Let me tell you, the month of April has been crazy exciting! We have been a part of so wonderful events, but the one thing I have been anxiously waiting for is April’s issue of UPPERCASE magazine. Unfortunately, April came and went without my copy being delivered. I knew it was coming from Canada, so I tried not to panic. Just as I was losing hope this weekend, I checked my mailbox and it was waiting for us!!! This is the special stationery issue that features 50 stationery companies and we’re one of them! I can’t believe we just started our business last Fall and now we’re in UPPERCASE! It’s a really great feeling. For some lucky subscribers, they will be receiving a sample of our Hello Darling Postcard. To top it off the cover is scratch and sniff, mmm cherry.
If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook then you’re probably familiar with our Norfolk, Virginia Pillow! Derek and I moved to Norfolk last year after being in Brooklyn for 2 years. It was a huge adjustment and one I wasn’t sure I’d ever like. But after we got familiar with the Ghent area in Norfolk, we became exposed to an up and coming artist district, local restaurants/shops and an all-around fantastic community. Norfolk is definitely a place that we could see ourselves living in for a long time. Since Norfolk is home to the largest naval complex in the world, we thought it was fitting to celebrate this city that we call home with a nautical themed, pen and ink illustration. This illustration was screen printed on off-white linen that was then cut and sewn by hand into a pillow cover. I’m so excited that we’re getting into printing on fabric and that it’s been easier than I thought it would be! Just look at the fabric tags we screen printed for the pillows too! They are available in the shop.
I’m excited that I finally get to share the news that last month we partnered with Umba Box! If you’re not familiar with Umba Box, every month they curate a selection of handmade goods that they ship out to subscribers. The items range from home goods, women’s accessories, jewelry, stationery, and bath products. We were asked to design a postcard based around the travel theme of the box. The best part about this experience is seeing all the instagram photos of April’s box with our postcard!
Well it’s been a busy month for us. Between shows and custom work, we’ve also managed to print a few new products that include prints and pillow covers! First up is a print we did based on the the chalkboard canvas we did a few weeks ago. Everyone loved the quote so much that we turned it into a 1-color screen print on dark blue paper to resemble the original chalkboard piece.
When we did the Better Block event, we brought a lot of Norfolk pride and that includes this nautical-themed print. This started out as a pen and ink illustration and transferred quite nicely as a screen print.
We’ve also started branching into more fabric goods which includes pillow covers! This one features the heart and arrow design from our “Gotcha” card. This is screen printed and sewn by us. Some serious love goes into these. Fits a 16″x16″ pillow insert.
Last, is our “Hello Darling” card. This design originally debuted as a postcard. The postcards are limited edition and are almost out of stock. So, we wanted to keep this design alive as a card and thought it would look great in summery yellow! Just for fun, I think we’ll switch the color up every time we reprint it.
This past weekend we took part in the Richmond Craft Mafia‘s Spring Bada-Bing show. Between the handmade vendors, the food trucks and the brewery, it was such an awesome event! Hardywood Park Craft Brewery was a rad backdrop for the event. Plus, it didn’t hurt that we were right across from the bar, so we had ourselves a glass of their Chocolate Heat. If you came out for the event, I just want to say thank you! We got to meet so many lovely folks from Richmond and a few that made the trek from Hampton Roads. For the show we had a few new products, including a pillow that was inspired by our “Gotcha” card. Look for this and other new products in the shop later in the week.
The events just keep coming for us this month. This upcoming weekend, we’ll be in Richmond at the Spring Bada-Bing show that is put on by the Richmond Craft Mafia. It’s one of the few big indie craft shows in the area and we’re hella excited to be apart of it! It’s going to be held at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, that’s right a brewery! Not only will there be beer on tap, lots of handmade awesomeness but food trucks as well. It doesn’t get much better than that folks. Don’t miss out on this awesome event!
This past weekend Derek and I took part in the Alchemy NFK event that took place during Better Block Norfolk. For just two days on a two block stretch of Granby Street in Norfolk, the community rejuvenated life into an almost forgotten area. I can’t begin to tell you about all the lovely folks who stopped by our table to share support not only for our business but for the event and concept in general. There was a tremendous energy in the air, it was one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen. I really hope if you live the area that you got the chance to see it for yourself. Alchemy NFK took place in what was once a Quality Furniture store. Not only were there local businesses with pop-up shops in the space, but the event included live music, an art show and an indoor warehouse skate park. It was so rad! Then down the street there were other pop-up shops, a bakery, food trucks, street art and so much more. It was such a sight and one I won’t soon forget. I hope the city of Norfolk was listening to the community’s tremendous response.
Our Mother’s Day card is now available in the shop. This card is screen printed in blush and features hand-drawn calligraphy. We wanted something simply sweet that would make any mother smile. Don’t be afraid to give this card year-round. I don’t know about you, but there’s more than one time a year that I need to tell my mom that she’s the best!