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Size: Gift Bag – Wine

Package your presents perfectly with fully personalized gift bags! Design them with favorite photos or messages for any occasion, including birthdays and weddings. These gift bags are made with premium quality paper and printed with vivid ink to make your gift giving truly special.

  • Dimensions: 4.75” l x 4” w x 13” h
  • Perfect size for a wine bottle
  • Made with premium quality paper for extra durability
  • Choice of matte or glossy finish
  • Available in 3 additional sizes

Source: Red Rose Wine Gift Bag | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Size: Fleece Blanket, 60″x80″

It’s hard to cuddle by yourself. But with these fully customizable comfy fleece blankets, you won’t have to anymore. Customize the entire front panel and wrap yourself in personalized plush luxury. Delicate, soft and colorful, it’s the perfect blanket for picnics in the park, outdoor events, and cozy winter snuggles.

  • Available in 3 different sizes: small (30″x40″); medium (50″x 60″); large (60″x 80″)
  • 100% buttery soft and cozy polyester fleece
  • Edge-to-edge sublimation printing in vibrant full color
  • Sturdy double edge stitching for a clean finish
  • Back color is off-white
  • Machine washable, gentle cycle, mild detergent
  • Tumble dry low

This product is recommended for ages 13+ [Interesting, this, since Zazzle give example photos with babies!]

Source: Vintage Puss in Boots Christmas Montage Fleece Blanket | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


My delight knows no bounds!

Style: Women’s Perfect Square Black Leather Strap Watch

With a style that is feminine and chic, the Women’s Perfect Square Leather watch features a gorgeous leather band and a fully customizable face for the most unique timepiece you’ll ever own.

  • Women’s wrist watch
  • Material:
    • Face: Alloy
    • Strap: Leather
  • Dimensions:
    • Face: 0.944″diameter
    • Strap: 8.86″ x 0.7″
    • Case: 1.25″diameter
    • Weight: 0.107lb
  • 3-hand analog Japan Quartz®
  • Full color custom printing on face
  • Buckle closure
  • Shower proof only
  • 1 year manufacturers limited warranty
  • Battery included
  • This product is recommended for ages 13+

Source: The Cuckoo’s Note Wristwatch | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I don’t know about you but I think this detail from Une Valentine Parisienne looks fabulous on this necktie! I happen to know that lovely blogger Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord is very fond of ties so I dedicate this post to her!

Style: Tie

Upgrade your wardrobe a custom tie from Zazzle! Design one-of-a-kind ties to match any suit, dress shirt, and occasion. Upload your own unique images and patterns, or browse thousands of stylish designs to wear in the office or on a night out in the town.

  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 55″
    • Width: 4″ (at widest point)
  • Printed in vibrant full color
  • Made from 100% polyester; silky finish
  • Double-sided printing available at small upcharge. Check out the “Design Area” tab to the right to customize
  • Dry clean only

Source: Une Valentine Parisienne Tie | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Elephants in a 13th-century manuscript. THE BRITISH LIBRARY/ROYAL 12 F XIII

The animals in the image above are elephants. They were drawn sometime around the 13th or 14th century in a medieval bestiary, a type of book that described animals large and small, real and fantastic. But to a modern eye, the line between the real and the imagined is…

Source: Why Did Medieval Artists Give Elephants Trunks That Look Like Trumpets? | Atlas Obscura


Style: Table Lamp [US plug only]

Brighten up any room with this custom table lamp from Lamp-In-A-Box. Personalize the lamp shade with original artwork, photography, or bold graphics to create a statement piece that will add instant style to your home decor. Choose your trim and style for a special, one-of-a kind home or office accent.

  • Dimensions: 20″h x 7″w; Weight: 2 lbs.
  • 120 Volt; Up to 60-watt incandescent light bulb (bulb not included)
  • Available in film polyester, rice paper, and linen lamp
  • Printed with state-of-the-art 14 color vibrant printing with fade resistant ink
  • Includes a 6’ Power Cord with 2-prong USA plug and pull chain

Source: Indian Glories Table Lamp | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Though Nick and I are challenged in different ways, I know exactly how satisfying it is to be able to create a picture digitally. His mother Sue explains.

