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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Getting Ready for the Fourth of July...

I hope everyone here is the US is getting ready for a wonderful Independence Day.  My 13-year-old son and my sister-in-law and her young daughter are running in the local 5k that morning, so I'm doing breakfast for everyone afterward at my house.  Fireworks at night ... during the day it's so hot we may just stay in and watch movies!

Whatever you're planning, here is a free image that I hope may help inspire any last minute vintage-style Americana preparations. 

Just for future reference, you'll find this and over a hundred more patriotic / Americana images on my Lunagirl Victorian Holidays Volume Three image CD (plus hundreds of images for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Vintage Birthdays, and Vintage Greetings!)

One last reminder:  The Garden Fairies blog challenge ends tonight! There's still time to upload your entry!  Tune in tomorrow for an announcement of the winner of this challenge, and to enter the next one, Great Gatsby.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Garden Fairies are Popping Up Everywhere!

Both by Vicki Romaine of the Cheerful Stamppad.

Here is a charming 1929 Girl fairy with bright wings and a gorgeous frame and embellishments.  
Vicki writes:
"I love using black and white as a background.  This time my fairy stands inside a Cheery Lynn die."


"Here is a tag using a  technique from Use Your Words workshop by Carolyn Dube.  The technique consisted  of putting letters in the background and then glazing with polymer medium gloss.  In addition I added a fairy from one of Lunagirl's collage sheets and then glazed her also."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lovely Little Garden Fairy by Vicki!

I think this is one of my favorites, just because I love how she is sitting in a pretty little shoe!  I guess someone left her shoe in the garden.  The background is really pretty, with the rose briars. 

Thanks to Vicki, and all the Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Wishes of Joy Fairy by Michele

Michele has captured another one!  Here is another lovely little garden fairy that we hope will inspire you to create your own for the blog challenge.

Remember you still have a week to enter ~ the challenge ends Sunday night and the random winner will win a Lunagirl digital collage sheet of their choice.  If I get 20 entries this time, I'll randomly choose two winners ~

I have always been fond of these luna moth wings I adapted from an antique print, and don't you love her little pink outfit and white shoes?  She is certainly loaded down with flowers for someone.  Beautiful work, Michele!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Moon in June

You may have heard that tonight's full moon is a "Supermoon."  That's a fairly new term for what astronomers call a perigee moon ~ the moon's "perigee" is the closest point to earth in the moon's orbit.  When the moon's perigee (closest point) coincides with a full moon, which it does about once a year, you get a full moon that can appear somewhat bigger and brighter than usual.

Did you know all the Full Moons (in each month of the year) have names in many cultures?  The full moon in June was the Strawberry Moon for Algonquin Native American groups and Ripe Berry Moon for the Dakotah, as it was a signal to look for ripening fruit.  The Cherokee called it the Green Corn Moon.  In Europe it was sometimes called the Full Rose Moon.  All of those are still appropriate here in Tennessee.

And why is June traditionally the month for weddings?  Because it is named for Juno, the Roman goddess of wives and marriage.  Happy full moon, from a June bride!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Little Fairy Shine So Bright by Michele

Little garden fairies keep turning up in my inbox!  So sweet of them to show themselves for you to see.

They seem to like buttons, and of course flowers.  This one has beautiful pink feathered wings and a flower crown.  She looks so pretty against that swirly feathery background.

Such a beautiful card, Michele.  Thank you!  (See Michele's Blog)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flowery Button Fairies by Petra!

Petra Berendsen of the Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team created these beautiful Garden Fairy button ornaments.

"Do you have fairies in your garden? If not you can always create some! For my two flowery garden fairies I combined two different Lunagirl collage sheets, it is so easy. All images work so well together. The ladies are from the Diva collage sheet and the beautiful butterfly wings from the Rainbow Butterfly Wings. To make the fairies I die-cut some musical note paper, paper flowers and lots of buttons." - Petra
I am really fond of these.  All the elements individually are so pretty (look at the little buttons, and the lacey music page backgrounds!)  The flowers and butterfly wings complement each other so perfectly.  Beautiful job, Petra!

