You can purchase instant download PDFs to print out cards at home–this saves on shipping time, is great if you live outside of the US, and is especially helpful for anyone who finds themselves looking for a card last minute :) All A2 sized cards come with 2 layout options as well as a free envelope template. You can learn more and see the PDF pages in the listings before purchasing–here’s an example of what the downloads look like!
PDF versions for the most popular Father’s Day cards are in the shop and my plan is to create PDFs for all my card designs so stay tuned (you can also favorite my shop to see my newest listings)!
Each card PDF is $3.75 and 20% of Father’s Day cards for a cause will be used to fund microloans for father entrepreneurs around the world. Head over to my shop to take a look at all the designs:
Every month I create free PDFs that are available for my newsletter subscribers to download. This month I wanted to do something a little different–I am making this set of PDFs available to anyone who would like them and in exchange, I am requesting a donation be made to Equal Justice Initiative (or another organization you support that is helping the Black community and fighting against racism and social injustice).
This is completely based on the honor system–it is up to you if you give and how much you give but please remember that no donation is too small and every single dollar helps! If you are not in a place to donate, I understand. Please feel free to still download the PDFs and take action in other ways (there is a list of links and ideas on the last page that I have come across and found helpful). Here’s more information about Equal Justice Initiative and this set of PDFs.
EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the US, challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI focuses on criminal justice reform, racial justice, public education, and creating spaces for history, reflection, and legacy at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memory for Peace and Justice.
EJI has a perfect score on Charity Navigator and 91.2% of their finances are used to fund programs.
I encourage you to both donate and take time to read about the work they do, why their work is needed, and learn from the many resources that are available on their website.
These PDFs are made up of a collection of words I have seen repeatedly in my research and reading that have really resonated with me. They are a reminder that it starts within us, our own hearts and homes and communities, and that we can learn, unite with one another, stay hopeful, listen, act, and create on-going change.
The PDF includes 4 pages, all formatted to print on standard pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ paper or cardstock:
The Heart Home Learn Unite Print
A traceable version that you can use to brush letter on/trace over with a small/medium brush pen
A traceable version that you can use to brush letter on/trace over with a medium/large brush pen
A page of resources, links, and ideas I have come across and found helpful
Print these words out as a visual affirmation to keep learning and growing and doing all that we can on a daily basis to fight racism. Share these prints with your friends–send them via snail mail along with articles/resources or tucked into a book. Have your kids color on this print while you have a conversation about racism or what these words mean. Use the traceable brush lettering worksheets while you listen to a new podcast or book on tape about social justice, or use them during some quiet time while you reflect, refocus, and take a break from the news and social media.
Be sure to indicate the specific page you’d like to print out, otherwise you may end up printing all the pages.
If your PDF is getting cut off at the edges when printing, be sure to change the setting on your printer to “fit” instead of “actual size”.
I recommend printing on cardstock if you want to hang or post the print up. I recommend printing on HP Premium32 paper for the brush lettering pages. Regular printer paper will work as well for both.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for FREE from adobe.com to view this PDF.
If you have any questions, you can email me at hello (at) atiliay (dot) com.
This is a gentle reminder that this PDF is designed for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please ask for permission first if you would like to share this. Contact Olivia at hello(at)atiliay.com. Thank you for your cooperation!
Earlier this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Morgan Harper Nichols to talk about our creative journeys (and letter too!)–Morgan is sharing our conversation through a beautiful art essay where she combines her colorful and vibrant drawings of flowers and their meanings along with some of the topics we covered: creating, practicing, success, dreams, and more. You can read the entire essay as well as download her artwork by clicking here. Here’s more about these essays in Morgan’s own words:
I often walk away from conversations thinking of colors, shapes, poetry, and stories. I created this project to celebrate storytellers and the many ways we can be inspired by them. For each conversation, I reflect on how I was inspired and make an art series. These 4 kind souls were the first to be a part of this adventure!
Olivia Lin @atiliay – “Practicing Joy” – Olivia approaches her creative practice with her whole heart. I was so encouraged by her courage to pursue her work even when she didn’t feel like she was capable. Our conversation took place in-person a few months ago when she shared some of her techniques with me, using actual leaves and magic markers. Olivia’s work is both incredibly detailed and accessible which I love – a visual reminder of what’s possible.
Fleurie @fleuriemusic – “More Than Words” is an essay that explores my conversation with Fleurie and also, her latest album ‘Portals.’ With this essay, I did something I’ve never done before–I listened to an album and made art as I listened. Fleurie’s work creates space for thinking, feeling, and also, just being.
