Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holidays are here!

goodies from Smock Paper

look at the happy elves from Snow and Graham.  They have also jumped on some great wrap!

and from our Portland neighbor Egg Press.  Plus many more great goodies including Sweet Petula Soap and lotion, and lots of calendars:  Ilee, Egg Press, Snow and Graham, Niki McClure, and Smudge Ink.  Love to see you.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

you asked

I have been persuaded (it didn't take much arm twisting) to bring in an artist's work i have long admired:  Nikki McClure.  I am so excited to get her calendar, prints, and cards.  Please take a minute to come look at her work- soon to be hanging at Birch.

Monday, August 30, 2010

bird on a chair (or camper)

one of my favorite designers is Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Design.  I love the whimsy and play between everyday objects and nature.  Jacqueline says it best:

Bird on a chair? Our images grow from an inspiration derived in nature. Our colorful cards playfully bring nature into contact with our quirky yet urbane domesticity. We enjoy cobbling these images together in a humorous and harmonious habitat where wildlife and wing chairs go hand in hand. At Screech Owl Design, we believe personal connection should not come at the expense of environmental responsibility. We print all of our cards on 100% post-consumer recycled paper or tree free 100% cotton paper recovered from scraps. Because of developments in processing recycled materials, we are able to offer eco-friendly products that look and feel as luxurious as any non-recycled paper.  

Come see for yourself at Birch.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Do I dare say it, but lately it has started to feel like fall in Seattle.  Believe me, if the sun starts shining again and I have to pull the fans out of my basement, I will be thrilled.  Until then, I get to think about some of those things that remind me fall is around the corner.  One of those is the arrival of new calendars.  At Birch we will have a small select group of great designs.  The first to arrive is the 2011 Bee Calendar from Hammerpress.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

uppercase magazine

Since the creative and curious keep coming through the doors of Birch, I decided to bring my favorite magazine, UPPERCASE, into the store.

Here is what UPPERCASE says about themselves:

We're inquisitive: learning from other artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians, whether they're upstarts or icons, famous or shy, verbal or visual.
We're inspired: enchanted by great ideas and strange inventions; by colour and pattern; things fancy and frugal; the charm of vintage in a modern life; the ridiculous and the sublime.
We're adventurous: traveling to destinations both real and imagined, peeking into creative spaces and discovering magnificent people and memorable places.

We're eclectic: curating souvenirs, collecting treasures and celebrating the extraordinary in the everyday.

We're playful: delighting in visual amusements, intelligent distraction, entertaining wordplay and sweet indulgences.

 a magazine for the creative and curious!

and now:  We're at Birch Paperie (they didn't say that, I did).  Come in and get your own copy!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cool Event

The ninth edition of this free, family-friendly event promises to be bigger, better, and Wayzgoosier than ever, with steamroller printing, a marketplace, an equipment swap, and demonstrations.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 28, 1-6pm
LOCATION: School of Visual Concepts, 500 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, just east of the Seattle Center
COST: All Wayzgoose events are free
STEAMROLLER SMACKDOWN: Local design firms and artists will be challenged to produce a poster which will then be printed in the SVCparking lot with a two-ton steamroller used in place of the traditional printing press.
LETTERPRESS MARKETPLACE: Artists will be on hand selling letterpress posters, broadsides, cards, books, and other ephemera and promoting their studios.
EQUIPMENT SWAP: Printers will bring type, cuts, tools, printing accessories, and who-knows-what for selling, buying, or simply admiring.
DEMOSSVC’s letterpress shop will be open for tours. Guests will get a chance to print a free letterpress keepsake on SVC’s beautifully restored iron handpress.
For more information and to RSVP for the equipment swap contact Jenny Wilkson using the link below.
image: wayzgoose.jpg

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What would grandmother think?

Upon returning from the New York Stationery Show I have been thinking about a theme that appeared around every corner:  “back to basics”.  I think after a few years of tightening the old family budget, many of us have started to revert back to the traditional ways of doing things - just like our mother’s and grandmother’s used to do, or perhaps still do.  Meal planning, sharing recipes, canning, growing our own vegetables, spending more time reading after canceling our cable, inviting friends over for pot-luck dinner, etc.

Here our some examples of the wonderful cards and ideas I saw:

Wiley Valentine's seed cards (when you're done, plant the card and watch your garden grow!)

Old School Stationers canning cards

Pinkerton Design's garden cards & notebooks

Snow & Graham's Recipe cards