Marble Mothering Tree

Today at church we made a Mothering Tree and had a meaningful time of contemplation about the various female caregivers we’ve had throughout our lives. I am especially grateful today for my mom, Lois, and grandmothers Mary and Evelyn for their loving care throughout my life. motheringTree


All is Fair in Tricks and Treats

New fair trade marbled Halloween pillow packs sized to hold (just enough) candy! Order by noon on Monday, October 29, for USPS delivery on or before Halloween. Or pick yours up tonight at the studio during the South Pasadena Arts Crawl 5-9pm.

$1 each

Includes USPS postage and ribbon. Candy included only if you show up at the studio tonight!

While you’re here pick up a pumpkin across the street!

Tweeting Christmas in September

This old buzzard never boarded the Twitter Train. I bought the ticket—a tweety account (@FairStuff) that I don’t use. As I loiter here in the station, twiddling my twitter thumbs, all I can do is laugh at myself. Since the holidays are nearly upon us my joke comes wrapped in Christmas.

Buy a Tweet Holiday Card: $4.75 (Free USPS shipping) 

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Tis the Season for Torah

Today a customer called and asked, “Do you have any Jewish stuff?” Yep.

Summer seems to be the season for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. The most popular paper among 13-year-olds? Elephant dung paper from Mr. Ellie Pooh. Second most popular is Jute Paper. Those kids are just so darn eco conscious!

Printed on Mr. Ellie Pooh elephant dung paper

Printed on fair trade jute paper with recycled envelopes from Green Paper Company

I met Vanessa at Unique LA in May 2011. She had designed her own wedding invitation and needed a printer.

Printed on fair trade jute paper with recycled envelopes from Green Paper Company

Ladies of Letterpress

Just got back from from the Ladies of Letterpress conference in Asheville, NC. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many girl printers in one place and I loved it. I’m still processing all I learned but I can list some myths that these ladies busted for me. Contrary to what I previously thought:

  • Not everyone has a Windmill. Most of them are hand-feeding (and in many cases foot treadling) just like me. No more feeling sorry for myself when I have a long run to push through!
  • It is possible to do a split fountain on the C&P.
  • Brayers are fun. I need to quit trying to make everything so perfect and start handrolling that brayer around.
  • The proper pronunciation of “couching” (a papermaking term) is not that thing you sit on.

Thanks, girls!


Sweet Peas of Asheville

The common space at Sweet Peas has comfy chairs, lots of books and DVDs, an ironing board and a computer with free Internet.

If all a weary traveler needs is a clean bed for the body, Dutch design for the eye, a shoestring price tag for the bank account, and a bar downstairs then make your way to Asheville, NC to Sweet Peas Hostel. I wish this place was a chain and had one in every city but there is only one on the corner of Rankin and Walnut, smack in the middle of this artiest of art cities. For a few of us Ladies of Letterpress it was a convenient alternative to the swankier Renaissance Asheville Hotel where we gathered for conference events.

And as I write this it looks like I may need to go back because I’ve just been bumped from my flight.

Sleeper pods are $35 per night. There are also cheaper bunks and a couple of reasonably priced private rooms.

A fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to eat in. Make sure to recycle and compost!