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There’d Be Days Like This

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I said to myself & you as well that there would be days like this. Remember? I said I might need a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board & use this tiny place on the big, wide net as a place to vent & let it all hang out. If you want to reread what I said back in April just click HERE.  It’s not been one those days, it’s been one of those weeks, at least last week was. I was ready to throw in the towel & shout, “UNCLE!”

The blues hit & they hit bad. Nothing went right, it seemed everything I tried didn’t work. Things didn’t look right, sales weren’t coming, I lacked focus, inspiration & ideas. Self-doubt seeped into my soul. I felt like the little girl above in the adorable French illustration. A dark shadow following me. This is when a boost is needed. So I turned to someone who never fails to lift my spirits the illustrator & author Susan Branch.

I poured over her blog, susanbranch.com. She reminds me of what matters in life. . . the simple things. Finding joy in washing her treasured dishes by hand, painting a room, decorating her home as well as living her creative life is what she shares & while I may want to be envious of her success, who could possibly feel animosity or dislike of such a beautiful soul? I cannot.  She is unaware of the fact that she encourages me & probably thousands. It’s like she’s whispering in my ear, “It’s ok that you like to bake, that you love your old stuff, entertaining,  & paper crafts.” Discovering gourds on a vine that sprouted from last year’s throw aways brings a joy that she would understand. I imagine she would nod in total agreement that it’s just fine to pursue a creative life & do it your own way.” She’s not the only supportive person in my life, I have a small, but loving & understanding circle of family & friends, but sometimes you just need a quiet nudge from another place.

So this week I got back on the plane or in this case the hot air balloon. . .

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because if I do not then well…that’s not living, it’s just existing. Thanks for listening or reading or just being where ever you are & understanding that no matter where we are on the chronological line of life we go through tough times.

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Do you love the little girl at the top? Couldn’t you use her for a paper project or to add to your digital clipart collection? She’s yours! You’ll also find a few papers that go with her, just in case you need a background.

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“Where did she come from?” you ask. Her name is Isabelle &  came upon her quite by happenstance one day while searching for public domain images. She was created by an Italian illustrator for a French book that holds lovely stories. Isabelle’s story is Conte de Noël (Christmas Tale). Umberto Brunelleschi (1879-1949) created the charming illustrations for La Guirlande: Album de’art et De Littérature published in 1919 in Paris.

I extracted Isabelle from her background so you can use her in a multitude of ways.

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Isn’t she adorable sleeping?

 

 

There are also 4 papers created from various patterns in the illustrations.

 

 

 

 

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Download the folder by clicking on Isabelle or click HERE!

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What’s New in the Shop

Wicked Wonderland Halloween tags are new in the shop & an 8 x 10 inch poster type image will be listed this week. It’s going to be part of my Halloween decor in my living room. (frame not included)

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The border, mortar & pestle & much of the typography was extracted from old images that I’ve either scanned from old books, magazines, pamphlets, etc  or found in the public domain online. I wanted the Halloween wall art to have the look of a sign or poster that might have been found in the 1600s.  I’ll share the rest of the Halloween scene I’m creating for my living room as it’s created.

That’s it for today.  Have a grand Wednesday!

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Freebies, tutorials

Step by Step: Adding Text at befunky.com

The first of several tutorials is ready to share! Just a word about befunky.com. One day my sister called to ask me if I knew that PicMonkey was no longer free… I didn’t. She also wanted to know if I knew of another site like PicMonkey…  I didn’t. So I set about to find a new free photo/design editor online…I did. I really like befunky, in fact, I think I like it more than I did PicMonkey.  Also, using Adobe Reader for adding text can be a bit of a challenge at times so why not simplify & go the befunky route?

You have a couple options for this tutorial.  You can download the PDF tutorial or read it & follow it from SotC blog.  So if you’re game to give befunky a try on printables like tags, labels, recipe cards, greeting cards, just follow the Step by Step tutorial.

Click HERE to be whisked off to befunky.com

Download the Step by Step PDF tutorial, Adding Text at befunky.com  HERE

OR….. just use the tutorial below.

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Éirinn go Brách

Irish Welcome

Wishing everyone an Irish welcome to Studio on the Corner! Tomorrow we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s day with Steak & Guiness pie, a sumptuous meat pie rich with gravy & good things that make your lips smack in appreciation. I discovered a shortbread cookie recipe a few years ago that has become a tradition. The recipe is super simple & uses a lot of Kerrygold butter.

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Image Source: allrecipes.com

My cookies look similar to the ones above. I use an old cookie cuter that makes the scalloped edge.  A pecan or almond  is pressed into the center of the cookie. This year I’m going to look for turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top. So good!

It’s good to have a wee bit of the Irish runnin’ in my veins, but it’s even better on St. Patrick’s day!

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The Easter bunny will be hopping this way soon. I have 3 old postcards for you to download.  SotC Children & Chicks Postcard

They’ve been tweaked a bit to restore some color & brightness.

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Each postcard shows children with spring animals.  So sweet!

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The first 2 postcards are in JPG format, the third is a PNG. You can use them as is or extract the bits that you don’t want. Print or create something new from something old. The lamb & children is my favorite postcard.

DOWNLOAD

You can simply right click on each image & then select SAVE IMAGE AS or… you can click on the linked words below to download the zipped folder:

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Don’t forget in order to access the files inside you must unzip the folder first. Need help? Just click on the link that pertains to you:

For Windows
For Macs 

That’s it for today….short & sweet.

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