Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
This illustration is from the book The Brownies around the World (1894) by Palmer Cox (Canadian, 1840 - 1924). An impish Brownie holds a half moon and reminds us that "Every month brings pleasure bright, If the heart is only right...." This vintage Green Tiger Press Notecard would make a charming Valentine.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Green Tiger Press reproduced several versions of this charming Valentine in its heyday. Today the black and white version is being featured. Illustrator, costume designer, and cartoonist Albertine Randall Wheelan (American, 1867-1954) created this Teddy Bear Valentine image for St. Nicholas Magazine.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This illustration, "The Bird about to Fly Off" by F. Cayley Robinson (active 1910's), is from the book The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck. It was reproduced as part of the Fairy Tale Notecard series by the Green Tiger Press in the early 1980's.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
My Mom bought this squirrel cage swift for me for my recent birthday. We found it at a local antique mall and I bowed to its beauty. It is used to hold loose yarn skeins for winding into center-pull balls (yarn cakes). It can also be used to form those skeins directly from handspun on the spinning wheel.
I have a functional umbrella yarn swift (or two!), but I had read about the versatility and adjustability of the squirrel cage variety and had one on my wish list. Serendipity led us to find it at the local antique mall during my Mom's recent visit and her generosity brought it home to my little fiber arts studio for me to play with. Thank you, Mom!
It is shown here holding a cotton skein that I handpainted in a weaving class a while back. This will be the weft; I have a similarly handpainted warp. I'm going to dress one of my table looms and weave a shawl, just allowing the interlacing of the handpainted skeins to create a one-of-a-kind pattern in the cloth.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Maid Maleen Vintage Green Tiger Press Postcard by Arthur Rackham from a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
"The waiting maid sprang down first and Maid Maleen followed."
This illustration from "Little Brother and Little Sister" (1917) by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was reproduced by the Green Tiger Press as a postcard.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This photo was taken by my youngest sister, Liesl, around Halloween 1994. She made the fairy costumes for my sweet nieces and took this lovely shot to document the occasion.
I have enjoyed following Rachel Devine/Sesame Ellis' photostream on flickr for some time, and am especially enthusiastic about her new blog called "beyond snapshots". She and Peta Mazey are providing guidance for those of us who aspire to greater heights in our photography. Head on over there and enjoy!