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Anyone can be a friend in the sun. Show me a friend in the rain, and I’m impressed….— Yasmin Mogahed

Beautiful Semra as always this one is for you 🌹Also added here



There are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words, and still not understand you.

And there are others who will understand — without you even speaking a word.

— Yasmin Mogahed

“Perhaps the most healing words you could say to another person: “I love all of you.”

— Yasmin Mogahed

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Falling asleep as l read your post and getting cosy xoxo jinx 🌹

Tangle Mountain: Playing with Textures

Added your great posts here as usual Sarah

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Tangle Mountain © First Night Design

Tangle Mountain © First Night Design

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

So says Ratty to Mole in the first chapter of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale, only to  crash straight into the river bank.  Ah, bliss.

I feel much the same when it comes to messing about with photographs and textures to create something unique. Sometimes I crash; sometimes something wonderful and unexpected happens.  Such was the case with Tangle Mountain.

I began with this intriguing photograph of a castle in Liechtenstein by Karpati Gabor downloaded from Morguefile. I was particularly struck by the seemingly painted effect of the land and castle. The latter looks as though it has come from a 

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People : Bloomsbury , Dora Carrington | stuartshieldgardendesign

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Dora de Houghton Carrington (29 March 1893 – 11 March 1932), known generally as Carrington, was a British painter and decorative artist, remembered in part for her association with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially the writer Lytton Strachey.

Early life

The daughter of a Liverpool merchant, she was born in Hereford, England, and attended the all-girls’ Bedford High School which emphasized art. Her parents also paid for her to receive extra lessons in drawing. She went to the Slade School of Art at University College, London where she subsequently won a scholarship; her fellow students included Paul Nash, Christopher R. W. Nevinson and Mark Gertler. All at one time or another were in love with her, as was Nash’s younger brother John Nash, who hoped to marry her. Gertler pursued Carrington for a number of years, and they had a brief sexual relationship during…

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First Night Design | Vins Spiritueux, Nectar of the Gods Round Wall Clocks

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Vins Spiritueux, Nectar of the Gods Round Wall Clocks
Vins Spiritueux, Nectar of the Gods Round Wall Clocks from Zazzle

I’ve sold one of these clocks! They’re available in different sizes and also a square shape.

“When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silver’d o’er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.”
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s…

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First Night Design | John Lee Taggart of Storytime with John makes me laugh. A lot.

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John Lee Taggart of Storytime with John makes me laugh. A lot. He also manages to nail the gritty truth about many subjects, some trivial, some serious.


I have just bought his book, The Awkward Oyster: Real life comedy travel tales from across the globe!

‘This is a short collection of travel tales, and comedy capers from this odd little place we call our home! Each humorous tale is laden with belly laughs, and cringe-worthy moments!

All proceeds will go towards Macmillan Cancer Research – so you can have a giggle, whilst also helping towards a fantastic cause!’

Humour and a good cause — what are you waiting for? Click the image or the title to buy!

Take care and keep laughing!


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The Apostle of the beautiful and the Season |

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A Private View at the Royal Academy, with captions pointing out Anthony Trollope, Prime Minister William Gladstone, Robert Browning, the Countess of Lonsdale, Lord Leighton, Lillie Langtry, Oscar Wilde, Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, and John Everett Millais

The opening of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London on the first Monday in May marked the beginning of ‘the Season’ for the élite of Victorian Society. This set in play three hectic months of balls, concerts, dinner parties, operas, horse riding in Hyde Park, the Derby and races at Royal Ascot, the Henley Royal Regatta and cricket at Lord’s. Young women pinned their hopes on getting engaged before the debutante balls, parties and concerts came to an end on 12 August, when fashionable people abandoned London and headed north to shoot grouse, partridges and pheasants as a prelude to fox-hunting.Whatever Oscar Wilde…

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First Night Design | Saint Étienne Re-imagined #Art

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Saint Étienne Re-imagined © Sarah Vernon Saint Étienne Re-imagined © Sarah Vernon

As you know, I can never resist altering a modern photograph in order to give it a vintage feel. The original photograph of Saint Étienne Fontaine du Square Jean Cocteau in Paris is by Daniel Villafruela on Wikimedia which I have blended with textures from 2 Lil’ Owls.

“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.”
Jean Cocteau

 “Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
Jean Cocteau

“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? ”
Jean Cocteau

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

Take care and keep laughing!


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