Wednesday, December 8, 2010

the sale is over....

...and I send deep thanks to everyone
who ordered.

I will be making one last batch of calendars,
and continuing with the packaging up of all
the orders and sending them on their
merry way to you this week.

And it will probably be awhile before the
next I knew when I took a hiatus when
my mom came to live with us, it is a bit of a press
to take good care of her, homeschool my boy and
everything else. Tho' I am so glad I had the sale!
It is wonderful to experience again all the familiar
rhythms of making and designing. And it makes
me happy to think of my calendar companioning
so many of you throughout the year, and the
cards being sent out these Winter days with
love and hope.

By next summer, my son will be graduated from
our homeschool, the addition for my mom will be
long done, and I can imagine a new season
of homelife (not that I want to imagine the
part of it without my son here each day...I am
having to play Scarlett in that area and will
definitely think about that ages hence!)
with more time for making.

But for now, I again send my gratitude
and also my dear wishes for a lovely
month ahead for all of us!

Friday, December 3, 2010

all good things must come to an end....

....and this is just a note to let you know
that my Advent sale will be ending at midnight
on Tuesday the 7th of December.

Tho' many of the one-of-a-kinds have sold out,
the "shop" (the post just before this one)
still has some notecards, Christmas cards
and A Calendar of One's Own filling
the shelves.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

a little advent sale

Welcome to the first little sale at my blog!
Below you will find all the offerings that I have
at this time, with the quantity I have of each
(except the calendar, until I run out of paper,
I will gladly make as many of these as you
would like).

After you browse through the offerings,
please send me an email at:

with your wishes.

I will be here, receiving the emails, adjusting
inventory, keeping the kettle on the boil for
restorative cups of tea and coffee...and just
generally feeling grateful and happy to be a
tiny part of your hopeful Advent days.

I would appreciate it if in your email you let me
know how quickly you would like to receive your
package of lovelies. The packaging up of orders will
be done during my mom's naptimes and bedtimes,
so time is limited and I would like to get out the
orders first that need to be somewhere soon
for gifting.

And for those who might be new to my wares,
please know that everything is made with 100%
recycled or tree-free papers, vintage ribbon, and
earth-friendly packaging. Also, I have reduced
most of my prices...just because.


My most popular set of notecards.
One each of six designs (with matching
envelopes) in a pretty
envelope package


I noticed that on my laptop, these photos look like
the cards actually do. While on my studio computer,
they look overly bright. Rest assured, the cards in
reality are warm and softly colored.

many in stock!


Just four designs for this took
so long to adapt each one to the new printer
that I couldn't conceive of doing all 10.

I chose those which speak of
Peace & Light.

These come in bundles of a dozen (with matching
envelopes). You may order bundles of all one kind, or
the assortment. Each bundle has a pretty wrapper
with a wax seal. These are made of french-folded
laid paper-creamy white.


Blessing of Light
(blank inside)

Sparkling Peace
(it says "Peace" inside)

Starry Hen
(blank inside)

Lanterns Glowing
("Merry Christmas" inside)

Peace & Light
(assortment of 3 each of the 4 designs)


"Comfort & Joy"

I designed this last year, but was unable to offer
it because of many printer problems. Those are
happily solved and I have changed all of the dates
for now you may have the lovely
words and images to see you through the year

In case you are new to my yearly calendar,
it is bound like a book with vintage cream
silk ribbon, two page spreads for each month
with large squares and images in soft colors
on a flecked thick paper. 8 1/2" x 11" when closed.
The front section is the calendar pages for
each month, the back is 24 blank pages
with occasional pretty images scattered
here and there.


I should have enough paper to make as many
calendars as you wish...tho' after the first 36 or
so, the covers will be printed on a soft brown
cardstock, instead of the cream.

Monday, November 29, 2010

very nearly there!

I am happy to say I have many lovely stacks of
Books and Readers notecard sets, many bundles of
four of my "Christmas" card designs (and an
assortment-for the first time ever) and by the
time the sale begins on Wednesday, I will have
many a calendar printed and assembled.

Tomorrow I will take photographs
and begin to print the calendar (this will take
many days) and the sale will begin Wednesday
afternoon at 3pm. I think the first of December
is a lovely day to begin. Don't you?

In addition to the notecards, holiday cards
and calendar...I have unearthed a few odds
and ends that I will also put up-some notebooks
and one last rare box of A Token of My Esteem.
It has been a few years since I offered the set
in a box-I found it wrapped in brown paper in
my show bins...from the days of abundance when
I thought nothing of using it as a prop in my
booth! And a few other finds.

It has been really satisfying to make things
again, and play with designs....but it has been
a challenge, too. Especially at this time of year.
But it has worked well enough that I plan
to continue to use up all the papers and
cardstock I have over the months to come,
whenever inspiration there will be
other little sales in the future.

I am a bit concerned about this working
smoothly (the rummage sale this early Spring
was intense!)...but I know my delightful customers
will understand that everything is rather limited...
for this go-round anyway. It will have to
be first-come, first served and if everyone orders
in moderation, there should be joy all around. And
since I have lots of calendar paper, and if you are
getting the calendar for yourself and can wait a
little bit to receive it (for I will try to get out
gift orders and Christmas cards first), I am
willing to make as many calendars as I
receive orders for.

So, I shall post again on Wednesday at 3ish
(eastern time)...hoping that moms take naps at
the usual time and everything else falls into

Please write if you have any questions.

