Here’s to Valentine’s Day and whoever it is that you love.
A few years back, I featured a really clever Valentine’s Day Food Passport idea from The Spotted Fox, one of my fave blogs that sadly no longer exists. (Sniff, sniff.) I recently revisited the post after noticed it getting some traffic recently and realized I’d forgotten just how cute the idea was. Seriously, is there anything worse than rehashing the whole “Where do you wanna go?,” “I don’t know, where do you wanna go?” conversation? Too often in my house those exact questions end with an exasperated 9:30 run to Subway that leaves nobody happy.
The Valentines Food Passport takes a little bit of forethought to come up with all the restaurants to include, but once they’re collected, you need only consult the book the next time you’re hungry and idea-less. The cute colored sticker rating system (see the green sticker in the photo above) lets you score whether you liked the place so you can easily remember where to go back to. Plus, since all you really need is a pen and a mini-notebook, it’s the perfect quick and easy Valentine’s Day gift to make you look sweet and thoughtful, even if you actually forgot about impending the holiday till mere days before. Not that anyone would actually do that, right?
Hearing from happy customers is without a doubt one of my favorite parts of my job. It’s awesome enough to be able to make stuff I love and for other people to like it enough to want to buy it. When someone takes the time to get back in touch after they’ve received an order or given a gift, though, it’s simply the icing on the cake.
In the spirit of awesome people giving awesome feedback, I simply had to share this photo from a customer, Paul. Paul’s original order was, sadly, lost in the mail and had to be replaced (Boo. Hiss. I’m looking at you, USPS). It’s always a bummer when that happens and I so appreciate customers who are understanding about delays like that. Anyway, I dispatched a replacement puppet for Paul when it was clear that his original wasn’t going to show up anytime soon, and a few days later received this note and accompanying picture: “I got it! Thank you so much Abbey!! I cant wait to give this to my friend! It is so cute! Thank you again!”
How great is that, right? If something I make (probably while wearing my pajamas and watching Netflix) can make somebody that happy, well, my work is complete.
Thanks for making my whole week, Paul.
I came across these Hipster Cupids from a few years back while doing some cleaning in the studio the other day. They still crack me up, what with those Ira Glass glasses and tighty whiteys. Thinking about putting them back up for sale before Valentine’s Day or maybe doing an Instagram or Facebook giveaway. Stay tuned!
Came upon this presential-themed birthday party on the Indigo Bunting blog the other day and loved it for so many reasons. First, it’s so funny how kids latch onto the most random things and devote themselves totally (maybe I relate because I was a hopelessly nerdy child history buff, too). But also, it’s so inspiring to see that with a little creativity and humor, even a seemingly dry topic like presidents can make for a super fun celebration. Looks like my kind of party!
Valentine’s Day is generally full of romance and mushy feelings, but what about those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead buying an earnest card with soft-focus red roses on the front? No worries– the internet’s got us covered. May I present, for the cynical (but still partnered) cynics amongst us, the top five snarky Valentine’s Day cards:
1. Breaking Bad
As a newbie to digital illustration, my latest obsession is designers who can harness the use of texture in their work. Sure, a perfect curve is easy when you’re working with vectors, but it’s the addition of textures that really add warmth and depth. An artist who has really mastered these kinds of digital textures is Andrew Bannecker. I featured his posters for the musical Matilda a few years back and was blown away when I came upon his work again recently. Not only are the creations beautifully reminiscent of the most magical storybooks, his rich textures add such charm and interest to everything he designs.