Please email me with your address and let me know if you've changed your mind on the designs you'd like.
I hope everyone here in the states had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My dad out-cooked himself, as usual, and it was a lovely, beautiful day. It had just rained here in LA, and the view was amazing; all sparkly ocean and greenness.
I leave you with a sweet image: in preschool, all the kids were asked what they were most thankful for, and then they decorated the wall with their answers. Here's my daughter's response...
I have been (thankfully!) so busy this past week. Orders from my etsy shop have been pouring in, and I've got a fun project designing the cover/packaging for a CD of lullabies. The artist's name is Susan Frye, and she has a voice like an angel. I can't wait until it comes out so I can give everyone the link on Amazon, it is truly, truly gorgeous.
Here are a few designs, the first one I really love, and the second one Susan loves and is close to the one we'll end up with:
Here's a fun little giveaway: in celebration of my One Year Anniversary of my etsy shop Oiseaux, I am going to be giving away -- to one lucky person-- two sets of personalized vintage bookplates: one for you, and one for a friend.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post with the desired bookplate designs for both you and for your friend, and please let me know what name you'd like on each set. (And yes, you can have both sets for yourself!) Your last chance to comment is 12 midnight on Thanksgiving, November 27th. The lucky winner will be chosen by random by my daughter, Beau, on Friday the 28th, over a breakfast of rice crispies and fig yogurt before preschool. There will be no cheating on her end, she is very scrupulous.
I will mail out the winner's bookplates the following Monday, with plenty of time to arrive by the holidays for presents and merry-making. I will ship anywhere in the world, so please enter, and good luck!
(Please note: my winner will be receiving two sets of bookplates with 12 bookplates apiece. Mixed Blank sets in my shop do not qualify. As I have 40 different designs, please use the bookplate titles that I use in my shop so I can be sure I know which ones you want. Thanks!)
I can finally post this little collage, because my autumn swap partner has received her package! I'm so happy that Kate likes all the things I sent, and just as happy that the package got to her before she heads out of town for two months (I was sweating when I read that on her blog a few days ago) If you're interested on seeing what was in the package I sent, there are some photos here, and do check out Kate's lovely blog and her wonderful etsy store chock full of fun paper madness... it's a dangerous place for collage artists.
Another fun note: I had my 300th sale this morning! Yippee for Oiseaux! It was this time last year when I was just thinking about opening my store. This time last year.. it was only a wish.
I've finished my next 6x6 Collage exchange with Kathleen Wheeler. She sent some really cool materials, but my favorite was some small Loteria cards. I've always been intrigued with Loteria images, they remind me of Tarot cards (another love of mine) and that's what I thought they were until I found out that Loteria is a mexican game of chance, sort of similar to Bingo.
So I thought I'd make my own Loteria images. I decided to use the six cards that she sent, which were: El Corazon (the heart), El Borracho (the drunk), El Negrito (the black man), El Cotorro (the parrot), La Luna (the moon), and La Bota (the boot). I had the best time with El Negrito and El Borracho, both of which are pretty cartoonish and derogatory in the original deck, it was nice to give some style to them both.
El Corazon, 2008
El Borracho, 2008
El Negrito, 2008
El Cotorro, 2008
La Luna, 2008
La Bota, 2008
Aardvark Letterpress has also created their own version of Loteria too: they're offering limited-edition Los Angeles-centric Loteria prints, check them out here, they're really cool.
When my sister and I were little our dad would take us to Strawberry Park to fly kites. It was always very windy and there weren't ever any strawberries that I could remember, but we always had a great time, flying our kites and drinking Tab in those half-sized cans.
I've had this image in my head for several months, I'm happy it finally came out.
Okay, finally... here is the amazing package I received from Danielle DeBoe from Cleveland, Ohio.
Her package was decorated with Ohio leaves and stickers from her beautiful boutique, Room Service.
What fantastic goodies inside! Everything I opened was perfectly chosen, like Danielle had known me for years. She included handmade chocolates from her local chocolatier (Please check out the website to see how gorgeous these chocolates are, most of them are already in my tummy so I can't show you myself), coffee from a local shop-- Karma Blend-- that smells amazing,
a sweet little birdie soap wrapped in beautiful packaging,
an Animal Rubber Stamp set that I adore (guess which one is my favorite?),
All wrapped in this darling retro children's ABC wrapping paper! Danielle is amazing, I know that I didn't mention that I collect pop-up books; everything she sent was chosen with so much care... I know that part of her gifting skill comes from owning a boutique, but the rest comes from having a huge, happy heart.
Thank you, Danielle, for making my autumn a cozy place!