Letterpress Instructional Video

For those of you who’ve never seen the letterpress printing process, I thought this video would give you a good glimpse into how it’s done. The press in the video is a Vandercook proofing press which is very similar to the presses I’ve been using at MCBA for the past year. The main difference is that I’ve primarily printed using photo polymer plates rather than type. Enjoy!

The video was made by Naomie Ross

Kisses from Katie + giveaway winners!


I read Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience, fairly often and I’ve read her posts lately about her and her oldest daughter traveling to Uganda. Before she left, she wrote about how she was going to see Katie Davis and the amazing work she is doing there with Amazima Ministries– the child sponsorship organization that she founded. I didn’t know very much about Katie Davis, but had heard of her book, Kisses from Katie, so I decided to buy it this weekend with a Barnes and Noble gift card I got for my birthday.

Katie Davis and her daughters

Well, let me tell you, I just gobbled this book up! For some reason it was just so refreshing for me to read. I feel like the simple message of “God loves YOU!” gets lost in a lot of messages that I am accustom to hearing.  To hear of a woman younger than me, on her own, adopting 14 daughters with such joy just kind of blows my mind. I’ve been kind of in a rut lately, feeling unstable with the future feeling very unknown. But her words really reminded me that God loves us so much and we just need to obey by doing the work set right in front of us and He will show us the rest in due time. Sometimes I get cranky when I have too much to do, or simply work that I don’t want to do. But it is in the little things that we serve and love God– the laundry, the cooking, the meeting of basic needs. How we care for the ones we love shows how we see and love God.

**Also, thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! We were excited to get as many entries as we did and we plan to offer the prints in our etsy shop in the coming months! The winners picked at random were  Dena Swenson and Liz Anderson. Congrats ladies!

Rachel’s favorite blogs

So, I would definitely call myself a connoisseur of blogs! There are some that I have been reading for years now, which kind of seems crazy to me. Of course not all of them that I follow post everyday, but a lot of them post pretty regularly. I feel like I have really received an education from some of them…on how to live naturally, bring up a child, nurture a strong family, be creative amongst limitation, etc… Most of the authors are moms, but I wouldn’t consider these “mommy” blogs.

First up: Posie Gets Cozy

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Posie gets Cozy is a blog I have known about for a while, but didn’t start reading it regularly until this year. It is authored by a woman in Portland, OR who adopted a little girl this year. She’s an amazing artist and I have been totally captivated by her aesthetic. She takes the most stunning pictures of her home and– often the same pictures throughout the different seasons. The things she loves are innocent and cute, and I think I have found courage to love those things again– the things that I thought you kind of had to stop loving once you got a design degree. I’ve learned about Tasha Tudor and Carl Larsson from her–both children’s book authors whom I’ve checked out books at the library on to learn more about. I’d totally recommend her blog! I just bought her Maggie Rabbit kit, now I just have to make it!

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Jen Loves Kev is a blog I’ve been reading for a long time now! I feel like I could be friends with Jen if we lived in the same state! She posts on life with her adorable two daughters, fashion, motherhood and everything in between. She posts quite often, so you get a great peak into her day to day life– the good and bad, easy and hard stuff with a really honest perspective which can be hard to find in the blog world.

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Carpe Season is my friend Liz’ amazing food blog! She and her husband, Eric, who helped get our blog up and running, manage the blog together. The amazing writing with the awesome photography make for a really nummy blog! Liz is also a fellow blog lover, so we always have fun chatting about the different blogs we have come across! Check her blog out if you need a recipe for dinner tonight!

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Bleubird is another blog I have read for a long time. She seems like she is kind of burnt out from blogging, but I still enjoy seeing glimpses into her life. I think I like seeing how people live, the choices they make…I like hearing and reading people’s stories and I guess that’s why I keep reading this one. She has two children from her past marriage and two from her current marriage. Their family is pretty hipster, I guess…I don’t know how else you would describe them.

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Oh, Journey Mama, your words are so soothing. She writes from their home in Thailand, where they are raising their 5 children. She is a writer, so her posts are just like honey. So beautiful. She writes very honestly about motherhood, living in another culture, living with little material possessions and about faith. It’s neat to see Jesus faith lived out in a non-Jesus culture. Her archives show all the places they have lived. Sometimes I love going through archives on blogs to see where people have come from.

