speechless and truly humbled! that about sums it up for me. now let me sum it up for you.
here is a little background story. i started this event 5 years ago with the idea of giving love back to my community. nothing more, nothing less, no strings attached. during the event, participants attend an open house where they compose original love notes on antique typewriters. each note is left with a recipient’s address and hand-delivered by volunteers on valentine’s day. it started small, the first year i ended filling 90ish bottles that weekend and set out to deliver them myself that valentine’s day. it was so much fun, i could not wait until next year to do it all over again, but even bigger and better. now fast forward 5 years later and oh my, how has it grown. it has grown so much that i am branching out with my idea to other businesses that want to participate in the coming years (more on that later).
ladies’ night!! the time was 4pm on friday the 10th. we locked the doors, and began the last minute preparations for our private evening for ladies only. i thought to myself, would the guys stay away? (yes they did!) . flowers to put out, candles to light, typewriters to set out ,signs to hang, wine to uncork, cheese and cracker tray to set out and last but not least, rose petals to sprinkle out front just in case they could not find us. six o’clock came very fast and the ladies of lincoln started to trickle in, i was feeling pretty good about the turn out! then, before i knew it there were so many ladies you could barely get from one end to the other!
all i can say is…wow! they came, they stayed, they drank and. they. drank!! it was so much fun and a enormous hit. we were open for 4 hours and many of them stayed for 2-3 hours. as one women told me “what did you expect, we were greeted at the door with a glass of wine and cheesecake on a stick, of course we are going to stay”. none of us including my staff, the wonderful valenteers, or I could have ever imagined it would have been as fun as it was. so as the night came to a close i have decided that in the coming years ladies night will be a part of love on the run!
nine hours later and i was back at it prepping the typewriters, meeting kristin from studio k so she could set up the wonderful cupcake bar, and sprinkling the petals on the sidewalk. once the doors opened it was a steady stream of people, young and old alike. children sending a note to their mom and dad, grandparents to grandchildren, friends to friends and of course lovers to lovers! it was wonderful. the support from the community was amazing and everyone was so excited to be a part of it all. and the mood was set with the great guys from dj ol’ moanin & the gettin’ hipper fun bunch, spinning the records the entire day! it was fun, it was lively, and i think we were all hoping that they would be back to fill our studio with some funky, groovy, and smooth sounds next year.
sunday morning came quicker than i had hoped! i for one was exhausted, and on a love high! (i mean how can you not be?) for the last two days we had done close to 250 bottles of love. 250!! at this point i was wondering if we would hit our goal of 500 (150 more than last year). The day started off right, another delivery from studio k, and coffee from meadowlark. now here is where you can tell i have started to lose my mind. i made a trip to our local big box electronic store and purchased a web cam. why you ask? “let’s broadcast the event live all day long” and man that was a bunch of fun! here is a few points to remember…
1. know that if your standing under it and the camera can not see you the voice recorder can.
2. make sure if you’re a vegan, don’t get caught eating a cookie that is not vegan friendly, you never know who might be watching the live video stream.
3. dancing to the music will be broadcast to anyone watching, so have fun and don’t be afraid to make a fool out of yourself!
we had a steady stream all day long. one after another they came. they sat at the typewriters and the sound of “click, clack” filled our studio all day long. one of the last two steps was to write the name on the outside of our windows, and that they did, they filled up all 90 feet of windows. the final step was to write a message in our book of love! this book comes out each year for love on the run and acts as a yearbook of sorts. once again, there was message after message thanking porridge papers for making valentine’s fun again! believe me, reading those messages brought me to tears. as they day went on i thought for sure we will have plenty of bottles. well, when all was said and done the number of bottles came in around 480, thats 20 shy of our limit. that was amazing!!! it is safe to say we were all very exhausted, even bartelby the cat was ready to call it a night. so at six o’clock that sunday we locked the doors, put the typewriters away, cleaned up the food, and did a little reminiscing about the weekend’s memories.