When I left him, my son was gleefully painting with a duck. The duck had, in the early stages, seemed a bit jittery, but once it had its feathers smoothed, the results were quite amusing. Now, lest…

Source: How to paint with a jittery duck | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo


The Morning of St. Valentine – John Callcott-Horsley

The Victorians were very good at taking an idea and running with it. The present day commercialisation of Valentine’s Day can be laid at their feet. And the man to thank (or blame) is Sir Row…

Source: My Victorian Valentine | Vintage Treasures


Size: 4″ x 9.25″ Invitation / Flat Card

Make custom invitations and announcements for every special occasion! Choose from twelve unique paper types, two printing options and six shape options to design a card that’s perfect for you.

  • Size : 4″ x 9.25″ (portrait) or 9.25″ x 4″ (landscape)
  • Add photos and text to both sides of this flat card at no extra charge
  • Use the “Customize it!” button to choose from 8 additional sizes and 6 shape styles
  • Two printing options available: Standard and High-Definition (New!)
  • High quality, full-color, full-bleed printing on both sides
  • 12 unique paper types and colors. Learn more
  • Discover what makes Zazzle Invitations unique. Learn more
  • Postage rate for this size invitation (up to 1 oz.) is $0.47
  • Standard white envelopes included
Paper Type: Signature Collection: Matte

The most popular paper choice, our Matte is ideal for invitations, RSVP cards, and other paper-based party essentials. Matte’s eggshell texture is soft to the touch with a smooth finish that provides the perfect backdrop for your chosen designs.

  • 120lb, 17 point thickness.
  • Soft, eggshell texture with smooth finish.
  • Made in the USA.

Printing: Standard

Our standard print process produces a full-color spectrum. Using liquid inks, our high-quality printing rivals the quality of flat printing, ensuring your images and designs are beautiful and vibrant.

Source: Mediterranean Mélange Card | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Can I see again? No, but there are odd moments of clearer vision that enable me to work in fits and starts. In this instance, I have come up with a collage, The Fruit Look.


“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
Helen Keller [1880-1968]


Ephemera used to create this collage is from Design Cuts and the Biodiversity Library on Flickr.

I have not yet uploaded it to my galleries, except for Crated, but if you’re interested,, do bookmark the page and return in a few days for all the other links.

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America [14 fulfillment centers in 5 countries]
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Orientation: Postcard

Create your own vacation-worthy postcards right here. Any view you’ve seen, any monument you’ve fallen in love with, can all be added to our postcards with our personalization tool. Craft touching, hand-written correspondence while on your next road trip!

  • Dimensions: 4.25″l x 5.6″w (portrait) or 5.6″l x 4.25″w (landscape)
  • Printed on 110 lb, 12.5 point thick, semi-gloss paper
  • Postage rate: $0.34

Source: Island Love Postcard | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 10th February 2015

A Valentine image taken from a vintage postcard in my collection that early readers may know but is here shown on heart stickers, greeting cards and make-up bags.  Heart Stickers Greeting Cards iP…

Source: First Night Design | “Your lips know what to do, just like sea anemones.”

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Perhaps I should just do cushions and be done with it!

Size: Throw Pillow 16″ x 16″

Accent your home with custom pillows from Zazzle and make yourself the envy of the neighborhood. Made from high-quality Simplex knit fabric, these 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle-free. The heavyweight stretch material provides beautiful color definition for your design while also being the perfect complement to your couch!

  • Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (square)
  • Simplex knit fabric; 100% polyester; wrinkle-free
  • Hidden zipper enclosure; synthetic-filled insert included
  • Machine washable
  • Made in the USA

Source: Burlap Simple Mustard Yellow Throw Pillow | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Update: Well, I’ve no idea what happened but this post originally included a couple of paragraphs about how happy I was that Mary Smith of My Dad’s a Goldfish had bought four Jungle Look cushions for her living room sofa. And don’t they look splendid! I recommended that you visit her website about looking after her father who had dementia, a recounting that offers humour (sometimes black) and comfort for anyone in a similar situation. I can’t remember what else I said but I’m sure it was interesting and amusing! Thank you, Mary.

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© Mary Smith

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© Mary Smith

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America [14 fulfillment centers in 5 countries]

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I just adore this portrait of Elizabeth Farren! As soon as I enter the gallery where she is housed (in the European wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), I swoon. I hardly notice any othe…

Source: The Portrait of Elizabeth Farren, Painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1789) | cliocult…Muse your brain!

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