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I think I started reading Nie Nie right after she had had her plane crash. Her story is pretty remarkable, and since she blogs daily, I read her blog quite often. She loves motherhood like no other blogger which I find really neat. She values the day-to-day tasks of being a mom above all else.  She sometimes writes snippets about Mormonism that I find annoying, but other than that I really commend her on keeping a positive attitude amidst so many ongoing physical trials in her life.

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I found Emphasis Added! through another blog a year or so ago and I think I am drawn to it, because the mom who writes it is so different than me. She works full-time for a major company in Chicago and has two little girls. Her life seems super hectic to me, but she is very positive and always keeps her head up. She’ll post about crazy expensive clothes and galas she goes to…it’s a fun peek into a totally different world!

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Simple Mom is a great resource for moms. Tsh Oxenreider, the author, has a team of contributors who post on so many relevant things. I also enjoy listening to the Simple Mom podcast, especially when I have long drives from the burbs to the city. She is real, and a great writer.

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And finally I am sharing about Soule Mama. She lives in the Northeast with her 5 children. They farm and knit and homeschool and write daily about what they experience through the different seasons on a farm. I’d love to just go and live with them for a week to be a part of all of the life they have going on! I’ve read some of her books too, and they are all awesome– with great ideas on re-using things, making handmade gifts, etc.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into some of my favorite blogs. If you are a blog lover, what are some that you find yourself going to again and again? I’d love to know!

Letterpress Print Giveaway!!!

IMG_5117We are excited to announce our first giveaway! Rachel designed and hand lettered this print with things she thinks make up a good day, especially with a child. The print reads, “Greet the day, read books, listen to music, get outside, dance, give thanks.” I printed the design on a few different papers (all 8.5 x 11) and a few different colors. We think they all turned out great! Now, you can have one of your own– perfect for a family room or a kids room!

IMG_5097 In order to enter the giveaway:

• Leave a comment below with what you think makes up a good day!
• For and additional 1-2 entries mention this post on twitter and/or facebook (show us a link to your mentions in your comment). On Monday we will randomly select two winners. Each winner can select their favorite “Good Day” print.

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Good luck and thanks for entering!

Penny Tile

As I mentioned in our last post, we’re planning on doing some work to our house to get it ready to sell in September. The main project we’ll be undertaking is updating the kitchen. On a recent trip to Home Depot we came across some really cool penny tile we might use as a back splash. I consider myself pretty handy, but finish work scares me, especially tilling. Anybody have experience doing a tile back splash? Any advice, tips, or tricks? Below is a video on how to install penny tile from one of Rachel’s favorite blogs, Young House Love. Doesn’t look too hard…

On another note, we’re planning on doing a give away later this week, so be on the look out for that and spread the word!

Highs and Lows

IMG_2378In the past nine months we’ve been in a perpetual state of transition with no clear vision of what the future will hold due to many unknowns. Last week was particularly difficult. Both Rachel and I were feeling overwhelmed with everything. We’re in the middle of some legal issues with our house, which we are renting. We’ve been trying to figure out what to do with our house once our renters move out, then figure out where to live. Speaking of where to live, we’re really itching to move out of Rachel’s parents house, not because it’s bad, but because we miss having our own space. On top of all that, it’s been challenging being involved in church, as we currently live much farther away, and our faith has suffered as a result. Oh, and we’re trying to figure out how to start a business. I was actually suppose to take a letterpress class this week, but it got canceled. I don’t say all this to be a downer or to make anyone feel sorry for us, but mainly to be honest and because all these things are part of life. And though things have been tough of late, there has been some good.

We celebrated Rachel’s 30th birthday last week which was a lot of fun and we celebrated fathers day this past weekend. I took today off of work and we were able to get a lot done and have some fun time together as a family. Some really good news we have is that we had a realtor do an evaluation of our house and as it turns out, he thought we’d be able to sell it within a price range that would work for us. There’s a lot of work to be done after our renters move out, but it finally feels like there’s some light at the end of the tunnel with this house (it’s been a long road).


Finally I just wanted to say, for me personally I’ve had a really hard time trusting in God with all that’s been going on. Last week when things felt really hard I finally gave in spending a lot of time in prayer and I definitely felt a bit of the burden lift. It’s so easy to get caught up in ourselves, even in difficult things and feel like we have to figure it all out, but that really doesn’t get us anywhere. I was reminded of a song called “Consider the Ravens” by Dustin Kensrue. It’s about God’s provision and it was really comforting to me last week.