Seed Packet Illustrations

Vintage illustrations include those drawn for children's books, works of art chosen carefully for the covers of magazines, and copies of flora and fauna hand-drawn from observation for encyclopedias and other reference books. Some of the loveliest vintage art, for me, can be found on calendars, seed packets, and other, more utilitarian papers. As an … Continue reading Seed Packet Illustrations

April, Cardinals, and Birthdays

The late spring this year reminds me of childhood Aprils in Iowa, apple trees clothed in white blooms, warm grass beneath my feet, and the promise of warm days to come. Here in the Ozarks, spring often comes much earlier, woods coming alive in a parade of colour: redbuds, magnolias, and dogwoods (although not early this … Continue reading April, Cardinals, and Birthdays

Snowy Vintage Illustrations

Even though January can be dark and cloudy and the weather unpredictable, it can also be breathtakingly beautiful, even in a vintage illustration! Olive greens, browns, and deep reds remind us of robins, cardinals, holly, and evergreens, the bright spots of winter. Did you ever notice how you really see houses when they are highlighted by … Continue reading Snowy Vintage Illustrations

New Year’s, Bigfoot, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

I guess I've always had a thing for sleuthing. When I was nine, my best friend and I formed a Mystery Club. We were convinced that Bigfoot prowled around our neighborhood at night. With notebooks in hand, we inspected the fields and tree rows near our houses and wrote down anything that looked suspicious. Once, we … Continue reading New Year’s, Bigfoot, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

100 Years Ago this Month…December 1917

  A Christmas menu from 1917 promises: Cream of Celery Soup; Currant Jelly; Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing; Mashed Potatoes; Scalloped Onions; Tomato and Lettuce Salad with Mayonnaise; Plum Pudding; Cake; Mints; and Coffee. Christmas Pudding, whether in America, Canada, or Great Britain, completed the meal (with its raisins, real cream, and brandy). Still, war … Continue reading 100 Years Ago this Month…December 1917

“A Quiet Christmas”

Louisa May Alcott captures the feelings of Christmas like no other writer other than perhaps Dickens himself (and I think their styles are extremely compatible). Her gift for pathos, making her reader smile and laugh and cry, making us feel again as children feel, reminding us to think of others during the holidays, may have come from personal … Continue reading “A Quiet Christmas”

This Month 100 Years Ago…

In October 2017, two of my grandparents weren't born yet. The others were children. My great-grandparents were still very young...at least four of them were still in high school. So much was happening in the world. World War I was raging, and America had only entered it about six months earlier. My Grandpa Great fought … Continue reading This Month 100 Years Ago…

Young at Heart: Ethel Barrymore and Frank Sinatra

One of my favorite all-time movies, Young at Heart (1954, produced by Gordon Douglas), revolves around the Tuttle sisters, Fran, Laurie, and Amy, in their search for love. The three girls do find love, but in three very different ways in this remake of an earlier movie and based off of a book by Fannie Hurst. … Continue reading Young at Heart: Ethel Barrymore and Frank Sinatra

Coming Soon: Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon and Other Posts

I will be taking part in a blogathon found at:  In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood as I review Young at Heart starring the brilliant Ethel Barrymore, a young Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra. Even in movies, I am drawn to the Byronic hero, and love the way the Frank Sinatra character is portrayed. Enough … Continue reading Coming Soon: Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon and Other Posts