Aundi Kolber @aundikolber – “Gentleness” – Aundi is a therapist whose words and work help loosen the shoulders. Far out into the wilderness of my worry, Aundi’s words remind me that there is still time to come home.
Arielle Estoria @arielleestoria – “Flowers Still Bloom”is an essay about how a poet is finding peace amidst all of the uncertainty and changes in her life. Arielle will leave you wanting to take a closer look at the flowers, the trees, and how, even in these times, the earth still sings.
I have been a long time fan of Morgan’s so this is very special to me! What has always resonated with me with all of her work and words that she shares is her honesty and that they are coming from a genuine, true place. That is what we need more of and that is what we should all be sharing because 1) it’s enough 2) somebody needs to hear it 3) somebody feels the same. I am so glad I hollered at Morgan from my car as we were setting up for a pop-up market–that is how we met in real life and how our paths crossed! Then we got to chat more later and I tried not to fangirl too much :)
Thank you Morgan for letting me share my journey with you and translating it into such a lovely format! I am grateful for the abundance of creative energy, inspiration, and positivity you have brought into my life! A special thank you to Ashley for all her help and snapping some of these pics below.
All artwork, images, and photos that are by Morgan Harper Nichols has been used with permission.
Thank you to each of you who placed a Mother’s Day cards for a cause order this year and helped to fund 7 micro loans for these amazing mom entrepreneurs around the world: Malohat, Kurbonoy, Evelyng Elint, Mygona, San Cayetano Group, Alma Nubia, and Dilbarniso!
I wanted to introduce you to each of these mamapreneurs to you —I hope you’ll take a second to learn more about them and their businesses! I think this is such a cool way to connect and see how much we have in common as well as learn about other parts of the world.
Please meet Malohat from Vose, Tajikistan (pictured below, to the left)! She is 25, is married with one child, and obviously has an awesome sense of fashion and color (I love her outfit!) She is launching her own sewing business and this loan will help her purchase a computerized sewing machine and supplies to get started! She has already rented a space and her first clients will be friends, family, and neighbors. She is an experienced seamstress and is confident her business will be a success because this work is always in demand.
Please also meet Mijgona from Vahdat, Tajikistan (pictured above, to the right)! She is 35 years old and is proud to be a wife and mother. She is a seamstress who works from home and will use this loan to buy more fabric—this will help her expand her business.
I’d like to introduce you to Dilbarniso from Vose, Tajikistan (pictured below, to the left)! She is 42 years old, a wife, and mother. She is described as having an open soul, talented, and hardworking. She has long dreamed of becoming the craftswoman of her area and hopes to do so by operating a sewing business, a trade she really enjoys. This loan will help her purchase a computerized machine to support her business! This year I also wanted to learn more about the countries these woman are from. Here are some things I learned about Tajikistan, where all 4 of these mothers are from:
This is Kurbonoy from Yavan, Tajikistan (pictured above, to the right)! She is 47 and the mother of 6 children. She currently works in a farm and her husband is a craftsman. In addition to her current job, she would like to start a new sewing business as she knows how to sew and cut. This loan will help her purchase a new and modern sewing machine for her new business. The additional income will help her improve her family’s financial situation.
This year I also wanted to learn more about the countries these woman are from. Here are some things I learned about Tajikistan, where all 4 of these mothers I introduced above are from:
The average annual income of Tajikistan is $2,700.
One of Tajikistan’s national dishes is rice pilaf, known as Plov. It is made with rice, shredded yellow turnip or carrot, and meat that is fried together. It’s a large communal dish traditionally eaten with your hands. If there is an exchange of Plov, it means I want peace with you, No words are needed, just the simple act of sharing this dish together.
Both of the next two mothers I am going to introduce you to live and run their businesses in Nicaragua. Evelyng is the optimistic and goal-oriented owner of a small motorcycle shop in Teustepe, Nicaragua (pictured below, to the left). She is 33 years old and a wife to a supportive husband and a mom to two children. She has owned this business for 2 years and wants to turn her shop into a well-established auto parts shop. Her loan will help her buy motorcycle chains, tires, halogens, and ball bearings to help increase sales and earn more income.
Alma is from Nagarote, Nicaragua (pictured above, to the right) and is a hard-woman who has made her living selling new and used clothes on foot for a few years now. She has been doing well and her goal is to have a stand on a heavily-traveled road near her town. Her loan will help her purchase women’s summer clothes to sell. She is the mother of 2 children who are her main motivation. Every time I read an entrepreneur’s story, it just emphasizes to me how many of the same thoughts and dreams we all share regardless of where we live, where we come from, our culture, etc.–how many of us also want our businesses to thrive so that we can provide better lives for our families? Who else is motivated by their children? How many of us can relate to their goals and share the same characteristics? Some things are just universal and we are connected through them.
