Monday, November 18, 2013

Prepping for the Little Craft Show - Booth Display

Pheasant Press will be at the Little Craft Show on December 7th in Fayetteville!

We have been working like crazy to build a fun booth space. I spent last weekend painting several old wooden boxes and a super cool lineberry cart that will be part of our display.

vintage linebarry cart display

Step # 1- clean everything and let it dry.
Lucky for me I have access to my family's 55 year old industrial plant, so I was able to find plenty of fun boxes and crates to use for my display.

Step # 2- Gather your supplies. I used several cans of the Minwax clear lacquer and some cheap-o paint brushes. I found that it was much easier to dump the paint into a small plastic tub than to try and get it out of the can. Don't forget the diet cherry Dr. Pepper! 

Step #3- Paint your boxes. I love using old boxes as display pieces, but no matter how hard you scrub them they will always feel dirty. My solution is to give them several coats of clear lacquer. This makes them feel clean and prevents things like splinters or getting your art dirty. 

Step #4- Wait patiently for the boxes to dry, then give them another coat. These old boxes really absorb the paint so it took several coats to make them feel clean. I love how the lacquer brings out the wood grain.

I would advise painting your display pieces several weeks before your show. It took almost two weeks for the smell of the paint fumes to go away. 

Next up: Building the backdrop

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Decorating

There's nothing more fun than pulling out the pumpkins and witches!

Last but not least, a new gold foil print now available from Pheasant Press:

Golden Eye Foil Print from Pheasant Press

Happy Haunting Y'all!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


I was skimming through Design*Sponge today when I noticed an article called "Best of Chandeliers." Lookie what I found!!

Yep, that's my house! We actually moved a few years ago, but I liked the chandelier so much I took it with me to my new house. Here is the full sneak peek.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Foil Prints Coming Soon

We are super excited to be learning about foil printing here at Pheasant Press. I still have some work to do before they are released (foiling is hard!), but here is a sneak peak...

Foil Stamp Prints from Pheasant Press

I've been playing around with different papers and colors trying to decide which ones are my favorite. I think right now I'm drawn to the navy and the turquoise!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Directory of Type Specimen Books

I have been working on sorting and organizing all of my metal type lately. Fun fun! Several friends and family members have given me buckets of type over the years (I never accuse them of dumping it to sell the cases, but I do wonder...). Most of the fonts I can identify with the McGrew American Metal Typefaces of the 20th Century, but sometimes I like to look up the fonts in my 1923 ATF Specimen Book and Catalog. This is a gorgeous book, and I love to just flip through the pages and stare.

I decided to see if I could find some more antique specimen books, and I discovered that google books has a lot of them available for free! So, I made a list of all the ones I could find. If you know of any I missed, let me know.

Pheasant Press Online Type Specimen Book Directory:

Selected type faces from the foundry of Farmer, Little & Co

The Cincinnati Type Foundry Co's Specimen and Price-list

Specimens of Printing Types Made at Bruce's New York Type-Foundry

The Specimen Book of Types Cast at the Austin Letter Foundry

Shniedewend & Lee Co's specimen book and price list of type

Chicago Type Foundry: Abridged Specimen Book of Printing Type from Marder, Luse & Co.

The monotype pony specimen book of type faces, rules, ornaments & borders

Types of the De Vinne Press: Specimens for the Use of Compositors

American Specimen Book of Type Styles Supplement ATF 1917

Desk book: Specimens of Type, Borders & Ornaments ATF 1898

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vintage Stationery + Letterpress

I love buying used boxes of blank vintage stationery from estate sales and auctions. It always has the neatest packaging and such nice quality paper. I found this box recently and decided to make myself some very simple enclosure cards.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Christmas Gifts that Pay Off

I bought Kevin a cooking class from le Cordon Bleu for Christmas. It was called "Great Breakfast Cookery" and the end result was this yummyness for breakfast:

Yay for chili and eggs on a cold winter morning!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shindig Paperie

I'm happy to announce that Shindig Paperie in Fayetteville is now carrying Pheasant Press Coasters. If you are in the area you should definitely check out their adorable shop.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

At Home Arkansas

Special thanks to Mandy Keener and Nancy Nolan of At Home Arkansas for creating such fun photos of my studio!

You can read the full article HERE.

And Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day Card Pheasant Press
Happy Valentine's Day Card from Pheasant Press