Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Small Commission

One of my former calligraphy students called to ask if I could letter this quote for her youngest daughter, who's just about to go off to college. My student was involved in a serious accident a few years back, and she suffered some brain damage. She's had a long road to recovery and is doing well now, but it was tough for her two young daughters to go through that experience.

Her daughter likes earthtone blues and greens so I came up with this.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Results of Our Play Date!

Here are some of the cards that Martha made.

And here are some of the ones I made.

My Friend, Martha!

I have been incredibly blessed to have some very special, creative friends in my life. One of them is my very dear, VERY creative and very generous friend, Martha. I met her back in 1987 when a mutual friend (her sister) introduced us. Martha had her own graphic design business and her sister thought we should meet. I needed an interview with a working professional for my final project in design school, so Martha and I met over lunch. She reviewed my portfolio and, much to my surprise, offered me a job after I graduated. So, three days after graduation, I began working for Martha and we've been friends ever since! A working relationship/friendship like ours comes around only once in a lifetime and I'm so VERY glad it's with Martha.

So, this past week, Martha and I decided it was time for a play date. We met in her basement studio to make greeting cards. First, you HAVE to check out her studio because it's such an inspiring place to make art. (There's Martha below, at right in the photo.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wonderings by My Readers

 A few months ago I posted an item about things I wonder about. I asked my readers to chime in with their wonderings, whether deep or trite, funny or serious. Thank you all for your insightful, thoughtful and beautiful comments. Here they are. Enjoy!

Jane Farr said...
•I wonder what amazing lives my children will lead.
•I wonder why I keep waking up at 4am.
•I wonder why so many people have allergies as adults that didn't when they were kids.
•I wonder why God created the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Shannon Wilson said...
•I wonder how to stop my children from losing their sense of wonder.
•I wonder why God gives me such an undeserved long leash.
•I wonder when living will replace trying.
•I wonder where He is leading me—but I'll go there without knowing.
•I wonder how blog friendships can be so rich.

Agnes said...
•I wonder when my mother's hands replaced mine!

Joygerm said...
•I wonder how anyone can be bored when there are so many things that are amazing and, well, wonderful to look at, to think about, to learn.

•I wonder at the purpose of things for which there is such an abundance, yet most of us either despise or are at least annoyed by, such as dandelions, or dog hair—there must be a really useful purpose, but we don't know it. Maybe some ingredient in dandelions is the cure for cancer or something.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Miscellaneous Greeting Cards

Some thank you notes, a birthday card, and a notecard for my niece who graduated from high school.

Calendar Fun!

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in Chicagoland, so I haven't been spending much time in the studio lately. I'm in full-time mom-mode, now that my son is off for the summer, so there has been a lot of outdoor play time going on here!

I did get to make a calendar page for our CCC (Chicago Calligraphy Collective) West Side Study Group's annual calendar fundraiser project. Each year, the West Side group donates their time and talent and produces a calendar that fits in a CD case. Each member takes a month and makes 150 copies of their piece. All proceeds from the sales go to the CCC.

My month was October. Here's the finished page: