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Not-So-Shrinking Violet

Calligraphy Mailings Stamps Thesis

IMG_1617 (1)With the exception of a handful of late orders and complimentary mailings, my thesis project is DONE.  Done!  This is extremely hard to believe -- it's been in the works now for an entire year and counting, and it's amazing to me both how much work this was to complete and that I've arrived at the end of it.  In the usual fashion, my brain has been eager to get to a long list of jobs that are not thesis related, but my body has been insisting otherwise, so I've been taking a bit of a breather, which I have been desperately grateful for.  I'm coming off of a glorious weekend that involved a long list of luxuries -- an 80 degree day bursting with sunshine, antique shopping, a stamp show, iced coffee, a trip to Target, a new pair of specs on order, and a family movie night complete with homemade popcorn and chocolate ice cream -- as well as a long list of chores that I feel elated to have done, namely four loads of laundry, a balanced checkbook, paid bills, a clean office, an organized stamp collection, and a freshly vacuumed house.  I am breathing a big sigh of relief. IMG_1595 (1)IMG_1570 (1)This round of my thesis project was particularly challenging, which is a story for another post, or for a few other posts, really, since the difficulty came both from the printing process and reasons entirely extraneous to the process.  I have a lot of catching up to do around here!  I'll tell you all about it in time.  For now:  images of the last round of envelopes. IMG_1614 (1)I wanted to use silver for the names, but they weren't popping forward enough off of the brown background, so I ended up starting with brushstrokes of sumi ink.  And I just can't get over how saturated and mesmerizing the color is on vintage stamps.  I'm so giddy about the collection I have amassed -- as a matter of fact, it was exactly one year ago this past weekend that I purchased my first few sheets of stamps.  And now I have a two inch binder full of gorgeous stamps of every color.  Now that's what I call progress! IMG_1618 (1)Thank you so very much to everyone for your support -- and patience! -- as I have worked on this project.  My heart has been flooded time and again over the course of this year by the kindnesses of friends and acquaintances, which has made worthwhile every late night, every early morning, every printing frustration, every doubt, every worry, every everything.  I am beyond grateful.  Thank you!

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  • Karyl Smith on

    Beautifully done, Laura! We are so proud of you – and actually, I am very impressed with your productivity in the aftermath of all the work you have done! Simple, everyday chores can be surprisingly fulfilling after a big challenge – the popcorn and chocolate ice cream sounds like much fun as well! I was also impressed that you are ridding yourself of some magazines – getting into the ‘preparation for moving’ mode? Congratulations!!!
    Love, Mom

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