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the maker series.

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I’ve been designing and selling stamps for about 3 or so years now. I love the whole process. I’ve hemmed and hawed about just selling them out or retiring styles or not reordering and just let them be a thing of the past, but I keep finding myself brainstorming about future designs or new series. And then here I am with a new box of repetitive stamps and a smile on my face. There is just something about them that it so timeless and sustainable, and the possibilities for use are endless.

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I started out making them with more of a memory keeping feel to them and that sort of birthed the idea to focus on designs for letter writing to encourage folks to get off email and write more letters with the idea of making envelopes a little more exciting and fun. I’m the kind of gal that loves the crispness and ease of current technology, but also respects and hangs on to traditions, i.e. the pony express. The ‘writer’ series was/is so fun to design because I am essentially designing them for myself. And they say if you want to keep what you make, then you’ve done a good job. Insert raise-the-roof emoji.

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Well now I’ve added a new series, if you will, called the ‘maker’ series. I loved designing these with myself in mind, as well as all of the creative folks out there that I know and don’t know. These series actually started with a request from the organizer of a vending opportunity last fall to design some stamps to fit in with the fiber arts. They loved my stamps and the idea of using them, but wanted to meld my inventory at the time with their festival that was coming up this spring. Enter the ‘Knitted/Crocheted With Love,’ ‘Virginia is for Quilters/Knitters,’ and the couple of ‘Handmade’ ones. I thought these would be great for those that knitted and crocheted for others – you know how I love those finishing touches….

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Coming soon to my Etsy shop near you.

spring has arrived.

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I was hanging around outside the other day and noticed that Spring is popping up all around my yard and thought I would try out my new camera lens that my photographer niece Millie made me buy ;). While I am no photographer, I did enjoy focusing in on certain aspects and seeing how they came out. Some of them make me a little dizzy, but the new growth is what we’re all supposed to be looking at, right? I have seen beautiful signs of spring on my jaunts into town, but I just hadn’t taken a close look to what was going on right around me. Doesn’t that always seem to be the case?

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I vowed to myself that I was not going to be picky about what camera I use to take the pictures I post – that seemed to be a roadblock for me when thinking about posting in my old space – but I am not going to let that be a hinderance here. If I take a good picture with my iPhone (that, omg, got dropped in the toilet the other night but THANK GOODNESS it is back to normal…thanks to a bowl of basmati rice), there is no reason why I shouldn’t use it and feel like that isn’t good enough to blog with. Oh the hang-ups of blogging…probably just excuses anyway….

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Ok, so back to my yard…this patch of Irises came from maybe 5 bulbs that my mom had pulled up and over the couple of years since I planted them, they have multiplied and really taking over an area where they have complete permission to do so. I always look forward to seeing how much they have spread out each year. Nothing like flower hand-me-downs!

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I’m sure you’ll be seeing the blooms from this flowering vine blowing up my Instagram pretty soon….

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And oh man, the lilac tree. I could even stop there…I feel like you already know what I’m talking about. You can seriously smell them coming up the road. Everybody always wants to cut them for their kitchen tables – and I let them. They are so amazing, and some years are better than others. Let’s keep out fingers crossed that this year will be a good one. Does anyone know much about guaranteeing good growth every year? I don’t know if it has to do with maintaining the tree or cutting it back every year or maybe it’s just up to good ol’ Mother Nature. I’d love some insight if you have it.

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And the tulips. Be still my heart. I planted these around my sweet, first pup Roxy Sue’s gravesite right beside my house and this is the first year they are blooming. I saw them and lost my breath I was so happy that they grew in her space.

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And I just had to throw in one of my brother’s dog June Carter who I am keeping while they are out of town. It sure looks like she is enjoying the warm weather. I might get down and join her next time.

the new petaline.

WELCOME! WE’RE LIVE!

So glad you came to check out the new website!

I decided to shake things up a bit and switch out to a self-hosted website! It’s quite exciting! I also decided to keep all of my pre-2015 content on the old site (www.petalineprints.blogspot.com), so this space can really start fresh. I have big plans for the space of mine out on the interwebs, and felt that this was the best way to go. I’m keeping it simple for now while I get used to it, and I hope to add more features and hopefully its own “in-home” shop down the line a bit! Apparently (or as my tech friend who got all of this hooked up for me said)…the possibilities are endless!

So, take a look around and don’t forget to say hi!