Vintage Paper

Chamomile 1761

Sometimes you stumble upon things by accident and they are perfect as is. There is something about the stains on the paper, the smell of an old book, passing of something old from generation to generation. If books and journals could tell their stories aloud, oh the crowds they would draw.

This is from a vintage gardening book from 1761 that is now part of the public domain. You can click on it, save to your drive, it would look lovely in a frame. I have sized it to print as 8.5 x 11 or A2.

Chamomile holds a special interest for me since it has medicinal properties and I love the science behind it 🙂 This has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. Chamomile is best known as an ingredient in herbal tea.

Have a beautiful Sunday.


Growing Self Blogger Award

Growing Self Award

My wonderful, funny, amazingly talented gardener, artist, science, and antique microscope loving friend Darren over at The Arty Plantsman has nominated me for this award. I am so blessed to have become part of Darren’s world, I have met so many wonderful people because of him. Thank you Darren, for this nomination, it means the world to me. Thank you to Roda, for starting the Growing Self Blogger Award.

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals,  but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda  –
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that have made a difference in your life or the lives of others.
  • Give at least 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees of the award

Because of mutual friends, several have been nominated already. We all grow and are enriched because they share a piece of themselves, their lives, and families so brilliantly. You inspire me with each and every post.

I am delighted to nominate these amazing bloggers! There is, as always, no obligation to take part. This is simply a way I can show my love for you and express my thanks for your friendship and inspiration.

Novus Lectio  A gifted writer who inspires me with each post. So talented. Reading and searching for the difficult answers is why I adore this blog and amazing talent.

Fiction in My Head by Mel Gutiér A gifted writer who makes me smile. Her words flow perfectly. I look forward to her post and comments week after week.

Typewriter Girl Not only is this blog amazing in so many ways, but you would short yourself if you didn’t visit Paula’s Instagram account. I am so inspired by her words, beautiful photography, and the way she shares snippets of her life. Not to forget her amazingly handsome, Boris.

Plants and Beyond I am so excited to share Luda’s blog with you. She inspires me to live better. She is passionate about Organic Green Living, Gardening, Volunteering, Herbal and Natural Medicine, Cooking, Healing, Self-improvement, Pooches, and Reading. Her ideas and knowledge she shares on her blog make my soul happy.

The Thankful Heart Rhonda’s blog is filled with family, recipes (which are AMAZING by the way), and whole-hearted goodness. She is one of the kindest souls and her writing is so eloquent. I am especially inspired by her faith.

I know there are so many more that I want to mention, so I am going to break the rules a bit. Birds Blooms and All Things BeautifulA Petite Slice of Life, The Chicken GrandmaOver The Hill On the Yellow Brick Road, Platform Number Four, Ramblingratz, Little Fears, Chewing On Glass

Have a wonderful weekend!

Winter’s Artful Eye

February 11 2018 Snowy Trees

The snow fell quick and steady throughout the morning covering everything in a thick blanket of white. The usual little critter tracks were non existent, nothing dared come out of its warm home. There was a level of silence as I stepped outside, it was unusual. The crisp, pure air hit my lungs, a calmness set in.

The crunch under my feet echoed throughout the woodland floor. The individual snowflakes danced down from the sky, piling inside the boot prints I left behind, erasing it’s knowledge of my existence.

I miss the lush green that spring and summer provide, but somehow there was a new appreciation today. The beauty in the lines, the contrast of light and dark, the different textures jumped from the forest. It was like mother nature had used a white pencil on all of the trees while they slept. It was inspiring to look at the surroundings with an artful eye.

February 11 2018 Snowy Treesacross lake

Black Iris Printable

Black Iris and Mourning Cloak Butterfly On Invoice

I’m so happy to share this! This is one of my favorites. This image is layered with eight pieces of ephemera: invoice, script, architectural pieces, mourning cloak butterfly, worn and floral scrap paper, and the black iris. This can be used for art and crafting. Its especially nice decoupaged on furniture or wood.

Right click on the image to save to your library.

Happy crafting!!



Introducing….botanical art book looks.

