Free Vintage Graphic: Luscious Summer Cherries in Bright Sunlight


When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder,
Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you'll be fairies all.
~ Emily Dickinson

First-generation digital scan of vintage postcard from c1910 featuring a cluster of luscious red cherries on a branch, gleaming in the bright sunlight. This still-vibrant and colourful graphic could be used to illustrate a recipe with cherries as the star ingredient (such as cherry pie) or in a design project for a food product (e.g. a jam label). You can download a high-res 6" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Digital Journaling: Free Happy Garden Days Journal Templates


Two filler cards and two journaling cards featuring vintage illustrations of children and garden elements from c1900, set against a lightly patterned paper with subtle textures. Use all four together in a pre-made album (such as by Project Life) or stitch into a handmade journal; you can also use these cards separately for personal or garden notes. The free high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEGs (without watermark) can be downloaded here.

I recommend printing on good quality, heavyweight cardstock or on heavy, matte photo paper using waterproof or archival inks. If you are using watercolour paper, I would use hot-pressed paper over cold-pressed. Printing on watercolour paper also gives you the option of colouring in the images with coloured pencils, markers or paint.

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Free Antique Illustration: Apple-Tree Hall (St. Nicholas Magazine, October 1910)


Here is a black and white illustration of a little girl playing with her dolls at Apple-Tree Hall. The image was used to accompany a poem of the same name by Elizabeth Roberts Macdonald, published in the October 1910 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. Below is the poem in its entirety:

APPLE-TREE HALL

There's an old spreading apple-tree, gnarly and wide,
In an orchard (I can't tell you where),
Where Dora and I can curl up side by side,
And nobody know we are there.
We go there on Saturdays, -- that's if it's fine,
And Mother is willing, and all, --
Take our dolls and our dishes, and there we keep house
Till tea-time, in Apple-Tree Hall.

There's the loveliest carpet, all wood-brown and gray,
And the walls have a pattern of green;
The windows are curtained the coziest way
That ever was thought of or seen;
And as for the ceiling, it's blue as the sky;
And we've crimson globe-lamps in the fall --
In the spring we have pink, and in summer use none
(Such a saving!), in Apple-Tree Hall.

All the neighbors are charming, -- so musical, too!
Madam Thrush has a voice like a bird,
And the love-songs she sings (in Italian, I think)
Are the sweetest we ever have heard.
Then the dryads and wood-nymphs dwell close to us, too,
Though they are too bashful to call.
The society really is quite the best
When we're living at Apple-Tree Hall.

Oh, I wish I could tell you one half of our plays,
And the fine things we plan when we're there,
Of the books that we'll write and the deeds that we'll do
In the years that wait, shining and fair.
My mother says, sometimes, -- and so does Aunt Kate, --
That these are the best days of all;
But we think it's just the beginning of fun,
Keeping house here in Apple-Tree Hall!

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