Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Antique Marriage Certificate ~Beautiful for scrapbooking ~ Altered Art Junk Journals

    Welcome to all the many new and returning friends. Glad you have come for a visit.
  Yesterday I went to Healdsburg, California. Healdsburg has a traditional downtown square edged by stores and businesses. In the middle of wine country it has evolved into a very trendy place. Wonderful shops, bookstores and cafes. The little fabric store is stocked with exquisite fabric some rarely seen in chain stores. I spent at least an hour if not more slowly looking at every bolt.
 I really needed to get out of the house and visit with a dear friend.
A while ago I posted an antique marriage certificate. I have since learned how to straighten, crop and paint an image. So here it is again. It is so beautiful!
Another frame from a 1850's invitation
    Well it is time to tend to other things(like hot chocolate) for a while. Much love Louise

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Free clip art of beautiful 1700's paintings,antique photographs of Hewitt children, genealogy Scottish Lovers

 Time sure flies by sometimes! My apology's for not writing sooner. My goal is everyday.!  I do not want to disappoint my followers and many visitors. You may need something for a last minute creation or gift. How fun to find a new bit of free clip art.
   These beautiful pictures are from . Let me know if you are able to use them. This is the first time I clicked an image from another blog and clicked it into my post.
I posted this because he is so handsome.
A few photographs and pictures from my collection of ephemera.
Scottish lovers from an old book. So old that all I  kept was  the illustration.
He has a handkerchief in his pocket! Lace collars and bows on little boys, styles sure have changed! As charming as they are I will take t-shirts and easy care knits any day.
Just love the little girls expression! and another big big bow. This is Anna Margaret Hewitt and her brother Walter. 1912
Illustration from the back of children's book.
 Two little kitties also the cover of a children's book.
Hope you enjoy the images and make lots of pretty things and have fun doing so. much love Louise

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Free clip art images from a Victorian 1851 Goody's Lady's Book

    Welcome followers and visitors. I really love your comments. It makes me so happy that you appreciate the pictures and are using them in your art work and crafts.
    Today I carefully copied many many images from this huge collection of magazines "Goody's Lady's Book". This book is 2 1/2" thick and was printed in 1851! Some article titles; The secret of a charming manner,Two ways of keeping a wife and The schoolmaster of Braintree. I am actually going to read some of these. All the pictures are line drawings or engravings with a few being hand colored or painted. If this is your era it is a treasure trove. Perfect for anyone who likes Victoriana period clothing.The fashion plates are instant art and beautifully done. Much love to you all and enjoy the new images, Louise

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A blank canvas? A rooster,Victorian curtains,Photo's of 2 women,and a frame for you to use. As always Free clip art

   Welcome to everyone. The sky is gray and cloudy and it is cold out there. Now my bed on the other hand is white, warm and very comfortable. Guess where I'd rather be!  I just love my flannel sheets, fluffy and warm down comforter and my favorite pillow. All in white, a blank canvas for dreams day or night.
    I have all afternoon for scanning and posting images. Yes!!! Where do I start: First very ornate curtains from 1850's.
A few lovely lady's. Huge flower corsages and lots of buttons were most in fashion!
A rooster from a child's music book.
This is the first post today. Thought I had better post this now before I get lost in all my ephemera paper stuff! So enjoy, Louise

Monday, November 29, 2010

Morning Glory's, Romantic Couple & Victorian Children for you.

I have missed my blog and all of you so much! Before Thanksgiving I was able to fix some of the problems with my computer. Then just left it for the weekend. So tonight I am getting going again. Yeah!! The next few days there will be  lots of pictures in order  to catch up. As I was looking for new things for today there were so many that I think you will love. The first is from a turn of the century cover of piano music. The other images also came from sheet music books.
So far so good. The first pic's for the day. Much love and welcome back, Louise

Monday, November 22, 2010

Santa, a Christmas Tree, Vintage Snowmen,Victorian woman and girl Free for inspired crafters and artists

