I thought it was official, but now it’s REALLY official (and a giveaway!)

by Stefani on 20-March-2009

I caught some flack last year about how my kids never appear in photos fully clothed. 

It's true though… my wild things pull off their shirts and shoes the first chance they get. And so yesterday when I found them all shirtless in the yard I knew that we'd crossed that last line. I thought it was officially spring when the bluebonnets  and popsicles appeared, but no, it's not REALLY officially spring until the Blue Yonder boys are half nekkid. 🙂

Sketching Butterflies

Oh, and when the chickens are all laying again… and they are, accept poor Sadie. My little chicken farmer has been lamenting the fact that "Sadie's eggs are missing." Almost daily, we get 4 eggs – one pale brown (almost pink) two greenish blue, and one white. We miss the dark chocolate milk-colored eggs that Sadie used to share with us. Now that they're all laying again, we're feeling her absence all over. 

I made him this silly little painting to remember all the eggs she shared with us, and also to make him laugh when he's sad. 

Chicken of the Sea

It works pretty good, he giggles, HARD every time he thinks of Sadie on the beach. 


And now, I'm very excited to tell you about Fat Matter Letterpress and Design. I love Fat Matter for the pure, lovely design of their stationary. I love them for the way they are embracing and reviving a traditional art. I love them for their passion, and I love them too because behind the company is a family who felt the squeeze of this economic crunch and saw it as a opportunity to turn to meaningful work, and to pursue their dreams. 

I have personally held Fat Matter stationary in my hands and really I can't bring myself to write on it. I want to just hang my cards up on my wall and stare a them. 

Lucky you, you're going to have the chance to win some of your own! One lucky winner will receive their Royal Sampler PLUS their choice of one other set of cards. All you have to do is visit Fat Matter and then come on back and leave a comment telling me which of those sweet cards you'd like to find in your mailbox!

I will draw a winner on Sunday night!


One last thing – I have the distinct honor today of joining Amy for her "It's Friday I'm in Love" series where she invites people to come and share about what inspires them. Amy is So. Much. Fun. It was such a treat to be asked to hang at her place a while. Run over and check it out!
Sarah March 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

Those teapot cards are fabulous! I would probably just hang them up as well.

melissa s. March 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

i love them all, but the cranes are my fav. now i’m off to amy’s blog!!

Cassandra March 20, 2009 at 9:13 am

Definitely the crane card!

If your blue yonder boys are photographed in a state of half dress, my red headed eldest is photographed in a state of looking like we never brush her hair. (Silly cowlicks, anyway.)

Pebbledash March 20, 2009 at 9:29 am

Oh the cranes! Quite beautiful. Thank you.

Brittany March 20, 2009 at 9:37 am

I love the donkey, such a character! The buttercups are nice too!

Heather A March 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

OH, iris and bee, without a doubt… they’re beautiful!

kort March 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

the buttercups! the buttercups! what fine work!

Rebecca March 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

I definitely love the iris and bee uncolored cards (I would love to color them myself).

Miko's Girl March 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

I can’t choose – so the Royal Sampler is my Fat Matter card of choice.

Totally jealous that yours can run around shirtless – it’s in the upper 40’s today.

Thimbleina March 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

That stationery is really great – I would love to own the crane dance cards

Mandy March 20, 2009 at 10:10 am

I love the teapots. I think one (at least) would end up in a frame! Their stuff is all fantastic, as is your chicken drawing. Very sweet!

Kobey March 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

The dormant potter in me loves the teapot card. It would definitely go in my kitchen.

Darla March 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

It’s a very tough choice, but the handcolored iris and bee cards remind me that soon my irises will be in bloom.

Joy March 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

Oh I was drawn to the cranes 🙂 They are striking.
I’d use them for “thank you” notes- I’m big on that!

Lynnette March 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

Oh my! How I love stationary. There is just something about it that makes me yearn for a pen pal. I like the buttercups but I really enjoy how the cranes seem to come alive on the card as they dance.

Also, I bought some bandanas to make a couple pairs of shorts for my little man this summer and I noticed on your new pdf of the pattern you have “banana” on the first page, I think when you mention to fold them. Not a big deal but I didn’t know if you wanted to change it. Thanks for the directions, I am quite excited to see how they turn out.

gina March 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

I love the teapot greeting cards. Lovely.