Get inspired and enter your Garden Fairy creation in the blog challenge!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Lunagirl Blog Challenge #4: Garden Fairies

Congrats again to the winner of the Bathing Beauty challenge: Entry #16 Anne!  
It's time to start submitting your entries for the next Lunagirl Moonbeams Blog Challenge: Garden Fairies!

I hope you'll have fun with this theme ... I have all kinds of images that would work ... butterfly wings and dragonfly wings, little girls and boys, faerie folk, all kinds of flowers and even floral backgrounds!  The Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team has created some wonderful garden fairies as you will see...

This challenge (#4) will end at 11:55 pm on June 30 ~  The winner will be selected randomly (random number generator) and will receive a free Lunagirl digital collage sheet of his or her choice.
UPDATE: I've decided if I get 20 entries for this challenge, I'll draw TWO winners!

Be creative but stick to the theme (obviously) :)
Any craft or medium is OK,
No more than 3 entries from one person in each challenge, and
Please link back to my blog and/or on your site if you have one.

It's preferable that your entry be a new piece created for the challenge, but I'm not going to worry about that...  Of course I love if you use at least one Lunagirl product, but that's not a requirement!
Most important is have fun, get creative, enjoy vintage.

The Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team -- Vicki, Michele, and Petra -- have captured some charming little garden fairies for their creations below.  I'm sure all will be freed promptly, but first they have agreed to pose here for your inspiration!  Create your own little garden fairy project and enter the Blog Challenge! 

Petra Berendsen
Petra Berendsen created this very lovely tag:
"For this project I first created the tag with patterned paper, the edges are slightly distressed. The tag is mounted on stencilled background paper. The lovely garden fairy comes from the Fly Away Home collage sheet. I used the pretty fairy in the red dress and one of the butterfly wings totally amazing in their colour. The project was completed with some ribbon, a stamped sentiment and some fabric flowers."

Aren't the soft colors and stencilled patterns perfect on this tag?  I love the musical page in the background.

 Michele Storms created these two gorgeous cards!

The backgrounds are so pretty, and I like the 3-dimensional elements in the second card.

The wings are from Lunagirl Fly Away Home collage sheet and Rainbow Wings I collage sheet, while the figures/photos are from Lunagirl Little Girls collage sheet.
Michele Storms

Vicki Romaine
What a little sweetie pie on this card by Vicki Romaine!  This charmer is from Girls 1929, with wings from Fly Away Home.  She looks right at home in Vicki's bright garden background.  Doesn't she make you believe in fairies?

Please be sure to visit the design team members' blogs as well!

And of course follow Lunagirl Moonbeams to see more garden fairies and to share your own in the challenge!

And the Winner is...

The lucky winner of the fabulous BATHING BEAUTY blog challenge (chosen by random drawing) is ...
Entry #16 Anne of!

Congratulations, Anne!  Email me at to find out how to claim your prize of a free Lunagirl digital collage sheet of your choice!

Thank you very much to everyone who took part.  We are having more entries each time, which is great!  To all of you who have helped spread the word, I appreciate it very much!  Remember if you refer a friend to, I'll send you a discount code when they make a purchase.

Please enter my next blog challenge: Garden Fairies!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Beach Fashions circa 1883

Here is a fascinating image of swimsuit fashions from a 1883 fashion magazine (from the Netherlands).  De Gracieuse was published from 1862 to 1936 for fashion-conscious ladies, and featured clothing of all types for all occasions, inspired by the latest Paris fashions.   Interestingly, the magazine also presented examples of embroidery, knitting, and other needlework, intended for embellishing the clothing and shoes.  I love those funny little beach slippers (although they don't seem very practical).  Those appear on many of the Victorian and Edwardian postcards as well ~ I guess ladies simply did not go barefoot!

