Love's Philosophy

A giant thanks goes out to everyone who made it to the first of what I hope will be many Paper & Chocolate celebrations! Well over 150 people showed up and were able to print their own valentine, a poem by Percy Shelley (my namesake... stay tuned for the scan), taste freshly ground chocolate and have a generally grand ole' time. Sadly, I was too busy helping with the printing to take pictures of all of the fabulous people who visited, but here are some photots of the shop before we got swamped!

Jacob in front of the wall of fame (some of my favorite projects, and pictures of my great-grandfather's printshop/bindery).

Ducks and Hot Tamales were the biggest hits of the afternoon.

The three sisters all decked out for the holiday!

Check out the new accordion cards, many bound with paper I marbled last year. Looking forward to more marbling in the near future.

Making last minute adjustments to the type (deleting that extra "the").

Mmmmm.... goodies.

Big thanks to Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Co. who made these absolutely adorable chocolate "Albertines"! Not only were they a hit, but I didn't even get to try one!!! In fact, my stepdad, who took one home, is sending it back to me to rectify that.

So, once again, thanks to everyone, from the littlest printers (9 months old) to John Barrett of Letterpress Things, who helped out with his 40+ years of letterpress knowledge and wisdom; Taza Chocolate and La Tene Chocolatier, for collaborating on the event; Erin for the chocolates and expert display skills; Mike for the photographs; Daphne for superior postering skills; and most of all to friends, family, letterpress afficianados, future collaborators, neighbors and chocolate lovers who came out to celebrate the best parts of Valentine's Day - paper & chocolate.