Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mercy, Tom and Victoria Visit Venice!

Or, as it is said in Italian, "Mercy, Tom e Victoria visitare Venezia."

Included in this Set is one new outfit for Mercy, shown first above the Scenes. 
How exciting! They have found themselves a bit muddled by the confusing layout of the city. Notice how the two cousins are dressing today almost as a pair of twins might. (After all, they have the very same dressmaker back in London, and it is such fun to dress alike!) They wore the same outfits with different shoes during their time of packing for the journey. Those outfits may be found by clicking on the Doll's names below:
Victoria
Mercy
Both offer a special standard for stability.
Victoria's travel or Tourist outfit may be found by following the link HERE.

The three young people are in search of the right way in which to find their final destination for this afternoon's bit of tourist fun together: the famous set of buildings known as the Palazzo Ducale, or the Doge's Palace. To learn more about this famous Venetian palace, you may follow the link HERE.

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Alas! The three travelers have wandered away from their true course and are now concerned about the hour. But not to worry. Our young linguist, Victoria, comes to the rescue! She asks a pleasant looking elderly woman (using her practiced conversational Italian), "Buon pomeriggio, signora. Posso chiederle come per il modo corretto per noi per raggiungere il Palazzo Ducale? E 'nelle vicinanze?"

Which means, in modern English, "Good afternoon, Madam. May I inquire as to the correct way for us to reach the Doge's Palace? Is it nearby?"

Tom applauds his wife's cousin's quick witted way of handling the situation. He himself has very little Italian. His real foreign language gift is with French. Mercy, meanwhile, is very proud indeed of her young cousin's growing foreign language skills. As a result and very soon, they find their way to an ornate outer courtyard of the Palazzo. While still there, they will have another adventure which I shall post here quite soon. This involves yet another famous Venetian palace. But that will be for another day.

The season that is best for travel in Adriatic waters cannot last forever. The three intend to travel southward next, this time by boat. Tom will have plenty of time for relaxation from that point onward, so that they are certain to have even more fun than when he was so busy. 

Happy Travel Playtime Fun!

PPSPlaytime™: Venice Part One

Download Mercy's Daytime Tourist Outfit HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Display version of
Venice Scene One


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


Display version of
Venice Scene Two


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

You are free to:
play with, give or trade
the paper dolls, their outfits, or their scenes.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of the dolls or any of their accessories,
including this set
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meet Mercy's Husband, Tom

Mr. Thomas DeHaven is soon to have a few new things to wear!

This project took absolutely forever to make! There for a time, I thought that I really would not be able to make it happen the way that it has. However, on a little by little basis, while I kept working on it, I kept noticing new ideas and a few small successes that helped to keep me motivated.

Please read and observe all copyrights and red letter Guidelines at the foot of this post. The paper Doll Standards had to be designed by me from the ground up, so all of them are copyrighted. Thank you for the courtesy of honoring my copyrights and guidelines.

This doll has had to be redone 4 different ways. I found myself practically tearing my hair out at one point, as it simply didn't look right, even after several hours of trial and error with it. So I then put it away for a few weeks, waiting for some further insight as to why I could not make it appear any better. It was actually quite UGLY at one time, though nobody else would know it.

I am mainly a collage artist, although I have drawn and painted using a variety of media as well. Whenever using Photoshop, it pays to know how to collage as well as how to add perspective to different bits as they are being put together. Making things relate to each other is very important to the process. Regular (meaning cut and paste manual style) collage does not always allow for such things, but Photoshop does, thankfully. This I found quite handy in the end.

For, just look at our Tom! He looks young, accomplished, healthy and ready to play at the seashore already! You can believe me, friends, when I say that in the beginning, this project was looking perfectly awful. For example, my first try with this doll had him built a bit too much like he was working outside all of the time, and that lifting heavy objects was his job.

Now, there is nothing wrong with a buff, muscular man to my way of thinking. Some of them can be really quite handsome, too. But as Tom was an oarsman while he was attending college, and has since worked mainly in antiquities at the British Museum, I did not see how I could justify too sturdy a frame for this doll. He simply would not have been built to be as muscular as my first design had made him to look.

Since that time, though, I've found a number of ways of fixing the look of this doll until he could be youthfully attractive without so many muscles. That's much more in keeping with the story, to my way of thinking.

