Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Antique Victorian Christmas Angel Postcards ~ Beautiful Gift Tags ~

 Hi Everyone! Welcome to my little blog!

Today it is raining. Hurray! The dry windy fire season has ended for awhile. Finally! So nice to wake up to cloudy skies. 

Are you in ready for some Christmas pictures? I am more than ready! There are so many beautiful late Victorian Christmas postcards to choose from. I thought these made such pretty gift tags or labels.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Charming Children's Book~ A Book of Children's Verse ~ Delightful Watercolor Illustrations by Millicent Etheldreda Gray

Hi Everyone! Welcome!

Very excited to share these pictures from a children's book I just discovered. The artist is a new one for me. I just love the softness of her paintings. M.E. Gray also did the illustrations for an edition of Louisa May Alcott's book 'Little Women'. As one of four girls I always enjoy seeing illustrations and paintings that feature four sisters. Now I will hunt for M.E.Gray's illustrations for that book!   Millicent Etheldreda Gray (1873-1957) was a British painter born . She attended the Cope and Nicol School and the Royal Academy Schools. Many of her illustrations for books are done in watercolor. Lots of little details. Some of the books she illustrated are  A Book of Children's Verse,  Princess Mary's Gift Book, The Queen's Gift Book. and Little Women. Can't wait to find copies of the other books she illustrated! 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Beautiful Fine Art Paintings Featuring Birds, Canaries, Parrots, Dove,White Cockatoo~ Fun Vintage Budgie Button Card ~ Artist Joseph Caraud

Welcome to everyone! 
Thank you for your kind comments! They really warm my heart and encourage me.
When I found the Budgie button card I knew it would be the perfect theme for a post. As a little girl we had parakeets (budgies). Mine was blue and my sister's was green. Now these gorgeous paintings and illustrations leave me wanting one again. I am sure my two cats would really like that as well! 
Please stay safe, be kind and help each other as we go thru the days challenges.  
Find joy and replenish one's spirits by creating something pretty. 
Much love to each and everyone of you!
The Pet Canaries
by Joseph Caraud
Joseph Caraud often feature birds in his paintings.
By Joseph Caraud
Elizabeth Jane Gardner
By Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger
This really is a button card.
 From England where parakeets are called budgies.
By Sophie Anderson
I love this painter. One of my favorites.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Welcome to November! ~ The Topaz Birthstone and Chrysanthemum Flower for November to Warm Your Days~Marjorie Mostyn

Welcome to all of you! Welcome the to the month of November! 
Today I have a selection of antique postcards featuring the birthstone and flower for this month. The topaz and chrysanthemum perfectly reflect the beautiful colors of fall. I hope you enjoy them and that you can use them in your journals and art projects.

By artist Marjorie Mostyn.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Beautiful Staffordshire Willow Pattern ~ Blue and White Pottery in Antique Postcards and Ephemera ~ Adorable Kittens and China

 Hi and welcome to all of you! I hope you are safe and well. Like most of my post themes this one fell in place because of one picture. Today the darling little kitten drinking out of the tea cup was my inspiration. The Staffordshire Willow pattern reminds me of being with my grandmother. So cozy and full of love and warm tea. That sounds so good as it is chilly tonight!

The little note says 'A Bright and Happy Christmas'
Circa 1880-1890's Victorian Greeting Card.
Couldn't leave this one out just because the vase is not blue and white. 
Staffordshire Willow Pattern Teacup.
What is going on in the background? 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

British Butterflies ~ Victorian Book of Beautiful Butterflies Illustrations

 Hi everyone and welcome!

The night is so quiet and peaceful. No wind, No traffic, Just calm before the day begins. Time for rich strong coffee and staying under the cozy blankets a bit longer.  As always my cats think I am their personal warm bed. One on my lap the other by my feet. They definitely think we should stay in bed longer!

 Then I contemplate the day ahead. Do I stay away from the news? Does it really matter at this point? I get curious most days,wondering what new craziness has transpired while I was peacefully asleep. Often reading the headlines tells me enough. I always want my blog to be a positive, sharing, and giving experience for all. It is just a little harder this morning to get going.

 So on to my files and folders to find something pretty and useful. Looking for images that will inspire and spark some creativity these were perfect! So happy these lovely butterflies were in my files.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Victorian Greeting Card of a Beautiful Yellow Rose ~ Basket of Yellow and Orange Flowers ~ Girl with Yellow Flowers ~ Goldfinch and Nest

Hi everyone! 

Tonight I am just plain old happy. Not for any reason in particular. Well maybe because my house did not burn down a month ago! The Glass wildfire in California came up the creek behind my house. Up to the neighbors back door in fact. Maybe I am happy because my computer survived a direct hit of a glass of milk 2 days ago. Aren't they supposed to short out? Why did it keep working? Anyway It felt like a miracle. Then my power has stayed on through all the wind over the last weeks. I didn't have to throw out all the food in the freezer or refrigerator.  I did not lose my internet connection. 

I am just so thankful, grateful and happy tonight. 

The first two picture are antique postcards. Be sure to check out It can take time to find a particular card but they are a wonderful source for old postcards.

Warm fall colors and matching basket 
Beautiful mix of colors.
 I just love how the gorgeous little girl postcard coordinates with the Victorian rose card.
American Goldfinch couple and their nest.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Paintings by Emile Vernon ~ Pink Dresses and Roses ~ Antique Button Card Graphic ~

I couldn't resist the pink again! 
There are so many pictures that just need to be posted together. 
Normally I favor blues but there are just so many lovely pink pictures.
Roses, Ruffles Ribbons and Bows.
Painting by Emile Vernon
Painting by Emile Vernon
Sweet frame for invitations and scrapbooking.
Birds and nest maybe for a baby shower.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

I love the Beach ~ Shell Clip Art~ A Favorite William Henry Margetson Painting

This picture represents how I feel at the beach.
 I love the waves, sand and the salty air. 
 Shore birds looking for morsels in the sand at the waves edge. 
Seagulls gulls and clumps of seaweed. 
My grandson running with abandone on the wet, hard sand.
 Sometimes with a long tail of said seaweed trailing behind.
Yes I love the beach.
It replenishes my soul.
I feel satisfied and content when I return home.
Antique Button Card for Mother of Pearl Shell Buttons

Friday, October 23, 2020

Lovely Label Printies~ Antique Ribbons and Roses~Free Digital Graphics for Scrapbooking, Junk Journals and Cards

Good morning and welcome! 
Today I have romantic ribbon and rose graphics. 
 Lovely labels to decorate boxes, bottles and containers and scrapbooks . 
Originally used as chapter headings in antique books.
 Cleaned up and ready to print free clip art. 
Very French in the Rococo and Louis XV style.
I hope you can use them in your creative projects and endeavors. 
Much love to everyone of you!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Everything is Just Peachy!~ Being Grumpy~ Pandora's Box ~ Soft Warm Fall Colors~ Artist Edward Robert Hughes

Welcome to all of you! 
How is the day going? Well I would say "just peachy" in the most ironic sarcastic way possible. 
 Not like "I had an absolutely wonderful peachy day!"  
To be honest I have actually had a fine time today.  
Little Miss Grumpy. 
To avoid being grumpy spend time being creative! 
Work on your junk journals, scrapbooks and mixed media art. 
Maybe today one of the peachy, apricot themed pictures or graphics will inspire you. 
Please be safe and most important be kind. Much love to each and everyone of you!
Picture from a Victorian scrapbook.
Pandora's Box
With the Wind
  Edward Robert Hughes