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!
4. Whimsy should be a head-to-toe affair, so let’s pay attention to our feet. I’m pretty sure we all need felted blossom slippers. What do you think of these? Or these? Or perhaps these?
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.
Oh, my!! You gathered such a lovely bouquet for us! Thank you!
We visited our farmers market this morning and then went to the children’s garden at a local elementary school. Their use of space and garden whimsy combined with young vegetable plants and May flowers made me take lots of photos. Now I’ll have a photo bouquet of flowers.
Happy fragrant blooms to you!
What a fun read, Deborah! I love the slippers by IrinaU. Whoa. Maybe I can learn to make those. I am working on a pair of leg warmers right now (not felted, just knitted). Felting is so cool. I wish I knew more about it.
I did look at the Whimsy thing. That sounds like fun! Jumping into a sprinkler is always a good thing as far as I am concerned, as long as its hot.
I’ve done some needle felting Amy and let me warn you it’s addictive – so be prepared. 😉 And I agree, sprinkler dashing is wonderful on hot summer days.
Oh those felted slippers, all so beautiful Deborah. They look very comfy too. Your vintage greeting cards are very lovely, what a great idea to send to someone who would appreciate receiving one. To me that would mean so much more than to receive a store bought one. And a bouquet of flowers on my head… I would give that a try for sure, if I had the proper atire to go with it. 🙂
LOL – I’m thinking Suzannne that the proper attire for the bouquet headpiece requires a shopping trip – one of those need-a-new-outfit for the wonderful new accessory adornment. 😉 And I think my outfit would most definitely include some felted flower slippers. Now if only I could find the right shop. 😉
I love all the flower talk! Flowers make me smile and if they smell good, that’s an added bonus. I really enjoyed seeing what favorites you have!
Thanks Michele. I proudly claim the title of posy partisan, and I definitely have a weakness for the fragrant blooms.
EEH! I Love vintage greeting cards. I literally thought I was the only one, lol!
LOL, nope Michael, I’m there with you. It delights me to think these vintage beauties are getting another round of love.
Deborah, this is a great post! I love, love, love flowers and anything that is embellished with them. It’s making me smile…
It’s always a delight to find a fellow flower fanatic. 😉