Remember this piece I shared a few weeks back? Well I took a few friends advice and had it made into note cards. I have never had printed note cards in my shop before, so this is a test run.
Depending on how they do, I will definitly will or won't add more.
I think they would be a great anytime card, but with Valentine's Day coming it would be quite opportune to show a friend or significant other how much you love them.
I am a big supporter of the hand written letter. Don't let writing letters or sending cards become a lost art.
Now for a surprise... whomever was wonderful enough to read to the end of this post has a chance at winning one of these cards. Be the 5th person to leave a comment and I will send you a card!
Happy early Valentines!
Visit the listing for this card here. Thank you <3
I think one of my top three favorite things about far away friends is sharing love within little cardboard boxes, envelopes, and bubble wrap. I love to put together packages filled with this, that, and the other thing... label it pretty then send it on it's merry little way. Whether it's traveling across town, country, or far away across the se,a I know they will be excitedly received on the other end.
I receive love packages here and there and they always lighten and brighten my day ten fold. Let's face it, when your grown up there's no more fun mail a comin'. No more Highlights magazine or letters with five dollar bills from Grand-ma-ma. There are bills, junk, and fliers that most always get recycled as soon as you get home. Sooooo getting friend mail from people I love and treasure is just pure delight. Being a blogger I have made some outstanding lasting friendships with folks I have never met. From across space and time we are able to connect, share, and stay in contact. Oh my it was a year ago now that miss Suki from The Owl Club and I started sending first of the month pen pal notes! I couldn't believe it had been a year already until I read the opening sentence on this months post card! She even sent me an ADORABLE hand sewn owl brooch, and a bar of my fav brand of chocolate called Gnaw! I would of taken a photo of the chocolate but it didn't last long ;)
My bestie oh besties Jax from Hand of Bela Peck sends lots o' mail love! We have swapped packages back and forth for going on seven years now! She owns all of my early artwork!
Jax keeps my wardrobe fresh and boho sheek with her latest thrifted finds! The kids are as excited as I when receiving a package as they know a pair of pajamas, some cowboy boots, and perhaps a matching shirt lurk inside! This time one of my delicious clothing items was an awesome long sleeved grey shirt with pleather on the lower sleeves. A smile reached from ear to ear when I read the little hand written note...
A girlfriend in Hawaai that I email regularly and send packages to as well sends all sorts of lovelies! I never ever grow tired of receiving the exotic yummies of Hawaii. Always Kona Coffee, macadamia nut chocolates, and this time she surprised me with some island jams and island honey's!
I can't wait to try such foreign delicacies!
But it's not about the things in the package, not really. I mean it SUPER and fun, but it's really all about the invisible stuff that lurks between each thing in the box... that invisible stuff is friendship, love, warm thoughts, and did I mention LOVE!? Oh yeah... ha ha.
Return loves are being packaged my dears!
Including a package for a new recepient, Miss Whispered Truths ;)
I just love my love package girls, you hear me girls? I LOVE you! <3 <3 <3
A few weeks ago I read about The Correspondence Club through one of my fav blogs and a good friend The Owl Club. Seeing what fun she had being part of the club I decided to sign up, see what it was all about, and I am not in the least disappointed.
Partners are assigned for a 2 month stretch, giving you a chance to get to know each other a bit more than just a fly by night note and giftie. My partner is from Mexico, her name is Elizabeth and what I gather from my first note and little mexico treasures she seems rather upbeat and colorful... a lot like me!
A good pairing I would say.
I really enjoy how when marking the date on her note she included underneath what the weather was! Great idea! Also, what a lovely red banner inside my letter!
I received a wonderfully hand made note card, I think it's made out of mexican money! or at least copies of mexican money which is pretty cool.
She sent me the cutest change purse no bigger than your palm of your hand perfect for carrying a few dollars while out and about. She also gifted me a mexican candy, and a teeny tiny hand woven mexican rug. It's pretty darn cute and just might make it into some photo shoots with my painted softies!
