Antique Decorative Border for Garden Journal, Scrapbook Page or Card Making: Art Nouveau Sundial with Garden Hollyhocks


An art nouveau style illustration from a vintage postcard dated December 27, 1916 in my personal collection. I love the depiction of the sundial and hollyhocks underneath a shady tree. It is such a quintessential cottage garden scene. I think this would make a really pretty greeting or invitation card but you could also use it as a background for journaling or scrapbooking. You can download the high-res 7" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any words here.

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Victorian Calling Cards for Journaling, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Flowers for Friendship - Set 1 (Digital Ephemera, Vintage Flowers)


My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Henry Ford


Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Khalil Gibran

Two cards with illustrations that show a lady's hand extending flowers (the first is offering a clutch of pansies, the second a posy of daisies) to the recipient. These were originally used as personal calling cards in Victorian times but you can use them as gift tags, as greeting cards to reach out to someone in love and friendship or as embellishments in journaling and scrapbooking projects. You can download the high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without watermarks here and here.

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Vintage Illustration for Art Making, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: A Family Outing in Summertime (1911)


Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

A vintage scenic postcard postmarked May 11, 1911 that shows a family picking wildflowers in a meadow by the sea on a sunny summer day. You can download the 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or other graphic design projects here.

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Antique Floral Border for Garden Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Victorian Window Garden 1 (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)


“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses.”
― Colette

A gorgeously illustrated floral border from a Victorian magazine published on April 21, 1883. The drawing shows a profusion of blooming flowers (fuchsias, primroses, morning glories) around an opening in an ancient brick wall, probably in an old-fashioned English garden! I combined the original illustration with an old paper texture to create a template that can be used in vintage or Victorian-themed projects.You can download the high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Armchair Travel: A Tour of Château de Grignan in France

An elegant Edwardian lady visiting Château de Grignan in February 1904.

A Visual Tour around Château de Grignan, France

View of the lavender fields around Grignan, France:

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Exterior and formal garden surrounding Château de Grignan, France:

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Another view of the exterior and formal garden surrounding the château:

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Here is a brief video tour of the castle and its interior:


Armchair Travel: A Garden Tour of Château de Langeais in the Loire Valley, France

Two Edwardian ladies strolling the grounds of Château de Langeais in January 1904.

A Visual Tour through the Grounds of Château de Langeais, France

Exterior and formal garden surrounding Château de Langeais, France - image source here.

Close-up of the castle facade and its grounds - image source here.

A ruined 10th century keep on the grounds of Château de Langeais, France - image source here.

Scaffolding and lifting machines faithfully reconstituted behind the keep show the construction methods of builders in the year 1000. From the top of the scaffolding you can see the medieval inspired gardens - image and description source here.

A 6-storey treehouse built in a majestic cedar several centuries old. The treehouse offers unobstructed views over the park and the ruins of the 11th century chapel - image and description source here.

The promenade, between cedars and sequoias, ends up at the belvedere with a telescope over the Loire, a cultural landscape today listed as world heritage by UNESCO - image and description source here.

Free Decorative Border for Journaling, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Owls of Tanglewoods Template w/Old Paper Texture (incl. PNG file)


The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

A wonderfully drawn frame from a 1909 design book that shows a parliament of owls perched in the tangled branches of an ancient forest. Great as a background for art journaling, scrapbooking or card making (invitation card for a kid's birthday party, perhaps?) projects with vintage or nature themes.

You can download the high-res:
* pre-made invitation template on old paper texture as an 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.
* black and white frame on a transparent background as a 6.5" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi .PNG file here.

Add your own words by opening up the file in Photoshop or importing into Microsoft Word. I recommend printing on high-quality heavyweight cardstock or hot-pressed watercolour paper..

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Free Vintage Illustration for Crafts, Garden Journals, Scrapbooking or Invitations: Pair of Magnificent Peacocks (Wedding Clipart, Romance, Romantic Lovebirds)

He knew one of the women well, and had shared his universe with her. They had seen the same mountains, and the same trees, although each of them had seem them differently. She knew his weaknesses, his moments of hatred, of despair. Yet she was there at his side. They shared the same universe.
Paulo Coelho, The Valkyries

Antique engraving originally published in 1893. This illustration shows a pair of peafowl (a male peacock with magnificent tail feathers and a female peahen) perched on the balustrade in a formal English garden, flanked by a grand ornamental urn, lush trees, foliage and flowers. You can download the free high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, journals, scrapbooks, wedding invitations and all kinds of other design projects here.

