Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday's Treasury List ~ May Day, A Welcome to Spring!

I love customs and traditions. Perhaps one of our most intriguing seasonal holidays/festivals is May Day. I thought I would search Etsy.com for artists who have created special May Day treasures. Enjoy these beautiful creations!

'~ May Day ~ A Welcome to Spring' by hartleyrowe

While not an official holiday for many reasons, political and religious ~ it is truly the first official welcoming of Spring. Happy May Day, Everyone!

Wonderful Maypole. Loads of Children Dancing.  MAY DAY Vintage Illustration. DIGITAL  Download. Vintage May Day Print. Jessie Wilcox Smith - DandDDigitalDelights
Joyful May Day Digital Collage Sheet Welcome Spring with Maypole Dancing Flowers Birds Children - ValentineGrimm
May Day in the Country  hand cut wood wooden jigsaw puzzle  9.5" x 12.5" 175-225 pieces - PersimmonPuzzles
Ca. 1901-1906 Rare May Day Undivided Back Postcard w/ Ladies - 533 - pecanhillantiques
Antique Doulton Bowl MAY DAY - lasadana
Colorful Children Around The May Pole.  MAY DAY Vintage Illustration. DIGITAL  Download. Vintage May Day Print. Jessie Wilcox Smith - DandDDigitalDelights
Spring Card - May Day Funny Watercolor Animals Greeting Card - Bunny Rabbits Pig Chickens Farm Animals - 'Around The Maypole' - tylersworkshop
Fab Maypole Children Dancers. MAY DAY Vintage Illustration. DIGITAL  Download. Vintage May Day Print. Jessie Wilcox Smith - DandDDigitalDelights
May DAY -Original Painting Flying Pigs Fly around the May Pole with mixed results, When pigs fly - SharonFosterArt
Wonderful Silhouette MAY Day Vintage Illustration. Dancing Around Maypole. Digital  Download. Vintage Easter Print. - DandDDigitalDelights
Stunning Gorgeous Art DECO May DAY. May Pole. Vintage Illustration. Vintage Digital Download. Vintage Digital Print - DandDDigitalDelights
The May Pole  hand cut wood wooden jigsaw puzzle  8.75" round  75-125 pieces - PersimmonPuzzles
May Pole Fairy Houses Upon a Star - The Circle of Spring May Day Celebration by Bewilder and Pine - bewilderandpine
Lovely Girl With May Day Flowers.  MAY DAY Vintage Illustration. DIGITAL  Download. Vintage May Day Print. - DandDDigitalDelights
Creating The Maypole. MAY DAY Vintage Illustration. DIGITAL  Download. Vintage May Day Print. - DandDDigitalDelights
Limited Edition Print "Old Dover Days" - ntaylorcollins

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Library Day!

I went to the library today.  You know, one of those buildings ~ real, not virtual ~ where stack after stack of glorious books can be found.  Real books, not ebooks.  Truth is, I go to the library most every day.  But the library I usually go to is my workplace.  I love my job.  I'm surrounded by amazing books, children and the staff and teachers of the best elementary school in the world!  I am an elementary school librarian ~ my library is full of children's books.  But, there are those days, when I long to go to the library just for me.  And, today, I did just that.

Here's a picture of the great book I checked out today.  After reading only two pages, I'm sure I'll be up late tonight scouring the pages looking for new ideas to give wonderfully old reclaimed materials new life!

Salvage Secrets: Transforming Reclaimed Materials into Design Concepts

Now that you know how much I love libraries, I have to tell you what one of my favorite rooms in my house is.  It's my library, or course.  As a Navy family, we move often.  With each new house, comes a new library.  In some houses it is its own special room, just like we have now.  But in other houses, sometimes it consists of a special corner in a room that serves multiple purposes ~ or a combination of shelves in several rooms spread throughout the house.  But, regardless of how we store our thousand + books, wherever they dwell is always one of my favorite spots in the house.

I took a picture tonight (as you can tell from the quality, I can't wait to get a new camera!) of one of our library walls.  We have so many shelves and so many books.  We're currently living in a rental so we're limited to white walls as backdrops for most of our favorite pieces.  This makes me want to add as much character to all our pieces as I can.  Most of the valuable real estate in this shelving unit is taken up by books, but you will be able to see I've chosen two sections to house some of our vintage family items.  They have a prominent home and we see them every day.


The pictures above show those special things I mentioned. (I edited one in Picasa 3 giving it a vintage look, just for fun:)  Under the dome I have placed small pocket bibles from my grandfathers and great-grandfathers.  I also have sermon notes from my step-father's many beautiful sermons he delivered from his pulpit.  There's also several old books of poetry from my great-grandfather and a pair of antique glasses. To add a bit of color to the shelves, I chose our hand blown glass vase from Australia.  I love the unexpected bit of color.  And, lastly, is the canvas transfer photo I made of my aunt's husband during WWII.  He never made it back from the war, but I still feel like we've known him forever because of all the wonderful stories and pictures my aunt shares with us.  You can read more about them in my blog post here.

I'd love to hear about your own libraries...or better yet, see pictures.  Please let me know your storage secrets and design ideas for that special room in your house.

Have a great day,

~ Alison

Monday, April 22, 2013

Giant Asparagus or Agave Americana?

I took this picture of our alien-like, asparagus-looking plant while standing on our front stoop.  Can you see the shoot that is "shooting" straight out of the agave?  It's quite a sight actually.  We can't decide whether to be proud of this once in a century occurrence or embarrassed.  I'm sure we're the talk of the neighborhood.  Just last week, the taller of the two shoots seen here was the size of the shorter one.  Yes, it has grown that much in just one week.  So how much taller is this asparagus looking being going to grow, you ask?  According to my research into the wee hours of the morning, our special, once in a lifetime (sometimes called good luck charm) flowers from the Agave Americana can grow to a height of 40 feet each!  Imagine our surprise when we discovered this wasn't some sort of anomaly that I wanted to take the hacksaw to, but a very rare and special flowering showpiece.  I guess I'll have to put the hacksaw back in the garage.

I've posted more pictures below so you can get a better look at our special plants.  Actually, now that I know what I do, they're starting to grown on me.  We have gone from being embarrassed to be seen out front, to waving to our neighbors as they drive and walk by while pointing proudly to our beautiful flowering agave.

I found a great website at the link below that describes this beautiful plant.  It's hard to believe that our plants in our small front yard, may look like the majestic flowering (it really looks like a tree) agave below.

Read more about the Agave Americana at the link above.

I'll try my best to keep you posted on the development of our majestic Agave Americanas.  At the rate of five to six inches of growth per day, it won't be long 'til they reach the stars!

Have a wonderful day,

~ Alison

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Picasa 3, Meet California Street"

Most of you know, by reading  many of my former posts, that our oldest son lives and works in San Francisco.  You probably also remember how much I love to visit his beloved city.  I thought I would post a few pictures that I took on one of our walks down California Street from Pacific Heights to the Embarcadero. My son takes this walk every day as he goes to and from work.  What a lucky fella!

I have a dear friend who lives in New York City who told me during my visit to his city to always LOOK UP when walking our finest cities.  He was right!  I do this in every city I visit now. I am astonished at the beauty that can be found high above eye level.  All three of the pictures I've posted here were taken of buildings along California Street as I walked around... looking up.  ~  I must insert a safety warning at this point.....urging everyone to please have someone with you guiding you as you attempt to take pictures in a crowded city as you walk....looking up.  It can be dangerous! ~

I've always been fascinated with architecture and architectural elements.  I love altering the photos with photo editing programs and software.  Since I'm a true Google Nut, I love Picasa 3.  It's a free downloadable photo editing program produced by Google.  You must try it!  I edited the photos here with Picasa 3, and then uploaded them to yet another program, PicMonkey, to add the borders.    

So, there you have it:)  My photo editing secret....Picasa 3! With a little help from PicMonkey.  I just love sharing tricks of the trade for others to use.  I still love Adobe Photoshop ~ I just wish it wasn't so expensive.....

I'm curious to know what you think of my photos of California Street.  Can you identify the buildings?  Have you been on California Street?  I hope you have had the chance to "look up" in one of our nation's most beautiful cities.

~ Alison

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday's Treasury ~ Thinking of Boston.....

I've had Boston on my mind all day today. I thought I would share some beautiful creations made by artists from Boston showing their beloved city. I think we've all had Boston on our minds today.....

'Boston by Bostonians' by hartleyrowe

I've had Boston on my mind all day today.....

Boston Neighborhood Map Print - JhillDesign
Boston Papercut City Print - 8" x 10" - Paperchoke
Painted Fenway Green Monster Scoreboard Boston Red Sox - 406Concepts
Boston Art City Heart Map - 8x10 Art Print - LuciusArt
Boston Skyline Art Print - Fenway View - Boston Poster - City Art - 8x10 - BugsyAndSprite
boston PRINT - StudioKMO
BOSTON Neighborhoods Typography Map Art Print - bus scroll subway sign art print - joebmapart
Boston via Hopkinton: Marathon Bus Roll Poster - UnionJackCreative
BOGO Sale Boston Massachusetts City Map - Buy 2 Get 1 FREE - Vintage Dictionary Print Vintage Book Print Page Art  Vintage Book Art - TheRekindledPage
City of Boston Map Print of an 1866 Map on Parchment Paper - apageintime
3x Boston Skyline  -  Framed Pop Art Signed Dated Made in USA Boston Massachusetts Art print - PineShore
Boston Neighborhoods Poster - Boston Skyline Art - 18"x24" - GeenyusPosters
Boston Artistic Blueprint Map - MapHazardly
Boston- Hand-printed Art Print - nateduval
Boston Skyline Print, Typography Poster, Retro Wall Art,  Modern Home Decor - 12x18 - GoingUnderground
Boston Minimalist City Poster - 12" x 18" - FlyingJunction

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