We open on Sunday!

The National Stationery Show opens in the morning. We just finished the booth this evening and I really love how it turned out. I won't be able to make it to the show for the opening day (flying back to Rochester for graduation), but Jake will be there and I have a feeling he's going to have a great time. I can't wait to get back and I hope to see a few of you there!

NSS - Join us!

The walls are up, the vinyl has been hung, the cards and shelves are almost finished, the catalogs are sitting on the table. Final task for tomorrow, hang the print and try to stay sane! I love how it all looks so far!!! Keep an eye out for our coverage of the show next week on Aesthetic Outburst

For our printer friends at NSS

If you're a letterpress printer and exhibiting (or visiting) the stationery show, stop by our booth and say hi. We'll have one of these prints waiting for you! The iphone pics don't do the color justice - it's neon orange and it's bright :) Our booth is #1965. We do have a limited supply, so stop by early!

NSS prep

Stationery Show prep has been going well. Aside from being indecisive about next year's calendar (already!), most everything else is turning out great. We ended up cutting the walls we built last year in half and hinging them so that they'd fit in our car. We have one inch of wiggle room, but they are going to fit! We're also repainting them and all of our ancillary display pieces. We have three days before we head to the show. I'm feeling mostly pulled together, but in preparing for trade shows, I know this can change hourly!

Linwood Gardens 2012

Every year we visit Linwood Gardens for the tree peony festival. The estate is only open for three weekends each year (and a few extra days during the summer) and Jake and I try not to miss it. Usually we end up going twice. Sunday we spent a few hours wandering the grounds and enjoying the flowers. I can only imaging how amazing it would be to live here (it's actually a private residence) or to have been here in the turn of the century when it was built. If you live close to Rochester, I promise it's worth visiting!

This past week I've been fighting off a pretty bad cold. It was some kind of super-cold that knocked me out for a few days. The kind of cold that's more like the flu, but without the fever and chills. The only good thing is that it came before the stationery show. So, no matter how much I may have complained about being sick this past week, I am eternally grateful that I will be in good health for the show.

The stationery show is the largest industry tradeshow for us and I look forward to it every year. Although it's only our third year doing this show I feel like we've been exhibiting much longer (perhaps because we've done so many gift shows, too). Although it seems like it would be very competitive, it honestly doesn't feel like it. I have met so many incredibly talented people and friends through the show. And through their generosity I have learned so much and had so many amazing opportunities.

Jake and I leave on May 17th to set up for the show. Until that time, expect to see us in the shop around the clock. We've got a bunch of printing and packaging to do before the show, not to mention keeping up with wedding orders and proofing. Hope to show you our progress.

This weekend

There are quite a few awesome openings in Rochester this weekend. Three in my studio space!

And one by my studio mate Jim, at another gallery :)
And a whole bunch more going on around Rochester! Hope to see you out.