Monday, June 27, 2011

A Little of This and a Little of That

With the 4th of July fast approaching, I wanted to share one of my most prized postcards.  Not a common card by any means and signed by artist Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934).  She was known as the most prolific souvenir postcard/greeting card artist of her time.  Many of her vintage postcards are unsigned, but her style is usually recognizable to those who collect her work.  You can read more about her by clicking on her name above.  Notice the details in the shadowing which make it look as if the flag is blowing in the wind.

Free Vintage Postcard ~ American Flag ~ Ellen Clapsaddle
I bought a sketchbook and covered it for a birthday gift for a young teenage friend.  This gal loves to sketch and amazes me as she sits there with a blank page, writing instrument in hand and designs clothing on models.  She also sews (no patterns) and makes doll clothes for her little sister to play with, purses, whatever takes her fancy.  She's a delight to me.  The scripture word art came from Dee's Bugaboo Boutique

These next images are photographs I took of flowers in the gardens of friends.  I like to play with macro photography, and am pleased with how some of these came out, however I'm still a work in progress.  Each flower unique, just the way God created them.  Even a plain old fern has beauty if you look closely at it. 

You may use the photography in this post for personal use only please.  If you use it on your blog, please have a link back to me, thanks so much.  I hope to add some more patriotic vintage images for you this week, so you may want to check back.

My friend Darlene has asked that I post here asking prayer for her son Luke.  I have mentioned him before.  He underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor and the doctor's were unsuccessful in getting all of it.  They will learn more this week as to the next steps in his treatment.  Luke is 30 years old.  They could use your prayers.  Thank you!  

Life is so fragile and can be gone in an instant.  A 17 year old girl in our community died this past week in an auto accident.  So tragic for her friends and family. 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

Have a blessed day dear ones.  The sun is shining and I hear the birds singing as I wrap up this post today.  I love to hear from you, so feel free to leave me a comment. If you are "anonymous" as you don't have a Google name, just leave your first name so I know who you are.  Thanks!!


Shore Girl said...

Your sketch book cover turned out great! Perfect use for that Scripture Word Art - hope you have a great day with your grandson!

Shore Girl said...

PS your photographs are BEAUTIFUL!!!

kaleidoscopeimpressions said...

Scrumptious photos of those flowers! Amazing postcards details for sure and you book cover turned out so pretty- just the right touch to make this a sketchbook to treasure.

Kathryn Ross said...

Lovely thoughts and stunning photographs! So, they call this macro photography? I always wondered what that meant on my camera. Since I started my blog, I've been much more attuned to the details of using my camera. I've never done story photography before, but I am loving the things I'm learning as I study the works of so many talented bloggers. Learning and applying. This week I'm setting up all my patriotic things for a huge bunch of photos that I shall work into some inspiring (hope they are) blogs over the next two weeks.
Entered your Friday Give-away! Such fun!
Joy to you!
Miss Kathy

Sheila A. said...

Hello, Abby! I love the flag and
your photography. Beautiful.