First Night Design | Heavens to Betsy—25 Sold #Thanksgiving


Buy Give Thanks Postcards from Zazzle © Sarah Vernon
Buy Give Thanks Postcards from Zazzle © Sarah Vernon

Heavens to Betsy! My weekend has been totally transformed by an email from Zazzle telling me I’ve sold 25 of these Give Thanks Postcards.

The main image is a photograph of our garden – they’re actually Cretan olive trees in the background – and a couple of textures. I’ve used Photoshop to create a Thanksgiving scene with a pumpkin from The Graphics Fairy and an open book from The Cottage Market.

Buy Give Thanks Business Cards © Sarah Vernon
Buy Give Thanks Business Cards © Sarah Vernon

Are you wondering about the phrase ‘Heavens to Betsy’? I have to acknowledge that it’s one of my favourite sayings. I learn, however, that it’s fallen out of use and considered far too anachronistic. Tough. I shall never stop using it. It seems it originated in America in the late 19th century. No one knows who Betsy was and the etymologist Charles Earle Funk said the origins of the phrase were ‘completely unsolvable’. [#1]

The Oxford English Dictionary gives the first written use as from a short-story collection by Rose Terry Cooke, Huckleberries Gathered From New England Hills published in 1892. [#1; #2]

I’m also very fond of ‘Heavens to Murgatroyd!’ but I’ll leave that lovely for another day.

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

29 thoughts on “First Night Design | Heavens to Betsy—25 Sold #Thanksgiving

  1. I know this is an older article but I found you via @RobertHughes05 and had to comment. What a nice surprise! I was an English major in college with an emphasis on etymology.

    Thanks for the fun read!

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  2. Very cool news Sarah – congratulations! And, wow I just love the scene – can’t imagine seeing such a beautiful place every day. Wonderful results in your layering.

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