2016 Inspiration Corporation Holiday Card

It’s that time of year when we all focus our energy on giving­. Personally, I enjoy finding ways I can help my fellow Chicagoans. It’s such an amazing city but there’s a lot of heartache and hardship too. Inspiration Corporation is an organization that focuses on helping people affected by homelessness and poverty by increasing their self-sufficiency as a “catalyst for self-reliance.” They offer social services, employment training and placement and they are committed to improving people’s lives.

I heard about Inspiration Corporation from my friends at hāzel, as they are very active with their fundraising efforts. Every year Inspiration Corporation asks an artist to design a holiday card for them to sell to raise funding. hāzel asked if I would be interested in designing a card for IC’s annual holiday card fundraiser. For me it seemed like a small but important way for me to give back to our community. That was in 2012 and I am honored to say, they have asked me to design every year since. Below is our 2016 design available now.

If you would like to support this wonderful cause by purchasing holiday cards, you can order them here. 100% of the profits go to a wonderful cause that directly improves the community and your purchase is 100% tax-deductible. Inspiration Corporation gives people an opportunity to reach their potential while positively impacting the health of our community. They’re truly the definition of giving-back.

You can learn more at their website inspirationcorp.org.

Shop talk – printing and podcasts

Letterpress printing is a craft. It takes patience; attention and I find it very relaxing, almost meditative. I print on an antique platen press. Every piece of paper is fed through the press by hand, one color at a time. Each print really is a labor of love, its time consuming and meditative and magical. The last three years I've gotten into podcasts while printing. I've always listened to the NPR classics, This American Life, Radiolab and Fresh Air but I quickly had listened to all the episodes, and many more than once.

my podcasts

Every couple months I subscribe to a new podcast and binge. When I first discover a podcast I prefer to listen to them in order from oldest to newest and often three to six episodes a day. There's lots of time to listen while printing and I print a lot. Once I've binged I decide whether to subscribe or not. Not-new-to-me podcasts I now listen to on a weekly basis, although, I'm always searching for a binge worthy podcast.

I thought I would share a few of my favorites. Keep in mind, I subscribe to dozens of really great podcasts and eventually I hope to share them all but this is just a little intro to my podcast world. I'll start with three.

         Reply all

  1. Reply All – this show discusses anything having to do with the internet.
    But really it's so much more. They had me from the very first episode. I'm still smitten. I hate to admit it but initially I found PJ naïve & borderline annoying. This season has certainly changed my mind. PJ is much more thoughtful, well-spoken and professional then I first thought. Sorry PJ for wrongfully judging, you've won me over.

          death sex and money

  1. Death, Sex and Money – this podcast is" about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation."
    I discovered this one after listening to an interview with Anna Sale on After the Jump. Such a great show. Anna is a skillful interviewer, each episode feels like you're listening to a natural, intimate talk between friends.

         revisionist history

  1. Revisionist HistoryMalcolm Gladwell revisits and reinterprets the past.
    I've listened to many interviews and talks with Malcolm Gladwell. I always enjoy hearing his perspective and findings. When I found out he had a podcast I was excited and rightfully so, it's amazing! He helped me realize I'm a Cézanne.

Give them a listen. You won't be disappointed.



Times flies when you’re designing, printing & playing!

lollapalooza sunset

It’s already mid-August. MID-AUGUST. I’ve been having an amazing summer filled with flea-markets, concerts, beer gardens, skee-league, rooftop dining, many outdoor bbq’s with friends, lollapalooza, a trip to Michigan and several Cubs games. It has been a true Chicago summer (sigh…with a dreamy smile). Perfect in every possible way.

piles of paper to print

Behind the scenes I’ve been hustling. Hard. June flew by in a blink and July was filled with lots of design days. We have a rep showing at NY Now this weekend and she needs new product to peddle, including Valentine’s. No joke…Valentine’s. During crazy, hot July I was busy dreaming & scheming of valentine’s. I’m not gonna lie, it was hard to get in the mood when it was 90° in the shade and friends were going out to play. Like always, I found a way to buckle down & make happen. I made it through! And quite successfully, I love my new designs.

conversation heart tower

Look at this beautiful tower of supercute conversation hearts I created. So cute and colorful! You’re gonna love them. Stay tuned for more on all our newbies!

HUGE August Sale! $1 letterpress cards!

last call cards

We're having a HUGE sale in our last call section. All cards are $1.00 for this week only! That's not a typo...$1. Our cards are usually $4.50-$5 each. This is the first time we're offering such a huge discount but we're getting ready to release lots of newbies & need to makes space. Help a girl out! I need to clear some shelves, and quick.

holiday last call cards

There's lots of cuties available! The Sale is only thru Sunday night (Aug 7, 2016). All items are while supplies last, we won't be reprinting. Shop early, shop often. What are you waiting for?  Go get yourself some vintage a. favorite design goodies!