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Loss by Wendy Cope

The day he moved out was terrible –
That evening she went through hell.
His absence wasn’t a problem
But the corkscrew had gone as well.

from Serious Concerns pub. 1993

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I was so struck by this poem from Dax Christopher that I had to re-blog it.


Justice in Winter
(The Goddess of Wind and Rain)

Deep in the woods off a long, winding road, and finding no reasons for where she now lay

Was a broken young woman half buried in snow, just married, half clothed in torn rags and the gray

Of the season that later would prey on her heart and remain there until she had seen her last day.

Dismayed eyes spoke of betrayal and hurt and had frozen, uncertain of why she was slain

In a portrait of ice and without any warning, but morning would yield all the answers she’d need.

If only she’d known of the meeting of late she might not have died there under the tree.

But as is often the case, we see everything clearer in the mirror when everything’s done and behind us.

When life gets too warm and cozy it goes without notice until something…

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This one of my favourite collage designs from way back when I didn’t really know what I was doing!

Ostensibly for Valentine’s Day, it could just as easily cover any occasion and it looks fabulous, she said modestly, on cushions, tote bags, mobile phone cases and duvet covers. (Well, she would say that, wouldn’t she!)

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Art Prints

Once I knew my logo submission for Artists 4 Peace had not been chosen, I realised I was free to sell it on prints and greeting cards, and spread the word about this excellent venture founded by Gigi and Melanie. The dove is from The Graphics Fairy.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce

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An image to brighten your week as I recently sold this at Redbubble! I must do some more pieces using this gorgeous hand-painted fan, which I inherited from my grandmother. Remind me, would you?!

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

Also available at Fine Art America.

Art Prints

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Map and banner from The Graphics Fairy.
Texture from Kerstin Frank.
Shamrock from Karen’s Whimsy.

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Valentine Seahorses
  • Did you know there are contradictions wherever you look as to whether seahorses mate for life? Most, it seems, are certainly monogamous during the courting season and can be so for several seasons after.
  • Did you know there are 35 species of seahorses?
  • Did you know that they’re very poor swimmers and can sometimes die of exhaustion in the process if the weather is particularly stormy?
  • Did you know they have chameleon-like eyes?
  • Did you know that their ‘courtship dance’ can last for 8 hours?
  • Did you know that the female of the species produces the eggs and inserts them into the male’s pouch?
  • Finally, did you know that several species of seahorse are in danger of extinction due to pollution, destruction of their usual tropical, shallow water habitats and the continuing practice of harvesting them for traditional Asian medicine?

Photo: yellow seahorse anchored to coral

Seahorses use their prehensile tails to grab onto sea grasses and corals – Photograph by George Grall [National Geographic]

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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.

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One of the most insightful of quotes about love and the nature of relationships comes from William Shakespeare and features on an early design of mine.

Love is Not Love... Card Love is Not Love… Card by FirstNightDesign

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.” Shakespeare, sonnet 116

It is easy to forget this when young.  Desperate for love after a confusing  and contradictory set of lessons from childhood, I would constantly alter and bend in my late teens and early 20s.  This is not love.  If the object of your affections wants to mould you a certain way, or you get the feeling he or she is not going to like you if you behave a certain way, this is not love.


If someone loves you, they love you, warts and all, and it matters not a jot if you have heavy thighs or a habit they find annoying.  It took me some years and many mistakes, including a marriage, to realise this. There is nothing healthier than being comfortable in your own skin. While this self-confidence, I have found, comes with age and experience, realising early on what isn’t healthy can smooth the path.  (Your time is up!)

Love Letters Valentine Throw Pillows
Love Letters Valentine Throw Pillows by FirstNightDesign

As much as I appreciate technology, I am sad that we have almost lost the art of letter-writing, particularly when it comes to love letters. It is this sadness that inspired the collage piece on this cushion. Hand-written letters of whatever description are still a joy to receive.  I  can no longer reply in kind because of  dexterity problems and hate that this is so.

Which brings me to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and  Sonnet 43, Sonnets from the Portuguese, [pub. 1850].

Pen and Ink Love Greeting Card
Pen and Ink Love Greeting Card by FirstNightDesign

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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This charming vintage bride comes from The Old Design Shop and is the cover of a 1915 Easter edition of the American periodical, Pictorial Review.  The Great War (WWI) was being waged in Europe at the time and the United States, many of whose citizens were firmly on the side of neutrality, had yet to join.  American feelings about the war were encapsulated by the popular song, also from 1915, I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier, with lyrics by Alfred Bryan, music by Al Piantadosi and sung by Ed Morton. This sheet music cover comes from Wikipedia.

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It’s never too soon to look for Valentine cards for the ones you love!

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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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Matching mug for the Dearest One binder!

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