Small Business Saturday Success

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, survived the Black Friday sales, supported a small business on Small Business Saturday, and then got some rest Sunday, before Monday’s Cyber Sales! I know I was busy last weekend at the 8th Annual Mighty Tieton Holiday Craft & Antique Bazaar in Tieton, Washington. The two-day event featured artists and vendors from all over the state and drew well over a thousand supportive and spirited shoppers. The event was held in an old fruit warehouse that a group of inspired artists purchased in addition to some store fronts and a church and revived into an active artists business community. It was wonderful to see so many amazing artists with such a variety of talents all in one building.

Local bazaars are always fun places to see old friends and make new ones. I had the pleasure of meeting Ed Marquand, owner and creative director of Marquand Books. Mr. Marquand also runs Paper Hammer Studios at the Mighty Tieton. You can find the most beautiful art books at his Seattle based store. Ed is so kind and offered much encouragement to a fairly new printer like myself. I also met Jerry Marr also of Marquand Editions. He has a wealth of printing information and I can’t wait to pick his brain! Based on my experiences at this point I have to say the letterpress community is so supportive. I believe that every printer has his or her own style so sharing techniques and knowledge only makes us all better at our craft. I’m defiantly looking forward to next year’s bazaar. I can only imagine will be bigger and better!

Lesson Learned

Happy Holiday’s friends! There are just 21 days until Christmas so I’ve been crazy busy getting a bunch of holiday card finished and listed on my Etsy Shop. In addition to the greeting cards, I designed 2 sets of gift tags. I decided to embellish them with eyelets and washers and include hemp twine to attach them to gifts.  I like that look the antique brass colored eyelet gave the folded tags. I think they really compliment the dark green and are striking against the red.

This was my first attempt at gift tags and it proved to have its’ share of challenges. I just about lost it when I scored all the “Season’s Greetings” tags wrong and had to reprint. I know you are supposed to measure twice and cut once, and now I know that principle applies to scoring cotton paper too. I do most of my printing on 100% cotton Lettra paper that is thick and luxurious but actually really delicate. But every project has the potential to teach me something new or at least help me to refine my skills if I don’t get too frustrated and pull my hair out first.

All in all I think they turned out great and I already have the plates ready on a set of non-seasonal tags I will be printing just after Christmas. The Christmas tags as well as all the seasonal Christmas Cards are on my Etsy shop so please go check it out. Thanks

“We are family”

My sisters are two of the most important people in my life and I would do just about anything for them. So when my younger sister asked me to design and letterpress her wedding invitations I agreed without hesitation. Hilary and Mat’s love story started about 9 years ago as a friendship between two college students in the big city that eventually developed into a beautiful romance.

The bride chose white Roses and Hydrangeas for romantic bouquets and added potted green succulents to the table decorations for a touch of color. To compliment the soft floral colors, Hilary selected a lovely grey and green for her invitation suite.  We decided to use a mixer of typography to create a delightful, modern vibe.

The invitation was accompanied with a small card that listed the couples website. Because Hilary and Mat are such a comical couple, I thought we should do something fun with the response cards. We took a traditional RSVP and gave in a silly twist…Thank goodness no one really showed up pantless!

I also designed and flat printed the table numbers, programs, event signs and a seating chart, all coordinating with the invitation style. All in all it was a wonderful wedding! I’m so happy that little sister found her the love of her life!

* Please note that personal information has been blacked out for the couples privacy.

Red, White and “I Do”

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! This summer I had the pleasure of designing and printing a military wedding invitation suite for one of America’s true heroes and his beautiful bride. The groom is a Special Forces soldier for the United States Army. Being engaged to a former Green Beret myself, I have a deep appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country. Earning the coveted Green Beret is a huge accomplishment and comes with major responsibilities. For this elite fighting force, it’s not just a job, it’s part of who they are. And for this reason the groom wanted to use the Special Forces crest on the Save the Date. We decided to blind deboss the crest in the background so that you could see the details but not over shadow the wedding information. I was extremely excited to see how crisp the design turned out. Check out the picture below!

The bride described her ideal wedding day to be simple but elegant so we went for a more traditional feel. To continue the patriotic theme from the save the date we used the same fabulous red and blue ink on brilliant white, 100% cotton paper. A traditional response card accompanied the invitation as well as matching envelopes with printed return addresses. Additionally the bride requested an insert card to relay information to for her many out-of-town guests.

Cally and Sonjia are an amazing couple. I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to help make their wedding special! I wish them all the best!