I love posts filled with fun finds and links to treasures, and thought I’d do a flower-ish one today.
1. I LOVE vintage greeting cards and I especially like floral ones, so I’m always delighted when I come across a little stash somewhere. The one pictured above is one of the more “modern” vintage – likely from the 50s. You may not be able to tell because photographed it on a background sheet, but it’s layered and cutout. The kind of detail that you don’t see much anymore. And the less we use snail mail communication, the more precious it becomes to me. I have to laugh that once someone told me they were a bit insulted to get a vintage card from me as though I couldn’t be bothered to buy a new one. I have only one thing to say about that – SNORT.
2. Another fave of mine is anything done in letterpress. I swoon at the thought of those old-fashioned heavy presses. Dutch Door Press is definitely somebody you should know about. They have a shop on Etsy which you should check out. Chronicle books has also just released Birds and Blooms of the 50 States that feature all the images from their letterpress print series.
They suffered a fire last year that was quite challenging, and it’s really nice to see things moving forward for them.
3. The Roman Goddess Flora certainly deserves celebration in any discussion of flowers. Here’s an informative little post about her from Women and the Garden blog.
This month in Magpie Girl’s Flock community we’re exploring the value of Whimsy. How wonderful is it to invite whimsy into your life?! Flora strikes me as a whimsy-loving goddess, and I have no doubt she’d appreciate this photo. Seriously, don’t you want to go around with bouquet on your head? I do!
5. Flowers are pretty and food is delicious, but when you combine them both it can be amazing. Check out 6 Edible Flower Recipe Ideas in this post on The Flying Fugu blog. The photos are indeed drool worthy.
6. While we’re on the topic of edible plants, I don’t see why we shouldn’t talk about tea. My current fave is Tea Forte’s Orchid Vanilla.
7. Go make yourself a cup of tea or your favorite beverage and come back and watch this video. It may be a bit of a stretch to see the tie in to flowers, but it’s a lovely production about a couple of kids who are tuned into the energies of the Earth and people, and it’s just such a sweet reminder of how much is available to us. And how we need to take loving care of those beautiful ones who haven’t shut down their sensitivity.
8. I think I’ll end my list with a fragment from the 15th century master poet Bahso
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
So we’ve done a bit of traveling today down a flower-lined path. Do you have any flower-related links you’d like to share? Or perhaps a flower haiku? Or maybe a tale about your favorite edible blossom? Please share – you know I love to hear. I’m linking to Lori Moon’s May Flower Challenge, and I encourage you to check out the other flower-related posts as well.