Friday, November 12, 2010

that's right folks, another craft fair!

Before the weather becomes too unkind to allow for the outside sale of paper goods, we've decided to fit in one more craft fair! I'm sure Athens will be a hoot, or something along those lines. Fairs are actually almost always fun, as it's a time to see firsthand responses to the cards we print, (sending out all those wholesale orders doesn't quite feel the same). So, wish us a day with no rain and not too many kids of reading age who find the dirty cards!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

my blog has abandonment issues

i'm only writing a blog today because i'm putting off design work.

so much has happened since i last blogged - i've been witness to a horrible printing accident, finally sold a card to Paper Source, designed a slew of new cards, and along the way become a pretty decent printer. i've laughed, i've cried, it's been epic.

i'm gonna throw one new card up, one of my favorites from the newest batch....and then i'm gonna get to the designing i should be doing.

Friday, June 4, 2010

blame it on the cats

This is always my solution to time dilemmas. I know that kids, dogs, tropical fish, obsessive video game habits, and baking bread all take more time than cats, but I have to work with what I've got. I wanted to blog yesterday, but the cats needed reassurances that my 3-week trips away would be infrequent.

Also, the only computer I have right now is where I work. I end up spending 12-hour days at my day job just to get this "internetting" thing done. I used to have a computer at home til someone I used to know had a really bad day and decided my computer (along with various other items) should pay the price. I imagine the moment of elation my computer felt as it discovered the feeling of flight, but unfortunately for me and it, that moment was short lived and totally trumped by that old bastard gravity.

Anyway, here's another card from the new batch. This card was made with my dad in mind, as well as many of my other biking friends, and their significant others who live in constant fear of the day they are left for a bicycle. Tomorrow, I'll tell you about the letterpress comic and perhaps some other artists I've seen lately who rock.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

as painless as possible

i actually have a lot to say about what's been going on letterpress-wise lately, but the sun is going down and i still have plants that need to be moved from one place to another in my little garden. so, here's a picture of one of my new cards to tide you over til tomorrow, (when i make another excuse for not writing much. tomorrow i think i'll blame it on my cats). the whisk on this card was drawn by the lovely and talented Krystan Bruce. and if i have my choice, she'll be drawing many more Lady Pilot cards to come. (and if you buy this card on etsy, you give her even more fiscal reasons to do so!) enjoy!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

where do i begin?

so much has happened, dear blog, since our last meeting, and i must apologize sincerely for my seeming disregard of your charms. oh, if you were someone else's blog, you might have daily attention and feel honored and esteemed, like a pampered cat, or prize-winning orchid. but no, you had to be my blog, which means you will forever have to fight for attention, the red-headed stepchild in a room full of beauty queens. sorry bout that, blog, guess you can't help who started you and we'll just have to work on this relationship a little harder. see ya tomorrow, blog, no really, i mean it, for serious.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

another new york sneak peak

Sat at a computer from 5pm til 5 this morning, head buzzy with digital signals, clunking along like a blind lady on illustrator. And now I'm calling the design part done. 11 designs, and I have till Thursday night to get them all printed. Sadly left 2 designs in the idea stage, exhausted from trying to force them to have lines that fit or designs that looked clean. We'll come back to them later. For now, I'm going to watch a movie, take a shower, spend a rainy Sunday living like a normal person who spends rainy Sundays being lazy. For now I'll pretend that I won't wander into my basement print shop and start working, as I've been accused before of being unable to sit still for long.

Friday, January 22, 2010

a preview...

Trying tonight to leave this print shop after about 10 hours. Will most likely go have a couple glasses of wine and retire to my home-based print shop. Who knows how to party? This girl. Not sure yet if I've set myself up for failure, or if this is what is known as being a go-getter, particularly since these two states of being are so closely intertwined. Luckily, I kinda get off on the rush of pressure that cramming too much work into too little time inspires. When I woke up this morning, I felt like my sleeping mind had been traveling down a long dream runway, and as soon as I was conscious, that plane took off. My brain was full of questions about how to do what I'm doing and even more ideas that I'm going to try like hell to ignore until after this trip. Why do ideas always rush in when they know there's just no room for them in the schedule?

Anyway, I'm still struggling with Illustrator, shoving round pegs into square holes, hitting them with mallets til they fit and the floor is covered with multi-colored splinters. But I thought I'd put one preview up. Perhaps I'm jumping the gun here, but since I may be the only one really looking at the pictures I post, it's not like I'm going to ruin the suspense for myself. (Don't worry Ben, I know you're looking.) The text curve isn't quite right yet, but it'll get there, and isn't the little guy cute? And grumpy? Like my cats after I push them over. But I digress. And need wine. More previews to come, and stories of selling cards to famous and glamorous people in New York.