Friday, August 21, 2015

Close to 800 Back-To-School Photos

Back to school brings many images to mind. Living in front of our local educational facility,  I watched the flock each September making its way back for another year — by bus and by foot. 

In more recent years, it was always the glimpses of  wee ones, heading to their first day of kindergarten,  hands firmly held by moms and/or dads though, that stirred strong memories.

Seeing my eldest at five, trekking off down the street, is as vivid a picture today for me as it was then. Fiercely independent, an old soul mature and wise beyond his years, he was determined to do this on his own.  To this day, I'm not sure he knows I had his back the whole way.

Knowing he was more than ready did make his walk away from being my little boy easier for me.  The same could not be said of my feelings about my other kids, however.  His younger sister  had walked hesitantly beside me to school her first day.  While I had worried  she might not be quite as keen to leave me, though, once inside she sent Mommy on her merry way.

Me? I cried all the way home and for a time after.  A pattern repeated with the youngest two as well. 

Needless to say I'm a tad sentimental. And now, when I see reminders that that time of year is nigh, the images are as strong as they were then.  I can still feel a little emotional when I remember those little faces looking up at me as we walked toward, and talked about, the new adventure before them.  When I see promotions for school supplies or kids' fashions,  I also remember the many photos taken of my brood over the years sporting new duds and loaded backpacks for that first day back.

So with a new school year set to begin in a few weeks, here are some terrific back-to-school photo collections:

iPHOTOS.com

Clipart.com

Thursday, August 20, 2015

800+ Back-To-School Illustrations

There's an event on its way that I've been trying not to think too much about.  It's a harbinger of summer's end and I look to it with dread and a determination to ignore. 

Others, on the other hand, are starting to prepare for the inevitable.

The time for back to school nears,  with varying numbers of days left,  depending on where you live.  In our neck of the woods there's a few weeks remaining before kids head off and parents breathe an exhausted sigh. But in the meantime there's work to be done.

For retailers of everything from educational supplies to children's fashions, it's a busy time of year. Promotional materials are making their way into print media and onto television. Images are needed for flyers,  advertisements, websites, etc.

Depending on what the needs might be, it's good to know that a diverse range of clipart can be found online through safe, inexpensive sources. Here are a few favourites to give your back-to-school projects a fresh appealing design:

iCLIPART.com

Clipart.com

ClipartGuide

ClickArt Online

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Emoticon Clipart Collections

It was many moons ago. My daughter was a college student in Toronto and we spent a good deal of time keeping in touch through email.  One day I noticed she had placed a colon and parenthesis at the end of a sentence. Assuming it to be a typo I said nothing. But then it happened again.

And again. And again. And again.

Finally it dawned on me that I was clearly out of the loop on something and decided that whether I'd look uncool or not I needed to ask what was up.  So, one weekend when she was home, I took a deep breath and exposed my ignorance.

She must have remembered all the things I taught her over the years and decided fair is fair.  There were no giggles or eye rolls.  More of an indulgent smile as she explain this was an emoticon that represented a smiling face. There were many others too she added.

Since then I've learned most of them. And if I can't remember the appropriate one,  everything from Facebook to my cellphone gives me a selection of emoticons from which to choose.

If you're a fan of clipart, there are also many wonderful 'smiley'  examples on line that you can use in your messages, projects, etc.,  Here are just a few collections from iCLIPART.com:

Collection of Smileys

Emoticon Collection

American-Themed Emoticons

Comical Emoticons

104 Smileys

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Clipart Collections for a Rainy Day

Just back at the computer after a lovely extended weekend. It included attendance at a favourite outdoor event and much time on Friday night and Saturday morning spent hoping that the predicted thunderstorms would stay away.

That they did. Saturday and Sunday turned out to be an incredible two days of sunshine and soaring temperatures.  Feeling  heat soothe body,  sun brighten soul and atmosphere entertain mind, I couldn't help thinking that at some point I must have done something good. We couldn't have asked for more.

Today,  however,  I woke to dark clouds, a clap or two of thunder and rain.  Forecasters are promising it's going to stay around for a few days, which given the muggy weather we've been experiencing is certainly expected. 

When it comes to the weather we're never too sure what we're getting. Why should we know, when the meteorologists have problems getting it right? We live in a climate that takes us from blizzards to tropical temperatures, from tornadoes to calm days of blue skies and gentle cooling breezes.  Mother Nature gives us her best, and her worst,  day by day, hour by hour.

Here is the rainy day in clipart form she has sent our way for now:

iCLIPART.com

Clipart.com

Acclaim Images

ClipartGuide

ClickArt Online