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Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Hey, Look at this!  We got news last week that our Outlaws of the Wild West print is featured in the March issue of  Shop Til You Drop!

What? You don’t know that magazine? Well, to be honest, we didn’t either, but only because we don’t live in AUSTRALIA! It’s apparently a pretty big time magazine down there, so we are thrilled that they gave us some love.

A big thanks to our new friend Ashleigh for giving us the heads up, and for sending us a copy. Your reward is in the mail!

:: Carrie ::

 

This Week in the Studio…

We had a great time at NYIGF!  Travel went smoothly, we had a great place to stay, and the show went really well!  So, what happens the week after a trade show? We all take a big sigh of relief, first of all. Then, its packing orders and shipping boxes to our new wholesale accounts, and re-printing items that we sold more than we have in stock. There’s a lot of following up with the contacts we made in NYC. We’re also taking a good hard look at where we are, and setting some goals for where we want to be in the weeks and months ahead.

More about our time in New York later, but for now, here are a couple of things that came out of the studio this week:

One of our favorites!  Hail to the Chief!  This is the second edition of this print, and it’s back in the shop.  So, if you have been thinking about needing a little presidential history in your life, now is the time.  Presidents day is Monday, February 20th, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate!  Treat yo’ self!!

Also, this week, another printing of our ever popular valentines!  Don’t forget your sweetie!  This reminder might be a little late, but in case you are running behind (we all do sometimes) you can find our valentines right here.

There has also been some interesting things going on just outside our studio this week as well.  On Wednesday I took a little break from printing to go for a walk with Toby (Karen’s dog) to the big lake on our farm.

We’ve had a GIGANTIC flock of snow geese visiting this week.  A lot of geese.  I mean, a lot.  Thousands.  Sometimes they all congregate in the middle of a field, and sometimes they sit on the lake.  They are loud, and they draw a lot of attention.  There have been pickup trucks (ones that we don’t recognize) driving ever so slowly up and down the road.  Prospective hunters, I’m guessing, just watching the birds.

The best part is when they all decide to take flight.  Remember this video I posted?  Amazing.  Well, on Wednesday when Toby and I took off on our walk all the geese were sitting on the lake.  It’s pretty hard to sneak up on a flock of geese with a labrador retriever in the midst.  I had my video camera ready, and here is what we saw…

:: Carrie ::

On the way home

I’ve been driving past this house for  a while. I don’t know about you, but I’m always seeing something while I’m driving, but I’m too lazy/in a rush/don’t have my camera to pull the car over. Today, I pulled it over, jumped over a frozen ditch, picked my way over a huge dirt pile, and took some very quick shots in the razor sharp prairie wind. My prevailing thought was “poor shoe choice”. Ballet flats from work aren’t exactly great for 20 degree mudpie hopping.

 

The farmer who owns the land has been razing all the trees, which is so sad. This house is so similar to the house I grew up in. It’s sort of haunting to me that it’s falling in so terribly.

~Beth

 

Linotype: The Film

We love old technology as much as we love new technology, but we’re kind of biased. Sometimes I just have to stop and marvel at the fact that we can take photos and send messages with a phone no bigger than a deck of cards that we hold in our hand, but at the same time we are using a 100 year old printing press to create cards for sending messages to our friends through the mail! Oh how things have changed!

The Linotype (pronounced “line-o-type”) completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the surprisingly emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

Looks like a great film!

:: Carrie ::

Home Again, Home Again

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What a whirlwind of a week it has been! We’re home from New York and looking forward to a couple days of downtime before we get back to work.

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We saw so many inspiring things and met so many great people while we were in NYC, and I think it will take a little bit of time before it all sinks in.

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Until then, we’ve got college basketball and the Super Bowl to look forward to. Tonight our Mizzou Tigers (#4) take on the KU Jayhawks (#8) at Mizzou Arena. It’s an INTENSE rivalry that gets rowdy every time, and the hype for this game is huge. It’s going to be a good weekend.

:: Carrie ::