For the Love of Letterpress.

June 16, 2010

Today I applied for job #4. So far I haven't heard anything from any of them. Honestly, I'm not surprised. I'm sure each one of these jobs gets a ton of applications. The waiting though has made me a little antsy at times. Most days I hang out in our apartment and I quickly run out of things to do. Lately though, I have been really considering selling stuff on Etsy. It would be mostly printmaking products such as: posters, stationary, calenders, basically anything artsy. It's kind of my dream. I would really love to print our designs on a letterpress. Jake and I have absolutely fallen in love with this process. I think its the hand-done, texture and vintage-ness of it all that gets under your skin. So today, after searching for jobs and actually working with Jake on a freelance logo gig he got, I began my search for anything and everything letterpress. I wanted to learn the ins and outs, what was required and if it would even be possible in our apartment. I found that there are table top presses that are way more affordable and don't take up too much space. There are some that print up to an 8x10 which I think will be just fine for now. Thankfully Jake and I have devoted a little corner of our apartment to make art. So I guess you can say we are making it in to our little studio. I think we are going to start saving for a press. Until then, we might just do linoleum cuts and print those. So be watching for our store to open on Etsy called A Pair of Pears. I think it fits.

Our Bedroom: Watch Out Martha

June 9, 2010

Last weekend Jake and I started our first DIY project (we have many more ideas in mind). We decided that we were going to make a headboard for our bed. We had been looking at beds, but we couldn't find anything that we really liked. When all else fails, we just make it ourselves. We came up with the idea to use an old wooden door. Well we thought we came up with it, but it turns out many people have done it before. So we found directions online and started searching for the perfect door. We ended up finding one for just $8. It was a little rough on the outside, but nothing a little TLC couldn't take care of. From there we went to work. We cleaned it up, sanded it down, filled in many holes with wood filler, sanded some more and finally painted it. We also had to do some cutting, so we used a electric saw to cut the ends of the door in our apartment! It was so loud. I'm pretty positive that's not allowed, but we closed all the windows and blinds so I hope we didn't bother anyone. Then we had to screw boards to the bottom like legs for support and attach wire to the back for hanging. After a few more final touches, we hung it up and voilĂ ! We have a headboard.
We had a lot of fun doing this project together. For the most part, we made it up as we went along, but I think it turned out great. It was just what we wanted and we were able to upcycle an old lonely door in the process.
bonus points: Can you tell who the two silhouettes are of? Yep that's us! We painted them ourselves.

What to do...

June 8, 2010

In between applying for jobs, I usually am busy (well not really busy) talking to friends, fixing up our house or searching through craigslist. Today I decided to make Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookie. From the past blog entries you might think I bake a lot. Well, don't be fooled. This is the first time we have our own kitchen so I guess you can say I have been taking advantage of it. Anyway, the cookies turned out quite good.

The little things in life.

June 7, 2010

I was going through my old blog post and saw that I had done one on things that I like. It was a fun one to do so I thought I would do another one about things Jake and I like.

Our new favorite is Sumatra- smooth-bodied with a smoky aroma and sweet earthy flavor.

Tandem bikes: a bicycle built for two.
They are fun and romantic.

DIY (do it yourself) projects.
I think it is the crafty and artsyness in us. Be on the look out for what we have been up to in one of our upcoming blogs.

Say cheeseeee.

Go Green. Bamboo can be used to make just about anything. So far we have placemats, coasters, bowls, a cutting board, salad servers, and even our matress is made completely out of bamboo.

It's a beautiful thing

Yogurt Land.
Words can't describe it.

We have bought most of our furniture from Craigslist. You can find some really good prices on unique stuff. hint: search for shabby chic.

I think that's good for one day.

If I Could Be...

June 4, 2010

I saw this on my friend Grace's blog and since I have nothing else to do, I thought it would be fun to do.

If I could be a month, I’d be September.

If I could be a day of the week, I'd be Saturday.

If I could be a time of day, I’d be 3 p.m.

If I could be a sea animal, I’d be a Sea Turtle.

If I could be a direction, I’d be up.

