the nose knows

January 24, 2007

In the past few years, I have learned a very important lesson: I don’t know much. Every time I think I know what’s best for me, especially the times when I make grand declarations as to what those things are, I am humbled by the beautiful and unexpected reality.

When I decided it was time to quit the Internet and return to print, an artist I admired asked me to help redesign her web site. When I concluded I should be single a good, long while, Rama walked into my life. When I stopped believing in my little childhood dream, a successful stationer wrote to me, asking if I had ever considered designing cards. And now, this: I had just started to get overwhelmed by making and selling my darling little printed goods when I got word that a card of mine was going to be featured in Mary Engelebreit Home Companion magazine. This was especially amazing because Mary Englebreit was an art hero of mine growing up.

It’s almost as if I have to make a wild and false declaration for something really good to happen.

Or maybe I have to trust the voice inside me that whispers my wishes and dares to make them true.

All I know for sure is I’m so lucky that in spite of my poor judgement and silly insecurities that I am continually proven wrong.


  1. Wendi says:

    No one deserves it more than you!


  2. penelope says:

    Hooray for being proved wrong! You are a rock star! Miss Engelebreit made a good choice in featuring you. :)

  3. Ky says:

    remember the episode of seinfeld in which george does everything OPPOSITE of what he wants?? hehe life is wonderful at throwing curve balls, we just have to be willing to catch them =)
    congratulations on the home companion – how exciting!

  4. lisa s says:

    this is really hitting home for me right now…

    can’t dream of it happening to a more deserving gal… xo

  5. pixie says:

    i like what ky said. there seems to be a bit of permission occuring when we declare a rigid law to ourselves-that if the opposite is meant to be, fine, but in the meantime, we’re moving on…
    that letting go of expectations in order to make room for goodies to come in!
    i’m always inspired by you, nutmeg…

    xoxo p

  6. becky says:

    I am so happy for you Christine – and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that magazine! Safe travels to you and I’ll see you soon…

  7. Swirly says:

    Isn’t is great to know you have no control? I find the more I embrace this truth, the easier things become believe it or not.

  8. Katrina says:

    I second what Pixie said…the letting go of expectations is what allows us to make room for the goodies. BIG congrats on this.

  9. Fran says:

    This is great news! Congratulations!

  10. Elli says:

    Almost makes me want to sit here thinking as hard as I can, “I really shouldn’t spend my days eating bon bons and watching I Love Lucy reruns…”

  11. Linda Woods says:

    Congratulations! That is FANTASTIC news!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on your success! Your hard work has certainly paid off, and I hope much more goodness comes your way in the future.

  13. amanda says:

    its strangely humbling and flattering at the same time when something like this happens.

    Your work is delightful.You deserve it!

  14. andrea says:

    congratulations! so very happy for you. my mom gives me a subscription to home companion every year and I love it. what a cool thing it will be to open it up and see your fantastic work featured…! xo

  15. michele says:

    congrats to you… you prove that dreams do come true.


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