Thursday, April 21, 2016

Free Bible Verse Garden Labels

A newer version of a previous set.

I won't be available for a while yet, but thought that I would offer this free new set. The original set may be found at the following link HERE
Happy Creativity!

PPS™ Bible Verse Garden Label Set

Download HERE

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You are free to:
use the labels in either of the 2 sets here
in artwork or crafting
that is either for fun or for profit.
Please be kind and attribute.
You are not free to:
ever repackage anything in either set
for the purposes of selling any or all of them.
To do otherwise would be a form of a theft.
Thank you so much
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Set: Rose Borders and Butterflies

Let's celebrate Spring some more using rose blossom borders and matching accessories!

I love to garden. It never ceases to amaze me just how much I do love to watch green, growing things blooming. I can recall falling in love with a sweet neighbor's pansy patch when I was a very small child, so this is a life long passion of mine.

Please observe the red letter Guidelines at the bottom of this post. Thank you.

This little set began as a sample page from an antique book of late Victorian home decor designs. It has required much time, work and trial and error failure. Each attempt brought a new lesson as to how to make older, less attractive things look nicer and neater. In fact, it was a little bit like improving a garden patch!

I'm offering two sizes of the same rosy border, along with the butterfly badges, plus the garden bench (this time in a soft springlike green) along with some other accessories. The garden bench is a genuine favorite of mine. I do admire pretty rustic wood garden furnishings!

This will be the one day that I can find enough time for posting anything different here at PPS for a while. Too many responsibilities keep drawing me away from doing art of all sorts. There is one project that is on hold, and that one is at the second blog, Rose's Art Garden, where I can simply relax, make messes, and play. However, at the first blog (this one) I have too little time to keep up properly with everything today. Perhaps by the time next month comes around, it will become a little easier for me to continue on as before.

Thank you for stopping by! I do hope you are enjoying every bright spring day with your ~
Happy Creativity!


PPS™ Spring Garden: Rose Borders and Butterflies

Download HERE

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You are free to:
use the set shown here
in art or craft projects that may be
either given, traded or sold.
You are not free to:
ever sell items from this set in any set 
that you make for sale online or elsewhere.
This is my work. Please protect it.
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!



Monday, March 28, 2016

Daisy Chain Spring Garden Set + Backgrounds

An antique Victorian embroidery pattern is the basis for this new set.

Did I mention before how much I love to garden? Or that I enjoy almost every color of green that nature shows me? Or that I also like a good, deep, earthy chocolate brown color as well? (I know most of you would already know I like antiques very much!)

I've combined all of those fun things in one set. This time, the pocket has a whole new shape for guests to play with. I chose not to make any of the basis for it look too perfect, as I really like that old fashioned appeal as well. Despite its Victorian charm, I confess that I have added just a touch of Art Deco appeal to it for the fun of it, as you will see in the first image (Example display) below.

Please observe the red letter Guidelines to this post, found underneath the last image shown in the post. Thank you.

This took a lot of work. The initial image had a few quality issues, and needed to be remade entirely before it would fit the idea I kept having.

For the background pattern, as well as for the main trim, I used a digital brush set by MelsBrushes (to find the site, guests can follow the link HERE).

The new pouch shape comes in 2 parts, with one base and one top. Both have flaps. (I guess we could even say that even my pocket flap has its own flap! LOL) These will naturally need to be folded under prior to gluing to the chosen surface. The buckle was added to the opening cover or top bit in order to simplify the constructing process for you, but I have also included the same buckle separately with accessories.

The Backgrounds come 4 ways this time. The chocolate brown one comes with either white or green daisies and the green one comes with either brown or white daisies. All of it is meant to follow the same theme and to mix and match or contrast. I could easily see one of the 4 Backgrounds being used for a lining to the new Pouch style Pocket. Also, I could see this set used with other sets from elsewhere.

Actually, I could even see a tiny hand bag being sewn using both pouch parts, but printed onto an iron on fusible material of some sort. The reverse side of such a little bag could be one of the backgrounds below. It might look really cute! If anyone chooses to try such an idea, I do hope that they will let us all know about it so that I can add their pictures here. That would be a lot of fun for me!
:)

Happy Spring and Thank You for stopping by with your~
Happy Creativity!

