August 2010

14 articles in August 2010

This was a RI option presented to the client, they wanted to explore flying pigs and boxwood wreaths for their identity for an amazing home interior design business. This project was collaborated on between myself, one of our freelancer’s Sarah and an employee Makayla and was a really unique concept to work on. Ultimately the client ended up going in a different direction, but I just couldn’t pass up showing you the flying pigs! Dubbed Caesar Pig Dubbed Vintage Pig Dubbed Zodiac Pig To request an estimate for branding and letterpress work, please Get An Estimate as we’d LOVE to work with you! All designs ©2010 Dingbat Press

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We’ve been preparing for this for the last 2 years. A 504 medical plan for care, protocol and emergencies outlined to help manage David’s Type 1 diabetes while in school. Below are some charts I threw together: Diabetes for Dummies so his teachers can flip through their binder if they have questions or need help. Every child with diabetes has their own carb ratios, routine with their diabetes team (Endo, Educator, Pump Specialist if pumping, parents, and obviously child). Hopefully a child’s school will have a school nurse, however our Kindergarten Center doesn’t so we selected 3 people to be Trained Diabetes Personel for David while he is in school. After this week, I PROMISE I’ll be back to normal blogging and tweeting since it’s been kind of nuts with school starting and teachers wishing I could be in school every day …

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These were presented to a bride who was looking for a bright fall wedding suite for her event in October. Option 1: Maple Leaf wedding suite This concept plays off a beautiful photo of a wedding cake with the maple leaves that the client sent over. Seeing that she had mentioned wanting bright colors, we explored oranges and warm coral/red on this option. We were going for elegant with the calligraphy typeface however wanted to explore some unique layouts for this. The inner envelope would be lined with the maple leaves liner, and the outer envelope is the cream, matching the paper stock used for the invites. The inner envelope is in poppy and both envelopes would look beautiful addressed with chocolate ink for her guests. ……………………………………… Option 2: Heart Thumbprint wedding invitations We LOVED the thumbprint heart concept that the client …

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As my husband said after it was all over with, “From the day that press went in the basement, I was dreading the day it would come back out.” In order of appearance: (L-R). Brian drilling a hole in our front room wall and harnessing the pulley strap around that section of wall and the kids bedroom door-frame ::: Press at the bottom of the stairs, nailed to 2x8s ::: pulley system ::: front room, looking at the stairwell ::: David checking the progress ::: hardwood 6″x12′ boards to ramp up the press ::: Getting going ::: slowly creeping it’s way up ::: Brian putting boulders from the garden under the boards so they don’t snap off when the press gets to the top ::: View from the banister looking at the stairwell. Photographing from over the banister with rapid-fire set on …

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It’s way too late for me so if this post is not a cohesive whole of good grammar please forgive my half working brain!! Following the drywall and texturing, we got to painting and the kids were more than excited to be joining in on the fun! Right before this, Evelyn was flinging her paint brush and dancing like a maniac to Green Day. My one and only sweetheart! He even rolled the ceiling. bleh. Lastly, we got to move the press into it’s new spot. And to get it out of the basement, we had to anchor it to the wall and door jamb. My poor living room wall ;) The mess before it got cleaned – unloading the boxes!

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Seeing that I’m partially claustrophobic it was important with the move to be meticulously organized and since we now have space, everything could have its own home. Over the years I’ve acquired skinny folding tables which are great as work stations because they are narrow, but still long enough to give ample workroom. A few Christmas’ ago, Brian built me a replica of the Pottery Barn craft table, however you can get one on Target for 1/2 the price – OR have your hubby build you one for practically nothing and maybe a little bribery ;) I added to my already growing supply of wire shelving. The main purchase was the EXPEDIT bookshelf and desk station. Time for a real desk, so that I didn’t stay up all night on the couch working on my laptop and start filling normal work hours …

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So as soon as it was decided, I have been dreaming about IKEA, the new studio, and SPACE with high ceilings. Sorry to shout, but I really was! Now, no project can be started without good measure of neglected children. One day while hanging drywall, this was the status of Brian’s missing Coke. Baby Charlie, knows his logos, and when he sees that red Coke can he starts screaming hysterically until he gets it in his paws. Thankfully, there was only one can of Coke available that day. Here is the west wall of the garage, and the north (right). Where the wall is, there used to be a garage door. After trying to photoshop this all together, I’ve decided I need to invest in a wide-angle lens for my Canon xSi. That west window was put in when we built the …

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I just had to show you this to kick off Studio Week here at Dingbat Press. For those of you who don’t know much about me, I am a mother, and work from home. For the last 5 years, my studio has been in my basement. We had a designated room, which my first press and love went barely down a flight of stairs to what we thought would be it’s final resting place. Cleopatra : Manufactured by Challenge Machinery Co., model 15MA (manual, knockoff of the Vandercook SP-15). I’m partial to this press, because it doesn’t have those stupid springs that the Vandy has. This baby locks in place ;) But then again I’m a biased mother. Then, the business grew, and the product grew, and the raw goods that I needed on-hand grew, and then I hired employees. Interns became …

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