Picking the perfect tree

A few weeks ago we decorated the house for Christmas. Every year we pick out a tree with our friends Sara and Ben. This year was no different!

After we got the tree home Marni and Lindsay came over to decorate and helped us by stringing popcorn for our doorways. It took me back to grade school and for few days the house smelled like popcorn and pine needles - it was great!

Bust Recap

As promised, here are a few pictures of our table at the Bust Craftacular (my camera died within the first five minutes). I split the table with Amber Mahler of Mani Designs. Her work is absolutely gorgeous and her display was just perfect. She used an old letterpress type case to display her earrings, which fit quite well with my letterpress printed pieces. I wasn't in love with my display, but I did manage to fit everything into just two suitcases for the plane ride!

While we were in the city Jake and I stopped by Anthropologie and admired the paper chain garland and other great displays.

All around the city there were Obama window displays. This was one of the best, complete with stockings hung on the fire place for the whole Obama family. I regret that I didn't get any pictures of the multiple Obama food specials (like the "Obama Burger" or the "Obama lunch buffet").

Last-minute holiday!

In the spirit of the season Pistachio Press is offering a last-minute holiday special. This package includes:

*2009 letterpress wall calendar collaboration {design by Ink+Wit, printing by Pistachio Press}
*Woman walking dogs, limited edition letterpress print
*Set of five season's greeting cards
*FREE domestic shipping!

Don't forget to check out hello handmade paperie's newest downloadable banner and ornaments. I haven't had too much time to decorate this season {more on this later}, so these will be perfect for any of you who are in the same boat!

And finally, make sure you check out new prints from FreshlyBlended Press! Nicole just completed a series of four beautiful letterpress and gocco land bird prints, available in her shop. They're even more wonderful in person!

Later this week I'll give you an update about the Craftacular and the many awesome artists I finally got to meet in person!

Craftacular, here we come.

I will be participating in the Bust Craftacular this weekend. Stop in and say hi!

Sunday, December 14, 2008
10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, NYC

Jake and I decided to make this our holiday weekend in New York. We're renting a studio apartment in Chelsea and I can't wait to walk around the city in the snow. This is my favorite time of the year in the city and the Craftacular is the icing on the cake!

But, I underestimated how much inventory I would have left after second storie and my studio holiday gala. I thought I was caught up with work, but it looks like I'll be printing for the rest of the week and finishing up some custom work, so you probably won't hear from me for a few days. How does this happen?!

Even more thankful!

Yesterday Pistachio Press hit a milestone - 800 sales in my Etsy shop! My very sincere thanks to everyone who has ordered a card or sent kind words in the last year and a half. Also, very many thanks and hugs to all of my friends and family who encouraged me and gave me advice when I most needed it. Your support has allowed me to live my dream of running a successful press, something I didn't think was possible just a few years ago.

As the press continues to grow I have been exploring new ventures that I will be able to share in the coming months. Once I'm done teaching for the semester I'll be undertaking the task of updating my website. I still like the general layout, but I need new photos and descriptions of pieces, especially since half of my work hasn't made it onto the site yet!

If you're near Rochester and looking for something to do this weekend stop by my studio and say hi! It's time for the Anderson Alley Holiday Gala. I'm in studio #4-7.

December 5, 5-8pm & December 6, 11am-4pm
250 North Goodman Street · Rochester, New York 14607

And if you're near NYC next weekend, stop in at see me at the Bust Craftacular.


One of my favorite leisure activities of the last few years has been reading blogs, but they tend to suck up my time and make me procrastinate as I click on link after wonderful link. I had to cut them out of my daily routine to make room for things like work, but no more! They're slowly making a comeback into my life and I'm so happy about it. Especially when I find things like this!

A gorgeous collection. So pretty that I could see myself spending whatever it takes to make sure I have several new outfits for summer. I just love the color palette! Check out Morrison for more super beautiful pieces and a picture of the dog who started it all.

I couldn't have found these amazing pieces without the help of forty-sixth at grace. Nikole is the co-owner of the most lovely shop, herriott grace. Her father hand carves each wonderful spoon. These would make such an amazing gift and would surely make cooking even more pleasurable.

And I found out about herriot grace from Satsuma Press ... see what I mean about link after link!

{images of clothing from Morrison, image of spoon from herroit grace}


Wow! What an amazing holiday and weekend. The past few weeks have been a blur, as I'm sure you could tell by the lack of posts lately. Teaching, getting ready for second storie and running Pistachio Press have really been three full time jobs.

Thanksgiving itself was great. I hosted the meal for the first time ever. There were only five of us and since we are all vegetarian I got to eat everything! It was even more exciting because I finally got to cook a meal. I've been living off take-out for the past few months and didn't realize how much I missed cooking. Here was our delicious menu:

Roasted butternut squash soup
Home-made stuffing from ciabatta bread
Creamy red mashed potatoes
Roasted brussel sprouts with pine nuts
Glazed sweet potatoes with almonds
Tofurkey and gravy
Multigrain rolls

My mom brought dessert: Pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream, apple pie, and Bienenstich (a German cake made with a custard center a topped with almonds). After dinner the family watched a movie while I stuffed cards into cellophane bags in preparation for second storie.

After many months and countless hours of work second storie was an amazing success this weekend. Our vendors were every bit as talented as I had expected and even more kind that I could have imagined. I was able to trade/buy many gifts, mostly for myself! On Sunday we hosted a delicious brunch with food carefully made by an incredible woman (it filled two six-foot tables). It seemed like all of our promotion paid off - we had a great crowd, many of them spent a few hours shopping and talking to vendors. My sister helped me at my table and by greeting people as they came in. And my husband was super-awesome! He greeted each person who came in, gave them an info booklet, told them about the free hot cider and provided the perfect cheerful introduction to the event. I only had time to take two photos, but check out Frenshlyblended's photos, they're great!