Here’s a bit of fun back-story if you’re interested—
—or just skip it and click this link to check out the sets in my online shop. Pre-order discounts are on now until October 16.
Every year I wonder about making art greeting cards available, because people ask for them and I love sending beautiful mail so much. As a kid, I drew and painted my own cards for birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Christmas… sometimes a dozen at a time. My favorite designs back then echoed Sandra Boynton’s cartoons. It was the early 80’s after all. A few times I even entered a local Christmas Card contest. I remember an amazing photo of teen me with fluffy permed hair and braces, holding up my art entry and a prize ribbon, standing by my parents and my favorite high school art teacher, Mr. Swanson. I’m so grateful for all that good art practice, and especially for the joy of making and giving.
Found that old photo!
These days, it’s astonishingly possible to digitally wrangle whole sets of full-color art cards to be printed in Maine and shipped to New Mexico (by the same great people who print my Art & Wisdom Card decks, so you know they’ll be good!). Incredibly, I can modify my website, sell them online to friends and friends of friends, print my own postage labels and ship out packages, and know the cards will eventually be snail-mailed with love all over the country and even farther. (That's what it's all about, right? We need all the love we can send and receive these days-- by connecting, we re-make our way of being in the world.) My teenage fluffy-haired self would be astounded, daunted by the effort, then really excited and glad.
Honestly, my adult self mostly regrets selling greeting cards that one holiday season years ago, when I injured my shoulder folding way too many of them by myself. Ouch. So I've been hesitant to try again. But this year the way is opening, and I’m offering greeting cards as a time-limited experiment. This time, the printer will fold them for me. This year, I’ve got a business coach helping forecast expenses. And I’ve put the cards in packs of 6 to keep the inventory more manageable. I’m a middle-aged-plus solo business owner now, working out of my garage, so it’s got to be doable! Most importantly, as I said before, I believe in supporting relationship and connection.
I can’t wait to use these cards myself, and to share them with you. The samples from the printer are great! I’ll be making sure the color and design are the best we can make them.
Now it’s time to pre-order your greeting card sets. I’m offering a discount until October 16, and your early orders will help me gather the funds for printing and know how many sets to make. Sales after mid-October will be full-price and available while supplies last. I’ll have cards in hand by mid-November, and your packs will be delivered between November 30 and December 8— just in time for holiday card writing and gift giving.
I appreciate your support, always, and I absolutely love the thought of my art greeting cards supporting your messages of connection, encouragement, celebration, and care. I hope your teenaged and current selves love the feel of the cards, your pen, real stamps.
Big joy and love to you. --Melanie