Friends

Hello!Lucky and Egg Press Pen Pal Giveaway

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.

FOOD 52 / Provisions holiday market

Nov.29, 2013
categories: collaboration, Friends

What we wouldn't give to be in NYC the weekend of December 6-8th for what sounds to us like the best shopping experience ever! Exclusive artisan items for the kitchen, pantry and home, workshops on flower arranging alongside a variety of chefs with Kitchensurfing who will be serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Definitely our kind of party. If you'll be in NYC, mark your calendars. If not, be sure to visit them online and have a peek at the coasters we developed with them in mind.

Find more details for the Provisions Holiday Market here.

COLE HAAN & FRIENDS

Nov.25, 2013

We took a field trip to our local Cole Haan store over the weekend to see their new holiday offerings. The store looked amazing, the staff was lovely and there were many drool-worthy new bags and boots that had us rethinking our gift lists. This year for the holidays they've introduced Cole Haan & Friends, a grouping of products complementary to their line from like-minded companies. ….and (drum roll please…) we are thrilled to be included! Our set of exclusive cards for Cole Haan & Friends is both letterpress printed and foil stamped in our NW Portland studio. See the full offerings here, and the boxed set of greetings we designed for Cole Haan here.

P.s. We love this illustration of Tess by Lauren Tamaki for Cole Haan & Friends

Hello Christa!

Nov.18, 2013
categories: Friends, Get to know, studio

Happy Monday! We continue our get-to–know Egg Press series today by showcasing another talented printer, Christa Hand! Christa has been part of the Egg Press crew for the last 2+ years, and is a force in the printroom printing much of our custom work --weddings, business collateral and special projects. As is the case with many Egg Pressers, Christa has her own creative pursuits, designing and making work outside of our studio. Though she doesn't have a website at present, we've included a detail of one of her screen printed posters below.

Name: Christa Hand
Hometown: Lake Arrowhead, California
What you do at Egg Press: Letterpress Printer
Favorite Egg Press Card: There's a New Year's card from a while back I really love: 2829

*What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an explorer. I lived in the mountains and used to roam the woods my whole childhood. I just liked the idea of being the one to discover new places no one had ever been.

*How do you imagine your old age?
I imagine telling lots of stories, surrounding myself with the people I love, and hopefully still spending time creating in whatever way that I can.

*Signature dish?
Chocolate chip cookies. Not a dish, but should be.

*Favorite thing about Portland is...
I love the encouragement and the freedom there seems to be here to go after whatever you love to do. There is so much youthful energy and passion and idealism in Portland that is truly inspiring to me. There is a real community feeling here, even though Portland is still a fairly large city. There isn't that cutthroat edge to people that you can get in other bigger cities. I think Portlanders are generally incredibly supportive and friendly.

*Last good book you read...
"Here, There and Everywhere" written by Geoff Emerick who was the engineer that recorded almost every Beatles record. I usually don't go for non-fiction reads, but this was so well written and really fascinating.

*Favorite color?
Probably sea foam green at the moment. Or maybe a rusty orange.

*Favorite item of clothing?
I love coats.

*What's your home like?
Crazy. I live with three other people in a house on one of the main streets in Portland, so there's always something going on. People having parties, cooking, baking, singing, dancing, talking or just hanging out. Luckily we all get along really well, so its actually a great situation, and its just a fun time of life to live in a big community of friends.

*What inspires you most?
People, music, art, nature... When you see or hear something that you can get completely lost in.

*Favorite holiday?
I'm a total sucker for Christmas. I love it.

*Best gift you ever received?
My dad's record collection.

Thanksgiving tips from Anna Mara

Nov.21, 2013

The countdown is on for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. To help us get ready, we thought we would check in with our friend Anna Mara for advice on ordering flowers and setting a pretty table.

Hi there Anna,
It's so nice to be your neighbor in the Schoolhouse Electric building, and we are excited to share a table with you again this year at the Portland Bazaar! We are always picking up your beautiful arrangements for our special occasions, when we need to cheer people up, and sometimes, just because. We'd love to ask you a few questions about flowers for the holidays!

Name: Anna Jorgensen
Business name: Anna Mara Flowers
Address: 2181 NW Nicolai Street, Portland OR 97210
Contact info: 503.758.4986, anna@annamaraflowers.com

What is your first memory of flowers?
My first memory of flowers, that's a hard one because I feel like they have just always been there. But there is a very strong memory of when I was graduating pre-school and my mom picked some roses from our garden and made me a little bouquet, bright pink roses and the scent of those roses stuck with me forever. It felt so special.

How did you get into the floral business?
I've always loved working with flowers and so I got my first job working at the most beautiful little flower shop and nursery in the town where I grew up. It seemed like a dream and just so much fun, so I started by just helping to clean flowers just to be around them.