PPS™ Spring Garden Collection: Daisy Chain
Example:



Download pouch or Pocket Top HERE

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Download pouch or Pocket Base HERE

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Download Accessory Set HERE

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Download Background 1 HERE

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Download Background 2 HERE

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Download Background 3 HERE
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Download Background 4 HERE

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This set is copyrighted 2 ways.
You are free to:
use the items shown here in this Daisy Chain Set
in art or craft projects which may be either
given or sold.
If you sell, copyright law dictates that 
credit must be given to both
www.plushpossumstudio.blogspot.com
and
www.melsbrushes.co.uk
You are not free to:
ever sell any of the items shown here 
for any reason
either as is or in any sets made by  you.
Thank you for helping me to 
keep free things free!



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Paper Doll Room 3

Victoria's Aunt and Uncle Lacey do have a very grand place to call home, don't they?

Aunt and Uncle Lacey have invited the entire family to spend all of Sunday afternoon with them. Victoria's new dress will look bright and pretty beside the highly decorative furnishings in the stately house.

Please see the red letter Guidelines beneath the Download section of this post. Thank you.

There are two old fashioned forms of dress in the Display picture below. The most obvious one is worn by Victoria herself. The second one is in the grand old Conservatory in the distance. The statue which is on display wears a simply cut Greek or Roman style dress. Many refined homes during the Victorian era had statues in them. This one is kneeling in an indoor garden. Such gardens were often called "conservatories" because they acted like greenhouses by conserving (or preserving) exotic plants of all sorts.

For instructions for assembly of this room, please follow the link HERE.

This particular finished Room measures 19 inches across by 14 inches high, without the white margins. I recommend leaving around one half inch white margin space on every outside side, but trim away the ones where the 4 pieces will meet.

Below you will find the Display first, followed by 4 separate Download links, each one labeled as its position in the "puzzle."
Margins in the downloads are wider than the average. Please measure carefully when cropping and do follow the tips and hints listed via the instructions link above.

I've waited for months before adding this new room to the collection. It's nice to let it out in the open!

Happy Playtime Creativity!


PPSPlaytime™: Paper Doll Room Number 3

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Download Upper Right HERE
Download Lower Right HERE
Download Lower Left HERE
Download Upper Left HERE.

You are free to:
 use this Download Set for creative playtime, 
although not for sale.
It may be found in its original, unrefreshed look 
at Wikimedia Commons.
It's in the Public Domain.
Let's keep Free things free!

Special New Paper Doll Dress

Victoria's pretty new best Sunday dress

I'd been putting off doing any new paper doll things for a while. I think we all needed a bit of a change for a few weeks, don't you?
;)

Please observe the red letter Guidelines at the very bottom of today's post. Thank you.

This special dress is a gift from Grandmother Lacey. Victoria is very pleased and grateful for this new addition to her wardrobe. She is especially pleased with the floral pattern in the fabric of the dress. 

There is to be a splendid dinner at her Aunt and Uncle Lacey's this coming Sunday. For her younger cousins there will be games and playful music. If it rains, the children's gathering will take place inside, in the very grand Conservatory, while the adults will enjoy the day in the dining and music rooms. Cousin Mercy's new husband, Tom has promised to bring along a new camera he has very lately purchased.

I've included all 5 different hair colors, each one with its own copy of the outfit's hat.

This outfit did require hours of work before it could be made to look presentable enough. For one thing, the image I had to work with was flawed and spotty in places. For another, the fit would not work right at first.

Note
This outfit has a number of very tricky cutting areas. My suggestion is to reinforce the 3 grey tabs on the dress with clear tape, such as gift wrapping tape, at the back prior to cutting. Also, adult or elder sibling fingers might find this project less challenging, especially at the shoulder line. The same might be said for the hat. 
It is best to not cut away the blank spaces located under either arm and between arms and torso. (That's because this was a fairly tricky fit, and the sleeves could not be altered to fit perfectly without ruining their look.)

The Hat Tab may be attached as mentioned in other paper doll outfit posts. That is, start at the very tip top with a thin line of glue stick glue when attaching the tab to the back of the hat. Add more glue bit by bit only as necessary until the hat will fit the doll's head.

For anyone new to the PPS Paper Doll line, there is a category in the bar right below the banner above. That page contains some links that you might find useful.

Thank you for stopping by with your
Happy Creativity!

PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Best Sunday Dress

Download HERE

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You are free to:
play with or give or trade
this outfit.
But please do not repackage it or alter it
for the purpose of selling it.
Otherwise, that would be selling 
my own hours of work and effort
(a form of theft).
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Antique Bicycling Graphic

Ouch!

Hasn't everyone who's ever gone riding had at least one bad spill?
I can recall one fairly bad one for me, years ago, involving a patch of gravel and a sore arm afterward.

