Thursday, April 21, 2011

Home Sweet Home #11

I am happy to join Debra at Common Ground for her Vintage Easter Inspiration Party.  Please go and visit her.  She has a beautiful blog and her home and ideas are very inspiring.

One of my favorite vintage Easter inspirations is the charming art of children's illustrators.
*Photography note- On this photo and the next one the light coming in the window made the photo look overexposed on the light surfaces. So, I added a texture at around 40 % opacity and it gave the overall photo a more even appearance.  The texture was from Kim Klassen.
One of my favorite illustrators is Beatrix Potter and her sweet illustrations from the Peter Rabbit series.  

It has inspired me so much I have taken my pencil and tried to draw like some of my favorite illustrators. 

It isn't just Beatrix Potter that inspires me I also admire Kate Greenway; illustrator from the 1870's, who drew such sweet images of children in empire waist dresses.

I love Tasha Tudor and the quaint little drawings she has that border her illustrations.
Mary Engelbreit is also a long time favorite.  I think that was the inspiration for this little chick.

 This little mouse was inspired by another illustrator from a chapter book.  I can't remember which one.

I also love old postcard illustrations.
What inspires you to create?  Is it vintage?  
Speaking of inspiration, you all are very inspiring and creative each week at this Home Sweet Home party.  I am so enjoying your post.  Thank you to everyone who joins me!  Have a wonderful Easter holiday!
I will link to these lovely blogs also.  Go and check them out.
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Photo Feature Friday  at A Rosy Note
Feather Your Nest  at French Country Cottage
My Favorite Things at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie
Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party:
Please link up your intended post and not just your blog.  Link up something from your home or your garden that you would like to share. (vignettes, food, makeovers, projects, vintage, photography, flowers, etc.) 
Please put a link or my button IN your post so others can find it and join in. The button is on my sidebar.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Try to mingle and visit other participants.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful homes!


Blondie's Journal said...

I love these old books and the illustrations...the little critters are so sweet!! Your sketches turned out really have the knack for drawing!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Oh Sherry, I just adore this post. These sweet illustrations just bring such wonderful memories to mind. I too love to draw and haven't in so long. i need to get out my sketch pad and visit these lovely ladies! Thanks so much for the wonderful "shout out". Have a wonderful Easter Weekend, hugs and love Debra

Sue said...

Sherry, I love old illustrations- they remind me of my childhood. I learned to read when I was four, so my love of books was instilled early. I'm not overly crafty, myself- can't draw or paint. I guess my talents lie in other areas, though. I'm always creating new vignettes around the house or in the store. I visit people and move things around, if they let me! LOL So, on that- I'll join up and submit a recent post where I created a centerpiece from found objects and some bits of nature. Have a Happy Easter! ~ Sue

Anonymous said...

Great drawings! Nature really inspires me. I need to have a sketchbook on me at all times!

Decor To Adore said...

We shall call you the lovely Miss Potter! :)

Happy Easter!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I adore vintage children's books! Love all your photos today!

Thanks so much for hostessing this for all of us! I've just added a link to your party!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

bj said...

I have always wanted to be able to draw. You are very talented.
Thanks so much for putting Mr. Linky up early. It is such a help to us wanting to link. :)
Happy Easter..
xo bj

Concetta said...

This is such a beautiful post - I love the pansies - that is my sister's favorite flower! Thank you for hosting this blog party!

Martha said...

Beautiful-love the sweet little bouquet of flowers! Have a Blessed Easter! and thanks for hosting:)

Tricia said...

Ohhh love those last two flower pictures...very pretty :) Have a good Easter!

Diann said...

Sherry, this is such a lovely and sweet post. I love all the illustrations. And the little post of flowers is pretty. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks so much for hosting this fun party. Hope you have a blessed Easter.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Sherry, I am so jealous of your artistic talent! I cannot draw anything, and I soooo wish that I could. I also love the illustrations in the books you mentioned. Such a pretty post. Thanks for hosting and for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What beautiful illustrations and your flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherry! What lovely drawings you've done! I didn't know you were an artist! Love the olden graphics from those sweet little books.
Be a sweetie and have a happy Easter,
Shelia ;)

Olga Poltava said...

All these illustrations are so sweet and lovely. I love Beatrix Potter. I enjoyed so much the movie about her.
Thank you for hosting the link party, and I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter!

Sunny Simple Life said...

This is the most charming of posts. I just love Beatrix Potter and her style and you have replicated is so well in this post.

Tricia said...

Hi Sherry, I just wanted thank you for adding the little photography tidbit...I appreciate that :)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Beautiful Drawings"...and a Wonderful Post! I Loved every picture and I must go back now and study each and every one!
Thank you so much for sharing AND hosting!
Happy Easter to you and yours,

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What lovely illustrations, Sherry! You have listed virtually all of my favorite children's illustrators! I also love Garth Williams. His creatures are so sweet and furry! Happy Easter...hugs...Debbie

Christie said...

These are such precious illustrations and what fun that were inspired to get your pencil out too...ya know are really great at drawing! Such a pretty floral arrangement in the milk glass the old postcards too :) Easter Blessing to you and yours Sherry :)
Thanks for hosting this fun event!

xinex said...

Your pansies and peonies are so pretty, Sherry. And those illustrations are such treasures!...Christine

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love children's books illustrations too. Maybe we'll see a book from you someday? Great linky party, Sherry! Have a nice Easter holiday.

Purnima@a creative project said...

Lovely post!! All the illustrations are so charming..You are very talented!! Happy Easter!!

Nene said...

I love This!! It's my first time participating from "A Warrior's Journey". I hope everyone has a Blessed Good Friday and Easter. God Bless... Nene

xinex said...

Thanks for your birthday greetings to my daughter, Sherry. Happy Easter!...Christine

Pam Kessler said...

I love the texture added to your photo. I wish I could draw as well as you. I can make a stick figure bunny and that's about it, but your sketches are amazing.

Lynn said...

Great sketches Sherry! I'm lovin' your little milk glass vase full of posies! Happy Easter Weekend:@)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Lovely photos and your drawings are wonderful! Thanks for sharing this at FNF and for hosting! :) Happy Easter! :)

Anonymous said...

Great illustrated books! Your illustrations are terrific!
The pansies in the milkglass are beautiful.

Babs said...

Sherry, your drawings are wonderful. You should write your own stories and illustrate them. What a sweet post you did. Love the little vase of flowers, too. Thanks for leaving such nice comments on my blog.
Hope you have a lovely Easter,

Sylvia said...

I love reading your post . Thank you for visiting my blog and writing a KIND comment.
May the Joy of Easter fill up your heart !

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Just beautiful! Wishing you and yours a Happy and Blessed Easter!
Hugs, Wendy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your beautiful art! It's my goal to create an art journal this year! I think I'll get some of my children's books out for inspiration! ♥