The Thrill of the Open Road

Well readers, it’s official, I’m as close to being Bermudian as I’m ever going to get. Not only did I survive my first hurricane last weekend (and first tropical storm the weekend before that), but my principle means of transportation is now a scooter. I’d had a rental bike until last week, which you don’t need a license for, but they have very small engines (so you can’t do much damage if you crash, I assume), and their license plates are a different color, so other drivers know to watch out for you.

bikeDriving here takes some getting used to. Sure, I studied the book, took my written and riding exams… but in practice the rule of the road is all together different. For example, morning traffic on the main roads—relatively narrow, winding roads by U.S. standards—is technically two—but in practice four—lanes. Cars move slowly in both directions along the outer edges of the road while bikes weave in and out in both directions in the center, moving back into traffic when a bus or large truck is approaching. Meanwhile, at any red light in town, you’ll see scooter drivers pass by the stopped cars and come to a stop at the head of the line, often halfway into the intersection, or at least the cross walk. It is also incredibly common for vehicles to come to an abrupt stop with no warning for no apparent reason—until you realize they’re letting in another vehicle that does not have the right of way.

Good thing the speed limit is only 35 KPH! (Although obviously no one obeys that either.)

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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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