I thought this would be a nice send off to your weekend. You can't beat a video about letterpress (particularly Hammerpress), with this much style. You'll be wishing you could get in there and get your hands dirty--I know I do. It's a good watch...enjoy!
Have you noticed how many sites have changed their design once the new year hit? For a while now Jake and I have wanted to do the same. If you remember, one of our goals for the new year was to consolidate our identity for A Pair of Pears; and with that a new updated design for our website. Well we have been working on it day and night, designing and coding. Most of it is already finished. Maybe only a few more late nights to go. I can't wait to show you, but for now here is a very vague sneak peek!
12 Before 12 list. Looking back I would probably have not done half of these things if I didn't make the list. Having it was a constant reminder and motivator for me. There is nothing quite like being able to check something off.
As promised, here is some more information on our exciting Facebook announcement from Friday!
We have been in the process of having a new letterpress refinished and shipped to us since early November. It has been slow and frustrating trying to get something that can print the size we want, while staying within our price range. Ever since we purchased our C&P Pilot, the letterpress demand has only increased. That makes prices soar and availability plummet. We thought we had finally found the press we wanted, and settled on a price (which was more expensive than we had hoped). Unfortunately, as it was being refinished, it turned out to have too many problems to be fixed and we were back to waiting for another press to turn up.
Last Wednesday we decided to check briarpress.org (the go-to online letterpress resource) on the off chance that someone was selling a press we'd be interested in. To our surprise, a press with the exact dimensions we were looking for was listed earlier that morning. They were only asking half of the price we had budgeted for a press, and to top it all off, it was located in Los Angeles! We emailed right away to see if the press was available, and sure enough--it was. The next morning we drove to Silver Lake to see the press, and within 20 minutes were driving home with it! It couldn't have been a more perfect situation for us. The press hadn't been used in quite some time, so it had a lot of dirt and grime on it. So, Jamie and I got to work cleaning it up.