Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Laundry Day



Good afternoon, my friends—and happy June!

Ahhhh…it’s so good to be home!  I’ve missed our visits, too!  Almost a week of no blogging…that’s tough! 

We had a lovely long weekend, though.  Hope you all did, too!  Visited with my husband’s sister and her family in beautiful San Juan Capistrano near San Diego…I’ll have some photos to share in my next post…you’ll wish you’d been there, too!

For today, just happy to be home…getting things back to normal…doing the laundry…

…which helped inspired my card for today:


This week’s challenge over at Splitcoast in the Crafty Secrets’ forum is to use Kraft paper in our cards…happy to do it! 

I have to admit, that although I love Kraft, I don’t always remember to use it, so I love being reminded!

A lovely bit of Battenburg lace, some Martha Stewart “Ladybug” bias tape ribbon, buttons, twine, miniature clothespins, and platinum Stickles…


This adorable image comes from Crafty Secrets’ “Little Dolls” Images & Journal Notes booklet…and from the wonderful artwork of one of my very favorites…

maud humphrey 

…Maud Humphrey Bogart. 

She was born in 1868, and was very famous for her illustrations for children’s books, advertisements, and postcards…but her greatest claim to fame was being the mother of…

maud's son

Humphrey Bogart!  His little baby face even graced the labels of a pre-Gerber line of baby food…Mellins.

Here’s a bit of her beautiful work…




Her work was popular from the 1890’s through the 1920’s.  She passed away in 1940 in Hollywood.

In the early 1990’s, some of her illustrations were translated into figurines, of which I collected a few…here’s one of them…

maud figurine 1_edited-1

Well, that’s it for today!  Hope you enjoyed a little peek at Maud and her beautiful work…see you soon with something new…


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  1. I absolutely LOVE your laundry card! I wish I could find these images...

  2. LOVE, love, love the laundry card!!! You are so crazy talented!!

    Interesting facts and information!! :-)

    Glad you had a great trip!

  3. Hi Julie, what a darling card, and beautiful photos! Your little figurine is precious! I LOVE Bogie! xoxo Julie Marie

  4. The illustrations are beautiful and your card charming. I am an old Hollywood buff, so thanks for reminding me of Maud and her talents.

  5. A very cute card! I can so see a laundry room done up in that very same style! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Welcome home! What a sweet card. And who knew about Bogart's mother. Beautiful illustrations. You always have such wonderful history to share, whether it is your own family history or otherwise. Happy day to you and best wishes, Tammy

  7. This is just fascinating! I had no idea about Bogart's mother, what a talented artist. Thanks for this and LOVE your laundry day card - cheers!

  8. Julie, I am glad that you had a lovely visit away with your sister and family! How wonderful! How wonderful too, this latest card of yours! I just adore it. It reminds me of when I was a young girl and used to love to do the "laundry". My doll's clothes of course and to iron it afterwards as well. Funny how when you are a child it is all play and fun, but somehow as an adult it is not so much fun anymore! haha I also enjoyed reading about Humphrey Bogart's mother and seeing some of her artwork. How very talented she was. I just love the history that you share with us, be it your own or another's. It's always interesting! Sending love and hugs and looking forward to seeing your next post and some photos of your holiday away! Glad you are back. I missed you! xxoo

  9. Julie,
    your laundry card is so sweet and beautifull, such a lovely emage, thanks for telling the story about the creator of those sweet ones.

  10. Just love your card Julie - the design, the colours, the image - perfect! How fascinating about Mrs Bogart - your posts are aleays SO interesting, thank you!
    Glad you enjoyed your weekend. X

  11. Aloha Julie;
    I love your laundry card! So very vintage. Thanks for sharing the Bogart info, it's interesting how talent runs in the family.

  12. I love your sweet laundry card!! I also learned something new today ~ thanks!

  13. Wow that was fascinating!
    So glad the weekend was lovely

    Sarah x

  14. Oh, that is such a cute card! And thanks so much for the beautiful images.

  15. So glad you're back, I missed you!!

    I love this card, she is so cute! The clothespins add a perfect touch.

    Glad you had a nice weekend away.


  16. If only laundry days could be like this in reality! Such a sweet card. Lynne M

  17. Hi Julie

    Just a quick visit to catch up on what you have been up to, still need to get back into the groove properly after the wedding holiday so will be back.

    B x

  18. Glad you had a nice visit! I love your laundress - I've been meaning to do a series of tags on the "work week". And thanks for the bit of history on Boggie and his mom! He's my all time fave but I haven't read his biography (only been sitting in my stack of books for 15 yrs now). :D

  19. You just brightened my laundry day, Julie. Your cards are all gorgeous pieces!
    Wishing you a happy day. xx

  20. I never knew about this! How interesting--thanks for the wonderful info, and your card is adorable!

  21. You taught me some history I didn't know! Cute card too. Glad you had a good time.

  22. Julie, what a fascinating post! Imagine being a graphic artist in her time. Quite extraordinary. I loved your card just seeing the the cute red buttons and clothespins. You do have a way about you! Wonderful! Elizabeth

  23. fascinating!!!

    (and lovely images, too)


  24. Julie, only You can make Laundry look good! What a sweet card and some great info on the artist!
    Glad your back! Thank you for your kind words about my bird carving! :0)

  25. I love your laundry card, those little buttons and clothes pins, perfect! I enjoyed reading about Humphrey Bogart's mother too, I had no idea!

  26. Wow...that was so interesting! I had no idea his mother was so talented and I adore the vintage illustrations...of course they were not so 'vintage' looking back then. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  27. Glad you had a good visit with family. Your cards is so charming in red.

  28. The card is just stunning!! Thanks so much for the history lesson. Very interesting and what beautiful images.

  29. Gorgeous card and I loved all the info on Maud. Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

  30. Darling post!! You make LAUNDRY look so fun and perky!! I will try to keep this image with me while I attempt to make a path through the floor of my laundry room!