It’s time for a new calendar view on your desktop. Welcome to my third desktop wallpaper in my new series “Lessons From Another Era,” inspired by childrens vintage books.
The main holiday in May is Mother’s Day on May 8th, so I felt the theme of “Where do plants come from?” somewhat tied in with mother’s day.
The wallpaper is meant to be centered on your screen leaving you room to clearly see and organize your icons.
Click on the image to see the original size and then right click and choose “Save image as” to download to your computer. Set it on a terracotta background for a monotone theme.
It’s April 1st so it’s time for a new calendar view on your desktop. This is the second desktop wallpaper in my new series. The wallpaper is meant to be centered on your screen leaving you room to clearly see and organize your icons.
Click on the image to see the original size and then right click and choose “Save image as” to download to your computer. Set it on a white background for a clean and light look or try a dark gray to have the image pop out.
April 22nd is Earth Day, so it felt appropriate to focus on an earth science lesson for this month’s calendar. All my calendars for the year focus on Lessons from Another Era which are my compositons inspired by vintage children’s books.
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Since I read the last issue of Uppercase (Issue #8), I have a new interest — collecting old matchboxes. The Uppercase article is written by Margaret Van Sicklen who recalls part of her personal history which includes her Great Aunt Helen and Uncle Art. These two amassed a wonderful collection of old matchboxes. It is interesting that back then these two characters didn’t necessarily intentionally collect matchboxes but instead picked them up to use later when a match was needed for the fireplace or a cigarette. They also were mementos “to remember a good time”, as the author states.
So, after reading this article and looking at the wonderful pictures, I was particularly attuned to spotting vintage matchboxes at a recent antiques fair in Vancouver. I picked up a few choice matchboxes to start off my collection. Like Margaret Van Sicklen says in her article, the illustrations and slogans are entertaining and charming and really do re-call another era.
Here’s a creative tip: Photocopy your old matchboxes or other vintage products and use them to make collage button pins or magnets. Shrink done when copying.
My next Collage Button Making Workshop is Saturday, April 9, 1 to 4pm. More info and registration.
I always taught that the vintage illustration of the bike that I use for my cup cozy was both a man’s and a woman’s bike. But at my most recent show (the One of a Kind in Vancouver) I did have one gentleman ask me if I had a cup cozy with a man’s bike. So this got me thinking, was this ever a man’s bike?
The crossbar was lowered way back in the 1890s and because of this and other changes, women suddenly found the bicycle easier to manage with their clothing. In fact, feminist Susan B. Anthony called it the “freedom machine” and women did take it up in droves.
It is interesting to note that the bicycle craze fed into the so called “rational dress” movement which liberated women of their corsets and long voluminous skirts and ushered in bloomers — ever so shocking at that time! Blush.
What is not clear to me is whether the crossbar was lowered and then women found the bicycle more accessible or was it lowered for women specifically? The source of the illustration for my cup cozy is from 1930. The vocabulary that goes along with it simply calls this ‘a bicycle’ or ‘une bicyclette.’ My guess is that there is no differentiation because it was a style used by both sexes.
So, what do you think? Could this also have been a man’s bike in the 1930s? If so, my cup cozy is bi-sexual!
Oh, and hey you can buy this sweet cup cozy right here.