in the studio (and out)

place card spines, all boxed and ready for a Fall wedding

Work-wise, this is a really nice time of year for me. After many months of intense wedding work it all starts to slow down, which means I get to focus on some fun, non-wedding related projects in preparation for the holidays as well as some business to-do items that get neglected the rest of the year. This month, I’ve been working hard on several patterned cards which will soon be a screen printed boxed set, a letterpress calendar (my first calendar project!!), and a couple tea towel designs (one of which is a retro tea towel calendar). It’s refreshing to just sit and draw and see what comes out of it.

choosing calendar colors

Because I don’t feel rushed with these projects, I have agonized over color choices and printing methods, re-worked and re-re-worked patterns and sketches… it’s both a good and a bad thing to have lots of time on a project. I’ve applied to several December craft shows and am keeping my fingers crossed for some acceptance notes in the coming weeks.

left: tea towel design in progress, right: test fabric swatches before printing

a rough draft of some new patterns on the way to the shop

This month, Mint will get a long overdue makeover, and I hope to have time in the next couple months to finish up Hello Tenfold’s website. It feels good to start crossing off some big-to do items while the year winds down.

And, check it out, a mention for Fresh Type in Bride Magazine’s October issue, in a story on “bang for your buck invites!!”

At home, I’ve been trying to slow down too, and appreciate the cooler temps.

And you?


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