Daffodils, free vintage art sources, and more on today’s weekend meanderings.
Good Saturday morning friends! Today I am joining Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings, our weekly series of things that caught our eye and piqued our interest.
April 1st, commonly known as April fools day is also my late grandmothers birthday and my husbands first day of retirement.
Last night my husbands’ friend and co-worker of 25 years flew in to celebrate with him, it was a bit of a late night so I am a little tired.. Tonight we are going to a party and tomorrow as I mentioned yesterday the annual buggy races at the harness barn. I will need a an extra day just to recuperate from all of the fun and lack of sleep.
It’s been another depressing and heavy week hasn’t it? If it is not a natural disaster, it’s a war and in between a school shooting. The faces of the victims are on the news and EVERYONE is outraged…until something comes along and knocks the story off of the news. It is crazy that this keeps happening and nothing gets resolved. One side blames the other and it goes on and on and on and on, since 1999 in Columbine, CO. Has anything changed? It doesn’t feel like it.
Are you tired? Me too? Do you have any answers? Solutions? I have none except to say that until we demand from our elected officials from both sides) accountability I fear nothing will change. Honestly, it is the responsibility of every elected official to do something, if they don’t we need to vote them all out.
If you have called your representatives and are wondering what else you can do this post from Cup of Jo has a few suggestions.
The bright yellow hue of the daffodils is typically the first sign of spring. A bright light across the winter landscape. Lately little clusters have been popping up around my yard. There is no pattern or bed, just random clusters.
As I know nothing about daffodils I did a little research. Did you know that there are 36 species of daffodil and over 26,000 cultivated varieties?
You can learn more about daffodils in this beautiful book!
The largest display in the US is in Gibbs Gardens just outside of Atlanta and there are over 20 million, yes million daffodils, representing more than 200 varieties of early, mid & late bloomers, and covering 50 acres of hillsides & valley.
Jim Gibbs the owner of this amazing garden is the founder and president of Gibbs landscape company. On his personal spread of 300 acres he spent 32 years planting 3.5 million bulbs! Because daffodils naturally multiply has no turned into over 20 million flowers!
On a side note Jims’ garden also contains boxwoods that were grown from cuttings that came from his grandmother Eppes family in Virginia, Appomattox Manor. If you know your civil war history then you know that Grant set up his headquarters on the front lawn of Dr. Eppes home. Then on April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered at the Appomattox courthouse.
Free Vintage Printable Art
Did you know there there is a treasure trove of free vintage art in museums and universities and in the public domain that anyone is free to use—for either personal or commercial use.
I have researched botanical art and landscapes for years in these places but have never printed anything or used it. Lately though I have noticed a plethora of print shops filled with art from these sources, including some of our favorite designers and big box stores.
The good news is that you can make and print your own art, everything from landscapes, botanicals, seascapes, and everything in between. Trust me when I say, if you start looking get yourself a cup of coffee or two because you will go down a rabbit hole and searching for hours.
Jenna Sue Design
This week Jenna Sue Design wrote a comprehensive post sharing all of her sources for vintage art. She also shared her tips for printing the art, size paramaters, where to print, to buy frames and her curated collection of over 50 pieces that you use in your own home and projects.
This post is invaluable if you like vintage art but don’t have the budget for original pieces just now. It is also a great resource for crafters or even small business owners that want to create their own printables.
Last week I told you about The Cooks Atelier, if you missed it they are a mother daughter team of ex-pats who moved to Beaune France and started a cooking school. Their cookbook is a must for every kitchen. Anyway this week in their newsletter they shared two articles that were recently written about them in magazines you might not read. Here they are:
The Style Diary, love this article. Buy classics, quality over quantity and wear what you love.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Monday I shared this outfit, a great books and lots of links and finds.
Then I shared an easy and beautiful foraged flower arrangement to use on your Easter or Spring table.
Yesterday on Friday Favorites I shared this salad and this outfit among many other interesting things.
I hope that you enjoyed meandering with me this morning. Have a happy and safe weekend.
If you missed last weeks post I shared, Suzanne Rheinstein, Jamie Beck, The Cook’s Atelier, Easter treats and more on today’s weekend meanderings.
If you missed any of the previous Weekend Meandering posts you can find them all here.
When you leave here don’t forget to pop over to see all of the things that Kim and Juliet have discovered this week.
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