Wednesday, February 10, 2010

VTT Signed Lithographs

I almost forgot that tomorrow is Thursday, Vintage Thingies day. We had the baby two days this week and my brain lost a day!

The following are lithographs that came from our three year sojourn in Europe in the 70's. As we travelled I purchased a few signed lithographs from a street stall, flea market or one of the old book stores in various countries. My love of all things botanical and especially flowers, shows in the collection.
They are signed and numbered and some are dated.




I do recall that the one below was a gift from my friend Veronique.



More often than not I have forgotten exactly where I found them, but this one I remember came from Italy, it was a page out of an old book.


The kookaburras I had to have, "Lachender Hans" or "Laughing Hans" the kookaburra is called in Germany. Kookaburras - click on the name to hear them laugh!
Kookaburras are the largest of the Kingfisher family, but they don't fish, they are carnivores, they eat lizards, snakes and rodents. They are often seen smacking their catch against a post or tree branch, I have seen a kooka doing this to a snake! I thought the bird was just making sure the snake was dead but apparently they do it to break up any bones to aid in digestion! Yuck, to each his own but it's good to have them around they help to control the pest population!
They are very handsome birds, the male and female are hard to tell apart they look so similar, and they mate for life. They are also very territorial, and are long lived birds, up to twenty years in captivity. They cohabit well with humans, my Mum used to put out raw meat for them on the fence posts, Aussies love their kookas!
The aborigines believe that the kookaburras laugh every morning to tell the Sky People to light The Great Fire, the sun.

For more vintage delights visit our faithful hostess Colorado Lady.

18 comments:

Cherie said...

Oh that second one is to die for! Wonderful finds. Thank you for sharing. Have a week filled with love, Cherie

Keetha Broyles said...

The kookaburras are my favorite! I've seen flower prints very similar to those, but NOTHING like your birds!

Postcardy said...

Those are interesting souvenirs of your travels. They are more meaningful than the typical tourist souvenirs.

P. said...

The lithographs are lovely...as are your quilts! Nice to visit here today!

Maureen said...

The pink bouquet is sooo pretty.

LV said...

All of those are great prints. You found some very nice work.

concretenprimroses said...

What a great collection!
I'm jealous, what fun you had finding them all too.
Kathy

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Those are absolutely stunning! What a great find!

SuKnitWitty said...

Hi Roslyn...I'm so glad you stopped by SuKnitWitty today. It's always so nice to meet other quilters, especially ones with a LongArm. I've browsed your blog and enjoyed seeing all the beautifully quilted quilts you have done. Your Botanicals are very nice and I'm not surprised that you are a flower person, as so many wonderful quilting patterns are florals. I do alot of custom and freehand quilting as well as pantagraph patterns that I design myself in a Freehand Fashion. Many with florals and feathers. I too, buy quilt tops on Ebay and finish them. Some of them were on the rack pictured on my VTT post. It's hard to let them go, but that's the way to keep the cycle going. I'll be back to visit you again...I've become a follower....Sue

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

What lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Grace

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Yes your lithographs are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us. Warm hugs, Esther

Coloradolady said...

These are beautiful...I recognized the ones from a book because I saw them at an auction not long ago, and they went for about $300.00 a pair....they are really nice, what a great reminder of places you love. And your quilt in the post below....breathtaking...I have not had too much time to sew, I have got to get back to that soon, maybe tomorrow afternoon....this is a "try to do" for me....but I don't think I could do the applique...it is beautiful!! Happy VTT!

Bea said...

I love vintage florals. Yours a wonderful.

Miri said...

These are all really beautiful and they're beautifully framed too! I love the two pink ones...can't help it, I'm a sucker for pink!

Manang Kim said...

It is very beautiful!!


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Serendipity Handmade said...

Those really are lovely. Thanks for sharing them!

CC said...

Your florals are just beautiful..and I loved them all. I loved those beautiful birds also. How wonderful it would be to travel and collect.
Happy VTT...

GardenofDaisies said...

Your botanical prints are so lovely! The Kookaburra makes me feel like bursting into song... Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree....
:-)