The Torn Edges of Life Are Beautiful
Mixing the bits and pieces of art and life
I always love stocking new stores with my work. The newest store to be carrying a selection of my cards is Kimprints. Kimprints is located right in English Bay downtown Vancouver. They carry a wide selection of awesome cards and gifts. I am thrilled to be a part of this store. If you are walking around Denman Street in Vancouver pop in and check my work out and the other super fun things this store carries.
Many of my customers I have met. Others I have not ~ I don't have any interaction with them except if they send me messages. I have one customer who was given my "I Am Strong" print when she was battling cancer. She now buys these prints for others. She always forwards me a note to add to the print when I send it. These little tidbits give me insight into the lives of my customers and see how my work can touch others during difficult times. This is endlessly rewarding for me.
The inspiration behind this design was a friend of mine. She was going through a ridiculously difficult time and, at the time I just knew that much. Things were hard. I wanted to give her something to let her know that she was strong and had so much courage. So I created this piece and gave it to her. Many months later I learned just how difficult things had been for her. I must say she really did grab courage with both hands and is doing so much better.
This design comes as a print or as a card and really is a fabulous way to let someone know they have the courage and the strength within them to live life fully.
It's always a thrill when new stores start selling my work. What is more exciting is when those stores continually sell my work and eventually an entire rack of cards is dedicated to my work. SUCH A THRILL for me every time.
My full range of cards and some of my notebooks is now available in Iowa City, Iowa at OM Gifts for Body and Soul.
I have also just recently stocked up SOKO Tea House in Port Moody with Mother's Day cards and cards from my newest Tea Collection of designs. If you are local head on over and grab yourself some delicious tea from Julie and pick up a card too!
Mother's Day is coming up. Many times Mothers feel they aren't doing enough. They aren't giving enough attention, they aren't buying the right foods, they aren't spending enough time with their kids, they aren't mothering the right way (because there's a wrong way?) ...the list goes on and on.
Sooooo, this card is the perfect card to show your momma that she IS enough and if you write a sweet message on the inside it makes it that much more awesome or... frame it so she can keep it visible always.
Oh how I love this collection. I am so proud of how far my cup drawings have come. It got more fun to create with eat one. I love drinking from a big and funky cup. Cups with bold colours and/or bold patterns are my favourites. Those are a few of the things that inspired this collection.
There is something to be said about having a cup of tea; it's calming and comforting. It can be that caffeine pick you you need in the middle of the afternoon or that quiet moment at the end of the day. High tea is particular fun because, if you are super casual, it's your moment to remember your manners and pretend you are having tea with the Queen while eating cucumber sandwiches without the crusts.
When I decided to do this collection of cards I wasn't sure if I would do eight or 10. In the end 10 designs surfaced and the collection comes together quite nicely. There are friendship cards, birthday and thank you and this one that lets someone know that having a good cup a tea will make all the doom and gloom disappear. That's ultimately what we all want, right? The gremlins that sit on our shoulders to disappear so we can feel at ease.
Below is the full collection. To see a closer look of each of the available designs you can click HERE.
When My daughter was born someone asked me what I wanted her to be when she grew up and I said "happy". The person looked at me and said, "No... really, what do you want her to be ~ like a lawyer or a doctor?" And I said it again "Happy".
As much as he was baffled by my answer, I was baffled by his confusion because of my answer. Why wouldn't you want your child to be happy? Isn't that the most important thing? Living a life you want to live creates happiness. Being stuck in the box someone builds around you is stifling. If you are happy then chances are you are doing what you want to be doing and living a full life. For me, that's what I want for my kids.
So... here is a card designed as a keepsake, to be given to the momma welcoming her sweet baby girl into this world...
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