May 27, 2010

Collecting Victorian Ephemera

One of the many things that I have collected over the years is ephemera.
I have a bazillion old postcards and quite a few Victorian scrapbooks that are filled with old trade cards and such. Many of them were put together by children, as these two were...

In my travels to France, I have picked them up at the French Flea Markets whenever reasonably priced. Here are a couple of pages from a French scrapbook in my collection dated 1901. I scanned these for you and feel free to copy and clip and use in your artwork if you like...
This French calling card is so pretty and romantic, I just love the pink roses...
Below are a couple of floral scans out of another scrapbook that I have from someone in Boston. These enlarge nicely so I hope that you can use them...

Lastly, I hope that all of my American friends have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Moving On.......

Our daughters will be here visiting and helping with a family project, at least for part of the weekend. We are going to help Mom (Grammie to them:-) move into a lovely new apartment. After many decades of residing in her old apartment it's definitely time for a change! Sadly it's become quite isolated where she lives and there isn't much to see or do out there in far away suburb. Most of her other widow friends are gone and now she is going to be living right near my sister and right across the street from the beach. She reads this blog (hi Mom!).....so if you want to wish her luck, please do....I know that she would love it!

Thinking of my veteran Dad today too on this Memorial Day weekend. Here is a photo that I scanned of my parents when they were very young. My beautifully fashionable Mom with movie star looks and my late Dad with curly blonde hair and sky blue eyes.
It's never too late to make a fresh start and we are so excited for her!
That's it for today...enjoy the weekend

May 10, 2010

My Latest Tutorial In Romantic Homes Magazine

Tea for two in the late afternoon has been prepared. It's a beautiful Miami day and I made a fresh pot of yummy sun tea for the occasion with a selection of my favorite herbal teas from Tea Noosh...

May 6, 2010

Faux Petal Cakes

Victorian Tea Party for Mother's Day...
Faux petal cakes from the studio...
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