How it all started!
One extraordinarily beautiful fall day in 1999,
my dog Mina and I were taking our usual walk in the neighbourhood.
She was exploring scents and sounds, I was admiring the seasonal
changeover while vaguely lounging in stray thoughts. We stopped
for a little mutual appreciation break and I suddenly noticed a
single leaf highlighted by a ray of sun on a shrub that I had been
walking past for years. It had amazing colourful detail, rather
feather-like, and as the sunbeam expanded to include a few others,
the cluster reflected my thoughts on family. There we all were,
mirrored in the beauty and individuality of every leaf.
Hence was born my first card, entitled "Family".
As time progressed, leaves were suggesting more
and more expressions to me, often reflecting my own thoughts.
A delicate dandelion/daisy weed suggested that I
An emaciated maple clued into my ...
While a bug-chewed foliage victim made
me ask ...
"So, what's eating you?"
It all became fun and I became dedicated.
I gave away many of these cards but
there was a flaw. After time, their colour deteriorated and the
leaves tended to crack. I wanted very much to preserve their beauty,
so I started experimenting with different ways of reproducing them.
After much trial and error, I discovered that the colour and texture
were retained best through a digital process and I am now able to
achieve an enduring first generation image from the original leaf.
Today, I make cards with messages and
others that are blank, as well as "Thank you" notes, gift
packs and enclosure cards. I am still "branching out"
into other products while also customizing:
- Corporate greeting cards
- Cards for organizations that I support, a portion
of which will go to the cause
- Wedding invitation and thank you cards.
I hope you will find a moment to ...
Enjoy looking at these cards ...
and then Branch out! and order some!
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Do something you enjoy doing; surround
yourself with people you love and respect; find the humour in things:
be goofy; laugh a lot; love a lot; keep your mind open; be adaptable;
learn, give with your heart; travel – inwards; forgive, and
be forgiven; we’re only human and mistakes are stepping stones
I could carry on about the things that
I believe in, but they come out in my cards anyway. Maybe that’s
why I enjoy doing them so much!