Another of my favorite poems from childhood is called “General Store” by Rachel Field. It starts out like this:
Some day I’m going to have a store
With a tinkly bell hung over the door,
With real glass cases and counter wide
And drawers all spilly with things inside.
Over 50 years later, the beginning of this poem and its cheerful clutter sounds more to me like my house than any store I ever worked in. But my first job was in a family owned department store, with checkerboard linoleum on the floor, old fashioned cash registers, and counters with tape dispensers and rolls of complimentary gift wrap.
The world sure has changed since then. But I’ve never gotten over my crush on innovative little storefronts. Or making my own cards. I’ve done that ever since I was a little girl, too, and I still do it whenever I have the time and energy.
Susan Voisin has provided me with the generous platform for this blog, and now she’s providing me with an opportunity to have my own store–right here on the blog. At first I thought it would be too much for me. But then I realized that right across the street from me I can get art quality prints and cards made at an affordable price. It’s where all my artist friends here in town get theirs made, and it’s a stone’s throw from my house. I can be hands on and see what things are going to look like before they get printed, which helps my brain make good decisions. And the prices are better. So I’ve been bringing things over and asking questions and walking to the post office and hefting mailing packages and asking questions there, too, and I’ve come up with a few things I could start with. But before I do, and Susan gets to work on making me my own Slow Miracle store page, I wanted to ask you fantastic readers if there’s enough interest to justify the outlay for printing the cards.
I wasn’t going to attempt this until next year. My original goal was to have this online by February for the opening of my art show at the Moscow Food Co-op. But I ended up painting two card-size versions of my masonry stove that I want to have printed for my own holiday cards. So I thought I’d show them to you, too, and see if what I can put together is appealing enough to expand the amount I order beyond what I would send out myself.
Here are the images that will be on the stove cards:
The cards are 5 x7. The printed image is a little smaller, bordered by white all around it. They will be blank inside so you can write your own message. To make my costs back, an individual card will sell for 3.25. But since it’s kind of silly to have to pay postage for an individual card, I thought I’d offer a package of 5 for $15.00 plus shipping and postage, which will probably be about $4.50.
Besides the two stove paintings, I can also easily have cards made with the “Listening to the Earth” drawing, the painting “Winter Trees” that’s on the cover of my book, and the rainbow painting in my previous post:
Of course the dark or colored edges and things like that will be cleaned up and cropped out. But I could offer a packet of 5 with one of each, or 5 of one, depending on if or what there’s interest in.
If there is interest, I hope to expand the choices, including the ballerina drawing in “In the Temple of My Daily Life.” (Perhaps we can find a way to sneak her in now.)
There are two more things I can offer right away in my Slow Miracle store: a high quality framable 8 x10 print (bordered in white) of “Listening to the Earth” and copies of my chapbook “If A Sparrow.” The “Listening to the Earth” print would be $18.00, plus shipping and postage–about the same amount as the cards–$4.50.
The chapbooks are $14.00 and can be mailed for $1.50 in the US.
It’s such a joy to be able to practice drawing and painting each day. I’m very excited to be able to entertain how to make this dream come true, and feel almost like a little kid again every time I finish something, or see it printed in a new form. Sometimes I even forget to eat, and that’s certainly a first.
Is it time to open a Slow Miracle Art, Cards and Books “store” here on Plant-Based Slow Motion Miracle? I hope so. I couldn’t write the blog without you, and I can’t open my very own store without you either. Please let me know which cards or items you especially like, so I know what the first things in my virtual “display case” should be!