Just one door down — no worries! We are moving our shop two hops closer to the square, to a shop without a pesky wall in the center. You might remember the story that our current shop space used to house two massage artists, so there was one masseuse in each room, and a foyer. That means our tiny little shop was separated into THREE smaller spaces. Not the best set-up for a retail shop, but it was all that was available when we started. The shop two spaces down from us just opened and it is the square feet, but all one big room. With that said, we are moving!
The shop will be closed this week (our normal Thurs-Sat hours), but we plan to re-open next Thursday June 4th.
We are also changing our branding to reflect our new tagline that better fits our business, now that we have added Letterpress to our offering of handmade goods. Our old tagline was “Stationery & Gifts” but we are updating it to “Letterpress and Handmade Goods”. I will be posting early next week about how our new branding came to be. It should be a fun post. Our new logo is now here on the webpage and is a vintage badge style. Here is a shot of our new Mandarin Mist accent wall in the back of the store — yummy!
Ok, well we will see you next week. By the way, our address is still the same, we are just one door down with our own entryway now. Be sure to stop by and see the new shop — you are going to love it!
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We are super excited about the Winterset Wine Walk coming up this Saturday night! Powpourri is hosting a tasting station this year, along with 19 other local businesses. Every location will have a different featured wine to sample and horderves ranging from sweet to savory.
Our featured wine is Madison County Winery’s Strawberry Blond, which is a semi-sweet blush wine. We will be pairing our wine with a variety of mild cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit, nuts & olives.
While you are here, register to WIN this lovely Stationery Gift Set, which includes coordinating notecards, a pocket journal, a Hello rubber stamp, washi tape, a refrigerator magnet set, gift tags & a Stay Awesome mini pencil!
Come join in the fun, this Saturday night, from 4pm to 8pm in Winterset Iowa!
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You might have been wondering why Powpourri was closed last week, we really did have a good reason! We were off to Brooklyn New York picking up another press to add to the shop. Letterpress is a tricky business, in that when you need one, they are NOT always readily available. We were looking to add a powerful table top platen to our shop and we found one in Brooklyn. We left Wednesday morning from Iowa, got to NYC Tuesday afternoon and then headed back to Iowa a few hours after picking up our press. Long trip for 3 days, but we wanted to get back home to Winterset & our pup Chloe.
We traveled to Brooklyn to get to The Arm Letterpress, which is owned & operated by Daniel Morris, who is not only a fantastic printer, but he is a great teacher. He offers classes and studio time at his shop on the many presses that he owns. His shop was stocked with several awesome Vandercook presses, a handful of tabletops and one giant Heidelburg Windmill. Not to mention all of the cool type, beautiful type cabinets and other fun equipment.
Here is a shot of me, Daniel and another awesome printer that I met (who was lucky enough to be running a Vandercook while I was there).
And finally a shot of the guy who made this all happen Mr. Pow! I could not have driven through NY without him and made it back alive, plus he is SUPER good company on a road trip.
Thank you so much to Daniel at The Arm for working with me and showing me how to use my new Chandler & Price Pilot. Our new pilot is the black press on the left (below), we were also lucky enough to take home the cabinet that she is sitting on — yeah! She doesn’t have a name yet, but her beautiful curves gives the idea that she is a girl so one girl’s name coming up.
Hope you enjoyed the photo’s to our trip. We had a great time despite the drive. Meeting other printers/artists is always a treat. Please, feel free to stop by and welcome our new Pilot to Winterset!
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Today I was finally able to get Ellie on the move! In case you are unsure about who Ellie is, Ellie is the name I have given my Golding Pearl Press. Martin is the tiny Kelsey who is not ready for printing yet, but will be soon. Ellie had her first small run today of a two color A2 Greeting Card. She did a great job. Working on a platen has proven to be much more challenging than the cylinder press I used to run, but all-in-all we had a good day!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with how letterpress printing works, each print is pulled by hand and each color of the design you create is printed separately. Designing for letterpress is a bit different from designing for flat/digital printing. Registration can be fairly tight, but on a 100 year old press, there is always slight variations in color & registration in each printed piece. That is part of the charm in having something hand-printed.
Color One: Curry
The first color to go on the press today was Curry, which is a lovely muted yellow. The card being printed today featured a fun ear of corn so yellow seemed like a great choice. Today I printed with photopolymer plates as I had an original illustration that I wanted to print.
Color Two: Cement = Mocha
The second color I choose was supposed to be a grey, but with all things letterpress, surprises are always just around the corner. The ink looked like grey in the tin, but printed more of a muted brown and it looked good so I stuck with it. That does mean I am going to be mixing another tin of cement for those times when I actually want to print grey!
Color Three: Blind Deboss
The final step in my process is adding the scoring line for the card and also my logo. Some printers choose to print their logo’s in color, but I choose to print mine in a blind deboss. Blind means no ink so you go through the same set-up as you would with a color, but you simply don’t add ink. Deboss is the actual depression that letterpress makes. Some people get it confused with emboss, which is actually a raised impression. Deboss is an indention into the paper, pushing the paper fibers down, not up.
Well, kind of. After all of the prints are run, then I move onto trimming, photographing and packaging. Super fun. I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of Ellie’s first prints. Congratulations Ellie!
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With all of the hub-ub around the presses last week, I didn’t get a chance to snap a shot of the new products I added to the shop this week. Come visit me this week to see my new line of metal stamp jewelry and recipe cards. Sorry for the “not so great” photo of the recipe cards, I am still trying to figure out the best photography techniques for shooting inside the shop.
The new metal stamped jewelry line includes bangle bracelets and necklaces. Check with me if you have something in mind for personalization on these. If you have something to say, I can personalize these for just a little bit more.
Three new recipe card designs made it to the shop today. There are two modern type style designs and a beautiful floral. All three designs are available in card packs and in gift sets that include an acrylic recipe box, a set of recipe cards and a set of pretty patterned dividers.
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As many of you know, I was a letterpress printer for years, but my new home in Winterset did not have the space for a print shop, so I sold my print shop last January in preparation for selling our Des Moines home to move to Winterset. We had not anticipated that we would open a retail space here in Winterset, but now we have the space for a new print shop!
Today, two new (to us) presses arrived at Powpourri. Our heavy hitter is weighing in at 570LBS is a 1903 Golding Pearl #3. She is a treadle powered clam-shell style press and she is beautiful. The new Pearl is in need of a cleaning, a full set of rollers and some new wood drawers & tray tables. The cleaning will take place tomorrow, her new rollers should be shipping soon and the new wood will be ready in a few short months. There is no big box store for vintage printing press parts so sometimes there is a little bit of waiting involved for some parts.
The other new addition is a tiny baby weighing less than 50 LBS is the 3x5 Kelsey Excelsior. I need to do some research about the year my particular Kelsey was made, but the model was in production from 1901 to 1993. The Kelsey just needs to be put together and she is ready to go!
Hopefully my two lovely ladies will be up and running by the end of the month. I plan to share more about the art of letterpress, the process and progress shots of our print shop at Powpourri coming to life.
In the meantime, you are welcome to stop by for a visit to see the presses. As soon as they are up and running, they will be running most days so you are always welcome to stop by to see them in action. Would you like to learn to print? Classes are also in our future plans, check back late spring for details.
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