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One of my favourite sheet music covers.
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Sarah

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Sarah


Mademoiselle Couture Greeting Card for Sale by Sarah Vernon. Our premium-stock greeting cards are 5″ x 7″ in size and can be personalized with a custom message on the inside of the card. All cards are available for worldwide shipping and include a money-back guarantee.

Source: Mademoiselle Couture Greeting Card for Sale by Sarah Vernon

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Sarah


I was surprised to discover that I have never added Beulah, Peel Me A Grape to this blog. Or the WordPress search isn’t working properly! Do I need to tell you where the title comes from? No, I thought not.

While you can find all kinds of gifts and products with this design in my other online galleries (as in the links below), I have chosen to feature what is available at Fine Art America.

And now I’m going to go back on my avowed intention and show you a Rickshaw Messenger Bag from Zazzle because I like it so much!

Vintage lady and grapes courtesy of The Graphics Fairy with my own textures added.

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


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


I’m  not sure about this piece. Are you?

Extreme Vogue © Sarah Vernon

Extreme Vogue © Sarah Vernon

The starting point was a vintage Vogue cover from Wikimedia and a couple of textures from my arsenal. I love the colours that have been produced by adding these backgrounds but I need some other opinions before I decide to upload it to my galleries. Thank you in anticipation!



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Sarah


Paul-François Quinsac (1858–1929) was a French artist who specialised in mythological and allegorical subjects, figures and landscapes.

His painting A Beauty in Violet (1909) was the perfect backdrop to create a faux-Victorian advertisement with vintage elements from The Graphics Fairy, including an intricate twirl for a headpiece, embellished with one of my embossed flowers that I created in the early days.

Déjeuner de Luxe Flask
Déjeuner de Luxe Flask by FirstNightDesign

Déjeuner de Luxe Postcard
Déjeuner de Luxe Postcard by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


Theatrical Attitude © Sarah Vernon

Theatrical Attitude © Sarah Vernon

This enchantress  was the famous late 19th and early 20th century actress and singer Miss Marie Tempest [1864-1942], who is referred to in the description on the back of my original print as ‘the prima donna of the English stage’ and possessing ‘a very beautiful voice which has had the training it deserves’.

I imagined a faded portrait in a frame that has suffered neglect and fire damage with a hint of gold breaking through. Naturally, I imagined no such thing but this is what came out when I faffed around in Photoshop with a couple of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls: 2LO Confetti 6 (Normal), 2LO – Crackle 11 (Multiply).

Theatrical aficionados might be interested to learn that the actress was the original Judith Bliss in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever. She was made a Dame in  1937.


“Hitler has taken nearly everything from me but my life, but you can’t live on regret. You’ve got to live for the present and future, not the past.”
She was forced to sell her art collection after losing her home in a German air raid during WWII. IMDb


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

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Sarah


The Bride Beautiful © Sarah Vernon

The Bride Beautiful © Sarah Vernon


“Dead people are easy to love. It’s the living ones who are hard.”
Laurence Overmire


This late Victorian beauty in her exquisite wedding gown is an ancestor. At least, I have assumed she’s part of my family. Unframed, she was among my father’s possessions when I was sorting everything out after he died in 1997. Was she a Vernon marrying someone else? Was she another lady marrying into the Vernon family.  She lay among a pile of other—recognisable—family photographs but I had never seen her before. There is nothing written on the back and it is too late to ask him about her identity. I have wondered ever since, a wondering that may well lead to a work of fiction!

It could be, of course, that she is from my mother’s (Hoskyns) side of the family and became accidentally mixed up with my father’s photographs. Her eyebrows suggest she’s a Hoskyns. Alas, I will never know.


“You are the fairy tale told by your ancestors.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut


There was little restoration needed: I have merely brushed out the imperfections and made the sepia tones a little more vibrant. I almost adapted her in my usual way but when I added a French Brocante document as a faint background, Mr FND said, ’No!’ He was quite right.


“No one can be free who has a thousand ancestors.”
L.M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs


I did do a Google search in case the lady was a known person but all it came up with was ‘Best guess for this image: Lord Tweedmouth‘, which made me hoot with laughter.

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

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Sarah


I have sold two more cushions — very heaven!


‘Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
But to be young was very heaven.’
William Wordsworth, The Prelude


Romantic Meeting Throw Pillows
Romantic Meeting Throw Pillows

Click here for the original Romantic Meeting post.

Romantic Meeting is available on other products at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK

White Rabbit is available on other products at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK

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Sarah


From the Archives (27-08-12).

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There’s an elegant lady in New Orleans who’s having a party!  Yes, I was delighted to start the week with 75 invitations sold.  I drew The Lady in the Big Hat with LiveBrush software which enables me to draw as I used to before Limited Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis put paid to using my hands thus!

The Lady in the Big Hat #1 Personalized Announcements
The Lady in the Big Hat #1 Personalized Announcements by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah

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A feast of elements went into creating Regency Rapture. A companion piece to Mademoiselle Couture, it uses the same lady from EKDuncan. The ostrich egg on the base of gilded bronze, an anonymous piece made between 1760 and 1765, is from the Rijksmuseum, which you may recognise from Goose and Frog’s Easter Journey. The vintage advertising comes from The Graphics Fairy and the flourish atop the small ostrich egg duplicate is from Mindy Somers’ Vintage Art Download. I should not forget the green texture background, which is from 2 Lil’ Owls Confetti Collection, as if you hadn’t already guessed!

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

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Sarah


I enjoy poor health and have been enjoying it particularly in the last twenty-four hours! My internet connection has also been enjoying poor health. The combination means I have only been able to visit a fraction of the blogs I follow. I could say I’ll catch up when both conditions are bang to rights but I know from experience that it just ain’t gonna happen!

In the meantime, here’s an old post for your delectation. Have a beautiful Wednesday, my dear friends!

First Night Design

A Lady PondersA Lady Ponders © First Night Design

A quick post to show my latest image, a re-imagining of a vintage photograph of an Edwardian lady from The Graphics Fairy and my own backgrounds and textures.  I could not sleep last night and this is what transpired.  I do hope it appeals to you.  As always, I welcome your comments.

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Sarah

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Still no connection so one from the archive.

First Night Design

Little Bo Peep illustrated by Walter CraneLittle Bo Peep illustrated by Walter Crane 1885 [Wikipedia]

Well now, boys and girls, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Once upon a time, there was a little English shepherdess who lost all her sheep.

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.
Little Bo Peep fell fast asleep
And dreamt she heard them bleating,
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For they were all still fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook
Determined for to find them.
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they left their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo Peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails side by side
All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh, and…

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Lady Wears the Green for St Patrick
Lady Wears the Green for St Patrick by FirstNightDesign
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And here’s one I did last year.

Wearing the Green on St Patrick's Day Greeting Card
Wearing the Green on St Patrick’s Day Greeting Card by FirstNightDesign
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Both ladies are from the enormous collection of free vintage images at The Graphics Fairy.

Saint Patrick was a gentleman
Who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland
Here’s a drinkee to his health!
But not too many drinkees
Lest we lose ourselves and then…
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see them snakes again!
Author unknown

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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