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About redbudart

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just outside of Portland, Oregon. My usual interests are cooking, wine, horticulture, art, and old books, but lately I've been obsessed with saving for a piece of land, so I can practice sustainability and learn to live as close to the land as possible, and then help others to do the same. To relax I listen to Dharma talks. Namaste!

Letterpress Inspiration

The other day I came across a very worn book in the bins at the Goodwill Outlet. The pages had holes and it was bound by a leather string. Inside were words of inspiration by prominent writers of the time, … Continue reading

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50 Plants Precious to Man

These four pages are from a 1930’s encyclopedia. From a botany standpoint, they’ve got the basics covered; fruit, flowers, leaves, seeds, and roots. They are quite scientific! But what I really like about them, is how artfully they are arranged, … Continue reading

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Famous Travels circa 1902

Following are some illustrations from the book ‘Famous Travels’,  edition 12 of the twenty volumes of the Young Folk’s Library, published in 1902.  Imagine reading this book at that time, with stories by Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, R. W. Emerson, … Continue reading

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Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustre-Dictionnaire Encyclopedique 1956

I love these illustrations from the 1956 edition of the French Larousse dictionary. They are so detailed and colorful!

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The Femminiello by Giuseppe Bonito

I’ve been going to the Portland Art Museum the last Friday of each month because it was free, fun, and I love art. Since October 2015 though, the day has changed to the first Thursday evening for free admission, with … Continue reading

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Japan, The Tourist Land.

I found this little box of postcards at a flea market recently. The man selling them said they belonged to his father who served in Japan after World War II. He held on to them all his life, along with … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, people believed in Unicorns.

Once upon a time, for nearly two thousand years, everybody believed in unicorns. Aristotle, Pliny the Elder, and Julius Caesar were all believers. If people did not believe, we have no way of knowing because they didn’t leave evidence of … Continue reading

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20 Free Printable Antique Maps- easy to download

I have a love affair with antique maps, and I’ve been building up a collection of hundreds over the years, many of which I sell in my Etsy shop ArtDeco. I’ve seen all sorts of creative projects from journal-making, gift wrapping, … Continue reading

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Gorgeous c.1911 paintings of “The Women of the Bible”

These intriguing and colorful paintings of women come from an old edition of The Women of the Bible: A Portrait Gallery by Margaret E. Sangster (The Christian Herald, 1911). I can’t help but be drawn to each woman’s eyes – the … Continue reading

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More Pictorial Maps by Jacques Liozu

Here are some more pictorial maps by French illustrator Jacques Liozu. I’ve blogged before about Liozu and posted some of his pictorial maps of American states, but here we have some maps he drew from a totally different region of the world: … Continue reading

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