Photo shoots

In the day job that I had for the last seven years, I often styled people, food and product for photo shoots. However, I rarely put that kind of effort into my own photos—until now. I’ve started the massive task of reshooting all my merchandise with two goals in mind: First, higher quality images, truer color and consistency across my etsy shop. The second is to convey style—to further appeal to the type of personality who might want to purchase the piece.

Here are a few of my favorites—can’t wait to hear what you think!

Oh, and of course, if you’re interested in any cards, or just want to see how they look in the shop, find them here!

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How to send a letter

script_1_1Custom letterpress cards printed with my fancy new wood type is now available in the shop! Order script here and brush caps here.

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Robin’s Egg

You guys… I might have a problem. As I unpack the things I’ve shipped here, I’m noticing a trend…

photoSo it’s only fitting that my first printing for pleasure was a lovely shade of robin’s egg! Hello cards now available in the shop!

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Let’s Make a Date

date_print_3121I wanted to make something to thank Amy and Jeff for making me a part of their day earlier this summer, and I had been toying around with ways to utilize my set of wood numerals and incorporate more hand lettering for quite some time. The resulting print—featuring the date of their wedding and a cut made from my own handwriting printed in their wedding colors—turned out great and I can’t wait to make them for other couples and even new parents! Get in touch or order them here.

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Christmas and your birthday all rolled in to one

Have you been wondering where I’ve been for the last week? Well… I’ve been unpacking and assembling because BESS IS HERE!!!

Reunited and it feels so good....

Reunited and it feels so good….

I’ll post a studio tour once everything has found a home, but as soon as I had the room cleared out enough to assemble Bess, I needed to print the last of a pre-move order. A company in Michigan decided my script happy birthday cards were the perfect thing for their clients and ordered a whole bunch. I had shipped off what I had in stock in Wisconsin, but as Bess was already in pieces when the order was placed, I could only get them about half their order. Becky has been nothing but patient and it was great to have a plan for my inaugural Bermuda printing!

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Card Club is back!

card-club-1You guys, MY PRESS STILL ISN’T HERE. I haven’t printed in more than two months! I think I’m starting to show symptoms of withdrawal… The only upside is that without the joy of production to distract me, I’ve been checking things off my business development to do list.

card-club-3One of those items is bringing back the Card Club! It’s an even better deal this time around: Each month more than $20 worth of stationery, prints, coasters and other goodies will be delivered to your door—for just $10 per month! A membership also makes an awesome gift for anyone who loves letterpress, getting mail or sending letters! Purchase here or get in touch directly here!

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Good afternoon, y’alright?

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the phone with Bermudian customer service representatives and government officials lately. One thing I’ve learned from all this interaction with local is if you don’t wish them good morning or good afternoon and allow them to do the same, you’re not getting anywhere. In fact, last week when I was one of five people waiting in the Customs office, a man walked in and greeted each one of us individually.

The common greeting when you see someone you know here is “Are you alright?” which often gets sort of mushed together into one word (“y’alright?”). I haven’t quite adopted the phrase yet, but I’ve started to fall in love with the idea of slowing down, saying “hi” and checking in with those you encounter. As someone who has admitted to a personal mantra of ‘efficiency’ in times past, slowing down—”wasting” time—is quite the challenge.

One of my goals for my time here is to practice mindfulness with more intention. So my first mindfulness challenge—for me and you both—is to adopt a little island attitude into daily interactions. Ask your coworker how they are before launching into whatever you need to get done. Easier yet—put down your phone/book/mental to-do list while walking down the street and smile at a stranger!

© Kristin Joiner

© Kristin Joiner

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