|Earth Day inspired ecard for Ojolie of Roses and Peonies|
Spring brings hope, inspiration and the promise of new beginnings. So of course I have been inspired to launch a new line of Notes and here are the first ones for spring. Perfect for sending a quick and easy message anytime with our classic modern look and design, as always hand painted for that unique Ojolie touch.
|Tulips, Hyacinths & Ranunculus handpainted flower ecard for Ojolie|
|Pansies, snowdrops and shamrocks bring message of spring
Spring ecard for Ojolie
A few weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of our work on our newest card for Easter, Easter Floppy. I am delighted to say it is finally available for you to send. Not just great for Easter, but also for sending all your other springtime messages.
I thought I would share a detail of the final flower arrangement in the card – enjoy!
Easter is just a few days away and while we were busy working on Easter cards, I collected an inspiration board of neat and unique ways to stay in touch, send a message or an Easter surprise. My favorite has to be this ingenious idea from poppytalk, which combines a custom fortune cookie style message with a hand painted Easter egg.
|Photo from poppytalk|
Just remember to include some cushioning if you plan to really mail it, or your surprise might be ruined. Check out my pinterest board for other ideas for how you could paint this egg or any of your easter eggs this year!
|Photo credit Rikke Storm|
Today I started work on a new series of notes, the first will be available soon for spring, Earth Day and birthdays. I will be sharing a little bit here and there of what I am tinkering with in the studio …
|painting new birthday card designs in the studio|
And while I had the camera out I couldn’t resist including a photo of the lovely light that filtered in … sending a little light from me to you!
Oh, and before I forget, as always let me know what you think and if you have any special requests
Ever feel like there just are not enough hours in a day? I sure do. No matter how much I want to make finding half an hour – not to mention a weekend – to paint, write to friends or even just do one of the million little projects I love to plan (sometimes even start, but hardly ever finish), somehow by the time I finally carve out that free half hour, I would rather just take a nap.
|find your own sacred little space
photo credit www.philippastanton.com
- set the bar lower – maybe instead of starting a big project, just commit to doodling for ten minutes and see where it takes you. Find a set time each day and commit to a very short time that is yours to use as you want. For some the morning is best, others prefer night time. You can use this time to write a short letter, sketch an idea in your journal or even just play with colors without a set goal in time. Or meditate.
- make it a pleasant ritual – light a candle or an essential oil diffuser, make a cup of tea or pour a glass of port, put on a great peace of music if that helps you – this is your special time, so live it up.
- if you have the space, create a little nook in your home where you can leave things until the next day. Ideally a favorite spot with great light or a nice view, few distractions and that won’t be used for other things. It doesn’t need to be a studio – even a little section of a table will do. I have created a pinterest board with some ideas to get you inspired to create your own sacred little corner for creative immersion. Remember not to make this a project in itself! 🙂
- this one may in fact be the most important of all; slow down, become aware of stress and practice presence in your daily life. I often get stressed when I realize how much I have to do and how overwhelming it can seem to get it all done. One of my favorite sites that has helped me in so many different areas is zenhabits.net.
Work is progressing nicely on our Easter cards, here a little preview of what is in the works, without giving too much away.
|Here you can see how the layering technique we use for watercolor works|
I can reveal that this card will make you feel like spring and summer cannot get here fast enough – if you don’t already feel that way!
|A background taking shape with the help of a latex mask to preserve areas that will be painted in later|
Nobody really knows for sure where the tradition of April Fools Day originated, although explanations abound. I will not bore you with a long list of historical guesses, which you can just as easily find on wikipedia and other sites.
Rather interestingly, fish features prominently in the tradition in France, where the April Fool is called “Poisson d’Avril” or “April’s Fish”. No, I have been told this is not because they used to throw fish at each other on April first – a more likely explanation is that the zodiac sign falls in the month of April.
This year I am definitely going to have some fun devising a creative prank on my unsuspecting boys. Unsuspecting because I don’t think they read this blog. And if they do, they will be wondering all day what the prank will be …
Martha Stewart has also been known to pull some very convincing pranks on her show and you can find some hilarious versions on her site.
With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we have added two new Valentine ecards to the site.
Announcing New Holiday eCards
Somewhere in Buenos Aires in the 20s an unusual and passionate tango sets the stage for a special event. An funny yet elegant statement for any special message for Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries or invitations to parties, wine tastings, etc.
Paint splatter and washes turn birds of a feather into an artistic statement for your Valentines or Anniversary cards.