Christmas tree picking

A few weeks ago we picked out Christmas trees with our friends Sara and Ben. It's become tradition for us to eat breakfast together the first weekend in December and then hunt for the perfect tree at Powers. Sara and Ben always go for the long-needles big round trees, but Jake and I almost always end up with a fraser fir, which is able to hold all of our heavy ornaments. And the best part of Powers is the animals runing around. This year we got to pet a baby goat while the snow fell!

Concepcioun Books

During Second Storie I got to sit next to Christine, owner of Concepcioun, and chat about making work as indie business owners. In addition to being a great person, Christine makes the most awesome felt notepads. There are six different notepad inserts available. My favorites are the web account log (to store passwords) and the checklist (of course). She also makes gorgeous and impeccably crafted custom guest books.

{all images from concepcioun}

stamps, cards and gift wrap

Christmas is fast approaching. As usual, I feel like I'm behind. I can't believe December is already half over! I've given up on getting holiday cards in the mail before the actual holiday, but I've resolved to send new year cards instead. I'm happy to see these great stamps from the Post Office, which I have to order today!

Also, a little update on calendars. We still have them in stock, but they're going quickly! If you're planning to order one as a gift you have a bit of time left and we just listed some expedited shipping and gift-wrapping options.

Hope you all had a great weekend. I'll fill you in on mine in the next day or two :)

Bust Craftacular this weekend!

Hey NYC friends...Pistachio Press is coming to your neck of the woods! We're going to be at the Bust Craftacular, which is always a super fun show. We'll be on the second floor - stop by and say hi!

letterpress love going strong

Letterpress has been going through a period of renewed popularity in the last few years and our local alternative newspaper has taken notice. City Newspaper created a cover story on the new wave of letterpress and we're so excited to be part of this feature!

Photo by Matt DeTurck, who is incredibly nice. Here's his blog and flicr.

Holiday ornaments, hooray!

My good friend Abbey from Aesthetic Outburst created an ornament challenge for herself. She's making 20 ornaments in 20 days and they're pretty awesome! You can check them out right here. It's totally inspiring me to make some new ornaments for my tree, which we got this weekend! Oh, and we also got about eight inches of snow over the last few days. It's beautiful outside and the lights from the tree makes the inside so much more cozy.

Holiday Gala this weekend

This weekend: 
Anderson Alley Holiday Gala
250 N. Goodman, Rochester, NY

Friday, December 3, 5-9pm
Saturday, December 4, 11am-4pm

I'll be showing work in my studio (#4-7) with my talented studio-mates Jim and Sara and friend JoAnn. Stop by and say hi if you're in town!

mad skills

Wow. I just saw this video on Pidge Pidge's blog and had to post it. So amazing to think about the work that goes into these rugs and how much skill the makers have.

welcome December

It's the first of December and it's the first real snowfall we've had in Rochester. Apparently, we usually have 7.5" of snow by now, but this year we've had so little. Maybe this means we're in for a snowy winter? All I know for sure is that it's time to break out the snow boots and I'm glad Jake put the winter tires on our car. Hope you stay cozy today.