It's sort of amazing to think about what it's like to be a new baby. Imagine taking your first breath of air. Feeling the wind for the first time. Your first trip to the beach. Learning how to use your arms and legs; being surprised to find that if you want, they can put you in motion (first lessons in physics, as one new mama I know describes it). It stands to reason that folks like to create a little something to commemorate these teeny new people's arrival in the world. I've had the good fortune to be asked to mark the coming of two new babies recently.
The first was for a baby shower -- a guessing game about when the baby would come. Each of the banners hanging in the forest-world I dreamt up has a date, with space below for the guests to write in their names. So it's a little fun for the party, a record of who was there, and a little art to frame for the baby's wall (it was designed to go with the colors of the baby's room).
The second project is a series of three cards commissioned as thank-you notes by another new baby's parents. Here's a photo of the first sketches, which I'll refine for the final artwork. This baby was born just after the firefly season started this year, so we used that as the theme. They will also be available in my on-line shop as individual cards and card sets. They will be blank inside, so you'll be able to use them for all sorts of commemorations, or just to send a snail-mail hello to your dear friend.
Melinda Nettles, proprietor of Lean2creativeworks, an art and illustration studio still officially in Eugene, Oregon, but very soon to be located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.