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

Sunday, October 18, 2020

~The Goldfish Bowl ~Paintings by Richard Edward Miller, Thomas Benjamin Kennington, John Edward Millais

Hi everyone and welcome. I hope you are all safe and well. 
The other day as I was looking at paintings online, I kept coming across paintings featuring goldfish!  I saved a few to share with you. If I had a favorite it would be the first one. Of course the last picture of the girl in the apricot colored dress is a close second.
Richard Edward Miller (American painter, 1875-1943) 
Thomas Benjamin Kennington
A British artist who painted people in vastly different circumstances. Paintings of street children, beautifully dressed women and even a portrait of Queen Victoria. 
'Leisure Hours' Artist John Edward Millais

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Vintage Mode Parisienne Button Card ~ Chic Stylish 1930's Fashions in Blue~ Paris Elegant

Hi Everyone and Welcome!
The button card today is simple but stylish.
 I think black or white buttons would be lovely and perfect on it. 
The top two pictures are from a 1930's edition of Paris Elegant.  The dresses have lots of construction details yet the overall look is streamlined and classy.
Enjoy for your personal use and projects. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Charming Raphael Tuck Halloween Postcards ~100 Years Old~

Hi everyone and welcome.
 Already mid October and I have not posted any halloween pictures!  I need to get busy so you can have images and graphics for your halloween themed crafting projects. These postcards are from a series of 6 cards published in 1918 by Raphael Tuck & Sons.   I like that they are lighthearted and fun. 
Be safe, be kind and create something beautiful!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Beautiful Victorian Indian Summer Book Published in 1883 ~ Lovely Pictures of Fall Bouquets ~ Free Graphics for Personal Crafts and Art Projects

Welcome to everyone! 
I love Indian summer. I love fall colors. Cool nights and warm days. The change of sunlight as hours of daylight decrease. Coming across this book at the Archive online library I just had to share the pictures with you all. What a pretty cover for one those adorable miniature books. Speaking of miniature books they are my current obsession. My sister sent me a link to Heather Tracy's miniature books. I would love to make one of these. Adorable! Heather even worked for the Graphics Fairy at one time. So talented.
So glad you found or are returning to my little blog.
Be safe,be kind and create something beautiful!