My challenge blog for Lunagirl Vintage Images, featuring fun creative challenges with prizes, projects, freebies, holiday and seasonal info, and more!
A place for mixed media artists, card makers, scrapbooking enthusiasts, fabric artists, creators of jewelry, altered art and crafts of all kinds.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

I'm proud to be a sponsor of Artful Gathering, an online summer art retreat featuring tons of wonderful creative workshops and classes, raffle prizes, door prizes, and community with other creative people.  Go to to join this great event ... and be sure to visit my Lunagirl sponsor page for a chance to win!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


"Daisies are the friendliest flower, don't you think?" That was in a movie I watched last night, and now I'm thinking of daisies. Folklore says that dreaming of daisies in the spring is good luck (although bad luck in winter!)

Our wild ox-eye daisies haven't arrived here yet, but we have some charming daisy pictures in our Victorian Flowers collection, many of them newly acquired and newly added to the latest edition!

Daisies have long been popular. In medieval times, knights wore them at tournaments and ladies wove them into wreaths and crowns (so I'm told...) On Victorian cards (especially the French ones) we often see daisy-like flowers referred to as Marguerites, and I've learned that queens and princesses named Margaret or Marguerite often took the daisy as their flower.

In the Victorian "language of flowers" the daisy meant Innocence. They are still a symbol of innocence, simplicity, and cheerfulness. Come to think of it, they are indeed the friendliest of flowers.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vintage Images for St Patrick's Day Crafts

Coming up in only one month: St. Patrick's Day! We offer a nice selection of cards and images featuring children, pretty women & girls, shamrocks, Irish flags, and other images to celebrate Erin and the Wearing o'the Green on March 17.

Perfect for card making, ornaments & decorations, gift tags, scrapbooking, and other paper crafts ~ even fabric crafts and jewelry making. You'll find 70 St. Pat's images on our Victorian Holidays Volume Two CD, available here:

For commercial use:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Featured Artist: Mab

Alice of U.K.-based MAB has created a beautiful and wickedly haunting music video for their recently released song ILLUSION, and we are honored that it features Lunagirl ladies.  View the video below and also visit their website for more songs, videos, photos, downloads...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Spinner

Some thoughts about spinning, inspired by this old postcard. Spinning was a magical act ~ think how often it appears in fairy tales (like Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin).

Fairy tales are remnants of old mythologies, often girls' initiation stories whose roots are lost in the mists of time. Spinning was connected with coming of age for young women, and you can see that in the old stories if you look.

Spinning and weaving (like baking) are transformative, turning one thing into another, and at least in European mythology these tasks were nearly always performed by women. Spinning is sometimes associated with the moon, which measures the months and pulls the tides.

The Three Fates in Greek myth were portrayed as spinning our lives and our fates.

Clotho spins the thread, Lachesis measures it out, and Atropos cuts it! In Greek mythology even the gods feared the Fates (usually called the Moirai). In Norse mythology the Norns are very similar.

On the third night of a child's life, the Moirai were supposed to come and determine a child's destiny. Sound familiar from The Sleeping Beauty? Three fairy godmothers?

One more spinner who often shows up in mythology and folklore all over the world:

Neith, the spinner of destiny, to the Egyptians. Arachne, whose weaving rivaled that of the goddess Athena, to the ancient Greeks. Anansi the trickster in West African stories, who is also the bringer of rain, the king of stories and the giver of gifts such as agriculture. From the Native Americans, Iktomi the wise/foolish god of the Lakota and Ojibwa dreamcatchers (ever notice that they are like spiderwebs?) Spider Woman or Spider Grandmother in Hopi mythology is the creator of all life. In the Southern U.S. it is good luck when a spider weaves her web in your house or garden (not the poisonous kind of course!)

That's a lot of stuff from just thoughts about a lady at her spinning wheel! Spinning stories, spinning lies, spinning thoughts into words, measuring our time and destinies ~ girls and goddesses and sleeping beauties and brides spinning straw into gold ~ maybe all this meandering will inspire someone's art.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Free Victorian Style Valentine with Pink Roses

Happy Valentines Day! Free Victorian Pink Roses Valentine Heart image
For personal non-commercial use with link to please.

Want more? Need Easter or St Patrick pics?
See our Victorian Holidays Volume Two CD!

900 Images for Valentine's Day, EASTER, St. Patrick's Day & more.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Naughty But Nice

For a change of pace from the usual cherubs and flowers, why not try some of our "Naughty in 1900" risque French postcards for your Valentines Day projects? They are sweet and only slightly naughty ~ although they were quite scandalous in their day! You'll find some on our Ladies Photos Volume One CD.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vintage Valentines Feature Article

As Valentine's Day approaches, we invite you to visit our special feature article on Victorian Edwardian romance to see a variety of vintage valentines and romantic photos and learn a little bit about the Roman god Eros (also known as Cupid).

You'll find it all here: Lunagirl Feature: Vintage Romance

In Ancient Rome February 14 was a festival in honor of Juno, the queen of heaven and goddess of marriage. Did you know it was once believed that February 14 is the day the birds begin to find mates?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

So Romantic: Vintage Lovers Edwardian era & 1920s, Victorian Romance

Lunagirl Vintage Lovers collection: 450 photos and postcards on CD features romantic couples taken from cards from the 1920s and Edwardian era.

You'll find romantic couples and wedding photos, plenty of passionate kisses, sassy flappers in fabulous fashions, Edwardian girls, dapper men, soldiers and sailors departing or returning to the women they love, even children playing at love.

"Vintage Lovers" is the companion CD to our "Victorian Romance" CD which features couples of the Victorian era in 550 images. If you want a more traditionally Victorian look in romantic photos and cards, click the picture to see!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


These are some of the amazing snowflake photomicrographs taken by Vermont farmer, scientist and photographer Wilson Bentley. It was Wilson Bentley who first proposed the idea that no two snowflakes are alike! As snowstorms blanket the East Coast and the Rockies this weekend, look around at all the white, millions and billions of snowflakes, and really think about how every tiny snow crystal is unique and one-of-a-kind!

Starting in January of 1885 Bentley took over 5,000 photographs of snow crystals ~ not an easy thing to do before they melt to water or sublimate directly to water vapor! After some experimentation, he developed the technique of capturing snowflakes on black velvet-covered boards and then quickly transferring to a microscope slide to take the photo. His work is an amazing intersection of science and art and a testament to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

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