Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thinking Spring with these Free Images for You

When I was walking yesterday, there were signs of Spring evident.  I was looking hard.  I live in Maine where winter is the longest season of the year.  Snow is forecast for tomorrow, but I'm thinking the weatherman is playing an April fools joke.  So I'm thinking Spring with the free vintage images I'm sharing with you today.  

The flowers appear on the earth; 
the time of the singing of birds is come.
Song of Solomon 2:12

I hope you enjoy these free images I'm offering today.  I think they are just the sweetest.  I love the Victorian trade card with the woman in pink frolicking through the flowers.  The girl in her frilly dress seems like she has not a care in the world.  Oblivious to everything except the fragrant flower.

You can click on the image to bring it to a larger size before you save it.  Don't forget to comment the blog giveaway post below for a chance to win a pack of Victorian Children notecards.  I'll be drawing on Friday evening.  Thanks for stopping by dear ones.  Blessings to you and yours.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Blog Giveaway and more Free Vintage Images

If you read my last post, you know that I am very fond of children.  I have a collection of real photo postcards of children.  Years ago, I had an idea to have notecards printed from my favorite postcards.  The 8 images you see above were my favorites at that time.  I went to a local printer and selected my paper and envelopes, a rich creamy ivory.  At my request, the cards were printed with a sepia tone look.   I called them "Abigail's Greetings" which is printed on the back of each card.  These images above are not part of the free images I'm offering on this blog. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This giveaway is no longer active but might be revived at a future date.

Behold, children are a gift from the Lord.  Psalm 127:3

Children are a GIFT, I just love that scripture.  Whether you have your own children, adopted children, step children, grandchildren, or other children in your life through family and friends, they are a GIFT to you.  

See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 18:10

Did you get that?  Their angels in heaven.  I'm sure you've heard of guardian angels.  This scripture tells us that children have their own angels.  How awesome is that!!!

Here's a free vintage postcard image for you of a sweet little boy with a cheery greeting.  I have taken the words off the second image so you can add your own if you'd like.  You can click on each image for a larger view.  Right click and save to your computer.  Enjoy!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Children are Special

I have a tender spot in my heart for children, and many of the vintage images I'm drawn to have children in them.  My absolute happiest life memories are of my daughter's childhood.   Here are some pictures of her when she was a little girl.  She turns 27 years old in May, and it seems hard to believe time has gone that fast.

I'm doubly blessed in my role as "nana" to her children, and my stepson's children.

Now, by no means do I consider myself aged, and if you're a young grandparent, you'll understand what I mean.   In Proverbs 17:6, grandchildren are referred to as a crown to us. Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.  Proverbs 17:6 (NIV)

The free vintage images I have for you today are of children (of course), they come from my stash of Victorian scrap.  I think they are so sweet and wanted to share them with you.  They probably were some on some form of advertisement but that has long been cut away.   If you'd like these, click on the image to enlarge, right click and save to your computer.

I'd like to close with a sweet poem about a little doll, I believe to be written in the 1800's.  I used to read this to my daughter.

My Little Doll
by Charles Kingsley (1862)

I once had a sweet little doll, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world;
Her cheeks were so red and so white, dears,
And her hair was so charmingly curled.
But I lost my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day;
And I cried for more than a week, dears,
But I never could find where she lay.
I found my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day:
Folks say she is terribly changed, dears,
For her paint is all washed away,
And her arms trodden off by the cows, dears
And her hair not the least bit curled:
Yet for old times sake she is still, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world.

Thanks for stopping by today dear ones.  Have a blessed weekend.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Longing for Spring ~ Free Vintage Postcard

Maine has LONG winters.  This winter has seemed particularly long with lots of snow, cold temperatures and ice.  First snowfalls are so pretty, especially in the morning when the sun is glistening on untouched snow transforming it into millions of diamonds on the ground.  

We had lots of snow piled up around our home this winter that had long lost it's diamond appeal.  Rain melted it, and the rain turned to ice.  Oh, how I longed for spring to come.  Well, all of our snow had melted as of yesterday with the exception of a tiny pile here or there.  I saw buds on the trees, and robins covering my lawn looking for food.  Could it be true that spring was on the horizon?  And then it snowed...  

I watched the little robins outside in the snow still looking for their food, but I knew that God had promised to take care of them.  I woke up to more snow, but I know it will be gone soon.  And he changeth the times and the seasons.  Daniel 2:21.  

This free vintage postcard that I have for you today SO reminds me of spring.  I just love the tiny gentle forget-me-nots and the cheery boy presenting them.  You can click on the image for a larger view.  

Thanks for stopping by today dear ones, and many happy returns of the day for you.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Another Blessing to Share & a Free Blog Button

Today is my sister's birthday.  I am very thankful for this day because she almost died from surgery complications in November.  Our prayers were answered, and her life was spared.  It's been a very difficult healing process for her since then, but she has turned a corner and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Since she is a Gone With the Wind fan, I have a touch of that in the birthday card I made for her.   The caption reads:  It's Debbie's birthday, I'm glad you ladies decided to put on your finest attire.   Of course, each of the ladies has a little bling on them in the form of a tiny rhinestone sticker which flashes like the finest diamonds. 

On the inside of the card, I typed out sister and birthday words over and over in a smaller font, printed and adhered it to the top top of the card.  The words on the bottom of the card were done on my computer, printed and cut with deckled scissors.  I then had fun with various layers, and some paper flowers.  

The card is tied with seam binding which I LOVE to use over ribbon.  It's lightweight, sheer, and has such a nice drape and delicate feel to it.  You can buy seam binding by the roll, which I recommend over buying small packages.  I have a lot of vintage seam binding which I've found at various flea markets, thrift stores, etc.  It's usually bagged up with other sewing accessories if you're looking for it. 

Since my sister Debbie likes the color blue; in honor of her birthday, I made a free blog button for you.  The blue marbled background came from the end papers of an antique book.  The sweet little girl smelling the pink roses comes from Dawn at The Feathered Nest.  She offers the most awesome vintage images for free, as well as many other fun vintage inspirations.  

free blog button for you
I just love the expression, keep calm and pray.  We certainly can apply that to many different circumstances in our lives.  As someone who tends to be on the high anxiety side, it's a good reminder for me.    

Here's one more free image for you which comes from my vintage paper collection.  A sweet little girl pondering the important things in her life.  
free vintage image for you

Have a blessed day.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vintage Baby Postcard Freebie and More

Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I'm sure ready for it after the long winter here in Maine.  My daughter and grandson were both born in May.  I recently attended a baby shower for a mom that will have a baby in May.  Here are a few pictures I took at the shower that I wanted to share.  

I just love the lemon water dispenser, maybe because it looked so refreshing, the colorful sherbert floating in the pink lemonade, and the candy eggs that were so tempting, I just had to indulge.  The cake was topped with a baby in a pea pod.  It was sculpted out of frosting and was a mini masterpiece.   

Here is just the sweetest vintage baby postcard which I'd like to share with you.  Notice the little birdies, and the dainty blue forget me nots.  Yours for free.  You can click on the image for a larger view.   The age of this postcard is pre 1915.  I think the artwork on these old images is remarkable.  You can't see it but the card is embossed and the flowers are birds are raised.  I just love it, and thought you would too.  

Speaking of babies, I can't leave out my sister's new baby goat.  She thought about naming her Abby, I would have been fine with that (really), but they decided on Annie.   Isn't she just the sweetest.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments make me happy, so don't be shy about leaving them.  Have a blessed day dear ones.