Vintage Toys!

Oh, the joys of childhood! Toys from our past bring up all kinds of memories and feelings. Take a little trip down memory lane every once and a while. Enjoy the freedom of innocence!

Nutcrackers are fun year round and perfect to celebrate any occasion.

 
A rubber ducky sits on a fresh towel, welcoming bathers. This ducky greets guests at the historic “Inn at 835” in Springfield, Illinois. What a great card to help welcome a new baby or to send birthday wishes.

 
Many children likely enjoyed this toy tractor on grandmother’s porch. Now a bit rusty, the tractor awaits new riders on the weathered porch boards. This beautiful vintage tractor photo is now a puzzle so you can play, too!

 
A vintage toy wagon and tractor wait on the front porch of an old white clapboard country house in the mountains. Oh, the stories these venerable, well-loved toys could tell.

 

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Plush Home Style

How fantastic would it be to have this black persian cat pillow adorning your couch?! I just love it’s hilarious expression! It’d be a great addition to a house with a little sense of humor.

 
This phalaenopsis orchid decorative pillow is absolutely gorgeous! It’s elegant and modern. It’s a perfect fit to bring life and color snuggled on any couch or chair!

 
Kansas City residents have a lot of love for their city. It oozes out everywhere! This would be perfect for anyone with Kansas City adoration How fantastic are those fireworks?!

 
Imagine this beautiful stargazer lily pillow nestled on wicker chairs on a back porch on a lovely day. It would go really well with the bright yellow english rose below!

 

 

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Autumn Dreaming

The sweltering heat day after day makes the crispness of autumn extremely appealing. New England is well known for their gorgeous fall foliage and the essence of autumn. Enjoy these amazing moments in time captured around Vermont.

The late afternoon sun casts a golden glow on the already fiery Autumn foliage on an early October day in Vermont. A porch light, orange pumpkins on the porch and an American flag welcome guests to this New England home.

 
A pumpkin sits on a rock wall in a small Vermont town in Autumn in a harvest display. Beyond is a red barn and a hill ablaze in Autumn colors.

 
An Episcopal church in Island Pond, Vermont, stands on a hill, surrounded by bright Autumn foliage. Island Pond is in the center of the town of Brighton, at the north end (outlet) of Island Pond, the lake, in the Northeast Kingdom of the state.

 
A Vermont farmer harvests corn. Beyond his field, beautiful Autumn foliage adorns the hillside.

 
A two-lane road curves through the Green Mountains of Vermont, flanked by the brilliant Autumn foliage for which New England is renown.

 
Sunshine illuminates the historic Randall Bridge on an Autumn afternoon. Colorful Fall foliage blazes along the river. Built in 1865, the Randall Bridge stands preserved as an example of the bridge construction unique to the Lyndon area, with its open sides, wide eaves, and extended gables.

 

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Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is a breathtaking sight to experience. There are so many amazing places within the park to visit!

Below is a view of Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point. The Yellowstone River flows north from Yellowstone Lake, leaving the Hayden Valley and plunging first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile (400 m) downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet (304 m) deep. The lower falls are 308 feet (94 m) high, or almost twice as high as Niagara, although not nearly as wide. Here are some items that will allow you to take this magnificent wonder with you, integrate into your life, and/or send its beauty to others!

*Bonus Natural Wonder!*

Stirling Falls is one of two permanent waterfalls in Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori). Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It’s one of the world’s top travel destination and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen seems like quite the hip place! Here are some interesting places in the beautiful city in Denmark.

A mannequin “assists” in collecting cardboard for recycling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Someone felt sorry for the mannequin and gave it some shoes.

 
Funky graffiti decorates a mailbox in Copenhagen.

 
This “Never Mind” neon sign marks the home of a Copenhagen club.

 
Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, has two throne rooms, one for public display with its Throne Chair in the Long Hall, and this different sort of throne, a toilet in a room decorated with Dutch tiles. The toilet emptied into the moat surrounding the castle.

 

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Delightful Cat-itude

Look at these adorable faces! Animals relieve stress and make our lives better. These cats and kittens will make you smile!

A Himalayan Persian cat is a little upset that some people never seem to age.

 
A sweet orange cat stretches out on a bed after a cap nap. This cat could be a Maine Coon or a Norwegian Forest Cat. He has very long fur, tufted toes and tufted ears.

 
A shy green-eyed tuxedo kitten rests on a green blanket that matches her eyes.

 
Furryball feels your pain when the coffee isn’t brewed.

 
A beautiful black Persian cat is confused why a birthday celebrant looks so young year after year.

 
These brothers are close, but they’re also very different. One has odd eyes (blue, amber) and “talks,” while the other is deaf and likes water.

 
An orange tabby cat blinks in the sunshine as he emerges from exploring coastal lava boulders in the tropical paradise of Kauai, Hawaii.

 

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Enjoy The View

When out and about enjoying the attractions of life you’re bound to encounter others just as excited as yourself! It’s a fact of exploration life! These realistic and comforting depictions of visiting beautiful landmarks with others are worth integrating into your artistic experience.

A giant Galapagos Tortoise has retreated into his shell as a group of tourists gather to learn more about this magnificent creature. Galapagos is an old Spanish word for tortoise. The signs at this ranch warn visitors not to feed or touch the “galapagos.” The Galapagos tortoise or Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species of tortoise and the 14th-heaviest living reptile. Modern giant tortoises can weigh up to 550 pounds (250 kg); even larger versions, now extinct, roamed every continent except Antarctica and Australia. Today, they exist only the Galapagos Islands, and Aldabra in the Indian Ocean. The tortoise is native to seven of the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago about 620 miles (more than 1,000 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian mainland. With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates. Shell size and shape vary between populations. On islands with humid highlands, the tortoises are larger, with domed shells and short necks – on islands with dry lowlands, the tortoises are smaller, with “saddleback” shells and long necks. Charles Darwin’s observations of these differences on the second voyage of the Beagle in 1835, contributed to the development of his theory of evolution. Tortoise numbers declined from over 250,000 in the 16th century to a low of around 3,000 in the 1970s. This decline was caused by exploitation of the species for meat and oil, habitat clearance for agriculture, and introduction of non-native animals to the islands, such as rats, goats, and pigs. Conservation efforts, beginning in the 20th century, have resulted in thousands of captive-bred juveniles being released onto their ancestral home islands, and it is estimated that the total number of the species exceeded 19,000 at the start of the 21st century. Despite this rebound, the species as a whole is classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

 
Tourists crowd into a room featuring a portrait of Tsar Alexander I on horseback in the state Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Portraits of other important Russian figures line the walls. The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture and is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852.

 
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the world’s top natural attractions, attracting about five million visitors each year. Here, a few of those tourists take advantage of one of the many spectacular scenic overlooks. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

 
Three young men wait at sunset for Old Faithful Geyser to erupt in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. Old Faithful erupts every 45 to 125 minutes, lasting from one and a half minutes to as long as five minutes.

 
Tourists take advantage of the waning light of day as they visit the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

 
A stage coach takes passengers through the sage brush of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. A line of horseback riders pass on the hill above.

 
On the left, tired tourists rest on a bench under the thatched roof of a reconstructed building at Machu Picchu in Peru. The altitude of Machu Picchu is 7,972′ (2,430 m) so the air is thinner, and there are a lot of steps to climb! Machu Picchu was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire and was abandoned in 1572. This citadel is probably the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.

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