Making An Impression (+ Giveaway!!!)
Do you remember, back in high school, the “cool girls”? You know, the ones that had the on-trend clothes (Doc Martens and flannel, in my case), the ideal haircut (died black, in the style of Siouxsie & the Banshees, of course), and rocked out to the best music in their cars as they drove out of the parking lot after the final bell (anything grunge or industrial back in my day, coolest of all if no one had yet heard of the band).
There was Alana and Juila my freshman year, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Lydia was too cool for school my sophomore year in Swannanoa, N.C.. Finally, Chandra and Shelly were the cool girls come junior year in Morehead City, N.C.. I was always looking up to these girls, and others, wondering how they managed to pull things off so expertly, and if I’d ever manage to do the same.
It’s safe to say that I’ve mostly outgrown finding people “cool.” Occasionally, though, I’ll meet a woman I find so intriguing, so inspiring, and so captivating that I get cool girl goosebumps. You know what I’m talking about. Such is the case with my friend Jess, floral designer, mama, cook, huntress, and all-around righteous lady that she is. My girl Amanda has also totally got it going on. And then there’s Geninne.
I’m not sure how I came across artist Geninne Zlatkis’s blog, but it was like finding a cool girl all over again. The photos, the house, the drawings-all of it was just perfect. While not my particular aesthetic, per se (she’s considerably more minimal than I am), her overall look is so well curated, and so tasteful, and so evocative of easy, natural elegance that I was hooked from first view.
Lucky for us all, Geninne has gone on to publish her very first book, full of her brilliant work. Making An Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps is both a feast for the eyes and an expertly crafted tutorial on crafting your own hand-carved stamps. I was so excited about this book that I asked Lark, the publisher, if I could keep the review copy they provided for myself, and then greedily asked for another to give away.
And so, I’m here today with a fantastic holiday giveaway. Making An Impression will go to the lucky home of one small measure reader. Woo hoo! All you need to do to enter is just tell me what you used to think was “cool” to you. I’m pumped to hear your answers. It’s funny, isn’t it, just how much some things used to influence you and how now, in your wizened years, they’re just people, or places, or music. Aging and experiencing humanity in all its forms will do that to you!
I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Wednesday, December 12th, midnight EST. Please leave a way to contact you if you’re the winner in your comment, either by linking to your website or blog, or providing your email address in your reply. I’ll randomly choose a winner next week and contact them directly for mailing information.
Even if you don’t win, check out Geninne’s gorgeous book and evocative blog. Chances are you’ll fine a “cool” lady in her, too!