Friday, June 30, 2017


The tall stocks and the vibrant, yet delicate flowers of delphiniums speak to me of the early days of summer.  I love the height they attain, standing so tall and straight.

You might also know this flower as larkspur, though it's name is derived from the Greek word for dolphin.

In the Victorian language of flowers, the delphinium symbolizes devoted attachment to your love, big-heartedness, enthusiasm, fun and lightheartedness.  Being a daughter of an astronomer, I love the star-shaped petals fluttering in a soft breeze like twinkling stars.

For those of you who celebrate your birthday in the month of July, this flower is your birth flower.  Loved creating this composition of delphiniums for you to enjoy!

Participate in Pink Saturday with me at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Paper Dolls

During the summer, my sister and I played paper dolls.  We played paper dolls not just for hours, but by the week!  Back then paper dolls were available at the 5 & 10.  You could purchase a book of paper dolls for just a dime or less.  There was always a large selection from which to choose such as movie stars, bride and groom, children, and storybook characters, to name a few.  One book of paper dolls usually had at least two dolls and a large accompaniment of costumes.

These Elizabeth Taylor paper dolls were our favorite.  We loved the fashionable and elegant clothing, and the way the dolls were posed.  We made mansions for these dolls on our beds using books outlining the rooms.  We had balls, house maids, swimming pools, parties, and guests for tea.  We filled our bedroom with large story books placed on the floor as a wharf and used the big game boxes for yachts.  You could barely walk into our room!  At night, we  carefully folded up everything, stacked it just so that the next morning we could set it all up again quickly for a day of play.

We designed clothing for special occasions using color pencils and crayons.  We made dishes and cut them out.  We even made scenery for the mansion gardens.  We had such fun!  Those hours and days spent with our paper dolls and our imaginations are such treasured memories.

Celebrate Pink Saturday with my paper dolls and me at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pansies Squared

Pansies Squared by Jeanne Downing
The playfulness of pansies is captured in this background treatment of multiple squares against a photo of peeling paint.  As important as the painting is, the background treatment, and the display of the artwork is just as important.  All combine together to generate a mood or feeling.

Visit and experience our original backgrounds for yourself.  If you are interested in learning how to make your own backgrounds/scrapbook paper, we have a couple of online classes that might be of interest to you.

Celebrate another Pink Saturday with me at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Celebrating Spring

Warm weather has arrived in Colorado!  It is supposed to get up to 90 today.  I thought today would be a good day for a little Pansy Sorbet.  This is painted in oils on a digitally created background which was printed on artist canvas.

Discover how much fun it is to paint on unique backgrounds from!

I am also celebrating another Pink Saturday with How Sweet the Sound.

Have a wonderful day, and stay cool!

Victorian Roses and Lace

This is one of my favorite tags.  Victorian Roses and Lace lends charm and beauty to any gift.  Why adorn your packages with just any tag...