27 November 2012

Christmas for the letter-writer: an idea list

Spreading the word about my upcoming collaborative event has taught me quite a bit about the people in and around my small town: there are lots of typewriter and letter-writing enthusiasts out there! More than I would have thought in this small population set. I guess not everyone is as loud or obsessive as I am (or Annie is), but that doesn't mean they enjoy these things any less. 

With this in mind, I thought I'd put together a Christmas gift idea list for the letter-writer in your life:

1. Oversize envelope clutch 
    (from Pansy Bag)

I adore the colors and design of this perfectly simple, large clutch purse from Pansy Bag. You can never have too many envelopes.

2. Postcup, postcard mug
    (from Bailey Doesn't Bark)

What letter-writer doesn't enjoy a hot cup of tea? Especially this time of year. This mug from Bailey Doesn't Bark comes with a porcelain pen that you use to fill in the postcard template. Just inscribe, bake, and put the kettle the on.

3. Simple typewriter calling cards
    (from Michelle Brusegaard)

If letter-writing and typewriters aren't old-fashioned enough, how about calling cards from Michelle Brusegaard? Not a business card, just a formal "So-and-so was here" calling card. And this one uses a typewriter-inspired font.

4. Leather envelope card wallet
     (from Mariposa Handmade   

And how about an envelope-shaped wallet from Mariposa Handmade Handbag to keep those calling cards in?

5. Felt typewriter brooch
     (from Green Accordion)

I would wear this brooch from Green Accordion to every fancy get-together that I could. Get them in multiple colors so that you always have one to match! 

6. Exquisite dark stationery
     (from The 1900 Letter)

And even more of that old-fashioned taste. I think the gothic embellishments on every stationery design from The 1900 Letter add a large dose of atmosphere to letter-writing and letter-reading. Don't you?

7. Address labels
    (from The Little Fox)

Another added touch is the illustrated address label. Try "The Lovely Letter" theme of address labels from The Little Fox.

8. Stationery & letter organizer
     (from downstairsDesigns)

I've had my eye on these In Touch clutches from downstairsDesigns for quite a while now. Organization is crucial when you have so many obligations and projects up in the air at the same time. It may even spare you enough time to write a letter or two. Another nice design element at work here: when you snap the clutch closed, it looks like an envelope!

Good luck with your gift-giving! Now to get started on my own...

22 November 2012

Holiday sale (er, sell-out?)

So, I guess I'm participating in this Black Friday-Cyber Monday hoopla. I've decided to offer FREE SHIPPING on all items in my Etsy shop from Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26. Just use the coupon code TLPXMAS12.

In addition, I will be listing "The Girls Friday," Typewriter Trading Card Set sooner than previously promised. To have them available in time for holiday shoppers, these limited edition artist trading cards will be available to purchase starting Friday!

Do you have any special writers (or readers) in your life that are difficult to shop for? Have they exhibited an appreciation for obsolete technologies? If they do not yet have a working typewriter, get them one! There has been quite the typewriter renaissance over the past couple of years, and supplies such as ink ribbons are not as hard to find as you might think. 

Once they are equipped with their very own working typewriter, come see me for some great typewriter stocking gifts! Get them a custom-fitted, kitsch fabric typewriter cozy to keep the dust and pet hair out. My typewriter trading cards will fit great in that stocking too! Trust me, if I didn't already have this stuff, I would love to get it for Christmas.

REMEMBER: FREE SHIPPING with coupon code TLPXMAS12 from Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

The Type-In is coming soon! Check out this blog post from Scribbling Glue's Annie to see the beautiful mail-art invitations (typed on letterpress-printed stationery) that we made last weekend for a smaller target audience. Flyers went up around the area yesterday. Just two weeks and counting.

20 November 2012

Acceptable reasons to cry in public

I contributed a measly $10 to this Kickstarter project called "Acceptable Reasons to Cry in Public," a public grassroots letterpress broadside art installation, and in return I got these four gorgeous posters, complete with letterpress-printed QR codes--one to keep, three to post in public spaces. Working at a college, I feel I am in a place full of people--students and faculty--who are forever on the verge of emotional breakdown; and these people seem especially in need of the consolation that we all cry in public sometimes. My own life this past four or five years has been littered with these glittering moments. It's genuine  and tragic and kind, and in the end, it's also funny. I loved being able to be a tiny part of this project. 

After brainstorming with a few friends, I decided my chosen venues would be public bathrooms around the Washington College campus--ladies' bathrooms in particular. Isn't that where all of us girls prefer to do our public crying?

My first location was the first-floor bathroom of The Rose O'Neill Literary House (my home base on campus):

It fits in perfectly among the walls covered in framed letterpress posters printed right here in our Print Shop.

Second, the door on the last stall in the women's bathroom in the Casey Academic Center (home of the mail room, college bookstore, a few classrooms, and the financial aid office upstairs--the last of which seems a perfectly acceptable reason to cry in public):

Last, near the window in the women's bathroom on the first floor of William Smith Hall (populated by numerous classrooms, English faculty offices, and a small theatre):

At this last location, I was finally caught in the act by a fellow staff member. So I got to explain about the project and hope that these posters won't go unnoticed. Who knows how long they will be allowed to remain in their hallowed places. For a few months, at the least, I would hope. Mine will be framed and hung in my office.

The instruction letter they mailed along with the posters was typed up on a blue Sears Citation typewriter. That made me happy too. (But I didn't cry about it)

13 November 2012

Cozy Christmas for a Typewriter

"Question: What is the one Christmas present designed for use by every member of the family except infants, which can be used daily the whole year round and which will last a lifetime with a minimum of care? Answer: A typewriter."

"Typewriter Sales Offers Perfect Christmas Gift," The Victoria Advocate, 26 November 1962.

Yes, this ad is 50 years old. But over the past few years, typewriter ownership has been on the rise once again. Have you noticed? 

So my question is: Do you know someone who's getting a typewriter for Christmas this year? Maybe you are getting someone a typewriter for Christmas. You know what that typewriter is probably missing? A kitschy fabric typewriter cozy from Thread Lock Press. I make custom typewriter covers for every typewriter, starting at $40. And you won't be able to find these anywhere else!

If you want me to make you a custom typewriter cozy for Christmas, just send me a message with your typewriter's dimensions and I'll get started! 

Remember: an essential part of caring for your typewriter is protecting it from the collection of dust, pet hair, and other debris that can jam up those tiny intricate parts. That's why, if you have a typewriter, it needs a typewriter cozy from Thread Lock Press.

06 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: Poetry Edition

Yes, I do know that there is an established NaPoWriMo during the month of April to give poets a share in the longstanding November tradition of National Novel Writing Month. But I was too distracted, exhausted, and (yes) lazy this past April to do my poetic duties of writing a poem a day for 30 days. So, to make up for it, I am observing this marathon alongside the novelists right now

One of our many adventures, this one with cheesecake-on-a-stick.  Photo by Olivia Mirot

Since I am very eager to get myself back firmly-saddled on the poetry-writing-horse, I will do my very best to stick to this strict regimen. A good way to go about this? Rope a friend into doing it with you and you've got accountability. Emma and I are sending our daily poem attempts back and forth. So far, so good.