What’s the perfect way to say thank you for always being there or I’ll miss you while I’m gone or my heart is thinking of you? And how do you make card-sending feel personal? I searched high and low for an answer to those questions.
When I was in high school I was known as Andi. I used to draw these fun, long-legged, quirky figures everywhere: on blackboards, on notes, even the high school yearbook. Each character is endearing and lovable, each with different passions and personalities. My high school friends called them ‘Andi’s people’.
But drawing was just one of my passions. After college, a love of warm sandy beaches and adventure took me to Hawaii.
Before I departed, my huge family (I’m one of nine siblings) and all my friends threw a lovely send-off party for me. It meant the world! That outpouring of love was incredibly special, and I wondered how I would adequately express my heartfelt appreciation. When I couldn’t find the perfect thank you card, I created my own and in Hawaii printed the first Andi’s People card — featuring a boy, with the Andi’s People signature long legs, wearing an “Aloha” shirt, shorts, sunglasses, and a pair of flip-flops. The message on the front of the card simply read “Mahalo”, (Hawaiian for thank you). My friends loved it.
I found that answer when I created Andi’s People.
Simple. Sentimental. Fun. That’s how Andi’s People began, and that’s what we continue to stand for. When I get stopped by people at the post office or a music event or on the street who recognize me and tell me how much they love my cards, I thank them with a huge smile because I know Andi’s People make a big difference in a little way.