Well, here they are, in the flesh! Or would you say ‘in the flash’? Anyway, they are in my living room now and I can’t tell you how excited I am that they are there. Is it weird that I woke up at 3:30am and went down to check on them? Okay, before we start in on my insomnia, let’s get down to the business of these gamilat*!
If you can see from my photo, the cards end at Meem, represented by Muna the ma’ez*, which is actually the 24th letter of the alphabet. The printer misprinted the last page of our four page layout and is redoing them. No need for panic, they should be down today or tomorrow. I have been busy sorting all the other letters in the meantime.
Sorting & cutting corners
For each flashcard set, I wanted to share with you the process of putting them together before I mail them out to you. As you can see from the photo, the flashcards came to me in stacks of each letter, I have started sorting them in alphabetical groupings of the 28 letters and 3 informational cards. From there I head to the corner punching machine where all four corners are punched. Then I finish off the packaging with a nice shrink wrap bag so that the cards come to you nice and new.
I’ve got 100 of the flashcard holders restrung with the purple string and will get started ironing on the flashcard logos hopefully tomorrow. I killed my iron last week (I enclosed a photo of her last breath on Twitter) and need to run to BBB to buy a new one. Once I iron the logos, I can start putting the finished flashcards inside. I shall have a nice busy few days, but promise to take Sunday off to celebrate with the family. I hope to start mailing the flashcards starting on Monday.
Last of the rewards
Now that we are at the end of our journey together, I’ll be mailing you individually from here on out to let you know when your rewards were shipped. My busy fingers and I will be finalizing all shipping orders next week, starting with backer #1 and making our way through the list.
Thank you so much everyone for your patience in this whole Kickstarter process. It’s meant the world to me that we did this and I hope we can work on something else together in the future. I pray you love the flashcards as much as I do and the children that use them could learn that the Arabic language can be fun, bright and playful.
Ma'a Salama* for now and please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions.
Youm Umm Said* to all the moms out there!
Koloud 'Kay' Tarapolsi
A Crafty Arab
Arabic to English Guide
gamilat - beauties
ma’ez – goat
ma'a Salama – goodbye
Youm Umm Said – Happy Mother’s Day – A bit of trivia for you Mother’s Day buffs. Did you know that the Mother’s Day is celebrated in the Arab world on March 21st? This is the first day of spring, and the day after Day of the Child. Also, if you haven’t called the florist about your mother’s flowers by now, consider this your reminder email. You’re welcome.