     Oh happy day. I spent most of the day scanning images for you all. I am still learning how to work with Picasa. Cleaning up the pictures and photographs takes time but is fun to do.
    Normally this is the time of year that I sell on eBay (under id lillyvalleyblue). If I stop sorting buttons and searching for images maybe I will start some auctions. I will let you know if I do. My auctions always start and end on Sundays. There will be lots of vintage jewelry, some ephemera,  American Girl doll stuff and other assorted vintage items.
    Today's post is full of Christmas cheer and two antique photographs.
 The following black and white drawings are from inside really old greeting cards. Look for more of  them in coming posts. I just have to find them! I am really looking forward to Valentines day as most are sweet little valentines. It will be so much fun to list several a day in February.
Thought this is perfect for all those who love snowmen.Great bright colors. This is from an early Christmas card.
So beautiful,another pretty cabinet photograph that I do not know the identity of the person. I am guessing this was taken around 1880-90's.
This little girl does not look to happy. Classic mid 1800's civil war period clothing. Plaid was all the rage thanks to Queen Victoria.
In case you haven't noticed (of course you have!) grammar, punctuation and yes spelling, even with spell check, is a free for all. Sometimes when I post in the middle of the night things get really sloppy. If I have taken night time meds. and stayed up anyway,who knows what will appear. At one time spelling was easy and grammar was second nature. It has been a long time since I have written  and used these skills much so I'm very rusty. I sorta think the great speller is just gone! Things would be atrocious with out spell check. So.. this my official disclaimer,  notice and apology.  Well I feel better!
As always enjoy what you find here, use it freely to create whatever and where ever your artful spirit takes you. Much love to you and your loved ones, Louise

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Free Clip Art Chestnut Botanical Art, Nelson's Dream Village Vintage Postcard

This is the  second post of the day as I was not able to add all the images to the first one. Why one asks? Well I don't know why! Just when I think I know how to do something(especially with my computer) it just will not do what it's suppose to do! On this rainy day in "sunny" California I am having a wonderful time playing with the scanner, uploading so many new images. It continues to be such a good feeling to share with all of you. The blog world is really worldwide. People from 18 different countries have stopped by! How amazing! What search was the person in Madagascar doing when they stumbled on to my blog? Hope my continued amazement at all of this doesn't wear you out. I am just showing my  gray hair. This is just so much fun. Please continue to leave your comments. It is nice to hear from you.
   I was going to make a big celebration for the 100th image but it came and went so quickly. Today I will be over 150 images, all in the first month of bumble button's creation.
The postcards are from my family so they must have stayed here. Have you stayed at or know if Nelson's Dream Village still exists? On the back of the post card;
 See and hear the musical fountain
 cool nights in the Ozark mountains
free garage
strictly modern   moderate prices
chicken dinners a specialty
good fishing and hunting in season
This advertisement is just for fun. Condensing a "busy man's" life into one pocket. Now we have blackberry's.
Lots more to post in the future, maybe even latter tonight. Much love to you, Louise

Free Vintage Clip Art from a Colorful Children's Book "The Happy Day Begins" Artist Janet Laura Scott

     Like many of you I just love old children's books because of the illustrations. " The happy day begins" is a charming book for little one's. It is over sized with bright colorful images. There are no markings so the artist, author and manufacture are unknown. If you know who the illustrator is please let me know. I always thought the pictures would be great in a child's bedroom. The colors are bright and vintage. My guess is the book is from the 1920-30's. 
Update; I have been told the artwork was done by Janet Laura Scott.
There are so many things I want to post today! This is just the start. Check back in a few hours for more. Much love to everyone, Louise 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Just Christmas!1910-20's Christmas cards & Seals, Art Deco Tree,

Hi everyone.How are you all doing? The days have slipped by and already it's Thursday evening. The short daylight takes getting use to. Well on to the fun stuff. Today I have 8 christmas cards for you.  Most are from early 1920's and older. Some are very art deco and current.
This cottage reminds me of Mary Engelbreit designs
There will be more later tonight depending how well I sleep! Insomnia is great for my blog. It has been a while since I actually made  something(other than a mess). My sister gave me a pretty blouse that just does not fit at all but the fabric is so pretty. So I took it apart and re cut the fabric. Just need to sew it back together.

Friday, November 12, 2010

11 Pictures and Book Covers for you.Create Celebrate!

Hi everyone! Just enough time to put some new images up. My goal is to post something every day but I missed yesterday. I have been house sitting at the in-laws. The view is incredible, love the satellite TV but no computer access. Just stopped at my house to check on kitty cats mail etc. The first thing I've done is check my blog! I only have time for a quick post. Please forgive if there are any that are in earlier post. As always enjoy! much love to you all,Louise