😱 This is a quick note to say I’m still having problems commenting on your blogs. The search for a cure continues. Piggybacking on someone else’s comment worked for a short time but no longer. And don’t mention the Block Editor…! 😱

Sarah


First Night Design

As far back as the 16th century, monks and peasants wandered the secluded Puster Valley fortressed by the icy mountains of the Tyrolean Alps in search of the glistening, silky homes of spiders and caterpillars. Gently plying away the gossamer material with fingertips or a small knife, they would take the cobwebs and transform them into…

Source: The Lost Art of Painting on Cobweb Canvases | Atlas Obscura

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First Night History

A painting of the Battle of Trafalgar, showing the fatal wounding of Lord Nelson on the deck of the HMS Victory. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)

In the middle of the Napoleonic War, Britain’s most famous naval hero is struck by a fatal musket ball at the very moment of his greatest strategic triumph. Rather than bury his body at sea, a quick-thinking Irish surgeon preserves it in a cask of brandy lashed to the deck of the ship. A hurricane is on the horizon and the mast has been shot off; there is no way to hang the sails that would get ship (and body) to England quickly.

The two words that stand out in this story? Brandy and surgeon.

The scenario described is the death of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, a moment so central to Britain’s story of itself that in a 2002 BBC…

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  • Mini Champagne Bottle Labels (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm)
  • Easily customise mini champagne bottles and make it 100% your own.
  • Perfect for weddings, birthday parties, and baby showers.
  • Dimensions: (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm)
  • Each set includes 10 matte labels
  • Scratch-resistant and waterproof
  • Vibrant, full-colour, photo-quality printing that stands the test of time.
  • Easy peel-and-stick method; labels are easily applied by removing the crack and peeling back to expose the permanent adhesive
    No, I’m not sure exactly what they mean by ‘removing the crack’ either!

Source: Halloween: The Final Frontier Mini Champagne Labels

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


  • MIRROR IMAGE CUSHION FROM REDBUBBLE
  • MIRROR IMAGE CUSHION FROM REDBUBBLE

This cushion, Mirror Image, is my current favourite. In other words, I’m showing off in public how much I like and enjoy my work! A pleasingly large number of these images are best sellers in one form or another. As for the ones I like least, there are quite a few I’d delete at the drop of a hat but I can’t because these are also bestsellers!

‘Seven years ago, a hesitant sonographer informed my husband and me that our second baby was identical twins. Our shock was seismic. We didn’t know any twins or anything about twins. Frankly, we weren’t even quite sure how we’d managed it. Separately and instantly, we came to the same conclusion: we’d need a new car, probably a new house and certainly a new job to pay for it all, which … ‘
Nine Things I Have Learned From Having Twins

I won’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent trying to make the slideshow and accompanying caption clickable. I’ve given up for today! Here is the link writ large:

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Give Thanks at Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

Features:

  • Custom printed for pretty much every special thing there is
  • Digitally printed cards on heavyweight stock
  • The uncoated blank interior provides a superior writing surface
  • Each card comes with a kraft envelope for mailing or gifting

Source: “Give Thanks at Thanksgiving” Greeting Card @ Redbubble

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Extreme Vogue Throw Pillow Cover @ Redbubble #Sold!
Extreme Vogue Throw Pillow Cover @ Redbubble #Sold!

Features

  • Vibrant double-sided print throw pillows to update any room
  • Independent designs, custom printed when you order
  • Soft and durable 100% spun polyester cover with an optional Polyester fill/insert
  • Concealed zip opening for a clean look and easy care
  • Note: Some designs are not available in all sizes.
  • We recommend using inserts/fills that are bigger than the covers to ensure a plump finish

Source: Extreme Vogue Throw Pillow Cover @ Redbubble

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

 


Geoffrey Fletcher – D.Bliss, Alderney Rd 1979 (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

With your help, this October [2017] I plan to publish EAST END VERNACULAR, a beautifully illustrated hardback book celebrating the work of artists who painted London’s East End streets in the 20th century.

In recent years, the East London Group of painters has been successfully reclaimed from obscurity – but I have found there are plenty of equally wonderful artists who came before and after who also deserve to be recognised, and a survey of all this important work is…

Source: East End Vernacular | Spitalfields Life


The original photograph is by Joshua Hibbert at Unsplash and I had enormous fun changing the dimensions of each element and layering the result with a couple of my textures, one orange and…

Source: First Night Design | The Magic Lighthouse #Art


On the 30th of August 1797, English novelist Mary (Wollstonecraft) Shelley was born in London. She was the wife and muse of Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley, daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and of philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, she was most famous for her Gothic novel Frankenstein (1818). Much of Mary Godwin’s personal life was fraught with misfortune and grief. Almost as soon as she had given literary birth to her hideous creature Frankenstein, her world began to…

Source: The Tragedies of Mary Shelley | A R T L▼R K

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