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Here is the Christmas village by the bottom of the tree.

Also, as a small token or morsel, here is a tag that I made using the original image from The Graphics Fairy. You can use it for dashing African flair onto your presents.

To print it, click on the picture, then go to File>>Print, and cut it out! It prints smaller than it looks, and is the proper tag size.

I am sorry for the dark and ungainly picture.

P.S- Here’s what I like: Bubblegum. The largest recorded nose bubblegum bubble is 16 inches, which is rather large for a nose bubble. Someday I’ll break that record.

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And today here is another flower, by accident!


This is my violet pin. My mom gave it to me. It’s a brooch actually! It’s one of my favorites, it’s so gleamingly colorful and glossy, and absolutely fascinating. And, I whipped up something that you can use too! It was a snap.

Here is a virtual pin! To download it, click on it, it will come up bigger, and then right-click on it and select Save As, and then save it as something to your desktop! It is in the largest size for maximum whatever-you-call-it.

Here is an example:

Today was boring, and I feel that it was a bad one, and what will I think when I’m eighty years old and I recall this day? I just didn’t do anything, which is intolerable and worthy of hopeless sighs!

Anyway, this weekend we are going to visit my brother, and we are taking the dogs with us!

P.S- you can use this hooray! if you want, too. I drew it!

P.P.S.- I’m not terribly disappointed, you know, just sort of put out and grievously affronted. Goodbye!

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Today I designed a card with a whale on the front for anybody to print out and download. It is a clue for something which I shall post soon. Click on the large download to download the card, and then just click on file>>print. It is a miniature card.

Here are the instructions:

I didn’t have time to take any good pictures of the actual real life card, but I printed it out, and though it is small, it has character. I drew the whale and all myself, so I am proud of it.

I won’t be able to post the special surprise until Monday or Tuesday, because we are going to visit my sister Margot and her boyfriend Alex in Vermont and staying until Monday. I have packed my magnifying glass.

I am very sleepy now and today has been rushety rush all round, so now I have to take a bath and go to bed!

Good night!

I hope you like the card.

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I made this tutorial so that everyone would know how to use the square marquee tool, which you have to know how to use in order to use my clipart. I think it’s a pretty good tutorial.

That’s how you use it. Also, you can use the Elliptical Marquee tool the same way, and any other marquee tools out there.

Today I have lots of things to do, and I am practically rushed off my feet. I have to type on my typewriter, draw some things, read, go on a long car ride, carve a stamp, and work on approximately 4 secret projects! Sometimes I don’t know how I survive these taxing days.

Today my knee is scratchy, but besides that I feel rather agreeable, and outside there is a piny, rich smell, which means Autumn has really settled down. Also my eyebrow is scratchy.

Arrivederci!

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Since I like investigating and the smell of old books, I decided to examine Our Girls Chatterbox when I was absolutely breathing with boredom yesterday.

Mom has kept this very old crate of books and magazines in her room for as long as I can remember, and when it is a rainy, rainy day outside and the registers are steaming, I take them out to study. I’ve stories from Our Girls Chatterbox lots.

Our Girls Chatterbox belonged to my great-great-great-aunt Anna when she was a little girl. It was presented to her by her teacher, Albert Davis, who wrote rather loopily. My great-aunt Anna was a fascinating person. She never married, and when she was young she went on a tour of the world and brought back lots of interesting pictures. My mom has painted some of them. She was also the prettiest of all my great-great-great-aunts.

While I was examining Our Girls Chatterbox yesterday, I found something very interesting. Not as interesting as if the spine slipped off to form a secret compartment, as I had hoped, but still a sort of interesting. Our Girls Chatterbox is a first edition!

I nosed around. Our Girls Chatterbox was first published in 1884, by Belford Clarke & Co, who were criminals! Every single book they ever published was stolen material. When they tried to publish Tom Sawyer, for instance, without permission, Mark Twain took them to court, but lost, because Tom Sawyer was not copyrighted. Here’s what he thought of that: “Belford Brothers, the miserable thieves couldn’t buy a sentence from me for any money!” But I am surprised at this as both Mark Twain and Mr. Belford had a mustache. They published Tom Sawyer anyway.

Belford Clarke & Co won all their lawsuits and became fat and rich, and made book-selling a business for dirty old dogs. (It’s true.) They printed a very cheap version of the Encyclopedia Britannica so that schools might afford it, which made them quite rich. If a bookshop refused to sell their books, they forced the store right next to the bookshop, no matter what they sold, to sell them.

Belford Clarke & Co were rich, making thousands in stocks and bonds, until a mysterious fire burned their main factory and office building to just ashes and fog. After that, they were forced to run only two buildings, and their business was soon flushed down the drain, ending in their arrest by some Deputy Sherrif. (It’s in the New York Times archives.) I think Mark Twain hired someone to accidentally burn down their building, eventually resulting in their demise and leaving him the victor.

Also, I think Our Girls Chatterbox might have only been printed one time, in one batch.

So, because of the Belford & Co rapscallions, I made some clipart which anybody can use anyplace or anytime, completely free of charge! And I won’t even take you to court.

Here’s what you can’t do:

Sell it.

I made this clip art using the artwork from Our Girls Chatterbox with my own two hands and mom’s.

Here is how to use it:

I’ve made two files, one of the unaltered clipart, and one of the clipart after I’ve edited it. Click on either link and a pdf. file will open. Download this, then open in photoshop, and, using the rectangular marquee tool, cut out whichever piece you choose. You can resize them enormously large or too a miniscule stature.

Here are the links:

Unaltered Clipart

Edited Clipart

Here is what the files will look like:

The first file has the original illustrations, except for one, which I forgot. There are 8 pieces in total in the first file.

The second file has 3 frames, 3 drawings, 4 fancy letters, one ostrich, and 2 buttons from the button collection given to me from my grandma. It’s a really top-notch button collection.

Here is an example I made which I am rather proud of. The only thing in it which is not my clip art is the piece of fabric, which is from puglypixel.com.

This was my first set of clip art and I am glad at the way it turned out. I think I did a good job. It took me a very long time to make it, so I hope that lots of people use it. Anyway, I like being a detective and a designer, but it is tiring.

It takes a very long time for the pdf. files to upload, but eventually they show up. I tested it, so I know. You just have to wait. What I always say is that you should watch a Peter Gunn while you languish.

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