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Cardboard Woodland Creatures, Guerilla Photo Shoots, Latte Art and Missing Bug…


We made some woodland creatures this week. Aren’t they cute?  Bug had fun feeding her cardboard friends in a cardboard warehouse for a quick photo shoot. It was like she was in a cardboard wonderland which makes me wonder what we’ll make next. Cardboard forest? Wouldn’t that be cool for a music video or something?  I love working for MettaPrints.


Speaking of MettaPrints, I’m working on some branding pieces.  Giant cardboard paper dolls!  Or maybe small paper dolls that we can mail to our customers. We haven’t ironed out the details yet.


Recently our cardboard deer and snowflakes went viral on Etsy so we’ve been making and shipping them like crazy. Then we got an order for some woodland creatures and we thought we had an order for a moose but it turned out to be a mouse.We made a moose anyway! Because we can.

Then we had to take photos of our moose because he was so awesome.  We took him to The Camp and did an impromptu guerilla-style photo shoot there without asking permission first. It was thrilling and dangerous.  I was afraid we were going to get kicked out with our giant cardboard animals because they have signs up that say “no photography” which is really kind of silly I think since everybody and their uncle has an iphone and is taking photos of their food or themselves. But whatever. We broke the rules with abandon.


Funnily, nobody even seemed to notice us.  We fit right in. We may have found our target market.

Oh, don’t mind us while we hang out with our cardboard deer. Just another random Tuesday, nothing new to see here.


I love these smaller deer. They are much sturdier than the big deer and oh so cute! I love all things miniature. I want to make them even smaller. I told Teri I wanted to be promoted to VIP of the miniature department. She said that could be arranged.


Check it out! Our cardboard deer in the wild!  Pürre was our first local customer so we had to deliver them in person, naturally.


Then since we were at The Lab/The Camp I had to stop into the Gypsy Den for some latte art. Some people collect tiny lighthouses, some people collect miniature glass cats. I collect latte art (and also vintage bottle brush Christmas trees, make a note of it). The baristas always think I’m crazy when I order it but I secretly think they like showing off.  I was quite impressed with this latte art.


And lastly Bug left me for a week.  She’ll be visiting her Dad’s side of the family for Thanksgiving and then staying up in Northern California for a few days.  Part of me is sad and misses her but the other part of me is really happy to have some quiet time to catch up on work. (I’m so behind!)  I’m also really excited for her to be with family. I know she’ll have a great time.

You’ll notice Bug is glued to the ipad. It’s not what you think. (Though it usually is. So it’s not like I can take any credit here.) I recently discovered I can download books from our local library via OverDrive. It’s super cool. You just punch in your library card and you can download any book that they have on their digital shelf. Sometimes even my books are there! I was super happy to find some  chapter books that Bug likes to read. The best part is they magically disappear off my ipad when they are due back to the library. No more overdue book fines!

Just thought I’d share. :)



  • Courtney

    I’m trying to find some way to incorporate giant prints of stuff into my upcoming wedding. Fear not, I’m sure I’ll think of something!!

    And YAY about overdrive! I just love telling patrons about it and helping them with it. If you or any of your readers ever have any questions feel free to ask! :)

  • CC

    I need miniature deer, miniature snowmen/women, and a miniature tree since we are living in a miniature space. (I can tape paper anywhere!!!! hahahahahaha!!!!!!!)

    I think we will be using one of the girls personal trees if I didn’t put them in a totally inaccessible area of the storage shed. Otherwise I’m buying a roll of brown paper and making a mini-tree.

    If anyone has an old TV-guide lying around (do they even make TV-guides anymore?) I know how to make that into a tree. I’m serious by the way, a TV-guide tree is probably as big as we can get in our trailer.

    I can’t wait to see you in action one day at work. You are most definitely the cardboard queen.

    Last time I tried to register with OverDrive our library didn’t use it. I’m off to check again!

  • norm

    Belated comment, sorry! I have to laugh at the “No photography” signs at The Camp (that’s the one in Costa Mesa, right? my mother-in-law lives near there so I’ve been there a lot). Really? Well I’m glad you just charged ahead, those cardboard animals are the bomb. I mean, they’re really cute. :D

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