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Source: “The Cuckoo’s Note” Laptop Skins by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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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: Flowers and Bird by Hsiao Yung Postcard | Zazzle

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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

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Sarah


This sale was a surprise as it’s a long time since I sold anything with this image.

Getting more and more tired the further away I am from the wisdom tooth extraction. Odd.

The good news? The lasering-of-the-scar-tissue-in-left-eye appointment has come through for 26th January.

Size: Greeting Card

Birthdays or holidays, good days or bad days, Zazzle’s customized greeting cards are the perfect way to convey your well-wishes and salutations on any occasion. Add a photo or pick a design and brighten someone’s day with a simple “hi”!

  • Dimensions: 5″l x 7″w (portrait) or 7″l x 5″w (landscape)
  • Printed on 110 lb, 12.5 point thick, semi-gloss paper
  • Matte finish inside for smudge-free writing
  • Add photos and text to all sides of this folded card at no extra charge
  • Printable area on the back of the card is 3″l x 4″w (portrait) or 4″l x 3″w (landscape)
  • Standard white envelopes included

Source: Bird Song New Year Card | Zazzle

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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

Source: Through a Glass Darkly Fleece Blanket | Zazzle

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Sarah

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Hope you all had a splendid Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Style: A7 Greeting Card

Classic envelope for invitations and greeting cards. 7 ¼” wide x 5 ¼” high. Works well with laser or inkjet printers. Made for 7″ x 5″ or smaller invitations and cards. Includes free inside printing.

  • Designer Tip: To ensure the highest quality print, please note that this product has multiple customizable design areas. The unfolded outside design area measures 9.2″ x 11.3″. For best results, please add 1/8″ bleed. The unfolded inside design area measures 9.2″ x 11.3″. For best results, please add 1/8″ bleed.

Paper Type: Basic

Your business and personal mailings will stand out with this smooth, vibrant, matte, 80lb text-weight paper. Contains 50% recycled content (10% post-consumer and 40% pre-consumer waste).

Source: The Peacock Collection Envelope | Zazzle

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Sarah


thanksgivingcusions

Somebody needs to close my mouth before my jaw locks into place. I’ve just sold three of these Thanksgiving Cushions on Redbubble!


Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age. Booth Tarkington


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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 23rd February 2013
My latest collage created with ephemera from my collection and a flamingo from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754, and found on Public Domain Review.

I must confess to being immoderately pleased with how this turned out, particularly…

Source: Enchanted Flamingo Collage


EGRET: ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French aigrette, from Provençal aigreta, from the Germanic base of heron.

Oh, the utter joy of finding the right texture for the right photograph and creating something entirely other. I didn’t have to go far since one of the textures I’ve used for Reflecting Egret is one I created myself. The other is from Kerstin Frank. The photograph I’ve sandwiched between the two is by Laitche and from WikimediaI discovered it when I was looking for a pelican for the most recent Cover Makeover.

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

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Sarah


Parrot Fashion © Sarah Vernon - Buy from Crated

Parrot Fashion Framed Print © Sarah Vernon – Buy from Crated

I’ve been reading up about the different red-headed parrots, of which this is one, but I can’t begin to tell you which. The name on the original print from the Biodiversity Heritage Library that I have used, ‘platycercus’, seems to be a very general term, hence the confusion. I have combined it with several textures of my own.

Didn’t you always know that parrots were extremely intelligent? I give you this excerpt from Creation.com:

[…] researchers have shown what many parrot owners have known or suspected—that parrots can use individual words in appropriate situations. For example, studies by Brandeis University (USA) researcher Dr Irene Pepperberg on an African Grey parrot named “Alex” showed that these birds have an impressive intelligence—about the same as a five-year-old child. When Pepperberg’s research subjects spoke English, it was not mere “parrot fashion”. She said, “If I ask Alex … how many keys; he’ll tell me ‘two’. If I ask him what colour, he’ll say ‘green’ and if I ask him what shape, he’ll say ‘three-quarter’.” He was able to correctly identify 100 objects, do simple addition and identify seven colours, just as children do.

The article goes on to say that parrots can also behave like five-year-old children in deliberately choosing not to give the right answer even though they know it full well. Wouldn’t you just know it!

