sycamore street press: Press

Stephanie and Lesley pointed out that the SSP 2010 calendar is featured in the new issue of Small Magazine. I’d never looked at this online magazine before, but it’s full of great fashion, art, and design for kids. Even if you are currently kid-less (like me), it’s still pretty inspiring. I especially liked the interview with Jaqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Design and Moomah.

sound + vision: Try a Little Tenderness

I’ve always loved this scene from Pretty in Pink, but nothing beats the original.

Friday Favorites

+ The color and detail in this wedding photographed by Allison C
+ Thanksgiving leftovers
+ This kooky vintage dollhouse website (via fine little day)
+ Can’t wait to visit Gravel & Gold when we’re in San Francisco (via poppytalk)
+ Winter Pageant by the Softies
+ A patterned woolen muffler by Pendleton Woolen Mills
+ One more holiday letterpress class tomorrow. There are a couple of spots left, so email me right now if you want in! (eva{at}sycamorestreetpress{dot}com)

image credits:
Allison C.

sycamore street press: Pamper Yourself Trunk Show

My super stylish mom and her friends are hosting a trunk show next Wednesday right here at the Sycamore Street Press studio. There will be purses, jewelry, and letterpress paper goods…all discounted below retail prices! Some of the goods have been featured in InStyle, Elle, Vogue, etc…

If you are in the market for some pretty things for yourself or to use as Christmas gifts, you might want to seriously consider coming.

We’d love to see you here!

Pamper Yourself Trunk Show
Wednesday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sycamore Street Press Shop
904 S. 300 West, Heber
(435) 671-3001

our little life: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Here are a few things I am thankful for:

+ Pie

+ Curling up with a good book or movie under a flannel-covered down comforter.

+ The daily inspiration and encouragement from all of you and this creative blogging world.

+ The love, support, and fun I have with family and friends.

+ Being able to work each day doing something I love, with the person I love most.

+ The fact that on Sunday night, we survived losing control of the wheel on black ice in Provo Canyon going 50 mph and careening across 4 lanes of traffic. We could have easily crashed into another car, a barrier, or worse yet, gone off a cliff. Instead, there was a surprising lack of cars right around us, we somehow swerved away from the cliff’s edge and barrier on the right side of the road, and there happened to be an opening in the center barrier right where we crossed over and finally bumped to a halt on a gentle, snow covered shoulder on the road (instead of a cement retaining wall like in some parts of that canyon). Kirk, the Honda Fit, and I came out completely unscathed. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I think that for some reason, God just gave us an amazing wake-up call and chance to continue…

+ Our brand new, top of the line snow tires.

image credit: Lee Ann L.

the sound: Annie

I’ve been listening to the catchy beats and melodies on Annie’s new album, Don’t Stop. Her vocals remind me of a modern Marilyn Monroe…and that’s a very good thing.

Heartbeat (from her first album) will always be my favorite, though.

image via Comfort Comes

The L Letterpress Machine

Have you heard about this? Thoughts?

I have to admit, I’ve been avoiding the subject…
as if by not talking about it, I can make it go away.

Although part of me thinks I should be happy for any sort of new letterpress technology, it actually made me feel a little sick to my stomach. First of all, because it makes me worry about how it will affect our little mom + pop business. Secondly, because I really doubt that a tiny plastic machine can duplicate the quality of a half ton steel machine. Finally, because it takes all the romance out of this beautiful printing process.

But then I take a deep breath and calm down and realize that it’ll probably be fine. No, it won’t be nearly as high quality as what you can do on an actual vintage letterpress. It also won’t be able to print as large. And that’s why people will continue to order letterpress goods from people like us. And what this little machine lacks in romance and charm, it makes up for in accessibility and affordability. It may actually bring letterpress more into the spotlight and be a good thing for everyone involved. I certainly hope so…

Also, see this post about it: Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?

image credit: top photo via Paper Source

sycamore street press: One More Chance for Holiday Letterpress Class

The bad news: Kirk and I are not going to be able to make it to Portland next weekend. This means no Portland Handmade Bazaar, no Elsa + Sam, and no meeting our would-be hosts and other awesome Portlanders. :(

The good news: We’ll have an extra week to get ready for our holiday fairs (so no working on Thanksgiving). And….we’ll be able to teach another workshop this weekend!

It will be the same class that we taught last weekend (students will learn the basics of letterpress and go home with 50 holiday cards they have printed with coordinating envelopes and liners).

To find out more about our classes, click here.

If you are interested, please email me at eva{at}sycamorestreetpress{dot}com.

Friday Favorites

+ These gorgeous dresses from the latest Tina Kalivas collection (via refinery 29)

+ Bedroom Bossa Band by Lullatone (via ikumi)

+ Wish I could see Roni Horn’s exhibit at the Whitney.

