I’ve talked before about where we get ideas for new designs, and what inspires us, but sometimes it sneaks up and surprises me.  This is a new card that we just designed and finished printing, and obviously you can see that it has a lot of similarities to the cover of “The Little House.”  The funny thing is, I wasn’t really even thinking about this book cover at all when I did the drawing.  It wasn’t until the card was all done that I actually realized how similar it is to the image on the cover of the book.  When I put the two side by side I couldn’t stop looking at them.  It’s like this image was just sitting in my subconscious and found it’s way out.

“The Little House” is a children’s book from the 1940’s, and yes I own this copy, and yes I do love the story and the illustrations.  I used this book a bunch in my classroom when I was still teaching.

It’s a story about a little house in the country.  Slowly over time, other houses and buildings are build up around it until the little house is smack dab in the middle of a big city.  The little house is so sad and depressed until the great-great-granddaughter of the man who built the little house finds it and moves it back to the country where it belongs.  It’s pretty great – a classic.

:: Carrie ::