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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

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Source: Une Valentine Parisienne Tie | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


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Source: Mediterranean Mélange Card | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I had a two-day window last week during which I could see rather better than usual. I read a book and created the piece below. Back to ‘normal’ now, though!

I blended and tweaked two images from Wikimedia. One is advertising a French event on 14th July 1915 in aid of The Great War. The other is a fashion illustration from Journal des dames et des modes, 1913, by H. Robert Dammy. Both are delightful in their own right but blending them together was a fascinating process and enhanced the Art Deco effect.

I can’t pretend it’s my favourite period in the history of the decorative arts when it comes to architecture and interior design but the fashion and illustration of the time has a place in my heart.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Orientation: Postcard

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Source: Time for Tea #8 Postcard | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


As you know, I can never resist altering a modern photograph in order to give it a vintage feel. The original photograph of Saint Étienne Fontaine du Square Jean Cocteau in Paris is by Daniel Vill…

Source: First Night Design | Saint-Étienne Re-imagined #Art


I’m delighted to have sold this poster while poorly. I’m on the mend, though, and really appreciate your comforting wishes. Thank you.

Vintage French postcard from The Graphics Fairy and a background from Textures of Italy.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


A R T L▼R K

61C8tjcyicL._SX385_On the 10th of July 1928, French artist Bernard Buffet was born in Paris. Buffet belonged to a group – “L’Homme Témoin (The Witness)” – along with Bernard Lorjout and André Minaux, considered as a new school of figurative painting. Going against the emerging trend of abstraction in modern painting, Buffet remained an Expressionist through and through: during his last visit to Musée Bernard Buffet in May 1996, he is recorded to have said, “I want you to have a dialogue with my paintings by pure affection. Painting is not something to talk about or to analyse; it is something just to feel. A hundredth of a second is enough to judge a painting.” (Musée Bernard Buffet).

In 1948, when Buffet first became popular to the public, the gloom, pessimism, and horror of his work appeared to be related to recent history and the end of the war…

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Petit Rose Confection Throw Pillow
Petite Rose Confection Throw Pillow by FirstNightDesign

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Born in New York in 1893 to a French father and a Polish mother, Florence’s mother died when the little girl was 2, and her father died when she was only 15. She went to live with acquaintances, first in Rome, then in Berlin, and in 1924, at age 31, she moved to Paris. Trained as a painter, by 1928 she had abandoned painting in favor of becoming a free-lance photographer. Many of her photographs incorporate…

Source: Paris Between the Wars – “H” is for Florence Henri


Source: Gyula Halász (1899-1984) | Tal faràs, tal trobaràs

Brassaï: The Eye of Paris

“My ambition has always been to show the everyday city as if we were discovering it for the first time.”

Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász) was born in Hungary and came to Paris in 1924, working first as a journalist and then embracing photography, but it was the Paris of the 1930s that came to form the bedrock of his work. Walking the city streets at night, Brassaï discovered a previously unseen world and captured it on camera. He shows us every face and every facet, from tough guys and showgirls to prostitutes and pleasure-seekers, from the bustling cafés and dance halls to the stillness of deserted streets and mist-shrouded monuments. Through his eyes, Paris becomes a world of shadows, in which light, the prerequisite for any photograph, is reduced to…

Source: Gyula Halász (1899-1984) | Tal faràs, tal trobaràs


On the 14th of February 1890, Welsh artist, writer and bohemian party girl Nina Hamnett was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Her emerging artistic skill helped her escape an unhappy childhood. She moved to London where she studied at Pelham Art School, then the London School of Art and in 1914 she went to Montparnasse, Paris, to study at Marie Wassilieff’s Academy. Her social life and artistic career rapidly took off.

“A natural rebel, with her tall, boyish figure, short hair, unconventional clothes, and flamboyant behaviour, Hamnett rapidly became a well-known bohemian personality. A self-appointed artistic ambassador between London and Paris, friends and mentors included Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Amedeo Modigliani, Walter Sickert, Roger Fry, and Augustus John. She benefited from…

Source: Artist Nina Hamnett, Jazz Age’s Wildest Party Girl | A R T L▼R K


Bicycling Through Paris

Bicycling Through Paris © Sarah Vernon

The events in Paris are frightening and heartbreaking. My heart goes out to everyone.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Saint Étienne Re-imagined © Sarah Vernon

Saint-Étienne Re-imagined © Sarah Vernon

As you know, I can never resist altering a modern photograph in order to give it a vintage feel. The original photograph of Saint Étienne Fontaine du Square Jean Cocteau in Paris is by Daniel Villafruela on Wikimedia which I have blended with textures from 2 Lil’ Owls.


“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.”
Jean Cocteau


 “Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
Jean Cocteau


“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? ”
Jean Cocteau


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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


No transport equals no computer repair and no means of buying a new one. Bah humbug!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah x

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Bicycling Through Paris Bicycling Through Paris © First Night Design

Original art © First Night Design.
Paris Eiffel Tower postcard and girl on bicycle: The Graphics Fairy
Linking to Brag Monday
Now available on products at my Zazzle gallery.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Don’t even think about asking for news of my computer! Enjoy, instead, this post from Christmas past.
Take care and keep laughing!
Sarah x

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas Throw Pillows
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Throw Pillows

The mice attacked the Holy Family –
The one I bought in Prague, made out of straw.
By Christmas, Joseph was an amputee
And Mary and the baby were no more.
But I have other treasures to display –

Father Christmas Gift Wrap
Father Christmas Gift Wrap by FirstNightDesign

Two perching birds, a Santa Claus, a clown,
A rooster from the church in Santa Fe,
A little harp and drum, a shoe, a crown –

Thanksgiving Rooster Poker Deck
Thanksgiving Rooster Poker Deck by FirstNightDesign

Collected in the years I’ve lived with you,
The years of warmth and love and Christmas trees,

Scrapbook Fir Tree Spiral Notebook
Scrapbook Fir Tree Spiral Notebook by FirstNightDesign

And someone to come home to, someone who
Can share what I bring back from overseas
And sometimes travel with me. Darling, look –
Our moon from Paris, glittering on its hook.

Home Sweet Home for Christmas Plaques
Home Sweet Home for Christmas Plaques by FirstNightDesign

Take care…

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