Isn’t it great to come home after a long day and find a beautiful handwritten note of encouragement or thanks in your mailbox? It’s amazing what a simple letter can do for a friend or family member. This is exactly what Granny Abell Cards captures in her business, the personal side of letter writing. Her unique cards present an opportunity to make someone’s day with a special note. We’re happy to carry her products at Collectiv and to have her share with us on the blog today!
1) What makes your company unique?
My goal creating Granny Abell Cards was to encourage people to take a personal moment to stay connected with loved ones by writing a handwritten letter
2) How did you start making?
During college, my friends and I were penpals and would experiment with different papers, mediums, and styles. My grandmother gave me an embroidery book, 2001 Cross Stitch Designs by Carol Field Dahistrom and my mother gave me a 1968 Elna Lotus sewing machine. So I decided to combine embroidery, sewing, and postcards together. There was a lot of trial and error when I experimented with acrylic paint and watercolor, packaging paper was too thin, and I noticed grocery bags had a good consistent thickness. Voila!
Through the years, my grocery bag collection has grown from my own shopping to my friends, family, and neighbors making their contributions. When receiving donations, I feel a great sense of community supporting my work.
3) What inspires you as a maker?
The shop is very botanic and landscape inspired because I really enjoy, love, and admire plants and their natural surroundings. I use embroidery, calligraphy, watercolor, and sketching to explore my creativity within a 4”x6” frame.
4) What are two things you'd like customers to know about you?
-I’m a huge plant nerd and I study plants by hiking local forest preserves, visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden, and practicing apartment gardening with 25+ plant babies.
- When I’m not gardening or crafting, I’m out at the comic shop, trying a new brewery, or hanging out with my rabbit, Marty.
5) What's a new project you're excited about?
I’m starting to add new items including custom order pieces, home decor, and pocket books. The home decor section was inspired by clients not wanting to send their cards. With home decor, they are able to keep a framed piece in their home for years to come. The pocket books are inspired by my own list making and I hope people enjoy the small books you can keep in your purse/pocket for groceries.
I’m super excited to add the section expansions and can’t wait to share!
6) What's on your playlist as you're creating?
I listen to a LOT of podcasts including comedy (Bill Burr and Anna Farris), true crime (MFM, True Crime Garage), science (Radiolab and Science Friday), and interviews (id10t, Girlboss, and unladylike) most of which is inspiring for the growth of my business. But if I’m not listening to podcasts, snuggling on the couch and binge watching is super relaxing.
7) Let's keep it local, what Chicago restaurant do you think everyone must try?
I recently tried Three Legged Tacos as a pop up shop at Alarmist Brewery, both of which you should try. Three Legged Tacos does popups, catering, and has a food truck featuring the tastiest of flavored tacos. And I can’t even tell you how much I love Alarmist Brewing & Taproom. Their flavors are perfected and there is always something new to try, Big Muff and Pantless are my faves.
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