What an amazing weekend spent in Greenville, SC. We spent a full day on Saturday teaching a total of three beginner-level Modern Calligraphy classes. This was our first time teaching out of town, and it couldn’t have been a better experience. Our friends at Indie Craft Parade coordinated the workshops, and The Printshop kindly hosted us in their amazing studio space. It was such a wonderful day, and we really enjoyed spending time with the class participants and spending the day putting pen to paper. All photos by Erin Godbey of Indie Craft Parade.
We’re putting our recipe cards to work this holiday season and sharing one of our favorite winter recipes. This homemade boiled custard was always a tradition during Christmastime in Jamie’s family, and we still make it each winter. It also makes a perfect gift at holiday parties when shared in a nice glass vessel or carafe (bonus points: bring a copy of the recipe to share).
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 heaping teaspoon flour
1 tablespoon vanilla (or 1 whole vanilla bean)
pinch of salt
1 quart 2% milk
Separate eggs. Add sugar, salt, flour, and vanilla to yolks. Heat milk over medium. Add small amount of milk to egg mixture, then pour mixture into milk. Cook, stirring continually, for 10 minutes until slightly thick (never let boil!). Strain. Serve chilled. Add a pinch of ground nutmeg as garnish. Makes four 8-ounce servings.
P.S. That beautiful indigo napkin was handcrafted in Charleston by our friends at Onawa Designs.
Martha Stewart’s American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.
Amidst so many wonderful and talented makers, we were honored to have INK MEETS PAPER® selected as a judges finalist in the first part of the competition (read our American Made interview here).
In addition, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and encouragement from wonderful people like you. We’re so appreciative and happy that you choose our paper goods to bring a bit of handwritten cheer into the world.
These business cards for our friend and fellow Park Circler Johnny Battles of Sweeteeth prove that you can make a big impact with black ink on white paper, and sometimes simple is best.
The Sweeteeth logo really pops against the paper, and the impression in the cotton paper is just wonderful. Limiting the contact information to just his name and @eatsweeteeth kept the card uncluttered and embraces the impact social media has in allowing customers to keep in touch with businesses (both small and large).
If you haven’t had a Sweeteeth chocolate bar (or a spoonful of the Salted Caramel Sauce), you’re really missing out. My favorite is the Sea is for Caramel (dark chocolate with a caramel filling and a sprinkling of sea salt). Not to mention, his workshop is just like a scene out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
This February, I started teaching a class on modern hand lettering at SpaceCraft Studios. It’s been the most wonderful experience in the two classes we’ve held so far, and I’ve really enjoyed connecting with other handwriting enthusiasts. It’s a beginner-lever class that focuses on pointed pen techniques and encourages students to develop their own lettering styles.
We start by covering the basic strokes and shapes that make the letters and on getting the hang of using a dip pen and ink.
Like letterpress printing, pointed pen lettering requires patience and a willingness to slow down. It’s such a rewarding process though, and I love how students are able to see how much progress they make just in one class.