If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.
–Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
I didn’t even have to go as far as my backyard, I simply walked down the hall to my office/studio and saw my heart’s desire in my workspace and supply closet.
I’ve always had a thing for paper. I love a pretty piece of paper. I’ve also always had a thing for cards and letters. Email is great at getting information conveyed quickly, but it’s transient. I love a written letter or a handmade card. I love the feel in my hands as I read the words. I love that I can put a letter or card away and reread it later – maybe in a month, maybe in ten years. It will still be there.
Having been a letter writer and card sender since I was a child, I realized several years ago that I love to make cards. I’ve gone through several different styles, making cards for my own use in a totally casual manner. I love the cards I make, but I know there are processes I’m not aware of and ways to improve the quality of my cards. Two years ago, for my birthday, I bought myself a machine for cutting shapes for my cards. I’ve only recently unboxed it and I haven’t yet figured out how to use it. I also wonder if there’s a market for my cards. Perhaps others would like to purchase a personalized, handmade card.
Given my love of making cards and knowing there’s more to learn about the process as well as potentially marketing the cards, I’m dedicating my August Someday to improving my card-making skills and to researching possible markets for them.
My heart feels happy with this choice.