Every year, my son and I reread the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the book, ”Little Town on the Prairie”, there’s a part about Laura and her friends getting calling cards, aka name cards.
A local printer printed their name on a card and then the girls exchanged them. (Here’s an interesting article I read about it, if you’d like to learn the history: http://www.pioneergirl.com/blog/archives/14108 )
Of course, these days cards have more than just a name on them. Most have a website, email, and a phone number, too.
Before my last craft show, I started a search for the perfect card, one that was sort of vintage, expressed art creativity, was pretty, and was something I could hand out at my booth if anyone asked.
The first company I ordered from never even sent them! So, I started looking on Etsy. You guys, I found the most amazing shop! It’s out of Hawaii and it has absolutely beautiful stuff.
When I placed my order I was SO nervous! I wanted my cards to say ‘artist’, but I’ve never had artist under my name!!!!
I ordered them! Within like 20 minutes, the seller messaged me the proof. There it was!!! My name, then artist! I was beyond excited.
My poor friends, I shared that picture with everybody. Ha Ha.
Although they are typically called business cards these days, I don’t technically have a business. But, I wanted a way for local people to be able to get ahold of me if they had a request between shows.
I could not be more pleased with these cards! I asked the shop owner if I could share a link here in case anyone wants to see her amazing work. It’s gorgeous stuff. And, she sells other printed items as well. It’s:
Even if you don’t buy anything, maybe just look to look. My favorites are the art deco styles. Fun and classy.
Here is the card I chose. Isn’t it pretty? I love her flower dress and the bird.
For the craft show, I wanted to get something to put my cards in. I found this card holder on eBay. It was used (decent price), the perfect color, and looked so nice on my table at the show.
In the book, Laura was so excited to be able to order and receive her name cards. I can only imagine how thrilling that was back in the 1800’s.
Because, to be honest, it’s a pretty big excitement to get some now!