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I’m considering my version of ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’, as printed in The Spectator when the late journalist had been rather too drunk or hung over to write his Low Life column. Mine will have to be shorthand for truly being unwell rather than drunk (I say this while slurping a Bailey’s at ten past midnight)! In the meantime, nothing new has been diagnosed and no new art created to display. This is one from the past that I’m very fond of.

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Garlic is for Heroes © First Night DesignGarlic is for Heroes © First Night Design

‘What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.’
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor [1848-1907]

It was seeing this quote in an iPhone app that inspired Garlic is for Heroes, which I created with a photograph from Wikimedia and a texture overlay from, yes, 2 Lil’ Owls. It was an interesting reversal of my usual method where a visual idea comes first. I was so taken with the quote, I had to do something with garlic!

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens by De Witt C. Ward via Wikimedia Commons.

Saint-Gaudens, of whom I had not previously heard, was a sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who is said to have embodied the ideals of the ‘American Renaissance’. Wikipedia

I have taken my title from another quote, this time one by our old friend Anonymous who once said, “Shallots are for babies; onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.”

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This cute illustration of a young witch (surely an innocent apprentice!), with her cat and pumpkin carriage, takes us back to the early 20th century when greeting card illustration was highly inventive and extremely popular. I have given her a new lease of life with a starry night background.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE: 24th September 2014
The Court-Harman Girls Greeting Card School stories have always been popular and continue so to be. When I was a child, my contemporaries and I were suckers for Elinor M Brent-Dyer’s Chalet S…

Source: First Night Design | You’re a Brick, Angela!

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Sarah


Size: Gift Bag – Wine

Package your presents perfectly with fully personalized gift bags! Design them with favorite photos or messages for any occasion, including birthdays and weddings. These gift bags are made with premium quality paper and printed with vivid ink to make your gift giving truly special.

  • Dimensions: 4.75” l x 4” w x 13” h
  • Perfect size for a wine bottle
  • Made with premium quality paper for extra durability
  • Choice of matte or glossy finish
  • Available in 3 additional sizes

Source: Red Rose Wine Gift Bag | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Size: Christmas Stocking (9″ x 16″)

Stop Santa in his tracks this year with fabulous one-of-a-kind stockings. Made from bright and vividly printed polyester, these stockings are too pretty for coal. Give holiday cheer when you gift a 100% personalized stocking decorated with favorite pictures, treasured memories, cherished quotes, and more. The perfect addition to brighten any holiday mantle decor.

  • Dimension: 9″ x 16″
  • Material: Available in 3 different styles; all 100% polyester
  • Sturdy sewn-in loop for hanging
  • Machine washable, lay flat to dry
  • Made in USA

Source: Scrapbook Robins Small Christmas Stocking | Zazzle

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Sarah


Taken from original copper-plate engravings for Mr Pug’s Visit; or, the Disasters of Mr. Punch, published in 1806 by J. Harris on the corner of St. Paul’s Church Yard.

Layout: Single Page

Make each day an important occasion with a customized calendar from Zazzle. You can add photos for each month, and even use our Calendar Grid Transparency to mark off important family and life events. A great gift to hand out or just to hang in your home or office!

  • Available in 2 sizes:
    • Small: 11”l x 7″w
    • Medium: 17”l x 11″w
  • Printed on sturdy high-quality paper with vibrant full-color, full-bleed printing
  • Choose from 16 unique grid styles, 21 language & culture styles and 4 holiday & event templates
  • Pick your own year, start and end dates, and calendar length
  • Wire binding available 7 different colors
  • Perfect holiday gift for family members

Source: Punch & Judy Calendar | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: Bird in the Hand Neck Tie | Zazzle

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Sarah


Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: Buon Natale Gift Tags | Zazzle

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Sarah


Features / Creation 2 February 2015 / Everyday Women 16 October 2014 / Artists with Disabilities 16 October 2014 / Visual Texture Group 15 October 2014

Photoshop / Own ephemera & textures

• Also buy this artwork on bags, apparel, stickers, and more.

Source: “Bird in the Hand” Studio Pouches by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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Sarah


Holly Christmas Greeting Card
Holly Christmas Greeting Card

Look, Mummy, look! I’ve decorated the inside of these cards as well.

Holly Christmas Greeting Card
Holly Christmas Greeting Card

And I’ve made them in several different languages along with a secular one. Aren’t I clever, Mummy!

Season’s Greetings Postcard
Season’s Greetings Postcard

As you can see, they’re available as cards and postcards and look, matching gift tags!

Season’s Greetings Pack Of Gift Tags
Season’s Greetings Pack Of Gift Tags

Matching wrapping paper.