If I could be a piece of furniture, I'd be an antique chair

If I could be a liquid, I’d be strawberry lemonade.

If I could be a gemstone, I’d be a pearl.

If I could be a tree, I’d be one that reaches the sky.

If I could be a tool, I’d be a paintbrush.

If I could be a flower, I’d be a mum.

If I could be a kind of weather, I’d be a cool Fall day.

If I could be a musical instrument, I’d be a piano.

If I could be a color, I’d be peacock blue.

If I could be an emotion, I’d be contentment.

If I could be a fruit, I’d be a strawberry.

If I could be a sound, I’d be rain on the roof.

If I could be an element, I’d be water.

If I could be a car, I would be a mini cooper.

If I could be a food, I'd be cupcakes.

If I could be a place, I’d be home.

If I could be a material, I’d be Bamboo cotton.

If I could be a taste, I’d taste like dark chocolate.

If I could be a scent, I’d be warm summer rain, mixed with fresh coffee and a hint of vanilla.

If I could be an object, I'd be an ampersand.

If I could be a body part, I’d be the mouth, so I could say nice things and kiss Jake anytime I want.

If I could be a facial expression, I’d be silly.

If I could be a song, I’d be Dream by Priscilla Ahn.

If I could be a pair of shoes, I would be bunny slippers.


June 3, 2010

Now that Jake and I have our own place, we have started to bake a few things. The entire process has been fun to do together: shopping for ingredients, making a mess baking and then of course eating the results. So far, we made two things. First, we made Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones and then Dark Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies. The mint part was kind of a mistake. I found some dark chocolate chips at the store and it wasn't until we started making the cookies that we realized not only were they mint chips, but they were also gigantic. We ended up just cutting the chips in quarters and they still turned out pretty good.

Oh and most of the ingredients we used were organic. Who says sweets can't be good for you?

And so it begins..

June 2, 2010

So as you can see, in the past we've neglected our little blog. However right now we make an oath to you to post often about our new life together from our new home in the big sunny city of Los Angeles. I am positive we will be having some exciting adventures together that we can share with you.

I think it would be most appropriate to start off with an update about our wedding. Sadly though we don't have our photos back yet from our lovely photographer. She did however hint that they turned out really well. So be looking for those soon. Other than that, our wedding was everything we dreamed. It was beautiful, creative, fun, romantic and screamed US! Thank you to everyone who made it happened. It was a lot of work but worth it all. We will go into more detail when we post pictures.

Now as for our honeymoon, we can say the same. As most of you know Jake planed everything and it was a surprise to me. I didn't know where or what we were doing until we pulled in. Our first night we stayed in Traverse City at a beautiful lodge right on Grand Traverse Bay.

The view from our room was amazing and the room itself had everything you could imagine. It was beautiful. The next day we went about an hour up the bay to Charlevoix. It was a cute little town right on the water. We spent the day relaxing and exploring the town.

One of the days, Jake took me on a tour of the most fantastic places in Northern Michigan. We climbed the Sleepy Bear Dunes,

hiked up to Pyramid point for a view of the water,

had lunch at a local cafe in Glen Arbor, which gave us free cupcakes because they noticed our decorated car advertising we were just married,

Drove out to the end of the peninsula,

and finished the day with a delicious dinner at Red Lobster. Another day was spent up on Mackinac Island. Most of the afternoon we rode a tandem bike around the island

and then ate giant hot dogs for lunch.

We treated ourselves to ice cream and of course the famous Mackinac fudge and lastly, we made sure to buy some souvenirs to remember our time there. On our last night, Jake took me to this expensive restaurant for dinner and we sat on the deck and ate amazing food and watched the sun set.

The whole trip was wonderful. We had the time of our lives together and the weather was just perfect. I completely fell in love with Northern Michigan. Jake did the most perfect job planing our honeymoon. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

Now we are living in the heart of Los Angeles. We have a cute little one bedroom apartment that we are making into our home (we will post pictures soon). So far we love it here. Mostly though we love each other.

You can see all of our honeymoon photos on facebook: Our Honeymoon