Tomtoberfest & fleaVILLE

I was so honored to participate in Charlottesville’s flea-VILLE this weekend, as part of Tom Tom’s Tomtoberfest…yes, that was a lot of word-play.

My friends from Kindred Paper, asked me to join their booth and also contribute some artwork for a few of their cards. This was not only Kindred’s debut but also my first time selling studio goodies at a market-like setting. We were also joined by Emily and Adam who make knitted goods and art prints respectively. The four of us has so much fun spending the afternoon together and meeting all the other vendors–there was a little of everything from paper to vintage antiques to food trucks…yes, I said food trucks.

It was also wonderful because it was located 5 blocks from our house, so my husband walked the dogs over to say hi. They seriously were the best advertisement we could ask for…I mean, who can resist those puppy faces? And no, they are not related by blood…nor are they the same breed. In fact, they are both mutts that we love so much and were just destined to be brothers.


photo source: stonestreet creative


photo source: fleaVILLE


photo source: fleaVILLE

I had a blast and hope everyone who came out to the market had fun and enjoyed looking at (and even buying) some cards.

it’s finally here!

check out what I brought home yesterday! This new-to-me printing press is a 1934 Chandler and Price platen press that I bought from Maggie and Phil in Alexandria.


Phil’s father was a hobby printer and had a garage full of printing treasures. Phil described him as a man who took his hobbies very seriously and gave 200% into everything he did. I and several other printers & collectors were lucky enough to take home some of these hidden beauties.

I still have quite a ways to get this guy in printing order (it hadn’t been printed with in over 20 years). Next on the to-do? Get new rollers & trucks, a boxcar base, tympan paper, and clean all the layers of dirt and grease off this thing!

maya and bryan’s wedding gallery

check out mary stafford’s blog featuring maya + bryan’s wedding day! she documented their wedding with such stunning photography that from the big moments to to small details.

this was the first time i saw everything come together from what maya and bryan described about themselves and their wedding. it really is even more beautiful that words could have described…it’s a good thing mary did such a wonderful job capturing those moments with each click of her camera. and just to jog your memories, here are their save the dates, invites, and day of materials!

here’s a sneak peak of one of the photos, but head over to mary’s blog to see the whole day.


mary stafford photography


mary stafford photography

studio tour: production day

It’s pretty easy to make a mess on production day since i usually work on everything from paper trimming, mixing inks, calligraphy, assembling, and packaging all on the same 5’x3′ desk. I do try my hardest to keep things clean and organized (for the most part) and clean up before moving on to the next task.

production day-01

production day-02

Here’s a quick glimpse at the printing stage of a typical production day (printing siobhan and raleigh’s wedding invites!). you can see the stacks of paper on one side of the desk–they’ve been conveniently separated into stacks of 25 so it’s easy to keep track of how many I’ve actually printed. And on the other side, you can see part of what goes into mixing ink. For this particular project, it took me 3 tries to get the color exactly right, so you can see all the different shades of green I mixed…trust me, they look the same on the palette, but print very very differently.