one of my favorite parts to ths event is the photo booth. the leekers set up a photo booth for all three days and took mini polaroids to include in the bag that was delivered. after all was said and done thy made a flip book video of everyone that got their picture taken. it is so fun, and amazing to watch. it just shows how much love was spread over those three days. my hat’s of to josh and aubrey for their continued support of this event.
there is no way i could spread this much love without help and donations from others! i had such an overwhelming response, both from other business’s and from individuals. towards the end i even had to turn away people that wanted to help and some who even offered to deliver. really, when does that ever happen? that is amazing. lincoln is amazing. i would like to extend a special thanks to the 50 + valenteers that offered to help out, it could not be done without your help!
i must thank my wife ellen most of all for her support! you see for us, valentines day comes and goes without a relaxing, romantic evening that we can share. i start planning love on the run in december and by mid january my 50 hour weeks turn into 60-70 hour weeks. there are more nights i come home when my wife and kids are sound asleep then awake. by the time the 14th comes around it’s too late to plan a special evening for our own. while she supports me and knows how important love on the run is to myself and our community i do owe her her own valentines day, maybe for us it will be 4-28!
i would like to thank josh and aubrey leeker for putting on the photo booth and joining me for 20 hours of pure cheesy love and for all the amazing photos that were taken. also, to robert wurth with studio orange for being our resident photographer and capturing some amazing moments through out the three days.
what about the 500 roses, (yes i said 500 roses!) that we sprinkled all over south street, and the beautiful flower arrangements and candles? well, that would be our wonderful friends over at cutts floral! a shout out goes out to the great bunch over at screen ink for the valenteers t shirts, all 50 of them(t shirts that is), thanks guys! then there is the amazing food! i can always count on kristin from studio k to out do herself, you rock! karen and kevin with bread and cup once again came through with dozens and dozens of cinnamon rolls and baguettes. to all those ladies that enjoyed the cheese and crackers, wine (and more wine, 24 bottles!!), cheesecake, vanilla chocolate porter, ice cream, and the sounds of caleb baily you can thank, hillis and co., bin 105, the buxom baxter (our own samantha), modern monks brewery, ivanna cone and caleb baily! more thanks goes to meadowlark coffee and espresso, dj ol’ moanin & the gettin’ hipper fun bunch for the amazing tunes, a novel idea bookstore for sponsoring the library of love, and kevin with signature bindery for his amazing friendship over the years and his help, collaboration, and use of his space as we take over lincoln!
it does not stop there! we had even more support from other business’s that wanted to donate raffle prizes to all the valenteers that helped. i can not thank all of you enough!
taryn and jon from 10/11 news stopped by yesterday to film a segment for the first anniversary of their show! why you ask? did you know that paper is the first year anniversary gift. we thought it fitting to honor them with a hand set print commemorating the success. but it was not that easy, taryn had to pull the print herself! after a few times practicing she was good to go live. you can watch the video right here!
it has been fun playing around with all the new type and cuts we picked up a few months back. we are still finding interesting fonts and old advertising cuts. in the coming months we will be hosting print sessions where you can come in on saturday and for a small fee have access to all the type and a few proofing presses. stay tuned for details.
What an amazing success! With all the help from the sponsors and volunteers we were able to hand deliver close to 300 bottles and an additional 60 delivered by the person that typed them. We had channel 8 and 10/11 both cover the event. Drive by South street and see all the names on the window and stop in to read the Book of Love! Here is a video that The Leekers put together of the event. Aburey and Josh donated they time taking mini poliroids to include with the bottles of love. More pictures and stories coming soon.
I can not believe how quick time has passed! We are gearing up for our favorite time of the year, Valentine’s Day!
You know what that means…
Love On The Run!!!
What is this you ask? Well here are the details…
Is this era of Facebook, Twitter, computer generated greeting cards, and cell phone texts, we are giving lovers a chance to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with old-school methods and delivered in an unforgettable way!
