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Celebrate your guests with custom favor boxes. Wonderful giveaways at weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and other parties. Designs are printed in full color, allowing you to perfectly coordinate with any theme!

  • Dimensions: 2″l x 2″w x 2.75″h
  • Printed in full color on high quality card stock
  • Shipped flat, some simple assembly required

Source: Sleeping Beauty Favor Box | Zazzle

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‘Sleeping Beauty’s earliest influence apparently comes from “Perceforest,” a French romance first printed in 1528. While not a Sleeping Beauty tale, Perceforest (1528) contains many elements similar to the later Sleeping Beauty tales. Some scholars debate the connection between the stories, but I believe there are enough similarities to warrant comparisons. You can read more about Perceforest on Wikipedia.

The next known version of the tale came from Giambattista Basile’s “Sun, Moon, and Talia” also known more formally as…’ SurLaLune

I thought it was time to revisit Sleeping Beauty, created with a vintage postcard from  The Graphics Fairy, and blended with one of my vintage postcard backs and a scan of a piece of coffee bean paper. I have used the design on several new products, as below.

Sleeping Beauty Pillows
Sleeping Beauty Pillows

Sleeping Beauty Party Favor Boxes
Sleeping Beauty Party Favor Boxes

Sleeping Beauty Note Books
Sleeping Beauty Note Books

Sleep well tonight. But not too well!

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

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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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This charming vintage advertisement from The Graphics Fairy is illustrated with Sleeping Beauty, the inference clearly being that if you buy Sanford’s Camphor Ice, you will be able to wake any sleeping princess!

I have made one addition to the original. Can you spot it? You will need to click through to see an enlarged version where it will be easier to tell.

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I should be concentrating on Thanksgiving but when I saw a sleeping beauty at The Graphics Fairy, I blended it with one of my vintage postcard backs and my coffee bean paper and came up with a Christmas design.Sleeping Beauty

The image will soon be available on most products at my Zazzle store and RedBubble.  I shall now submit it to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy!

Now for Thanksgiving!  Mind you – and a bit late in the day – I should really think about a couple more designs for Back to School.  The popularity of this category has not yet really caught on in the UK but is in demand in the States.  Wish me inspiration!

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