This month I sent her a cool New York post card, a hand crocheted something she can hang up in a window or wherever she likes, and also a little owl painting.
Isn't it funny how we both sent something to eachother round and colored and fiber related??
If you would like to participate in The Correspondance Club just visit here and sign up. It's fun, easy, and getting mail in your box that isn't bills or junk but something totally for you? well that's magic!
WOW what a busy week for me and my family! the ending of school, little boy sickness, and just a whole lot to do. Something that really helped me through was a lovely package from a lovely friend from across the "pond". One of the inspiring items included in my package was a collection of found and saved papers. They are SO wonderful and different and unlike anything I could come across here. Instantly inspired I created this strawberry fairy using some of the papers. The paper can be found in her dress, and the flower head-dress. Hope you like it and happy weekend!
If you like my Strawberry Fairy and her
whimsical polka dotted garden... you can make her part of your home here.
This piece was created with acrylic paint, found papers,watercolor, pencil, micron pen, white gel pen, handcut leaf stencil, chalk, colored pencil, imagination, and love.
I'm participating in a big ol' blog swap called "Send Something Good". One blogging gal is linked up to another blogging gal in secret, no one knows who anyone has ;) it's a bunch of a fun and a chance to surprise and get to know someone new. Here are top 10 things I love and make me happy for whoever may have me ;) hee hee!
We all have things that make us smile when we come across it. Things that make us feel good, excited, or just comforted and cozy! It makes all unique and individualistic :)Gentri's blog: http://gentrilee.blogspot.ca/ kaitlyn's blog: http://blog.isavirtue.net/ Kristy's blog: http://gastronomicalsovereignty.blogspot.ca/
The most wonderful thing about becoming a blogger besides exposing my work, succeeding with my art career, and just being in the know... ya know? (hee hee) is the friends! I have met the most wonderful people online and just a few of them, just enough to fit in my palm have become near and dear (you know who you are)... one I have had for many years and many more to come (way before blogging), some are new and I know we too, will journey miles along together. Aside from the chatting, emails, and quick little notes here and there discussing everything from friendship and life, to everyday things and children... the best things are the hand written and sent items. There's so much you can tell about someone from the gifts they pick and their own personal hand writing. There is something magical about a friend, and extra magical about a pen pal.
My nearest and dearest stretch from Texas, to England, Hawaii, and right here in my home turf ;)
The world in your direct path although seeming so large, is sometimes so small... especially when you are a creative. Being an artist can be incredibly isolating as you see things differently than everyone else... you experience things different. When you find someone that fits like a cozy granny square blanket and when they actually know what a granny square is... and even better yet, know how to make one!? well then that's just golden! Don't get me wrong, I have very dear friends who have no idea how to make a granny sqaure and I love them just as much! all friendships are individualistic and different in their own ways.
Today I wanted to give you a wee peek at the lovelies I have recieved this spring.
I have to come up with a creative way to keep my gifties so that I can look at them and read them whenever I want. Some of my favorites are pinned up at my work space and I rotate them so I can enjoy them always, but I think some sort of book or smash book would be wonderful. Someday I hope my kids will have fun going through moms things and seeing/reading special notes between special friends.
Friendship is a precious thing and if you have had the privilege of sharing and continue to share your life with people who care about you in the most genuine of ways then you have riches beyond compare. People who play an active role in your life and you in theirs are few and far between.
I may not have a large group of friends, but the ones I have are worth the whole worlds population of friends!
Friends near AND friends afar... friends afar AND friends who are near... all charms on the gold bracelet of life.
"My friends are my estate."
- Emily Dickinson
I count myself blessed. Very blessed. There is no feeling like feeling a kindred-ship with another. As humans we are continuously looking for a connection. Connection with each other, connection with ourselves... connection with our spouses. When we feel like someone "gets" us... that we have common interests and can communicate in a non effort kind of way, we feel whole. It is in our journey through life that we collect friends like we collect anything else. It's trying some on, and taking some off that we find just the right fit. Ooooh, you feel cozy! I love you!