We invite anyone to stop by Porridge Papers Friday, Saturday or Sunday to type up a note on our antique typewriters. Then they are rolled up and placed in small bottles which are put into handmade paper bags embedded with wildflower seeds. They are then delivered FREE of charge on Valentine’s Day within Lincoln city limits. The hour of events are -
Friday, February 11th, 5-9 p.m. Hors D’oeuvres & live music
Saturday, February 12th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cupcakes and savory snacks
Sunday, February 13th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cinnamon rolls, coffee & juice
We will also have a photo booth set up so you can include a picture as well!
We are always looking for volunteers so call ahead if you want to help out.
Why do we do this? Well this is our way of giving back to Lincoln! This is such a great community and we wanted to share the love we have with all of you. This year we have had an out pouring of help from local businesses, we would like to thank -
Studio Orange Photography
Hillis & Co.
Bread & Cup
for the last week we have been neglecting our blog, instead we have been wrapping up last minute projects and spending time with our families. we hope that you are all enjoying the end of a wonderful year. 2009 was filled with many ups and downs for all of us! here at porridge papers we were blessed with lots of work, new clients and exciting projects. we made new friends, celebrated our 16th year in business, finished up our largest order to date (2 million pieces of plantable paper),re branded ourself with a new logo followed by updating our websites, expanding our studio, re painting our building (inside and out), buying a 10lb hollander beater and so much more. all in all i say it was one of the busiest years to date! for those of you that were apart of it, i want to say thanks! thanks so much for keeping my dream alive. with out my fans, clients, friends, family, local community and employees none of this would be possible. i am so excited for what the new year has in store for all of us! as usual it will be a roller coaster ride and i for one can not wait to see where it takes us!
you know the holidays are coming when we have piles of paper in both the bindery and the print studio. sheets of handmade paper that have just been peeled. paper that is getting trimmed down. paper that is being printed. paper that is being die cut. boxes being shipped out day after day. yes the holidays are upon us. one more week of tight deadlines and then it is smooth sailing till the end of the year. that also means one more year that went by without us sending out a holiday card! we have thought about a january card but with our luck we might be better off with a may day card! i hope your holiday season is shaping up to be an enjoyable one. remember to take time for your self and remember the little things.
here is a new piece we just finished! it was a long time in the making but i think it was well worth the wait. what better way to promote your company or event that you are going green then to use plantable paper for your packaging! this bamboo plate was wrapped with our handmade paper embedded with lettuce and tomato seeds. the paper was printed on our 100 year old letterpress in 3 colors.
i couldn’t help but post this! paper can be used for so many things and here is an example that i would have never have thought of. everybody with an iphone or for that matter a phone that would fit should make one of these out of handmade paper.
Julien Madérou has designed a paper iPhone dock that you can download and make yourself!
after months in the making we finally mailed the save the dates! although there may be a few stragglers to go, there out there! And whats this for? porridge papers is turning 16 years old this october! in honor of that feat of accomplishment we are having a super sweet sixteen party in all the bling bling that it should be.
happy hour around 4pm with beer, wine and tasty treats followed by more beer, wine, food and cake! we will have live music doing covers from the years 1993 (think proclaimers, rod stewart, meat loaf and kris kross to name a few). oh and i cant forget about the great swag bag we are trying to put together! its going to be a blast! so if your going to be in town and you want to come, drop us an email telling us whay and we will get you on the guest list.
well this will have been the most time consuming save the date we have ever done! of course it is for us so that means we must make it as imposible to produce as we can. 2 color letterpress with an overlay of glitter on one of the passes plus rounded corners with glitter edging! did we mention that it is oversized on our ultra thick handmade paper and matched with a envelope that has a liner inserted into it. we would like to send a big shout out to richelle of girl metro for the design!
so you ask, why?
why are we doing this? well in october porridge papers will be 16 years old and we thought what a great reason to throw a sweet 16 birthday bash! there will be more detials in the coming months. also if your interested in coming drop us a line and we will see if we can get you on the guest list.
