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The Good and the Bad

Do you want to know one of the worst feelings in the world? It’s when you have been working for hours upon hours cutting paper, mixing ink, setting up the press and printing some really beautiful wedding invitations, and then when everything is printed and you go to trim the edges with the big giant guillotine paper cutter, in your haste you measure wrong and don’t catch your mistake, and then you accidentally chop off the ends of half a stack of RSVP cards. I did that. Yesterday. It’s a real bad feeling. Kind of made me nauseous.

I know you’ve probably done something like that before. Admit it. Doesn’t feel too good does it?

To the bride and groom, if you happen to be reading…DON’T WORRY!!! I picked myself up, took a deep breath, and headed back to the press to print some more. No problem. I just spent a little more time in the print studio that I had anticipated, but the invitations are spectacular!

In better news, yesterday Beth and I spoke to the senior graphic design class at our alma mater, the University of Missouri! How about that? We told them all about what we’ve been up to since our days at Mizzou, how we started our little business, and some of the things we’ve learned along the way. A big thanks to Deborah, Ric, and Jean who invited us to come, and to the students who asked great questions – we loved your enthusiasm!  It’s also pretty great to be able to give back a little bit to a school, and faculty, that did so much for us!

Hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend!

:: Carrie ::

Football Saturday

Football season is here! Although it doesn’t feel like fall yet, it’s a guarantee that when the pigskin starts flying the weather is about to start cooling down. After this summer we are all ready for that.

Last night it was finally time to head over to Faurot Field to watch our Mizzou Tigers take on Southeastern Louisiana in our first game of the season. Karen, Beth and I are all alumni of the University of Missouri (and proud of it!) and I love the fact that we still live close and can cheer on our Tigers from the stadium seats. There’s nothing like being part of that big sea of black and gold! It ended up raining for most of the game, but no one seemed to care. We came away with a 62-10 win, and our boys looked good!

There are big changes going on around here. BIG changes. It’s our inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference, and you know those SEC schools take their football seriously. The schedule this year looks so strange. No more Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and Kansas. (It’s kind of sad, really) Instead, we’re about to welcome Georgia, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Alabama to town. Alabama!? Holy cow. We better be ready for that one. Make sure those helmets are fastened on extra tight!

Next Saturday the Georgia Bulldogs make their way to Columbia for our first SEC game ever. It’s going to be a big day, and apparently, our defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson, isn’t scared.

So, here’s to a good season! Yeah, it may be an adjustment year. I think we (players and fans) have a little bit of learning to do about what it means to be a part of the SEC. I’ve heard it described as the biggest and most powerful conference that ever existed.

Oh boy. It’s time to up our game.

:: Carrie ::


Things We Love :: Homecoming at Mizzou

This past weekend was a big one here in Columbia.  It was homecoming weekend at Ol’ Mizzou!

We take homecoming VERY seriously around here.  We have to, because we invented it.  That’s the truth.  Way back in 1911, Chester Brewer invited all the Mizzou alumni to “come home” for the football game between the Tigers and the dreaded KU Jayhawks.  The alumni came home, they cheered the Tigers on to victory, and homecoming was born.

This year marked our 100th homecoming!  Wow.

Beth, Karen and I all are proud to call ourselves alumni of the University of Missouri.  I’ll speak for us all when I say that it’s fun to live here and be able to take part in all of the traditions that surround the campus and the city.  Especially at homecoming.

Some of our best friends made it home for the weekend!  The weather was beautiful.  We watched the parade wind it’s way through downtown Columbia.  We chowed down on the world’s best pizza at Shakespeare’s.  And, of course, we went to the game, sat on the hill, and cheered on our Tigers as they beat the Iowa State Cyclones!



In my opinion, one of our best homecoming traditions is the parade.  If you don’t feel a little swell of pride in your heart when Marching Mizzou makes its way down Ninth Street playing Tiger Fight Song, then you aren’t a true Tiger.  Just watch…


:: Carrie ::

Look What the Postman Brought!

We got a sweet little package in the mail last week from our friends at Igloo Letterpress. We met Alison at the National Stationery show in May, and found out she has ties to our home town of Columbia. She grew up here, and learned all about letterpress from her grandfather who ran a couple of presses, the ones Alison uses now. She was so sweet to send us a couple of his old printing blocks with some vintage Mizzou logos. How cool is that?!

Thanks Alison! We can’t wait to try printing with them! Mizzou-rah!!!