Wild Ink Press is Hiring!

Hey there, friends! Popping in here to post a couple of job openings. One is on-site (wholesale manager) the other has flexibility to be an off-site/gig hire. Or, you could be the perfect combination of both jobs and make all of our dreams come true (who knows, our beloved Natalie who is leaving us, certainly was)!

Here are the job descriptions:

A Wholesale Accounts Manager

About you:

  • Strong attention to detail (important!) and well organized
  • A knowledge of letterpress and Wild Ink Press’ brand/mission
  • Warm, enthusiastic and take direction well
  • Able to nurture and maintain client relationships
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Gifted in Customer service (by phone and email)

What you’ll do:

Wholesale Accounts

  • Coordinate a packaging and shipping team
  • Maintain and motivate wholesale accounts
  • Plan and attend tradeshows (1-3 weeks travel per year)
  • Establish new customers
  • Special mailings (offers, gifts, thank yous)
  • All wholesale information management/always looking for ways to streamline operations

Sales Reps

  • Develop new rep relationships
  • Maintain current sales rep communications
  • Calculate commissions

Store Management

  • Be able to merchandize and customize displays in our retail shop
  • Operate front sales as needed and cover for lunch/time off shifts of other retail employees
  • Come up with promotional strategies

Incidentals

  • Occasionally act as a personal assistant to Rebekah (errands, second on photoshoots, etc)
  • Be involved in Social Media and blogging as necessary

About us:

Wild Ink Press is a letterpress studio and greeting card company in Chico, California. We value fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and fun ideas. We are a growing young company with a warm and friendly environment and excellent work ethic.

Etc:

30-40 hours per week Compensation DOE, with bonus structure for accounts.
Computer proficient on a Mac and with Word/Excel and basic online accounting

Send brief paragraph of why you would be great at the job, a photo (if you have one) and  résumé  to: hello (at) wildinkpress.com with the subject line Wholesale Manager. Absolutely no phone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.

An Assistant Designer

About you:

  • Strong attention to detail (important!) and well organized
  • A knowledge of letterpress and Wild Ink Press’ brand/mission
  • Warm, enthusiastic and take direction well
  • Excellent eye for design and layout
  • Highly self-motivated

What you’ll do:

Website & Etsy Updates

  • Create website banners and seasonally refresh
  • Update/add new products
  • Maintain Stockists list
  • Keep brand consistent across the board

Photography

  • Photograph new products
  • on white
  • styled
  • clean and process all images

Catalog – In Design based

  • Update 3x a year
  • New photo images, styled shots
  • Layout/planning and execution to print ready
  • Update price sheets

Mailers (print and digital)

  • Pre-show mailers and flyers
  • Email blasts that coordinate
  • Retail mail and advertising

Social Media, Magazine and Blog Submissions

  • Develop calendar to submit materials
  • Initial outreach and follow up
  • Plan and execute campaigns for new product
  • Be involved in Social Media and blogging as necessary

About us:

Wild Ink Press is a letterpress studio and greeting card company in Chico, California. We value fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and fun ideas. We are a growing young company with a warm and friendly environment and excellent work ethic.

Etc:

Part time. On or off-site, gig-based or conventional hire. Compensation DOE.
Computer proficient on a Mac, wtih strong design skills and excellent knowledge of In Design, Photoshop, Illustrator and digital Photography. Skills test required.

Send brief paragraph of why you would be great at the job, a photo (if you have one) and  résumé and link to design portfolio  to: hello (at) wildinkpress.com with the subject line Assistant Designer. Absolutely no phone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.

Please note: if you like doing both of the jobs listed above (which is basically how Rebekah started the business) – please apply for both jobs together! Special consideration will be given to anyone who can do both jobs and work on site full-time.

Thanks so much you guys! Please pass these listings on to your friends.

menu planning

Hi guys! Look at me, back on the blog only a week later! I thought I’d pop in to share with you a fun thing I’ve been doing these past couple of weeks: Menu Planning. Oh, I know, it sounds institutionalized and stuffy and a bit like summer camp or some other large server of mass-market food (i.e. on Tuesdays we have peanut butter and jelly, and on Wednesdays it’s bologna and cheese…), but it’s not really like that at all.