after months of hard work i decided that we needed a little fun! here is where i wish we got that bowling ally finished. which by the way we are installing this summer. so if your in the neighborhood give us a call and we will lay down the lanes! ok back to the story, last friday i gave all of us a day of “creative procrastination” . we got out the wire o machine, button maker, xacto knives, glue, chipboard, old money, paper, stock certificates, books and had some fun. we made some journals, buttons and books, some for us and some to sell. when the day was over it was such a great feeling to do something different so i have decided that one day a month will be “creative procrastination” day!
also if your in the neighborhood do stop by! the stuff from the national stationery show is starting to arrive! so many cards we do not even have enough place to display them. also begining mid june we will be open on saturdays from 10am to 3 pm! we hope to see you then.
getting ready to board a plane for new york! once again it is time for the national stationery show. this time we are going to look, shop and relax! it will be great to see some of our old friends, look for new ones and did is say relax! we do no how much work goes into putting a booth together for this show, so congratulations to all the exhibitors and good luck!
what a spring/summer this is shaping up to be! to start things off, the may issue of self magizine came out and right there on page 32 is our plantable pillow box! a big thanks goes out to them for featureing us.
so, things have really been hopping this year. we finished up with our 2.2 million piece order and was not sure where we were going to go from there. it seems that there are people and compinies all over the world that are in need of handmade paper and plantable paper! so why not help them out! because of this we have been looking for a new home for porridge papers and i think we might have found one. it is in the heart of downtown lincoln, a block from the university and next door to the childrens museum. what is so great about this space beside location is that the papermill will be a seperate space from the letterpress studio and retial section. it is a larger and more effeciant space compared to the building we are in now. it will also allow for more retial, workshops, classes and production! stay tuned as we should have a final answer in the next week or two, and then pictures to follow. in the mean time visit plantableseedpaper.com for updated pictures and a completly new porridge papers web site to follow in the next few months!
so here at porridge papers a group of us have committed to bicycling to work every day this week in honor of earth day. it was a challenge that lincolnearthday.org put out there for organizations, business and individuals. what are you going to do? just remember that small changes can result in big results!
back in october we got an order to produce 2,163,000 cards for a promotion for kraft foods. it was embedded with lettuce seeds and then attached to the inside page of a magazine. what was i thinking, how could i get it done, what would it take? looking back to an october post…..
“2,851,200 square inches upholstery foam + 1,232,000 square inches cardboard + 1,436,400 square inches pellon +
155,232 square inches felt + 92,400 square inches plywood + 200 pounds lettuce seed + 18,750 pounds recycled fiber +
countless screws, nails, bottles of glue, and trips to the hardware store = 2,000,000 plantable pieces
quite possibly the largest order in plantable paper history…booyaw acheived.”
that just about sums it up. im sure the numbers are a bit different but it was a lot of work! i was so greatful to have an amazing team of papermakers and support crew! without them it would not have happened. not only did we get it done but we did it on time! the final count was 2,237,745 pieces which equals 78,418 sheets of 19″x25″ lettuce paper.
so if you ever wondered what it is like to see people (10 +) making handmade palntable seed paper day after day and loving it…pan around below and you can see for yourself! MEANING CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND MOVE YOUR MOUSE, IT IS REALLY COOL!
Christopher…why are we out of seeds?
Glenn…I can’t possibly imagine,
Nataša…Oh, no…The country is short on lettuce seeds because Porridge Papers used it all…
Justin…from the outside looking in, this conversation is pretty funny. sorry. LOL
Christopher…it is!…humm maybe i should keep it going?…no, it was a very frustrating moment. but all is ok and i have restored the world and come june i will make it a great place to grow lettuce plants in everyone’s back yard all thanks to kraft foods!
Nataša…Makes me wonder how many are going to end up in trash and recycling….
Christopher…then they will just sprout into wonderful leaf lettuce, right there in the dump! yea for the rodents!
10 days left on the big one. tired of no sunshine, tired of being cooped up, tired of the humidity, tired of the COLD, tired of the lack of personal space!
so today when it was going to reach 75 the thought of making paper outside sounded like a dream come true. everything is on wheels, how hard could it be. so blane and grant took it upon themselves to enjoy the day outdoors in all the sunlight while makeing paper. might we get this chance again?
