My husband and I like to take the back roads around here to get to our destinations (you know exciting places like Target), they are always free of traffic, have beautiful views and have charming little homes set back acres from the road. There’s always a few that just sit there abandoned and we wonder what their story is, no family to take it over? Still in the family but just neglected? It’s odd to see an abandoned home in between manicured lawns. There’s an abandoned house down the road from us, the neighbors don’t know much about it except it’s been there since their grandparent’s were kids. I peeked in the window once, curious and it’s like time has stood still in the home–sofa, stove, paintings etc. it’s all there, vines growing through everything and roof exposed to the sky but it’s all there. I can’t believe no one has ever looted it. Can you imagine living next to a place for decades and never going in to see what treasures it holds? It is most likely infested with mold and mites but 30-40 years ago? It should have still had a roof and plenty of opportunity for people to walk around and take a gander. In the movies everyone in the country seems to know one another and there’s always some kind elderly person that knows all the town secrets + history, not here. All I have is my imagination to fill in the blanks, sigh. On another note, I found a wonderful and authentic Lith print Photoshop action that is so good, it’s truly one click and you get a great old timey effect which I thought was perfect for this abandoned house, best part? It’s free! You can find it here.
The ubiquitous antler makes its appearance in the shop. These and a few other woodland inspired designs were supposed to be in my first round of stamps but room was at a premium and they lost out to calligraphy sentiments, sorry little antler stamp. I gave a peek of them in my stamp storage post and the emails came flooding in wanting to know when it would be in the shop. I am slow going with the photos and editing so it seemed like ‘one day’ was going to be my best answer, but I got inspired and did some product photography for a few hours and now you can pick your stamp up here. I use these a lot for my personal stationery, I think they fit where I am at in my life right now–the deep country. I know antlers are a trendy motif but they are so good so I am happy to be able to offer them to you!
This sign by Wordbilly sort of sums up my feelings today. My shop’s site has had some sort of weird bug (like its mama) and decided to get all wonky on me, no photos have been showing up. We have been behind the scenes for nearly a day trying to figure out
what in the world I did to it, what in the world could be wrong. Honestly, I did nothing but my Coder seems to believe otherwise; I can read into emails like nobody’s business, you? I see that his ‘let’s try this or that’ actually is a trap to see if I haven’t already tried ‘this or that’ on my lonesome. I am a doer after all so it would make sense that I would try something, but I am terrified of repercussions of fiddling with my sites, that’s why this here blog still does not have a simple subscribe feature. One day. I found Wordbilly above via Twitter’s Tweet Deck (I downloaded yesterday). I mentioned earlier this week I am not much of a Tweeter (is that even the proper verbiage?) but Meagan Camp (you must visit) gave me the sweet advice of being more Twitter active for my little shop, she obviously does not know how absolutely boring I am. So, on this Friday morn I am going to ask all of you about this Twitter thing and see if you can give me any tips + tricks, links to figure it out. I feel like I am in the vortex of cacophony and I don’t want to get sucked in and feel like I am just adding to the noise and not adding to the conversation, if that’s what it is– a conversation. It seems like people are just photographing their breakfast a lot, but please help me see the light. With much appreciation.
The tiny hand-printed gold heart stationery is one of our best sellers hands down, people like tiny, me probably more than most. Handling a stamp that diminutive in size is difficult at best, I like to make things easy for our clients. I tried multiple variations of heart sizes before I settled on this big heart. It has a nice weight to it and when you stamp has an almost wood type/silk screen effect to it. You can dress it up or down and each time it will give you a beautiful impression. I found it didn’t want to print as opaque as I would have liked on the muslin bags, but on paper it is sublime. I have had it for a few months now using it for the shipping boxes and such and it has handled like the champ that it is. I am not sure if I am going to keep it in the line or keep it for myself, only time will tell. If you would like yours you can grab it while it’s still in the shop– get your big heart hand stamp here.
P.S. And yes indeed, this is our tiny heart enlarged!
Here is the follow-up set to the original glam ‘Hello’. I like to think this is the Little Black Dress of stationery it has all you need for an impromptu hello, thank you or ‘just because’. The stock is uber thick, even thicker than our original cardstock (which is quite weighty). I love the simplicity of this set; these won’t be going out of style anytime soon and makes a really easy + practical gift. Since you know ‘people’ in high places you my dear get a special 50% discount on this set for the week, enter code GLAMII at checkout.