So that is the longwinded story of my adventures in making this very longwinded and much awaited project!
:)

For his very first outfit, I have chosen to give him a summery suit built for travel and sightseeing. He holds his straw hat in one hand, and wears a soft neck cloth instead of a workday tie at his neck. This was considered casual wear among those whose work dictated that they wear more formal clothing at all times.

Coming very soon
Some more outfits for all 3 of my dolls, along with some new European Travel Scenery! I hope to provide Tom with some more formal attire within the next few weeks. So be looking for more paper doll fun in the months ahead!

Happy Playtime Creativity!
:)


PPSPlaytime™: Mercy's Husband, Tom

Download Paper Doll HERE

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Download Tom's Sightseeing Suit HERE

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Download Tom's Custom Fit Standard HERE
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You are free to:
play with or give or trade this doll
and any outfits made for it.
You are not free to:
ever sell either this doll or any 
of its accessories and outfits
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Coloring Page: Playing Dress Up Games

Feathers ~! 
...and even more feathers await the coloring artist who would choose this item to color.

1/4 (or .25) inch margins for this one on your chosen printer.

I just thought that this one looked like a lot of challenging fun. There is a lot of detail within this picture, so either colored pencils or a big box set of crayons with a sharpener might work out better. I would imagine that a colored pencil set might include some wonderful peacock feather colors. 

The tapestry birds look really comical to me, and the child's delight at wearing her mother's hat is, I think, charming.

I'm keeping this one in the public domain where I found it, as it needed very little help from me in order to be a proper coloring page.

Happy coloring creativity!


PPSColorMe™Page: Dressing Up with Feathers

Download HERE

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(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
color this page or use it
in art or crafting that may then
be either sold or given.
Let's keep it free in its 
original condition, though.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Faith Graphic: 1 John 4:1

A pleasant blessed Sunday to you all. Here is my latest Faith Graphic.

This one contains a favorite passage for me personally. It's something I've come to understand more and more over time. Please distribute my faith graphics freely. No matter the design, I ask that they never get sold, but are only shared, displayed or given away for free.

Thank you.

PPSFaithGraphic™: 1 John 4:1

Download HERE

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Women Cyclists of the 1890's Graphic

Let's head for the hills with our hats pinned on securely!

Isn't this old illustration both interesting and fun? The women being shown in the foreground are covered, literally, from the neck down, and yet they have been exercising during warmer weather. I find that somewhat astonishing, don't you?

Despite my repairs and work on this particular project, I am leaving it in the Public Domain. Please observe all copyrights and red letter Guidelines at all other types of posts here at this blog
Thank you.

The woman in blue is wearing "bloomers" or a form of knee-length cycling trousers. Her hat has a slightly masculine and sporty flair, while the cut of her suit's jacket shows a definitely feminine (and corseted) figure. Notice her sensible, flat heeled shoes. Such a style was viewed as being innovative at that time.

The woman in pink is dressed less for sport and more as though she might possibly be on an errand of some sort. Women were really set free by their modern bicycles in the latter part of the 1800's and could be found free wheeling from place to place in dry weather on roads in town and country during the late 1800's. This continued on into the early 1900's. Nowadays, bicycles are seen as commonplace for sport and for commuting.

This brief clip from the series, "The 1900 house" can give us a small taste of what cycling must have felt like for women during that late Victorian era, when cycling for women was becoming more and more respectable and less and less disliked byVictorian critics of women's sports.


Such an adventure this would have been for any woman!


Happy sporting creativity!

PPS™ Victorian Women Cyclists

Download HERE

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I am leaving this
particular project in the 
Public Domain.
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Victoria's New Butterfly Dress

A pretty new outfit for Victoria to wear while still on her European adventure!

This outfit has been a genuine challenge for me. It began as a charming French fashion plate, but had to be completely redone before it could even begin to fit the doll properly.

Please honor all copyrights and red letter Guidelines listed at this blog, including any at the foot of this post. Thank you.

It was the butterflies located on the sleeves that first gained my approval of this dress. The color seemed a little odd to me, and so that has had to be changed. A tan colored dress with a vivid, pretty magenta butterfly somehow did not look right to me. I prefer the soft celery green I've chosen. After all, it is still summertime. Victoria will have plenty of time in which to wear the browns of autumn later on in the year, won't she?

I found a charming embroidered pair of shoes for her to wear, one of which is peeping out from under the hem of her dress. This style laces up at the front, and so should serve her fairly well for walks in refined places such as museums and art galleries. The color has been changed to match the other magenta features to this outfit.

