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Just Dropping In Valentine Spiral Note Book by FirstNightDesign

Just dropping in to suggest a few more ideas for Valentine’s Day from FirstNightDesignyesterdays girlquipologyfat_fa_tinblunt cardellesgreetingshaveuhurd and golden_oldies.

A Night to Remember Valentine Pillow
A Night to Remember Valentine Pillow by FirstNightDesign

I can’t speak for my colleagues on Zazzle but FirstNight Designs have matching products available.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Miss Gladys Cooper Cards
Miss Gladys Cooper Cards by FirstNightVintage
Browse Gladys cooper Cards online at Zazzle.com
For You A Rose Greeting Card
For You A Rose Greeting Card by FirstNightVintage
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Dame Ellen Terry Cards
Dame Ellen Terry Cards by FirstNightVintage
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Wild Geese Greeting Card
Wild Geese Greeting Card by FirstNightVintage
Browse Wild geese Cards online at Zazzle.com
Dear Heart Card
Dear Heart Card by FirstNightVintage
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Temptation Greeting Cards
Temptation Greeting Cards by FirstNightVintage
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American Gothic by Grant Wood Print
American Gothic by Grant Wood Print by FirstNightVintage
Look at more Poster templates and designs online at Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Sleeping Beauty Gift Wrapping Paper
Sleeping Beauty Gift Wrapping Paper

Having just sold some of my Sleeping Beauty wrapping paper, I decided Princess Aurora, as she has been known since the animated Disney film in 1959, deserved a post of her own.

The original story, The Beauty sleeping in the wood, or La Belle au bois dormant, was published by Charles Perrault in 1697 as part of his Histoires ou contes du temps passé, before being taken up by the Brothers Grimm.

According to ListVerse, the original story has unpleasant overtones in that ‘the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And […] the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids’. Macabre, mais oui!

Sleeping Beauty Spiral Note Books
Sleeping Beauty Spiral Note Books

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


And here’s the second in the series using black & white clip art from The Graphics Fairy. In fact, Karen only added this fashion plate lady to her blog today!

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’ll admit it: I’m very taken with this latest piece of mine and you might see a whole series in the next week or so.  The background is that of a vintage postcard from my collection, while the man and his walking bicycle from the 1850s is courtesy of the ever-bountiful Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy.

The reason I have called this post The Walking Bicycle or The Dandy Horse is because the original clip art is captioned ‘The Dandy Horse’.  You can now tell your friends that you know all about dandy horses.  It’s not a mode of transport, I suspect, that ever went into production.  If you can prove me wrong, let me know at once! It might be a greeting card your father or grandfather would enjoy receiving on Father’s Day but don’t suggest he might remember such a contraption.

One of the reasons I like the design so much is that it’s in black & white.  Sometimes you hanker for a break from colour and need the deep, deep peace of monochrome.  So there you have it.

You will not be surprised to learn that I have a tab open on my browser with a search for all Karen’s black & white clip art.

STOP PRESS: I’m completely wrong!  Click here.  Karen and I may be completely out with the date of the 1850s for Wikipedia mentions the ‘dandy horse being particularly popular in the summer of 1819.  Yer learn summat everyday.

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


This new design is dedicated to you, yes, you!

A day I was looking forward to and rather dreading has arrived and that’s because you have followed and liked First Night Design on this blog, on Facebook and on Twitter to the extent that I can’t keep up.  I’m delighted, of course, but….

It galls me that I don’t have the time or the stamina to thank you all individually and explore your blogs and Facebook pages and websites.  Forgive me.

Saying or writing ‘thank you’ was a big thing in my family.  Even now it seems wrong to say ‘thank you’ by email so even if no one else does, I shall be buying not a few of the above greeting cards!

Bless you all for your support and encouragement and comments.

Oh, by the way, the woman in the photograph is the Hollywood actress Norma Talmadge (1894-1957) and is from The Library of Congress.

Director Clarence Brown once called her “the greatest pantomimist that ever drew breath.  She was a natural-born comic; you could turn on a scene with her and she’d go on for five minutes without stopping or repeating herself”.*

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I was so charmed by this vintage silhouette from The Graphics Fairy that I had no desire to tinker  and we all know how I like a bit of tinkering!

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Sarah


New greeting card for Easter created with a vintage Easter card from The Graphics Fairy and myriad  textures added to create the look of a Victorian oil painting that needs a little cleaning!

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Sarah


The Lion and the Unicorn Cards
The Lion and the Unicorn Cards by FirstNightDesign
 

This beautiful illustration of the lion and the unicorn as in Lewis Carroll‘s Alice Through the Looking Glass is not, I have to confess, my work.   I have to thank Mr FND for the use thereof!  It is now available on my Zazzle store as a greeting card (above) and a postcard (below), with more products to come.  Coming soon will be t-shirts featuring the illustration—perfect Christmas and other holiday presents for your kids.

Each includes one verse from Carroll’s ditty of The Lion and the Unicorn:

The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown:
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.

The Lion and the Unicorn
The Lion and the Unicorn by FirstNightDesign
 

Take care and keep laughing!  And I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a sublime time on Thursday.

Sarah


50% off

50% off all cards and invites on Zazzle.com only! Enter code: CHEERSAVINGS at checkout in the “Zazzle Coupons/Gift Certificates” box.  Offer is valid until the end of November 4th, 2012.

Sugar-Dusted Christmas Fruit Cards
Sugar-Dusted Christmas Fruit Cards by FirstNightDesign

Time to buy your Thanksgiving and Christmas cards, methinks or, perhaps, next year’s Halloween invitations!

Take care and keep laughing.

About Sarah & First Night Design

There Must Be A Way To Love You from First Night Vintage

This cover girl image is one that I find very endearing and I love the colour palette.  Does it appeal to you?  It’s the latest image uploaded to First Night Vintage

There Must Be a Way to Love You

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Sarah


This is from my new gallery at Zazzle, First Night Vintage, which focuses on every kind of vintage image from theatre to the Masters and much else in between. This particular image is an archive sheet music cover from the 1920s and is actually one of my favourites. The colours, the tone and the typeface enthrall me!

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Sarah

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