Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Origami Christmas

I'm relieved, proud, chuffed, worn-out and all sorts of other words to describe the fact that I've finally finished 'Origami Christmas'!

We had plenty of discussion beforehand to decide whether it should be in the form of a series of card kits but finally decided that a DVD was best.  That way we could include different colour choices for the same items together with matching backgrounds etc.

I'm pretty pleased with the results especially because, while a few of the origami concepts are tried and tested, for 2 or 3 of them I worked out the origami-folding myself!

All of the printed bits are of course our own design.  Much of the printing makes it extremely easy to work out where to fold it (and which way up to have the paper!), and where it doesn't we've provided guidelines to make folding pretty fool-proof.

Which is my favourite?  So difficult.... My OH likes the penguins best....

While I like the stars.... they're kind of sophisticated (but tricky to fold!).

But the snowman and robin are really cute - and really easy to fold....

The Santa is great for the young ones.... although I can think of some older ones that would like him too!

Had my nan still been with us she'd have loved this poinsettia.

It's been a pleasure working on all of the origami ideas so I hope you like them.

There are printable folding diagrams included on the disc which are pretty easy to follow but if you need more help, we have step-by-step photos on the website to make it really easy-peasy.

To take a look at all the card projects you can make, go to www.printableheaven.com

Origami Christmas DVD available now at the special introductory price of £9.99.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

American History

My 'big' project at the moment is working on an origami Christmas DVD for the website, as usual a labour of love where some days I'm focused and some.... well I'm just not!

I think I'll be more together from tomorrow onwards when both of my children are back at school, well I hope so anyway..... although I have decided that my job is far too sedentary and I should walk every day for at least half an hour to the post office.  And pick blackberries.... and go swimming.  More digressions from Origami Christmas methinks....

One of my 'sidetrack' days led me into looking at American history as I fancied putting together a product for another site that I produce for, Teachers Pay Teachers (www.teacherspayteachers.com).  This is a site where teachers (and publishers) upload products they've made that will assist with lessons and school work - a way to not 'waste' the lesson-plan you've worked on, but to share it with other teachers in order to make a little extra.

I've got quite a lot on there, lots of discs and graphics collections (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sandie-Printable-Heaven) including the one I put on yesterday - A Timeline of American History.

This isn't something that I think will make it onto Printable Heaven as it's not really the right kind of market for it but I'm hoping it will do well on TPT.

And in the true spirit of vintage, all the pictures included in the collection (all 85 of them!) come from an out of copyright American History children's book.  Here are just 3 of them (lots of Brownie points if you can name the event depicted!).

You can see the collection here.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

More Walter Tittle

On a previous post I talked about Walter Tittle and interesting enough, a reader has just commented on that post to say that his mother-in-law posed for Mr. Tittle when she was young.

These pictures are from another Walter Tittle illustrated book called 'Colonial Holidays' - and stunning they are too!  It would have been lovely if perhaps the little girl pictured here had turned out to be this lady but having done the maths, unfortunately it couldn't be - this book is from 1910 and the lady in question only died a couple of years ago at the age of 96.

Shame - would have been a lovely family mystery solved wouldn't it!  

Here are the pictures:-

It's worth noting for our UK readers that these pictures won't be out of copyright until 2016, they are already out of copyright in the US.

Monday, 4 August 2014

First World War Centenary 4th August 2014

10 o'clock tonight marks the start of Britain's involvement in the First World War, a war that would see the deaths of 9 million combatants, making it one of the deadliest wars in history.

This poem is by Julius S. Berg, first published in 1921.

I'll see what else I can find through the day today. 


Monday, 28 July 2014

Monday & Poland

Well it's the start of the week again, my first 'proper' day of getting stuck into work after our little trip to Poland last week.

Krakow was great as usual (we went last year), plenty of flavoured vodka consumed and lovely food eaten - great up until the point that our friend discovered he'd lost his wallet or, perhaps, had it stolen.  That kinda put a damper on the whole thing but at least it was on the last day so it wasn't all spoilt!

Last year we went to Auschwitz and this year to Schindler's factory, both sad reminders of times past. Now I'm somewhat back to reality having added a few new products to the website this morning (Christmas ones), I've done a few outgoing orders and now I'm about to get stuck back into designs for our forthcoming Origami Christmas CD.... it's a labour of love!

Last year I think I blogged with a few pictures of picturesque Poland after our Krakow trip.  Heaven forbid I repeat myself, so here's some pictures of Polish dancing instead.... and this isn't how we looked after all that beautiful Polish vodka by the way (or is it?!).

Sunday, 20 July 2014


It's the start of the summer holidays and in time-honoured fashion, it's piddling down!

As many of you will be off on your summer holidays soon, I thought I'd post some pictures of some of the places might be likely to go, starting with Venice.

Bortoluzzi, Millo (1868-1933) - Bible of St. Mark 1898 - St. Marks Venice

East, Alfred (1849-1913) - The Studio 1911 - Evening glow Venice

Whistler, James (1834-1903) - Whistler as I knew him 1904 - Black & Gold, Venice

Ziem, FĂ©lix (1821-1911) - The Studio 1911 - Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice

We're off to Krakow tomorrow for a few days.  I'll see what Polish pictures I can find when I get back, if any, and put them up here. If I can't find any pictures of scenery, I'll see if I can find some of vodka as there's plenty of that in Krakow and I may partake just a little.....

Sunday, 30 March 2014


I haven't blogged for a few weeks as we moved house and that has taken up most of my time!

We have moved to a house that has needed so much doing to it that it tends to fill my thoughts constantly.  Things were broken, not working or unusable and that's without the decorating.... every room needs a complete makeover.... I could talk about it for hours but I fear I'd bore you all!

Instead of that, here are some nice illustrations of crackers and biscuits from a manufacturer called Dozier-Weyl from 1881.  I'd like to do something with them but I really can't think what at the moment!

I'll put some more of them on the public domain section of our Pinterest board shortly.  The public domain board on there is private so you'll need to start following us and we'll send you an invitation to the public domain board after that - http://www.pinterest.com/printableheaven/