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here’s another holiday sneak peek – what do you think about an offset collection for quick ordering and customization? We certainly will continue on with the letterpress, but many have requested an offset option for holiday greetings because they need a quick turnaround.

This design is for those wishing to announce a new arrival for the holidays – more, many more genres to come. Gosh I miss my babies (although they have turned out to be pretty cute kids too)!

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sUPER excited about these little letterpress notes! They debuted at NSS last year, however we had a ton of city requests so the collection is rounded out at 27 cities (for now) all that were shown at the stationery show 2012. Here are a few of my favorites, all of which you can get in sets of 6 on Etsy immediately! Letterpress printed on Arturo gravel paper, sized as a 4Bar folded note with a blank interior. Sold as a set of 6 notes (and soon as singles, journals and coasters), this collection is printed in black ink, sketched and designed here in Idaho and then finished with colorfast watercolor paint. Each card will be slightly different due to the hand painted nature of the product.

many of the cards launched this year were US destinations, however more international landmarks were part of the 2011 launch and we have an ongoing list. If you’d like to see something that isn’t in the shop put it in the comments and we’ll get cracking on it! Can’t wait to hear what landmarks you want us to do next…

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Nerd Alert!


last time we made this soup, our President’s Day skiing weekend was interrupted by a complete whiteout winter storm. One that left visibility that didn’t go beyond the end of the deck outside. The vegetables were limited to what we had on hand as you can see in the photos, but it was a great soup for a cold winter’s day!

Our version, which adds the chicken from a store bought rotisserie chicken as well as broth derived from the same chicken, creates a soup with a richness that is a big hit with the whole family. As we are cooking for children, we leave the chilies out and let the adults add according to their own taste.  Sometimes we add a tablespoon or two of fish sauce.

Traditionally seasoned with kaffir lime leaves, this recipe simply uses both lime zest and juice. Straw mushrooms give it an authentic look, while creamy coconut milk adds an enticing aroma. Thai Coconut Soup is almost always served with rice.

Ingredients for soup base:
3 cans (14 oz.) coconut milk (lite or regular, not sweetened)
2 stalks lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed
3 tablespoons minced ginger
3 kaffir lime leaves, or 1 teaspoon lime zest
1 stalk celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup minced cilantro
2 cups chicken broth (or one can)

To prepare soup base:
This is a great soup to make with a store bought rotisserie chicken. Make chicken broth by placing the chicken in a large stock pot and cover with water just over the top of the chicken. Add a bay leaf, about 5 peppercorns, a few sprigs of parsley, a few sprigs of thyme if you have it, a teaspoon of salt and a few cloves of garlic, crushed with the back of a heavy knife. Bring the liquid to a boil,and simmer for an hour or two.



Ingredients for vegetables noodles or rice:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
3 scallions, slice into 1/4 rounds
1 carrot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
5 oz. dry rice noodles, or 2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup basil, chopped
Leftover rotisserie chicken (and broth), OR 1/2 to 1 lb. medium shrimp, cooked, OR 1 lb. Skirt steak

Place the coconut milk in a large saucepan. Cut the lemongrass in half across, and then lengthwise. Crush with the back of a heavy knife and add to the pan. Add the ginger lime leaves or zest, celery, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, broth, salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil gently for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat and let infuse, covered, while cooking the broth and vegetables.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion, carrot, and red pepper and sauté over medium heat for about 2 minutes.


Strain the coconut liquid into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until tender. (Or, if serving with rice, just add rice to the soup as desired before eating.) Add the basil, cooked beef, shrimp, or chicken and season to taste. This soup is also delicious served with shredded pork, lobster, or scallops.

*Ingredients for beef or shrimp:

1 lb. skirt steak, cut across grain into pieces about 1/8″ thick
2 tablespoons soy sauce (LA CHOY is Gluten Free)
2 tablespoons sesame oil

Meat Prep (for Beef or Shrimp):
Place the beef or shrimp in a bowl, add the soy sauce and sesame oil, and let marinate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably 2-3 hours. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the beef or shrimp and the marinade and sear for 8-10 min. for beef, and 4-5 min. for shrimp, or until liquid has evaporated.


As promised – new site, new giveaway again today! We just got in a new die for A6 personalized notes, wohoo! IF YOU WANT TO WIN A SET then you can do so in one of the following ways for an entry: 1) tweet the new site or giveaway on your twitter feed and include a url as well as has tag #DPA6giveaway for an entry. 2) Post a link on your Facebook wall to this blog post and come back to comment with a link in your comment that will direct me to your Facebook post. 3) RE-PIN one of these images from this post with has tag #PinToWinA6 in the comments field. (only one pin entry allowed, can’t add to multiple boards) 4) Comment here with something that we don’t offer that you’d love if we carried! THE GOODS: Set …

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I’m just slightly infatuated with pantone, if you haven’t noticed. And this year the 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango! I love how the yellows are being infiltrated by the oranges now. This was a wedding suite for a November wedding for Preeya. First off, she was SO fabulous to work with and had the most amazing mood board. (See at the bottom). She was right on the money regarding color trends and the design was so fun to develop with her. The suite was printed on 110# cotton paper, 2 inks, paired with gravel envelopes and dark gravel ink. Pieces included Invitation, Directions, Details and RSVP cards for the letterpress pieces, and then place cards and menu for digital pieces for the day of events. To price out an invitation suite like Preeya’s head over to the shop and …

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In addition to our holiday greeting cards that we launched last year, we’ve updated our New Year’s cards to 2012 and added a Dove Peace card. Get yours before the year is out for your holiday greetings. Sized at 5.5″ Square and paired with matching Square envelopes. You can order in sets of 12, 25, 50 and 100 (price discounts on larger quantities ;) and customizable with an interior greeting!

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If you haven’t seen it this year, we have re-designed the Love, Santa letterpress tags for all of Santa’s helpers out there. There is about 10-12 more shopping days for domestic orders if you want your letterpress goods by Christmas Eve. International orders better get hopping on your last minute US buying ASAP, we can’t guarantee anything shipped out beyond the 10th. Letterpress printed on 110# papper and paired with die-cut gift pouches in either antique gold or light shimmer champagne. Sized at 2.25 x 3.5″ and will fit a perfect amount of cash, gift card or special note from Santa to adorn your gifts this season.

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If you missed it on twitter this last weekend, we launched a re-design to our online shop! The BEST part is that we have new functionality where you can order custom products online – calling cards, wedding suites and letterpress ready-made goods! I’m also excited to announce that we are participating in a new post-thanksgiving promotion with a slew of other letterpress printers – it is not Cyber Mnday, but instead Letterpress Tuesday. ENJOY 25% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP (including custom goods) for 24 hours only, tomorrow TUESDAY 11/29/11. When checking out use code DINGBAT25. Happy Thanksgiving!  

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