Christmas cards (finally!)


The holiday season is here and that means Christmas cards!!  Most card companies are planning their holiday lines in the summer. Me, not so much.  I have a lot going on.  But, as my last post stated...better late than never!


The cool thing about my cards is there is some history with them. You could even say they are 70 years in the making (ok, that's a stretch). 

I used wood type that we have had in our newspaper warehouse since at least the 1940's to make these cards. I hand set each card and printed them on my 1923 Chandler and Price letterpress. Pretty cool, right?

Not only is each card unigue because of the printing process, but each letter is unique because of the age of the type.  You can see white areas in some of the letters where the wood type had taken a bit more abuse and the ink doesn't lay down evenly.  I think that adds more appeal to the cards because it shows that these were used. Not just by me, but by people who learned this craft when it was being taught in school. 

I can't get enough of the history of our newspaper and printing businesses and I love when I can use the same tools, type and skills that were used by our company decades ago. It gives these cards a bit of extra meaning for me, and I hope for you as well. 

If you love the cards and want some for your own you can contact me directly, or if you are in the McMinnville area you can purchase them at La Bella Casa

Also, a huge thank you to my friends who encouraged me to create this line (Jenn, Mike B., Karina and McKenzie), and for the hands on help in the shop with the awesome packaging. Wouldn't have done it with out you.

Happy Holidays!