December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas - Frohliche Weihnachten

I found this vintage page from a book and fell in love with the little angels decorating the Christmas tree. I loved the texture of the paper, the slight aging turning it into a vanilla hue. I love books and paper - I have a's an addiction and this illustration is one of the reasons why...I just can't resist.

Frohliche Weihnachten is German for Merry Christmas.

This illustration is by Martha Wessels, so brilliant in her use of color and detail. From the tousled hair, to the rosy cheeks and delicate wings - adoreable. I have been unable to find any information regarding this very talented artist and this makes me sad. Who was she? I love her work, I'll have to continue my research. I'll keep you posted.

Sweet candles on the tree with the little doll sitting below is so charming. Sweet little angels.
One tiny angel kneeling to lift presents out of the basket filled with fruit, evergreen, and presents for under the tabletop tree. The perfect image of the season.

I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday preparations, I went to Whole Foods, stopped by an Antique Shop for a few stocking stuffers, finished two necklaces for gifting, popped in at the Post to ship packages, and I really need to be wrapping presents....but, instead I am blogging for my friends, just to send along my wishes for a Happy Holiday.

May the cold find warmth,
May the lonely find solace,
May the hungry be fed,
May the sick be comforted,
May we all find peace in this Holiday season.

Blessings to you and yours, xo Julie


Dorthe said...

And so it is here too ,dear Julie,
had to pop in to wisch you a wonderfull christmas dear friend.
So happy ,it seems you are doing great again.
Sending you warm thoughts, and hugs.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Merry Christmas! Hoping yours if filled with all that's merry and bright!

Love these illustrations...


Sheila :-)

The Other Side of Me said...

Dear Julie,

This is a lovely post. The illustration is fantastic.

I hope you have the most blessed Christmas with your family.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

Deb said...

Merry Christmas Julie.
I am wearing my beautiful Ava Maria necklace all through the holidays! Thank you.

Jessica Moreau Berry said...

Happy Holidays Julie!

I love those illos.... I can see we have the same taste! I can't wait to dig into your shop...especially the gardening section!

Catch up soon!


Beatrice said...

I agree that the old German book is just adorable :-). I love pictures like that, they remind me of my mother's old school books.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday!

Christmas Hugs

sharon said...

This is a beautiful post and sentiment you have today! Thank you so much for stopping bu and your kind words....I appreciate it so much!
Love that illustration also, the images and colors are divine! I am also addicted to paper and it overflows in many areas of the house!

Have a blessed holiday and a wonderful New Year!

SharonP said...

That sweet little page brings back such memories of my childhood~if only I had those books now, I don't know what happened to them!

Have a very blessed Christmas.

Daniela Cerri said...

Hallo Julie!!! You are Artist!!! BUON NATALE anche a te e grazieee!!!

Tracey said...

Julie it's a wonderful book page...such a sweet and pretty image!!

Many wishes that you have a joyous and blessed Christmas!!!

{oh, and to answer your question, the JDL mag will be up for pre-order on Jan 1st and in stock Jan 15th}

:) T

Lorna said...

Thank you for bringing me a gift honoring my German roots; what a lovely card filled with sweetness. Merry Christmas Julie, and a Joyous New Year. Peace and hugs!

knox said...

I was just putting away my old German postcards that my grandmother would receive from her relatives in Germany. I noticed the illustrator on one of them that has a postmark of 1955 and decided to see what I could find out about her and ran across your post. Her drawings are beautiful!