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!

our new holiday helper!

I've noticed many of my greatest ideas come out of nowhere. I typically brainstorm ideas for holidays or seasons. I have notebooks full of ideas, a lot of these come from sitting down and thinking…"birthdays…what reminds me of birthdays?" and spirals from there. Other ideas, my best ideas, come from nowhere. It's an amazing thing. I'll be busy printing, daydreaming, thinking about my shopping list or even washing my hair in the shower and BAM! The muse visits and blesses me with an idea. That idea usually evolves very quickly and won't stop until it's on paper. I'm happy to say that was the case with our new Holiday Helper: a helpful holiday organizer.

 

I was in the midst of finishing printing all my holiday card designs and suddenly, I was sketching ideas for a holiday organizer. I wanted it to include: planner pages for November, December and January, to-do list pages, notes pages for sketching or taping magazine or catalog clippings, fall and winter holidays for the next three years, helpful tips, card etiquette, greeting card lists, gift lists, tip list, donation list, baking list, party list, thank you note lists, resolution list, inspiring quotes, fun tid-bits, basically anything for the holiday season. Oh! And it had to be cute and usable for up to three years if you want. That was a tall order.

 

I started designing after a long day of printing. And had a final draft a week later. Again, this was during the holiday print crunch time so a week for a 32 page pocket planner was impressive. I researched who to partner with to create the perfect book. Almost immediately, I reached out to Scout Books in Portland. I had questions, as I always do, they were extremely helpful, kind and quick with their responses. I have purchased many of their books and we have quite a collection of the 33 beers journals designed by 33 books co. I knew their product and quality and trusted them. They didn’t disappoint! Honestly, Scout Books was a dream to work with. Their customer service is amazing. And their production department was even sweeter! I can't sing their praises enough. The books turned out perfectly. I'm excited to start sharing them you. I think they will make perfect little gifts that help you and your friends stay organized all season long. You'll be so organized, you may even have time for some caroling, making this year
the best holiday season yet!

Let me know what you think! I'd love to hear your thoughts about our new Holiday Helper!