We were in a bit of a food rut. I’d find that I’d stock my cupboards and fridge full of food and then arrive home from work near 6 pm with no idea what to make, look at Matt and ask: “What should we have for dinner?” His usual reply: “Well, what are our proteins?” (As in, what meats are in the fridge – just like a carnivore man. Yeesh.) Then I would throw together something from there, not terrible, but not super-inspired, either. Tacos, spaghetti, pizza, you know. Basic stuff.

So in order to break out of that malaise, I decided to try menu planning. I started it two weeks ago and so I am 14 days in, and let me tell you, it’s been a big hit! I start the shopping week (Saturdays for us) by going to the farmer’s market and buying what’s in season there. Strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, all the early spring leafy greens and herbs. Then I write out a menu based on recipe books/Pinterest (let’s face it, mostly Pinterest) using what I just bought. THEN, I go to the grocery store and pick up the other items needed for those recipes, trying to interchange meat, fish, and vegetarian options through the week.

I pin versions of all the recipes I use that week to my Pinterest board Eat the Rainbow, which you can follow if you’d like! But I mostly wing it on the recipes, and substitute/make my own for what fits our needs and schedule. So, do you want to see what we ate and made? Let’s do it!

Here was this week’s plan…

French Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale: This was a really good recipe, and would be vegan (except I added a teeny bit of cream and parmesan to finish it off, rather than coconut milk). Very excellent, with earthy mushrooms, a nice way to start the week off meatless.

The unedited photos of how it turned out:

Would make again for sure.

Paella Valenciana / Paella Mixta – We have three rabbits in our freezer gift to us by a friend from the FFA auction (future farmers of america). I need to see them through before we end up with a new year’s batch in there! This recipe used up one rabbit – you can easily substitute chicken. I added shrimp and mussels because the boys are crazy about them. We had impromptu company and still lots of leftovers.

Verdict: time consuming, so not every day, but a fun once-a-year dish. After you butcher and chop everything, it comes together quickly.

That day because it was Sunday, I also made pie! Our march pie from the Calendar is Banana Cream. Easy and fun.

The next day: We had leftovers.

Mahi Burrito bowls with Coconut-Cilantro lime Rice and Strawberry-Mango Salsa – I do not have a picture of this one, must have gotten distracted, but it was very good. We love burrito bowls because no tortillas necessary! Good use of all the strawberries I had from the market.

Korean Beef Tacos with Asian Slaw – I had a beef brisket in my freezer (this is not the corned/red kind) that I wanted to work through. Also, I had fresh cabbage from the market. I boiled the beef the way you would to make korean rice cake soup (seared in sesame oil, then simmered in water with green onion and leek), shredded it and added a korean barbecue sauce (We Rub You) plus some more chili paste. Shredded cabbage, green onion, cilantro and carrot in an asian style vinagerette (brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger), and voila! Easy, tasty, done. It does take a while to cook the beef so I suggest you do it the day before.

The unedited photos of how it turned out:

There is always a Korean style taco somewhere in our month. Yum.

Spinach Chicken Curry Saag – If I did a korean dish, my sweet little punjabi boy will always ask if an indian/pakistani dish is up next! Saag is delicious and easy, I cut the fat by using greek yogurt instead of cream, and I served it with brown rice. Yum.

This was so much better than the restaurant kind to me! I’m not sure why – maybe less heavy, with beautiful fragrant new spices (I ground mine up fresh).

Tonight: leftovers and family movie night! I’m planning to make a pie because I still have one more crust.

PS I left out the salads/veggies we ate with these meals. We did eat salad and veggies.

This week’s budget was $140 for groceries and the market. This includes breakfast, lunches and dinners for 5 people, three of which are hungry boys. It was less than last week’s cost ($170) because I used two freezer meats – Rabbit and Brisket.

