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Sep.13, 2013
Friends

Egg Presser Emily is known around here as a DIY dynamo and we are so excited about her latest creative endeavor--a collection of embroidery kits she made for Williams-Sonoma's Agrarian. Read on for a little interview...

*Tell us about the new project you did for Williams-Sonoma. How did it come about?

I've been designing and making embroidery kits since 2009, under my business Tako Fibers. I basically have two full time jobs - working at Egg Press and making my kits! This past December I had the pleasure of being a vendor at Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. In addition to the show being incredibly busy and a wonderful experience, I met many amazing people. One of those people bought several of my kits, and they turned out to be from Williams-Sonoma! They were starting a new craft program, and wanted to work with me to make custom kits. The kits were designed for Agrarian, which is their line that focuses on the homegrown and homemade movement. We worked on the custom design and test embroidery for several months, and then I set to work producing the actual kits. It was a challenge, but also very fun to do such a large project!

*When did you learn embroidery?

I had been collecting vintage crewel pieces from thrift stores for years, and decided that I wanted to make some of my own. I learned the stitches from several books, and made several embroidery pieces with my own artwork. It was all very casual, until I realized that there were not very many good kits out there for other people to learn! I became really serious about embroidery when I started making my kits in 2009.

*What other crafty things do you get up to?

So many things that I have put limits on myself! Besides embroidery, I am constantly knitting, I like to sew my own clothes, and I love making pickles and jam. I make a lot of artwork also - my first love is printmaking, but I also do quite a bit of drawing and painting with acrylics and watercolors. I really do not have time to do all these things, so I decided that I am not allowed to get into quilting under any circumstances, even though I want to. If you see me working on a quilt, stop me!

*You're expecting twins soon. Any special baby projects you are working on?

Between finishing up the Williams-Sonoma project, getting our apartment ready, and freaking out that I don't have enough meals frozen yet, I haven't been able to get as many projects done as I'd like! But I am currently working on knitting two Little Coffee Bean sweaters and several pairs of Magic Slippers, and sewing two Maggie Rabbits for my girls! We'll see if I finish them before they arrive... :)

Sep.4, 2013

When we hatched a plan to offer a Pen Pal themed giveaway with our friends at Hello!Lucky we had NO idea we would get SUCH a stellar response and especially that we would get so many incredibly thoughtful and inspiring entries.

Many of you told us touching stories about how much you missed the letters you received from grandparents growing up. The celebrity dream pen pals were a total hoot ranging from Mr. Rogers to Mother Theresa. And hats off to our Instagram friend Tome of Ink & Oak Calligraphy who was inspired to create the AMAZING envelope above for her dream pen pal J.D. Salinger, complete with stalk of rye and deer hunter hat--two references from Catcher in the Rye.

Without further ado, our 3 winners are announced below along with their entries. Thank you to everyone who entered--you have inspired us so much!

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Grand Prize Winner Jaclyn:
My dream pen pal would be my Great-Great-Grandmother Angelina who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Never adopting the English language, I’d love to translate her italian handwriting to read her firsthand account of growing up in Italy in the late 1800s, moving her life to America, and raising 8 children in Delaware. I’ve heard only stories of the strong woman that she was, and her letters would be something I could pass on to keep those stories alive.

Thank you for such a neat, thought-provoking contest question!

2nd Prize Winner Angela:
Oh I love this! My dear friend and I have been consistent pen pals since 1997-ish. We even wrote letters when we lived in the same city (we haven't shared a zip code since 1999). The last two Decembers we have tried to make and mail a postcard a day to each other (Daily December). This year we are working on a postcard a week (52 for You).

Hmmm, but if I could be pen pals with anyone else...a buddhist monk, yes! Or a poet like Mary Oliver! Oooh,Beatrix Potter! Too hard to choose.

3rd Prize Winner Samantha from Instagram:
Sharing a photo of her correspondence-covered fridge said "Because I live far from friends and family sending letters is an important way for me to keep in touch. I post correspondence with pride."

Aug.19, 2013

We're hosting a fun Giveaway in honor of our friendship with fellow letterpress company Hello!Lucky and to get people thinking about how fun old-school letter-writing can be.

Grand Prize:

Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will be your pen pal for a year. You'll receive fun mail every other month which might include things like cards (big surprise, right?), recipes, chocolates, pens, seeds, etc. There’s no obligation to write back, though we’d love to get a chance to know you!

Second Prize:

A year's worth of cards. 12 from Hello!Lucky and 12 from Egg Press.

Third Prize:

4-5 of our founder's favorite pens. And believe me, these ladies know pens!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment below or on the Hello!Lucky Blog telling us your dream pen pal. It can be anyone, living or dead. Jack Kérouac, your Grandma, a Buddhist monk.

For an additional entry, post a mail-themed photo on Instagram tagging us at @helloluckycards and @eggpress and using hashtag #LetterpressMailLove.

The last day to enter is August 29th.

Aug.1, 2013
events

Our online sample sale starts Friday with select letterpress cards 10 for $10!

Our hand-picked sets of 10 almost perfect, mixed-use letterpress cards are available for just $10 (that’s right, $1 apiece!). This online only sale* will run through Friday August 9th. As always, orders over $100 will ship for free.

*Mark your calendars for our in-store sample sale with Schoolhouse Electric! If you’re planning to be in Portland for Labor Day weekend, shop our letterpress seconds in person from Aug 30-Sept 1. Stay tuned for more details...

Jul.18, 2013
Friends, holidays, studio

Yesterday at Egg Press we had an ice cream social party for Emily who is expecting twins. It was a book shower. We've done this before for other Egg Press expecting moms – we find it to be a great gender non-specific theme for a shower. And because books come in all price points (or can be hand-made) it's also affordable for everyone.

We were surprised that though there were 19 of us, there was only one duplicate book. Good thing Emily and Ben are expecting twins! There were board books, designy books, classics, as well as one or two aimed more for Mom and Dad. We had ice cream with fixin's, and root beer and orange soda for floats. The flowers were by Anna Mara. Two stand out wrapping jobs were from Jon (see the card he personalized) and Sarah who hand lettered Emily's name on the package.

It was a nice break from the heat, and lots of fun to sit around and look at new books, find inspiration, and reminisce about old favorites.

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