13 more days i we can begin to shed some “stuff” and strech out. while our super large order will be done we still seem to be filling up the schedual. there has been some talk of moving the vats outdoors as the weather gets warmer…i think they are onto something. i am looking to some serious spring cleaning, and boy do we need it!
so today was a momentous occasion for us! we began the journey of packaging 2,163,000 cards made from handmade plantable paper embedded with lettuce seeds! and here i thought making the paper would be the hard part, try cutting them.
some how we need to figure out how to fit 16 pallets in our mill so that we can ship it all at once! oh how i wish we had a second story. this has been such a learning experience and taught us so much. when all is said and done i hope to put together a slide show of the entire order. a memento of our accomplishment.
once again the 2nd annual love on the run was a huge success! the lincoln journal star had a wonderful article in this mornings paper and a fantastic video clip. i would like to say thanks to everyone that helped out and came in to give a little love! we will see you next year!
Words of love delivered via typewriters, vintage paper
By MICAH MERTES / Lincoln Journal Star
Friday, Feb 13, 2009 – 11:58:58 pm CST
For last year’s Valentine’s Day, Todd Wilson got his wife Carla what he considered to be a small, goofy gift. A message in a bottle, written on an ancient typewriter and special delivered to her on the 14th.
“I’m stupid,” Wilson said. “Here I was thinking it’s not that big a deal, but my wife was so floored by it. She said it’s the best thing I’ve ever given her.”
This V-Day, Todd wrote Carla another note in a bottle, short and sweet and vintage.
Writers type their Love on the Run valentines at Porridge Papers Thursday. (HEIDI HOFFMAN/Lincoln Journal Star)
Writers type their Love on the Run valentines at Porridge Papers Thursday. (HEIDI HOFFMAN/Lincoln Journal Star)
Porridge Papers is spreading the love in Lincoln with their 2nd annual Love on the Run Valentine’s Day event….
For the second year in a row, papermill Porridge Papers, 1422 South St., invited Lincolnites to stop in and express their love in a refreshingly retro manner.
For Porridge’s “Love on the Run” event, customers were able to come into the mill, type up their missives on typewriters dating back to the ’20s and roll up their pink love note into a sealed bottle. The mill’s volunteers are delivering the 200 bottles throughout Lincoln today.
On Thursday afternoon, a line poured out the doors of Porridge Papers, the hordes of funny valentines waiting to use one of the five typewriters.
“It’s been such an amazing success, very overwhelming,” said Christopher James, owner of Porridge Papers. “There are so many stories. It’s across the board. There was an older lady writing one for her parents. You have spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, little kids doing it for their moms. This is a note that people can give that’s truly unique, not a store-bought card.
“It’s actually coming from their hearts.”
James started “Love on the Run” because he wanted to give something back to the community, he said. The event will continue to be free, and he hopes it will get bigger and bigger each V-Day.
For most of the love letter scribes, this was the first time they’d used a typewriter. This resulted in lots of screw-ups and do-overs. All the throwaways left behind went into a drawer at the mill.
But most letters carried a typo or three. The mistakes are kind of endearing, after all. Typos equal lve.
Ciana Cloud, 26, however, had a few false starts in her letter to her husband, a two-page list of the 10 things she loves about him.
“My husband and I frequently write cards,” she said. “And my favorite thing is to get a card that’s completely empty and fill it with writing, so this is great.”
And for thoughtful husband Todd Wilson, his involvement didn’t end after slipping his message into the bottle. He’s volunteered to deliver the notes all day, something he’s especially suited for, seeing he’s a UPS driver, savvy to all the routes, shortcuts and backways of Lincoln.
His wife will be riding along in his truck today, making deliveries.
Spoiler Alert!: Carla, read no further.
