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Andre Jordan’s “about me” page on his website, A Beautiful Revolution, gives a–shall we say–colorful description of the artist: “After working for years in dead end jobs, Andre Jordan began wondering if there was a point to anything. When his therapist encouraged him to express himself, Andre turned to art and began drawing and posting his minimalist, unexpectedly hilarious comedic pen and ink sketches on his blog…”

Depressed people usually don’t get enough credit for their sense of humor, but this guy’s got it in spades. His website is hugely successful, many of his illustrations were collected and turned into a graphic memoir, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, and he fell in love and got married, relocating to Lincoln, Nebraska from England.

Probably my favorite section on his website is “Ordinary Love Stories,” a collection of short and tragic love tales, each beginning with the line, “I have fallen head-over-heels in love with a [little Pakistani lady/supermarket girl/socially awkward beauty called Beverly/etc.].” None of the stories end well–usually, they end with the narrator sobbing and sobbing and sobbing…

If you’ve ever had your heart broken, desperately pined after someone who didn’t even know you existed, f**ked up a perfectly good relationship with your own insecurities and stupidity, had the urge to punch your partner (or your ex-partner’s NEW partner) in the face, or lay around in your own misery and filth for days,weeks, or months after being left by a lover—Andre captures all of these experiences in his doodles. Some of them are poignant, others wonderfully absurd, and a couple are so painful you just have to chuckle, or else you might end up sobbing and sobbing and sobbing…

A few more of my favorites:

oh i miss her so

oh i miss her so

love sign

love sign

i love you

i love you

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I’m a terrible procrastinator. I wait til the last minute to do just about everything, especially when it comes to mailing stuff. I’ve been known to waste spend a fair amount of money overnighting packages that I could have sent off for much cheaper had I just gotten my act together in a timely fashion.

This impending Mother’s Day is no different. I slacked on Mama’s birthday back in January, so I have to be sure to make it up to her with a great M Day gift. This is probably the single time of year when I wish we lived in the same city, if for no other reason than to save on postage. I kid, I kid…

Mama loves homemade gifts, so I’m making her another volume of the infamous “Mommy Mix”–a tradition I unwittingly started several years ago when I made her first mix CD (another last minute “gift,” undoubtedly). She DEMANDS them every year. I’m also making her a little set of personalized stationary, employing my recently acquired (and still somewhat questionable) stamp making skills. And of course, there will be a card…

For the other well-meaning procrastinators out there, artist and designer Christa Baca is sharing a lovely, FREE card download on her website in celebration of mamas everywhere. Share the love.

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I feel kind of like an a-hole when taking part in any form of self promotion, but…umm…that’s kind of what a blog is, right? Like, I expect (or flat out hope) that people are out there reading what I’m writing, so why not just run with it, eh?

Around Christmas 2008, I started making these greeting cards to stack up and give as gifts to my most beloved, slightly askew friends. (Call me cheap if you will.) When someone mentioned that I might actually try and *sell* the things, I laughed it off. I mean, they look like they were created by a demented four-year-old with sub-par drawing skills. But apparently, such a thing has its draw.

There’s nothing I enjoy quite as much as amusing myself in the privacy of my own home while my fat chihuahua looks on with an expression of mild concern. “Greetings, Cards!” helps me scratch such an itch.