The Shop is Moving!


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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The Winterset Wine Walk


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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Powpourri Goes to New York


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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Ellie’s First Prints

Corn Cob Print

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.

Printing Curry

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.

Printing Cement

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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Metal Stamped Jewelry


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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Big News for Powpourri


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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