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Sarah


You're the Cream in My Coffee Valentine Spiral Note Book
You’re the Cream in My Coffee Valentine Spiral Note Book

You can’t beat Nat King Cole…enjoy!

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Sarah


Love is Not Love... Cards
Love is Not Love… Cards

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

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Sarah



“Give me Pablo Neruda, picnic beneath a full moon & iridescent stars, black olives, cherries, dark things, canoe on a river…that’s romance.”
― Brandi L. BatesSoledad


Just Dropping In Valentine Sticker
Just Dropping In Valentine Sticker


Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939


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Sarah


I am still not able to create new images, in this instance for Valentine’s Day, which saddens me. I had hoped I would have received my new MacBook Pro by now but ‘Greek Time’ is something else! In the meantime, this is a post from a year ago about love and seahorses.

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Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses Couples Mug
  • 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?
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses Greeting Card
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses

Photo: yellow seahorse anchored to coral

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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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Sarah


Reblogged from The Bright Old Oak

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Recognised as the first modern novel in history, “La Princesse de Clèves” has ridden a rollercoaster in terms of popularity and fame ever since its first publication in anonymous form in March 1678. Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, countess of La Fayette, simply known as Madame de La Fayette was a 28 year-old married woman when she saw her first work published in Paris. Following her début with “La Princesse de Montpensier”, the first volume of the romance “Zaïde” would be published seven years later, with a second volume following in 1671. Despite not having been spared any negative criticism, most works by La Fayette saw an overall interest and reception. The public was enchanted by her way of telling stories, as they would often remind the reader of contemporary life:fictional characters would often match with the reality of that time, attracting readers and turning her works into a first type of realist novels. There is no doubt that her 1678 book “La Princesse de Clèves” would be her greatest hit. Its theme and topics are so timeless we cannot help but wonder how readers reacted to the main storyline through the centuries. In fact, playwright Honoré de Balzac’s 1835 “Le Lys dans la Vallée” presents very similar circumstances to La Fayette’s novel in terms of love and relationships.

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Sarah


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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Sarah

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Just Dropping In Valentine Spiral Note Book by FirstNightDesign

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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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Sarah


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.

schulz-lucy

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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Sarah

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Forsaking All Others Postcard
Forsaking All Others Postcard

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Sarah


Love Letters

Love Letters © First Night Design

What could be more romantic than receiving a hand-written love letter? This artwork uses a beautiful Edwardian—possibly Victorian—painted fan that belonged to my grandmother, a bundle of letters from The Graphics Fairy, and a background from EKDuncan on DeviantArt.  I will let you know as soon as it is available for sale.

Have a splendid weekend!

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Sarah


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

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Sarah


I’ve been spending the weekend on a design for romance, Dearest One. Here it is on a binder for all those love letters that the Royal couple will be writing to each other once Prince William’s duties take him away from his beloved!  This was created with various scanned images from my own collection of vintage books and illustrations and then topped off with a lovely sheet music cover girl from the early 20th century. Enjoy!

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Sarah

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