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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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Old Stuff

Did you know today, Friday March 2nd is Old Stuff Day?  It’s no secret that I like old stuff! Heck I am kind of old stuff, too. Anyhow let’s talk about old stuff because it’s a good topic with more themes than Carter’s got liver pills. SotC b&w teacup and saucer

I have no idea what draws some people to old stuff. The desire to collect old stuff & admire it, use it or upcycle remains a mystery to me. I am one of those people though. Time-worn & well-loved everyday things from the past soothes my soul. A continuing question & answer dialog happens in my head when I see something of interest to me. How did this card of sweet buttons end up in a second hand shop? What did the lady who stitched this quilt look like? Did she enjoy sewing? Was quilting just another drudgery, a chance to socialize, or was it artistic expression? Perhaps it was some of each.

SotC SunburstWho’s bed did the quilt cover? How much of life’s moments happened beneath this quilt? The pillow talk of newly weds who received the quilt as a wedding gift, gleeful laughs of children jumping on the quilt-covered bed, the last breath of a loved one.  The story of our lives are told through the common items we use everyday. I’ll be honest, when I don’t know the story, I invent one.

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Old stuff can be anything from a Big Chief tablet  to a medieval castle. From the most simple every day item to dreamy elegance. I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with what you love, what inspires you, brings contentment & a feeling of security. For me it’s something with age to it.

Some of the plainest things from the past are the ephemera that is usually tossed away, but there’s such beauty in an old hand-written letter. A receipt tells a marvelous story of the price of pigs in 1880.  Calling cards, trade cards, postcards, silly or fine, give us a peak  into the trends of the day.  SotC Clockface.png

Then, there’s what we do with these old things today that really counts. Storage becomes an old canning jar, galvanized bucket, or crock. a child’s frilly lace  underskirt becomes a decorative addition to a bedroom, that crazy metal alarm clock looks so 1930s on a nightstand. Ephemera & illustrations from old books are reborn as tags, cards, labels, boxes, bags, you name it….

It’s a wonderful world of old stuff that is much more fascinating than the new stuff, at least in my very humble opinion.  I love the idea that something forgotten in a box, like an old children’s book long out of print, becomes something new & shiny. The work of authors & illustrators languishing in the dust for the past is seen again in a new light. I hear the whispers now from those who have gone before & they are delighting in the new found in old stuff.

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I have some old stuff to share with you. The images used (except for the divider above) plus more are part of an Old Stuff freebie package. Most of the images are in PNG format & the cute duck in a bonnet is a JPG.  Use this old stuff to create, tags, labels, or whatever printable makes your heart sing. You can also use them in digital designs on your blog, your website or however you wish. I do ask that you do not giveaway the PNG images, but instead link back to Studio on the Corner blog to share the package.  Thanks so much, you’re the best!

Just click the following link:    Old Stuff Freebies

It’s a fair size zipped folder so give it time to download. Enjoy!

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