:A Sentimental Journey: Vintage Inspired Flowers

Postcards From The Heart

Happy Weekend Everyone.. I thought I'd bring you some vintage inspired flowers in the form of postcards. I started these 'postcards' over a month ago but for some reason I have never quite finished them... Some of you noticed one in my last post... so I thought I'd put a few together for you.. They were inspired by the water colour paintings my mum had in her childhood autograph book. Or perhaps from memories of the childhood posies we gathered for our mothers.. Happy little bundles plucked from a neighbour's garden and wilted from their travels in a child's clumsy grasp. Little bundles of love that sit by the kitchen window, smudgy floaty and bruised by the late afternoon sun.

Wild flowers
Inspired by afternoon walks by the sea...
Wild purple flowers that rise up defiantly from their sandy bed ...

Q. V. Markets

A bit of history: The 'Postcard' layer comes from the back of an old family photo... It contains the text Q.V Markets Sydney. I need to do a bit more research on this but suspect it was the Queen Victoria Markets held on the site where the magnificent Queen Victoria Building now stands... Perhaps that is a post for the future ...

Have a lovely weekend everyone..
And once again thank you for your kind comments and visits.
I'll leave you with the words of John Lennon

All You Need Is Love

And a working internet

Julie b

All text, photography and artwork [altered images] by [Being Ruby©]


Angie Muresan said...

Gorgeous cards, Julie! Those wild purple flowers remind of the violets that carpet our woods each spring.

Rita said...

So beautiful. I love the postcard prints. I hope they will be availabe for purchase someday.

I've missed several of your summer posts, but I am finally finding time to catch up and see what I've missed.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Dear Julie, what beautiful postcards!

I wish you a lovely weekend, too!!!!!

Julie-Ann said...

Your postcards are stunning. Truly lovely:)
And totally agree with you final comments about love and the internet lol.
Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie.. they are so stunning! Really romantic and whistful. I hope thing are going well for you, and thanks for your sweet comments, as usual!
Flick xo

Killiecrankie Farm said...

you must never be at a loss for a card julie !
these are just lovely - the blossoms have come up a treat - i especially like the way th foliage bleeds into the antiquing of the postcard.
Welcome back to the ether - missed your artistic instalments :)

Jane said...

Gosh, Julie did you really paint them? They are stunning! J x

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Well Julie, I think I ran out of superlatives for your work a LONG time ago, but I do notice that your blog is becoming more and more painterly. Totally beautiful images, thank you

chateaudelille said...

Just beautiful! I bet you had fun painting them.Fiona

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments.... the artwork is not painting.. but alterations to my original photography produced using various techniques...

now if I could just paint!! ,ha ha. xxx Julie

desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
Really looks like watercolors and are so so beautiful,
Have a happy weekend,

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Oh my gosh! Soooooo pretty!
I wish I could do this fancy stuff!!!

mermaid gallery said...

really lovely! I agree that they look like watercolor. Are you using photoshop? Whatever your techniques are the postcards are totally romantic....they fade into vintage.. Hugely marketable. Do you market cards? loving love.....Susan

Beach House Living said...

These really look like watercolors. Your talent in altering your photos to achieve these looks is an art unto itself.

Giulia said...

Huzzah for our Julie. (You know how much some of us love postcards; it borders on mild insanity.)

And thank you for mentioning John. Today gazillions of people are Tweeting (& other things for non-Tweeters) from the ImaginePeace website for John's birthday. It doesn't matter, I'm sure,if if doesn't happens exactly at the time organized. It's a fun site. So I hope everyone who sees this will go & send best wishes. It's for/towards the Peace Tower in Iceland.

Strawberry Fields Forever,

Susan & Giulia, la gattina xoxo

Anonymous said...

These are wonderful, Julie! Soft & dreamy.

Hope your weekend is full of happy,
~ Zuzu

June said...

You are a truly amazing artist with the camera Julie. These are so beautiful!!! I love how you have altered the photos to make these stunning cards. The graphics are so pretty. I am sitting here enjoying them over and over.
I loved your last post and getting these peeks into your lovely home. You are an artist in your home as well, my dear.
hugs to you from here...

Brabourne Farm said...

Just beautiful and very, very original! More please! Leigh

Drawn to The Sea said...

Little bundles of love indeed! I'm sitting here thinking "nothing could be more beautiful" & then I reach the last photo. It's the sand that gets me, I'm sure... & the way the shadows fall across the purslane (that's what we call it here, anyway.) You've created something very, very special in these works, Julie... very, very.

"... and the world will live as one."

rjerdee said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely little bundles "held in a child's clasp"...loved those words! Wish I knew how you worked your magic!!!

Carole said...

It's incredible how you achieved this. It's just like a watercolor. I'm sure it wasn't easy to get those results. I noticed the Sidney address right away which makes it that much more special.
Hey I guess you're a pink girl after all.....now don't lie!


Jeanne Henriques said...

These are lovely Julie..you will have to tell me more about the 'postcard layer'. I picked up a beautiful book of old photographs in Jerusalem in which many had been hand painted with a colour tint. They are scenes from the 1800's. I thought of you right away...you would love them!

Best wishes..and thanks for your comment. Always lovely to hear from you:))

Jeanne xx

oldgreymare said...

all you need is love..and we love you Jules.

and your exquisite work :0



Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Julie,
Such lovely photographs, full of beauty and nostalgia..... and, lovely memories for you, too. Your clever and artistic 'tweaking' has made them look as if they are straight out of the 1920's.



Francine Gardner said...

You just are so talented and full of surprises....love these postcards, so soft, sensual and romantic...Hope you are enjoying a beautiful week end.

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Gorgeous series. I love these vintage postcards.

Hope you had a good weekend and an have even better week xox

Ella said...

I love the beauty of your Mom's art and how you added your magic to blur the lines with hers!
Gorgeous...maybe you should print them and try to sell them! I love the romance and the idea, but
I love thinking of the child running with the faded bundle and arms of love! xXx

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Ellie
Actually they are all my own photography but inspired by the memory of my mum's artwork... Thanks for popping over.. xxx Julie