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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
She loved flowers and birds, and kept the hummingbirds who visited her yard very well-fed and happy!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Inspired by recent messages/conversations my head is full of imagery that for lack of a better word I call gothic: windswept cliffs over stormy oceans at night, annabel lee in a white dress, the bronte sisters dreaming out on the moors, a disheveled cinderella, abandoned brides and ragged wedding veils, silent little girls, angry little girls, moonlight through swiftly moving ragged clouds... stuff like that!
I'm sure in time all this will give rise to some cool new collage sheets (and other projects I hope)
but for now I'm content to post a few favorite photos with a 'gothic' feel.
As a kid I always gravitated toward songs and stories that were melancholy, or dark and sweet at the same time. I'm still inspired by beauty and sadness, especially when they're combined...
Edgar Allen Poe said something about how art is inspired by loss and beauty, and that the greatest artistic inspiration was the loss of beauty or love. Or something to that effect....
Then's there's this lady below! What's on her mind?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Plus the beautiful floral decorated crosses and embellished inspirational sayings and Bible verses from the first edition, religious cards for Christmas and Easter, angelic images, and more.
Click here to see details and order.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Lori Avery of Katie's Rose Cottage offers all kinds of lovely romantic and cottage chic treasures. (I love tags, you can use them for so many things, and these are so pretty.)
There are charming vintage flea market finds as well as lovely handmade tags, ribbon roses, sweet pendants and charms, and romantic items for your home, bed and bath, most created by Lori herself using vintage and/or reproduction vintage items and other beautiful embellishments.
Lori is a very nice lady, and if you love a vintage romantic, shabby chic look, her site is a great place to find the perfect gift for a friend or for yourself!
Her embellished vintage bottles featuring birds and roses are especially unusual and pretty, and there is a whole section of unique wall decor.
She also has a lovely blog at http://www.katiesrosecottage.blogspot.com/
Click on any picture to visit!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The earliest traditional colors for Easter eggs were red and green. Red is the most ancient sacred color, the color of life energy. Green of course is also symbolic of life and vitality and renewal. Pastel colors became popular later, probably in imitation of the pinks and yellows and lavenders of Spring flowers.
Here are some links ~ have fun!
On that last link, you'll want to click the "next" button at the bottom a couple of times, because the next few pages have wonderful ideas for decorating eggs with stencils, leaves and seeds, ribbon, even postage stamps!The egg picture is from our Lunagirl Victorian Holidays Volume Two (Valentines, Easter, St Patrick's Day & More)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Andersen grew up in poverty and suffered much in childhood from "not fitting in." However, he was an imaginative and intelligent child and was fortunate to have parents who indulged his love of literature and a grandmother who told him stories. He built a toy-theater and spent many hours creating costumes for his puppets and reading, even memorizing entire Shakespeare plays and acting them out with puppets. After a short time working as an actor and singer, Andersen began writing. His novels and fairy tales made him an instant success, and by his death at age 70 he was famous throughout Europe.
As a child I loved these stories, especially "The Little Mermaid," which I must have read a hundred times. If you've seen only the cartoon movie and never read the story, it is much different. The original story is a haunting tale, and while the ending is hopeful it's also melancholy, hardly the traditional "happy ending"! The sadness was one thing that I loved about The Little Mermaid (although my favorite part was imagining the undersea kingdom!)
If you ever go to Denmark, see the statue of the Little Mermaid overlooking the harbor in Copenhagen. H.C. Andersen's birthday is also International Children's Book Day, so enjoy a storybook today!
Thank you, Mr. Andersen!