Happy halloween everyone! Some of us celebrated Halloween last weekend as zombies, bouquets of flowers and child beauty queens. Others will be chaperoning Care Bears, mummies, ninjas!, Grim Reapers, zombies and witches tonight - then confiscating a large portion of the loot. Have you heard of the Switch Witch?! Here's the deal kids: if you leave your candy outside in a pumpkin, the Switch Witch will take it and leave a toy in its place. Seems fair right...?
Our holiday card last year was a hoot - we had such a good time making it. It started as an impromptu happy hour / holiday party at Clyde Common, a restaurant in Portland with big communal tables and a sensational happy hour menu. Over harissa fries and hamburger sandwiches we decided to take photobooth pictures at the adjoining Ace Hotel. The rest is history as seen in our holiday card here. We opted for our "tall card" format (which takes a standard business #10 size envelope) with die-cut slits to hold the corners of the photo strip in. The pattern we chose – though not the most obvious holiday motif was aimed to poke fun at our town and it's well known winter drizzle.
*If you want to get in on our early bird holiday card specials, go to the main site to save 20% holiday card orders (custom or off the rack) from now until November 1st, plus receive free shipping to addresses within the US. Don't be shy if you have an idea for something that you don't see on our site - run it by us – it just may be possible!
We've always been fond of old-school craft kits picked up at estate sales and unearthed in grandma's closet. And we've long been inspired by designers like Marilyn Neuhart, whose flat printed dolls are heros in the world of soft goods. As a labor of love, we started offering our screenprinted stitch kit animals in 2007. This year we added finger puppets to the mix. Now both are sold exclusively at one of our favorite go-to kid spots: the Land of Nod. Hoorah! We couldn't be prouder.
The official scoop:
Crafting fun from Egg Press and The Land of Nod!
We are excited to announce the release of four animal themed stitch kits designed and printed by Egg Press exclusively for The Land of Nod. Make a puppet for each finger with animals dressed up for the holidays on one hand and animals dressed for play on the other, or make a monkey and raccoon to curl up with.
Each kit includes screen printed canvas panels to cut out and create four animal finger puppets or one animal pillow. These are easy for people 6 years and older to put together, but the finished projects are fun for all ages. These Egg Press stitch kits are only available from our friends at The Land of Nod. Find more information on all four kits here.
The Egg Press travels continue! Based on typical LA clichés, it's the last place you'd think to find Tom Sprenkle (Egg Press lead printer extraordinaire) who prefers walking to driving, the abstract over the obvious and wears a uniform of black most days. Once we heard how he spent his time, it all made a little more sense….
Portland was starting to feel like a bubble, so it seemed like a good time to go visit my sister Meg in Los Angeles, which is perhaps the Anti-Portland (or as close as one can get without leaving the country). Los Angeles is a huge and crazy sprawl of different and not always intersecting realities, offering a variety of new perspectives.
Each day we set out on a new adventure. For example we started Thursday by winding through the hills on Mullholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard, on to Malibu for fish tacos, a stop off at the pier and beach in Santa Monica and ending up at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, a disorienting and labyrinthine collection of seemingly random curiosities (a statue of Napoleon inside the eye of a needle; a map with lights showing the distribution of trailer parks in the world; a room dedicated to early 20th century neuropsychiatrist Geoffrey Sonnabend—who may or may not have existed—and his Theory of Forgetting. The place is hard to describe—you really must experience it yourself).
Other highlights include sneaking around in the partially (barely) renovated Alexandria Hotel and a visit to the Last Bookstore downtown; finding a row of small contemporary art galleries in what seems like a back alley in chinatown (with exhibits such as the Guns + Roses themed show at Coagula); a visit to the Watts Towers; the wonderfully freakish Venice Beach; watching pelicans fishing in the canal at Playa del Rey just after sunset, enjoying the slightly awkward way they would abruptly twist and dive into the water and then bob back up before taking off again, using their feet as paddles to help get going; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Griffith Observatory where after watching the sunset we saw a half dozen coyotes as we exited the park.
Some of our favorite things have come out of collaboration with our favorite people. This new embroidery kit is no exception! We worked closely with Purl Soho to develop this kit for the 'follow the recipe' types and the 'make it up as you along' embroiderers alike. Emily Baier, our in-house embroidery expert (and embroidery kit designer herself!) is ready to get started. We can see the wheels turning when she talks about it. What stitches and colors will she use? What form will the final piece take? We are on the edges of our seats. Stay tuned to find out!