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One from the archives.

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An oldie but a goodie!

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I’ve been having a great deal of fun making these messenger bags that are now sold by Zazzle!  The bag I’m featuring today would be perfect as a very special first night present for friends in the Theatre, whether amateur or professional.  There are also all kinds of  accessories to add to the bag, from cross straps and drop pockets to moleskin notebooks.

The illustration is from the inside pages of my original theatre programme for Gilbert & Sullivan‘s The Gondoliers, produced by D’Oyly Carte at the Savoy Theatre in 1889.  The quote is a classic theatre saying and can be customized to suit or removed entirely.

Watch out for the next bag which will be the same as above but with a white background.

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Still no computer (can you hear me scream!) so here is another post from the archives.

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Miss Gladys Cooper Cards
Miss Gladys Cooper Cards by FirstNightVintage
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For You A Rose Greeting Card
For You A Rose Greeting Card by FirstNightVintage
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Dame Ellen Terry Cards
Dame Ellen Terry Cards by FirstNightVintage
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Wild Geese Greeting Card
Wild Geese Greeting Card by FirstNightVintage
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Dear Heart Card
Dear Heart Card by FirstNightVintage
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Temptation Greeting Cards
Temptation Greeting Cards by FirstNightVintage
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American Gothic by Grant Wood Print
American Gothic by Grant Wood Print by FirstNightVintage
Look at more Poster templates and designs online at Zazzle

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Infinity Envelopes
Infinity Envelopes

The Snowman Envelope
The Snowman Envelope

‘Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end’. Virginia Woolf

‘I don’t want to push the envelope. Let the envelope stay in the middle of the table. I’ll just make you laugh.’ Rita Rudner

‘Alongside my ‘no email’ policy, I resolve to make better use of the wonderful Royal Mail, and send letters and postcards to people. There is a huge pleasure in writing a letter, putting it in an envelope and sticking the stamp on it. And huge pleasure in receiving real letters, too.’ Tom Hodgkinson 


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USE CODE: BLKFRIZAZZLE for all kinds of discounts at Zazzle for Black Friday….


Sleeping Beauty Gift Wrapping Paper
Sleeping Beauty Gift Wrapping Paper

Having just sold some of my Sleeping Beauty wrapping paper, I decided Princess Aurora, as she has been known since the animated Disney film in 1959, deserved a post of her own.

The original story, The Beauty sleeping in the wood, or La Belle au bois dormant, was published by Charles Perrault in 1697 as part of his Histoires ou contes du temps passé, before being taken up by the Brothers Grimm.

According to ListVerse, the original story has unpleasant overtones in that ‘the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And […] the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids’. Macabre, mais oui!

Sleeping Beauty Spiral Note Books
Sleeping Beauty Spiral Note Books

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