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Aug.13, 2014

Social Preparedness Kit is here and we are proud to share it with you! SPK is a new line that we've been working on behind the scenes. It's a small, curated group of stationery staples designed to make it easier to incorporate letter writing into our daily habits.

The cornerstone of the collection is a series of card sets that sit in colorful, punchy trays so the cards may live on your desk and are always at hand. Other products include a letterpress printed weekly calendar to act as command central for your week and letter writing headquarters; a collection of multi-purpose tear-away notes; and sturdy, canvas card pouches and pen cases to keep your tools at the ready when you’re on the go.
Have a look at the entire collection here, and check out the SPK blog for letter writing inspirations, gift guides and product news.
If you headed to NY NOW this weekend, visit the Crow & Canary booth (7818) to see the collection in person.

Jun.30, 2014

Last week the Egg Press team got to go on a super fun tour (followed by yummy treats and drinks!) at Pinball Publishing/Scout Books. We look forward to hosting them at our place next week.

Pinball Publishing are old friends and veterans in the Portland printing community. They've morphed over the years from an all purpose print shop to a shop that focuses on Scout Books, maker of custom pocket notebooks, as their primary project (though they still print some killer silkscreen posters).

They structured our tour by taking us through the process of making a Scout Book from front to back using one of our own Egg Press prints, the "sprouts print" used on our New Year card.

We got to meet their press team first and then the rest of the staff. And of course Buddy the shop dog!

The tour was especially fun for our printers who got to get deep into printer's shop-talk and volley questions about perts and Kanban. While they can print as many as 13,000 books per day, they have found that slow(er) and steady wins the race and like to keep that number at about 4,000 as part of their lean manufacturing model.

Thanks for hosting us dear friends, we had a blast and learned so much!

Jun.27, 2014
Friends, holidays

It's Weddingpalooza here at Egg Press this Summer. Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR people here are getting married this Summer (and two of them are marrying each other!). So much love, so much fun!

They've all been gracious enough to share a bit about their weddings (and their letterpress invites) for a blog series. First up is printer Christa who will be getting married this weekend at The Sou'wester Lodge. Best wishes, mazel tov, and congratulations to Christa and Sam!

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Where/how did you get engaged?

It happened in November, right after Sam finished up a two week tour with his band The Parson Red Heads. We had some friends who were getting married in the Oregon desert, so after they played their last show in San Francisco, they were going to drive up to the wedding and I was going to drive down with a friend from Portland and meet up with Sam there... or so I thought. What actually ended up happening was after the show in San Francisco, Sam spent the night in the airport, took an early flight to Portland the next day and surprised me on my front porch, all dressed up for the wedding!! I was totally surprised and elated to see him! and while the surprise was still fresh, he got down on one knee and proposed :)
So we started our engagement with a wedding, and we will end it with one!

What is the location?

We are getting married at the Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington. It is a historic lodge and campground right on the coast, and its totally vamped out in vintage decor and has about 15 airstream trailers of various sizes, all available for guests to stay in for the night. Its amazing! We fell in love with the Sou'wester the first time we stayed, and we are really excited to have our wedding there. It was important to us to have a place where friends and family could stay and enjoy a little vacation and relaxing weekend together. It's a taste of Portland in the coastal woods!


 

 

Is there a theme to your wedding?

We're just sticking with what's already going on at the Sou'wester-- lots of vintage. Quirky, colorful, fun. Nothing too stuffy. The Sou'wester just has an aesthetic that we really love and are excited about, so we are just adding and going along with their style.

And the bride wore?

Both chose vintage get-ups; Christa, a vintage dress from the 1960's, bought at a store in Portland called Xtabay. Sam, a suit from the 70's, bought from Avalon, another vintage suit shop in Portland.

 

Can you tell us about your invites and anything involved in the design process?

We wanted the invites to reflect where we were getting married and the general feel of the wedding-- colorful, nothing too formal, and fun. We chose a picnic blanket for the invite since our meal for the wedding is going to be a buffet of picnic-type food and barbecue. We just couldn't leave out the vintage airstream trailers, so we featured a drawing of one on the RSVP card. We loved how they turned out! Full of color and fun!

 

What part of the wedding are you most excited about?