Speaking of which, just for reference, last week we had:

Corned Beef and roasted cabbage with Irish Soda bread
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro slaw
Foil baked Salmon with mushroom quinoa
Chicken Tagine with preserved lemons
Thai Coconut Boullabaise

I plan to share my weekly menu on my instagram account each Friday or Saturday, with a recap of how it went, you can follow along there! I may occasionally pop in here to share my very favorite recipes.

So tell me, friends, how are you spicing up your day-to-day meals? Any great inspiration/finds  you’ve been cooking lately? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy weekend.

a vintage tudor

(I wrote the start of this post in July 2016, so it’s a bit dated. But it is a good time capsule of how I felt at that moment!)

You guys. I want to share with you about our new old home. It’s a 1926 Tudor Revival, a vintage gem.

(Photo from the MLS listing)

Honestly, we have ALWAYS loved older homes with charm and character, but life back then handed us a newer, respectable, albeit rather bland home, and we worked with it, pouring all our love into renovating bit by bit, and gave it tons of newfound character and appeal. In fact, we’ve recently said that ONLY one of our “bucket list homes” (i.e. an older home with character close to downtown and the park) would ever make us move at this point. I wasn’t even really watching the real estate market, something I usually comb compulsively, because: once a real-estate-gawker, always a real-estate-gawker ;-). But we had been so busy with the stationery show, shipping orders, school being out, and then guess what? On a random Wednesday I checked the MLS and one of those older homes, one on our top four sheet, had just come up that day!

Things like this rarely happen: we saw it that same day, we fell in love, it was within our (dream home) budget, we made an offer (and I threw in a pleading letter about how much we love the home and the park and here’s a pic of my kids running races last year, etc.), and we waited for a bidding war or a counter or for them to hold out on us, and, and… they didn’t! They accepted our offer. Craziness.

(Okay, welcome to current day. Fast forward nine months and I’m writing the rest this afternoon (3/23/17) gearing up to share with you some before-and-afters,  but it seemed like posting the bit of history above was important.) Thanks for bearing with me, you guys are great!

So, we’ve been living here nine months and let me tell you, we love it. We’ve been working hard to preserve the historic charm and also remove inconsistencies and update it to shine as the gem that it is. So far, we’ve painted the interior, refinished/restored the original hardwood floors, completely overhauled the sunroom (as a result of unexpected wet rot), and remodeled the kitchen and butler’s pantry (which were both from the seventies era). We have not touched any of the bathrooms (some are original and need love, others are modern and ADA and need a historic renovation), nor have we delved into the master bedroom (which needs a revamp – again, ADA).

Soooo…. I want to share some of those before-and-afters, but before that, I think a mini-home tour is in order. Not the whole shebang, but bits and pieces so you can see what we’re loving on right now. (Pssst – if you follow me on instragram a lot of this is old news, including the remodel, my 13 weeks of basement kitchen, and house snaps filed under the hashtag #1926tudor).

Without further ado! (All photos here are from before we moved in);

This is our home:

This is the entryway:

Here was the living room, staged for sale:

And the dining room:

Kitchen (that is no more):

Butler’s pantry (also no more):

Sunroom (that has had a gut renovation since):

Office:

Upstairs Bedrooms:

SECRET room (we hadn’t even found this when we made an offer!!):

Upstairs lavender and tan bathroom (with original purple toilet!):

Downstairs original pink and green bathroom (with laundry chute to basement!):

Master bedroom (which is ginormous. Seriously huuuuge):

Master bathroom (ADA, verrrry open, and in need of a historical revamp, but that’s phase 2):

Hallway/Landing:

The cavernous basement:

And last, but not least, backyard:

 

Well, that’s a good little initial tour/overview!

It didn’t take us long to pull up the carpet upstairs and find original hardwood underneath. Which means, a little wood floor restoring was in order, during which we took the floors back closer to their original finish (that we found under layers and layers of carpet)…

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Tada! Sneak peek of the refinished living room floor.

 

What do you think, friends? So glad to reconnect, thanks for your emails, comments and reaching out to see if you could take a glimpse at our new home.

OKAY, so if I’m not back here within a week or so with some durings and afters of the kitchen and sunroom – you blab at me and remind me to get on it!!

