When Mr. G and I began talking about a move to Nashville, the very first thought that crossed my mind went a little something like this: <gasp> “I get to design a moving announcement!!” Naturally. I knew this would be a great opportunity to announce not only our new address, but also share the recent happenings in our lives. I also knew it had to be a show piece for Design in August.
I stumbled across this original “Chuckle Map” of Tennessee by Bill Dyer that dates back to 1949. Those who know us well, know that Mr. G and I met each other Lindy Hopping in Asheville, NC. So a piece that incorporated all things Tennessee with a vintage 40′s voice was just about perfect. The map determined the horizontal shape of the piece, while I added our own text to the welcome sign on the cover flap. Matching the feel of the “Chuckle Map” illustrations, a handsome 40s-style reporter of “The Nashville Observer” voices our latest news with hep cat lingo of his era on the inside. A string of twine and a western star-printed belly band wrap it up oh-so pretty, while each of the 184 envelopes was addressed with a printed label to match.
Vintage style Nashville hospitality.A little army of announcements about to inundate the mail system!I adore the little scenes of the “Chuckle Map” – especially this sleepy fisherman and the lady archer.Each envelope dressed up with a printed “brown paper bag” label.I had a custom return address stamp made to match the print. Economical solution to printed envelopes!Hep Cat Reporter from “The Nashville Observer.” You dig, Daddy-O?Mr. G and me: Lindy Hop Love.Tennessee is officially the “Nation’s Most Interesting State” – didn’t y’all know?