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un-cute anagram baby card

Edit: Here's a business proposition! If anyone wants a personalised anagram painted card like this one, I'll hand paint it for you for UK£100. You can choose the hair/skin colour, gender, eyeglasses or no, and pick up to ten of your favourite anagrams of the name. Makes a nice baby gift or a gift for yourself.
Buy soon, while the offer lasts!

I think I'm getting a bit too carried away with this anagram website. My friends just had a new baby and I'd been bored at the idea of doing a card with a fluffy teddy on the front or something, and then I got into the anagram thing. Fortunately my friends are not the kind of people whom I think will mind their baby's name being rearranged into 'barren jubilee wino' or 'injure a Bible owner'. I thought 'a wee junior nibbler' was kind of cute and fitting, though.

I just wrote a review for Write Away of The Book Book by Sophie Benini Pietromarchi. It's a lovely little guide to making artist books and scrapbooks. I've only recently heard of the publisher, Tara Publishing, who are based in India and putting out some interesting stuff. I reviewed another book they published, That's How I See Things, which I didn't entirely love, but got me excited thinking about the possibility of more illustrators coming out of this part of the world. About four years ago, I illustrated a book set in the lowlands of Nepal, and I didn't have much reference material for the landscape. But I did find some amazing artwork online by local artists at the Janakpur Women's Development Center, which I was able to tie into the book, and which continues to fascinate me. I wrote to the center once, asking if they did workshops or allowed visitors to stay and study with the painters for awhile, but I never heard back from them. It seemed like a cool focus to a trip to Nepal. I ran into their work again at a festival this summer, a vendor selling hand painted mirrors from the centre, but the work wasn't half as good as the stuff I'd seen earlier. I wish I could see more of their paintings.


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Jan. 11th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
oh man I am loving the idea of anagram illustrations! I think I might try a few of my own inspired by you and Lucy! Clearly my name is asking for it since it can form Avatar, Lavatory, Amoral, Lava, and Mayoral.

Lavatory! AHahahah
Jan. 11th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
It's just too much fun, isn't it! :-D
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Injure a bible owner :)
You're a genius, SM! What a GREAT card.
Jan. 11th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: Injure a bible owner :)
Aw, thanks! It's so funny, getting up in the morning just in time to get a comment from Seattle at night... I still never get used to that! :-D
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
That is a great idea for a baby card. My anagrams, very unfortunately, include an alarming number with the word 'n*gger" :-|
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
ah dear, that's so unfortunate! 'Wiener Gang' is kind of funny, though.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
We are the toughest gang in the neighbourhood, I'll have you know!
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
I'll bet! Beat 'em with bratwurst, is what I say.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
Bratwurst... our only fear. I shouldn't have forgotten to put in my middle name (Cameron). So now I have the delights of 'Carnage Weeing Morn'.

I really must get on with some work...
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
I don't know... Danish salami can also pack quite a punch! Stuart found that out one day when I made him a sandwich with it and didn't remember we'd bought it a very long time ago. (Or, I should say, he found it out that night.)
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Injure a Bible owner?! I like that more than I probably should! :D
You are indeed a genius! Okay, I've tried to resist but I can't hold back from checking this anagram site any longer.
Was "The Book Book" that one you brought along on Sunday? It looked great! Could I get a longer peek when you've finished (maybe I should return some of your other books first! :D)
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
Sure, you're welcome to borrow it. :-) I still have your 'Aya in Africa'.
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