The sleeves and the upper front of the bodice I chose to make sheer for a lighter and cooler appeal. Summertime in Italy is generally very warm and sunny. She is using her parasol (hidden behind the skirt of her dress as she is walking) as a sort of a walking stick at the moment. She is prepared to, at a moment's notice, make use of the shade it can provide her with.

Happy Late Summer Playtime Creativity!

PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Summer Butterfly Dress

Download HERE

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You are free to:
either play with or give or trade
this Paper Doll outfit.
You are not free to:
ever sell it in any way, even if 
it is altered by you.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Paper Doll Scenery: A Pretty Palazzo

Victoria and Mercy's travels continue with a visit to a very pretty place.

The palazzo is located on a large estate with lush lawns and plenty of places to go walking. ("palazzo" means "palace" in Italian) It is very near to the sultry city known as Milan, but called Milano by Italians. The two cousins are here, of course, with Mercy's husband, Tom, who has an important business appointment to keep for an elderly relative of his. Though Tom has been kept busy throughout, he still will make enough time for his young bride during this extended European sojourn. They plain to dine together at a fine restaurant this evening.

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As Mercy and her sweet cousin are strolling and exploring the gardens of the palazzo, they happen upon this charming, sunny room. They both wear their very nicest things for an outing of this sort. Northern Italy (especially Milano) can be quite sunny and warm this time of year, so the two both carry their parasols. One mustn't develop either freckles or a tan! No Victorian young lady would ever have taken such a risk.

Very soon, they will take a further carriage ride back to the Hotel. From there, within a few days, they plan to take a train for another fascinating place! I will leave you to guess where they might be headed.
:)

Below, you will see a Display of the room with dolls that is of lower quality than the downloads. As per usual, there will be 4 downloads in all. For a list of fairly simple instructions and hopefully helpful hints, guests may follow this link HERE.

Each of these 4 downloads is formatted to regular printer sized paper. Once trimmed and joined correctly, they will create the room shown below. The two doll outfits may be found by following this link HERE, where there is a further room.

Happy Playtime Creativity!

PPSPlaytime™: A Pretty Palazzo

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(lower quality than the downloads)



Download Upper Left HERE

Download Upper Right HERE

Download Lower Right HERE

Download Lower Left HERE


You are free to:
play with, give or trade
this Paper Doll Room.
You are not free to:
ever sell it for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me
 to keep free things free!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Garden Set: A Late Summer Butterfly

Or, a "pocket full of posies," as the old rhyme says.

I ran across this set of pockets when I was looking for something else in the Studio's files recently. I've decided to finish it and to also add two styles of the same patterned background.

Please notice and mind the copyrights and red letter Guidelines at the foot of this post. Thank you.
Note: Background Photoshop Lace Pattern is by babypink (name is a link) over at Brusheezy. The copyright for the Lace pattern (entitled, "Spetts") is as follows: "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. You may redistribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this work even for commercial reasons, as long as you credit this artist by linking back."

The basis of this pocket duo and their accessories and backgrounds is, of course, a lovely old painting of a basket full of flowers and a charming butterfly on a windowsill. It is a favorite still life painting of mine, almost in my Top Ten list. I hope you will enjoy it too.

The items in the Set barely fit the dimensions for the average copier paper. Consequently, the borders are very narrow, a mere 1/4 of an inch. If your printer has the capability to print without any borders or margins, I'd recommend using such a setting. Otherwise, the narrower the better for this particular Set.

I'd also like to recommend card stock or stiff paper such as matte photo paper. This will make your pockets and accessories last a lot longer. The flaps or tabs, of course, are meant to be folded under, tucked out of sight and glued to your chosen surface. Double sided tape might be wise, or perhaps Uhu brand glue stick glue.

The Lace backgrounds I have made to work in two separate directions: Horizontal and Vertical. The Horizontal one I have featured in the suggested use Display, shown first below. Both colors come in both directions.

Let's enjoy the last few weeks of real summertime with our
Happy Creativity!


PPSGarden™: Late Summer Butterfly 

Display of ideas for the set's use
(lower quality than the download)



Download the Set HERE
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Download Horizontal Blue Lace Background HERE
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Download Horizontal Goldenrod Lace Background HERE
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Download Vertical Blue Lace Background HERE
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Download Vertical Goldenrod Lace background HERE
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You are free to:
use the set and the backgrounds shown above
in works of art 
PROVIDED that
you will follow the copyrights and Guidelines 
that are listed here with them.
Please attribute as requested.
You are not free to:
ever sell the designs in the Set shown above.
Please respect all copyrights.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Victoria's Day Dress 3 Ways

Victoria and Mercy are still staying at their friends' countryside villa.