Free Vintage Images: Bathing Beauties

I could not resist sharing this bathing beauty postcard.

This must be one of the strangest, most impractical beach costumes ever!  Of course it was intended to be a "French postcard" -- quite risque and naughty in its time.

Feel free to use this image if it inspires your Bathing Beauty projects!  You still have several days to enter a creation in my Bathing Beauties blog challenge, which ends Sunday night...

Alright, here is another bathing girl, this one a flapper, sleeker and simpler (although with some odd socks...)  She could actually swim in this!  She would look great in your project!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Some "Bathing Beauty" History :-)

Just for fun, here are two panoramic photographs of a "Bathing Girl Parades."  These parades were all the rage in the 1920s.  They began as events sponsored by newspapers and local business interests to promote seaside tourist destinations.  They eventually grew into the beauty pageants that were popular Mid-Century and continue today.  The parade photographed above is from California in 1917, and shows some really interesting swimsuits and beachwear of the day!

The photograph below shows contestants in the Atlantic City Pageant of Inter-City Beauties in 1925.  In 1920 the Businessman's League of Atlantic City sponsored a "Fall Frolic," including an elaborate "bathing girl revue," to encourage visitors (and profits) after the end of the summer season.  It was a big hit, and the following year they advertised up and down the East Coast for beauty contest winners from other cities to come to Atlantic City to compete for the title of "Miss America."

The 1921 Fall Frolic, which began with the arrival of King Neptune on a barge surrounded by twenty bathing beauties, featured five days of parades and concerts, a fancy dress ball, as well as seven different bathing parade divisions featuring women, children, men, and comic costumes. Everyone in town dressed in bathing suits, including firemen and police! The first "Miss America" was 16-year-old Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C.

The Atlantic City pageant grew quickly in the next few years.  Organizers took pains to stress the wholesomeness and "girl-next-door" qualities of the young contestants in skimpy attire.  According to the American Experience website at, "From the very beginning, the pageant was confronted with a conflict between the effort to present an image of innocence and virtue while, at the same time, promoting a spectacle where women paraded in public in bathing suits." Nowadays the pageant attempts to balance a "girlpower" attitude and scholarships with the fact that it's basically always been women parading around in revealing clothes!

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Little Reminder ... and some Lovely Ladies on the Beach

Michele Storms
Just a reminder, you still have until Sunday night to enter your Bathing Beauty project in our blog challenge!  There are six lovely entries so far, and we would love to see yours.  A winner will be selected at random to receive a free Lunagirl digital collage sheet of her choice.

I've been having a bathing beauty / beach theme on my website, so check it out for inspiration.  (Don't miss the great collections of bathing beauty French postcards on my Ladies Photos Volume 2 and Volume 3 (hundreds to choose from!) -- or the Victorian seashore pics on Vintage Women & Men -- or my Seashells CD!)

As you can see there is lots to inspire, not the least of which are the beautiful creations of the Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team!  Simply gorgeous.

Tag by Michele Storms

Tag by Vicki Romaine: Multimedia with scrap paper, real sand, sticker, fuzzy yarn
The bathing beauty images are from Lunagirl Bathing Beauties #4 collage sheet and Bathing Beauties #2 collage sheet (art nudes).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bathing Beauty Cards & Tag by Vicki Romaine

The ever-fabulous and creative Vicki Romaine of the Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team has shared three more bathing beauty projects!  How she finds time during what I know is a busy week, I don't know, but aren't these lovely?  Visit Vicki's blog and join her challenges as well!

I have always been very fond of this image.  Here's what Vicki says about her piece and process:
"Background was ... where I cleaned my brayer on another book page.  The background and image were both printed on grey cardstock so the colors would be a little distressed.  The image was again torn, but no distressing was done as the tearing around the image showed the grey cardstock.  Three blue stones complete the tag."

