Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good Things

1. Reading Make the Bread, Buy the Butter.
2. Early morning at Sugar Beach.
3. Baking + biking.
4. Breezes to break up the ultra humid days.
5. The Big Bang program on the jazz station.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Artist Story > In Haus Press

Okay.  It’s hot, hot summer over here and instead of taking a correspondence break I make it simple and easy.  I tuck a few (gorgeous and minimal!) cards, trusty vintage postage, my go-to alphabet rubber stamps and black ink pad into a tote bag and head outside.  (Little trick: Use a pencil eraser to make polka dots on envelopes.)  My courtyard is shady, breezy and surrounded by birds a-chirping and a very cute herb garden.  This is where I slow it down and write a few letters summer-style.  (Cold watermelon wedges optional!)

In Haus Press handprints some of the prettiest, simply designed black and white cards around.  “You can have any color, as long as it’s black.” Henry Ford

Treasa shares a bit of her story >

Where do you live?

San Francisco, California.

How did you start In Haus Press?

Before In Haus Press, I was a pastry chef with a graphic design background. I realised that I preferred designing correspondence rather than recipes, so I decided to pursue what made me happy, and focus on stationery design. In 2010, my husband surprised me with a tabletop printing press, and I remember writing the business plan for In Haus Press that very night. I had no idea where to begin, but I knew I wanted to turn what I loved into a successful business. I spent every free moment learning everything there was to know about letterpress printing. Teaching yourself a craft is a beautiful thing. It's a lot of work, and you have to love the process. You have to want to be great at what you do, and be patient with yourself. For me there is no substitution for having learned something on your own. It was hard finding simple, stylish cards that I liked, so I began designing my own.  A handwritten note is such a traditional and intimate way to communicate, and I love knowing that something I've designed will be used to convey someone's thoughts and wishes.  That’s why a handwritten note - no matter the design - will always be in style.

What are you reading?

I'm currently in the middle of Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais. So good!

Where did you last travel?

My husband and I visited Japan recently, and it was beautiful.

What are your influences/inspiration?

I hadn't realized this until a friend pointed it out, but most of my work is influenced by the language I use with friends and family. I design my stationery around the little phrases and sayings that we use day to day. I'm also heavily influenced by European culture and minimalist interiors.

What's your favourite podcast?

Lately I've listening more to music than podcasts these days, but I do enjoy Design Matters with Debbie Millman.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I recently had a little girl in May, so she's who I love spending every moment with these days, but the other answer to that is collaborating on projects with my husband. We have a lot of side projects that we work on together - coffee roasting, a tee shirt brand, to name a few -  so when I'm not designing/printing work for In Haus Press, that's where you'll find me.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good Things

1. This sweet book.
2. Trying new (healthy-ish) recipes. (Including this one.)
3. Peaches so ripe they must be eaten over the sink.
4. Lazy Sunday picnicking.
5. Traffic-less country roads winding through orchards and vineyards.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Things

1. Really, always stopping to smell the (pink + red) roses.
2. Delivery from dad: arugula, lettuce, garlic scapes.
3. Making a different salad every day.
4. This podcast about simplifying.  (And knocking down the garage to build a garden!)
5. Reading cookbooks cover to cover. (A New Way to Bake + Love Real Food.)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I'm Reading

"To live is to make leavings.  Hair, dust, trash, children, love letters, old shoes, bones."

Four Seasons in Rome
Anthony Doerr

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What I'm Reading

"Even today, Kira sends me cards (yes, real cards, in the mail) that say, "I love you.  That's all."

Kale & Caramel
Lily Diamond

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sally Armstrong's Stamp Collection

Stamp collecting was once a for-real hobby.  Gardening and bird-watching and painting are still kicking but it seems that there are fewer and fewer stamp collecting hobbyists out there. 

“Stamp collecting expands the scope of your world and helps you to discover faraway places and peoples.” Harris Explorer World-Wide Postage Stamp Album

While out on a meandering walk yesterday I dropped by my local Little Free Library and found this incredible stamp collection.  It belonged to Sally Armstrong.  Her name written in ballpoint pen on the cover.  A 1970s gem left in an attic for many years.  And the most delightful surprise for me.  I think I’ll be pouring over it for days and days.

P.S. I think Sally had a thing for Australia, New Zealand and the UK as those pages are filled to the brim!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Good Things

1. The plant portraits in Indoor Green.
2. Urban picnics + patio pizza.
3. Affogato on a 30 degree summery day in May.
4. The story behind Lonely Planet (My go-to travel guides!) on How I Built This.
5. Fallen petals on my walk to the fruit market.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Good Things

1. French stamps.
2. Yoga. Every day. (This one was tops!)
3. Animals Facing Left.
4. An Indian buffet.
5. Sunshine after days of rain.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What I'm Reading

“Mailboxes are portals to the rest of the world, where, with just a few stamps, we have access to almost anywhere on the globe.  This was a marvel before the Internet, and if you think about it, it’s still astonishing that we could send a postcard halfway around the world in just a few days.  If we wanted to reach back in reply, all we’d need is an envelope, something to say, and a few more stamps.  We have access to the whole world, right where we call home.”

At Home in the World
Tsh Oxenreider