I love creating calendars because it makes it so easy to bring in beautiful art in your everyday life.
It’s got 12 full-color watercolor illustrations of whimsical floral bouquets accompanied by brush-lettered positive messages.
I wanted to make a calendar with lots of bright colors. I’m confident I achieved that goal 😀
Some of the paintings were from my daily painting practice earlier this year. (You can see my creative process in this post.)
It’s 5″x8″, which is a perfect size for your office or studio and handy for shipping to your loved ones, too.
I chose to incorporate a phrase into each month that’s encouraging and uplifting. I was thinking “what do I want to hear? what cheers me up?”
I worked with a local printshop, and the calendars turned out so beautiful ❤
I sold out of last year’s calendars in early December, so I ordered a bunch more for this year. Lots of them have already been going out to various shops and customers, so don’t wait too long to get yours if you’ve been wanting one!
I’m going to have these at several craft shows this fall/winter, and if you don’t live in the Seattle area, you can purchase them in my Etsy shop here. I ship internationally, too!
Have a happy beautiful day!
p.s. I’m going to be traveling to Japan in October. I won’t be able to ship your order between 10/3 and 20. Please place your orders by 10/1 for a timely shipping!
I don’t know about you, but when I travel or go to craft shows, I always end up buying blank note cards.
It’s not that I “need” them… And I make greeting cards for a living, so you know I’ve got plenty! It’s just when I see pretty cards, I can’t help myself 😀
I’ve got several blank note cards in my shop and wanted to share how you can enjoy them!
1. You’re ready for any special occasions that sneak up on you.
Because they’re not meant for any specific occasions, you can use them for pretty much everything: birthdays, wedding, sympathy, congratulations, thinking of you, I love you, I’m sorry, baby shower, going away… You name it, it’s gonna do the job.
For example, maybe you’re gonna see a friend for lunch and remember her birthday is in 3 days. You can grab a blank card like this Eat a Rainbow card from your stash and turn it into a birthday card. Perfect for a summer birthday! (And bonus points if she’s a veggie gardener.)
2. You’ve got a small (and inexpensive) artwork to enjoy.
I live in a small apartment and don’t have much wall space. So when I buy blank cards what I often end up doing is hanging them up as an artwork.
Because they’re small and less expensive than buying an actual art print, I can buy and hang up more pieces, and it’s easier to switch them up as I get more cards!
(Currently, I have 10 cards posted at my desk, and they all give me the visual inspirations when I do my work. )
4. You give your loved ones a warm blanket for their heart ❤
When was the last time you sent someone a handwritten note? We’re so used to emailing and texting nowadays. And I’m so guilty of that!
I used to write letters a lot to my friends in Japan when I first moved to the states 20 years ago, but now we connect mostly on Facebook. There are lots of great things about internet and social media, but handwritten notes are so much more special.
Unlike email or texts, you can actually hold the card in your hand, see their handwriting (which is my favorite part), and physically display and store them to enjoy later.
I have a shoebox full of letters and cards I got from my husband, Dave, while we were dating – we were in a long distance relationship for almost 5 years and only saw each other a couple of times a month.
Of course, we’d talk on the phone or email (neither of us had a smartphone then, so not much texting), but we also wrote and send each other cards and letters just to say hi and give each other updates about our life.
I’d get his notes in a mail at random times, and his handwriting and little smiley faces (the original emoji!) made me feel loved and warm. I felt like I could hear his voice and feel his presence more closely.
I could picture him sitting down at the small folding table in the corner of his little cabin on the farm after a long day of work still steaming from the nice hot solar shower. I could picture him writing with his black ball point pen he always carries around in his pocket and thinking of me as he wrote me a letter. He’d take the time to find cute kitty stickers to put on the envelopes because he knew I loved cats!
Anyone who’s been in a long distance relationship knows it sucks.
It was always bitter sweet when we did see each other in person because I knew the visit would end and we’d be separated again. I remember being overcome by sadness every time we said good bye, and it’d take me a few days to feel normal again.
When I was feeling sad, I’d take my “box of Dave” out of the closet and look through the cards and letters he’d sent me. Sometimes it made me cry because it was so tender and I missed him even more.
But they also gave me the strength and kept my heart warm.
It still lights me up to read those old love notes from him. It reminds me to not take our time together for granted and helps soften my heart when something he does annoys me 😀
My Cat Violinist card is a perfect vehicle for sending a loving message to your favorite person ❤
I hope this post has given you some ideas of what you can do with your blank note cards!
I don’t know about you, but I pretty much love ALL the flowers! I just can’t get enough of them… sigh.
Poppies are one of my favorite flowers.
I love how they come in so many different colors and sizes. I also love how their paper-like petals sway in the breeze and how their buds slowly come up and turn their face toward the sky as they start to bloom ❤
I swear my heart skipped a beat when I noticed these pink oriental poppies in my neighbor’s sidewalk one afternoon.
It had the warm and gentle, almost pastel-y pink petals that reminded me of the embroideries on vintage French linens, and a stunning, dark, velvety violet center.
I made a couple of paintings inspired by their beauty and created a congratulations card based on my paintings.
I can imagine it’ll work perfectly for the summer garden weddings!
Order your Pink Poppies Wedding Congrats card here.
When I said I love poppies, I really meant it.
While I love the big, showy oriental poppies, I also love the understated, simple beauty of California Poppies. They pop up around our garden and sidewalk every spring and keep feasting our eyes with the bright orange flowers throughout the summer.
If you’ve been thinking about someone you haven’t talked to for a while, instead of texting or emailing, why don’t you send her a handwritten note?
The message will take a little longer to get there, but it’ll make her feel extra special 🙂
Shop your California Poppy Hello card here. It’s also available as an 8×10 art print here.
I loved the simple image of Croc & Bird design a lot and thought “why don’t I draw more reptiles??”
So I created this painting of a simple black and white iguana – since I didn’t know if iguanas had birdie friends like crocs did, I gave him a hot pink flower 🙂
For the greeting card design, I added a simple handwritten message, “For you.” which will make a great love or friendship card.
I never thought reptiles were particularly cute (I’m more of a furry animal lover), but I ended up proving myself wrong 😀
It’s so nice to see you! My 365 day “Happiness Is” art project ended a week ago! Woo hoo! I can’t thank you enough for your love and support throughout my journey. I’ve been transitioning slowly out of it and getting into my new creative routine. I’ve been asked a lot about what’s next. I have very exciting plans 🙂 I promise to write blog posts about my reflection on the “Happiness is” project and what’s to come in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned 🙂
One of my priorities for the last couple of weeks has been to get ready for a Mother’s Day Craft Show on Sat May 9 at Tin Umbrella Coffee in Seattle. If any of you’re in the area, I would LOVE to see you!
For those of you who live far far away, don’t forget I have an Etsy shop! I ship internationally as well 🙂
I’ve added these new items recently on my shop, and they’re perfect Mother’s Day gifts for your awesome mamas. You’re also allowed to get them for yourself if you’re an awesome mama 🙂