Snow Day! (Snow Week)


Last week, we were excited to welcome my mom to Portland for a visit - especially since we thought she'd enjoy the warm temperatures we'd been having, compared to cold, snowy Ohio. The weather gods laughed at our plans and dumped 6 inches of snow and a half inch of ice on us while she was here. The city completely shut down. Everywhere we were meaning to visit was closed...even our snowshoeing adventure had to be cancelled!

So even though we love living in our temperate town, we unpacked all of our old winter clothes from back east and went on long walks every day of the storm. We weren't the only ones to brave the weather! Portlanders are intrepid souls - everyone had their ski gear out and their impromptu sleds at the ready. We decided that next year, we're buying snow chains and taking advantage of the snow more often than a once-every-twenty-years storm. (Even if we were both really happy to have temperatures in the 50s again this week.)

Luckily, my mom was prepared for snowshoeing - and came from even colder temperatures - so her visit was more of a winter wonderland than a snowpocalypse. Lots of tasty PNW beer, freshly baked bread, and Olympics watching. A very cozy week!


Evolving Products

We've noticed that, over the years, once we've finished something, it tends to stay finished. We photograph it, put it up on the website, and print it when it's ordered. As far as we're concerned, our job is done. We're not bad at editing - if something doesn't sell, we'll remove it and replace it with something new - but we're not very good at evolving. Evolving is harder, because it means revisiting pieces you've come to accept as standard. I think both editing and evolving are important for any creative pursuits, and ours is no different.

In the spirit of evolution, we've finally started reprinting one of our most popular stationery lines. It was also one of the first we designed and printed, so it's over two years old. We haven't really liked it for a while now - because it's not our personal taste, because it's not in the direction we want to take our shop, and because (for various reasons), it's a huge pain to print! 

So say goodbye to the old Academy line and hello to its updated look - more modern, less dainty, more Seaborn Press. Let us know what you think!


A Visit to the Samurai Exhibit (At Last!)


This weekend, we finally made it to the (last day of the) Samurai exhibit at the Portland Art Museum - and it was well worth the wait! The exhibit was the first museum tour of a private collection and was only being shown at a few museums worldwide, and Portland's was the only stop on the west coast, so we felt very privileged to be able to see it. 

The collection (which was much bigger than I was expecting!) was pieced together over the years by a family from Texas and represents one of the largest of its kind in the world. On our way out, we stopped in the gift shop and got the exhibition book, which has a really interesting essay written by the collector about how his passion for samurai armor began. The book itself is huge and filled with essays written by samurai scholars - and, of course, photos of each piece from the collection. 


What an incredible collection it was! The amount of care put into the tiniest detail was something that spoke to us, being crafters of (at times) very meticulous pieces. 


There were so many different types of helmets! It almost seemed as though no two samurai would have ever had the same one. It was really different than the armor at the European armor court I grew up loving to visit - that seems much more restrained and standardized in comparison. The samurai warrior seemed much more individualized to each warrior.


I could have stayed for days, looking at every last thing - it seemed like there were inspiring details everywhere. I'm really glad we got the book, so we can look through it over and over again and find interesting bits that we haven't ever seen before.

All in all, it was a very inspiring trip to the museum, and a perfect way to spend an afternoon.


Busy Bees


We've been super busy with holiday orders for the past month and a half, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel - our official pre-Christmas order cut-off date at the end of the week! After we can finally come up for air, we're itching to show you all the new stuff we've been working on (like a complete overhaul of our wedding collection) and all the other things we've been up to. 

Hope that your holiday season has been as cheerful (but less hectic) as ours so far!


Holiday Greetings

We've gotten into the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual this year, since we started printing our custom greeting cards a few weeks back. It doesn't bother us much, though - warm apple cider (or wine!), dressing cozily to match the cooler weather, and humming Christmas tunes under our breath.

Here's a selection of the new holiday cards you can find in our shop - we expanded upon some of our popular styles from last year and printed a whole lot of new ones as well. Tell us what you think!

Our Dingbat Christmas Tree card - pieced together from lots of tiny metal dingbats we've collected over the years. A little bit lopsided, but isn't that how all the best Christmas trees are?

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