From photoblog to vintage cards… The range of “Betty’s beautiful life” vintage cards

A while ago I opened an Instagram account. I had enjoyed being on Face Book for a few years but I was getting more and more interested in communicating through photography with like minded people. The tag allows you to jump from photo to photo and by then discover what your contacts or anyone else for that matter experience at that very moment. Not much text… a title and a few tags and off you go that is you in business.

I opened the account just before travelling and made a point of tagging the photographs with the locations where I was, my impressions on the day, so well chosen names… and jumping from tag to tag I learned to discover the local cafe no guide book would have taken me to or the secret beach that is not in any specialist list. Instagram is completely open so no restrictions.

I love the simplicity of the filters, no mess, clean and very specific, you will find the filter which is you for sure…. mine is Hefe… and you?

 The square photos with the white border have always appealed to me with their old fashion shape, I have always liked the old fashion photos. But those have hooked me up and by the second month of having the account I set myself a new task “take a photo a day keeps doctor away” ….. take a happy photo everyday of my life wherever I am, whatever I do. And I have never looked back. “Betty’sbeautifullife” was born.

Have you every though of positivity at its highest level? In every situation make sure you see the silver lining of any cloud. It does work, positivity becomes reflex…

 This has tought me to smile in any situation, to look for the interesting detail to photograph wherever I am…

But its the most recent development of this photo blog which has made me happy… Out of getting so many great pieces of feed back I have decided for those photos to be printed and mounted on a recycled card, completely acid free, I use a Chinese seal with my name in bright red in signature ! It’s like … My other life detaching itself to go and inspire others ! 

Hence my “ ‘s range of cards… Vintage cards… what do you think? Good idea ? I guess yes because I have recently delivered an order of those cards to The Art Lovers House… Photos of the various rooms ! Some important details… The buyer was very excited ! She thought they might appeal to bride and groom to be as wedding invitation! Now that is so positive !!!!

 So have a wee looks at my Instagram page “Bettysbeautifullife” if you like anything give me a wee email at . I will turn any of those photos in a lovely card for you! You really want to start recording your happy moments soon … But in the meantime ! I will share mine with you. My cards are for sale on Etsy and in the shop of The House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.


Betty x

In the Garden 

Sun is shy in Glasgow ! It so ironical that while I am seating in a place where the days are so much longer than say in the South of France we get so little sun light … A little annoying if I may say so ! But the up side is that comes the end of July when all flowers are burned up in all French gardens we have beautiful blooms here and they are here to stay for another long while … A pleasure for the eyes. 

No hose pipe bans in scotland that is for sure ! 

crazy for you rose

But the downside is off course the speed at which weeds grow. Spend an afternoon on your knees weeding and by the time you have sat down for that well deserved coffee … Those weeds have grown back … A lost battle before you start it ! 

And off course there are the slugs … Should you be innocently planting delicate plants and soft herbs they will have an overnight feast and by the time you make it back to the garden the next morning … GONE all your lettuces, sweet peas shoots etc .. In their fat bellys ! And for proofs you only have left the shiny trails they have left ! Shining in the sunlight of the early morning.
Never mind you can concentrate on bushes and hardy plants and I love Hydrengeas to bits … It’s a bit like the Britanny Coast had moved in my garden and my front steps … It is a bit of an obsession with me but every season I have to buy one … And most of the time they are blue ! I give them to my neighbours ! Plant them in the back! Move the pots around but at the end I always have too many !

I love winter roses as well.. I won’t bore you with the Latin name for it. They are glorious and so resilient coming out in the cold winter season with their delicate flowers which die from instant heat if you try and put them in a case inside ! 

 But my fav is definitely the little snake flower which Charles rennie Mackintosh loved to the point of painting them. I only discovered them when I moved to Glasgow and I have panted the delicate little bulbs everywhere in my garden so it’s always a surprise when one new one comes out …

I could make my garden prettier like my friend Katrina who leaves in the borders and added some delicate little touches in the shape of a painted garden shed but that is too civilised for me. My garden is a retreat to clear your head not good for a cup of tea and a chat.

Bill and Celia have a grand garden ! It’s really more like a park and it has a duck pond as well as some beautiful borders … I like walking through it but the size of it would overwhelm me.


My garden is just the right size for me and I like it to be disorganised … There is always a task at hand there for me.

I will spend a few hours in the garden today mainly getting rid of sone unwanted weeds because that is mainly what one does before you get the chance to plant something new ! 

What will your day bring you ?


Betty xx

Ps: if you like my garden photos why don’t you treat yourself to a set of them as greeting cards ? They are available on filter on thelansdownehouse ! They are the perfect treat for garden lovers.