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Friday, August 13, 2021

Free Scrapbooking Pages. Perfect for Dollhouse Wall Paper. Pretty Florals Patterns and Blue Birds. From the Victorian, Edwardian & Early 20th Century.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Bumble Buttons!
Today I have pretty printable paper that can be used in scrapbooking, journals and even as wallpaper in dollhouses. As I go through old books one of the first things to check is the end papers or lining. They can be pretty incredible! The marbled ones are wild and colorful. I tend to like simpler and less bold patterns. When there is one to my liking I copy and save them for future paper projects. Now it is time to share them with you! I hope you can use them in your creative projects. So glad you stopped by! 
Check out the Sept. 29, 2011 post for 16 additional patterns.


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Sewing for American Girl Dolls Felicity. Painting of 1700's Dresses for Little Girls by Artists Albert Raudnitz & Wilhelm Schutze

As a child I loved dolls and dollhouses. Definitely not a tom boy. As an adult my life was busy and there were practical things to invest in. The few toys I held on to were packed away up in my closet. I was not a doll collector. Buying an old house that needed lots of work, working and just busy living took up my time and resources. Then there were some hard and challenging years. Next thing I know my interest in miniatures and dolls comes back. Maybe it was comforting. For about 5-6 years I enjoyed building a dollhouse and bought some dolls. Somehow I came across the Pleasant Co dolls. I could not resist them. They were a new company at the time, way before it was sold and became American Girl. Samantha and Kirsten were my first dolls. Eventually Felicity arrived. Loved looking at their catalogue. Wanting all the accessories and clothing that was of course more than I wanted to spend. Next I bought patterns to sew them clothes. The years have gone by again and everything went into the top shelf of the closet.  
Looking on Wikipedia Commons for paintings to post on my blog I came across this sweet little girl. How cute this would be on Felicity!  I have pulled out my patterns and have been checking out my fabric stash. I will let you know what happens!
Artist - Albert Raudnitz
Artist - Wilhelm Schutze
Artist - Wilhelm Schutze

Monday, August 9, 2021

Paintings of Cooling Luscious Green Foliage, White Flowers & Pretty Women. Paintings by Sophie Anderson & William Margetson. Free Digital 1880's Ephemera.

Hi everyone! So happy you are here! Today the collection of paintings and ephemera feature white flowers and lush green leaves. The first picture of the magnolia blossoms was the start of this grouping. All the foliage and shade reminds me of finding a shady place to sit on a hot day. Just cool and peaceful. The last few days have been so satisfying as I discover more museums that share artwork online for all to enjoy. Very grateful for the ones who allow downloading for personal and educational purposes. I find it interesting how the different museums handle sharing their collections. Some are so generous and easy. Some are complicated and restrictive. Others do not share at all or charge quite a bit of money. 
I hope you are having a wonderful, creative day! 
Sending all of you much love and happiness, 
Louise

Painting by one of my absolutely favorite artist, Sophie Anderson.
Artist - William Henry Margetson
Artist-Sir John Lavery
Deer's seed catalogue.
Artist - Edward John Poynter
1880's card.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Divine and Moral Songs For Children. Darling Illustrations by Mrs. Arthur Gaskin. Author Reverend Isaac Watts

Hi and welcome to everyone!
What a sweet little book this is! This edition is from 1897. I was so surprised when I looked up the author Rev. Isaac Watts. He was born in 1674 and lived until 1748.  The illustrations look like they were done by a contemporary artist. Very adorable and simple compared to the typical late Victorian book illustrations. What adorable pictures to make a welcome baby card or adorn a baby book or journal. Have fun creating with these little ones.
Much love to each and everyone of you, Louise

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Fun Free Digital Ephemera! Victorian Advertising Trade Cards and Greeting Cards ~ Cute Bunnies ~ Pretty Horses ~ Dancing Ladies

Hi everyone and welcome!
This is a fun silly post! It just happened. The first picture, from an antique Easter greeting card, started it all. For some reason I just love this picture! It makes me happy every time I see it.  I don't know what to call the theme for today. Ladies preforming, juggling, dancing on flowers, spinning on a top and training rabbits. All very whimsical and oddly have a common thread.  So have fun making cards, embellishing journals and creating mixed media projects!
Much love to you all, Louise
 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Free Digital Ephemera & Art. Summer Fresh Meadow Flowers Red Poppies, White Daisies, and Blue Cornflowers.

 Hi everyone! Hope you are having a peaceful and creative day. 
I have a question for you all. Every once in awhile I look at the 'stats' for my blog. Nothing fancy or complicated. There are a few colorful charts that show the number of page views, top referring URLS, keywords and the countries my visitors are from. Since Bumble Button is a personal, just for fun blog and not commercial I never looked into any details. I do like to see how many people visit and from what countries.  It is rather mundane and doesn't change that much.  Except for the last three months!  Half of the page views are from Sweden!  What is going on in Sweden? My great grandmother Elsa was from Sweden so I find it kind of fun and interesting. If you can shed some light on why, please let me know!
Now on to todays pretty pictures. 
Looking through books, online museums and ephemera I noticed bouquets combining red poppies, blue cornflowers, daisies, and wheat. I started saving them until I had enough for a blog post. Such a lovely happy combination of colors and textures. My guess is these bloom at the same time of year. Imagine coming across a meadow full of these flowers! 
Thank you for the kind comments! They inspire me to keep looking for images for all of you.
Stay well, be kind, and so happy you came for a visit, Louise

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Nursery Rhyme Antique Reproduction Button Cards ~Free Printies. & Clipart ~ for Mounting Novelty Buttons & Gift Cards.

Welcome to Bumble Buttons! I hope you will find something to enjoy and use. Today I have a nice batch of antique, restored kiddy button cards. Our modern novelty buttons are so cute when you sew them on. 
Wondering how you are all doing wherever you live. There always seems to be something going on.  So far the weather has been nice this summer in Sonoma County. I have been just fine without my air conditioner, which needs to be repaired.  After several evacuations due to wildfires over the last few years I appreciate the cooler weather and more importantly, no wind. Last year the fire made it to my neighbors backdoor. So much anxiety! Loving every minute of mild, no wind and no fire days. 
Playing with button cards and graphics brings me so much joy and purpose. It still amazes me that people from all over the world visit my blog.  I love your comments and wonder if you have used anything for your crafts and art work.
So glad you stopped by. Much love to all of you, Louise