On the road, Todd will give Carla another note, that reads:
“Carla, I love you so much. Happy Valentine’s Day. I Choose Us.”
porridge papers is hosting the 2nd annual love on the run from febuary 11th-13th! on the 11th and 12th come type your love a note on our antique typewriters from 4-6. or on friday the 13th come join us for an open house from 4-9 which will include great food and live music while clicking away your thoughts on antique typewriters. then we will hand deliver them on valinten’s day, all FREE of charge!
we love you lincoln! we look forward to seeing you there!
so last week was so nice…or it started of that way. the we had a few hiccups with employees but with in 2 days we were back on track. funny how one day is going so good and it is 59 degrees then everything changes in a moments notice. cold, snowy and a few new papermakers. we are ready to roll on monday. just about halfway through our order and feeling good!
as the year comes to an end it was time for the holiday party. we all got together last weekend for some good eats, good drinks and the whit elphant gift exchange! nothing says gift giving like a ball of silly putty or a confettie gun. (which by the way made an absolut mess). after a few bottles of wine it was on to guitar hero and dance dance revoulition! i hope all your holiday parties bring you as much joy and happiness as ours!
i would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! it has been a wild year for us! started out slow and got absolutely crazy. we quadrupled in size,expanded our building and worked on some exciting projects! with every new day it gets even more exciting so we are definitely looking forward to the new year. in the coming weeks we hope to let you in on a few projects we are working on. until then enjoy all the cookies that will be exchanged, presents given and received and family and friends that will surround you.
how many times have you heard titles and methods being overused to such a point that it hurts? in this article form the onion so much of this article sound familiar with many of the companies out there.
“During what was described to them as “a look-forward meeting to discuss and evaluate the company’s event-chain methodology,” MediaLine employees stood with mouths agape Wednesday as they witnessed the very moment at which project manager James Atkins attained complete mastery over the fine art of meaningless corporate doublespeak.”
have you ever thought that if they spent more time doing what they do best and keeping their customers happy rather than form commities and hold meetings to brainstorm about more meetings they would get more accomplished? you can read the whole article at the onion – manager achieves full mastery of pointless managerial jargon.
I know this has nothing to do with work, paper or printing but i love this photo! our friend jill stopped by this week and took some gorgious pictures of my daughters. you can check out her and her fiances web site right here. im also very excited because we will be doing their wedding invitations as well.
here is an interesting photo to end your friday on! who knew that fly’s loved our soy based ink so much that they wanted to eat it. maybe its the soy? or is this fly a vegetarian? i guess we will never know. take time to enjoy this fall weekend!
on friday those of us that were here took a little break to wish samantha a happy workaversary! she has been with us for 6 years, and how she has climed up that ladder!
she started out as a wee little coucher and started pulling her own sheets just months afer being hired. it was not long untill we could see that she had managment potential! within less than a year she became our manager. after a few years when we decided to move back to lincoln she could not stand the thought of working anywhere else so she hitched a ride to lincoln and help set up the mill at its current location.
as our current production manager everything must go through her (believe me, if i try to schedule anything with out letting her know…well lets just say it is not good). she has done a fantastic job and has made a great impact on the porridge papers family, after all we all feel like family here. so here is a big thanks to samantha and we look foward to many more years!
well it has been a wild ride these past few weeks, and now its down to business. put away the sissors, put down the glue, turn off the power tools and get to making paper…and a lot of it!
while some feel like they could work behind the counters at joann fabrics, others can teach an arts and craft class and others are ready to build a small cottage i think they are all ready to get back to making paper. but we did have a few fun weeks and the addition to the building was worth it!
this is what last week was like! how crazy it has been. 4 weeks out, 6 people making paper and we still can not get ahead! we are trying! im sorry but, our paper is the best!(not to boast) we are getting it as fast as we can, handmade made an guarantied to to grow!so give us a call 402.742.5415
we are proud to tell you that this is the last 2,000 pounds of envelope scraps we have! while it is considered recycled it is not post consumer waste. we have been getting a lot of questions as to the exact definition of recycled paper and where our paper fits. we figure that with the volume of paper we have been making and the fact that the more recycled material you can use is better, why not make that switch. while we have always been proud to make our paper from envelope scraps that would be considered 100% recycled we are excited to now offer 100% post consumer waste that will truly come from consumer waste. here is a little help with the definition.