Of course, getting married to my best friend is what I've been looking forward to the MOST! But getting to celebrate for a whole weekend in a beautiful place with all the people we love, that is a dream come true. We feel so lucky that we will have all our friends and family there with us on such an important day!

Favorite wedding you've been a guest at?

Actually, the wedding that we went to the day that we got engaged was a real inspiration to us when planning our own. Our friends got married in Madras, Oregon on a huge piece of land in the desert you had to drive out to on a dirt road. We actually saw a bald eagle on a fence post as we drove in! They got married right at sunset and then made a huge bonfire outside the barn that the reception was held in. Everyone there for the wedding brought tents and camped there that night, so no one was in a rush to leave or anything-- we all just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and celebrated their marriage all weekend. It was incredibly beautiful and so perfect!

Jun.13, 2014
Friends, Get to know, studio

Name…Carla Peters
Hometown…Portland
What do you do at Egg Press...Customer service
Favorite Egg Press card…I love that proceeds from our three Best Couple cards will be donated to marriage equality agencies. So Happy Smiles is pretty dang cute, though.
 
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What did you want to be when you were a kid? When I was really little, I thought the best gig in town had to be driving the ice cream truck. Runner up? Dentist.

Favorite color: Blue

Signature dish: Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, onions and carrots.
 
Favorite artist/s:  Portlander Suzanne Elizabeth makes gorgeous paintings. She elevates ordinary scenes into sublime ones. I've also always loved paintings by Mary Cassatt. I think they're peaceful. There is an etching by Degas of Cassatt looking at Etruscan art and I like to think about that drawing. Art by an artist of an artist contemplating art.  

Favorite thing about Portland is: It is the biggest small town. Everybody knows everybody.
 
Last good book you read: Last good book? As opposed to favorite? I recently read Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of Story Corps by David Isay. People have a lot to say when given the right forum.

Few people know that you…: I came this close >< to being a game show contestant.

What’s your favorite place on earth?: I haven't seen enough of the earth to know that. But I do love redwood forests.
 

Favorite thing to listen to when you’re working:TED talks.

Favorite names: Being a mom means that I've been able to affix my favorite names to real people. Samuel and Nina are not getting any more siblings, but I think Zinnia would be lovely for their imaginary sister. Maybe one day I will name pets Cypress and Hemlock after the residence halls of my alma mater where I lived with my sweetheart.

 

Jun.5, 2014

We thought it would be fun to ask around Egg Press what people thank their Dads for, and thus, our Checkbox Dad card was born. The replies are both goofy and poignant and we hope will inspire you to pen your own “Thank you, Dad” message this Father’s Day. Read on for some of the stories behind the quotes…

**In honor of the special holiday we are offering 25% off your entire purchase when you use the code greatdad25 through June 12.

Cassie:
"Thanks for letting me have sips from your beer”.

When I was a kid I was curious about the "adult drinks" I wasn't allowed to have. My Dad was kind enough to let me have a sip of beer from time to time. I didn't like the taste then, but now that i'm an adult I kind of get what all the fuss was about. Thanks Dad!

Carla:
“For mowing the lawn in your speedo.”

When my good friend's father passed away, she shared with me some of the memories she had of him. And amid the sadness, there was also laughter when she remembered that he would mow the lawn of their Arizona home in a Speedo. It was special to her that we were able to include it into our Father's Day card.

Tess:
“For embarrassing me in the grocery store.”

The statement on the check box card I'm writing about is about my dad embarrassing me in grocery stores. When I was old enough to really be embarrassed by such things, my dad would put on his safety glasses from work and hold my hand in the grocery store and sing really loud.  At the time, I could only laugh and feel silly and self-conscious, but now I realize the deeper lessons to be learned from being part of such a thing.  I hope I can do the same for my kids.

Kara:
“For not throwing me in the river when I got frustrated and threw my pole in.”

I grew up in Alaska. When I was little, my Dad would take me fishing and sometimes I didn't want to go. Or maybe I just didn't want to do what he wanted me to do just because he said so. One time he hooked a fish and handed me the pole, and for whatever reason, I wasn't having it. I threw the fishing pole into the river, leaving my Dad to scramble into the water to save it before it drifted away. I don't remember if he ended up catching the fish, but I know that he was mad. I have a feeling we both learned a lesson that day.

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