Everything you see today was made or sent to me by some very special friends. There were many other items, but some things I like to hold near to me and only me as they are personal and dear. I hope you have deep special bonds with some really unique or even boring people... because you love them and they love you... and in the end that's all that matters.
"True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice."
- Samuel Johnston
I want today to introduce you to a new day on Paintingbliss... a day to motivate. A day to start your week. A day to inspire and encourage you to be a success. Welcome to Motivational Monday.
As you know, sometimes all I need to do is read some of these amazing, colorful, and inspirational prints to take me from not so inspired - to gotta get in my studio RIGHT NOW so today... I offer a round up of inspirational quotes to start off this week and every week from here on out.
Through discovering myself here on Paintingbliss and even more so as an artist... I have, and continue to come into contact with some amazing artists and people. I have found that part of my calling is to inspire and I find people frequently asking me, how I do it? what is my advice for them? well... my biggest advice is to and I quote Nike "Just do it!". Everyday I JUST DO IT. I am what I am because I don't allow fear, failure, or others negative ways to bring me down. Living positively is contagious. So live out loud my friends, live happily... motivate!
Take this day and make what you can of it... in fact make more of it than you think you can.
Make it BIGGER - BETTER - BOLDER!
The Art-House Co-op located in Brooklyn New York is a really cool organization that focuses on the visual arts. The Art-House is the place that offers The Sketchbook Project I so often speak of and participated in last year. I am participating again by the way! the theme I chose is "create and capture" (so many ideas brewing).
"It's been awhile, and the house you grew up in is starting to wonder about you... If your childhood home could hear you, what would you say? It might have been an apartment in the big city, a farmhouse in the country, or a cabin in the woods — there's a place from your past that will stay with you forever. Letters to Home is a community art project that asks creative people like you to write a letter to your childhood home. Share an epic backyard adventure, ask a lingering question, or reveal a long-kept secret — we'll transform our storefront exhibition space into a mailbox from the past. Every letter will be added to the Digital Library and archived in a boxed anthology that will join us on the 2012 Sketchbook Project Tour."
I signed up for this last week and already recieved my pretty postcard in the mail.
There's a new free project every Wednesday and you can sign up on their website to receive emails for these projects. What a fun thing right? I like their different and innovative ideas that really get the artist community together... it's inspring.
I believe the more you can participate in as an artist, the better. I am on every bandwagon that I can catch. I like being part of things and getting my work out and about for others to see.
Pen Pals are COOL!
My friend Suki from The Owl Club and I are pen-pals and it's oh so cool! every 1st of the month we take some time to design a card, write a personal note, then send it across the ocean to each others waiting hands. My letter took much longer to arrive in England than hers did to me, but she finally recieved it and I'm so glad for I was afraid they were lost. This card is the first of many to come :)
Suki has this keen ability to reuse in ways I wouldn't think of and I love it! this lovely pink card is decorated with a paper bag! the kind that you would take home from say a small gift shop where each purchase is more like a gift that a bought item. I like the botanical leaf stamp she used and sweet punch cut stars that cascade across the note.
I don't know why but I really love this wee air mail sticker! I like the idea that my card flew to me across the sea!
What a fab little stamp sticker! so very foreign (Suki is from England). I am also in love with the tiny dotted scroll border that must have taken some time to create.
What an idea to just use half a sticker/cut out. The image on this half star provokes my imagination in so many ways. It reminds me of a vintage sewing needle pack I have from the 50's... I imagine a child on the other half being read the note the mom is holding.
And here it is all opened up for you to see! I can't wait until the first of March to send another letter! Doesn't it just inspire YOU to design your own card and surprise a friend!? Well? Have at it!
Would you just love to see the card I made for her? go ahead! click right here.