Here are some things I learned and found interesting about Nicaragua, Evelyng and Alma’s country:
The last micro loan recipient I wanted to share with you is actually a group! The San Cayetano Group is based in Santani, Paraguay. The 14 members are: Justiniana, Lurdes, Liz, María, Manuela, Juana, María, Janina, Eliana, Raquel, Vilma, Isabel, Myrian, and Gladys. They are working together to create better living conditions for their families. Here is a photo of them, along with some of their daughters:
One of the members, Myrian, makes and sells Cleaning Kits for a living. She is hard-working and always looking for ways to improve so that her family can live in better conditions and have everything that they need. This loan will help her purchase supplies to continue making and selling her kits.
These are a few things I found out while reading more about Paraguay:
The annual average income in Paraguay is $8,400.
The terrain here is a mix of marshy plains, dry forest, grassy plains and wooded hills
Capybaras are from Paraguay! They are adorable and are the world’s largest rodent!
Lace making is a popular traditional craft here. Intricate designs inspired by spiders’ web are made by both men and women. The lace is called Nanduti, which means “spider web” in Guaraní, the official indigenous language.
Thank you again to every single person who made these loans possible and I hope all of the special women in your lives enjoyed their cards! I hope you enjoyed learning more about each loan recipient as well as where each mom entrepreneur is from! If you’d like to see all micro loans we have helped to fund since we started doing this, you can find Atiliay’s Kiva Profile here.
And if you feel inspired to make a loan of your own, it is very easy—head to Kiva.org to learn more. (If you do lend, please tell me about your entrepreneur!)
All photos of the women shown above are courtesy of Kiva.org.
I’ve had this idea for such a long time (like 3 years!) and it’s finally here! It’s my take on the phrase “Messy Hair Don’t Care” and is inspired mostly by my kitties because I am always covered in SO.MUCH.CAT.HAIR. after snuggling with them! My pups have actually not been bad in the shedding department. But either way, I don’t mind–nothing a lint roller can’t solve :)
These t-shirts also represent something that is close to my heart–10% of proceeds from every tee will be donated to The Lange Foundation, a no-kill shelter in Los Angeles. They work tirelessly to give homeless dogs, cats, and animals a second chance and loving forever homes. The 10 also represents the month of October, which is when I adopted my first dog from them, Lucciano, who became the love of my life. I am also so lucky that they then brought Bernard and kitties Bubba, Jefrey, Makani, and Samone into my life! Each of them have taught me so much about unconditional love and joy. It means a lot to me to be able to support the place and amazing people who have enriched my life in such an important way.
The t-shirts are currently available for pre-order for $28 each in sizes XS-XL. Pre-order perks include free shipping plus some fun–and useful–goodies while supplies last! No code is needed, just head to the links below to learn more and to place your order:
I am anticipating that they will be ready to ship in about 2 weeks but will contact you once I have an exact time frame! The last day to place pre-orders is Tuesday, May 12th.
A few more things I wanted to share about this product:
These t-shirts are loose and oversized so whether you are walking your dog or lounging with your cats you can stay comfy! I chose this style not only for the soft and light material but also because it’s a style that has been favored by all shapes and body types! You also don’t have to worry about bra straps showing and you can style this tee in a number of ways. The links above include a size chart but if you have any questions please let me know!
Social Responsibility: These tees are from a company called Next Level–they are a member of the Fair Labor Association and have a rigorous process where every single factory and sourcing location is vetted by their team and meets their standards.
It’s always a little nerve wracking to put your work–especially something new–out into the world but I hope you like these designs and that you can feel how much they mean to me :) Here are a few more pics (you can see more in the listings):
Lastly, here is a photo of the very special animals who have changed my life! From left to right: Lucciano, Valentine, Bernard, Makani, Bubba, Jefrey, and Samone. They are all Lange Foundation alumni except for Valentine, who I found.
I’m so excited to share some new cards for a cause that are now available in the shop! I’ve been working on updating a few designs and adding some new ones for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Teacher Appreciation Week and here they are:
FOR TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:Thank You For Helping Me Bloom All Teacher Appreciation cards will provide 10 meals for children at The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool and Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa!
All of these cards for a cause and more are available in my shop, click here to head over and take a look (and don’t forget orders of $35 or more automatically receive free shipping!) I hope you like them and they help you celebrate some very special people in your lives! :)
PS: I’m working on more designs and some brand new products so stay tuned!