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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!

Augustus Saint-Gaudens.jpg
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

Take care and keep laughing!

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

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


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

Source: Buon Natale Gift Tags | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

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

Take care and keep laughing!

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

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