Nick and I are hitting the road for Leesburg, Virginia tonight after work. We will be attending (not participating unfortunately ..maybe next year???) the Lucketts Annual Spring Market and I could not be more excited!
I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a long time, I have never been to Luckett’s before but have been dying to go. I’m strongly considering trying to participate next year so I am anxious to check it out to see if I can come even close to “hanging” with the vintage market goo-roos! It should be fun… I’m dragging Nick along (mostly so he can take pictures of me with my blogging idols) and he is having a really good attitude… I figure if I can find him a funnel cake and a hotdog he will be a happy camper:)
Yes… Miss Mustard Seed will be there… and yes, I cannot wait to meet her/I’m so nervous! I hope I can work up the nerve to ask her to sign my copy of her book, Inspired You and maybe even get a picture. Nick says he is going to meet her even if I am too shy- ha ha ha.
So, this week (this very busy week), my one and only goal was to FINALLY print something on my letterpress machine. I got the last few parts in a few weeks ago and have been itching to take the plunge and attempt the first print. I thought business cards would be the perfect test job… especially with Luckett’s this weekend!
On Monday night, I got everything set up…
(the press is currently in the dining room)
I locked up the chase with the plate(or cut) I had made of my custom business card design.
The wood furniture holds the cut in place, while the quoins expand (with the key) to tighten the whole compostion so it will not fall out once in the machine.
Once the chase was all ready, I locked it into the press!
Next I added ink to the ink plate, attched the rollers (kicking myself I dont have a picture of the rollers on!)
and lined up the paper with cut in the chase and started printing! I’m not going to lie, there were a few bumps in the road, the whole set up probably took atleast an hour, and I one point I was close to tears… but everything came together in the end.
I. had. so. much. fun…
Here is the full set up, with the paper in place and my first batch of prints drying on the feedboards!
I experimented with all different kinds of paper… crane lettra (ecru), chip board, and even scrapbook paper!
I was able to get some great impression on the thicker cotton paper and it just made my heart so happy!
I am going to need to practice photographing my letterpress projects to fully capture the beauty of the impression in the paper…these pictures do not do it justice!
Needless to say, I was pretty pumped that everything had finally come together and that I was successfully printing on my very own 110 year old press! It was a beautiful evening.
I delivered a few pieces of furniture that I refinished for a friend on Wednesday, and thought it would be fun to tie a card to the piece for a special touch!
Isn’t this a cute little phone table? Its actually very small, the owner is going to use as a plant stand which I think will look great!
Here is a picture of the table/chair before…
Well, I cant wait to fill you in on our tript o Luckett’s! I hope to take tons of inspirational pictures and hopefully make some new connections. Are any of you planning to be there? Look for Nick and I… we are giant people so kinda hard to miss… ha ha ha. If you see a tall brunette awkwardly sobbing on Miss Mustard’s Seed’s shoulder, you’ve probably found me!
Enjoy the weekend!