Happy Halloween!

We had a very low key Halloween this year with homemade pizza, beer, and trick or treaters at the door. We carved our pumpkin last night and baked seeds for a midnight snack…yes, we were up until midnight carving that bad boy.

Hope you had a great Halloween too!

sketch, sketch, sketch all day long

I spent the summer of 2006 and 2010 abroad for a drawing program through the architecture school at UVa. The first time around, I was a student, and subsequently was the teaching assistant. These trips really helped me understand my LOVE for drawing. While there, we spent literally 8 hours a day with our sketchbooks in tow drawing everything we saw from buildings, landscape, details, and even some awesome hats on Italian Independence Day.

I still love drawing and pull out my sketchbook for every project we have. Some projects require more intense sketchbook time, like Tourterelle, and other times it’s just sketching out concepts and layouts.

We loved the drawing for Anne’s Farm to Table invitations so much that we then had boxcar press create a plate for us to make a few sets of these cards featuring our veggie drawings. We even packaged a few sets up already and sent them to our friends Sarah and Andrea who put us in touch with our most recent clients.


Happy Dance: We’re published!

Yep. We’re published…sort of.

Every season, our local newspaper publishes a wedding insert featuring everything from vendor spotlights, diy tips, to real weddings. I was flipping through the fall issue and there it was, a photo of Brooke and Tony’s invitation. The article was a vendor spotlight featuring Jen Maton of If So Inklined. We collaborated with her of Brooke and Tony’s suite where she hand lettered all of the script.

We are incredibly honored and humbled to have been credited in our local paper and can’t wait to see more of our stationery out in the world…big dreams.

If you are in town, don’t forget to pick up your very own copy of the Hook Fall Weddings Issue from any of the red kiosks scattered around town.

A House!

My college roommate and her fiancee just bought their fist house in Richmond. They actually closed 3 days after Tom and I closed on our house, so we’ve been sharing stories as we both enter the thralls of home ownership.

Siobhan sent me a picture of their house before they moved in and from it, I was able to create a line drawing as the focal piece of their moving announcements! Remember when I wrote about mint being the new black? Well, Siobhan and I are both IN LOVE with the tealy/seafoam/mint color craze right now. We kept the drawing and body of the text in a light gray ink and allowed the headline, OUR FIRST HOME, really pop with the teal. This was perfect because she also just sent me a photo of their freshly painted front door…perfectly coordinating with the teal in the announcements.

Can’t wait to see their new place in person!

TEN15…a namesake

Today is 10.15, or TEN15, as we would write it here at the studio. A year ago today, my husband and I shared our wedding vows with our family and friends. A few months later, we decided to name our studio after this special day. I mean ,it was this special day that acted as a catalyst to get us started down this road of printing…and we are loving every step we take.

Here’s to a long, healthy, happy marriage and many many many more tomorrows to share!


Look what Gage and I found in our yard yesterday at lunch. He really wanted to play with it, and I had to capture this photo before it flew away. The picture doesn’t do this guy justice, but he was one of the biggest butterflies I’ve ever seen.

Lettuce Turnip the Beet

We’ve seen this clever little saying floating around cyberspace and seen it on posters, t-shirts, and more. We were thrilled when Anne asked us to create an invitation for a farm to table themed shower around this pun.

So we started brainstorming and decided to draw some really awesomely composed vegetables similar to vintage botanical drawings…you know what I’m talking about, black and white lines drawings showing all the beautiful details of all sorts of flora.

Although these invitations were not letterpress printed, we did order some plates from boxcar and are planning on making some very hip greeting cards with our drawing.


Modern + Minimal

Tara asked me to print a set of personalized notecards to match ones that she previously owned. When I saw these minimalist cards, I immediately fell in love–so clean, simple, and modern.

It’s an understatement to say that I love all things modern. Most of our home is furnished with modern pieces ranging from IKEA to a few special pieces (we were graciously gifted several molded ply eames chairs a few years ago). That’s not to say we don’t love a good antique or two–namely our antique printing press. And, when Tara came to pick up her new note cards, we got to talking about our shared loved for eames chairs–perfect right?

Do these cards remind you of mid century modern furniture and would you see them on an inspiration board together? What other design associations do you make throughout the day?