In a prior post I showed a fabric design in progress. This week I got a fabric swatch proof, pictured below, which I approved and have made publicly available now. I like the bright colors of it.
In the most recent children’s book I illustrated, Pembral Forgets, I used a leaf motif thought the book. The story Steve Tubbs wrote was about fall leaves. good food and a mother’s love. So as I was doing a version of the leaf motif for fabric naturally my thoughts ran towards the possibilities of the leaf fabric as napkins and table runners – things for kitchens. Anyway, the fabric is on my Spoonflower shop now as well as on the Pembral Forgets portfolio page.
In my last post I talked of using things I enjoy as a guide for subject matter in my art.
Well, that also applies to the types of creative pursuits to which I choose to apply my artwork. For example I’ve been thinking for some time now about how much I enjoy sending and receiving greeting cards in the snail mail.
In the photo below you’re looking at my fireplace at home and the cards I’ve gotten by mail displayed there on the mantel. Some are handmade cards. Some are vintage cards. Some are postcards and folded cards found in stores. I like them all and love the connections with the people who sent them!
I have dabbled in card making most of my life. But only in the last few years have I been semi serious about it. This week, however, I had the thought “What if greeting cards are little illustrated story books?” and my dabbling is suddenly more focused.
Below are a few of my greeting cards which are now on my Zazzle shop here. Some of my cards have rabbit characters but there are other animals too.
I want to make more cards now, for many reasons. But I realized this week that there’s a big reason: my pleasant memories of whenever my adopted Mom, Dad and I met in a bookstore cafe for lunch.
In addition to looking at the books no visit was complete without a visit to the greeting card section of the store. Dad was a psychiatrist and he used to tell me that sometimes when he had a patient with depression he would prescribe weekly visits to stores that sold greeting cards. He would ask that the patient write down descriptions of the cards that amused them to share in future appointments with him. Bonus points (so to speak) if they bought a card and mailed it to someone.
So yes, I want to make more cards in addition to my other artwork – in the “Hi Mom and Dad. 👋” sense of things as well as for my “help others share their stories” sensibility with which I run my creative business.
(Btw: this reasoning is why I do my fabric designs too)
Anyway you’re the first to see the whole collection of cards I’ve done so far. Plus these below…
Needless to say I’ve been busy this week. Fortunately I made a big batch of my “Simple Sauce” and stored it in a jar in my fridge for quick easy to prepare meals. Naan bread makes such a nice pizza crust: just spread on a spoonful of sauce, chop and add desired toppings then bake in a 425 degree oven.
My “Simple Sauce” recipe is in my kitchen sketchbook Favorites So Far. The whole book can be previewed here and you’re welcome to capture my recipe below.
For one meal my spouse and I were in the mood for bell peppers, onions and olives on the Naan bread crust. Yummy!
Speaking of good things, books and rabbits: I’m starting a new children’s book. One question I get asked “which comes first the art or the words?” and in the case of this new book the art largely came first. Here’s an array of the illustrations I’ve done so far along with my legal pad on which I’m scribbling book text drafts by hand using my fountain pen. More about this project in future posts.
More too about a new painting currently in progress…
Hope your week is full of your favorites too. See you next Monday?
13 thoughts on “Leaf fabric, greeting cards, books and rabbits”
I really love that Autumn leaf fabric. It really is very appealing, maybe because that is my favourite season. We eat naan bread pizzas with relative frequency as it makes for a quick and comforting meal on those evenings when there are massive time pressures to get dinner on the table and food in bellies. Like you, I make big batches of sauce and freeze them for future needs.
I haven’t had Naan bread pizza in quite a while. I should rectify that!
I hope you can rectify that! A Naan pizza is such a nice easy-to-make treat!
I’ll send a note to the chef (my hubbie).
Lol!!! I hope your chef will be persuaded by hearing the easiness with which it comes together and bakes in 8 minutes or so. 😉
My chef is definitely of the “easiness” school of cookery.
I’m so glad you like the fabric! Thank you!! Re: Naan pizzas- back in the days of large family gatherings it was our “Antique Aunties” trick to pleasing diverse tastes – we Aunties would put out Naan and other toppings and everyone would top their own pizza as they wished. We Aunties would put the topped pizza’s in the oven…it made it easy to feed a crowd. Lol! Thanks again for your comment! ❤
Love all your designs, Sue! I also cherish many cards, in fact, I now have three valentines setting out that I have kept from the years when my daughters were young children. I wish I had saved more!
What a treat it is to have cherished cards from your young ones set out to see!! And thanks for your kind words re my designs. 😊
You’re so welcome, Sue!
The leaf fabric is perfect for an autumn table runner! I love the greeting cards!! I’ll be back next Monday to see what else you have cooking (literally and figuratively).
Lol!! Thank you so much!! I do look forward to sharing with you each week!! 🤗❤
You’re welcome, Sue!