What are your go-to flowers for Fall?
During each season I am drawn more to color rather than particular flowers when making a bouquet, but I do love to include garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangea and hints of gorgeous seasonal foliage. During the fall, the bronze football mum is really striking.

How far in advance should a person order from a florist before a big flower holiday?
At our shop, the more notice the better, but usually a 3-7 day notice is really helpful. We always plan to stock up with the prettiest and freshest selection we can, just in case there are a few last minute needs!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Definitely setting the table and adding the flowers. The centerpiece and flowers on the table truly make it come together and make it feel like a really special occasion.

Describe the way you set your holiday table?
For our table, I like to keep it simple sticking to one color scheme. This year I'm really drawn to the classic white/cream with accents of yellow and gold. I always have a low lush arrangement, usually including hydrangea, garden roses, mums, ranunculus, herbs and fruit. I really love when I can add in something more unusual like date palm or a pincushion protea to add a little something unexpected. Then I like to style the table with extra candles and fruit and if there's room add a few smaller votive size arrangements, usually a single orchid bloom or ranunculus, to playfully dance the length of the table. I got some great tips for place setting from the lovely ladies at Commonwealth I'm excited to incorporate this year too!

What are you thankful for?
It is definitely a time for being grateful and I could not be more blessed to be surrounded and supported by loving family, friends and the best co-workers/neighbors a little flower shop could ask for. I hope everyone can fill their tables with a little flower love and decadence this year and truly celebrate these gifts.

What's new in the shop for the holiday season and/or are you cooking up anything special for the Portland Bazaar?
We are excited to introduce our "winter wonderland" styled terrariums this winter and lots of gorgeous hand made wreaths with a very special local ribbon. Check back soon and come see us at the Portland Bazaar to see what we've been up to!

Learn more about the Portland Bazaar here

Embroidery Kits by Tako Fibers

Sep.13, 2013
categories: 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... :)

Emily's Baby Shower

Jul.18, 2013
categories: 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.

Meet Hillary, Egg Press' Biggest Fan!

Jul.2, 2013
categories: Friends

During the recent National Stationery Show, Bryan from Yardsale Press paid a visit to our booth and showed us a super cute photo of his girlfriend Hillary opening her on-line sample sale bundle from Egg Press. When she wrote us the sweetest and most enthusiastic "thank you" saying, "Your designs are the greatest and I always get the best compliments when I send Egg Press cards" we knew we had to interview her. Turns out she's an all-around fun, creative person, just as we expected! Read on for a little Q&A and find out what gift Hillary says goes perfectly with Egg Press cards (I great idea for when you're searching for an affordable, fun gift that anyone would love to get!)...

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How would you describe your style?

People have described my style as “bright and cheerful,” and I find that to be mostly true. I’d say Anthropologie-esque, if that could be a word. In particular, I’m really into stripes and polka dots right now.

Where did you get your love of correspondence?

It all started with this pretty excellent hot pink panda bear stationary I had when I was about six or seven. While my taste in stationary has evolved since that young age, I can always remember loving to write thank you notes and greeting cards to let people know I’m thinking of them.

Are you a crafty person?

I like to think that I can spot great craftiness and spread the word about it since I don’t actually design anything! My boyfriend Bryan and I frequent flea markets and are constantly looking for different types of furniture and house wares to add to our collection of eclectic items in our apartment – so I guess that makes me sort of crafty! As a screen printer himself at Yardsale Press, Bryan is definitely more crafty/creative than I am which is why we are a good match!

Do you tend to let cards speak for themselves, including just a brief note, or do you like to write longer messages?

I typically aim to write something brief, but then always end up writing on both sides of the card in a backwards manner!

What's the last gift you gave?

The last gift I gave was an Eggling to my friend Melissa. It’s a super simple gift for a desk – and goes great with Egg Press cards. ;) In fact, I totally gave her an Egg Press card with it now that I think about it!

What are your four favorite Egg Press cards?

My four Egg Press “heavy hitter” designs (or cards I frequently give to people) are...
Birthday Cheer Floral
Dot Thank You card (and the Dot Happy Birthday card)
Cozy Cottage Home Sweet Home
Happy Birthday Flags

How would you describe Egg Press?

Egg Press designs use a fantastic mix of patterns and colors. I love to see how the designs are evolving and I love the loose hand drawn feel of the cards. I’m also a big fan of tinier or interesting shaped cards – which Egg Press tends to design a lot of!

A Custom Print Job for Christopher and Laura's Wedding

Jun.4, 2013
categories: Friends, Inspiration

We recently got to do a really fun custom print job for the upcoming wedding of a couple of wonderful Portlanders. We were so inspired by all the creativity and thoughtfulness that Chris and Laura were putting into their wedding that we wanted to know more about their special day.

Thank you Chris and Laura for taking time out to talk to us during this busy time. We are so honored to have been able to play a small role in your wedding. Congratulations to you both!!

