If you have a keen eye, you'll notice in my side bar that I have a new item in my etsy store! Smells like another round of self-promotion? You bet! This is one project I'm so excited about, I'm not even ashamed to do that, tee hee!
I know it's been a while since I've written about my creative endeavors, not because I've been slacking in that department (although I'm guilty of doing so in others), but because I'm seriously spending every minute I'm not working or sleeping MAKING something these past few weeks... OK, OK, maybe minus a few hours playing Wii Fit (yup, hubby got it for me for my b-day- probably trying to tell me something, hmm...)
There are tons of things I've made that I haven't even had a chance to photograph or catalog yet, including a huge order of collage cards commissioned by Rita (aka Picasso's mommy aka owner of the beautiful home store, Make My Day) (Thanks!)
But this one I'm showing you here had me pretty excited from the minute it's conceived (*secret giggles*). And without further ado, here's one of my "new" project (well, I actually finished printing this a couple months ago), "Simple Baby":
A 4-Bar size (3.5" x 4.75") folded card on 100% tree-free cotton paper, with the background text printed with the gocco, and the birdie/nestful of eggs imagery letterpressed on the "trusty" vintage Vandercook press (who always choose to cough up blood when I'm trying to coax it to comply) .
Inspired by all the crazy advice I've heard dispensed by well-meaning people to new-parents-to-be, and all the expensive baby gadgets you can bankrupt yourself with, birdie reminds you to celebrate the simple joy of parenthood- a nestful of safe and happy eggs.
The imprint created by the letterpress in the birdie imagery is quite lovely,
but not so well captured here on the photo. Oh well.
And if you can't read the background text, here it is (sorry for the run-on's, I thought it better conveys the confusing and complicated nature of such monologues):
“You definitely want that all-terrain high-maneuverability stroller with this quasi- reversible seat and no-touch folding mechanism in “pea soup”. And don’t forget the cup-holder attachment. It’s on sale for $900! Is that eczema on your baby’s face? Try switching to that homeopathic wheat-free melamine-free taste-free hypoallergenic formula. I heard baby acupuncture helps too, but you do have to do it 8 times a week. And make sure your crib bedding is an all organic 30% cotton / 3% angora / 67% hemp blend and launder them in 89.5 degree soapy water or your baby could suffer from horrible allergies forever. I don’t think you should buy those dirt cheap store brand diapers anymore, Heard they are stuffed with recycled nuclear waste from China. Do you know that babies who learn sign language are 4.2% smarter than those who don’t? My junior can recite the entire Shakespeare collection in sign language by the age of 2. It might be too late for yours now but do try the Mongolian Immersion Program. Your kid will get a head start in life and you can thank me later. And I heard European women routinely breastfeed until the kids are 5 or 6. That’s how European women stay so thin. Those baby swings are a big no-no, your baby will grow up with a lifetime of vertigo. Sharing bed with your baby can cause in-grown toenail…”
Whew, some crazy stuff people say! :D But hope you appreciate the humor and dig this new creation!
I'm also excited to report that another very chic brick-and-mortar store is now carrying my cards! Where? Sorry but you'll have to wait (Boo...)
Not that I'm trying to create suspense (OK, maybe just a little), but I have to go back to the store to take some photos of my cards actually sitting on the pretty, pretty shelves so I can share that with you here (I know that's super dweeby but I'm so psyched I couldn't help it!). More to follow, promise!