Happy Birthday Mom + Dad

Here are two new designs we rolled out for 2016. If I get birthday cards for anyone, it's definitely for my parents. I think parents are deserving of a two color letterpress printed card. My dad's birthday is this month, so perfect timing! 

Wonder Mom / Paper Parasol Press

In other news. Is it just me, or does working at home get you down? I should feel so lucky, but the lack of social interaction is so mind numbing. I have been trying to be better about going to coffee shops to get a little work done here and there and it has been helping. Cheers to that!

Spring Deals 1.0 / 20% off Select Prints

I have really enjoyed working on the state letterpress print series, but I am definitely ready to make room for new projects. Every week until March I will release sales on select state prints and limited edition prints. This week it is Spring Deals 1.0! I know it's a little early for spring, but it is feeling spring-ish here.

Here are the sale prints:

• Arizona

• Colorado

• Connecticut

• Florida

• Indiana

• Iowa

• Oregon

• South Carolina

• Tennessee

• Texas

If you are ordering any of the prints above use coupon code: springdealone at checkout for 20% off.

I am only offering this on my paperparasolpress.com website (sorry Etsy customers, but please mosey on over here to grab your prints!) and only on retail orders. Sale starts now and ends:  February 6th. Those are the dates, kittens! I will not extend the sale on these certain prints once the new week starts. New week equals new sales items. That's what makes it fun. 

 

Farm Inspired Wedding Invites

Wow, I meant to post this a while ago! Happy 2016, friends. 

Shortly after getting engaged, I started to think about the overall look and feel of our future wedding invitation suite. As a stationery person, the pressure was on. On our flight home from Hawaii, where we got engaged, Andrew and I brainstormed and worked on the huge guest list. It's amazing how much a budget can change your wedding. And so, it changed and changed and simplified, but it was ours and exactly what we wanted. After about a day of treading through all the frivolous stuff and researching venues (my mom all shut down) I threw in the traditional wedding towel. It's true, the wedding industry can easily become not only a money suck, but a complete time suck! Happiness ensued, the sun lifted, and I went forward with complete conviction on how Andrew and I wanted our wedding. All doubts and naysayers were brushed to the side! We wanted three things: an intimate gathering, locally sourced and good food, and charm without having to invest in things. I don't really need more things floating around or to buy more things. It then dawned on us that one of our favorite spots happened to have a loft space at their farm for dinners. Harley Farms it was! 

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When we decided on the private dinner at Harley Farms, my mind started designing the invites immediately. My style tends to lean toward the lively and whimsical and I was excited to put my style to work. I usually only print two color designs, but this kept calling for three colors. And heck, since it was for me I thought: Let's go three! Believe me, for 20-something actual invites going out, this makes for a very expensive letterpress wedding suite. I would not recommend it to anyone, unless you're a designer and own your own press. At the same time, much less labor intensive with just knocking out about 30. 150 three color invites on my Vandercook would not have been as fun to print. Printing only a handful allowed me to really enjoy the actual printing process instead of breaking my back on the press.

I also knew I would struggle and take far too much time on the hand lettering, so I contacted a talented designer, Amanda Raymundo. This was actually the first thing I did and then illustrated around her lettering. I couldn't be happier with her amazing work! I added California poppies to the overall design and the state bird, the quail, to the RSVP to reflect the California coastal countryside.  

The Thank You card has a llama on it, which yes the farm does have llamas. The best known and friendliest of the llamas is Ruby. The llamas will naturally herd and protect the goats from any predators that may get past the electric fence. Important and cute animals! I was thrilled to find gold glittery heart stickers, since gold was one of the colors I wanted to add to the suite. Metallic colors do not print well on the letterpress! That's a job for screen printing or foil.

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For the actual ceremony, we went to beautiful San Francisco City Hall. For this invite, since it was going out to an even smaller group of people, I went two color. I absolutely love Amanda's hand lettering on the ceremony invite. She rocked it. 

 Overall, a lovely wedding weekend with friends and family, many I never get to see. It makes you ask: Why don't we do more stuff like this? A party every few years does sound like a good plan.

Craft Fair Booths

A lot of logistics, planning, and building goes into plotting a booth for a craft fair. Now that the holiday season is upon us, it's that time of year to start thinking about a booth layouts again. Here are some photos from this past summer at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. Linnea from Bird of Virtue and I shared a 10x10' booth.

Group Renegade Booth

Let's go Camping!

