Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ex Postal Facto this weekend!

XPF 

The following venues will be hosting Ex Postal Facto events on the weekend of February 14th – 16th. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, February 14th, 2014: opening reception for “mail/art/book”
Location: the San Francisco Center for the Book (http://sfcb.org/)
375 Rhode Island Street, between 16th and 17th
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • mail art “creation station”
  • special postal cancellation and passport stamping station
  • “will call” pick up for Ex Postal Facto passports
Saturday, February 15th, 2014: vendor expo (see below)
Location: the San Francisco Elks Lodge (http://www.sfelks.org/)
450 Post Street, between Powell and Mason (Powell Street BART/Muni station)
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • vendor/exhibitor tables
  • passport stamping station
Sunday, February 16th, 2014: a day of lectures at the Koret Auditorium
Location: the San Francisco Public Library (http://sfpl.org/),  lower level, Koret Auditorium
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm (please note: SFPL opens at noon on Sundays)
100 Larkin Street, at Market (Civic Center BART/Muni station)
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: round table discussion moderated by John Held, Jr. : “The History of West Coast Mail Art” featuring Lowell Darling, Jas Felter, Carl Chew, and other west coast mail artists/artistamp makers.
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: lecture and slideshow TBA
  • 3:45pm – 4:30pm: reception for speakers and attendees 

We'll have a table of PP products Saturday, come see us!

Sent with Love No. 40 - Valentine's Day Mailing

This is a two part post, see yesterday's post for information about their photoshoot.
There I was, with totally adorable wallet size prints, but I didn't know what I was going to do with them. I have a ton of love/valentine's cards but they just didn't seem special enough for this. Tony said I just needed to make a specific card for them, I wanted their photos to be the focus...this is what we came up with. 
 Tony figured out exactly where the slits needed to go to slip the pictures in, and I figured out exactly where the hearts should be. 
I embossed "happy valentine's day" on the front in gold ink and included a message on the inside.
This is what the back of the card looked like, when all the photos were in. 
 It turns out that I was mailing a lot more than I thought so I had to dive into my whole paper stock- blues, greens, pastels, everything was up for grabs. 
 When all the cards were written I tucked them into glassine envelopes and sealed with my new favorite floral tape.
 I found these heart stickers at typo but I didn't think they felt right on these. Maybe I can incorporate them next year.
Then came time to address all the packages. I don't believe it's a valentine without chocolate, so I included some with the card and stuck it all in a padded envelope. I took it down to the post office so I could figure out exactly how much postage it needed. 
 I used a mix of modern and vintage postage.
When I dropped off my packages at the post office, my usual helper called a few people from the back to look at them. They look at mail all day, and they took a minute or two to look at mine :) Another successful mailing! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot

I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do for my Valentine's this year, I just knew that I wanted to include a picture of Milchy and Otto. I had this blue photo backdrop (used for my wedding photo wall) and just put it up in my living room. After a few test shots, I decided it was too plain. So I made tulle puff balls, using rolls of tulle from paper mart. After I was happy with my backdrop, it was time to round up the cats.
 I'm sure you've heard the expression "herding cats." It's no joke! They are usually very photogenic (read sleepy) during the day but they were being terrible. Ripping off the tulle balls (understandably)- deciding it was time to groom - fighting with each other and ripping the paper roll. 
 After multiple attempts to get a photo of them together, I just gave up.
Then I had the grand idea of putting Otto's favorite pillow on the floor. He settled down right away. But I thought the pillow was just too distracting. 
 So I got the top of an ottoman. Ready for takeoff!
People think I pose my cats...they clearly have never been around cats. You can't control/pose a cat. I just take a lot of pictures, and eventually, one is good :) 
Finally I got this gem. After editing and cropping, I had wallets made of each. 
Sometimes a girl just can't get rid of her crazy eyes, but I thought it worked. Tomorrow I'll share the final product with my valentine's cards.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Love Cats Stationery


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Got inspired this weekend and made a special edition Valentine's cat stationery set. Made a flipagram of it this morning. It's best viewed small, since I made it on my phone. You can find the stationery set in the shop here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

This weekend

Come shop local with us this weekend. We'll be at two locations on Saturday, February 8th.
IHEARTSILVERLAKE
Location: Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave. Los Angeles CA 90029
Hours: 11am-6pm
Admission: $5 entry


Studio DNA 
Hours: 10am-5pm
151 S La Brea, Los Angeles 90036

Recent Finds - Lundeen's

Every time I'm in LA I try to visit at least one of my favorite shops. Having access to great independent shops is something I never took for granted and something I definitely miss about LA. There are a few good ones down around San Diego, but they can never replace the ones that I've been shopping at for years. On my most recent trip to Lundeen's I picked up some cards and gifts.
Vintage ads are something that I've always enjoyed, and these fashion illustrations immediately caught my eye. 
There's a bit of history involved too. If you can't see it, it says "During the 1940s and 50s, Wilshire Boulevard was given a nickname befitting its refined sense of style- the Champs-Elysées of the west. Fashion illustrator Ruth Posner captured the posh elegance of the era in her advertising sketches for I. Magnin and Bullocks Wilshire." Not only that, but these are letterpress printed right here in California. 
 Their selection of cards is ever growing and gets better with every visit. I picked up a card from rifle paper co, dear hancock, and my favorite of the bunch
 greenwich letterpress.
They fit in great with my other outgoing thank you notes.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Giveaway Winners

Sorry for the delay in announcing the give away winners. There were a "top 5" list, but I just couldn't pick one as the big winner. So, instead of one, all five of my favorites responses are getting a custom stamp. I can do that, I'm the boss ;)
I am grateful everyday that I get to make a living at my dream job, and that I get to run this whole operation. A big thank you to all of the blog readers, social media friends, and customers.
Elizabeth Harrison, Jess, pharaonis, Saul Hymes and Laura Santos- please email me so I can get started on your prize. Thank you to all who entered! I loved reading the responses.
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