Joyeux Noël Wrapping Paper
Joyeux Noël Wrapping Paper

Matching paper napkins.

Buon Natale Standard Cocktail Napkin
Buon Natale Standard Cocktail Napkin

Matching mugs.

Frohe Weihnachten Two-Tone Coffee Mug
Frohe Weihnachten Two-Tone Coffee Mug

And more…

Rather like the UK never being ready for snow which falls oh so irregularly every year, Zazzle is never prepared for Christmas when sellers and shoppers are at their busiest. The links below, therefore, are not entirely reliable as only the gift tags are showing at present.

Available at Zazzle:
Holly Christmas [US]
Holly Christmas [UK]
Feliz Navidad [US]
Feliz Navidad [UK]
Joyeux Noël [US]
Joyeux Noël [UK]
Frohe Weihnachten [US]
Frohe Weihnachten [UK]
Season’s Greetings [US]
Season’s Greetings [UK]
Buon Natale [US]
Buon Natale [UK]

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Halloween: The Final Frontier Jumbo Tote Bag
Halloween: The Final Frontier Jumbo Tote Bag

Zazzle tells me that now is the time to promote my products for Halloween. Since I almost never do this with calendar dates in time to make a difference to my sales, I’m continuing with the theme for today’s post. Look away now if you can live without 31st October!

I selected the witch from a vintage image from The Graphics Fairy and then created a black background with stars. I’m rather fond of the result though I say it myself as shouldn’t.

Halloween: The Final Frontier Small Square Tile
Halloween: The Final Frontier Small Square Tile

ACT I  SCENE I  A desert place.
[Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches]
First Witch When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Second Witch When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun. 5
First Witch Where the place?
Second Witch Upon the heath.
Third Witch There to meet with Macbeth.
First Witch I come, graymalkin!
Second Witch Paddock calls. 10
Third Witch Anon!
ALL Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
[Exeunt]

Halloween: The Final Frontier Address Label
Halloween: The Final Frontier Address Label

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


First Night Design

School stories have always been popular and continue so to be. When I was a child, my contemporaries and I were suckers for Elinor M Brent-Dyer‘s Chalet School series. Some of us went for Enid Blyton; although I read the likes of Malory Towers, I was not enamoured. It was Summer Term at the Chalet School or Mary-Lou of the Chalet School that consumed me.

You're a Brick, Angela!You’re a Brick, Angela! by Mary Cadogan

‘You’re a brick, Angela!’ became a well-known expression symbolising such stories, which were published by Angela (pronounced ‘brazzle’) Brazil and many others. Brazil was one of the first to breach the overwhelming prominence in the marketplace of ‘improving’ books for children. While now we consider her tales quaint, out-dated and clichéd, their influence on other writers was profound. They were devoured at the time although there were some who felt the books were immoral…

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THE GOOD NEWS: my Cosmote internet connection is back to normal…well, as normal as it will ever be in these parts! I had not, it turns out, used my monthly bandwidth limit. Everyone’s connection has been unconscionably slow in this area for the last week or so because of the weather — a wind that could knock you flat in a second, let alone destroy elements of the landscape like aerials.

The joy of being able to create again knows no bounds. It soothes my soul. For Oriental Glimpse, I mixed and matched innumerable flower and architectural images from my collection and The Graphics Fairy along with a textured background from Denise at 2 Lil’ Owls, courtesy of a specially discounted bundle from Design Cuts.

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Here’s an elephant design in place of a new computer!

Take care and keep laughing, just as I’m trying to do!

Sarah x

First Night Design

‘Another elephant?’ I hear you cry. Or even, ‘Yet another elephant?’ Yes, yet another elephant but very different from the last. One day soon, when poaching, trafficking and killing for pleasure have  been eradicated from the planet and the herds are increasing, I hope we’ll be saying the same thing with delighted relief.

Save the Elephant © First Night DesignSave the Elephant © First Night Design

This magnificent creature comes originally from Wikimedia, that great repository of public domain images.

Elephants [Wikimedia]Elephants [Wikimedia]

You might imagine that I added a layer of black in Photoshop to create the effect, this is not so. I duplicated the elephant to the power of four and used several of my backgrounds and textures. By playing around with blending modes, I was able to create the effect of an elephant coming out of the darkness.

I just might do something with the baby elephant next!

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As Garlic for Heroes has just been featured in the Food for Thought group at Redbubble, here it is for your delectation (or not, of course) in a frame. Fear not, sweet tote-loving readers, I’ve also included the bag below since it would be perfect for shopping!

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Zazzle UK
Zazzle US
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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