Sometimes you notice a need in the market; the market needs more punny hip-hop cards - and so do your parents. You can find these in the shop!
Just a quick update: PaperMichelle (holapapermichelle) has finally joined the world of Instagram! Keep up to date with our newest designs, shop news and specials over there. Cheers!
It has been a while, internet. I missed you guys like the desert missed the rain, but I had to take some time away to grow a couple mini-humans.
To your relief and mine - we are back at it! Check back in the next few weeks for some new Christmas and Holiday designs that should meet your punny quota.
I went to a local art/craft show a few weeks ago. There were several stationery designers showing there, and I noticed that they all had a similar theme of being “cute” and “punny.” I am certainly not criticizing - because the majority of my designs are both cute and punny; however, it did make me think it was time to rethink my designs. I think “cute’s” days are numbered, but funny will never go out of style. My solution (for now) is to add some edge by finding influence in the world of hip-hop. I’m happy with it so far - like the whole process has been reinvigorated. Plus - I absolutely love rap and hip-hop. This is just an excuse to break out some old cds.
I’ll be showing at Hover Craft on December 8th here in Milwaukee. If you’re in the area, come say hello!
Today is the day when Lace & Race (my running blog) meets PaperMichelle officially. A lot of the interactions I have through Lace & Race involve ambitious athletes - high achievers with lofty personal and professional goals. That is not unlike the friends I have made through PaperMichelle.
One thing both groups need: motivation and inspiration! I’m adding a couple new designs to the shop, but I thought I could do a fun little giveaway first. To win two of each design below (because you never know when you need to inspire someone else or simply say Hello!) just enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom.
As some of you know, I am not only a stationery designer - but also a pretty serious runner. I spend a lot of time blogging over at Lace & Race, my other moniker.
Today - the handmade world met my competitive world of racing in a post entitled “Running Gear - The Handmade Wishlist.” Please visit Lace & Race to check out some of the wonderful running related lovelies I found on Etsy today!
Love it or hate it - Valentine’s Day is coming quickly, folks. Don’t forget to tell your sweetheart you love them like crazy. Here’s a little gift guide to help you out.
I love the romantic feel of gold and lace at a wedding. They’re so feminine and soft. The Victorian touches make everything feel special - as all weddings should feel. These Etsy Wedsday finds are perfect examples.
I spent a lot of this fleeting summer in the woods of Wisconsin - on a rocking chair on the porch of the cabin my daddy built. It was perfectly serene and this was a highlight of my summer soundtrack. Maybe if I close my eyes really tight and play this a little too loud, I’ll go right back…
I am a school teacher, so I know how much students (and teachers!) look forward to the freedom of summer days. I am also painfully aware of how much time many kids spend watching t.v., playing on their cell phone, updating their statuses and fitting in as many video games as the days allow. It scares me to think about how much time they spend staring at a screen. I am afraid we will fully realize the implications of all that stationary, mindlessly entertained time in the near future. (*I apologize to my future children, because you might not see a t.v. until you are 12.)
I am a huge supporter of the notion of free play - the kind of creative, self-guided entertainment and exploration that can only come from unrestricted imagination. My parents raised me and my brother that way. We lived next to a field and a small patch of woods, so the fort building opportunities were endless. I spent my entire summer in those forts, reading books, playing hide and seek, making “cookies” from mud, catching and cataloging bugs, putting on spontaneous talent shows, selling painted rocks to my neighbors (entrepreneur!) Etc. Etc. Etc. My parents never had to entertain us - they simply said, “Go outside.” We listened and did not come back until we were filthy and tired, ushered indoors by the street lights (unless we had a killer game of night hide and seek going on.) It was a beautiful childhood, because we designed it to be exactly the way we pictured it in our imaginations. I approach my adult life in the same way - what an incredible gift my parents gave me.
Keep that in mind for yourself and your children - unplug and let yourself be free. Dig in the dirt. Have a race. Climb a tree. Sit quietly and listen to all that nature has to say. It is a right for children to experience the world through their imaginations. We shouldn’t insult them by assuming screens and flashing lights offer them more than their chosen adventures and explorations. (**Suggested Reading: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv**)