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We are Chris Dyer and Laura Althouse, and we're getting married this July at Peninsula Park in North Portland. Chris is a nurse at the county jail, Laura is an in-house attorney for a company called Qmedtrix. We met two years ago after being introduced by mutual friends--we like to joke that they won the matchmaker World Series since it's resulting in a marriage. In all seriousness, we do owe them a huge debt of gratitude--who knew back then that this simple little get-together would turn into all of this?

Can you tell me about the lemon preserves and how the print job evolved?

We like to make things around the house--we're both really into cooking, making pickles, crafting cocktails at home, that sort of thing. When we were thinking about what to give our guests as wedding favors, we knew we wanted it to be something homemade, and the preserved lemons came to mind right away. They have an incredible savory flavor, great for cooking with; Meyer lemons were in season as opposed to using out-of-season berries for jam, or waiting for summer pickling cucumbers that would have us working on a really tight deadline; best of all, they're really bright and beautiful.

So then, when we met with Cassie at Egg Press, a lemon motif for our printed materials was one of the ideas we brought to the table. We batted around a couple of floral ideas and things of that sort, but it was clear from the outset that everyone was pretty excited about the lemon idea--especially Cassie. Soon, she sent us some proofs of different layouts and font options, all with this really beautiful and naturalistic lemon motif. We did some back and forth emailing to get everything just right, went in to settle on some colors from the Pantone book, and ended up with these really lovely products. We're super excited for our guests to see these. And of course we had a few extras printed for us to keep.

Cassie at Egg Press was really great to work with--she always let us know what our options were, gave us lots of room for input, but wasn't afraid to direct things either. And the results are lovely.

If I have it right, you mentioned you were donating to a marriage equality organization--can you tell me more about that?

We are making a donation, on behalf of all our guests, to The Human Rights Campaign. We feel exceedingly fortunate that we can do this thing--get married--and face basically no barriers. Sure, there's lots of planning and organizing involved, and a little bit of bureaucracy to deal with, but basically, it's easy. We met, we fell in love, we decided to do this, and now it's happening. Done.

For millions of others out there--including close friends, former lovers, family members--the same option doesn't exist to cement their love and commitment in this way, or if it does, it's severely truncated. We feel strongly that we have a responsibility to advocate for others to have the same basic rights we can so easily access, and that the legalization of marriage for the LGBTQ community is among the most important movements of our times.

What has the process of planning your wedding been like?

It's actually been really fun so far. We feel fortunate that we are managing to pull off a pretty DIY wedding that's going to be pretty much how we want it to be. We're really excited about every aspect--Peninsula Park is going to be beautiful; the Firehouse Restaurant, where we're having our reception, is one of our favorite neighborhood joints; we're doing lots of our own crafts and decoration; the flowers are being done by our friend Sara at Solabee Flowers; we absolutely love our photographers, Daniel and Lindsay Stark. The pieces are all falling into place nicely, and we can't wait to share it all with our friends and family.

What makes your wedding uniquely you?

Well, we're planning it ourselves from top to bottom. One of our closest friends is our officiant, we're writing our own vows, making the music mixes ourselves, relying on the great help of several friends to help us pull off all the day-of logistics, the list goes on. More than anything though, we're packing it full of the absolutely best family and friends we have.

It's going to be a really great day.

And the bride wore...

Laura is going to be wearing a beautiful dress by local designer Elizabeth Dye. Chris, not that you asked, is wearing a suit made by the folks over at Duchess Clothiers in SE Portland. We really wanted to keep this thing as local as possible, right down to the clothes. And we're going to look really good together.

Do you have a song?

We're going to be doing our first dance to "Nothing Matters When We're Dancing" by The Magnetic Fields, off of their great 69 Love Songs. I guess you could say that will be our song.

Chris is planning the music for the reception. Guests can expect a wide range of indie rock, pop, reggae, jazz, hip hop, afro-beat, soul, and folk music, not to mention many many many R&B sex jams.

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The beautiful portrait of Chris and Laura is courtesy of Daniel Stark Photography.

WE ♥ MOMS

Apr.24, 2013

Mother's Day is a big deal around here and we are celebrating with TWO special promotions.

**The first is for our Portland friends. Mother's Day means pretty cards and flowers which gave us the idea to team up with our friends at Anna Mara Flowers to offer a special Mother's Day treat! Between now and Mother's Day you'll receive a free Egg Press card to go with any Mother's Day purchase from Anna Mara.

Advance notice for arrangements is always encouraged (you can order in person or over the phone) but the shop will be stocked with lovely plants and flowers for 11th hour shoppers as well.

Anna Mara Flowers
2181 NW Nicolai St Portland, OR 97210
503.785.4986

**The second event is open to anyone. Visit us on Facebook and tell us what your Mom gave you that you're most grateful for. Our favorite entry will receive a gift certificate for a set of personalized stationery for their Mom. The contest runs through May 1st. In the case of an overseas winner a gift certificate will be sent as a PDF via email.

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