Illustrations by Nancy C. Sampson

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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.

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“Holiday Shoppers,” available at The Nancydraws Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61807091/christmas-card-city-shoppers

Well, its the last week before Christmas, and not even a week before Hanukkah begins. I’m sure there are still cards to write, cookies to bake, parties to attend, and gifts buy and wrap, so thanks for taking a look at my blog post today. I want to share some pictures to show what inspired a greeting card that I created last year, which is pictured above, “Holiday Shoppers.”

If you spend much time in Manhattan at this time of year, you’ll see people wandering around the city with all kinds of colorful and festive shopping bags. Since this week is the height of the holiday shopping season, I’ve taken a bunch of photos of these bags, which you’ll see when you scroll down.

This illustration also reminds me of a story a friend of mine told me from when she was in high school. She went to midtown after school in December with a friend to see the store window decorations along Fifth Avenue. Both of them were raised in a blue-collar Queens neighborhood and had their backpacks with them as they walked around and enjoyed the sites. They both felt a little out of place, walking past others in fur coats, carrying their purchases from the ritzy stores along the avenue in festive shopping bags.

The friend suggested going into Saks Fifth Avenue and requested 2 shopping bags from one of the sales clerks. The two then placed their backpacks in the bags and felt better about “blending in” with the rest of the well-to-do shopping crowd. So, you never know what’s in those bags you see people carrying down the street!

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Hello!

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!

Please be sure to stop by: http://sancynam.etsy.com/ and spread the word!

Thanks & Happy Shopping!
Nancy

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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:

Adele and Henri at the Skating Rink:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34853263

Vintage Ornaments:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34855527

An Urban Christmas:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=34854459

You may also purchase a set of the 3 gift tags for $3.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34856853

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!

Happy Holidays,
Nancy

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