Michigan Weekend Getaway

Michigan Getaway

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram account, you may have seen a sneak peek into our Michigan getaway. John and I had been talking about going back up to Marquette to visit some of his extended family and decided during his spring break would be an opportune time, even if it meant leaving mostly snow-free Iowa for a place filled with snow.

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Ladies of Letterpress Conference: Type on the Cob Recap

Type PatternsA few weekends ago I spent my Saturday at Printer’s Hall in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for the 2013 Ladies of Letterpress Conference (aka Type on the Cob). I’ve been down to Printer’s Hall close to a dozen times and I always get excited when I head down there. It’s full of inky, printer goodness, along with familiar faces I usually only see once or twice year.

This was the first time for the Ladies of Letterpress Conference to be held in Iowa (which was great for me). I signed up for workshops in type cutting and commercial printing on a platen press.  Continue reading

Slow Saturdays

Slow Saturdays are the best kind of days. With no plans this past weekend, life was full of sleeping in, light reading, and impromptu road-trips.

Platen Press Operation

I took some time to dig in to a new press book, Platen Press Operation. So far I’ve really enjoyed it and am hoping to include more reading in my days, even if I’m “too busy.”

With the open weekend, John and I also took a spontaneous roadtrip to Elkader, Iowa to try out 2 Mit Burgers. They are steamed burgers, topped with grilled onions and cheese, with a bakery bun, made just down the street at Pedretti’s Bakery. 2 Mit Burgers are made in a small little building, just open during the summer months. We spotted a little bench near the river in the main street district and enjoyed a impromptu little picnic. (There isn’t much online about 2 Mit Burgers, but there are a few other reviews here and here.)  Continue reading

Texas Round-up

Big TexA couple of weeks ago (my, how times flys), I spent some time in Texas with a few friends. We visited the Texas State Fair (and ate way too much fried food) and got to see Big Tex. Big Tex has been greeting visitors to the Texas State Fair since 1952, with his slogan, “Howdy, Folks.” Luckily, we happened to be there the day before Big Tex was destroyed by a fire, which caused quite the scene I’m told.

We also made a stop in Shiner, Texas and spotted a bit of typography while we were there. The small town still has many historic structures intact and I loved the mosaic tile entrances in the storefronts in Shiner’s downtown. I’ve seen these in other places before, nearly every building had these tiled entrances. I forsee a mosaic letterpress print in the future.

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