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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!

Free Download: Vintage Eiffel Tower – Printable!

I lived in Paris for 5 years in the 1980s and I always looked forward to walking the flea markets, looking for old postcards and costume jewelry. Of course, having grown up in the woods of rural Connecticut, I was also drawn to … Continue reading

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E. A. Séguy: man of mystery, ahead of his time

  E. A. Séguy produced 11 albums of nature-themed illustrations and patterns, drawing inspiration from butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, flowers, foliage, crystals and animals. I’ve always loved his work, but information on the man himself is difficult to find. This is his entire … Continue reading

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9 views of Mount Fuji from 1950s Japanese postcards

I’ve always loved Japan. I visited once, with my mom, in 1986. My dad was a Pan Am pilot and one of the amazing benefits back then was free tickets for family members. I remember seeing Mount Fuji during my visit – it … Continue reading

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Hendrik Willem Van Loon, author of “The Story of Mankind” & winner of the very first Newbery Medal

Hendrik Willem Van Loon was a Dutch-American historian, journalist, and award-winning children’s book author. From the 1910s to his death in 1944, he wrote dozens of books, illustrating them himself. The Story of Mankind is his best-known work; it won the first-ever Newbery Medal in … Continue reading

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Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie illustrated by Roy Best

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Roy Best was an American illustrator with a long career as a painter of pin-up girls. He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Art Institute of Chicago, while working on railroad construction crew to…

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Pictorial Maps by Jacques Liozu

Pictorial maps have been around for centuries – they are nearly as old as mapmaking itself! Throughout the ages, pictorial maps have been used to show the cuisine of a country, the attractions of a tourist town, the architecture of … Continue reading

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Trendy Beetles

I’ve been on Tumblr a lot lately, mostly posting images to draw people to my Etsy shop where I’ve been selling digital images for a few years. It hasn’t really increased sales yet, but I don’t mind because I am … Continue reading

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Victorian Seed Catalogs at the Smithsonian Digital Library

Did you know that seeds are intellectual property?  That you are breaking the law if you harvest them to use again? Don’t even bother, because seed companies today are making sure you won’t get the same plant.  It is time … Continue reading

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Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur.

While searching for scientific illustrations on Tumblr I noticed many were credited to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  I went there and discovered it is a website where research libraries from all over the world scan in books so that others … Continue reading

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Pierre-Joseph Redoute

Called “the Raphael of Flowers” and the “Rembrandt of Roses” by contemporary writers, Pierre-Joseph Redoute enjoyed a long line of Royal patronage, including Empress Josephine (1763-1814) and Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793).  He was awarded the Order of Leopold from the … Continue reading

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