Woman image from Lunagirl Bathing Beauties 2 collage sheet.
Joyful card with a bathing beauty and charming little fish!
"The background was made by cleaning my brayer on a page from a paperback book.  The image was torn and distress with light cranberry ink.  The fish are stick on embellishments and finally a sentiment on acrylic."

Women's images on this card and the next from Lunagirl Bathing Beauties #4 digital collage sheet.

I think this is my favorite.  I like the simplicity, and the colors, and the fence... and that outfit!  Most of all I really like the great quote!

Vicki's comment:
"A very plain card.  Quote is from Quote Garden on the net."

It's lovely ... and my thought for the day!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Blog Challenge: Bathing Beauties

Time to start submitting your entries for the next Lunagirl Moonbeams Blog Challenge: Bathing Beauties!

This theme could include the fabulous flapper bathing beauties you see here, or Victorian ladies in their ruffled vintage swimsuits, classical nudes emerging from the waves or the bath, even mermaids ...

This challenge (#3) will end at 11:55 pm on June 16 ~  The winner will be selected randomly and will receive a free Lunagirl digital collage sheet of his or her choice.

Be creative but stick to the theme (obviously) :)
Any craft or medium is OK,
No more than 3 entries from one person in each challenge, and
Please link back to my blog and/or on your site if you have one.
It's preferable that your entry be a new piece created for the challenge, but I'm not going to worry about that...
Of course I love if you use at least one Lunagirl product, but I'm not going to worry about that either so no rule there!
Most important is have fun, get creative, enjoy vintage.

To start your creative ideas going, here are some lovely bathing beauty creations by the Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team!
You can also be inspired by my
LUNAGIRL digi sheets and LUNAGIRL images on CD.
Vicki Romaine

Petra Berendsen: "The beautiful image of a bathing Beauty is from the digital collage sheet Bathing Beauties. The image is set on various layers of Authentique paper. All edges are distressed with Black Soot distress ink. I embellished the card with a stamped postmark, buttons, organza ribbon and bakers twine."

Michele Storms

Vicki Romaine

DIVA Blog Challenge Winner!

And the winner of the DIVA blog challenge (chosen by random drawing) is ... 
Entry #6 WendyLynn at Paper Whims!

Congratulations, Wendy!  Email me at and I will make sure you receive your prize of a free Lunagirl digital collage sheet of your choice!  You can browse around here to decide:

Thank you very much to everyone who took part this time.  We got 10 entries, and it was fun seeing everyone's different styles and interpretations of the Diva theme.  Please enter my next blog challenge: Bathing Beauties!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Vintage Diva: Lina Cavalieri

Here is a short bio of another Victorian Edwardian diva.  This is a beautiful postcard of actress and singer Lina Cavalieri. I've restored it, removed scratches, and enhanced the color.

"La Cavalieri" had quite a colorful life! She was orphaned at age 15, and ran away from a convent orphanage to tour Italy with a theater troupe. She sang at cafes and music halls in Vienna and Paris, and by age 20 was famous across Europe.

Lina Cavalieri studied with the top singers of the day, but was known as much for her beauty, fiery temperament, and love of emeralds as for her pleasant voice. She boasted over 800 marriage proposals, of which she accepted four! She was also famously generous. She campaigned on behalf of orphans, performed for the troops during WWI, and worked as a nurse during WWII. She died in an air raid in Florence in 1944 at age 70.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Gorgeous Diva Card by Petra

Isn't she beautiful?  Here is one last Diva from the Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team, from Petra Berendsen.  The colors in this card are just so perfect together, and I love the textures in the background and matte.  And the bling!  Everything truly enhances the image and pulls together.

I hope this lovely submission from Petra inspires you to create your own "diva" art!

Enter the Diva blog challenge here!
We have lots of fabulous divas so far.
You have until tomorrow night to enter and win a free digital collage sheet!

Random drawing will choose the winner ~
to be announced Monday!

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