+ Stamp tape to dress up packages.

+ Real Salt Lake is in the finals against the LA Galaxy this weekend!

What are your favorites this week?

sycamore street press: Press

Thanks to the Harper’s Bazaar blog for featuring our fortune teller on their “Gifts Under $100″ guide. And special thanks to Stephanie Ford for designing it!

the sycamore q+a {no.42}: Stephanie Brubaker of Stephmodo

On her blog,
Stephmodo, Stephanie Brubaker documents her extensive travels, delicious recipes, and design ideas. She recently spent several months living in France, along with her husband and three children, where they renovated a beautiful little cottage. La Maisonette (as they have named it) is in the historic town of Beynac, where films such as Ever After and Chocolat were filmed. You couldn’t find a more picturesque locale. And guess what? La Maisonette is available for vacation rentals! I’m saving up my pennies, but in the mean time, I’m getting my travel fix by reading Stephanie’s blog.

Now, for the Q+A:

1) How did you get into blogging?

It started as a way to stay connected with family and friends who are scattered across the country, but turned into something more when I realized this was the perfect venue for sharing my creative ideas as well (it turns out I have a lot to say!). If I’d anticipated where I’d be today, I would’ve taken my blog name far more seriously :)

2) What is inspiring you lately?

For me, inspiration lies everywhere…in the mountains, in a well-decorated space, in a different country, in a photographic image, in a conversation with a friend and in magazines + blogs. The variety helps me maintain balance and direction.

3) Tell us about a project you’ve been working on recently.

A friend hired me to design his urban loft office space, which is a completely different style than what is in my own personal space. I find myself pulling ideas from the times when we lived in urban environments ourselves. I am loving the opportunity to mix both iconic furniture pieces with budget-friendly pieces. It’s a challenge and I’m always up for one of those as long as I feel like it’s doable.

4) Is there anything else we should know about you?

Like every blogger, there is a lot more to me than my edited blog :)

I have to add that in addition to her impeccable taste, Stephanie is a really friendly and nice person. She brought her two youngest kids up to Heber to see our studio and grab lunch a couple of weeks ago, and I had such a great time.

Thanks Stephanie!

Stephanie’s links:

image credits: Top photo by Justin Hackworth. All photos via Stephmodo.

looking lovely: Paper Sculpture Book

I recently found this book by Mary Grace Johnston for a couple of dollars at a local used book shop. It’s incredible! I’m hoping that if I follow the instructions, and with a little practice, I could make something similar to the paper flower garlands from Grace (of design*sponge) and Aaron’s wedding. (We’ll see if I actually ever get around to it, though…)

sycamore street press: Holiday Card Classes

Everyone went home with 50 letterpress cards they printed themselves and 50 matching envelopes with assorted liners. I’m so glad we decided to start teaching classes. We love it!

There are more photos and info at my SSP class blog.

image credits: Kirsten*Can

looking lovely: Nicole Hill Gerulat and the Art Weekend

Nicole Hill Gerulat attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and the French Culinary Institute, so it’s no wonder that she takes amazing food and product photos. (All the photos in this post are hers.) Her portraits and wedding shots are also really pretty. Take a look.

I’m always trying to improve our SSP product shots, so I jumped at the chance to take Nicole’s Photo 101 and Tabletop Photography class a several days ago at the Art Weekend. She did not disappoint me. Not that I am all of a sudden taking spectacular images…but she gave us a lot of tips and tricks that I never would have thought of on my own. She also did a great job of explaining how to find my way around my new DSLR*.

I highly recommend taking a class from her. And from what I’ve heard all the other classes at the Art Weekend were pretty great. I think I’ll branch out and take another kind of class next time. Maybe Illustrator. Or Scherenschnitte. Oh, and Nicole teaches classes in San Francisco, New York City, and online as well, so don’t think you have to live in Utah to take advantage of her expertise.

To see more of Nicole:

Wedding Photo Blog:

* A Canon Rebel. I love it! Kirk and I have been saving up for a while, and then my parents, Kirk’s parents, and my grandparents gave me some camera money for my birthday last month. I haven’t posted any images from it yet…but I will soon.

Friday Favorites

+ Styling tips at Day/Birger et Mikkelson (via Hey Suzy)
+ Handmade and eco friendly gift items at Lark (via decor8)
+ Yurts (My current obsession)
+ Final Say by Sambassadeur
+ Pigs in a blanket and sautéed brussels sprouts
+ Vintage leather camera bags
+ The first Sycamore Street Press letterpress class is tomorrow!

