Advent calendar: DEC 11

December 11, 2010

O come all ye faithful, give that 11th door a mighty shove. It’s a biggie…

It’s a beautiful hand-printed Christmas card from Sort Design! At the Cockpit Arts open evening recently, I bumped into the moustached, charming and ‘revisionist’ typographers from Sort, and admired their lovely wares. To be honest, they probably thought I was a right freak because I hung around cooing over trays of type for an unhealthy length of time before stocking up on ‘Allotment Fancier’s Stationery Sets‘. Just in case. – Ellie

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How happy I was when I stumbled upon Archivist Press, a little letterpress in Oxfordshire – check out the lovely cards they print…

They’re so beautiful, you could frame a group of them for classy (yet inexpensive!) wall art.

On a similar theme, let’s have a little look at the lovely nostalgic prints and cards from Cowboys and Custard

If you’re a type fan, check out Hand & Eye Letterpress, and see fabulous photos of their workshop here. Then, pop over to Sort Design for more font fun. – Ellie

The Secret Santa HINTS

December 21, 2009

…paid off. Terrible, I know, but after dropping blatant hints for a few weeks, I was lucky enough to receive this little bundle of truly scrumptious letterpress-printed postcards and a ‘Scribble’ notebook from the Sort Design typography chaps in our Secret Santa!

As you can see, the Ideal Home girls excel in the packaging department, using a date stamp and a ‘received’ stamp (both nabbed from work but available from glamorous places such as Rymans!) to give the label a vintage, authentic look. The fact that I opened this parcel four days early is naughty I know, but it has been unfairly highlighted by this date label, which is gorgeous but a bit specific. Of course, I’ll be re-using it on Christmas Day, cheapskate that I am.

I need to think of something important to write in the lovely notebook, as it’s far too posh for shopping lists, and I might frame a few of the postcards for some wall art (not that I have much wall space left!!). If you like what you see, check out the Sort Design Etsy shop. – Ellie