In a cocoon of soft knits, fleece, cozy slippers, and generous soft lighting, it is easy to dream about spring. We are in January and still have quite a few, long months left. We are given the gift of Winter. For most of us who live where winter holds on a little too long, it forces us to slow down, and savor down time.
The sun is still setting beyond the trees a bit too soon for my taste. Snow sneaks in after midnight even though it isn’t supposed to. I enjoy visiting the local floral and gift shops in town. The scent of flowers is intoxicating and the wax melt pot can certainly transport your senses to another season. Here is my new favorite. I happened upon this while shopping. It truly smells like a garden with it’s highly fragrant floral scent.
Another place to look for spring inspiration is in vintage illustration. Winter is the perfect time to restore and create new botanical illustrations. I have added a Free Graphics tab at the top of the page. Once you click on the page, you can download the images I have shared. Use them for your own projects or art.
Here is one of my favorites. I believe it is from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The Calandrinia is a beautiful flower for rock gardens. I thought this specific one would look gorgeous on invitations, cards, botanical paper, and as a piece of framed art. Right click on the image to save to your device or visit the Free Graphics page.
I hope you are wrapped up cozy and dreaming of Spring!
Till the summer comes again. Today, I signed up to receive seed catalogs and already, I have my eye on many little gems. I will watch my mailbox, waiting for them to arrive. It’s like planting a seed for summer to grow.
Today, we are covered with a quilt. The snow has kissed the trees, every limb is frozen and glistening beautifully in the sunlight. Winter’s White is pure and new. It’s time to rest as the trees and flowers will have hard work ahead of them.
For now, the appreciation for the season will be the warmth and comfort of cable knits and fleece, healthy food, and the darkness before spring’s light. See the beauty of the season.
Dream of spring with this beauty. It is great for art, cardmaking, and crafts. Right click on the image to save to your device. This image has been restored and background removed.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful start to the New Year.
She Who Dares…Wins, indeed. 2018 overall was a year of growth for me mostly due to Word Press. Of course, every year has its struggles, hardships, and losses, I had mine. I tried and was mostly successful to stay out of the darkness. I am fortunate for the friends I made and the creative outlets. I am not one who likes to dwell on the past, except for traditions.
For 2019, I want to dare myself. I like this saying instead of resolution because frankly, I’m not good at keeping my resolutions much past January. I dare myself to push the envelope, explore creativity, expand my writing, and share more of what I love even if I fail miserably at it. I am looking forward to continuing the creative journey that myself, Darren the Arty Plantsman and Dominique from 3CStyle are on with When Fashion and Nature Collide.
In 2019, you will see more posts from me. I will share what brings me inspiration and of course free graphics for crafts. I am constantly taking pictures and creating graphics that find themselves hidden away in some file that never sees the light of day.
All photographs were taken by me. Some I have shared on IG. Here is hoping to more shares in 2019! Besides art, nature and decorating makes my heart happy.
I wish all of you a happy and safe New Years! What are you going to dare yourself to do?
Hugs equal love and also give us strength. They heal us, relieve loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Most important, hugs create comfort and joy. It’s wonderful to get a hug from your favorite person. What else is wonderful…the hug of a soft blanket, or scarves and gloves that keep us toasty warm. A nice cable knit sweater, warm socks, and a fuzzy hat that snuggle up just like a hug.
Welcome to our December and holiday edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide, Hugs, Comfort & Joy. On the third Wednesday of each month, we will post a new collaborative edition. You will see art, beautiful fashion and accessories styled by Dominique from 3C Style, flowers and beautiful art by Darren from the Arty Plantsman, and original art from me Lisa@Lismore Paper. Be sure to check out each blog for the full edition.
Hugs-What we love
The Polar Bear
Dominique via Darren found these great wildlife photos with this polar bear. The wildlife brings great happiness to our hearts. The polar bear is a hypercarnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. Lets not forget about Canada. It is home to approximately 16,000 of the estimated 20,000 polar bears in the global polar regions. Look at Domenic, she and the polar bear are enjoying their environment. I was inspired by the footprint of this enormous bear and Christmas. Darren’s flower, Hepatica Japonica, inspired the purple recolor of the hat, scarf, and gloves.
Styled by Dominique from 3CStyle. Photography by Mr. 3CStyle and Darren from ArtyPlantsman. Paw Art and Recolor by Lisa@LismorePaper. Copyright 3CStyle, ArtyPlantsman and LismorePaper.
The Snow Owl
Such a beauty. To see a snow owl in the wild takes your breath away. The snow owl is a large, white owl of the typical owl family. Snow owls are native to cold regions in North America. Males are almost all white, while females have more flecks of black plumage. Juvenile snow owls have black feathers until they turn white. Such beautiful feather patterns that inspire artists, pattern makers, and designers around the world.
Styled by Dominique from 3CStyle. Photography by Marie-Claude. Snow Owl-Pexel and Owl ephemera/foliage art restoration and post card collage by Lisa@LismorePaper, Copyright by 3C Style and Lismore Paper. Snow Owl postcard for personal use.
