I recently ordered from Etsy a set of vintage book pages:
According to the seller they are from 1889 and 1899, so I was very excited to receive them in beautiful condition!
I finished my first artwork featuring one of these vintage pictures today. The title “And Spring Arose” was inspired by the following poem:
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
I really enjoyed working on this piece, and I look forward to seeing what I can come up with for the other pictures.
Because, seriously? I’ve had enough of winter. I’ve always been more of a warm weather girl. I love the way everything seems to come alive in the warmer months. The sun is up longer, people are out longer, and I get to wear nicer clothes (I get heartily sick of covering up everything in a big coat in the winter time).
So, even though it’s not *quite* spring yet, and the winter westerlies are still blowing strongly and sending the kids at school crazy (what is it with kids and wind?), I though I’d share with you some Spring Etsy favourites:
From left to right and top to bottom:
1. Inspired by the new green leaves and fresh buds of Spring, this pretty necklace is called “Spring Talk“. It’s one of the many beautiful jewellery designs from KuroNeko – I couldn’t resist adding several things to my favourites list!
2. These pretty pink and green earrings from Treasured Lily Designs are called “Spring Kissed Me Bang” – the name is inspired by the following quote: “I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.” I’m definitely looking forward to a big old smooch from Spring!
6. I’ve discovered a new favourite artist with Bit O’ Whimsey. This gorgeous print of an original mixed media painting is called “Springtime Meadows” – be sure to click on the link because I couldn’t fit the entire picture into my little collage! Like me, Kandy from Bit O’ Whimsey makes wearable art pendants from her work, so if you can’t afford an original or a print (or like me you are running out of wall space!), a pendant might just be the way to go.
I think you’d be hard pressed these days to find someone whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer. I myself have lost family members to cancer, which is one of the reasons why I’m honoured to be participating in a ‘Crop for Cancer’ scrapbooking day next Sunday.
I’m able to combine my love of art with my love of scrapbooking to help raise money for the Cancer Council, in the name of a dearly departed ‘Scrappin’ Sister’ who lost her battle with cancer more than a year ago. Last year’s charity scrapbooking day raised $1093, and we’d like to top that this year.
To that end, I’m delighted to donate a painting which will be raffled off on the day. I’ve titled it Field of Hope, and included the daffodils which are the symbol of the Cancer Council. It’s my representation of hope for a cure.