Thursday, February 28, 2019

I'm so happy you are loving art nouveau as much as I do. Here is some more eye candy.
This is called Allegory of Love and is in Germany but I failed to note the artist and can't locate it again.
This is an interior, location unknown.
Look at this beautiful church which is on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital in Vienna.
And now today's zip:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

More art nouveau freebie

First, some more beautiful architecture:
What a staircase!
Look at the stained glass in this sun room (?)

Today I have some clusters for you and have included the individual elements in the zip.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Flu popped up & some free poppies

Bad pun in header but hubby and I have been down with the flu or something like. We were out Tuesday from early morning to afternoon on business, picked up some lunch and came home. Both of us felt extremely tired. I slept about five hours and when I got up, my husband had already made and consumed his share of dinner. I wasn't hungry at all but so thirsty. Before long, my husband was complaining of flu like symptoms. He got through it all in about 24 hrs or less. I didn't. Today is first day I've been symptom free just a little weak as might be expected. But enough about that.

Today's zip has a poppy theme:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Another gloomy February day and freebie

I'm not complaining about the gloom really. February seems to be when we get the worst weather - cold and snowy. Today it's just a matter of changing temperatures and light drizzle. Yesterday was 72! Today 40. Going to be a quiet day devoted to some house cleaning with a break to watch VCU basketball - provided it's locally televised. It upsets me that the local networks will show games from less than stellar basketball colleges out of state and not run some of the games from Virginia Commonwealth University which is only about 2 hours away. Hubby says it probably has to do with contracts with various networks.

Anyway, I thought I'd share something a little different - but still art nouveau - with you today. I love the old postcards about birthstones and such and find it interesting to see how what we think of as designated birthstones and birth month flowers have changed over the years. My favorite of these are the cards I'm going to show you today. these originally had verses on them but in most cases the copies I have were redone as posters without the verses. I should have started this in January but didn't think of it then so today I'll give you January and February.

And here are some purple doors:
I wouldn't have thought purple would be such a popular door color.

And today's zip:

Problem with Blogger. I put in link as usual but it refuses to show up. I have typed in link below where Blogger should put it so I can post this now. Just copy and paste link into yur browser until I can work out Blogger's quirk. Thanks

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day & freebie

Hope today finds you happy. I imagine many people will be going out to celebrate Valentine's Day. From today through the weekend, it's going to be busy in restaurants everywhere. We decided to avoid all that and will be eating in. After you've been married for awhile, you put less emphasis on holidays.

Anyway, today I have some sweet pink for you:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Month nearly hald gone! Freebie

Hard to believe February is almost gone! Finished up root canal yesterday and doing well today. Still, being a little careful. Had lunch with my retiree group today. Did not like the Mexican restaurant we met in; don't much care for Mexican food anyway, but this was poor and service bad. Still, we had space to sit and gab and we did for about 3 hours! I'm running late starting dinner so will just make this short today.

Just realized I'd already given you this journal card -- oops!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

City with most Art Nouveau architecture & freebie

I recently learned that Riga, Latvia is said to be the city with the most art nouveau architecture anywhere. Naturally, I decided to look on-line to see what I might find. Lots of intricately detailed buildings! Here are a few pics I found on Google.
Impressive, yes?

And now zip 13. Chrysanthemums were quite popular, so we must have some:

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Not the mood, just the color - Art Nouveau freebie

We've been looking at some art nouveau style architecture lately. Isn't it amazing how beautifully detailed the designs are? Especially when you think that those designing and building during that period did not have available all the tools and techniques we have now. I don't know about you, but I'd rather live in a house with character instead of the dull geometric boxes we mostly have today. Still, along with all that beauty, I'd definitely want modern plumbing (it could be beautifully designed, couldn't it?) and a mostly modern kitchen. Today let's look at a few art nouveau doors. Since blue is the color of the day, let's start there.
This one is a church door:
Here's one suitable for my zodiac sign, Pisces:
Love the colors but not so keen on fish.
Here is a metal gate going into a complex:
Another door with detail around the door:
One more:
How's that for fancy?

And today we have:
BTW - for those who commented on the journal cards. Let me confess that most are vintage post cards of the era that I've cleaned up and/or altered.

Hope my friends in cold places are warming up. Hugs to all.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Road Trip Malaise & Art Nouveau Freebie

This past Saturday we drove (6 hours) down to Columbia S.C. to see our grandson, Tyler. He is a sophomore at University of South Carolina and shares a nice on campus apartment with his long time friend, Alec. The boys went to dinner with us that night, taking us to a place called Hickory Tavern where every wall has a line of flat screen televisions tuned to one or another sports channel. On Sunday, Tyler picked up my husband and took him over to the apartment to watch the Super Bowl with him, Alec, and Alec's girlfriend, Kady. My husband had brought supplies to make Italian hot sausages with peppers and onions for the kids and also chili cheese dip for taco chips. Since I don't care for football and I knew the guys would be carrying on loudly, I stayed at the hotel for peace and quiet. Kind of nice to nap whenever I wanted, read, play a match 3 game or solitare on my Kindle, or watch the 4 HBO channels the hotel furnished for free. I ate dinner when I felt like it (I'd prepared something at home and brought along to heat up), took a shower, wrote a little. Yesterday we made the return trip arriving around four in the afternoon. Exhausted! And I didn't drive at all. Today I still have what I can only call road trip malaise and haven't done anything useful.

Here now, running late putting up post for zip 11:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Saturday freebie

My thanks to all who responded so quickly to my question about whether more art nouveau was okay. It is my favorite style and I'm so happy to know many of you feel the same. Today I've got those matching satin bows for you, but first I'll share some more of the photos of art nouveau architecture I've collected over the years. I do apologize for not being able to give appropriate credit but when I was collecting, it was originally with the intention of just using them myself for inspiration. This also means that for some, I don't know the location.
I do know this is a villa in Pesaro, which I believe is in Italy.
I think this is in Barcelona, Spain. Note the dark reds.
And here is an art nouveau inspired building in Mexico

Today's bows: