The Delightful Emily McDowell

I still love sending people real cards, not just e-mails. It’s kind of a “thing” in my family to try to find each other the funniest cards possible, and I can spend a good hour at a card shop laughing until I cry or trying to pick out the prettiest, most amazing $7 card possible.  So when I run into a source like Emily McDowell I have to share.  She combines humor and beautiful art and her work just makes me smile.  And when it’s snowing for the 4,567,908th time this winter you need to find ways to smile (when not perusing real estate in sunnier climates as a form of self-torture).  Enjoy. And shop her Etsy site too.

This one could not be more true…


I wish I had found this in time to give to Andrew for Valentine’s Day, because it’s SO true. Especially this year.


TOO GOOD. Especially the one at right.











This is SO on point (and sad/funny).




23 Responses to “The Delightful Emily McDowell”

  1. These are great. Thanks for posting. I almost snarfed my coffee.

  2. Rebecca says:

    These are amazing! Thanks for sharing these. :)

  3. Vanessa says:

    Awesome! Love Emily’s work. I gave my boyfriend her “There’s no one else I’d rather lie in bed with and check my phone” for Valentine’s day, haha.

  4. Julie says:

    Love it all!

  5. Angie says:

    Love this post. Am always looking to raise the bar on the cards I send and this should do it. Thank you.

  6. andrea says:

    I had that girl test in the bag until I got to “doesn’t fart”.
    So close;)

  7. Tara says:

    so fun! great find thanks for sharing!

  8. These are so funny! I’d seen a few around but didn’t know who the artist was, thanks for sharing this.

  9. jessica delaney says:

    thanks for sharing! these are all so great…

  10. Colleda says:

    Absolutely love these! So witty and fun!

  11. Monika says:

    Ohhhh love all!! Pretty and fun! And this book bag is too cool!!

  12. I love these! I was laughing so hard at some of these cards! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love getting and sending mail (besides the usual bills)! I actually just started my own little Snail Mail Project on my blog today, where I’m trying to send more cards and notes just because. And I love Emily’s shop!

  14. Kathleen says:

    The. Best. Ever.

    The Dog People card kills me. And I though only my dog is obsessed with cheese.

  15. Wow, thank you so much, Erin! — and thanks, everyone, for your comments! What a great surprise today. Yay!!!

  16. billy says:

    Why can’t I buy that Groceries & Shit bag!? I NEED THAT!

  17. jillian says:

    ha love these! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  19. Erin Gates says:

    Billy you can buy it! Go to her site!

  20. Gray says:

    i love her cards! i am a card freak so i will be visiting her site.
    thanks erin.

  21. Christine says:

    This is great! Unique/funny cards are extremely hard to come by in suburban Atl. I will definitely be checking out her site. Looking forward to your book! Our homes have almost identical floor plans.

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