Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Vintage Bad Lil' Boys Image, Quilt Blocks and Six Flags

Hi everyone! Sorry about being such a terrible blogging friend. I've been a little slow on my posting and visiting all my blogging friends. I promise to try and do better.

I hope your week has been going great. It's been pretty busy around here. It always seems like summer time is extremely busy and that it just whooshes through. We went with the kids to Six Flags over America near St Louis. I think we picked the hottest day of the year to go but we did have a blast and the grandkids really enjoyed themselves. Kaiden has gotten tall enough that he can now ride some of the big rides. He absolutely loved the Scrambler and the Log ride. We all decided we'd do Thunder River which is the big round tube where about 10 people sit in it and you take a ride down a mini rapids. Kaiden and I happened to be lucky enough to sit on the side where all the water came in. We were drenched! Poor Kaiden, the water would come in and just cover him from head to toe. He took it very well and didn't cry even a little bit. I would think that it would have been very scary for a 3 year old but after the initial shock he loved it. Jordan was a brave little girl. She rode almost all of the roller coasters some of them twice even. A good time was had by everyone and no one lost their lunches :)

I love it when I hear from buyers and they share pictures of what they're doing with the images. Recently, I was contacted by Rose who purchased the Collection of Cuties Volume 1 CD . Rose makes quilts and sells them in a little shop in Toronto. She used the download option for her CD and as she was downloading she was designing quilts that she wanted to make with the images. Anyway I thought her blocks were so cute that I just have to share them with you. Rose doesn't have an on-line shop but you can contact her via email or through the convo option in etsy

Have you visited Sassy Lil Sketches where PeggyLovesVintage is the July sponsor? If you haven't, you still have time. The last sketch will be on the 28th.

Ok, now I just love bad lil' boys, they're always doing something they shouldn't be doing and then having to suffer the consequences for it. Hopefully, they don't get hurt or cause anyone else to get hurt but just involve themselves in some mischievous fun. I guess that's where the phrase boys will be boys comes from. Today I'd like to share a bad lil' boy image with you. Isn't he just the cutest? The devil just shines through... lol. As always, make sure you double click on him before you save it.

Thanks for stopping by and if you feel so inclined share a bad little boys story with us.

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New CD Announcement and Free Vintage Christmas Images

Yipppppeeeee! I've finally finished them. After 2 months of work and many hours on the PC, Christmas Volumes 9, 10, 11 and 12 are finally released! I was beginning to think that I would never get them finished! I feel about 20 lbs lighter -I wish!... lol

So anyway, Volumes 9 through 11 are replacing Christmas Volumes 1 through 4. Yes, I'm down one volume. I eliminated the Santa folder that was on each of these volumes and I filled up the CDs with additional images from scrapbooks which hadn't previously been released. I've also moved the folders around so that even if you've purchased one of the old volumes the new volumes will have images that weren't there before. I've also completed additional clean ups on the images. I've learned a lot since I first published these CDs and now these older images have been brought up to date, so to speak.

Christmas Volume 12 is totally new. It has all of the wonderful Christmas Post Card images from Joyce who I've mentioned on previous posts. Her post cards are from 1908 through 1924. They're absolutely gorgeous! In her folder you'll find quite a few Happy New Year post cards which I think are unique. There's also some fantastic Santas. This CD also includes the Long folder which dates from 1947-1951, the Malick and Battinger folder which dates from 1940-1949 and the Rose and Tony folder which dates from 1948 through 1954.

Are you curious about what's on the CDs? Take a look at the videos and let me know what you think.

To see the video for Christmas Volume 9
To see the video for Christmas Volume 10
To see the video for Christmas Volume 11
To see the video for Christmas Volume 12

The new CDs are available on etsy and ebay . Updating the web page is on the list of to dos and I really must get to it soon :(

Also, keep an eye on etsy, I'll soon have a clearance sale (probably starting tomorrow) going on for Christmas Volumes 1 through 4. I only have a few left and once they're gone they're gone.

If you haven't done so already visit Sassy Lil Sketches where PeggyLovesVintage is the July sponsor. It should be a lot of fun, so make sure you check it out and plan on playing along. New sketches are posted each week, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Be sure and check it out on the 21st and 28th also.

Now, to celebrate Sassy Lil Sketches and the completion of the CDs, and Christmas in July, and the 105 heat index that we're having, and.... oh anything else you'd like to throw in, here are some sweet, sweet Christmas images to help you get an early start this year:)

Have a great week, plumb full of smiles!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Free Vintage Patriotic Image

Hi Everyone! Are you ready for the big holiday weekend? I sure am! After all of the nasty rainy days, we've finally had a beautiful week with bright sunny days and very low humidity. It's supposed to be getting hotter and with that comes the higher humidity but we're supposed to be free from rain until late Monday night. Yippeeee!

July is a big birthday month for my family. We have birthdays on the 2nd, the 4th, the 10th and 21st. So the weekend will be very busy with celebrating birthdays and attending all the holiday celebrations! What fun it will be especially with the nice weather.

Today I'd like to tell you a little bit about Joyce's collection. She collected her cards as a young child. Some of them she found hidden in the house they moved into and some she got from a neighbor. She and her sister, who has passed, used to play with the postcards and pretend that they were sending them to each other. I can just imagine the fun they used to have with the post cards! And I'm sure Joyce has many precious memories associated to them.

I was totally thrilled and honored when Joyce contacted me and asked if I'd like to "inherit" her collection. The postcards are well worn and take a lot of time to restore but slowly and surely I'm working on them. Some of the completed postcards can be found in the following Cut Outs which are available on etsy and ebay.

Santa's Early 1900 Cut Outs

New Year's Girls Cut Outs

Tribute to the Dutch Cut Outs

Depending on how badly they are damaged, the restoration of the cards can take hours to complete. Today, I'd like to share the before and after on one of Joyce's patriotic postcards. This postcard was published in 1909 by E. Nash. Here's the before card, make sure you double click on it.

And here's the restored postcard, again make sure you double click on it before you save it.

Because of its age, it's hard to imagine that it's 101 years old, this particular postcard falls into the antique category vs vintage. Do you know the difference? An item must be 100 years old to fall into the antique category and 25 years old to fall into the vintage category. Anyway, even though this image has a copyright notice it falls into the public domain because of its age. So feel free to use it as you wish.

Sadly, because of a computer crash and the subsequent PC restore, I've lost Joyce's email address, but maybe fate will play a role and she'll stumble across this post. A big thanks to Joyce for sharing her precious postcards.

Don't forget to visit Sassy Lil Sketches where PeggyLovesVintage is the July sponsor. It should be a lot of fun, so make sure you check it out and plan on playing along. The sketches will be available on the July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

Have a festive and safe 4th of July. I hope it's just packed full of smiles!