My mother passed away when I was young and my sister and I always fantasized that Diane Keaton would be our stepmom. I’m not sure how it started. I think maybe because we loved the movie Baby Boom growing up. Whatever reason it was, it stuck. It has been our long running joke- if only Diane was here. Any future stepmother of ours was going to have a lot to live up to.
My dad remarried a couple of years ago and I am happy to say that the lovely lady he picked is even better than our idealized version of Mama Keaton. She is sweet, warm, funny and one of the most down to earth people I know. Her birthday just passed, so I wanted to make her something special. She is a note sender – immediate thank yous, just to say hi, etc. (a habit I need to pick up) so I decided to make her stationery.
I first found this pretty paper at Paper Source to make the envelope liners and designed the note cards around it. Paper Source is awesome and luckily they just opened one close to me in Brooklyn. I used correction tape (I love using office supplies in my crafts) to paint straight and even stripes. Then I set out to find a letter L stamp that I could use to personalize the cards. I found a few I liked, but they weren’t exactly what I wanted. Most of them were too big. But then I remembered seeing these adorable stamps made out of wine corks that would be the perfect size.
My first attempt at the stamp was a failure. I forgot the the letter should be backwards. Not such a bad mistake to make when it gives you an excuse to open another bottle of wine! I drew the letter on the cork and then used my exacto knife to cut around it. The cork is actually pretty easy to carve. Now I have an evergrowing collection of corks for future stamps, which has become a sad reminder of how much wine we actually drink!
She loved the note cards. Happy belated birthday, L. Diane has got nothing on you! xx