Saturday, March 31, 2012

365 # 91 After two cocktails

The last day of like a lion, out like a lamb they say. A snowy lamb.

Friday, March 30, 2012

365 # 90 Mask your purpose, spy kitty

More kitties! More spies!
 'Remember that in order to mask your purpose you must be seen with the most fashionable and most beautiful women'
'Can you do this?'

Thursday, March 29, 2012

365 # 89 Spies Like Us

Oh, the isolation these little spies must feel. Each on a mission, unknown by their comrades in choir robes.

Spy 1 says 'Spies have no friends'
Spy 2 says 'We spies, in fact, avoid recognition'
Spy 3 says 'Whether or not they suspected that I was a spy I cannot say'

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

365 # 88 Danger Bunny

Rabbits can be dangerous.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

365 # 87 Cat prodigy

I'm beginning to notice a very cat-centric slant to the majority of my cards. mew. Mew. mew.
Little Francis is a nice kitty/person hybrid. And a piano prodigy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

365 # 86 Spring has departed

Looks like we're headed back into some freezing temperatures. Living in Buffalo, it doesn't feel like much of a surprise. We've had blizzards in April for pete's sake. The concern is frost damaging the fruit trees and everything else that opened up to the incredible warmth and sun we've had.
A quick card...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

365 # 85 Franz the Rabbit

Here is a hopeful Bunny. And he has every right to be, as he is gifted with the ability to speak. Now all he needs is a parent, or perhaps an agent, and all of the good that can potentially come with it.
I don't have a lot of faith in the gent, though. He seems a bit gaunt, and it is my fondest hope that he is not thinking 'Franz Fricassee'.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

365 # 84 Dreams can come true

This is a special request card. The image is from the fun and remarkable Patience Brewster. I just cut out the kitty and added some numbers!

I'm off to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair! There will be over 100 vendors, plus workshops and poetry readings and Lloyd's Taco Truck vending out front! Yay!

Friday, March 23, 2012

365 #83 Greetings from Kittenville

A town full of kittens! Imagine and frolicking and water fountains and kibble! Canned food that doesn't require thumbs to be opened, mystery mounds in all of the sandboxes, cat nip growing wild.
I would love to visit Kittenville! Unless of course the kittens see people-types as 'interlopers' to be 'dealt with'. That would be terrifying.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

365 #82 One Happy Chicken

An amazingly productive day! Buk buk buckaawwww!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

365 #81 A happy day

Today my sister is having a disc in her neck fused because it's been putting pressure on her spinal cord. So I was thinking I would make her a get well card. I decided instead to make a card about spending time with her.

Yup. I'm younger, and my babushka is much much cooler.

A gorgeous day, and I'm walking to the hospital for a while, then back to work!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

365 # 80 Let's Go!

Adventuring! I am longing for a homestead and to be settled in somewhere. But with the arrival of spring and all of the maps in my life of late, I've got the travel bug, too!! Weeeee!
 Here's a little card made with map scraps:)

 Happy Camp!!!
Yesterday's Etsy feature brought more than 3,000 people to my shop! Incredible. I was so excited I couldn't sleep last night!

Monday, March 19, 2012

365 # 79 and Abundance!!

Wow. I started the day working on inventory for the upcoming Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. Busy, busy and creative making. Then I got more than 1,000 views on my FloMadeCuriosities shop on etsy. Lots of emails and a few (big) custom orders in the works. Huzzah! I say Thank you and Yes!
So here is my hastily made card...
And here is the other stuff I did today...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

365 # 78 He Drank His Way through Belgium

A little card about Dwight's equal opportunity love of hops and barley. The photo of the cans along the bottom is part of a (poor quality) print from a brewery tour I took in Brugge.
It was 72 degrees here yesterday! We stood in the sun feeling lucky as we watched the traditional St. Patrick's parade in the Old first Ward. There were bagpipers and kilts and floats with port-a-potties right on them. There were curly-hair wigs on little jig dancers and everywhere, the color green.
Then there was feasting and front porch sitting and people watching and laughter. I did my very first Irish jig, and received a completely unsolicited compliment from a stranger. Perhaps I ought take up Irish dancing, I wonder if it is too late?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

365 # 77 She Sighed Profoundly

Ahh, Lady Waldegrave. What a finely developed harp you have.

This image is of the 'nearly nude' style of French Postcard.

Happy St. Patrick's day! A parade and homemade, traditional Irish food are in my immediate future.

Here's to a temperance supper,
With water in glasses tall,
And coffee and tea to end with--
And me not there at all!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

365 # 75 Kitten Swabbing

Kitten swabbing! For fun and profit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

365 # 73 Edith aspires to Piracy

Edith knows that appearing demure will be an asset in her career in Piracy. She will be fierce and savage in action, but look poised in doing so. In the meantime, she'll water this tree...only to cut it down when she masters axe wielding.

Monday, March 12, 2012

365 # 72 Daylight Savings

So grateful for the longer days and return to warmth. It was a mild winter, but I'm ready for spring...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

365 #70 The Brightest Boy In School

I like that this can be taken literally.

Making cards has been so difficult the last few days. I've been insanely hormonal and out of sorts, so it's taken too too much effort to make them. For instance, it took almost three hours to finally make 'A Greeting Card' (card # 68). I just kept looking at text, then looking at images and nothing felt right or looked right. I cut out lots of things, then abandoned them. This kitty and the school sign were cut out that day. I accidentally cut his feet off and cried. It had been that sort of week.
But today? So. Much. Better. Oh, sweet Aunt Flo...oh, merciful relief from the hormonal onslaught that is days 22-29 of my cycle. Everything feels easier, looks brighter, and making this card? It took about 20 minutes, text-hunting and all.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

365 # 68 A Greeting Card

This card took a disproportionate amount of time to make for all it's simplicity. I had lots of half formed concepts which failed in design. I finally said 'I don't want to make a damned card today'. And Nik replied, 'So make a card that says that'. And here's the result.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

365 # 67 What Dogs Dream

Here it is. the answer to the age old question, 'what is my dog dreaming about?'. Twitching paws? It's not a chase, it's the kneading of dough!

Yesterday felt interminably long and laden, positively laden with hormones and tears, and sadness. There were layers of it, like a wet wool onion.
Today, however there is unseasonable warmth and sunshine. There is moving through and moving on. There is letting go. There is love and gratitude and generosity. There is safety and acceptance.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

365 # 66 Circle Yes or No

These kooky kids. Young love blooms in Global Science class, and off they go.

  I wanted to include a list of possible destinations, like Paris, Switzerland, a Slovak Village, the Carpathian Mountains, or the circus. I pared it down and think it works better this way...

Monday, March 5, 2012

365 #65 A Wedding Card

This card is a special request. Friends of ours are going to a wedding and asked me to make their card, so here it is! The image of the couple is from the book The Columbian Speaker For Boys and Girls, 1901. The text is from The Mother Tongue, also 1901.

I've been making xerox copies of my favorite cards. This will be the first time that someone receives the copy, rather than the original. As those of you who have received cards know, the originals aren't very polished. There are edges and texture and glue smudges sometimes. The copies always thrill me for their smooth, cohesive wholeness.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

365 #64 Simon Suffers a Dissapointment

 This angelic little tot wants a dollie most of all. Alas, he receives a rifle. Bah.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

365 #63 The best child

This lad is in what I would call 'fancy dress'. Tres fancy. I'm just crazy about those knickers.

 'She called him the best child in the world
 and clad him as she would in France'.