursday at the Legacy was as fun as ever. There was a nice batch of buttons waiting to be sorted. Marie took home lots of them to be sewn on the button cards.  We now have more cards done then will fit in our button section. It is time to find a better location and display in the store.

Last Wednesday I learned about decorating sugar eggs! Mine turned out quite colorful and very much a first timer's egg. Hope I can take the class next year.

Today I have images of sweet little chicks for you. They are all antique Tuck Easter postcards circa 1900. I imagine them in your scrap books amongst the photographs of your family and friends celebrating Easter.  
Much love to each of you, Louise

The post cards are from TuckDB