Thursday, August 9, 2012

Image 'Cleaning'

Hello friends,

As I told you before, I've been on the disabled list these last few days - not that I can't do anything for myself but lifting anything heavier than a half gallon of milk is still challenging.

I try to get a ton of stuff done in the morning - dishes, laundry, phone calls, painting, crafting, etc. - before I take a muscle relaxer. It makes my limbs so leaden, all I can do once I take it is sit or lay down in a semi-coma. If I take the muscle relaxer and the pain med together, any semblance of normalcy is gone...I'm a slug.

All of this is to say that since I haven't been able to run around and be too physical, I've been working on more images from a vintage children's books. These  images are some of the ones I've been working on during my recent "down time".

The book these are from was published in 1899 but it's still in pretty good shape. There are illustrations of the A, B, Cs, numbers, days of the week and months of the year. Typically, the paper in these books is very brittle, cracking and flaking easily. The pages can be yellowed, stained, and may even be colored. 

I still haven't decided if these illustrations will be sold in the Industrial Country shop or another shop. I'm not sure if having digital products along with physical products will muddle my shop inventory too much. Any opinions?

The image below is not complete. I need to redo some of the lettering on the left side of the page - those letters 'fell into the crack' in scanning (meaning the spine of the book needed to be flattened more when I scanned it). I'll re-scan the image to get the missing letters more clear and then I'll drag them to this image to complete it.

I love working on these pictures - they're so worth preserving. And even though vintage children's illustrations aren't for everyone, for me, it's a way to live - temporarily - in a world where fairies live in flowers, squirrels wear plaid vests, and grasshoppers and chickens go to church together.

Tomorrow: Friday's Find


  1. You already know my opinion re: vintage illustrations in one shop, vintage finds/DIYs in another :)
    Love your tour through the storage space, too; wishing I had any room at all to give a new home to some of those sweeeet items!!

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