March 2011

15 articles in March 2011

Guys and dolls- this is the last huzzah before it really starts to get insane around here. It is spring break for my kids so I’m out on vacation until the 5th – which means BORING for you, yeah I do feel bad about it :( I’ll be back and working hard though next week on some SWEET new blog posts and product launches (yes sneek peeks for NSS too) wohoo!

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The NSS Countdown has begun. I have 7 weeks left roughly until I fly out (and freak out)! Things that I’ve gotten done for the show in the last three weeks include: Booked flights. Plated 3 invitation suites for the book. Plated ink chips for the book. Plated Edge-paint cards for the book. Plated a few other surprises too (think food…). Bought a simple saddle-stitcher, hmmmm. Shipped my holiday cards to the Louies that I was nominated for – woohoo! STILL IN SHOCK! Hooked up my Endicia for Mac label shipper. Ordered carpet from FLOR for booth. Designed new baby announcements to launch at NSS and online. Re-structured pricing for everything due to paper changes, and paper price changes. Updated the shop with draft listings so they’ll go live in a timely manner. Requested estimates from FreightQuote.com, UPS Freight & Freeman for …

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This was a rare request that we were excited to be a part of. While I haven’t traveled out of the US (with the exception of Toronto which I LOVED), working with international clients (or foreign languages) for that matter provides some interesting challenges but also intriguing solutions. A client recently inquired about calligraphy calling cards and wanted us to do her name in Cyrillic. I immediately contact the head of Society of Scribes and emailed probably everyone on that¬† contact list inquiring about a Cyrillic calligrapher. To my dismay, there were none to be found! Google proved fruitless. I tried to hack a Spencerian script but it really wasn’t getting close to what we were going for, and me being the Idahoan that I am was as close to Russia as finding a native palm tree in our state. So the …

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It’s that time of year again and these letterpress graduation announcements¬† were actually a set we designed and printed for William last fall! I like the implementation of the school seal, really elegant with the simple Bembo typography and paired with the grey ink. If you are interested in a set of 25, 50 or 100 be sure to request an estimate now – our turnaround for these is usually 2-3 weeks, however with NSS coming up, we want to make sure you get them before June!

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So my husband is a fly-fisherman, and they tie all their flies for the upcoming season (close to 100,000 flies) to use on the river, many of which are proprietary fly patterns. It’s pretty amazing! In January Brian was in buying hackle and there were WOMEN (lo and behold) buying the hackle up. So he went out and bought all the remaining supply and my sister-in-law has started a new business venture. Operation Fab Feathered Hair. These are thin beautiful feather hair extensions which have hit NY Fashion Week, big stylist blogs and more in the last 6 months. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work on the branding and styling of their e-Commerce website including installation of the e-commerce theme, implementation of the shopping cart, product upload, photography and styling of the product imagery and more. To see screen …

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Who doesn’t love maps?! In another life I could have been a cartographer. All throughout k-11th grade (I skipped out on Sr. year with an early graduation) I was always the designated map maker for geography, history, or any other class report that required teams. I loved organizing the information in a unique way, and presenting it as a really stellar map. This one is for a wedding suite locating accommodation/hotels, major area attractions and transportation.

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