Saturday, February 7, 2015

here comes spring...

It's been quiet around here as I finish up our spring samples. I thought I'd give some sneak peeks here on the blog in case you're not following us on instagram (which would be crazy, of course)...

What I'm most proud of this season, however, isn't the new designs themselves. After significant effort and research and decision making, and some bummer compromises, I finally met my goal of adding only new styles that fall into one or both of the categories that are important to me (Made in USA, and/or made of eco-friendly materials... and ideally both of those things). This meant trimming back my use of some of my absolute favorite styles I found... but when comparing that to the feeling I get, concerning this company's impact on the world... I knew it was time to step up the effort. I'm really proud of how things are working out, and I can't wait to show you the full selection, after it previews to our shops next week!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A fun workshop with BPS!

It may be shocking, but when you screen print hundreds of tshirts every day, you start to forget the screen printing was ever something you were less competent at, and thus start thinking that you don't have any particular skills. This makes you question your relevance in the world, and then question your time management (because... WHAT have you been doing for 30 years while other people work full time AND finish full issues of the New Yorker AND seem to know all the Canadian territories, and Canadian indie rockers, and Canadian movie star wives...). Anyway.

Sometimes the best way to refresh your memory at your own job, is to regurgitate all of the knowledge you have to other people. Especially helpful when these people are enthusiastic to be there - and they make you feel like you have actual skills they don't have. They have 1,000 questions, and you have all the answers, and you will start work the next day with a new sense of pride in what you do, because you remember you used to be worse at your job, and now you are better, faster, smarter about it.
Really fun to be with a great group at Baltimore Print Studios last night for what was my fourth workshop there. It makes me so happy to see so much community interest in printmaking (not just t-shirt printing, but letterpress, poster screen printing, block printing, type setting...) and active use of this awesome print facility in Baltimore. Wanna take a class? There are always new ones being posted on the BPS website: HERE
(might I recommend the $40 Valentine making one? SO great!!!)

Monday, January 12, 2015

T-shirt Printing Workshop - Tuesday 1/13/15

Image of T-shirt Printing Workshop with Red Prairie PressImage of T-shirt Printing Workshop with Red Prairie Press

We had 2 spots open up in the tshirt workshop at Baltimore Print Studios tomorrow night, and would love to see two of you there! I team teach this 3 hour beginner tshirt printing workshop with Kim & Kyle of BPS, and it's a lot of fun. More fun than your average Tuesday night (or at least... mine?). Plus, you go home with 3 super cool new tshirts, and the knowledge of how to make more. SIGN UP HERE!

Thursday, January 8, 2015


 Today, 1/8/15 (Thursday) is the start to our New Year's 25% OFF SALE! Now through Sunday, 1/11/15, take 25% our entire line of dresses, scarves, headbands, pullovers, tees, tanks, fine art prints, and more! USE CODE #BYEBYE2014 at checkout to get this discount, along with free shipping, on your order - and enjoy the start to your new year. Thanks for a great 2014!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Baltimore! We are pulling our brains back into working order after a relaxing break. I'm slowly getting bookkeeping done, plans made, studio cleaned. Phil is working on a really fun collaborative project for one of our favorite Baltimore events and keeping me warm with a new hot water bottle and plenty of tea.

2015 is looking like a great year, and we can't wait to share it with you, along with all the secret plans we've made!

Here's a snapshot of a nice woodsy jog we took the day after Christmas in southern NH where Phil and I both grew up. (for the record, sometimes sticking with your high school sweetheart is the best bet). Aiming for lots more of these in 2015 (Woodsy jogs, that is. Not high school sweethearts).

As for other resolutions... I think I resolve to not force any on myself this year. Isn't life exciting & rewarding enough as it is?

Monday, December 15, 2014

LAST HOLIDAY FAIR! This Thursday in Baltimore

This Thursday, from 5-9pm, we'll be at Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village for Last Stop Hops N Shop - a new event put on by the Charm City Craft Mafia (the same folks who bring you Holiday Heap and Pile of Craft)... but a smaller scale, less crowded & stressful shopping experience, which - being at a brewery - can also involve beer tasting!

Last chance to buy Hand Printed, and Eco-Friendly gifts for all the ladies on your Christmas List, directly from the source. This is our very last craft fair of 2014. See ya there!

Last Stop Hops N Shop
Peabody Heights Brewery
401 E. 30th St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide for BmoreArt

I had the pleasure of writing a long holiday rant about my favorite subject - Baltimore makers - in the form of a holiday gift guide for the ever-awesome & informative Hope you have a chance to take a look. There is something for everyone within, but let's face it - my main point is that you may purchase ME everything on this list. You're welcome, thanks, and Merry December to you too.