Squeals! Look at what was in my mailbox:
Neither my hubby nor I checked our mailbox Thursday, so this bit of awesomeness was retrieved Friday morning as I was heading out to work. Why the squeals? My friend Cy and I “discovered” Tiare Smith Designs moments apart. I actually shared her Etsy link with Cy when I saw some AKA sorority-inspired art. As usual, I was multitasking while shopping, so the “Tia Collection,” one of the sets of postcards I placed in my cart, sold out before I could place the order. I lamented missing out on Tia, but who didn’t miss out? And who sent me this postcard? Cy!
Pause for the “happy mail” dance.
According to her creator, “Tia is here to bring light and love into the world. She has many stories to share.” Besides her “purpleness,” I love the innocence, sweetness, and light Tia projects. She makes me want to skip through a field of flowers with nary a care in the world.
I initially went to Tiare’s shop to purchase a birthday gift for myself–a print the artist posted in “Black Women Who Plan and Create,” a community of black women planners, crafters, and artists on Facebook and Instagram.
This print captured everything I was feeling in the few days after my birthday. Focused. Determined. Fearless.
There was so much eye candy in the shop that I couldn’t resist purchasing other prints. Besides, I had gift cards to spend. 🙂 I purchased a total of 16 postcards, and Tiare included four extras, including three abstract still life prints and a multi-paneled print with tips for including it in planner layouts. Here’s a peek at the order:
Tiare is a mixed media artist and instructor who obviously has fun with her work, but she also takes her work and her customers seriously. She has great customer service–ships quickly, responds to questions, and customizes orders. If you want to see more of Tiare’s art, check her out at Tiare Smith Designs or at her Etsy Shop. She’s also on Instagram and Twitter as @iamclassygirl and on Facebook: Tiare Smith Designs.
It’s always a treat to find a random postcard from Cy in my mailbox, partly because the writing side is always handled with simplicity and elegance. Her message included a quote sticker: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” A “truth” to live by! 😉
Thank you, Cy, for always having my “postcard” back.