Postcard Series: Give Thanks, Be Thankful

In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor wreaths. I turned these watercolor postcard paintings into new notecards in my Etsy shop.

Give Thanks paintingBe Thankful paintingThanksgiving wreaths paintingsThanksgiving notecardsDrawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. It’s also great to be able to add new products to my etsy shop based on my drawings and watercolor paintings.


Monthly Subscription of Paper Goods

I am happy to report that I’m still loving my monthly subscription to the Olive Box, which comes chock–full of stationery and paper goods.

Here are goodies from the May box, which had a breakfast theme, and included a bagel notecard from Fish and Cake Design, a pancake notepad from Pen and Deli, and coffee magnets from Badge Bomb. I adore those coffee magnets, which look great on the magnetic white board in my home office.

May box from Olive Goods

Here are the goodies from my April box, which had a “sweet as honey” theme, and included a beehive notecard from Rifle Paper Co., a beehive decomposition book/notebook from Michael Roger, a set of beehive notecards from Wit and Whistle, a bee balm tin from Worker B, and a coupon for a free art print from Bonnie Christine. Such a great theme, especially with the increased awareness of the fragility of the bee population these days.

April Olive box

I just received notice that my June box is on the way, so I’m excited to see what theme of stationery and paper goodies they put together for this next box.

Do any of you subscribe to a monthly subscription that delivers stationery or beauty supplies or fabrics to your door step? I’d love to hear about it.


Previous posts:

In my March box which had a watercolor theme.

In my February box which had a love letters theme.

In my December box which had a sparkle theme and January boxes which had an office theme.

Monthly Paper Goods Subscription – February

You may recall that I’m trying out a subscription to a monthly box of paper goods from OliveBox. Click here to see what I got for January and December.

For February, I received this box of goodies, which included a message in a bottle, a mechanical pencil that looks like a giant wooden pencil, an envelope of vintage stamps, and a letterpressed letterquette.

February SubscriptionThe message in the bottle actually has a message. It says “You Are Loved.” How sweet and comforting is that. And the letterquette is an actual glue-bound pad of letterpressed notecards with bright green edge painting and a glue-bound pad of envelopes. Such a clever set!February subscription goodies

Each month keeps getting better and better!


Monthly Paper Goods Subscription

I’m trying out a subscription to a monthly box of paper goods from OliveBox.

For January, I received this box of goodies, which included an illustrated notecard, an AHA! notepad, and a beautiful wooden box full of stamps for the alphabet and numbers.

Olive Box Jan. 2014

That wooden box is THE coolest thing!Olive Box Jan. 2014

For the December box, I received a sheet of stickers, a gold glitter gel pen, sparkly washi tape, sparkly butcher’s twine, and a sparkly notecard.

Olive Box Dec. 2013

Dec. 2013Jan. 2014It’s so fun to receive a box full of paper goods around the middle of every month. Of course, I wish it came more often, and I wish it had more in it.

I have been contemplating the idea of putting together a subscription like this with paper goodies from my shop (things like a couple notecards, a postcard, stickers, a cool pen), so it’s fun to try this subscription to see what comes each month.


Letter Writing

Do you remember when was the last time you hand wrote a letter? I try to write a few letters a week, whether it’s a note thanking someone or a letter to a friend, catching up on my past week.

I have been collecting some great articles on the theme of writing letters, so I thought it would be fun to share them with you:

  • This post talked about how today’s technology is cramping letter writers’ style. “Years of relying on mechanical devices, first the typewriter and then the computer, had eroded my handwriting skills,” writes author Dick Hirsch. The handwritten letter can be more effective and memorable. Someone cared enough to write a message and address an envelope.
  • Check out this post which discussed how technology is making the business pen obsolete. (How many of you are like me and love to try new pens?!)
  • This post (link broken!) focused on the importance of handwritten letters. The feel of the paper, the thought that goes into choosing the stationery, the way the letters were formed by the hand, all invoke emotion; and that’s before you even get to the message that was written.
  • I loved this article about a Cursive Club in New Jersey that is trying to keep cursive handwriting alive by teaching elementary school kids in an after-school program. (Did you learn how to write cursive in school? I still write cursive all the time.)
  • I recently found a blog that has great etiquette advice on sending notes and letters, addressing the best style and method for the occasion.

My sister and I have continued to send each other a postcard every week for the past TWO years. How fun is that! Since I’m always on the hunt for postcards, which are getting harder and harder to find, I decided to go to Etsy to find some unique postcards. Check out these great treasures:

illustrated postcards

postcards from Courtney O Quist

illustrated postcards

postcards from Danielle V. Green Illustrations

from Paris Print Shop

postcards from The Paris Print Shop

Sending postcards is a fun way to stay connected because we are handwriting our messages rather than texting each other, which we do almost every day anyway. We share a thought on a project we’re working on, an event we attended, or an adventure we went on. I’m excited to write letters on these fun postcards! Thanks for stopping by.


Congratulations to Katy – you are the winner of my set of thank you notecards! Send me an email with your mailing address. Thanks to everyone who entered, and shared your thoughts on sending thank you cards.

Inspiring Me with Art

Ever have those moments when you discover something or someone, like an artist, and you want to share this new discovery with everyone you know? That happens to me all the time. But most of my coworkers aren’t interested in the same things as I am, and sometimes I think my husband must get tired of hearing me babble on about this, that and the other.

I know I’m supposed to be sharing with you what I’m thankful for today, so today I am really thankful I found these artists!  Since all of my blogger friends have the same interests, I’m dying to share this with you!

littlebrownpen calendar PDF

Have you heard of Nichole and Evan Robertson of the littlebrownpen?  They have the most wonderful idea! First, they have a blog written by Nichole who is a freelance copywriter. Next, they have an etsy shop that sells PDF downloads of these adorable works of art that you can print on your own paper – stationery, calendars, bookplates, and other paper crafts.

mini calendar

Notice how small this calendar is – it’s the size of a business card or credit card,  perfect for reference in your bag.

littlebrownpen mini calendar in hand

No shipping costs, no waiting for your package to arrive.  Just buy the item from their etsy shop, download the PDF, and print it on nice card stock.

littlebrownpen notecards

It’s so nice to see others loving and supporting them too.  Go check out littlebrownpen!  You can also follow their adventures as Americans living in Paris.

What are you inspired by today?