Living in California, I definitely yearn for the great outdoors a lot more. We go hiking at least every other weekend, but I have not been camping since I went to Yosemite with Bret from Bungalow Modern last September! So ready to get away from the hustle and the bustle of the city. The older I get, the more I feel this way! Here's a card with a nod to all the adventurers out there who would rather spend their birthdays in a tent with no cell phone reception than taking selfies at a fancy restaurant. Don't forget your headlight and s'more gear! 

Urban Craft Uprising

Next week, I am traveling to Seattle for the first time for Urban Craft Uprising. I have been to Portland before, but never Washington State, so looking forward to it! I love the Pacific Northwest. I will have new state prints, limited edition prints, and a new Washington card! Bret from Bungalow Modern is coming along and after the show we are going to head north in search of some vintage treasures. I can't wait to visit Seattle and meet new customers at the show!

Big Sur A-Frame

If you have ever driven south on Highway 1 from San Francisco to Big Sur, you may have caught a view of this beautiful A-Frame home on the edge of the world. Next time you take the drive, be on the lookout. This print was inspired by it and is now in the shop. I have been wanting to run away lately and if I were to, this would be the perfect hideout. 

May Birthday Special!

We are celebrating a birthday this month over at Paper Parasol Press. Old Lady Tomczyk is turning another year wiser! To celebrate, every online retail order placed in May will receive a free llama birthday card. 

Foil Collection

Here are the first four cards in the foil collection I finally was able to do a few photoshoots in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. Planning on busting out a few more in the near future, including two new holiday cards. 

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Oklahoma! Nevada & Montana

How do I still have eight more states left? HOW?! I feel like I have been printing and printing... Well, here is why: I need to reprint Massachusetts, California, and Michigan. It also takes me a long time to knock out one print. That's three colors, cutting, and then signing and numbering each print. I just knocked out 4 states in the past two weeks: Montana, Oklahoma, Nevada, and a reprint of Texas. It's ok, this will be the year I finish all fifty glorious states. 

Here are the newest three from desert playgrounds to grizzly bears!

Nevada | Paper Parasol Press
Montana | Paper Parasol Press
Oklahoma | Paper Parasol Press

Getting Fancy with Foil

Finally, foil! It took us a while flipping through samples, breaking down costs, but it was worth the wait. Some cards just look better with a little glimmer. 

The first card may be a little inspired by the beautiful California landscape. We live in an area that's constantly noisy and more and more I long to escape to the middle of nowhere stargaze. It's really good for the soul! 

In The Stars | Paper Parasol Press
Mr & Mrs | Paper Parasol Press

Llama Chase

In case you missed the police chase of the decade, you can check it out here.

Llama 1: Let's escape!

Llama 2: Alpaca my bags!

You can purchase our newest birthday card directly from the website.

Aloha!

It has been a long time, but we have lots of new designs rolling out this month and I would love to share them with you. Truth be told, we are having some growing pains. It's mostly the area we live in, Silicon Valley. It's expensive to grow, so we are trying to figure out next steps and constantly rearranging the little space we have. I really hate having work and inventory creep into the apartment and take over and I have been pretty good at constantly reorganizing the inventory room in the basement, but there will be a breaking point. If there is anything I have learned with running a small business, it's you have to be damn resourceful, but you also have to take risks. With that, we will see what happens in the next year. 

In other news, I am celebrating one of my favorite places in the U.S., the beautiful state of Hawaii. You can now find it in the shop in both singles and six packs. 

And how cool is this record cover I picked up the other day at an estate sale? Check out that gorgeous overprinting. Dramatic, right? We are somehow ending up with a small collection of Hawaiian melodies in the hopes if we ever do have a larger space, we can throw a couple of these on the record player and mix up some rum runners for friends. Maybe even bust out the ukulele I got for Christmas and knock out some songs. (More on the uke later.) Dream big, right?

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Southern California Holiday Cards

It's probably the last weekend to order holiday cards and have them shipped in time for Christmas. I made it to Los Angeles last night, and doing some work remotely in beautiful Pasadena.

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

The Renegade Craft Fair Chicago is this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center. I know, a new location and I hear it's pretty. Yes friends, no more single working sink in the bathroom and hard to find parking! Although, the Pulaski Field House will always be vintage beauty. Emily and Holly will be at booth 42 at the Bridgeport Art Center. I will be staying in California to mail out online orders and gearing up for Renegade Los Angeles, a week later.