I'm really into the gift of art this year. I've purchased & framed a few prints for my family and am excited to give them. But it's sort of a tricky thing to give because 1) art is personal and 2) not everyone has the wall space for it. But I couldn't help myself. They were too good to pass up. And I always think that if I can't get it for myself, then I'd like someone else to have it. Speaking of too good to pass up, how lovely is this letterpress calendar from Mink Press? I don't post on other paper goods often, but this one really was too good to pass up! I'd love to cut these vintage hankerchief prints & frame them after the year is over. I'd pick my favorite four & keep the square layout. How beautiful. This week, buy 2, get one FREE right now over at Mink Press.
From time to time, I get emails from customers about how they've used or given L&H goodies. The most recent one was from Katie Hackworth of H2 Design. She emailed me to tell me that she scratched her ow original Christmas card design in favor of my Handlettered Merry Christmas card on minted & was so pleased with the design & the ease of the process. Her card was so lovely, I asked if I could share it here. And luckily, she agreed! Isn't it so cute? I love the wallpaper backdrop & sweet family pile-together portrait. Well done, Kate! And thanks so much for letting us all see!
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This page from my sketch book (showing the 2012 letterpress calendar beginnings) and a few other pics on minted's column, "Meet a Mintie" featuring moi right now:) Big thanks to Natasha - for the interview & for getting me to join minted this year!
I thought I'd also share the gift tag I'm using this year, which I created through minted as well using my Merry Merry design. I wanted to add something to the gift that would make people smile. And I think this itty bitty tooshy does just that! :)
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My three siblings & I recently divided up some Christmas decorations that belonged to my parents. My mom especially loved Santas. And because of that, my dad did too:) They loved & collected these hand-carved Santas - beautiful works of art that I never appreciated until recently. I brought home three of them last week & promptly put them up on the mantle. Last night, I added a few wooden ornaments & some Swedish wooden trees from my parents, as well as some pine cones and a strand of shiny silver bells that was a gift from a friend. I love our mantle of gifts, treasures & memories - and understand how my parents felt all along - that these are far more than simply decoration.
I've had a pretty rough November, to say the least. So I'm glad it's December & that I can focus on the spirit of the upcoming Christmas season - my mom & dad's favorite holiday. I know why they loved it (a time for all of us to be together & celebrate that togetherness) but I'm hoping to share with you over the next few weeks how they loved it - the hand-carved Santas they collected & adored, the lights they wrapped & wrapped & wrapped around trees, the ornaments they kept for over 30 years. They loved finding, decorating and preserving their Christmas treasures. And I'm hoping to share how I'm keeping these things (and therefore a piece of them) alive by bringing them into my own home. Until I get into it, I thought I'd quickly share the twogift tags I did for minted were just launched yesterday. Find them amongst my holiday card collection here. I purposely included non-traditional colors for both, but specifically the Chevron design so it didn't expire on December 26th. I also made sure to include the red & green color combo for people like my sister Kim, who can't get enough of it:)
See you again soon. And thank you for supporting me in this incredibly difficult time and being patient with me while I use this platform a bit to work through it.