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Printable Vintage Postcard for Crafts, Collage or Scrapbooking: Shabby Chic Swallows with Horseshoe-Shaped Rose Wreath


Shabby chic vintage postcard from 1909. The image shows two swallows with a horseshoe-shaped wreath made of roses and topped with a forget-me-not bow. The greeting reads:

"Brightly for you speed lifes gay hours,
And your pathway be blessed with Luck in rich showers."

Both the left and right borders of the card have brightly-coloured roses on a gold background.

To download the high-res 5" x 7.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here. Great for sending to a friend or loved one but can also be used in scrapbooking or other graphic design projects.

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Vintage Poetry for Nature Lovers and Outdoor Enthusiasts: Song and Soul by Robert Nichols



SONG AND SOUL
by Robert Nichols

See the lark leap,
Scattering dew -- one vault!
Singing, he takes the steep,
Nor to sing need halt.

O laden heart,
Which would to the height
So speed, with what ill art
Thou takest thy flighr!

Stubborn thy will,
That, despite weak wing,
Thine be the miracle
Both to climb and sing!


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Art for Inspiration: Woman Sewing in a Garden by Marie-François Firmin-Girard



Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.
Leo Babauta

In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.
Eckhart Tolle

In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.
Victoria Moran

Diary of a Nature Lover, April 6, 2018: Renewal

RENEWAL
by Dora Read Goodale
(first published 1887)

There's magic in the air today,
There's promise in the sun;
The very brooks begin to play,
And frolic as they run.

The hive is all astir with bees,
The slender willows shine;
The sap is mounting in the trees,
And swelling in the vine.

The swallow comes from far away
To seek her summer nest,
Whose narrow hanging walls of clay
Await the welcome guest.

At ease upon the cottage floor,
His head between his feet,
The shaggy setter guards the door,
Or dozes in the heat;

And there beneath the fitful ray
Of many a yellow beam,
His aged master, bent and gray,
Is laughing through his dream.

O, pleasure pricks in every vein,
And grief is turned to joy,
For Earth herself is young again,
And Time is but a boy!

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Diary of a Nature Lover, April 5, 2018: Imagine a Tree

"Imagine a Tree"
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The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature
all ridicule and deformity...
and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes
of the man of imagination,
nature is imagination itself.
William Blake

Vision is the art of
seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift

Victorian Sheet Music for Nature Lovers: The North Wind Doth Blow


The North wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor Robin
do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn,
And to keep himself warm
Will hide his head under his wing, poor thing!

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Art for Inspiration: Spring by Harald Slott-Møller

Spring, 1896 by
Harald Slott-Møller
(1864 - 1937)

To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter...
to be thrilled
by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring
- these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs (1837 – 1921)

Victorian Public Domain Poem for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: Who Taught the Birds? by Caris Brooke

WHO TAUGHT THE BIRDS?
by Caris Brooke
(originally published June 17, 1893)

To and fro, to and fro,
From the chestnut tree to the meadow grass,
Day after day I watched her pass;
Where did the little birdie go?
With drooping wing and ruffled breast,
Hopping along with a broken leg,
She came to my window, as if to beg
Crumbs for the little ones up in her nest.

Far and high, touching the sky
Where the chestnut flowers are pink and white,
Every morning and every night
She carried worms, or grubs, or fly,
To a nest that was woven of moss and feather,
Where the little bird-babies chirrup and cheep,
And over the nest-edge try to peep --
Five little yellow bills open together.

Slowly, in pain, in sunshine and rain,
The mother-bird went on her weary way;
But the little ones waited that summer day,
And chirruped and called for her -- all in vain.
I opened my window, and found her lain
Just where the sunlight touches the sill --
Not waiting for crumbs, but cold and still --
Never to fly to her nest again.

Little mouths to be fed, and their mother dead --
Must the poor wee birdies with hunger die?
Watching, I saw another bird fly
Straight to the nest with a crumb of bread.
To and fro, without staying to rest,
She carried them morsels of dainty food,
Till she satisfied all the hungry brood;
Then gathered them warmly under her breast.

* * * * *

Now tell me, Who had whispered to the little birdies's heart
To fly to those forsaken ones, and take their mother's part?


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Art for Inspiration: The Old Stairs, Raixa by Santiago Rusiñol

The Old Stairs (Pedres velles), Raixa, 1907
by Santiago Rusiñol (1861 - 1931)

The painting:
Santiago Rusiñol's burgeoning success as a painter enabled him to concentrate almost completely on the subject closest to his heart, Spain's gardens and landscapes. When Rusiñol travelled to Mallorca, he sojourned in the locality of Bunyola whose opulent gardens became the inspiration for works such as this.

The present work depicts the upper half of the flight of stairs dedicated to Apollo in the Raixa Gardens, north of Palma de Mallarco. Originally laid out by the Moors, the Raixa Gardens were redesigned by Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Cotoner during the eighteenth century. Begun in 1902 and completed in 1907, Pedres velles is one of four pictures Rusiñol painted of the steps.

