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With less than 50 days to go, I am making progress on the designs of my cards for the New York Stationery Show. Inspiration hits at the oddest hours, and it seems 3:00 am is when my brain is most active, pumping out ideas for yet more letter pressed cards. My booth design is in process — metal pipes, wire and clamps are the integral pieces; a huge 10′ x 8′ “tinker toy” as my boyfriend has referred to it. Today, looking at NY Magazine’s Design issue online, I found a gray rug with fun letters scattered across it; perfect. Now I have to figure out the logistics of picking it up in Soho and getting it to the show. On Friday, I will be creating the exterior cover of my show catalog with various size letters — a random assortment of metal and wood type. I still have to design my business cards and get the final files to my web programmer so that my card site can be built. I am surprised, though, that I am not overwhelmed by all of these tasks — it seems I have been able to navigate my priorities, week by week, and even with the month of May waving at me on the horizon, I feel confident all will be completed and look great.

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After a weekend of mostly work (what else is new) I finally have two days to focus on designing more greeting cards for the Stationery Show in May. There is so much joy and freedom in designing these little letterpress creations— free to create the words and images I like without client intervention! The newest card to be finished is pictured here, my little spring bird paired with playful green text. A lot of cards begin as scribbles and doodles on paper, and then I sit at my computer and begin crafting the words into a typography/collage/visual. Adding in details such as punctuation, dingbats and other little elements make it dance. Spring is a time for reinvention and I am excited about my new business venture ahead. 

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