First Night Design | Christmas Emporium #Gifts #Art

Christmas Emporium © Sarah Vernon
Christmas Emporium © Sarah Vernon

The original photograph is a marvellous shot of the Art Nouveau building designed by Paul Hankar for a late 19th century  florists in Brussels. I downloaded it a couple of years ago from Wikimedia. I’d always wanted to do something with it but the resolution was low. I looked for it again recently, having lost the image during the computer saga of this time last year, and downloaded it once more. I resized it with Perfect Photo Suite and while it would not have passed muster on its own, I knew that a duplicate in Overlay mode, would enable me to transform it into a high-resolution Christmas treat.

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Everything Christmassy that has been added, such as the angel and baby top left, the Father Christmas bottom right, the holly over the door, the ‘Compliments of the Season’ etching top right and so forth, is from The Graphics Fairy, apart from a painting by Eloise Harriet Stannard (1829–1915) called Christmas Still Life, also from Wikimedia, which is bottom right behind Santa. The eagle-eyed will realise it’s the same still life I used a detail from to create the most recent book cover makeover.

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Buy Greeting Cards from Zazzle

A goose never voted for an early Christmas.  Irish Saying

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At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
Thomas Tusser “The Farmer’s Daily Diet”


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Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Charles Schulz


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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
Bob Hope


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Buy Calendar Chocolates at Zazzle

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

Take care and keep laughing!


20 thoughts on “First Night Design | Christmas Emporium #Gifts #Art

  1. Gorgeous retro design Sarah, as Janet says harks back to a less c commercialised era of Christmas – says she, busy stocking her boutique to the gunnels in hopes of some excessive Christmas spending, ah well, we have to make a living!

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  2. Amazing Christmas theme and design Sarah – love seeing it on the wide-variety of items. Reminds me of the old days when store-front windows were elegantly decorated for the season. This is another favorite.

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