Parrot Fashion Laptop Skin © Sarah Vernon - Buy at Redbubble

Parrot Fashion Laptop Skin © Sarah Vernon – Buy from Redbubble

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

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 23 July 2014

First Night Design

Hummingbird Tune @ First Night DesignHummingbird Tune @ First Night Design

Inspired by the exquisite paintings of Janet Weight Reed, whose running motif is the hummingbird, I have used the same background as in Seagull Sonata to showcase this rather splendid hummingbird (Mdf on Wikimedia Commons).

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 21 July 2014

First Night Design

Seagull Sonata © First Night DesignSeagull Sonata © First Night Design

I created Seagull Sonata with a photograph from Wikimedia and applied several textures, including one by Kerstin Frank, to produce a digital watercolour.

Hark to the whimper of the seagull.
He weeps because he’s not an ea-gull.
Suppose you were, you silly seagull.
Could you explain it to your she-gull?

Ogden Nash

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Diomedea © Sarah Vernon

Diomedea © Sarah Vernon


‘Once you decide that it is the art that is important and not how popular and well-received you are, you no longer have an albatross.’
Stephen Stills, musician and instrumentalist. (Remember Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young?)


This was a fascinating process. My original idea had been to do this albatross, or Diomedea, from the Biodiversity Heritage Library in exactly the same manner as my Biodiversity bird collection but playing with textures wrought a very different result, as you can see.

I placed a first layer of plain yellow in Normal mode. The second layer is 2 Lil’ Owls’ Beguiling-22 texture in Colour Burn mode. I added Angie Makes’ bluewatercolor in Multiply mode and finally another 2 Lil’ Owls, Beguiling-18, in Linear Burn mode. The final touch was the albatross in Subtract mode. It may appear as if it was very simple but it wasn’t, of course, as I experimented endlessly with different blends.

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

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Sarah


‘Like a Lapwing’ © Sarah Vernon

‘Like a Lapwing’ © Sarah Vernon


‘For look where Beatrice like a lapwing runs
Close by the ground, to hear our conference.’
Hero talking with Ursula about Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, 
Act III, Scene I


I was completely wrong when I published the Ruddy Duck post to say it was the fourth in my bird collection using images from The Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr; it was the third. ‘Like a Lapwing’ is my fourth!

To read more about lapwings, visit Wikimedia. Can you tell I don’t have the energy to add information about lapwings in my own words? Nor can I summon the wherewithal to find a better source of information!

The quote, by the way, is a favourite from Much Ado. My mother was lucky enough to see Peggy Ashcroft as Beatrice at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1950. “When Dame Peg made her entrance in the scene, she was exactly like a lapwing,” said my mother.

[Sir John] Gielgud revived his own colourful, ingeniously designed 1949 production a year later, casting himself as Benedick to Peggy Ashcroft’s Beatrice. On the first night the pair drank a bottle of champagne before going on – and according to Gielgud “never played so well in our lives”. London would see the show in 1952 and 1955. The Daily Telegraph

‘Like a Lapwing’ will soon be available to buy.

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Sarah


Ruddy Duck © Sarah Vernon

Ruddy Duck © Sarah Vernon

This is the fourth in my new bird collection using images from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr. I have used the same background as for Whirring Pheasant Springs and The Cuckoo’s Note but am not using a poetical quote for its title: a ruddy duck it is and a Ruddy Duck it shall be, partly because it’s such a euphonious and satisfying phrase to say out loud.

The Ruddy Duck, or the Erismatura bird is, I have discovered (and wait for me to forget because as sure as eggs is eggs…) is found in North America and the Andes Mountains in South America (thank you, Wikipedia). They migrate in winter to coastal bays and unfrozen lakes and ponds. As for sustenance, their diet consists of the seeds and roots of aquatic plants, along with aquatic insects and crustaceans, which they secure by diving and swimming underwater. Sounds like fun.

For my next trick I will probably give you four butterfly images!

Update: The butterflies will come after the fourth one as I’ve just realised that this is the third in the series and I need to do number four! I can’t count.

Available soon!

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Sarah

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