Member Feature: Victorian Rose Prints

Contributor post by Elizabeth of

Please join us in welcoming Nancy Hall  of Victorian Rose Prints, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself.       

I began collecting old antique prints in my 20’s, and I always tell folks they drew me to them because of their “curb appeal”. There’s something about the old 1890 chromolithograph prints that is just incredibly beautiful. All of our reproduction prints are taken from these old studies. We have mostly roses, but also have pansies, violets, animals, and more! It’s a great way to redecorate inexpensively, as well as to repurpose the prints for your craft projects.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I am the author of a book on a French Victorian watercolorist, Paul de Longpre (b.1855, d. 1911). I originally put my reproductions online to draw in folks who might be able to add some information to my book. The reception and demand for his prints was enormous, and now I also offer other artist’s prints, and have folks who paint for me.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

We make rose and flower reproduction prints. They are made at a professional graphics firm, and we approve each and every one of them as they are made, in person, on site. We print them on heavy stock, and the color layers are thick and beautiful.

What inspires your work?           

Victorian art has always been my passion, the Realist style of painting, that is, flowers in their natural form. The old art is just so different from what we see today. We feel the history of how each print was made, and the Victorian artist behind it, is just as important as the image itself.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

We are always introducing new prints for market, and are currently using our prints in re-purposed items such as framed prints in old antique frames, mirrors, windows, and more.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

We sell prints that other vendors do have not. We have our own unique line, and tend to not duplicate what someone else has on the market. Our extensive collection of old prints allows us this flexibility.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

We are a home based business.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

It is always hard to gauge what the client is looking for, but what we do know now is that the demand for roses, pink in particular, never seems to decline!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just go for it! Each person has their own niche, discover your potential.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I am an active antique collector, and also enjoy fly fishing!

What is your favorite quote?

“Do what you have to be happy in this life” (from the Bridges of Madison County movie)

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can go to our online site on Etsy,, our own website:, and also our Ruby Lane antique website at

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

In addition to Etsy, we also sell the ANTIQUE prints on our Ruby Lane website

If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

April – National Poetry Month

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

April is National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Today members of the Christmas In July team share their favorite poems.

Nancy from VictorianRosePrints

“Do what you have to, to be happy in this life.”

Bridges of Madison County



Lin Collette from rhodyart

“Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.”

“Easter 1916” by William Butler Yeats



Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery

“For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;”

Andrew Marvell’s to his coy mistress



Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection

“Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

The Tyger by William Blake.



Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering

“Wi’ sma’ to sell, and less to buy,
Aboon distress, below envy,
O wha wad leave this humble state,
For a’ the pride of a’ the great?
Amid their flaring, idle toys,
Amid their cumbrous, dinsome joys,
Can they the peace and pleasure feel
Of Bessy at her spinning-wheel?”

Bess and Her Spinning Wheel
Robert Burns



Noel from MinkCouture


Quoth the Raven



Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost



Karen from KarenLovesAntiques

“When you’re up against a trouble, Meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace.”

“See It Through” by Edgar Albert Guest



Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.




Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

“Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

“Secrets of the Sea” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns

“it was cold when you left this morning
hurriedly gathering up your belongings
and snapping on your expensive watch
an early mist had descended opaque white
casting a haunting blanket over the world
a moist cocoon into which you disappeared
leaving me inside
yet outside”
© Dawn Whitehand

Drawing I did for this poem written by myself on 27th Feb 2013!