Pre-Consumer Fiber: material collected before it reaches the end user and is mainly from paper manufacturers, printers and converters.
Post-Consumer Waste: material that is collected from end-users and recycled. Post consumer fiber is the preferred form of recycled materials because it reduces pressure on our remaining forests, saves water and energy, and diverts solid waste from our landfills.
and if your interested in what 20,000 pounds looks like stay tuned! we are excited about a new project that requires enormous amounts of, well, everything, including 20,000 pound of 100% post consumer waste that will be turned into beautiful plantable seed paper!
OMG…Christopher…I LOVE THE BELLY BANDS!!!! They are AWWWWEEEESOME!!!! They elevate the brochure package beyond what I thought…THANK you for rocking them out – gorgeous. And thx for the samples. You get a lot of detail with your impressions.”
we love it when our clients send us happy emails about a job well done! it makes it all worthwhile. thanks jill!
we were asked if we could create the tag for the press kits for the presidential debate at belmont university on october 7th. they are trying to reduce paper consumption which i imagine with over 3600 press kits that would be a lot! so instead they are loading the press kits on a jump drive and we created a plantable tag that will be attached to the recycled bags that will hold the jump drive among other stuff. once we get pictures of them hanging from the bags i will post it.
it just goes to show you all the creative ways you can reduce waste at any level!
we want to give a big thanks! to the guys over at roundus . such a cool concept, they came over and took a bunch of pictures and then seemed them together so you can get a 360 degree view. so for all of you out there that have wondered where we work have a peek of part of our studio right here.
do you feel trapped? today is friday and i can not be happier. i told myself last sunday that i would take the day off but i forgot, how silly of me. so this will be my 12th straight day of work! things have been so crazy the last few months that i think we might finally be calming down. so i would like to wish everybody a great weekend.
there are some very exciting things to come.
porridge papers… will be apart of the presidential debates….will debut completely (meaning 100%) usable products from the packaging to the product (nothing to throw away) and much more in the coming months.
getting a bit behind but i want to say thanks to creature comferts for mentioning us on there blog.
“The other day I spotted these adorable letter pressed cards by Porridge Papers over on From Tiki with Love blog. Not only are they sweet as can be, but after use they can be planted. Yes, planted! Each card is embedded with wildflower seeds. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and is such a great eco-solution to cards that sit around collecting dust or end up in a landfill somewhere. Genius!
See more HERE. ”
well if i could i would take a picture, but then i don’t want him or her to feel special! just got back from the store and there are a few little surprises in store for the little critter. it is not like i hate them, they just really like to eat the seeds we use in our paper not to mention our lunches. there was a time in albuquerque that they got in to the paper we were drying an picked out all of the seeds! that is why they are not wanted…go to building next door.
so after spending some time trying to think what to title this post, i gave up. could it be, pin vs. die, measure twice-cut once, i’ve done it all, or…and i had an extra die laying around! personally i like the last one since i actually did. don’t ask why, there is another mistake. here is a tip to the wise, see what size you can print before you order a multiple up die. oh how i wish the week was over and the weekend as well. why as grown up people we are not allowed do-overs? if you have the answer to that let me know.
here are a few invitations that we did for anjenu that i have been meaning to post. what better way to leave a lasting impression then to utilize plantable paper for your invitations. not only will your guests share your special day but they will also grow a garden in honor of you as well!
with the ability to add most seeds and custom match the color of paper to your color scheme you can end up with an invitation that was designed around you, rather then choosing from ones that have already been designed.
i just got back from a much needed vacation and it was wonderful. it is always good to clear your mind of the day to day stuff and realize whats going on around you.
i climbed to the top of grays peak in colorado with my sister, dad and a few mountain goats! it was one of the most incredible experiences to date! standing atop a mountain 14270 ft high gives you an amazing view and allows you to really see how small you are in this large world.
if you ever get the chance i highly recommend it! now that i have cleared my head it is back to work!