This is a great year for the Christmas/Hanukkah card! I had these printed up a couple of years ago and they have been listed in The Nancydraws Shop, but this year Hanukkah and Christmas fall so closely together I am hoping this card gets the attention it deserves.
A Hanukkah & Christmas card.
On one side, Adele is trying to wrap Christmas gifts at home, but Henrí has decided, as cats do, to take a nap in the middle of the operation and might have pulled a decoration or two off of the tree to play with.
On the Hanukkah side of the card is a dignified Percival Featherington III, slurping up some Lo Mein noodles with an urban landscape in the background. I know that this isn’t quite how Hanukkah is celebrated, but I have gotten a lot of laughs and good reactions to it.
There are interior greetings to go with each side of the card. The Hanukkah side simply says “Happy Hanukkah,” next to two fortune cookies. The Christmas greeting says “Merry Christmas, it’s a wrap!” With a small drawing of Henrí bundled in wrapping paper above.
If you prefer one greeting per card, each image is also available on its own card, but this one is a two-for-one bargain, don’t miss out on the perfect year to send some to your dual-religion friends and family!
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Last week I received a special order for my Hanukkah card, “Percival’s Noodles,” via The Nancydraws Shop on Etsy. The customer wanted 12 of them, saying that they were perfect for her Chinese-Jewish family!
I definitely hadn’t had this scenerio in mind when I created the card, but that’s one of the great things about Etsy, there are so many special and unique items for sale, you’re likely to find a one-of-a-kind gift (or card!) for someone on your list.
Earlier this month, Etsy.com HQ sent out a call for members and friends to contribute handmade or vintage Valentine greeting cards to be distributed to Citymeals-on-Wheels clients on Valentine’s Day. What fun it would be, I thought, to invite friends to join me on Saturday night for dinner and crafting… and it was!
Elaine, Elle, Kat, Holly, and Janet came over to my place last weekend. I served Penne Alla Vodka and my favorite salad. After dinner and some wine, we spread out ourselves and our craft supplies on the living room floor to start creating. There was some trepidation at first, but once we began putting things together, inspiration took hold. Listening to our favorite tunes from the 80s helped, too! In the end, we had 18 Valentine’s cards to contribute to Etsy’s cause! I would have been happy if we had 1 or 2 cards per person, so I’m bowled over by everyone’s efforts. Links and results follow:
I hope you’re all enjoying 2011, and getting back to the daily grind isn’t too painful. I’m proud to report that The Nancydraws Shop did more business this Christmas season than last year, which was my first year. Thanks to everyone who made a purchase and passed the word along!
I also have an illustration in the current Winter issue of the Park Slope Reader. The article my artwork goes with is about cooking with butternut squash. One of the recipes is for Thai Butternut Squash soup and I ended up making it in tandem with my illustration. Delicious… I wonder if it affected my creative skills for this piece. http://www.psreader.com/268
I have some new ideas for the Nancydraws Shop for 2011; I’ll let you know when I post my birthday card designs for sale.
Can you believe that December is almost here and that 2010 will soon be over? I have been preparing The Nancydraws Shop for the holiday season and wanted to be sure that all of my friends and fans know that I will be offering a shop-wide, five-day sale from Sunday, 11/28 through Thursday, 12/2.
When you shop during this sale, you will automatically get 20% OFF of everything in the shop, plus free shipping on all orders!
I have taken on some tasks for the fall to achieve more creative momentum, and so far things are looking good. I am in week four of Etsy.com’s “Holiday Boot Camp.” Each week, participants are given a business-related article or two to read and a list of shop-tweaking tasks to complete in order to get everyone ready for the online shoppers who will be browsing for unique and creative items on Etsy. I’m also working on a few new items to post in my shop. This past week we were asked to update our bio or public profile, which was helpful because it is similar to my other big fall goal: applying for the NYFA grant.
The application for the grant is going to be much more challenging, a 700-word resume and 200-word artist’s statement is required, along with eight examples of my work from the past 5 years. Selecting the work examples is no problem; luckily I have more than eight images to choose from. I am planning on getting started on the writing next week, some kind of rough draft. I know I am probably the world’s best expert on myself and my artwork but I think explaining that in 700 words is going to be difficult!
As promised, I am revealing last Sunday’s source of awesome inspiration…. a wedding card for my friends Holly and Craig, who got married in Las Vegas early in March!
Holly had worn a headband with devil horns and a veil for her bachelorette party. That headband sparked the idea… I feel that Holly and Craig have a devilish nature in common, so I drew this cartoon portrait of them as devils and did a little play on words: “Devils May Care,” to state their obvious love and care for each other, but also to indicate their quickly pulled together (but well-thought out) nuptials.
I had this image in my head for a few weeks before having the time to execute it, so I’m pleased with how it turned out, and so are the newlyweds.
Baluchi’s, one of the restaurants that I illustrated for the Park Slope Reader’s restaurant review asked to purchase a print of my artwork! You must stop by some some of their delicious Indian cuisine and to check out the print, everyone is really nice there. I am very flattered to have this print displayed in the restaurant. I also added a small caption to let people know it was published in the Winter 2009-10 issue, along with my credit. I am working on getting in touch with other managers at restaurants that I have illustrated in the neighborhood to see if they would like to purchase prints.
I re-purposed one of my existing illustrations to give as a retirement greeting card to a nurse at my allergist’s office. She’s been working at that office since before I started going for treatment there and I’ll really miss seeing her. I personalized the inside with her name and the message “Congratulations on your retirement!” In the future, I may offer this card in The Nancydraws Shop.
Here’s what my drawing table looked like yesterday as I prepared and packaged my gift tags for sale at The Nancydraws Shop. I’ve posted sets of 3 of the gift tags, each inspired by one of the cards I also have posted:
Don’t forget that my prints are still available; they will make unique and lovely gifts to be enjoyed for years to come. The artwork is professionally matted by my parents at their store, The Great Frame Up in North Carolina. http://www.huntersville.thegreatframeup.com/
For a limited time, they are offering special pricing on the framing of my prints, starting at $48. If you are interested, please Convo me when you place your order and we’ll get that ball rolling!
Hooray! I goal I set for myself in May has now come to fruition! I have an Etsy.com store to sell prints of my illustrations, and whatever other handmade things I might create in the future. I just finished posting all of my current items for sale.
Thanks to Mom & Dad for helping out with the custom mats and shipping.
Without further delay, enjoy this link while I grab a cup of tea….