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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Super Snorri

The latest postcard design is Super Snorri, the fabulous superhero cat.

Super Snorri is $9.00 which includes postage from Helsinki, Finland and a personal message from me. You can buy with this PayPal button by selecting Super Snorri:

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Or, if you would like to purchase a set of BLANK Super Snorri cards to send to your friends, they are available for $7.99/pack of 8, direct from Cafe Press at this link: http://www.cafepress.com/gemdust.686410046

Friday, June 29, 2012


Spreading small pieces of happiness world-wide, contained in a handful of art.
The reward: your mailbox smiles upon you with a real treasure from Yours Truly!
Read More about the project: click here

Progress so far:
2 Owl cards (of 50)
12 Cards (total)
8 Supporters
Kiva loan: $12 ($25 needed)

Purchase Options:

For only $5, receive a hand-written random postcard purchased from a shop in Helsinki, Finland. Will include a Finnish postage stamp bought from the shop down the end of the street. Message might be about the local weather or possibly the price of socks. 

For only $8, score yourself a hand-written postcard of Owl himself. Owl will write a personal message on the back. Or more likely, he will ask his artist to do it on his behalf, since Owl doesn't have any feet and it's really hard to write with a beak.

For only $9, you get a postcard of my anime-fanatic daughter's artwork. She now has three designs available. You can see them by visiting the Blog Archive on the right. Owl will ask her to write her name on the back of your chosen design. She might end up writing her actual name, but might alternatively be whichever trendy made-up-name she is fond of this week. You can check out other samples of her work or follow her on Google+ here: +Art By Karu. Owl notes that this option is likely to be far more valuable than himself. Hrmph.

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For only $17, you receive a custom-designed, hand-written postcard of your favourite animal. It must be an actual animal, you can't just ask for a jabberwock with eleventy-bajillion sharp teeth. Note that the end result may or may not look anything like your intended animal. It will be posted on Google+ as a public thank you, where 19 000+ adoring fans can be ever-grateful for inspiring such a work of art. You will also join the Owl Hall Of Fame, which might get dragged out now and then to show the world all the wonderful people who have supported art.

More About The Project

This is a "Kickstunter" project. I have dubbed it thus because Kickstarter hates Finland. (Seriously - they'll happily accept my money, but not let me run a Kickstarter project myself.)

About the project 
The aim of this project is to spread 50 small pieces of Owly happiness worldwide by posting hand-written cards.

My owl has never sold a single one of his $100 limited-edition fine art prints (I can't imagine why!?) so he is looking to redeem himself. This project will also fund Owl's replacement, since he sure hasn't earned his keep so far and is living on borrowed time.

What's with the Owl? Actually, I was merely being silly when I created the Owl. But unexpectedly, he made quite a few people laugh and a few people smile. Since that's my favourite thing to do, here he is in all his glory. His full name is "Owl With No Feet", and that's because I didn't notice he had no feet until I went to "sign" the "artwork".

Who's the artist anyway?
My name's Elisa, and here's my profile on Google+. I'm a real person. http://goo.gl/Xza1r
I'm an Aussie-Brit who lives in Helsinki, Finland.

How is this different to a shop?
This Owl card is limited. It was going to be a Kickstarter, to fund the next "awesome artwork", so even though it's on Blogger instead, I'm keeping the essence of it and limiting this to the first 50 Owl cards sold. Once we hit that, no more Owly-cards. It'll be time for a new hero - "How Excitement!"*

*Not a typo.

Why should I?
Because you get to be a part of something fun? Or perhaps because you want to send a card to a friend? Just for a smile? And possibly cheaper than an overpriced local coffee?

Why else?
Part of this project will fund a loan with Kiva.org - that awesome place which provides low-cost loans for people all over the world. Your purchase might end up supporting a young family in keeping its kids in school!

What else should I know?
I even reduced the prices. On Kickstarter they were going to be higher. But I figured you guys are trusting me here; so I both lowered the prices AND have gone with a simpler-to-use payment method.

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