3 ravens

Nevermore and two companions followed me to work, asking, Where shall we our breakfast take? I thought about it for a moment and recommended the fried rice at our neighborhood take-away in honor of Chinese new year… they agreed and took flight. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.


“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon, Then you show your little light, Twinkle, twinkle, all the night. Then the traveler in the dark Thanks you for your tiny sparks. He could not see which way to go, If you did not twinkle so. In the dark blue sky you keep, And often through my curtains peep, For you never shut your eye ‘Till the sun is in the sky. As your bright and tiny spark Lights the traveler in the dark, Though I know not what you are, Twinkle, twinkle, little star.” Poem by Jane Taylor (1783-1824), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star” card

Visual Symbolism… Peace

August 15, 2016

The Peace sign is a graphic symbol representing peace, in the form of a circle with one line bisecting it from top to bottom and two shorter lines radiating downward on either side. If you turn the symbol upside down, it looks like a young tree.


“Now that all of your worry has proved such an unlucrative business, why not find a new job.” The words are written by 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, image by Meredith Eliassen, 2016. Hafiz: Find a Better Job Notecard

Dante… on Love

February 11, 2016


“L’amor che muove il sole e l’altre stelle.” (The love that moves the sun and the other stars.) from “Paradiso” by Dante Alighiere, 1265-1321. Image motif inspired by a card design by Robbin Rawlings. Drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

All the World is a Stage…

February 2, 2016


“All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Quote by William Shakespeare, drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Thanks for bringing poet Robert Lax (1915-2000) back into my consciousness. If the nautilus shell symbolizes growth from a center, then this thought from Lax’s Circus of the Sun (1960) gently reminds of the continued need to return our core at different life stages.


Sometimes we go on a search and do not know what we are looking for, until we come again to our beginning

I get it now, I didn’t in my twenties… Nautilus Notecard


Drawing of a basket bottom by Meredith Eliassen

Signature Notecard


Happy Birthday CH!

When I return, a journey back two centuries to 1814 with a young soldier who volunteers to defend his country… and his reflections.