Lindsey March 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

My favorite is the navy blue buttercups. I love good, old fashioned, honest-to-goodness, stationary. Yum!

Stefani March 20, 2009 at 11:18 am

Bwahahahaha!!!! What? You don’t fold you’re bananas?
That’s funny. I’ll have to fix that 🙂

ikkinlala March 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

I love the Buttercups card.

mawsix@hotmail.com March 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

The Tea Cups caught my eye. Something relaxing with a friend sipping tea. ahhhh!

Erin March 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

oh those dancing cranes!!

Sarah March 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm

It was a tie between the Dancing Cranes and the Teapots.

Becky Lane March 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Well, I loved them all, but it would have to be teapots. I have a thing for teapots!

Jennifer March 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I loved the buttercup cards. I remember laughing with the other children in our neighbourhood as we pressed bright yellow flowers onto our chins to see if we “liked butter”.

Jasmine March 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Love the dancing cranes!

Briar March 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Well, I’ve been reading your blog for a bit now and you always make me giggle or sigh or both- so thats good huh! Popped over to the link and totally lovin the cards, aren’t they fabulous!! and despite humming ang hawing, think i’d love to frame the cranes dancing one….so perfect.
Thanks for that, you have yoursefl the greatest of days

kristi March 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm

My mom would love the teapot, so I will pick it for her. Let’s get together for real!! I have so many things going on and looks like you do to, but I need some Mommy time! XOXO

elissa March 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

oh, i do love me those buttercups!

and girl, it’s freezing here and two of mine are almost always missing shirts, pants or shoes… wish i could be that free (and that warm….)

thanks for the great giveaway…

Stephanie March 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Oooo, I’d take the Iris Greeting cards! I love irises anyway, and these are beautiful! Like you, I’d put at least one on my bulletin board to view as inspiration.

Aunt LoLo March 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I love the teapots!! 🙂 Happy Friday!

Meme March 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Iris and Bee greeting card is my favorite. Love your blog, btw.

darc March 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

The teapots, they remind me of the short visit my parents made and we had lots of tea 🙂

Lisa W. March 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I’m really torn! I love the cranes, but I think teapots are gonna edge to the top for my favorite.

Corey Ackelmire March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Gotta be the buttercups! Beautiful.

meredith March 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

these are so lovely. They would inspire me to break out my fountain pen & eschew Facebook, IM & the cell phone in favor of some “real” letters to treasured friends.

Dawn March 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Wonderful cards… those tea pots have it for me!
Thanks for sharing the shop… I am a sucker for stationary!!
Have a great weekend!

Chelsea March 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I absolutely *LOVE* letterpress stationary and I collect teapots! So, teapots it is. Thanks!!

Tracey March 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Oh, the buttercups are beautiful! Please enter me.

Lucia March 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm

The teapots are my favorite!

Ansley March 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I love the cranes, b/c I’m a bird lover…but the teapot is also beautiful! Her cards are really amazing!!

amylouwho March 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I like the crane dance. And the buttercups. Very cool cards!

colleen m March 20, 2009 at 9:00 pm

i have a box of stationery that i keep to look at – once in awhile i get up the nerve to write on one and send it off.

i wd love to add the tea cards to the collection…no, really i wd only keep one to frame and share the rest!

claudia March 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

wow, fun shop! I like the teapot greeting cards, thanks for the chance to win!

Mary March 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

So lovely! I really am drawn to the cranes…

Steph March 20, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I love the buttercups…or the cranes. How can you choose just one? I can never have enough good stationary – but like you I much prefer to hang it on display.

marcela March 20, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! They are all beautiful! I think I’d love to see up close the Crane Dance cards… oh, how pretty!

Mandi March 21, 2009 at 3:01 am

I love the teapot greeting cards!

Mandy Combs March 21, 2009 at 6:26 am

They are all so pretty! the Iris and bee are my favorite. Thank you for pointing Fat Matter out!

Lisa March 21, 2009 at 7:16 am

Iris and Bee is what I would like to find in my mailbox.
Heading over to Amy’s, until next time…

Liz March 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

I just love the Crane Dance cards. Lovely stuff!

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