Thursday, March 22, 2012

a print for the occasion

A couple days ago, I added this print to my etsy shop. Each print is custom made. Here are some prints I've already done to help give you some ideas:

When I got married, I made a print for the occasion, too. This one was hung on a tree near our reception tent.

It's nice to have a fun reminder of such a blessed day! <3

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

bridge the gap

At my church between Sunday school and the morning service, we have a time called "Bridge the Gap."  It's a time when you can get some coffee or tea, eat a snack and catch up with people.  Every time it's my turn to bring a snack, I try to make something homemade.  I figure, if I have all of the ingredients to make something, then why not?  I don't really want to have to go out and buy something. In the April issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine, there's a recipe for Cinnamon Bun Bites.  Yes, the picture is as heavenly as it sounds!  Since the magazine just hit the stands, there aren't any pictures from the issue yet, but you are just in luck because I have some delicious pictures of my own to show you.
The idea is similar to that of monkey bread, where balls of dough are dipped in butter, mound on a plate and baked.  This recipe is even more amazing with the addition of cinnamon and sugar.  Brace yourselves!

The dough is made with a lot of love.
I dunked each piece in butter and then in cinnamon and
sugar and then mounded them on the pie plate.
The only warm place was on the floor in front
of our sliding glass door for these guys to rise.
Without the goodness of glaze...
...but of course you have to have it with the glaze!
I am definitely making this again.  It was so good.  It is so worth the five hours to make. Ok, I may be a little crazy for making something that takes so long, but I know a good recipe when I see it.  Thanks Martha <3

Monday, March 12, 2012

lukewarm off the press

Over the past --however long it's been since my last post-- I have been fairly busy working on some fun projects.  I have been blessed to work a few temp jobs and our nine year old, school issued computer isn't as fast and vivacious as she used to be.  Needless to say, life has been busy.
I have some really supportive people in my life who encourage me and my creativity.  This first project was a commission from a great friend (she has three weddings this April) who asked me if I'd design a print as a gift to each couple.  I told a couple friends that I was doing this and they jumped aboard, too as they have people in their lives that are getting married this year.  My original commission of three has turned into five! Here is number one:

I am printing each one with the couple's wedding date and making it even more special by using their wedding colors.  And I have to say, a yellow and gray color combination is one of my favorites! I really like how this one turned out!

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The other project that I took on was save the dates.  This was really fun because they were for one of my closest friends.  She let me design it too; all using metal type available at the studio.
Something that I wanted to show, for those who are unfamiliar with letterpress, is the process. Whether you are using metal/wood type or polymer plates (custom made plastic plates that adhere to a base on the press bed), if you print more than one color, the paper goes through the press more than once.  As my friend and fellow letterpress printer Amy Rau  (owner of green girl press) says, "Each print gets a lot of love."  If you are printing something with two colors, the print goes through the press two times.  If you have four colors, four passes through the press.  Only one color is printed at a time.  I saved some of the save the dates to show you my four day process...

Each card went through the press four times; two colors for the front, two colors for the back.  Even though they aren't perfect, I love them.  Good choice on colors Susan & Will.  I can't wait until your big day; I'm so excited for you! <3