Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Flower Children

My grandma was an inveterate reader. My dad is too. As a little girl, instead of rounding up the neighbor kids to play school, I gathered up my books and started a library. My set of Winnie the Pooh has a penciled notation in childish handwriting "8 to 10." I must have thought that age would like it!

This book belonged to my grandma. I loved to look at it when I visited her, though I can tell she never made anyone wash their hands before handling it!

As you can see, this book has been lovingly read and used. It was published in 1910, so it's possible my grandma had it as a child. I don't remember if my brother or sister liked it, I just know it was very special to me. I was honored when grandma gave it to me when I had kids.

As a kid I really liked this page, with Jack Frost and a somewhat timid Daffodil.

All the flowers are depicted as children wearing their flower costume. The verses are cute or funny and on some of them grandma crossed out what was printed and added her own lines.

The single most depicted flower in this book is the rose, in its many varieties. When I was looking for an image for my shop and studio, already having the name Rose Brier, I was delighted to find a flower child that fit:

Sweet Briar Rose!

She's the front of my Moo Mini cards. If you don't know about moo cards, check their website out. It's interactive so you can see what your cards will look like. The mini cards are really small (1 1/4" x 2 3/4") and really fun !


Robin Thomas: A Nest With a View said...

Hi, I enjoy your blog and think I found you through Flikr. Not knowing you and just seeing your blog I would say that this book highly influenced you. Your whole blog, banner and photos have the same flowers and colors. Hmmmm, did you notice that? That's very cool, Robin

The Whispering Poppies said...

HEY EVERYONE... I'm a proud owner of one of Marilee's MOO cards! And they are lovely! What a treasure for you to own this book! =)

Mary said...

Hi Marilee! Will you send me a moo card too? I think you have one of mine, if not, let me know. Thanks!

Lorraine said...

Hello Marilee ~ thank you for telling me about your blog....Its wonderful just as I thought it would be.
I love the Photo for your Moo Card...I will happily check out that site...cant wait for you to open your shop ! Since we both love Linens and Live a few houses away ~ Im sure I will be shopping frequently or at least visting to say hello. So far it looks beautiful
I will be in touch ~ Lorraine

SharDon Exclusives said...

Marilee, I just recently found your blog and now I am thrilled that I put you on my blog roll. The story behind the pictures is soooo touching. Thank you for sharing with us your families heritage...sharon
P.S. come see some of the things I have been creating & take part in my upcoming 100th post giveaway