Monday, July 13, 2009

Las weekend, I had the good fortune to marry a very retro bride. With a rock-a-billy band for the reception and vintage-ish 50's bridal gown, the event was a refreshing blast from the past. As a thank you, I made a card with very kitschy items--vintage wedding card, photo and rhinestone pendant. I attached musical charms for the couple's love of music. Hope they like it.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Independence Day

I have become a bit of a stickler about the language around Independence Day. Like some other patriotic holidays—Memorial Day comes to mind—the political significance of the day is often over-shadowed by the celebratory customs that have emerged around it. We aren’t observing the “Fourth of July,” but rather America’s Declaration of Independence. My political science friends remind me of this. The card below is a simple one I designed for the holiday. The background is one of Jasper John’s familiar flag paintings. On it I have mounted a brochure from an early 19th Century county race in our beloved Iowa. Dave B. Hawkins was a Democrat running for re-election. I like the fact that his brochure is stamped with an official union mark….it was printed at a union shop!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The artwork on the card was a vintage lithograph, more than 40 years old. As decoration, I’ve attached an old silver baby spoon. I also love to give vintage silver milk cups as baby shower presents. To me, at least, there is something truly appealing about well worn objects like an old baby cup. What stories will the new baby add to the line of experiences of babies who have come before him or her?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Photographs make a great addition to cards. I took this one a few years ago at an orphanage in South Africa. This children were headed to a bread line. A family ran this facility for HIV+ kids. Another special feature of this card is the paper on which the photo is mounted. It is handmade by a women's crafting community in Zimbabwe. The paper and gift items are made with plant fibres and other natural products. The revenue from the paper goods provides critical income for these women and their families. I have volunteered over the last year with the organization that does this wonderful work--check it out! The card is finished off with a fiber ribbon and elephant charm.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I've recently been drawn to butterflies. I participated in a Memorial weekend wedding that included a butterfly release. Native wisdom says that wishes whispered to a butterfly will be taken to God, upon her release. The butterfly ceremony was dedicated to the memories of the groom's recently deceased parents. In addition, a celebrant friend reminded me of the dramatic phases that butterflies go through--larva, caterpillar, chrysalis. May we all go through such an evolution! This birthday card includes a vintage postcard and butterfly charms and decorations.

Monday, June 22, 2009

My friend Brannon is an enthusiastic card sender. We put together this card for Father's Day. His father is the quintessential Southern hunter—deer primarily. The 1910 vintage postcard features a hunter and his two bucks. The old postage stamps are from Canada and Europe. The postcard was mounted on an old, old government land document. I can't say I am a big fan of hunting, but I hope his Dad liked the gift we made for him.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A friend was interested in a thank you note for a special care giver in her life. The theme she wanted to convey was the notion of "the giver and the gift." The small daily gifts bestowed by the care giver would be abundantly returned to her. I found a quotation from the extraordinary Amelia Earhart, "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions....and the roots spring up to make new trees." Using this as inspiration, I found a wonderful nineteenth century painting, "The White Horse," by John Constable. I added a mat for framing and a vintage gold pendant, shaped like a leaf, for decoration. May we all plant seeds of love that root and flower.