Otis turned five this past weekend. We celebrated with a party and his friends – organizing a gold rush (one of his favorite shows) mining operation for the kids. The Gold Rush was complete with a makeshift panning station with colanders, sluice boxes and various rocks and gems. It was wild and fun for all. It’s sad that his curls are now gone and he doesn’t pronounce marshmallows the way he used to “smashmellows” but this five year old is growing up to be a pretty awesome boy.
Forestbound is a wonderful brand headed by Boston-based designer Alice Saunders. Alice uses exclusively found and salvaged textiles to create a line of durable, utilitarian tote bags. Each bag is extremely well-crafted and comprised of time worn historic fabrics and hardware that is sourced throughout New England. We are proud to be offering this line at Three Potato Four. The Forestbound line is a beautiful fit for our shop and really reflects much of what we love. A one-of -a-kind well-crafted gift for you or someone special.
So. Stu and I have been keeping this little secret on this blog. For the past few months there’s been a little person growing inside me. It was hard not to talk about it on this blog, but we both didn’t want to share it with the internet until he arrived. And yesterday he did! His name is Otis, and he has my nose and Stu’s lips. We haven’t yet decided on his middle name. He is the sweetest and Holly is super excited to be his big sister.
It was a tough pregnancy for me, so much morning sickness (or all day sickness) for the first four months, trying to find the balance with Holly and working with Stu on the shop all the while finding it harder to carry around my ever growing body, and for the last month I was stuck on bed rest in the hospital. A month of bed rest was tough! Luckily, since Stu and I have an online shop, I was able to continue to do shop updates with him via my laptop, keep up with customer emails and post on our blog. As I write this I’m still here in the hospital, but I think Otis and I are going home tomorrow or Thursday. I cannot wait.
Will post pictures soon, but for now this is my belly at 8 month and Holly.
We’ve been busy preparing for the holiday season. And I am almost through with my handmade ornaments for the ornament swap i joined. I had a couple test rounds that failed, but in the end they turned out fun. I will post the final products when I send them out to my swap-mates at the end of this week.
Some exciting news, we have been working with the amazingly talented illustrator Matt Cipov, on a new print series for the shop, this set features Field Studies of Pinecones and Acorns (and also a very sweet squirrel). They are an exclusive for Three Potato Four, and will be in the shop very soon.
Today I am setting up a new homepage image shot, and am gathering all my good gift wrap which will set as a background for some great gift ideas. I’m sure everyone is traveling near and far for thanksgiving, so be safe and have a happy thanksgiving!
A few years ago I took a letterpress class at the Center for the Book Arts in New York. The class was a gift from Stu and I made a little print using wood type and lead type that listed steps on how to sprout an avocado. I think buried in my drawers of paper I still have a few prints left. This photo was taken right after I printed the “avocado” in wood type. I came home and spread the prints out on our floor to show my freshly printed wares to Stu. Afterwards I printed on them with lead type the directions on how to sprout an avocado. (Setting lead type is so hard!) And needless to say, I gained a much larger appreciation for this old-fashion printing method. Letterpress is a beautiful printing method and there is much work and care that goes into each and every one-of-a-kind print.
So with my love of letterpress, I was really excited to place an order to carry these lovely cards in our shop:
They come in a set of 12 and each card in the set is a different design. These letterpress cards are from Serrote in Portugal who also create these letterpress notebooks. Should be in the shop in time for holiday gifts.