This is a must check out by the amazing Arty Plantsman, Darren. These are some of the finest botanical line drawings I have seen. I am encouraging Darren to do some of his own, he is such a talented artist. He is planning on reviewing these gems on his blog. I am so excited to see more!

The Arty Plantsman

Obviously I love botanical art and I have a lot of books with botanical art in them. So I am considering a series of book reviews and quick peeks covering books containing botanical art. For copyright reasons I am uneasy about reproducing actual artwork, though a picture of the book cover would seem to be ‘fair use’, even if it does not give a true flavour of the book.

I am starting with the oldest series of books in my collection. Kew gardens published ‘Drawings of British Plants’ over a long period from the late 1940s until the 1970s. This aimed to feature simply botanical drawings of the entire native British flora (except grasses) in 31 inexpensive paperback volumes. All of the illustrations, some 1300, were produced by the late Stella Ross Craig often at the astonishing rate of two per week.

I am in awe of the skill shown…

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Garden Layout Plot Paper

Garden Layout Plot JPEG

What is to love about the cold and gray sky or a sun that is in endless hibernation. The trees moan as the wind envelopes their trunks depositing snow into all the nooks and crannies of their protective bark. The skeletons in the garden sway back and forth as a reminder of the lush color it once held.

These are the days where the story begins and the magic blooms. It is necessary, the winter rest. We are afforded the time to ease into our comfy place, snuggle under a soft blanket, and plan for spring. The landscape gets to live again in our imagination. We sow the garden with new seeds and flowers that magically raise from the once frozen soil, awakened by the sun.

Embrace this time to plot. Soon spring will be here and the work begins. I am planning a healing garden (a first aid garden). There are so many wild and garden herbs that are ideal to infuse into a beeswax salve, transform into a tea, or oil. There is nothing like local thyme infused honey. They can also star as a line drawing in your favorite sketch book.

I will share more on my plans for the first aid garden. There is so much to explore and learn, art and medicine 🙂 Click on the link below to get started on plotting your own garden. Imagine big!

Garden Layout Plot

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One Lovely Blog Award


Darren Sleep from the The Arty Plantsman has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to my blogging friend who is an incredibly talented artist, gardener, and has the greatest sense of humor. I am so honored that this award is from this amazing soul.

One lovely Blog award rules:

1- Thank the person that nominated you.

2- Provide a link to their blog.

3- List the rules.

4- Display the award on your post of the Award.

5- List seven interesting facts about yourself

6- Nominate other bloggers for this award and leave a comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

7 Interesting Facts

#1 – I love old medical art and dictionaries. From where I am sitting, I can see four of my favorite pieces. I have been blessed with having my great grandfathers medical dictionary – he was a veterinary surgeon. Old Books

#2 – The above photo is a preview to the 2nd. I love old books. I have them everywhere throughout my house. Again, these are a collection from my family. It includes classic tales, history, medical, and psychology books.

#3 – I love ephemera and art. Oil paintings and watercolor. Flowers and birds are my favorite. Old business cards (medical mostly), receipts, invoices, stained papers, vintage seed catalogs, architecture prints, and especially typography.

#4 – Hockey! I am a huge fan. Have loved the game since I was young. My favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings. I try to watch every game.

#5 – Spreadsheets and analytical data collection. Formulas, science and compounds, why things work the way they do. I’d be perfectly happy locked away in a medical lab as long as no animals were involved. I’d take them all home and save them 🙂

#6 -Art Supplies: Colored Pencils – Watercolors – Markers – and small art journals make my heart twitterpated.

#7 – Soaps made from botanicals. There is nothing like fine soaps and I collect them like there will be a world shortage. Here is my favorite shop, Formulary 55. It took me longer to write this post because I was on their wonderful site. The packaging is my favorite and causes me to rethink opening the pretty wrapping.

My nominees! No obligation at all because I know some people don’t like these awards and/or struggle for time.

Arbie Krae – Don’t pet the fanganhoarden 

Little Black Domicile

Invisible No More

Mehrling Muse – Life in the mountains


Thank you to NovusLectio for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! I will post that one next 🙂