Sunday, December 11, 2011


I'm finally done printing my holiday promos. They should be out of my hands in a couple of days. Cheers!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


This past Monday night at the LAMQG meeting, Jay McCarroll showed up via Skype to talk to the group and for some Q&A. He was funny and down-to-earth, definitely someone who was just real. At one point, he laughed as he saw everyone whip out their phones to take a picture of him on the computer screen.

But we had to, right?

We also presented him with the Habitat challenge-- using his latest fabric collection from Free Spirit and making it into something quilted by just adding any solid color fabric. Here's my entry.

He shared with us his design process and it was a great insight on how his mind works. Jay also showed us a preview of his upcoming collection and it is spectacular. I can't wait to get some although it probably won't be out until this time next year. I just checked out his online store and everything is priced reasonably so go check it out!

In other quilting related news, I just finished piecing a queen-sized top and backing for a very special someone. I made it with blocks from my Seams Perfect Bee group and it turned out really well. Can't wait to get it back from Tanya, who will quilt it for me.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Just Around The Corner

You know Halloween is just around the corner when they start handing out these stickers at Trader Joe's. The graphics on these stickers are just simple and perfect.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Single Man

This page from the manuscript of "A Single Man" by Christopher Isherwood was on display at The Huntington Library and Gardens recently. The edits were handwritten over the typed words by the author himself.

I just love everything about this page, the carefully stricken out words to the long-hand writing edits.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Byrd Show: 40 Years of Art & Design

So I made it on the last day in the last hour of The Byrd Show exhibit at the Brand Library back in July. Pretty pathetic, I know but that's what happens when I am trying to manage two young kids and their summer schedule on top of a busy workload.


pencil sketch full-color art

In fact, David Byrd was there himself having some photographs taken of the exhibit but I was a little hesitant to talk to him with an unpredictable toddler in tow. I believe this is the first of two shows he will have at the Brand Library and I will not wait 'til the end to see the legendary Illustrator's next show.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

M Press Cards at the Pacific Asia Museum

These two cards were printed recently here at M Press. I had the opportunity to design and print some cards for the Pacific Asia Museum Store and it was a challenge narrowing down endless inspiration to two cards but these are a good start.

Special thanks to Tai Ling Wong at the museum for making this happen.

M Press for Pacific Asia Museum

Available exclusively at the Pacific Asia Museum Store.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mom's List

A friend ordered these buck cards for his wife for Mother's Day.

He wanted to get a nice box to put these in and I suggested making a drawstring bag casing for them. He'd be enabling me with my sewing, after all.

I think they turned out pretty cool!

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Radiant Bride

I just delivered some wedding ephemera to a client yesterday and I can't help but think how the term Radiant Bride is really true. There's something about having a big celebration and a future to look forward to that just brings out the beauty in someone.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

These wood type, clustered on the front door of a downtown L.A. bar. They have no idea how much I want to take each and everyone and keep them for my collection.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mother's Day Card


Here's one of two Mother's Day cards I printed recently. I love the lighter, spring-like combination of colors in this set.

Available at the shop.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quilting Bee Blocks

Bee Blocks
1. Jennifer's January Blocks, 2. quiltalong
3. Seams Perfect February Block #2 for Liberty, 4. Seams Perfect - February Block #1 for Liberty
5. March Block #2-Seams Perfect Bee, 6. March Block #1-Seams Perfect Bee

A quick update on the quilting bee blocks I've made so far (picture #2 is part of a quilt-along and this block is for me).

So far, the quilting bee group has been a really good experience for me. It's pushed me to be creative and to try new things. April is my month and I'm looking forward to seeing the blocks come in.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

C&P's Need Oil

C&P's need oil

My C&P press has been a bit squeeky so I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I was oiling it with that 3-in-one oil to the right of the motor oil in the picture.

But in the interest of sharing and helping other letterpress printers out there, I found out through the Briar Press discussion boards that motor oil is best for oiling presses. Step aside 3-in-one, the 20w-50 is so much better. A standard 10w-30 is good enough but I happen to have the 20w-50 handy when I needed it, late one Friday night.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Postcard Exchange, #6 in a Series


I'm lagging with my postcard exchange goodies post. Here are 3 postcards from (top to bottom): An original postcard from Camille Robin of Fish Lake Press, a cool nautical octopus from Spoon & Sailor, and a Canadian entry from Akemi Nishidera of KOZO Studio.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

UPPERCASE Magazine, Letterpress Edition


If you are interested in letterpress printing, check out the latest issue of UPPERCASE Magazine. I'm honored to be a contributor to their letterpress edition where the magazine's subscribers are lucky to get samples from letterpress printers around the world.

The magazine itself is beautiful, every issue well curated to highlight all things art and design. As a contributor, my little studio got a mention on the magazine. Pretty cool.

And check out this flickr page for all the other letterpress sample contribution.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Coaster Swap


Here's a preview of the coasters I printed for the letterpress coaster swap. It's all done but I just need to pack it up and send it off to the organizer. Can't wait to get my set!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bee Mine

Bee Mine

Here's another Valentine's Day card: Bee Mine.

Recently featured on Real Simple Magazine's website. I'm still pinching myself for making it to their site!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Test Print

Test Print

When I look back at test prints I marvel at its raw beauty, mistakes and all. They often find their way on my bulletin board because in a way, one-of-a-kind art has been created.

This print takes me back to when I was printing these two-colored cards of a bridge over the L.A. River. In the process, I felt that the black was too harsh for the soft lilac color in the background. The press was scrubbed clean of the black ink and purple ink was applied instead.

LA River

The cards turned out better than if I had printed them in black but this test print brings out some other kind of beauty.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


New love cards are printed and available at the shop. Because your love is better than bacon. Or cupcakes.

Just in time for Valentines Day.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Challenge

Working from home with no one to bounce off ideas with, I always second-guess myself. What am I doing? Is this good? Will people like this? And so on, the questions and doubts fill my head every day.

That's why joining swaps has been a satisfying endeavor. It makes me feel part of a bigger community, puts things in perspective and provides me with challenges and constraints.

This year, I joined another letterpress swap involving coasters and the alphabet and a quilting bee. More on these later.

Plus, my LAMQG group has provided each member with a challenge: to create a small quilt using these charm pack made up of solid fabrics and adding just one other solid fabric. A challenge indeed but I've started and so far, it's been a good exercise. Due in March, I'll show the end-result then.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Postcard Exchange, #5 in a Series

I love the humor in the Washington postcard from Darcie Cooper of Pedal Pusher Press. The postcard from Wayne is simply gorgeous making use of a really thick cardboard stock from Two Paper Dolls. And do you see the ketchup bottle on the Pittsburgh card? Simply brilliant from Clothes Peg Press.