Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 31, 2011.

Update #2

How Catherine & I Became Friends

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Wow! Thank you so much for your contributions! I thought it would be a few more days before we reached over 10 backers and half our goal!! To keep energy up here's a short story about Catherine & me! Keep spreading the word - and Thanks!!!

Catherine and I went to Alfred University together from 2004-2008. I had seen her around freshman year but it was easy to get lost in the sea of new faces back then.

Sophomore year (2005) I was walking past the student art gallery when the exhibition caught my eye: Catherine Lynch (she changed her name about a year later) and she had the whole space to herself. In this large room she simply placed a two tiered bookshelf filled with sketchbooks and a bean bag chair. On top of the shelf were small treasures, picture frames with old photos and other valuables.

Wherever I was going it didn't seem so important anymore. I sat in the bean bag chair and read through her sketchbooks. I remember falling in love with them, thinking they were exactly what I should be creating, but also reading Catherine's secrets and feeling so connected to her. I knew I had to find my way into her life. I sat there for a long time, long enough that Grace and Catherine came along.

I remember feeling embarrassed, like I had been caught, but I'm good at not showing those emotions so I'm sure Grace and Catherine didn't see it that way. I remember looking at Catherine and saying "We should be friends".

And as direct as it may have been, it worked. I did find my way into her life, and it's something I'll be forever grateful for... because now my kids will have an awesome Aunt Catherine someday to show them how to make their own sketchbooks, jar jam, and move them to change the world we live in.

Video below is a really short kind of silly video of us in the summer of 2008 long before Catherine went to the Peace Corps.

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    You will receive a postcard from England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or Italy during the month of November with a collaborative hand drawing by Catherine and Meagan. We also promise pretty stamps (I'm giddy just thinking about it)

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    The Little Sketchbook Kit! We'll provide you with instructions and the materials to make your own 3"x3" ten page sketchbook (this includes needle, thread, and paper). A wicked cool Valentine's Gift, Thank You Gift, or gift it to yourself!

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    You will be shipped a classic cartoon portrait of you doing something in Europe (appox. 10"x10"). Imagine you holding up the leaning tower of Pisa, dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte, or adjusting the time on Big Ben. This reward requires you send a photograph of yourself or someone you'd like a portrait of.

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    A beautiful panoramic watercolor print (appox. 20"x10") of a famous space in Europe. This could be the courtyard at the Louvre, Trafalgur Square in London, or the city skyline of Florence. Upon completion you will be asked to choose from the options.

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    You will receive Adventure is Out There: The European Sketchbook, printed through Lulu.com. This little travel guide will be a 150+ page beauty. It will include all portraits, postcards and panoramas that are mentioned above as well as travel guide tips - with tons of photos and hand drawn sketches!

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    You will receive Adventure is Out There: Europe! AND have your choice between a classic cartoon portrait or panoramic print. Portraits, prints & postcards will also be printed in the book with tons of photos, hand drawn sketches, and travel advice!

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    Rewards package! A postcard, the Little Sketchbook Kit, cartoon portrait OR panoramic print, and a copy of Adventure is Out There: Europe! signed by Catherine and Meagan.

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    One large panoramic watercolor print (appox 40"x25". size subject to change) matted and signed by the artist. This price includes shipping. AND a copy of Adventure is Out There: Europe! signed by Catherine and Meagan.

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