Loving Letterpress

May 31, 2011

Every time Jamie and I have decided to print something on our letterpress up until this point, we've been learning something new or working on something that needed both our full attentions to accomplish. That makes it pretty hard to document the process. We've wanted to make a video of our printing for a while now, so this past weekend we decided to print a simple one color design that only took one person at a time to print. We were able to take a lot of nice video with our digital camera and put it together in a little video. For those of you who really had no idea what a letterpress was when you found out we got one, hopefully this will be a good visual overview of what we use it for. We hope you love it!

A Pair of Pears Letterpress from Jake & Jamie Bartlett on Vimeo.

The video was super fun to make. We decided at the beginning to use all natural light coming in from our living room window. I wanted to use our press table and all of our printing supplies as background texture elements as much as possible. We used our 50mm lens for everything except the overhead shot of the press we used our 24mm.

The short little intro at the beginning was also really fun to make. I inserted our logo into that shot digitally. It was a lot of fun for me because I got to simulate the perspective of the camera's angle, depth of field, and even the lighting. And I even came up with and played the little two chord jingle with the help of my fantastic wife. We felt very accomplished. The clip will be before all of our videos in the future. 

Oh, and the recipe card we printed in this video will soon be available in our etsy store.

Morning Brew: Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

Hurray for long weekends. Do you have any fun plans for Memorial Day?  Jake has the day off today, but we haven't really planed anything. I think we'll just see where the day takes us. Oh and p.s. you can wear white now.

Source: Janna Laurene

Finders Keepers: Prehistoric Planters

May 27, 2011

Source: Plaid Pigeon

I discovered these a few days after my friend Erika's birthday. She's crazy about dinosaurs so I was a little disappointed I missed out on the perfect occasion to give her one. I think she would have loved these. I know I do.

Plaid Pigeon is constantly selling out of these planters. They are in pretty high demand and it is just run by a husband a wife doing what they love - together. That's always inspiring to Jake and I. If you want to read more about them, they were interviewed by Etsy. I always enjoy reading about other artists.

Photo of the Week: Fire Hydrant

May 26, 2011

I currently love yellow, so when I saw this bright yellow fire hydrant I knew it would be the perfect thing to try out the camera on my new phone. I think it turned out pretty good. Don't worry though I won't forget how to use my real camera.

Just Because

May 25, 2011

Yesterday Jake surprised me with a new phone! But not just any phone, the HTC Thunderbolt. The sweetest part is that Jake has really been wanting this phone for a while now, but instead of buying it for himself he got it for me. It was a "just because" present and probably one of the coolest phones I've ever seen. I love it. So far I've deposited a check, looked at the local Red Box rentals, got a really awesome camera app, and the list goes on. I can even update our blog easily from it. My last phone was not the best. It had a bad touch screen so every time I tried to push a button it ended up being the wrong one. Not anymore! I have the best husband ever.

Morning Brew: Herb Garden

Both our parents have gardens. In the following months they will be able to enjoy all kinds of fresh produce. And the worst part is that Jake and I don't even live near by to help take all the extras off their hands. All this to say that, I wish I had a garden. I would even settle for an herb garden. But I don't know the first thing about gardening plus I can never seem to remember to water my plants. That's why I have a cactus. I think i'll at least give it a try and hope for the best. So if you have any tips or tricks about growing herbs speak now before some poor innocent plants die.

Grain & Gram

May 24, 2011

Grain and Gram:  The New Gentleman's Journal couldn't have a better name. It is definitely a manly man's domain which is what I love about it. These guys get good and dirty with their work and yet create beautiful pieces. To me things are much more valuable if time, sweat, and a few tears are put into them.

Source: Grain & Gram

They cover such a wide range of craftsmen; from a butcher, letterpresser and even a custom jean maker. The entire site is so well done. The type treatment, photography and writing make all the vocations look so intriguing. I would be an apprentice for any one of these craftsmen. 

Source: Grain & Gram

"I hope that people will never lose the wonder that comes with gadgetry contraptions."
-Nick Sambrato

Morning Brew: Macarons?

May 23, 2011

I thought I would bring you some color to brighten your morning. Have you ever had a Macaron? They are so bright and cheery looking, but I have no idea what they taste like. I hear most people can't get enough of them. 

Source: Dear Machine

Finders Keepers: Indoor S'More Maker

May 20, 2011

Source: Plow & Hearth

S'Mores are one of my favorites things, but living in the city dosen't really allow me to make them very often. Just last week I was craving one, so I settled for a cookie recipe that was similar to S'Mores. They were good, but not quite the real thing. This rack would be perfect for making S'Mores at home. Although, half the fun is being outside by a campfire. I guess I could settle for this and then hope for a backyard in the future.

Photo of the Week: Palm Springs

May 19, 2011

I wanted to do a fun/silly photo in our room while we stayed at the Ace Hotel over the weekend. And just like everything I try to plan to perfection, it took us almost a half hour to get this photo somewhat how I envisioned it. But hey, you've gotta have fun with your photography sometimes, right?

Anniversary Weekend

May 18, 2011

Wow this week is flying by. I guess since we had monday off it feels like we are a day behind. Palm Springs was wonderful. We stayed at the Ace Hotel. They had a huge outdoor pool and hot tub. When we got there on Saturday the hotel was surprisingly packed. We found out it was because there was a wedding going on. So we just explored the Palm Springs area and hung out in our room to escape the crowds.

Sunday, (our anniversary) we took full advantage of the pool and laid out in the sun all afternoon. We even got pool side food service for lunch.

