Monday, 28 February 2011

Back to Nature

Sometimes I come across pictures that are great - but I'm just not sure that they're really suitable to make into cardmaking products. This book is just one of those - it's called the Zoology of Captain Beechey's Voyage. Not quite sure what the title's about - I tend to look at the pictures and not read the words!

The book is packed full of nature images from this cute squirrel through to birds, fish and even shells.

There are so many pictures in this book I'd be hard-pressed to upload them all so this is just a small selection.

Meanwhile I'll try and think how I can fit them into a Printable Heaven set!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

New Spring Flower set - about the artist

Flowers are always a popular subject on Printable Heaven and our latest Spring Flower set is no exception.

I thought I'd tell you a little about the artist of nearly all of the illustrations that are featured in this set.

Frederick Edward Hulme was a painter and amateur botanist. He was the Professor of Freehand and Geometrical Drawing at King's College, London from 1886. His most famous work was Familiar Wild Flowers which was issued in nine volumes and from where our pictures were taken.

Hulme was born in 1841 in Hanley, Staffordshire. In 1844, when he was 3, his family moved to London where his father taught and worked as a landscape painter. Not only was Hulme's father an accomplished landscape painter, but his maternal grandmother had also been a painter of porcelain. Hulme attended South Kensington School of Art, which is now called the Royal College of Art.

Hulme became the drawing master at Marlborough College in 1870 and while there he started work on his most famous work. Familiar Wild Flowers was issued in parts as not only did it contain a detailed description of each flower but also its medicinal uses and habitat. The major work was the botanical illustration by Hulme of each flower which was recreated as a colour plate in each volume. In his lifetime, Hulme completed nine volumes which were published at intervals.

Hulme died at his home at Kew on 10 April 1909.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Farewell Southend, Hello Sydney!

Unfortunately this doesn't refer to us but our good friends and neighbours, Sandy and Dave.

We've been neighbours for 13 years and Sandy has worked for Mad about Cards for 7 years. We've shared many meals, loads of drink and lots of laughs.

But now, after all this time, they're leaving us, leaving our miserable rainy town for the heat and wonderful outdoor life of Australia.

Have a wonderful time, you two. All of your neighbours in North Street will miss you, as will your friends and colleagues at Mad about Cards.

Don't worry about the rest of us, your mum will be fine, Sandy. And even if she isn't, we'll sort her out!

What's in front of you is a great adventure that you should embrace with gusto.

We might even save our pennies and come and see you.

Good luck!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentine's Day

Doesn't happen often, but I was having a few problems with my internet connection last time I blogged. The pictures were taking so long to load up I was losing the will to live!

No problems this evening however so I thought I'd better post a few romantic images as it's Valentine's Day. If you're lucky enough, you'll be seeing them after being wined and dined in aid of the big day!

These pictures are from a 1904 book, The Year and the Day which is a Tennyson birthday book.

Red roses:-

Dreaming of her lover?

I might even hold his hand later!

Unfortunately I haven't been wined and dined tonight but I think I passed him in the kitchen earlier. Romance, eh!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Magazine ads

I love vintage adverts, they're my favourite kind of framed picture.

Don't know what it is about them - love the words, whatever they may be and love the social history they represent.

These adverts are from House & Garden magazine from the 1920s.

And this one:-

I would upload more but I'm having real problems with my internet connection at the moment. More later.....