White as Winter. The purity of the white moth never escapes me. I love the myth, this is why I was so moved to assist in the making of the first photo below. Because of different beliefs surrounding this, I only want to suggest you look up the myths if interested. Moths are similar creatures and their differences abound but all of these insects fall under the encompassing order name of Lepidoptera. Similarities between Butterflies an Moths include their scale-like hairs that cover their respective bodies and deliver their various recognizable patterns and colors along the wings that we see. (internet).
Styled by Dominique from 3CStyle. Photography of Dominique by Marie-Claude. Photography of Moth by Darren from ArtyPlantsman. Moth art by Lisa@LismorePaper. Copyright 3CStyle, ArtyPlantsman and LismorePaper.
Comfort & Joy – Tags, Gifts, and Style
Pretty packages to our family and friends brings us joy. Cable knits and warmth bring us comfort. With the holidays upon us, we take care in decorating our homes with special trinkets that hold holiday past, present, and future. Just like my favorite holiday story by Charles Dickens, The Christmas Carol. Paper goods and soft lighting are some of my favorite things. I also love homemade paper tags.
Styled by Dominique from 3CStyle. Photography by Marie-Claude. Tag art by Lisa@LismorePaper, Copyright by 3C Style and Lismore Paper. Tags may be used for personal use.
Make your tags with curling ribbon and these tag printables.
Brighten up someone’s holiday with a pretty wrapped gift. From craft paper with twine to pretty Christmas wrappings with plaid, gold and silver bows. Tags are the finishing touch. Add a tag from Lismore Paper to a wrapped gift or tie to a wine bottle for that special holiday host or hostess.
Click on the above PDF link for the (8) Eight holiday tags made by me. You can download to your device to use for personal use. Happy wrapping!!
Winter decorating this time of year is all about comfort and cozy. For me, the holidays bring joy. The soft lighting, the dark green and cranberry colors that adorn wreaths, trees, and décor. Decorating your home with the comforts of seasonal foliage allows us to bring the outside in. Botanicals used as backdrops or hanging on a wall is an easy and inexpensive way to layer a seasonal look.
I love the romance and magic that surrounds the Mistletoe. It is associated with Christmas as a decoration, under which lovers are expected to kiss. I have a sprig of it hanging in my home every Christmas, who doesn’t love extra kisses. Feel free to click on the Mistletoe 8 x 10 below and save to your device.
This image of the Red Berry Sprig sings winter to me. It is simple, but pleasing to the eye. It feeds our winter birds as the cold weather grabs hold. It also reminds me of the rich jewel tones of the season. Feel free to click on the Red Berry Sprig 8 x 10 below and save to your device.
I hope you enjoy these seasonal graphics and they add a bit of seasonal joy to your home or craft projects.
Feline couture is feline good! Cats flourish at being the ruler of their domain. Who cannot relate to being King or Queen of their castle. The power of animal fashion is everywhere in pattern. It has purred its way into print and our hearts. Cats have been featured on runways for years as cat motifs have ruled many fashion lines. The cat inspiration hit us and we fell in love with many famous cats, wearables, and products.
I am partial to this feline. I remember receiving a stuffed toy in the 2nd grade and cherishing it for years. A little secret, I still have it. Creating art inspired by this famous cat was fun. Watercolor and digital enhancement made this #eyeCatching piece a bit art deco. I completed a few different versions. I enjoy adding eyelashes to everything I can, as you can see in the first photo above. Darren’s flower the Calochortus barbatus hit it on the mark, it’s a beauty. Dominique’s style from the cat print shirt and perfect complimenting hat mimic Garfield. Doesn’t she look gorgeous!
Model and Style, cat art hashtag, collage by Dominique from 3C Style, Flower picture by Darren from the Arty Plantsman. Original art by Lisa from Lismore Paper. Copyright by 3C Style, Arty Plantsman, and Lismore Paper.
The Cheshire Cat is a fictional cat popularized by Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This cat is mostly remembered for the wicked smile that I just love. The incredibly witty character has the most wonderful quotes. My favorite quote, “Every adventure requires a first step.”
Dominique looks beautiful and the colors match this Cheshire Cat perfectly…look at those cattails! Darren’s flower looks like a wonderland creation, I love the bell shape. For the quote art, I layered paper and you can see Dominique’s colors have been placed on top then blended into the paper. The eyes are layers of water color splotches with colored pencil on top and the smile was created using the technique of dropping water onto the paper in a pattern then letting the color fill in. I scanned at high quality, then added the pupils and shadows digitally along with the lettering.
Model and Style, collage by Dominique from 3C Style, Flower picture and photography by Darren from the Arty Plantsman. Original art by Lisa from Lismore Paper. Copyright by 3C Style, Arty Plantsman, and Lismore Paper.
DOMINIQUE’S DIY TEASER
Look out for Dominique’s DIY using this cat image. I think she may even have a dog in this DIY, we will have to wait to see.
I hope to create a fuzzballs t-shirt. Dominique and I love these happy little cats. Who knows maybe other Fuzzballs will appear! Feline Good!
For more famous cat’s make sure to visit Dominique and Darren at the links above.
Model and Style, collage by Dominique from 3C Style, Flower picture and photograpy by Darren from the Arty Plantsman. Copyright by 3C Style, and Arty Plantsman.
I hope you enjoyed our edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Don’t forget to visit Dominique and Darren for the full edition. Our next edition will be on December 19th 🙂