Sunday, November 28, 2021

Glimpse of Happiness

"I caught a glimpse of happiness,
and saw it was a bird on a branch,
fixing to take wing."

Richard Peck

I used a bird illustration found in a book:
published in 1913. I imagine it perching
briefly, preparing to fly off again.

Typewriter font messages were added to some,
and some were kept blank. I like having the
option to write in another message or a name,
if using as a gift tag. They turned out nicely
as rustic mason jar ring Christmas ornaments.

Hope you're all staying well & staying warm!
It's definitely getting colder here in Ohio.
There was a dusting of snow the day after
Thanksgiving, which made it feel like
A final thought...

"The moments of happiness
we enjoy take us by surprise.
It is not that we seize them,
but that they seize us."

Ashley Montagu

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving poem

I recently found a shortened version of this poem in one of my antique Readers (see page 94). A few of the lines were familiar, but I really enjoyed finding and reading through the original poem, and thought others might as well. The sleigh image was scanned from my book, and the paper texture I used can be found at The Old Design Shop.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2021

Joys of Christmas

"And, so, Christmas comes
to bless us! Comes to teach us how
to find the joy of giving happiness,
and the joy of being kind."

Gertrude Tooley Buckingham


It took awhile to gather so many different images, but I love the final collection. As you can see, there are snowy homes & a church, 2 "stained glass" patterns, holly & mistletoe, little brown birds, and a child & angels with Christmas trees. I'll be using them as gift tags - they would look beautiful accented with glitter or a gold/silver marker. Another suggestion would be fitting inside a canning jar ring (regular, not wide mouth) and giving as ornaments. Below is an example of one I made:

Here are the free graphics
& sources used in my artwork:

*The Old Design Shop*
Snowy candlelit cottage
*TuckDB Postcards*

*The Feathered Nest*


Pair of birds

*NYPL - digital collections*
17th century wall tile

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Pictures in the Fire

"Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth, for the
touch of a friendly hand and for a talk
beside the fire: it is the time for home."

Edith Sitwell 





Years ago, while antique shopping with my mom, I bought a book. "Dutton's Holiday Annual - 1890." It was already falling apart, so this and many other pages have already come out. This sweet image has always been a favorite. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have...

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