It's Bowl Game Day. #hottytoddy #ramblings
We get requests a lot about doing prints based on a 1949 Greyhound Bus roll sign that we've got. Well, we don't make any, cause that fake bus sign thing is done to death out in the open market, so it isn't something we've been interested in. Plus, we've got two pieces that are framed and make up the sign, and they are 3 feet by 13 feet, so it's a bit cumbersome.
That said, I was stoked to see Jeff Hall, a great photographer from just down the road, take it on himself to make one for his own personal collection. Well done, my friend. Well done.
Nothing like Home Alone quotes to liven the spirits this Christmas.
With that thought in mind, we got a little something for you. Our 2013 Christmas Card. We made 75. Each one numbered. We gave away 70. They aren't for sale. They are for gifting.
So, today, the 17th, we're gonna send along a print to five random folks who order. Order before midnight and the elves might be sending something your way.
"You guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?"
When we're not selling prints on papers we're selling printed papers. Or at least showing up in them. I'd gotten together with Adam O'Daniel when I first got to town for lunch at Leroy Fox. He was introduced to me through a mutual friend, and was so kind as to not only give me the lay of the land in our new city, but to write a story on us, as well.
And now that we're in the Business Journal, I guess I've got relevant dinner party conversation if we end up around bankers. Which this town, of course, is lousy with.
Give it a read over on the Charlotte Business Journal site.
Technically, I don't think the 12th Day of Christmas was actually on the 12th of December. But I'm not into doing research, so this is what you got.
We're doing a giveaway over on Twitter and Facebook. So, head there and see how to enter to win this Manners print in a colorway we don't print up anymore.
And remember: Partridge = Peartree
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We were mentioned in Southpark magazine a few weeks back. Southpark, I do believe, is target to the eponymous community a few miles from us on the South side of the city.
And while I can't link you to the mention, as this baby isn't online, trust me. Nice thing were said.
We've got up a new print today. It's a deconstruction of part of the Oklahoma flag and it's named for a family member from way back in the day: a Cherokee relative with a fitting name for a print with 6 crosses on it.
Another name came up at dinner about a fellow named Alfred E. Mudeater. Now, I'm not judging Alfred one bit, but I think Mr. Bible comes in a bit stronger.
Give her look and a read over here.
Sweet Peach asked us for some Christmas gift picks and so we gave em 8 things, made by Southerners, that are worthy of passing along. And I figure since we're all past Thanksgiving, it's about that time to buy things if you're into buying things.
Check em right here.
Hug your mom extra. Tell Pops you love him. Toss a ball with that boy of yours. Grab a second helping.
We are so blessed to live in the country we do, with the freedoms we enjoy. We're thankful for every bit of it. For family. Work. Locally televised college ball.
We're thankful for y'all, too.
You've prolly seen me gushing on social media about Alabama Biscuit. That's cause my buddy started it and I design all the packaging and shirts and logo and all of that. It's fun. Gets me out of the poster space and now into the real space. Like making vinyl window decals.
Well, I was stoked to see some of their biscuit mix pop up in Alabama Chanin up in Florence. And then a bunch of their mugs and things on the picturegrams.
That's really it. Just seeing some of your design babies out in the wild is pretty fun.
We were (still are) flattered to be featured on the Huffington Post the other week. We are in there with some heavy hitters of the Southern Decor scene, and we couldn't be more thankful that Pamela of Sweet Peach fame decided to include us.
You can see the list of Top 15 Home Decor Trendsetters From The South here.
Not a bad list from which to start looking for Christmas gifts, either.
We got a new print up just in time for the colder fall weather. A new take on Blue Skies and an ode to two of our favorite things on the planet: an old flannel shirt and a mountain house. Reminds me of fall in Alabama. Reminds the wife of trips to the grandparent's cabin up in the mountains of NC.
Grab you one here.
We're really excited that Garden & Gun Magazine invited us to be a part of the upcoming Jubilee. The Jubilee is a celebration of all kinds of things South, with some top notch chefs, personalities, makers + movers + shakers.
She's December 6-8th in Charleston, and our prints will be up in the Southern marketplace. We'll be milling about on the 7th, so if you see us, say hi. Love to meet you.
And man, if this post title doesn't remind me of a local commercial in Oxford for an old bar called Jubilee. That place was my jam. She's in a better place now.
When we started a business, I had to learn patience. Well, I dunno if I learned it, but I've for sure had to acquire some. Just cause some things, things that should take a minute, end up taking far more than you'd ever expect.
Like this hat that we are selling now. We started trying to source a made in USA just over a year ago. Yup, that's right. This hat here took longer than it does to get a human baby on the earth.
Speaking of human babies, we're having one in three months. Which is why we're now selling some Onesies and Kids' tees. Both of those are made in the USA, too. And they didn't take but about a month to figure out.
So, there you go. Outfit the whole family if you like. But don't wear them all at the same time. You don't want to look like that elderly couple at Opryland (bless their hearts).
Kids' Tee here.
This morning we got up another one of our Make Goods. Make Goods are the proofs our printer uses to align colors, type, images, and whatever other kinds of registration he's got to do up in the shop in Massachusetts. He then fires the one off designs to us, and we share them with the world.
So, if you like this one, get it. There'll never be another one like it, ever.
Make Good No. 5
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Henry River Mill made yarn. Fine North Carolina yarn. Made that fine North Carolina yarn for sixty years until it didn't any more. The mill closed. The people moved. The village stayed.
She stayed there, not complete, not destroyed, just waiting for something. Maybe that something was Wade Shepard, the 83 year-old who bought the whole damn town. Maybe that something was a casting scout working on finding a scene for Hunger Games. A film that used Henry River Mill Village as District 12. Maybe that something is something else. Maybe an industrial devolution. Maybe just a good flood.
Whatever the case, there she sits, just West of Hickory, silently waiting.