The First Grade

Time flies. Today is my little girl’s first day of first grade. Just like last year, I decided to make her a quick treat for her lunchbox. Many of you asked for prints last time, so we added an 8.5″ x 11″ print to the shop for $12. All proceeds benefit her lunch fund … and I’m happy to report that there were less tears this year …

2nd Annual Lil’ Happy IC S.A.S.E. Club!

It’s that time of year again. What time is that you ask? Lil’ Happy time. Last year was heaps of fun – we had a few hundred envelope submissions in a little over a month. We promised ourselves that if it was a success, we’d make it an annual thing. Well, here we are.

As Lil’ Happy’s new outfit may suggest, this year is a bit different. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve that may need to be ‘decoded’, but unfortunately you won’t know what that is until you get your envelopes back. Cool, right?

For those of you that did not participate last year — or are just now joining us … here is why we created the Lil’ Happy Club and what it is exactly:


Do you remember real mailboxes? How about real mail? What about that feeling of excitement as you opened up that rusty old mailbox in hopes that something would be addressed to YOU?

It seems like much of that is lost nowadays. A letter addressed to us now means we probably owe someone money.

Well, we miss that feeling. So, we decided to start The Lil’ Happy Invisible Creature S.A.S.E. Club. Inspired by our youth – when the simple task of addressing an envelope to ourselves, licking a few stamps and patiently waiting a few weeks could mean receiving anything from a signed baseball card from spring training to various stickers from our favorite skateboard company.

It’s real simple. Send us a self-addressed stamped envelope and we’ll fill it with goodies.

However, we thought we’d make it a bit more fun and interactive. Regardless of your artistic ability, your envelope addressed to us MUST be creatively designed or illustrated. No rules, anything goes – and we’ll post the ‘Envelope of the Day’ (our daily favorite) on the Lil’ Happy Twitter and Flickr pages.

So, that’s it! Oh, and we figured we should set some ground rules and answer a few questions. Just in case.


DEADLINE: October 15th, 2011
Please send us your S.A.S.E. by that date.

Please send your envelopes to:
The Lil’ Happy Invisible Creature S.A.S.E. Club, P.O. Box 375, Seahurst, WA 98062

Q: How many stamps should I put on the envelope that will be returned to me?
A: Great question. Please slap TWO stamps on the return envelope.

Q: I can’t draw to save my life. What should I do?
A: Like we mentioned, it’s regardless of your ability. C’mon, it’ll be fun!

Q: What are you going to send us?
A: We’re not telling. It’ll be fun though. We promise.

Q: When should we expect our envelope back?
A: In the fall. It could take us awhile as we also run a full-time studio over here. If you send it, it will come. A little patience.

Q: I don’t live in the U.S., can I still participate?
A: Probably not, due to customs. However, we aren’t international mail professionals, if you can find a way that works via USPS, we’ll definitely send it back! If it involves anything more than dropping it in a mailbox, we won’t be able to pull it off. Sorry.

Q: Can I send you more than one envelope?
A: No, sorry.

Q: Can I send a poster tube? How about a large document envelope or soft pack?
Sorry, no. Let’s keep this old school. Legal sized envelopes would be the biggest/best option. Be sure to slap 2 stamps on that return envelope though!

Any more questions? Feel free to email us at

Save The Date(s)

Something awesome is unraveling. IC vs. DDC. Portland and Seattle. October 19th and 20th.

The Shrine

Here’s a glimpse at our poster for 2 upcoming Fleet Foxes shows here in Seattle. The concept comes from a song called “The Shrine” (from their latest record, Helplessness Blues) where the lyrics speak of an old dried-up fountain filled with forgotten pennies. In this case, the pennies are actually metallic copper ink. In the store soon!

Chipotle Cultivate

Late last year we got a call from our favorite lunch spot asking if we’d like to help them out with their first-ever Food/Ideas/Music Festival: Chipotle Cultivate. Chipotle’s unrelenting commitment to food with integrity (not to mention their ass-kicking burritos) is something we’ve always respected (and donated much of our lunch money to). Cultivate is happening at Lincoln Park in Chicago on October 1st. And the best part? It’s free.

OK, now I’m hungry.

A few details:

PoBoy + Leroy C.

Leroy C. took a little trip to Arizona and came back with some new work, courtesy of the talented Asher Emerson.

Walking Far From Home

Here’s our new poster for Iron & Wine’s upcoming show at The Paramount. In the shop September 11th.

From The Alfred Paulsen Files, V. 9

Here’s a few fun character spots for a misc. newsletter, circa late 1940’s to early 1950’s …

Flight Of The Concord

Here’s our poster for Ben Harper’s upcoming show at Marymoor Park on 8/27. In the shop on 8/28.

Unfold South Lake Union

If you’re local, you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz about Seattle’s next great neighborhood: South Lake Union. With hot new restaurants + retail spots, Amazon’s brand new HQ, a beautiful waterfront and loads of new modern living spaces – the ‘SLU’ neighborhood is definitely the new destination within the city. IC was challenged with the task of developing a simplified and whimsical take on the neighborhood by the fine folks at Vulcan in conjunction with their annual Block Party blowout. If you are familiar with the area, you may have a little fun locating a few hot spots.

Block Party posters are available at the event on August 12 and we’ll have a few in our shop on August 13th.

You can grab (and unfold) the full SLU neighborhood poster (below) by picking up the latest issue of Seattle Met magazine, on newsstands now.

A few details:

Huge high-fives to Josh Lackey and Larry Asher for making this such a fun project to work on. See it a tad bigger here.

It Glows …

Need a buddy that doubles as a nightlight? Done. We only have a few of these guys


Founded in 2006 by Don & Ryan Clark, Invisible Creature is a
multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio based in Seattle, WA.


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