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Circuses were popular this December as witness yesterday’s post and the sale of these stickers. So that was rather lovely!


‘Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.’
George Carlin US Comedian 1937-2008


Posters, cards and other products available with this design:
Redbubble
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Zazzle USA
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

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Sarah


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Valley Rose

This weekend I have been creating products at my First Night Design store on Zazzle with the Valley Rose design and enjoying it immensely.  I hadn’t planned a post today but I was so taken with the look of the Messenger bag that I wanted to share it.  (I can hear my late mother saying, ‘Get you! What makes you think you’re so clever?’)

Valley Rose Greeting Card
Valley Rose Gallery Wrap Canvas
Valley Rose
Valley Rose
Valley Rose
Valley Rose

With thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the original vintage rose.  Linking to Brag Monday.

Valley Rose on Zazzle.

Valley Rose on RedBubble.

Valley Rose on Fine Art America.

Valley Rose on Saatchi Online.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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This has taken all morning to load and reblog on this dratted mobile. I now have to lie down and think beautiful thoughts about sugar-plum fairies to ease the stress!

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Having just sold five sheets of Angel Love address labels — leaps in the air with excitement — I thought it was high time I said something about Christmas.  Or, rather, said nothing about Christmas but simply gather more designs for you to choose from.  They have a multitude of uses: parcel labels, gift tags, wrapping paper fastenings; in fact, you can stick them anywhere!  Perhaps I should rephrase that and say merely that you can label anything you choose with these Avery delights.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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I am still no nearer to getting computer repaired so here’s one from the archive. Even typing on this mobile is like getting blood out of a stone! Take care and keep laughing!
Sarah

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I have to confess to being immoderately pleased with my latest design, Botanical Fruit, which I created with beautiful clip art from The Graphics Fairy and my own textures.

botanical_fruit_greeting_card

Available on many products at my ZazzleRedBubble and Fine Art America stores.

Linking to Brag Monday @ The Graphics Fairy

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Take care and keep laughing.

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Our Merry English Robin Medium Gift Bag
Our Merry English Robin Medium Gift Bag

Black Friday may be gone but there are still deals to be had to lessen the Christmas burden. Zazzle (US) & Zazzle (UK) are offering 50% off Gift Bags, Tissue Paper & More + 20% Off Everything Else!

Dear Deer Large Gift Bag
Dear Deer Large Gift Bag

Neither of the above are my creations but come from the hand and eye of Mr FND. He drew the robin and photographed one of the deer in Richmond Park which was, until we moved to Crete, our nearest and dearest green space.


‘I might give my life for my friend, but he had better not ask me to do up a parcel.’
Logan Pearsall Smith [1865–1946]


Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


One from the archive.

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You're the Cream in my Coffee © Sarah VernonYou’re the Cream in my Coffee © Sarah Vernon

Today is a good day for I discovered that the above artworks, You’re the Cream in My Coffee Valentine and Travelling with the Buzzard, were variously featured in the Fine Art America groups Digital Touch, 3 A Day Greeting Cards and Female Artists.

Travelling with the Buzzard © Sarah VernonTravelling with the Buzzard © Sarah Vernon

My weekend delights began last night when I received notification that a customer had bought 40 postcards of Sing a Song of Sixpence on Zazzle.  A design from three or four years ago, it is a perfect card for theatre professionals, including as it does the theatrical form of good luck, ‘Break a Leg’.

I hope your weekend is proving equally delightful.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Regular visitors will be familiar with my penchant for seeing my art on cushions. I’ve been at it again with some of the recent additions to my portfolio. Enjoy!


‘I do needlepoint from kits. I give them as gifts to people in the form of cushion covers and they are often speechless with horror.’
Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves.


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Sarah


One from the archives.

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Infinity InvitationsInfinity Invitations © Sarah Vernon @ First Night Design [Zazzle]

I’m very fond of watercolours.  Interestingly, I have heard people disparaging them over the years, almost as if they considered the skill required inferior to that of painting in oils or acrylics and thus making any result worthless.  To me, watercolour can often create a picture much more emotional and evocative than one done in another medium.

I suspect that the number of books teaching you How to Paint Watercolours in 4 Easy Lessons, or some such title, add to the myth that watercolour is easy and doesn’t require any talent or skill.  I find it difficult to paint with watercolour but have occasionally turned out something of note.  Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks!

Now that a disabling condition, which affects my mobility and dexterity, has impacted on my ability to wield a paintbrush, I have…

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As I’m still catching up from my lack-of-internet-adventure, here’s another post from the archive.

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Hello, My Friends,

It seems I can never have enough images from, yes, you’ve guessed, The Graphics Fairy!  On this occasion I used a beautiful peacock I’d had for a while but not found a use for.  And then, by accident, I found it.

Through a Glass Darkly started with ‘off-cuts’ from a another design to which I added a page from an old family album, a photograph of a window and various textures.  I made a lot of blending changes in Photoshop until I was pleased with the result.  However, it wasn’t until I added the peacock so that it could be seen through the window that I knew the piece was finished.

Having now set up my gallery at RedBubble, I’m delighted to say that this latest design has proved popular with my fellow artists.  I do hope you like it and would love to hear…

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Sarah


An oldie but a goodie!

First Night Design

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.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Vassily Kandinsky

Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)


“There is no must in art because art is free.”

“Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”

“The more frightening the world becomes … the more art becomes abstract.”


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Sarah


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

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Let joy be unconfined! I’ve sold one of these cushions and shall be entering the weekend with a big grin on my face. A girl’s gotta eat…

Hot Air Balloon Voyage Throw Pillows Hot Air Balloon Voyage Throw Pillows by FirstNightDesign

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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