P.S. And, again, in case you missed my previous
post, we are keeping this simple and you will be
able to order from this blog by sending me an
email with your wishes, I will keep track of
inventory on this end and after the sale I will
contact you via email with totals + shipping.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

so far, so good

So good to have received all of the
warm comments and emails in response
to my last post... good to have had an entire day
on my own to organize my new studio-and to
actually accomplish it... good to find out that my printer
works beautifully with my old designs...

...and so good to stand outside the door,
early the next morning looking in through
the glass, and pausing just a moment before
turning the knob to go in...

(and then racing back to the kitchen to get my
camera...pretty leaves! happy moment! drat those
menfolk of mine with their messy spray-painted
circles on what is now my threshold!)

Well it looks as tho' I will, indeed, be
able to make some calendars, some holiday
missives and I want to make some notecard sets,
as well. The Books and Readers set, for sure,
perhaps another. It will take some time, because
tho' the printer prints well, all the colors are off.
So, lots of refinements to make in the
days ahead.

I would like to keep it simple, simple...need
to, in fact. So when I am close to having a goodly
amount of things to offer, I will make an
announcement here with all the details. I will post
the quantity I have available, keep track of sales as
they go along, and take down the various offerings
when there are no more. And since I can't accept
credit cards any more, we can do the things the
old-fashioned way with checks
and envelopes and stamps.

How does that sound?

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

getting there....

...tho' where "there" is, I can't say.
My aim is to make my room as beautiful
and useful as I am able and then patiently
wait and see if it will be mostly my creative
retreat or if I will offer Small Meadow
Press-ish things from within its
bright walls.

But my old studio is now all moved into my
new studio, tho' little more than the actual
transporting of the books, furniture, suitcases,
and bits and bobs has been accomplished thus far.
I am so looking forward to Tuesday when I will
have a day free of other responsibilities and will
spend it sorting out my lovely new space.
Can you see the possibilities?

On Tuesday, in between all the sorting,
I am planning on experimenting with the printer
I bought after my trusty one died just at the end of
the Christmas season last year. That was such a
stressful time, when I couldn't fulfill all the
calendar orders and other creations as both of
my printers gave up at the same time. I have gladly
stayed away from the printer since then, except
for necessary household/ home-learning tasks.....
but I am ready to give it a go again.

Should the experimenting be successful, I want to
make as many calendars as I have paper. I would also
like to make alot of my Christmas and Holiday card
bundles....tho' I wonder if it would be too late for
most people if they weren't available until early

I would appreciate your thoughts on that
and what else you might like-if I do find the time
and have a cooperative printer!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

a room of ones' own

Six months ago I closed my business and pretty much closed the door on my studio for quite awhile as I took care of other things. Four months ago we had the architect's plans for my mom's new "wing" (as we like to call it!) with the hallway to it carved out my studio. So, a smaller studio, but the same dear room and view over the western fields. One month ago, those plans had changed my studio into my mom's new bedroom and I was trying to bravely accept that it would be back to a table in our bedroom (where the paper Bower started some thirteen years ago).

Thank goodness my clever and caring husband came up with the new idea (because it was rather hard to be that brave) of a little studio in part of the garage. We are still working on the design, but it will have the high southern windows that are already there, and new french doors opening onto the gravel driveway and the bank of forsythia bushes and the eastern sky. I am already picturing the potted bay tree that I have always longed for outside it's doors....and I will be right down at ground level as I have longed to be since I first clapped eyes on old English cottages...and I will have a long, thin, funky studio-just down the stairs from my bedroom. So...a room of my own again. I am grateful.

Before all of this building drama started (I am sparing you most of the drama), I had pretty much settled on offering a calendar every year as a certainty....perhaps the planner (that was so close to fruition), as well. But that was as far as I was able to see. Since then, I have thought many different things....from giving up entirely to offering online versions of things to just handmade one-of-a-kind creations (which is calling to my heart the most). Truth be told, tho', it is still hard to find any time in the day to spend in whatever studio I might have.

Even now, I don't know when I will have my new space and I can't seem to settle into the old space as I know I will soon be disassembling it. All this to say...the direction Small Meadow Press will take is uncertain. When my new studio has become a reality, I will see if there is time left in the year and time to be found in my days to bring the calendar into being for the New Year. I would like that so much.

All I know for certain is that I am looking forward to having a room of my own again in the future...I need it more than ever. And in the meantime, we can keep "meeting" in the little rooms I have created here and there in this webby world. Thank you for keeping in touch.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

welcome! have arrived on the doorstep of the new
little home I have created for Small Meadow Press.
Since I am not quite sure what the future holds for
me in the way of creating lovely things out of paper
and ink, the old website was more than I needed to
keep and maintain. And tho' this space is a bit bare
at the moment, it has all the rooms and furniture I
need to share news, offer things for sale now and
then and just be a pleasant place for my dreams to
reside while I am still settling in to the newest
season of my life.

I wish that I could give you an inkling of the
direction I hope to take with Small Meadow Press
in the months to come, but at this particular
moment it is all up in the air. We are still trying
to figure out if I will be able to keep my studio, as
we look at ways to make my mother's life more
comfortable here. I have high hopes...but it is a
challenge to make all of the pieces fit sometimes...
and sometimes it is impossible. I will know soon
and will post the news here when I do.

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