The artist:
The charismatic leader of Catalan Modernism, and a founder of Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona, Rusiñol travelled widely and spent extended periods in Paris. Notwithstanding his position as a leading member of the international avant-garde, however, it was in Spain that he was able to explore the full range of his resonant palette and where many of his most powerful and evocative works were completed.

Source: Sotheby's.

Art for Inspiration: Gray Day on the River by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Gray Day on the River
by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874 - 1939)

The painting:
In Gray Day on the River what is presented to the viewer is so evanescent as to be almost illusory. The surface of the water (fully half the painting) is not visible, but only to be inferred from the presence of transitory shadow, light and reflection. Much of the remainder of the painting’s surface represents the shimmering greenery of what grows randomly along the river’s bank. Only the certain lines of the boat give us enough reassurance to trust the identities of the two small figures. We know their story is a peaceful one. Everything tells us that. Still, there is energy here; an energy barely contained.

The artist:
Frieseke’s early works, before Giverny, are disciplined, not only towards accuracy, but toward a strict limitation in permitted color harmonies. The model, the costume (if any), and any associated objects (hatbox, doorway, necklace, dressing table, lamp), are selected with an intent determined by design. And the design in turn is determined by a stern control that is frequently belied by the tenderness of an image’s effect.

For Frieseke, the move toward plein air painting necessitated his abandoning much that he had relied on when applying structure toward his vision. In Gray Day on the River, perspective does not apply. Instead, the painter is confronted by an anarchy of nature whose organizing principles have little to do with what makes a picture. In both this painting and in its sister, Before the Bath, the foreground is simply the undetermined, plane of water on which the boat rests: a plane that takes light, shadow, and reflection without confessing either its depth or its extent.

Excerpt Source: Sotheby's.

Art for Inspiration: Blue Morpho Butterfly by Martin Johnson Heade

Blue Morpho Butterfly, c1865
by Martin Johnson Heade (1819 – 1904)

The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.
Buddha

There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.
Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings

Art for Inspiration: Garden View with a Dog by Tomás Yepes

Garden View with a Dog, c1665
by Tomás Yepes (1595 – 1674)

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.
Charles M. Schulz

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.
Ashly Lorenzana

Art for Inspiration: Elegant Ladies at Rest Beside a Pond by Louis Emile Adan

Elegant Ladies at Rest Beside a Pond
by Louis Emile Adan (1839 - 1937)

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one."
... It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Art for Inspiration: Unconscious of Danger by Seymour Joseph Guy

Unconscious of Danger, 1865
by Seymour Joseph Guy (1824 - 1910)

You can't prepare for everything life's going to throw at you. And you can't avoid danger. It's there. The world is a dangerous place, and if you sit around wringing your hands about it, you'll miss out on all the adventure.
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

There are two types of visions. Those that will happen no matter what, and those that can be stopped. Now more than ever, I wish I could tell them apart.
Emlyn Chand, Farsighted

Things never go wrong at the moment you expect them to. When you're completely relaxed, oblivious to any potential dangers, that's when bad things happen.
C.K. Kelly Martin, I Know It's Over

Art for Inspiration: Butterflies by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson

Butterflies, 1891
by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (1847 - 1906)

I tell of hearts and souls and dances...
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly.
Karen Kingsbury, Oceans Apart

She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn't mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that.
Lisa Genova, Still Alice

Art for Inspiration: Still Life by José Gutiérrez Solana

Untitled, Still Life
by José Gutiérrez Solana (1886 - 1945)

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

This plant represents what's happening inside of you. The world, like the soil, is cold and dark—layered with a history of destruction and death. You were planted in this world to rise above it. Do you not see? The very existence of this darkness gives you the opportunity to become a light to the world.
Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

Every living creature on this planet, has a conscious subjective perspective of the world. Even the plants may seem to us as standing indifferent to the human sufferings, but even they have their own unique mental universe. They have their own way of interacting with the environment.
Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

Art for Inspiration: The Magic Swan by Konstantín Vasilyev

The Magic Swan
by Konstantín Vasilyev (1942 – 1976)

The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Her thoughts came to life in the stillness of the wood, nurtured by the air and the scent and the vividness of it.
Meagan Spooner, Hunted

Inspiration from a Vintage Landscape: A Walk Across a Snowy Field on a Chilly Day


No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Buddha

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that?
Soledad O'Brien

Art for Inspiration: Winter Poetry by Théodore Hannon

Winter Poetry, 1885
by Théodore Hannon (1851-1916)

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
Martha Graham

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.
Brenda Ueland

Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger