Wednesday, October 20, 2010

There was a story in the moon...

2011 Orchard House Wall Calendar

For the love of old books, I love my copy of the Journals of Louisa May Alcott.

2011 Orchard House Wall Calendar

One of the prints inside this amazing book is a print of Orchard House dated 1838.

2011 Orchard House Wall Calendar

I took the image and hid her in the hot air balloon,

2011 Orchard House Wall Calendar

and of course I put one in the moon.

The words read:

2011 Orchard House Wall Calendar

There was a story in the moon, and the forest waited patiently for the play to begin.

2011 Orchard House Wall Calendar

The trees were created using Vintage objects and digitally painted, they dance along the border at the bottom of the fabric.  If you click on the image below you will see what it looks like in fabric.  I created a centered image and printed a fat quarter in linen-canvas for my wall hanging.

This fabric design has a melody of coordinates in my calendar collection.

This fabric is available for sale in my Spoonflower Gallery.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Book of Birds

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DSC07980I love books about birds.  Recently a blogging friend took one of these kinds of books and created a wall of bird art from a Vintage book of birds.


DSC07980These two volumes are The First Work Presenting in Full Color all the major species of the United States and Canada.  Each book measures 10 1/4 x 7 inches.  Volume I is 345 pages, plus an index.  Volume II is 363 pages, plus an index.

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DSC07980When I found these lovely editions, I was taken with the many color illustrations as well as the black and white photographs, maps and renderings of birds.

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DSC07980Volume One contains, diving birds, ocean birds, swimmers, wading birds, wild fowl, birds of prey game birds shore birds.

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DSC07980Volume Two contains, owls, woodpeckers, flycatchers, crown jays, orioles, creepers, thrushes, swallows, tanagers, wrens, warblers, hummingbirds, finches and sparrows.

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DSC07980National Geographic Society, Washington D. C., 1937. Hardcover. Grosvenor Gilbert editor. Wetmore Alexander, National Geographic Society.

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DSC07980Illustrated by Major Allan Brooks (illustrator). Green cloth hardbacks are tightly bound with no marks. End papers of both are Flyways of North America. 

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DSC07980Each contains its own Index and Book II contains a section of Interesting Recoveries of Banded Birds. 

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DSC07980950 color portraits by Major Allan Brooks as well as numerous black and white illustrations and photographs. 

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DSC07980I have a collection of bird books on my mantle alongside nests, and all things nesting, which I enjoy. 

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DSC07980These two books are a treasure, whether used for decorating your coffee table, for the bird watcher as reference, or using them to take the prints inside these volumes to frame and hang on the wall.


DSC07980I just added these two volumes to my etsy shop For The Love of Old Books.

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DSC07980Hope you enjoyed listening to the sounds of lovely birds.