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Flying Turkeys Thanksgiving card. Personalize any greeting card for no additional cost! Cards are shipped the Next Business Day.

The shadows of flying turkeys trying, perhaps, not to be caught and end up on the Thanksgiving table!

Source: Flying Turkeys Thanksgiving card (868757)

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Darlings,

Just a quick note to say that my left eye is even worse and the next appointment is not until January. The NHS have left it so long that a lovely little ‘film’ has grown over the stitch that remains embedded. With the cataract in the right eye ripe for the plucking, I’m finding it almost impossible to read or write at all. This means I shall not be doing my daily visits, ‘likes’ and comments. Sorry.

I will still be publishing the short product posts because little reading or checking is needed to ‘press’ these. But please bear in mind that I will only be ‘liking’ your lovely comments and not actually responding.  All your contributions are, as ever, hugely appreciated so please don’t think that my ‘caring’ bone has disappeared along with my sight!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American followers!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Source: Artful Pumpkins Thanksgiving Paper Napkin | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Wish me luck for I’m seeing the hospital ophthalmologist today!

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

Source: Thanksgiving Rooster Kitchen Towel | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Thanksgiving Hideaway Greeting Card for Sale by Sarah Vernon. Our premium-stock greeting cards are 5″ x 7″ in size and can be personalized with a custom message on the inside of the card. All cards are available for worldwide shipping and include a money-back guarantee.

Source: Thanksgiving Hideaway Greeting Card for Sale by Sarah Vernon

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


A Bountiful Thanksgiving Weekender Tote Bag (24″ x 16″) by Sarah Vernon. The tote bag is machine washable and includes cotton rope handle for easy carrying on your shoulder. All totes are available for worldwide shipping and include a money-back guarantee.

Source: A Bountiful Thanksgiving Weekender Tote Bag for Sale by Sarah Vernon

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Give Thanks Tote Bag by Sarah Vernon. The tote bag is machine washable, available in three different sizes, and includes a black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. All totes are available for worldwide shipping and include a money-back guarantee.

Source: Give Thanks Tote Bag for Sale by Sarah Vernon

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Heavens to Betsy! My weekend has been totally transformed by an email from Zazzle telling me I’ve sold 25 of these Give Thanks Postcards.

The main image is a photograph of our garden – they’re actually Cretan olive trees in the background – and a couple of textures. I’ve used Photoshop to create a Thanksgiving scene with a pumpkin from The Graphics Fairy and an open book from The Cottage Market.

Are you wondering about the phrase ‘Heavens to Betsy’? I have to acknowledge that it’s one of my favourite sayings. I learn, however, that it’s fallen out of use and considered far too anachronistic. Tough. I shall never stop using it. It seems it originated in America in the late 19th century. No one knows who Betsy was and the etymologist Charles Earle Funk said the origins of the phrase were ‘completely unsolvable’. [#1]

The Oxford English Dictionary gives the first written use as from a short-story collection by Rose Terry Cooke, Huckleberries Gathered From New England Hills published in 1892. [#1; #2]

I’m also very fond of ‘Heavens to Murgatroyd!’ but I’ll leave that lovely for another day.

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

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


bighatexhaustion

I wanted to let you know, kind friends and followers, that I am pulling back on my furious pace. There is always a problem with bandwidth and a decent connection in this part of Crete and I’ve now discovered that the worst offender when it comes to eating up gigabytes is not the uploading of my art to the various galleries or downloading free images to work on, as I’d thought, but the visiting of so many blogs to like and comment!

This is very frustrating as it’s important to me to give as much as I can in the support of others. I always knew I would have to cut the amount of time I was spending on myriad blogs at some point because it leaves me no time or energy to commit to my art which rather makes a nonsense of doing it in the first place! I’ve always tried to keep up with followers who post four or more times a day but oh my, it’s tough and I just can’t do it. Ordinary (and often extraordinary) life has to play a part, including sitting on the sofa eating chocolates and watching Casablanca, Day for Night or the Sharpe series with Sean Bean for the umpteenth time. Very heaven.

If you’re on Twitter, then you will probably know that @RoundTeam retweets my followers’ tweets. but there will be far less of me tweeting direct from blog posts. I will give priority to those who actively support me here and to those history or theatre-related posts that I plan to re-blog on First Night History or Rogues & Vagabonds.

