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Heading West

Summer is here.  In full force.

In our part of the world that means every time you step out the door you get slammed in the face with a wall of humid, hot, sticky air.  It also means thunderstorms, which I love, as long as it doesn’t get too out of control.  It means wildflowers are blooming, and the corn is growing.  Sometimes if you look close enough you can actually see it grow.  Well, no, not really.  But it seems like it.

 

 

I have spent the last month printing, and printing and printing like CRAZY.  I’ve been trying to get us caught up on all of the production work that needed to be done so we can fill all of the orders from the National Stationery Show.  And also because I happen to be taking off today on a little adventure, well, kind of a big one, and I didn’t want to leave Beth and Karen with my end of the work undone.

 

 

I’m off on a LONG road trip with our friend Abby, who is moving to Portland, OR.  Yay for her!  Sad for us.  Our route is going to take us through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and we”ll finally end up in Oregon.  We’re going to hit up a bunch of the National Parks, and do lots of hiking, including a week long backpacking trip through Glacier National Park in Montana.  The temperature here has been hovering in the mid nineties recently, and I’m packing a down vest, a winter hat, and bear spray.  I hope I have to use the vest and the hat.  I hope I don’t have to use the bear spray.

 

 

I plan on posting pictures and stories of adventure from the road.  If any of you know of any great places we need to stop along the way I want to hear about them!

 

:: Carrie ::

Outlaws of the Wild West

It’s in the shop!  Our latest print, Outlaws of the Wild West.  We’re pretty excited about it, and we think you’ll like it too.  Sixteen of the biggest and baddest outlaws the wild west ever saw.

Train robberies, gun fights, stagecoach heists, and cold blooded murder.  These guys (and gals) didn’t mess around.  

This is Butch Cassidy and his gang.  Don’t let their fancy suits and neatly groomed mustaches fool you, they have guns, and they’re not afraid to use them.

 

This is Black Jack Ketchum.

He was a big time train robber.  I mean big time.  He was caught and sentenced to death by hanging.  Ouch.  His last words were “Let ‘er rip!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this, my friends, is the legendary Jesse James.

Born in Clay County, Missouri, but known around the world.  He was the leader of a gang.  Altogether they robbed 12 banks, 7 trains, and 6 stagecoaches for a total of over a quarter million dollars.  Jesse’s father was a Baptist minister.  I bet he didn’t approve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, here’s some shots of my sketchbook, where our design started taking shape.

Gotta get those mustaches juuuuuust right.

 

From the portraits to the lettering, everything about this print is hand drawn before putting it all together, and printing it on our Chandler & Price Letterpress.

 

Outlaws of the Wild West, 11×14 inches. Printed on bright white Cranes Lettra Letterpress paper with brown and light blue ink.

:: Carrie ::