I do all of my letterpress work on a Heidelberg Windmill Press, but have been slowly acquiring and restoring some smaller presses that are non-motorized. Last spring I had a temporary issue with the electrical box in my studio, and I had to print an entire job on my Chandler & Price Old Style press. It was intimidating to get started because I had a lot of troubleshooting to do and a firm deadline of two days, but after a whole day of making adjustments I started printing and really fell in love with this press. I’m still in the process of making adjustments to the springs and rollers, but hope to have it up and running full time soon. I’m also working on restoring this tabletop Baltimorean No. 3 to working condition. Once finished I have a goal of creating an item or small series of items for my online shop that will be made using no electricity. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
Unseasonably warm weather has brought rain instead of snow. That means plenty of bugs to snack on. :)
I’ve been missing my summer garden lately, but that’s not to say there’s nothing left to appreciate. I love collecting seed pods at the end of the season. I have a beautiful collection on my studio window sill and am thinking I should start a garden plot just for pod collecting.
Not that summer is over I am finally sorting through photos from my “Gardening Roadtrip” back in May. I had the great pleasure of visiting the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, VA. The Foundation is not open to the public (at the moment), but I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to join a small private tour group. We spent the majority of our tour inside Bunny Mellon’s spectacular personal garden library. It is an incredible collection, and if you’re interested in learning more about it you can visit the Library page online. Photos were not permitted inside the collection, but here are some nice shots of the property and gardens.
Flower pot magic on my porch this summer...a monarch caterpillar transforming into a chrysalis.
The anatomy of a diecutting job. When I have odd-sized scraps and remnants of larger sheets of paper stock, I save them to diecutting for future business cards. It's a great way to reduce waste, and fun to switch gears from letterpress printing to diecutting.