Saturday, January 15, 2011

Christmas in July, Halloween in Spring

As a business owner, timing is very important — but as a creative, it's hard to get inspiration to occur on a set schedule. Oddly enough, this time of year is when I should be thinking about fall and Christmas, so that I have time to develop ideas and create items for my retail clients and online store.

Which means that I should not be thinking of making Valentines to sell to stores at this time of year — it's too late — and yet I can't help it: Valentines are what I want to make. And being that I live with a great punster, it's always guaranteed to be a fun process. I always end up with 2 stacks on my waiting table: one of words and one of imagery, which I then sift through and edit until I come up with the perfect combinations.

My favorite from this year's Valentine card ideas is "honey bee mine". It's a sweet sentiment that avoids the traditional trappings of Valentine cards, making it appropriate for any time of year. It's available in my Etsy boutique as an individual card, or as one of six designs in my Mini Felt Valentine Card Set.

[ABOVE] The bee on this Kata Golda Valentine card is handmade from wool felt & adorned with hand-stitched accents. The message "honey bee mine" is typed on the front using a vintage typewriter. $6 with free UPS ground shipping in the continental U.S.

[ABOVE] This handmade set of Kata Golda Valentine cards includes 6 different designs and matching envelopes. $33 with free UPS Ground shipping in the continental U.S.

I hope you enjoy my new little folded cards. They are simple and tiny (3.75" tall by 2.5" wide) and bring together what I like most: soft paper, felt, drawing and stitching. Making them has resulted in a few paper cuts along the way, but a labor of love is rarely without blood, sweat or tears. Or my case: felt, thread and paper.

~ Kata Golda

Kata Golda Supports Spoon Foundation:
From now through 2/10/11, 50% of profits from all Valentine items purchased on will benefit Spoon's mission to improve the health of international orphans and adoptees. To learn more, visit

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