Baby, It’s Cold Outside – or it should be!

This past few weeks I’ve had a hard time staying healthy. The weather keeps dipping up and down, up and down, which is not a great combination with asthma or staying healthy! But, I’m now feeling much better and trying to get back on the horse.

In the meantime, I’ve been gathering Christmas graphics, Art Deco graphics, and a whole bunch of fashion illustrations that I’m so excited to start using. And, so I had to make a Printable for you. I hope you enjoy it. It’s something that I will be using in my stores (Zazzle and Etsy), but in the meantime, I’m happy to let you use it to inspire you.

Isn’t she wonderful?! She’s from 1913 from a french fashion magazine called La Gazette Bon Ton (High Society Fashion Magazine). This is truly the beginning of the Art Deco movement and you can tell by the modern lines and drape of the fashion. And it’s PINK!! Who could ask for more!!

So, now on to my Brag Monday. I also have been working on Christmas tags with some of the beautiful Victorian pictures I found. Many thanks to the Graphics Fairy for sharing her beautiful images. So, once again, these are for you to start using as you (hopefully) are getting ready for Christmas. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them.  Bien Sur, I had to include one with Marie Antoinette.  It was created from an old Victorian Christmas card in the shape of a fan.  It wasn’t easy, but I was able to keep the wording just as it was on the original card.

As always, these are for personal use only. You may not mass produce, but please feel free to send anyone my way to download their own copy.

Have a wonderful week mes amies … don’t forget to enjoy the holiday with style, beauty, and grace … and if so inspired by Marie … overindulgence!!

It’s All About the Head … or the Neck (as the case may be)

It’s been a bit of a tough week for me, and so I knew I needed to blog … not to vent, mind you. I’ll spare you that … but I needed to create my Freebie Friday printable for you and pour some humor into my life. Hopefully, it will offer you a chance to chuckle as well … and yes, I give you permission to laugh at me, I’m laughing at me while I write this.

As I said, it’s been a bit of a trying week. But, I’ve realized that it’s all about perspective. I was griping to a friend of mine about some of my troubles and then promptly moved into another stresser that just popped up, albeit a good one. As any good friend would do, she promptly said “Boo Hoo … it must be rough to have Google wanting to promote you on the internet, I’m sure that’s really terrible.” And … boom … it hit me. What the heck am I complaining about?

See … it’s all about perspective. I’m worrying over my house being perfect for a photographer that Google is sending to my home as they are highlighting me for the state of Indiana with one of their ad campaigns. Who freakin’ gets to do that? Me!!!! I can’t believe it’s happening to me. So, why am I stressing out?  I should be jumping up and down, thrilled beyond my wildest dreams … and GRATEFUL!!!!

Some people don’t even have a home right now thanks to Hurricane Katrina, and I’m freaking out about what is probably the chance of a lifetime, business-wise. So … as I thought about what I could use for inspiration for my Freebie Friday, I turned to Marie. We always think about the fun she had, fashion, wearing anything she wanted, escaping to Trianon to get away from the court politics, and we promptly forget the woman lost her head … literally. So, while this picture is not Marie, it is Marie-esque (do you like my made up word?). I hope you enjoy and get a laugh out of it.

As always, feel free to click on it and then right-click to save to your computer. You may only use it for personal use (print or as a wallpaper for your computer) but may not mass produce. Fee free to send anyone my way to get their own copy.

Have a wonderful weekend mes amies … and keep your perspective straight (and your heads on!).

Who Knew Marie Antoinette could be so Motivating?

So, today is Brag Monday, once again, on the Graphics Fairy’s blog (see her button to the left), and I wanted to do something a little different this time. Most often I tend to post a piece of jewelry, or one of my coaster designs. This time, I decided to create something that “I” needed, rather than something that would eventually end up in one of my stores.

So, what to make … what to make? Well, I have this little problem … or rather a little bit of a big one. I have paper clutter like no one’s business. It seems as though just as soon as I get my papers under control, I get a whole bunch more in the mail or create a whole bunch more that need to be filed. And, as I now am self-employed, it is absolutely crucial that I keep my financial papers in order. You wouldn’t necessarily guess that I have a problem, because I’m really good at hiding them in beautiful storage boxes. But, “I” know that they are just thrown in there until I can’t put it off any longer.

So, I decided to psychologically trick myself. Who better than Marie Antoinette to put a smile on my face as I file my store receipts? I mean, the irony is absolutely perfect!! I love all things french. I even sympathize with Marie, and love that her style “Iconishness” (is that a word?) is still just as prevalent today as it was when she was alive. But, let’s face it … she wasn’t known for her thriftiness or her attention to financial details.

So, I’ve created a financial journal and proceeded to design and create the cover for it. Now, I don’t think it will be as difficult to file those business receipts away. I’ll look at Marie and think … “Wow” I’m really on the ball. No one is going to chop off my head now that I have this receipt put away in the proper place. LOL!!

So, here are some pictures of my brag entry (many thanks to the Graphics Fairy for her beautiul graphic of Marie). I hope you enjoy. It isn’t necessarily overly embellished, I tend to prefer complexity in design, not in a lot of doodads. But, I’m rather proud of her, if I say so myself.

and here’s another angle:

So, I must ask … What tricks do you do to motivate yourself into doing those things that you don’t want to do? Oh, do tell!!
Au Revoir, mes amies. A bientot (until next time).
Bisou Bisou,
Lorraine