Adventures in Curtsyland!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Get it done

Today was one of those days when I was constantly doing yet nothing got done! I was so busy trying to get my card project finished, helping customers, writing orders, and the RSVP's for our Stocking Stuffer Party just kept rolling in all day! (Be sure to RSVP....there is now a link the website) The card project has been another tedious activity of mine.....many customers come in in a hurry trying to find a card for a specific occasion. I don't like to organize the cards by occasion, I prefer to display them by designer for aesthetic reasons. The header cards that usually come from the manufacturers are stupid and most don't even offer them anymore. So I printed and cut out about a million of my own occasion indicators.....they look like little paper scrolls. Some of them are straightforward....Birthday, Thank You, Preggers, etc....some are humorous and play off the card. Hope this makes your card shopping more streamlined!

Today we received a new shipment of the Matchstick Gardens. We can never keep these in....such cute little gifts! They come in Mixed Herbs and Wildflowers. All you do is plant each "matchstick" tip first in soil and soon you will have a flower or herb garden growing!

From the same company, we received lots of fun new paper crafts including the Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kits. I love these and I can't wait to put one together! Tatebanko is the forgotten Japanese art of creating dioramas and scenic perspectives from paper. They come in two designs that feature the works from two famed Edo artists – Hiroshige’s Kambara, Evening Snow and Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Lots of fun for all ages!!

A few other Japanese paper kits arrived...Saka Karakuri Paper Trick Mechanisms. Karakuri (Japanese meaning “trick mechanism”) are devices whose mechanical movement is designed solely to amuse or surprise. Keisuke Saka is one of Japan’s most honored paper engineers, and his designs have a sort of dark humor to them. My favorite is titled Doomed....which when completed is a fish giving his last flops in resistance to the chef's knife.



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