I might have found "Elliman's Universal Embrocation" of use as a product, although I sincerely doubt it.
:)

Offered in both black and white and sepia looks, this one is in the Public Domain. I really had to do very little to it, just a little clean-up work. I am keeping it simple for a while around the Studio.

Guests who enjoy paper dolls can also find a paper doll cycling outfit of the same era by following this link HERE.

Thanks for stopping by with your ~
Happy Coloring Creativity!

PPSColorMe™Bicycling Injury

Download Black and White version HERE

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Download Sepia Toned version HERE

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Public Domain.
Please credit me with a link
to this page.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!




Monday, March 21, 2016

Antique Coffee Botanical Graphic

Coffee, anyone...?

Still really overloaded with things to take care of in my private life. Sorry I haven't been around here much lately.

Public Domain:
This one has had to be updated by me a fair amount, so please credit me for it if you use it in art that is to be published online whether for sale or for leisure. Thanks!

Happy coffee time creativity!

PPS™ Antique Coffee Botanical Graphic

Download HERE

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Butterfies in Flight

From an old full color plate illustration.

I was in the mood for something light, airy and pretty. I hope this suits your mood, too.

Please see the Guidelines below for more information. Thank you.

I've cleaned and cleared this one up a little, plus brightened it somewhat, as it was looking a bit drab and tired. And butterflies need to be full of light and loveliness, don't they?
:)

Thank you for stopping by with your ~
Happy Creativity!


PPS™ Butterflies in Midair 

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I'd appreciate credit and a link back
to this post. 
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Friday, March 18, 2016

Victorian Man's Thinking Cap

An appliqué pattern to make for a gentleman.

This item is a bit of a curiosity. We see illustrations and photos of gents wearing their smoking jackets and caps, almost as if such garb had a kind of uniform appeal. Oddly enough, such caps were sometimes also called, "Thinking caps." I think most Americans can relate to being asked to put on our imaginary "thinking caps" as children, can't we? I doubt that any one of us thought of a tassel or rich embroidery at the time, however!
:)

Often, these items of apparel were decorated in great detail, using embroidery on velvet or wool, with appliqué or couched cording or braid. Sometimes, even bead embroidery was used, although this technique was generally reserved for ladies' apparel. The addition of a tassel was according to taste, of course, yet was often considered a must in fashion for gentlemen.

A man's smoking jacket was not the same robe as his dressing gown. These two totally separate species of apparel we tend to smile over nowadays. Nobody really tends to take them very seriously anymore. 

That is, except for a number of historic reenactment hobbyists and professionals. It is for these people I have posted this straightened and somewhat refreshed pattern. After all, I once was one of them!

The sizing for such things can be a bit tricky. As a former costumer and hat designer, I highly recommend making at least one good brown paper mockup or model. I used to use clear tape, pins and pencils with a measuring tape in order to tailor most hats to fit. Nowadays, of course, we have the additional luxury of advanced copy machine technology, image enhancement software such as Photoshop or Gimp, etc., as well as incredibly complex sewing and embroidery machines that can synch up with our computers. In other words, the rest is up to the tools and the imaginations of the ones willing to take on such a project.

Thank you for stopping by with your
Costuming Creativity!

PPS™ Victorian Gentleman's Embroidered Cap

Download HERE

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In the Public Domain.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

An 18th Century Coloring Page

A lady stays at home with her little bird.

In this quiet scene, a fairly affluent home is depicted, one refined in taste enough  for some fine furnishings. A lady sits alone with her bird. There is sun in the window, and we can almost make out the landscape painting that hangs on her wall.

She sits in her parlor, dressed rather informally for a quiet time alone. She is wearing a wrap of some sort over what appears to be a set of stays and a long skirt of some sort. It is hard to tell exactly how she is dressed here, but it hardly matters.

She is holding a very special and costly item on her lap, a music box of some sort. This lovely object is being used like a prompt in order to teach her little caged bird a tune to sing.

Despite a few quality issues, I've decided to offer this image for free and to keep it in the Public Domain. It seems to me that such an image might be hand tinted using watercolors. That is, once it's been adhered securely enough to watercolor paper first. Alternatively, colored pencils might be just the thing--or maybe pan pastels. Crayons of any sort might work nicely as well.

Happy Coloring Creativity!

PPSColorMe™: A French Lady 
Teaches Her Bird a Tune

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Download Sepia version HERE

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These 2 versions
of the same illustration
are free and in the Public Domain.
Enjoy!
:)

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