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timing – 8×10

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shade tree

This is the background for a save the date I did for the Sequoyah Foundation Auction. Read all about the event at The Happy Envelope blog.

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love notes

Drum roll…

‘Love Notes’ is finally finished and up in the Etsy Shop! I received the finishing touches in the mail today from Artsy Dove, and I am so happy to share the final product! The photograph is of my maternal grandfather in his barracks during the Korean War. The notes in the left corner were written on the back of the photograph, which was sent to my grandmother (his new bride). The notes say, “Here I is writing to you Honey” (a joke between them), “See our wedding picture up in the right hand corner?” and “Your big one is just on the other side of it” …

I love that he wanted her to see the ways he kept her with him.

Also new in the Shop:

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back to the basics

So now that the business side of this whole shebang is relatively squared away, I finally found myself back in the studio tonight! It was so fun being in there with paint all over my hands and new techniques on the canvas.

When I was working with a designer on a blog design (coming!) a while back, I had to go through everything in the studio to pick out my favorite things. It was completely worth it, however, when I opened the doors at the beginning of the weekend, it truly looked like a tornado had come through. I was able to move a few things out of the room, and I could at least walk inside, but the best change I made was taking out all of the printing/scanning equipment. It feels so much more open, and I can’t wait to get some organizational shelving units for all of the ephemera that seems to be growing exponentially!

Speaking of… my mom (and unofficial 23Postcards ephemera buyer) was in Maine last week, and she came home with some amazing finds!

Here’s a sneak peek of the piece I started tonight:

I was also able to finish the ‘Love Story‘ piece that I just hadn’t been able to get a handle on! It had such a promising beginning, but the more I worked on it, the more I was losing direction… So after not looking at it for over a month, I revisited it tonight and finally had a breakthrough! It turned out to be a really special piece, but I’ll go into more details when I show the finished product! I will post pictures of it soon, and look for more listings in the Etsy shop this week!

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mad and glad

In a lovely chain of events, it turns out that the sales tax form I have been checking the mailbox for everyday was never processed in the first place! After speaking with some nice (and some not-so-nice) women in Nashville, we discovered that a problem occurred in the online filing of the application so nothing was ever confirmed. The application has once again been completed, so back to waiting…

In true Pollyanna form (thank goodness I have a mother who made me watch it a million times while I was growing up), I will be glad this happened and look at it as an opportunity to make sure every last detail of the business (getting the settings on my new printer just right, having prints on hand and ready to package, organizing shipping supplies, perfecting the Etsy shop policies, etc.) is settled. That way, the day the tax form arrives, 23Postcards will officially be open for business on Etsy!

Here’s a look at a very special piece I did for my boss/friend Tori. (The photos are her mom/grandmother and her dad.) I think it might be my new favorite piece…

On a separate note, a big thank you to each of you who has read my blog, become a fan on Facebook or is a follower on Twitter. I sincerely appreciate the support!

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success is not measured by…

Why is it so hard to remind yourself that success is not measured by the number of Facebook fans, Twitter followers or blog readers you have? I manage clients’ social media everyday, so why can’t I be level-headed about my own? After working myself into an impressive state of panic this afternoon, I closed the computer and spent 3 perfect hours in the studio. I think it took me getting back into creating to remember why I’m doing all of this! (It also helped to find that a friend had given me just the encouragement I needed by showing his support for my new venture!)

I started this background for a very special piece I’m doing, and I also got a bit more done on my ‘love notes’…

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the ins and outs of starting a business

articles of organization… check; business license… check; city tax license… check; sales tax number… check, federal identification number… check – and the list goes on!

Starting a business is not an easy task. I feel that it is entirely too long of a process, so as I anxiously wait for the last forms to arrive, I thought I would give you a sneak peek of a few pieces I will be offering in the 23Postcards Etsy shop!

This one is in progress, but I’m loving the beginnings of it:

(P.S. the FABULOUS designer I’m working with finished my logo this week, and it’s amazing! Can’t wait to share that and the new blog and Etsy banner designs!)

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