November 2014 | The Yellow Spectacles

The Holiday Cards That Got Lost In The Mail

November 25, 2014

Holiday cards are just as fun to receive as they are to send via snail mail. With everything now being virtual and "online only" it is nice to actually, "like" something that you can hold. This is why I propose that you send at least one holiday card this year.

Break out the gold gel pen, stickers, stamps and write a heartfelt wish to a friend or family member--this gesture will make the holidays feel like the holidays.

Big wig card companies have made a killer living on selling greeting cards and envelopes to consumers --now smaller artists and online card personalizing companies( Minted, Shutterfly, Simply Jessica Marie, etc.) are taking over the creative market making personalizing cards, notes, and warm hellos a major trendy factor. These two fellas below were ahead of the curve before creating a cool yule was even well, cool.

Meet Vern Dufford--former Master Artist and Graphic Designer at Hallmark Cards along with Tom Wallon, Paper Engineer.

In this post, Dufford recalls his most memorable Christmas Card & Gift-Wrap Collection that never made it into the big H's retail display, A Razzle Dazzle Christmas. You can say, that these babies were lost in mail...until now.

Together, Dufford and Wallon created a dazzling red, black, and silver winter wonderland card collection. Dufford was the illustrator behind the fountain pen while Wallon executed his creative sketches with his card craftsmanship.

The collection that never made it to retail sales--maybe it was too glamorous for the retail customer or just to big to execute-- was a visual spectacle of wonder lust. Cards folded out to reveal reflective 3-D snowflakes and 3-D snowmen illuminated the holiday showcases.  The fierce red and black backgrounds of the handmade cards were softened by whimsical white silhouettes of deer, snowmen, snowflakes, and doves.

Take a peek at what Christmas inspired to make your own holiday merry. Send a card. Send some Christmas Cheer.


A D.I.Y. Kind of Girl: Megi D

November 5, 2014

Meet Megi. She is the creator of the Blogger based blog, DIYs by Megi D.  The blog was started March of 2013.

Meg is a natural Do-It-Yourself type of girl. She is only 16--still in high school.
Outside of school, friends, and extracurricular activities, Megi updates and maintains her blog from her Cali based home.

Naturally, all bloggers have a theme and a burning flame behind their online posts and writings--yeah, Megi does too.

"[The blog] is named for what I want it to be for people; a destination for those who want inspiration and instructions for fun crafts, fashion, beauty/reviews, and recipes from me, Megi D!"

Certainly, the DIY element to Megi's blog is present, but you'll also find a lot of styling and beauty tips from her too-Megi loves fashion and sketches/creates designs her her spare time.

" I have always wanted to be a fashion designer..." Megi says, continues her though, saying, "With my machine I have sewed bags, and right now I am working on a midi-tulle skirt (which is the first clothing piece I have attempted to make.)"

Perhaps, where Megi succeeds the most pertaining to blogging is the styling and effort she puts into her pictures--which are all taken by her.

You can tell she puts creative thought after thought into each photo shoot--even clipping pink earrings to tree limbs for a artistic effect feature in her Homecoming post.

The pictures are mounted on a giggly pink blog backdrop highlighting the young, fresh spirited approach that Megi puts into her blog.

Megi, a truly creative person gathers inspiration from everywhere to everyone. She says,

"I enjoy reusing items to make something new."

Meg still has plenty of time to see if she'll turn her blog into a career after high school, but she does have some backup options.

For one, Megi wants to be a flight attendant traveling the world, What's her first destination? Spain, Si! 

"I have been taking Spanish for four years, and I think going to Spain would be a really great opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture there."

One thing is for certain, Megi has the time to execute all these plans. Let's just stay up-to-date with her and her blog to see how it all plays out. Ciao!

You can keep up with Meg on her Instagram account


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