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We’ve been begging Emily (the E behind E.B. Goodale) to come out with a little baby collection for as long as I can remember. Her illustrations are so charming and capture a child-like innocence and wonder that tug at our heartstrings. In fact, keep your eyes out for her first children’s picture book making its debut this fall! Luckily for us, there was a more convincing force to nudge her along, and we’re thrilled to add her new baby card, thank you note setbaby gift wrap, and baby thank you note log to our shop.

E.B. Goodale Baby Collection | Blog | Smudge InkUtterly adorable, right? Read on to hear what Emily says about her inspiration behind the design …

I had just given birth to my first child, August, as I was thinking of new designs for Smudge Ink’s spring release. I remember getting such a kick out of the triangle swaddles and cute little hats that the nurses put the babies in at the hospital that I just had to draw them. I hadn't known at the time that I would use that very same drawing for August’s letterpress birth announcement.

E.B. Goodale Birth Announcement Illustration | Blog | Smudge Ink
(image: close up of August's birth announcement)

Everyone loved the drawing so much that I played with squeezing little August into a larger, swaddled babies pattern on a card, and then some wrap, and then also for a thank you note log!

To this day, I still put August into the same little hat he wore at the hospital (it fits a little tighter now at 6 months old!!) because it reminds me of him as a brand new, sweet little bundle. Truly the most precious gift!

E.B. Goodale Family Portrait with August | Blog | Smudge Ink(image: family portrait with Auggie in his birth hat!)