As for future blog posts, these may not be every day. And during the next week, I will be spending time updating my Zazzle Design and Zazzle Vintage stores as too many pieces from the last few months are limited to cards, postcards, stamps and posters. I don’t sell every product that Zazzle produces but it takes a lot of time to do even the reduced number.

And so, I bid you adieux until we meet again. Have a splendid Halloween!

#BLOGSHARELEARN LINKY PARTY OCTOBER 30/15

#MidLifeLuv Linky

My work can be bought at the following galleries and on various products:
Redbubble
Crated
First Night Design Zazzle US
First Night Design Zazzle UK
First Night Vintage US
First Night Vintage UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Thanksgiving Hideaway © Sarah Vernon

Thanksgiving Hideaway © Sarah Vernon

Original photograph by Mr FND adapted in Photoshop for Thanksgiving with textures from 2 Lil’ Owls and Grand Hotel monogram from The Graphics Fairy.


“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance


 

Photography Prints


“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”
Jon Stewart


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

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’m delighted to tell you that while I was hamstrung by lack of bandwidth over Thursday and Friday, I sold 10 copies of this greeting card, Flying Turkeys, on Greeting Card Universe. Ostensibly for Thanksgiving, there is nothing to say it can’t be used for any occasion under the sun.

I see that my note beneath the card says:

‘The shadows of flying turkeys trying, perhaps, not to be caught and end up on the Thanksgiving table!’

I don’t often mention GCU as I stopped uploading onto the site very early on because it was such a bore; every card has to be approved and that can take days and days, and then they want the sort of changes that makes any creation pointless. What I see as charm, they see as mistakes. Since the same creations sell on Zazzle, Redbubble and Fine Art America, they can go hang because I’m not compromising when it comes to my art (do you see the high horse?).  Am I cutting off my nose to spite my face? Probably. Am I missing out on sales? Probably. Do I care? Not really — life’s too short.

Flying Turkeys iPhone 5 Cover
Flying Turkeys iPhone 5 Covers from Zazzle

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Greeting Card Universe

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


A Bountiful Thanksgiving

It’s a funny old world and I never thought I would feel this way but all of you have become very important to me – I think of you as my blogging family (pass the sick bag, Monica—quiet at the back!). I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving where I come from — well, there’s the Harvest Festival in the UK but it hasn’t been made much of for years except by the Church). However, I wanted to use this day to thank you all for your sterling support and encouragement. It’s extraordinary how loving and warm it feels to have you around.

When my computer (instead of me, just for a change) went to hospital in April, I missed our conversations — the funny as well as the sad. When my ex-husband died in September, I was overwhelmed by your compassion here and on Rogues & Vagabonds. I had not expected to feel quite as distraught as I did at his passing so that when so many of you propped me up with your comments, it made a world of difference.  So…


THANK YOU VERY MUCH


I leave you with this delightful scene from The Marx Bros’ A Day at the Races which sees Groucho making sure to mind his Ps and Qs! If you didn’t recognise the allusion in my title (yes, I know you did, Maedaz!), this clip will explain.


May all your Thanksgiving celebrations be warm and wonderful.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah



‘We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.’
—Thornton Wilder


 

A few ideas for Thanksgiving, if you can get your head round it when vampires, werewolves, skeletons and sundry other spooky Halloween items are being thrust upon us from every side!

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t also show you the matching tote!

The products below are for sale on Zazzle.Don't You Just Love Thanksgiving! Card 
Don’t You Just Love Thanksgiving! Card

A Bountiful Thanksgiving Postage

A Bountiful Thanksgiving Postage

Thanksgiving Rooster Letterhead Design
Thanksgiving Rooster Letterhead Design

Artful Pumpkins
Artful Pumpkins Wrapping Paper

For these and other Thanksgiving gifts at First Night Design on Zazzle, click here.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


A Bountiful Thanksgiving © Sarah Vernon

I’ve just sold A Bountiful Thanksgiving greeting card on Redbubble. So that’ll pay for the weekend in Paris, then. Irony? Heaven forfend I should be accused of that!

Here for your delectation is the matching tote bag.

bountthankstote

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


A Loving Thanksgiving #2 Post Cards
A Loving Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a Happy, Loving and Laughter-Filled Thanksgiving!

A Bountiful Thanksgiving Tiles
A Bountiful Thanksgiving Tiles

Other Thanksgiving posts on First Night Design
Apricot Mouse as a Holiday Alternative

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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