Did you notice the sheep climbing up the hillside in this photo? It was incredible. Wish my photo had captured it better.

the sycamore q + a {no. 41}: Drew Danburry

The first time I saw Drew Danburry play was in the Office. Not the TV show, but the circa 2003 former office turned house/indie music venue in Provo, Utah. He stood on stage singing his guts out and playing a little red plastic keyboard. I could tell from his sheer love of music and performing that he wasn’t just some flash in the pan. In the 6 years since then, Drew has played hundreds of shows all over the US and Europe. His songs range from catchy and upbeat to slow and melancholic, but they are always heartfelt.

1) How did you get into making music?

I was on vacation at my brothers house with nothing to do in the daytime when my nephews were at school and his wife had a guitar. I picked up a how to play guitar book and learned how to form a couple chords. I took a poem I had recently written and put it to melody. Then kept doing it. It’s evolved and is a little different nowadays. But it generally is a simple action of documenting an idea.

2) What’s been inspiring you lately?

I have no idea. I actually was just talking to my wife about this, because I never sit down to “write” a song. I just wait till an idea strikes me or a melody hits me or something has to kind of jar me out of my complacent slumber. It’s gotten less frequent, and to be honest I get more and more tired of the continual effort and struggle for survival as a musician. But the songs that I have written most recently are the best songs I’ve ever written…so I’m in the process of figuring out what my direction as a human being is. Is the newer material worth investing in? Or is it going to keep feeling like I’m running on a treadmill? My wife deserves to be taken care of, and I care more about my wife than music or any unseen desire for whatever it is I create.

3) Tell us about a recent project.

I’ve started a band under a different name. It’s barely getting off the ground, we’re just starting to practice. But in my mind it’s the best thing ever. I just want to take my time to realize it and make it happen. There’s actually a whole LOT going on right now.

4) Is there anything else we would be interested to know about you?

I wouldn’t presume to know what is interesting about me. In fact, I’m always a bit surprised if anyone does find me interesting. More often than not I feel rather inconsequential and unimportant than anything. I feel if anything my work ethic has been the biggest catalyst to my survival in my pursuit of the arts. But thank you for being so kind to consider me and ask me questions.

Thanks Drew!

You can hear his songs for free here.

Drew’s website:

image credits (from top to bottom): Justin Hackworth, Aubrey Debauchery, stills from the video Lynette I Love You, Off Tempo, Katie L. Thompson, and Justin Hackworth

looking lovely: David and Rachael Eustace

Have you seen this beautiful father/daughter collaboration between David and Rachael Eustace? They took a 3 week road trip throughout the American southwest and documented it with photos, letters, interviews, and a gorgeous minimal film short.

This project captures that bittersweet moment between a parent and a child when they realize that their relationship will soon be forever changed.

Click here to see more.
And click here to see another wonderful father/daughter collaboration.

Did I mention that this project was sponsored by Anthropologie? They also funded projects by Jane Campion and Andrew Zuckerman. I hope they continue their patronage. They could be the 21st century Medici family.

image credits: David and Rachael Eustace

sycamore street press: Holga Class Wrap Up

The Holga course I was teaching just ended last week. As you know, I am not a professional photographer, so I was kind of nervous about teaching this class. But my students were so enthusiastic, creative, and patient that they made it easy. Although I did have a few things to teach them, I also know that I learned a lot during the class. Each week they would stump me with some sort of technical question. So I would go home, do some research, and return the next week with the answers.

I love how the Holga camera is all about letting go. Sure, you attempt to control the madness a little… but between the plastic lens, the fixed aperture and shutter speed, and the cheap plastic body, there are so many things that can go wrong. I think that’s what intrigues me and brings me back to it again and again.

One of the assignments I gave my students was to try and take some photos with flare. Normally photographers avoid flare at all costs, but it can create such beautifully “flawed” images. These are a few shots I took for that assignment.

I’ll try to share my Holga and Polaroid photos on here more often. I’m just going to have to learn to embrace the scanner…

sycamore street press: Family Stationery

We were originally going to make baby announcements as a gift for our new niece, but because of the National Stationery Show, our cross country move, and California summer craft show trip, we weren’t able to get around to our gift until the baby was a little too old to be announced like that. Whoops. We still wanted to do something for them. We had promised some letterpress goodness, after all! So, after some thought, our brother and sister in law suggested we make them some personalized stationery in the style of an old-time postcard. What a great idea! We were happy to comply, and I had a lot of fun drawing it.

Can you tell which San Diego landmarks are inside the letters? (Click on the photo to see it larger.)

And in case you are wondering, her last name is Nations and his is Jorgensen. Thus, the little phrase they came up with: Nations of Jorgensens.

sycamore street press: Goodbye Black*Eiffel!

I’ve had a great time guest blogging over at Black*Eiffel this week. (If you missed it, you can see my posts here.) It’s one of my favorite blogs, so it was truly an honor to be a part of it. Thanks Rachel!

image credit: Jackii