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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?

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