Tuesday, November 29, 2011

From the desk drawer: Tiny Stories

Hi! Happy Tuesday!

I was clearing out my desk drawer the other day because I got a new desk and needed to make the swap, and I didn't have time to go through the mass of stuff in that drawer so I plopped it all in a box to go over one day while watching Cranford which I've finally bought off itunes but have not yet had the leisure to watch. But a few things in there caught my eye and made me think: must put on blog!

Here are some. From the archives of Laini's Ladies* that never were, a couple of Tiny Stories. I did these back in '06. Had such fun. Love them. Hope you like. More will soon follow. Cheers!







*Laini's Ladies: if you've never heard me talk about this and don't know what they are, for the past five years, until just the last few months, I created a licensed gift product line called Laini's Ladies. They were primarily ornaments and greeting cards, with other fun things thrown in, candles and notepads, stuff like that. The line has been retired now; all Laini's Ladies in the world have become "collectible" :-)  It was a hugely important phase in my creative life, the shift from making art by hand to having it made and sold in mass. It enabled me to write nearly full time and finish my first novel. Not to mention that it was fun and fulfilling in its own right. At its peak, we were sold in some 5000 stores across the country and in a smattering of other countries. The above line, the Tiny Stories, were never produced. You may guess by the roundness, I envisioned these as dessert plates. I wish they were. I would love to have these plates!


18 comments:

tone almhjell said...

Oh, I would, too! I'm so happy I have three of the big ones here, one for me, one for Magnus and one for the cats. Did I ever tell you I found some in a gift shop here in Norway? They got around, those ladies.

--jenna said...

Well, by all means, have them made into plates! Surely there's some internet company that will do personalized plate printing...those tiny stories are too charming. Especially the wedding crashing ghosts. :)

Gondal-girl said...

They are gorgeous. My nieces still have them hanging on their walls - beautiful with inspiring quotes - that will seep through to them as they grow. Love the tiny stories - (I see children's books in them Laini)

cindy baldwin said...

De-lurking here for a moment to say - you could probably get them made into a set of plates for yourself, if you liked! There are all sorts of plate-making kits available pretty cheaply...

nameless wonder said...

Aw I would've loved to decorate my home with Laini's Ladies now that I finally have my own place! That's too bad, but I bet a fan would be willing to make some plates for you (hint: not me! I haven't the foggiest how to do that hehe).

Lyra said...

These tiny stories are just so lovely. One of the neatest things about you is the search for creativity in all aspects. I come to your blog never knowing what to expect but it always, always is a bright little moment in my day...all the pretty.
It makes me want to do more, be more, and for that I thank you.
I had to show my husband your post with the color-coded bookshelves against the white. His response? How the hell would a writer ever find what she's looking for??
Ha!

eleanorcalledella said...

How perfectly lovely!

Amber said...

These are so sweet! I love.
You were very busy with book stuff at the time, but did you ever see the pictures I posted of Georgia's room, and your Ladies prints? I used them as the idea, and now it is full of painted wall trees and butterfly wings all over. Love it!

:)

Love, Chelsea said...

Oh my, how I do want those!

Anonymous said...

I see these at Anthropologie, and I see them under a large slice of dobage cake!

anne said...

have them made, just for your self! They are awesome -- the wedding one would make a great cake plate for... a wedding :)

Evie said...

Love the tiny stories! So cute.

Nina said...

Love! Truly magical. =)

Lauren said...

Oh, how I LOVE these! Simply delicious...

Chachic said...

These are gorgeous! I feel kind of bad that I don't have any Laini's Ladies item.

Deb said...

Yes! Why wouldn't someone be able to make them (and others if you have them) into special plates for you? And, why did you stop selling your products!? Now more than ever it seems these little treasures would be perfect. I think they're wonderful...want them so much. I'm wonder what else is ferreted away in other drawers in Lani's house! :] Beautiful work! Keep it Light, Lani, it's your best work. xxoo

Natalie Duffy said...

They are so lovely. Just discovered you via Daughter of Smoke & Bone, beautiful book and the above are a little ray of sunshine in a very grey UK day!

Kate said...

Beautiful, so fun! Love them! :)

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