I’ve discovered I can concentrate on only one thing at at time. I cannot multitask. I apologize to all the parents I told multitasking was not only possible but an important skill to learn.
There has been no writing going on this spring as I’ve focused on printing.
I’m not a huge fan of Mother’s Day except when it comes to cards. I love the idea of telling people in our lives, mothers and those who have served as mothers to us, what we love about them.
Getting a special hand-written card in the mail or tucked into a gift means so much. If you are still looking, please visit my etsy shop!
The messiness of our ideas can often be daunting or discouraging. But if we stick through the mess, if we keep working on the idea, we not only end up with something polished and powerful, we set ourselves apart from the 90% of others who gave up….
It’s tempting to step back from the moments just after our ideas have begun to evolve–when we’ve got a few sentences on the page, or a few strokes on the canvas, or a few words in a map–and say that the idea isn’t any good.
Source: Every idea starts messy, keep moving
I find I often jump in after the first step of the process, rather than letting ideas roll around in my head. Even though I seem to have the opposite approach, which isn’t always successful, I found this process interesting.
My first show (that’s kind of strange to say) is hung. I am so proud to see my letterpress prints at Skin Touch Therapy, a favorite place of mine. Brian, the owner, is a delight. And I’m thrilled he asked if I was interested in hanging my work for two months.
Friend Elizabeth Seaver (from Water Street Studio) helped as I had no idea how to hang prints. But now that the show is up, I’m proud. Who knew I’d be starting this new project/business?
Another plug: my cards are available at Water Street, my Etsy shop, Great.ly, and at Heather’s in downtown Fredericksburg.
I visited Charlottesville this weekend and stopped in at Rock Paper Scissors, where I saw a wall of greeting cards made by people I follow here. So cool! I don’t think I ever want to get into wholesale as that’s another ballgame, but it was fun to see such a variety of work.
You know it’s not work when you head to the studio at night (especially for someone who really hates to stay up.)
I had a custom order and wanted to see how the plate looked printed. Here it is and my inky hand, too. Of course, it was nothing but fun.
Thanks for the Etsy orders, everyone. Next, I’m going to work on two-color cards. Watch out!
My friend, Helen, stopped by with a gem, a Type Specimen book from 1906. A page turner, at least for someone who has become obsessed with letterpress printing. The ads, in particular, are fascinating. One advertisement reads:
Spring Tours For Men of Leisure, Tired Ministers, Etc.
Hmmmmmm. It’s time for my nap.
In my head.
I keep shaking it, trying to move myself out of the gloom. I think it’s the cold. Tomorrow, though it will rain buckets, and it’s going to be 80. Sweet.
But printing goes on. I delivered cards to Heather’s today and restocked the shelves at Water Street. I’m getting ready for my show at Skin Touch Therapy on May 3. Excited!! And I’m having as much fun learning Adobe Illustrator as I am with my presses. A geek at heart.
By the way, those are new journals with letterpress printed covers in Etsy and at Great.ly. I’m going to go write my gray day away. (Wish I could do the same for my hair.)
Sometimes people will come in the shop and say, “Do you have a card for _____?” And, of course, I have everything BUT that. So I was thinking I could make something ambiguous that might fill several needs:
It’s the way you….
~hold my hand when we walk
~pick out the perfect birthday present, even when I haven’t asked
~let me cry when I’m sad
The card is blank inside, so you can write whatever you want.
But, this could also go in another direction…
It’s the way you….
~leave your coffee mug on our wooden table all day
~drag me to your parents’ house when I’d rather stay home
He he! It’s all in the message.