Today, they have been catching up on their letter writing as well as setting aside some time for walks on the grounds that surround the villa.

Please read and follow the copyrights and red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post. Thank you.

The sleeves from elbow to cuff of this fresh and pretty outfit are made of sheer silk voile. Despite the high collared style, this kind of dress was worn often during warmer weather in Victorian times. The dress began as an antique fashion plate, which I later altered significantly. I thought that Victoria's wardrobe required something with sheer sleeves. I hope that you'll enjoy playing with it even more than I have enjoyed making it fit the doll for you.

For the Room in the Villa that would go with this dress, you may follow the link HERE. (I know that any of the doll's rooms will do, of course, but this one was made specially for this summer's Travel series)

The dress itself is being offered in 3 different ways: with a changeable sash in either a Lavender, Pink or Blue color. Find your choices located below.

Happy Summer Playtime!
:)

PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Summer Day Dress

Download Lavender Sash Dress HERE

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Download Pink Sash Dress HERE

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Download Blue Sash Dress HERE

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(lower quality than the downloads)


Original Image credit:
Public Domain
at nypl.org


You are free to:
play with, to give and to trade
any of the doll outfits featured in this,
including this one.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of these doll outfits
or their rooms, etc.
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!





Late Summer Garden Set + Background

The summer is winding down again. This can be a wistful time of year, for we know that it is sure to linger but a little while more.

Today's post is about enjoying the summer days remaining for this year. The collage set below, along with its matching lacy background, is ready to be downloaded and then used. 

Note: Background Photoshop lace Pattern is by babypink (name is a link) over at Brusheezy. The copyright for the Lace pattern (entitled, "Spetts") is as follows: "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. You may redistribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this work even for commercial reasons, as long as you credit this artist by linking back."

Please read and follow the copyrights and red letter Guidelines listed here at this blog. There is a special set of rules for this particular post. Thank you so much for this courtesy. My goal is to show you what is legal and what is not legal. I always try for the fairest use that fits within International Copyright Law, for I would hate to create any confusion as to what is correct and what is not for you, my guests.

This project took me many hours of work before it was, at long last, ready to be posted here. This little labor of love began quite some time ago, when I found the images I've used to make it, in particular the image of the lovely young woman dressed all in pink.
From the bouquet of flowers that she is enjoying to the handkerchief under her other hand, to her crinolined skirts, she would have looked right at home in many a fine Victorian setting. I have removed her from her prior setting, however, in favor of surrounding her with flowers in a new background, prior to cutting this pocket.

The arching pocket itself is about 4 inches by 5 inches in size, although a copy center or your home computer might allow you to shrink it in size a bit, should you wish to change that size. I would not recommend enlarging it any at all, however, due to a few resolution problems I encountered while completing this project.

Guests who are new to this blog will notice the tabs on both pockets. Once folded under and then glued to your chosen surface, these tabs (or foldable flaps) will remain hidden. I've created a Display image to show a few ideas as to how this new set of mine could get used.

There are other creative sets like it here at PPS. The Spring Garden Collection, in particular, comes to mind. But this one is all about the changing seasons or else an appreciation of the beauties of each day. After all, each day may be considered a flower in the larger bouquet of human experience, can't it?

Note:
For best print copy quality of this particular set, it is a good idea to change your printer settings to the smallest margin size allowed, or else choose the option to print without any margins at all.

Happy Late Summer Creativity!


PPSGarden™ Set: Late Summer 1

Display with ideas
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Download the Set HERE

Display of Set alone
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Download Lace Background HERE

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SPECIAL GUIDELINES FOR THIS POST
You are free to:
either give or trade 
or make projects with
the items that are included
in this Set.
You are not free, however:
to ever sell any of the Collage items 
for any reason.
The Background has copyrights
that stipulate that you must attribute whenever
it is to be either displayed and/or sold.
Attribute Background lace Pattern to
the artist mentioned at the top of this post.
The Collage items had to be altered
greatly by me personally.
They now have copyrights in this blog's name
as a result of that time and work.
Thank you for abiding by
each rule I've given.
and
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!





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