27 Sep

Lucky Me

A while ago I showed the table runner I made for my design school friend — and now I have her side of the swap to show. She loves paper like I love fabric and has spent the years since we graduated working for card and gift paper companies. She now has an Etsy shop with lots of goodies she makes on her letterpress at home.

Two Hand Design

She filled a box with lovely cards, tags, sketchbooks and personalized stationery just for me. Yikes, now I’m going to have to write more just to be able to use this wonderful stuff! The sketchbook on the bottom has quality paper inside, so I’m really looking forward to using it. Here’s a few of my faves:

Two Hand Design

Another reason I’m lucky is because tomorrow I’m taking a workshop with one of my favorite fiber artists, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs (the workshop is on page 8 of this program).
Can I just say that if anyone has a partner whom they can count on to get the kids off to school if one has to leave the house earlier or come home later than usual, or has the kids enrolled in some sort of regular daycare so one can run errands on their lunch break, or has someone on their payroll who is scheduled to care for the kids on certain days, or grandparents nearby to take the kids for that odd, once a year event — please give that person(s) a hug, a handshake, a bonus; any sort of appreciation of how wonderful it is to have someone or someplace that is always there. It’s not easy to arrange for care when you don’t need it on a regular basis as the formal places tend to want you to sign up for a certain number of days a week/year and using family and friends for child care assumes that you can count on that person being available on a certain day. It’s taken coordination with four friends and neighbors to go to this one-day workshop, but I’m glad I made it happen. I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow!

OK, go hug your caregivers now.

9 thoughts on “Lucky Me

  1. Can some of your small paper use some of those paper goodies, to write to someone who is not there with you? And maybe include some pictures or drawings or something? Someone, somewhere, might appreciate that (and so would the grandparents, but that’s another story….)

  2. Kristin, you are very lucky, I too love paper products, I do Mixed Media, and for sure the work shop sound great, thanks for sharring.

  3. Beautiful stationary! I’ll have to check out her Etsy shop. I so agree how hard it is to find good available people to watch your kids. And I really hate asking friends who also have kids, hectic lives, more than they can handle, etc. Unfortunately, we live with no family anywhere near us. Let’s just say we don’t get out of the house much 😉 Enjoy your workshop!

  4. How wonderful. You are lucky. I love letter press crafted paper goods. I am so glad that you are able to take this workshop. I am sure that under the circumstances it was not easy to work it out for just one day. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  5. Yeah, I know what you mean about arranging “as needed” care for the kids. Hang in there! I hope you get a good dose of “mommy” time in your class!

  6. Oh my! Have a wonderful time. I have always liked MP-J’s work and to take a class from her would be wonderful. The letterpress stationary is so beautiful. Have fun!

  7. Huged and kissed both of them tonight when I got back from my guild meeting. The first one I was able to get to in over three months — but still! I do know how lucky I am! (and how much my husband is going to hate beign reminded that Saturday morning I’m busy and he has to do childcare…luckily he loves me)

  8. oh, bad you! linking to that shop… knowing that i have a weakness for beautiful cards… i probably never will write the ones that pile here!
    feel hugged for what i got yesterday – pics to come ^-^

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