Thursday, January 7, 2010

In Celebration of Winter

Winter -- some times it's rainy, some times it's mild, some times it's cold, some times it's just brown and gray but some times it is very, very white -- as the past couple of years have been. Last year about this time, Daisy captured the beauty of our winter at dusk with her camera. (photo used with photographer's permission-thank you!)

Several years before that we had minimal snow so we used books and projects for our lessons, journals, and copywork to make it seem more real.  Now, this year, it appears to be another real, white winter -- in celebration of WINTER I've put some posts from the past winters at my other blogs:

Our Favorite Winter-Snow Poetry and Quotes for Journals or Copybooks from my Let a Woman Learn blog

Winter-Snow Study with Art Prints and Music of Vivaldi from my Let a Woman Learn blog

Our Favorite Winter-Snow Books from my Seven Pillars Book Nook blog

Our Borax Crystals & Snowflakae Fun at my Seven Pillars Book Nook blog

Plus, a few new extras not included in the above links - the two winter scenes below are from some of my vintage books in my family Home Library:

White Field

In the winter time we go
Walking in the fields of snow;
Where there is no grass at all;
Where the top of every wall,
Every fence and every tree,
Is as white as white can be.
And our mothers always know,
By the footprints in the snow,
Where it is the children go.

~James Stephens~

From My Book House, In The Nursery c1917 The Book House for Children, editied by Olive Beaupe Miller, p193


Little white feathers,
Filling the air---
Little white feathers!
How came you there?

We came from the cloud-birds
Sailing so high;
They're shaking their white wings
Up in the sky.

Little white feathers,
How swift you go!
Little white snowflakes,
I love you so!

We are swift because
We have work to do;
But hold you youf face,
And we'll kiss you.

~Mary Mapes Dodge~ from Book Trails for Baby Feet, c1946 Shepherd and Lawrence Inc., p312

My Snowman

Of snow I built a snowman,
A jolly looking snowman;
I do believe that no man
Was ever quite so fine!
He felt so very cold, that
I crowned him with an old hat,
A worn-out blue and gold hat,
That once was one of mine.

The sun---which had been sleeping---
Awoke, and came a peeping,
And sent the sunbeams leaping
To see my man so gay,
They peeped beneath his old hat---
His worn-out blue and gold hat;
And soon they grew so bold that
He melted right away!

~Alfred I. Tooke~ from Book Trails for Baby Feet, c1946 Shepherd and Lawrence Inc., p316

The "My Snowman" image above from the Book Trails book, a vintage book in our family Generational Home Library. It is a free image from my personal collection and is free to download to use in your art only, NOT for Sale on a Collage Sheet or a CD.

If you use this vintage post card for any personal art or art projects for sale, please, make a reference back to me here at my altered heART works blog In Celebration of Winter

If you use it I would love to see what you make. :-)

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