Do You Like Maxine?

This is interesting. I never knew who the creator of Maxine was! This is a summary on how she was created.  And you finally get to meet her creator.

 John Wagner, Hallmark artist since 1970, says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons when ‘fill in the pumpkins’ was about the extent of his art classes at St. John’s Catholic School in Leonia, N.J. 

John remembers doodling as a preschooler and says both his grandmother and his mother encouraged his artistic interests. He eventually attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and landed at Hallmark as part of a new artists group. But it was the birth of the humorous Shoebox Greetings (a tiny little division of Hallmark) in 1986 that added a new dimension to John’s professional life. The Shoebox way of seeing the world unleashed his talents and he created Maxine.

Why the name ‘Maxine’? ‘People at Shoebox started referring to the character as ‘John Wagner’s old lady,’ and I knew that would get me into trouble with my wife,’ John says. The Shoebox team had a contest among themselves to name the character and three of the approximately 30 entries suggested ‘Maxine’. John says the name is perfect.

John, who says he’s humbled by such acceptance of Maxine, admits he’s proud of her.

Now you know the story of how Maxine came to be.

 

Vintage collectible

I just ran across one of my listings on Etsy and thought I should share it with you.  It is an antique thimble that belonged to my grandmother.  She was a very accomplished seamstress and worked at Cecil B. DeMille’s studio in Hollywood in the 1920’s.  The thimble is size 12 and is in very good condition.  It is for sale in my Etsy store and I no longer sew so I think it would be a great addition to someone’s collection.  You can see it at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu as well as other vintage items and handcrafted jewelry of all types and colors.  I am offering a 10% coupon code LIBRA discount on most items in the month of October as well as free shipping in the US.  Take a look at what’s available.

Speaking of the 1920’s I have a hand made sequin decorated cap for sale that belonged to a professional ice skater of that era.    She gave the cap to my mother when she retired and my mother gave it to me several years ago.  It can be worn but is best for decor.   I’d like to see it have a happy home.