Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Greetings 2016

Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

Edwardian Postcards: Grete Reinwald

Hello to all and happy Tuesday!

Prior to the start of the holiday season, I was doing a search on Etsy for Edwardian seasonal postcards featuring children. I happened upon quite a few of one particular little girl who was just beautiful, and wondering who she was, I finally found some that were labeled with her name.

She was Grete Reinwald (May 25, 1902 – May 24, 1983), a famous German child model when she was young, who then went on to become a stage and film actress. She had the sweetest face when she posed for the postcards, so I couldn't resist buying a few, seen below, and will hopefully use them in some future art pieces. I think you will agree that they are so pretty, and you may even already own some postcards with her on them.

You may find additional information about her on the internet, but I found a one-time blog post particularly informative, and you can read it here.

I love these and thought that they will make
some lovely Valentine Day's and spring, or Easter,
greeting cards...

These Christmas cards are stunning, I think.
Of course, I love the sepia-toned variety...

...but the hand-tinted ones,
with just a trace of color,
are also so lovely...

A real collector of post cards probably wants those
of the mint variety, with no writing on the back,
but I am partial to ones where I can see the
postmark and stamp,
not to mention the beautiful handwriting of those
who lived so long ago...

Though in the past I have not been a fan of some of the
Edwardian postcards because I thought the children
looked too "posed" and the coloring too fake,
this season I revised my opinion of some of them,
and treated myself to these few as a Christmas present to myself.

Have you bought anything new lately for your self?
If so, what was it, and how will you use it?

As ever, thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas outside. Christmas inside.

Hello dear friends. I hope that you are doing well and enjoying the Christmas season. We are taking it easy this year as it was a busy and hectic year with Mr. Perch's leg. As usual, we decorated the inside of the house very minimally, but this year, right after Thanksgiving, we also did the outside in a minimal fashion since I basically had to do it all myself. Below are a few photos that I took last week or so.

We didn't put the lit garlands on the porch railings
this year.
I decided to use garden lights instead,
telling myself KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid!
I'm sure that there are those in the neighborhood
who surely think that I lost it.
I couldn't agree more...

To further antagonize those who never
want to march to a different beat,
we used the excess lighting
around this old primitive tree that we had
up in the attic and just left it on the porch
Do you want to guess if more than one
person has asked me if I needed help
standing up the tree?
I politely reply: "No, thank you."...

We put our old metal snowman from
the fifties by the steps going up to the porch...

I am a person who would father eat live
goldfish than shop on Black Friday.
I have never bought into the argument
that the good sales are only on that day.
Point proven:
Last week I went to Michael's and lots of
stuff was 70% off, and with quite a lot
of stock to boot.
I bought these lovely wooden
"Joy to the World" tags...

...and this nice wire basket,
with the fabric Noel painted in grey...

...although the fabric Noel was originally red, as seen below.
No problem, I just painted the letters grey with cheap
Walmart chalk paint.
At 70% off $19.99, who can go wrong?...

In that drastically reduced stash I also bought this
beige knit stocking, topped with fur,
and coordinating throw pillows, not seen
here, but I use them on the black rockers.
Also the twiggy heart below.
The greenery was also on sale...

Of course, I couldn't resist taking a winter
 photo of the back yard.
Not for any decorating reasons, but because our lawn is
back to being pretty and green,
thanks to our yard crew who did an outstanding job
of reseeding it this fall after we lost practically the whole
thing this summer while the Mister was in the hospital and the
sprinkler system let go...

But the best view of all is Mr. Perch,
for the first time since early August,
standing on his "own two legs" in front of
the fireplace last Friday after we got home
with his new leg...

What a wonderful sight to see!!