The hotel also had bikes you could check out and use. They even had a tandem bike. So later on that afternoon we took a ride on the tandem through Palm Springs neighborhoods and got to see some really neat desert modern architecture.

To top off the evening we ate at the hotel restaurant, Kings Highway. Jake of course ordered the Lamb and I got the California Sea Bass. They were both delicious!

After dinner we took our picture in the hotel lobby's old photo booth. The photo booth gave no warning when it was gong to take the picture. As you can see in the first one, we were not ready. But I think that's what makes it funny.

For dessert we braved our one-year-old wedding cake. The poor cake had been through a lot. We had to ship it to LA because it had been in Jake's parent's freezer for the past year. I promise the cake was more beautiful looking a year ago. The cake was edible, but you could tell it was old. Jake and I enjoyed a piece together and threw the rest out. We ate it more for the tradition than anything else.

Before we left Monday afternoon to head back home, we played a round of mini golf, which I'm pleased to tell you, Jake and I tied. Then we walked around downtown and went in a few shops. One shop sold fudge so we went in and bought a bit, since last year on our honeymoon we got fudge from Mackinaw Island. I can proudly report Mackinaw's is better. I think we unintentionally made it an anniversary tradition to ride a tandem bike and eat fudge. Not necessarily at the same time though.

Morning Brew: Summer?

May 17, 2011

These prints by C.S Neal are so fun. I wanted to post them because they remind me of summer. I am completely and utterly ready for summer. When we left Palm Springs this weekend it was in the 80's, but when we got back home to LA it was all clouded over and barely over 60 degrees. I wish at least the weather would make up its mind and just stay consistent for a while.

Source: C.S. Neal

What a Year it has Been

May 15, 2011

Wow I can't believe it has been a year since Jake and I were married. I thought that day would never come. Now it has come and gone. May, 15 2010 in Traverse City, MI was our day. I thought since we've never really posted any pictures from our wedding, it would be nice to reminisce a little. Jake and I had so much fun planning our wedding and making (literally) everything the way we wanted it. It was a beautiful day. 

After the ceremony the Bridal party headed downtown to get pictures taken. Jake and I had made mustaches and lips on sticks to use as props. Everyone had fun with those. With the help of our friends and family, we made all the decorations and centerpieces for the reception. Instead of cake, we decided to have cupcakes decorated with typographic Js, &s and B circles. My Brother-in-Law built us a custom stand and he even surprised us by putting pears on it. Jake of course had mustaches on his cupcakes. We had good food, good cake, and good company. Everyone worked really hard to make our day perfect (especially our moms). I can't thank everybody enough. We had so much fun.

Anniversary Roadtrip!

May 13, 2011

Source: Unknown
Jake and I are going on a little road trip this weekend for our one year wedding anniversary. We are spending a long weekend in Palm Springs. We've never been there before, so if you know of anything that we should make sure to do let us know. As of right now I think the pool is our main priority. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. I'm so excited to have a long weekend relaxing with Jake.  Have a wonderful weekend and we'll be back Tuesday!

Finders Keepers: 125 Years of Coca-Cola

Source: Selfridges & Co.

In Celebration of Coca-Cola's 125th anniversary, they are reproducing the original bottle that Coke came in way back in 1886. Unfortunately, the only place I found them for sale is at Selfridges & Co. for £1.99. How come the Brits always get all the good stuff? 

Photo of the Week: Family History

May 12, 2011

 My grandpa looks so handsome in this picture.

 My Grandma is so beautiful.

I have the best grandparents in the world. They've taught me a lot growing up. I have so many lovely memories spent playing at their house, going on weekly shopping trips, and being loved and cared for by them. I love them more than anything. 

I found these pictures amongst rolls and rolls of old film my Grandmother had given me. I cherish everyone of those pictures, but these three I especially love. They are of my Grandpa and Grandma. They look so young and happy. It's a time of their life I never knew, but now I can catch a tiny glimpse of their history through these pictures. 

I love these pictures so much I just had to frame them. They're priceless to me. 

The Bartlett Press: Unbridled Sound Business Cards

May 11, 2011

We have finally printed our first order of letterpress business cards. A friend of mine at work has wanted us to make him business cards since before we even had our letterpress. It was a good project to get under our belts; we had fun and we learned a lot in the process.

Both sides of the card use black ink, so we did both of those passes first. 

Then we cleaned and re-inked the press with blue ink for the logo.

We printed the cards on Crane's Lettra 200lb 100% cotton paper. It worked great with the photopolymer plates from Boxcar Press and gave a deep impression.

We are very happy with the way the cards turned out, especially since it's our first time doing front and back and multiple colors on one design.

Time Lapse set to Inception Soundtrack

May 10, 2011

I found this video on another blog and thought I'd share it. It's full of some really amazing photography. My favorite shot is near the end of the cabin in the woods.

Here is the description of the video from the artist:
I shot this timelapse montage from late 2010 through early 2011.
One year in the making.
My goal was to show the duality between city and nature.
Locations include :
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Quebec city, Quebec, Canada
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Manhattan, New York, USA
- Chicago, Illinois, USA
You can visit my website at dominicboudreault.com

Morning Brew: Letters

May 9, 2011

Who doesn't love receiving a letter in the mail? While I was in college my friends and I made it a habit to send each other little notes through our campus mail. The notes were alway thoughtful and encouraging. I miss them. Today I'm going to write a note to someone and send it off in the mail. You should try it too. You never know, you could make someone's day!

Source: Mandy Lynne
Mandy has some beautiful prints. I love the colors. You can check out more of her work at her Etsy shop