See you soon. 😉

a big move.

Well, I’m not sure how many of you, my loyal and true readers, are still following along with this semi-annual blog (hopefully you subscribe by reader or email and so never have to check!), but I have some BIG news to share!!

After eight (8!) amazing years renovating and loving our house, we are putting it on the market. Yup, we are selling our home. It’s kind of crazy to say, because, well, I started this blog partially to document our renovations, and some of you have followed along from the very beginning, seven years ago, when I shared our diy kitchen remodel. This house (and the love and hours we poured into it) put us on Brooklyn Limestone, the Nate Berkus Show, in Cottages and Bungalows Magazine, and even now, a little birdy told me our sideyard garden will be showing up somewhere special very soon (sh!).

Why are we moving? Well, we bought an old house! A charmer by the park! However, that is a story of its own, and worthy of its own blog post. 😉

Honestly, I’m just popping in here to give a little tribute to my home that I have loved. And I know a home is just a thing, that you can’t take with you when you leave this earth, but I like to think that all the joy and memories, and making as many things just as beautiful and thoughtful as we could, are worth a little reflection and love. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted a full home tour, this is your chance!! I’ve never done one before here on the blog.

Here we go!

This is our home:

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I don’t know if you remember the front, but this is how it used to look back when it was builder beige:

House before with kid in street(Look how tiny Cameron was!)

The biggest changes we made to the exterior were paint (5 shades of grey to pop out the architectural details!), a new carriage house style garage door and larger scale lighting. Oh, and a new custom-made front door with an antique lion knocker we found at the Paris flea market.

This is the backyard:

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Do you remember the before of this little sideyard? No?

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The bocce court was there already, but we’ve resurfaced it to keep it happy. We added curtains to the pergola, and Matt’s fabulous reclaimed wood farmhouse table looks as good as new. The sideyard was one of my favorite additions, and one I’ll miss desparately. Even now, charming tomoatoes, squash and herbs are growing this very moment in what used to be a gravel dump. Ah, sideyard garden, I will miss you.

Behind the wooden gate next to the bocce is Matt’s woodshop, which he built and shaped out of a lean-to shed into a crafty man’s paradise. And deep in the big redwood trees, up high and so hidden you can’t even see it, is every little boy’s dream tree fort with rope ladder and swiss-family robinson style railing, built by Matt, of course. Over-engineered, of course. 😉

But let’s back up to the front of the house and head inside!

This is the view from the front doorway:

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Yes, my living room has changed since you saw it last! The floors, wood beams, paint and art are all the same, but I’ve reupholstered the chairs in a durable navy performance velvet (because: boys) and I finally got a new sofa! With no loose back cushions!! Aaah! Also, a rug on clearance from West Elm adds a graphic touch while lightening up the space.

Here is the space from a few different angles so you can see how it all flows together:

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I don’t know if you remember, but we changed the surface of the walls A LOT (see this post for details, can you say “90’s niches”? No really, try and say that 10x fast.) and added bookcases, hand-scraped walnut floors (removing all the huge beige tile ourselves! Gah!), and big beams for architectural character.

This is the dining room, which is simple but lovely, with a large window looking at the prettiest Japanese Maple ever

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And the kitchen. Oh the kitchen. If you remember, there is a whole series of blog posts on that, and all the crazy diy work that ended me on the Nate Berkus Show.

I have loved on this kitchen and cooked crazy stuff in it for eight years. I will miss this place.

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It’s pretty much the same since 2008, and has held up bee-you-tifully well over eight years of heavy use. The only thing here you see that is new is my fridge, which dispenses sparkling water(!) and has a built-in fruit and veggie drawer and is definitely coming with me, unless someone pries it out of my cold, dead fingers. 😉

But memory lane calls – here is the 90’s builder before:

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kitchen_remodel_before_2 kitchen_remodel_before_3Next to the kitchen is our breakfast nook, which as we added kids in to our family became a tight squeeze, until we thought of custom building a banquet

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Now it can fit like eight kids, and two grown ups! I know because of cousin week, and not because I’m planning to have more than three. 😉

Here is the study (which you can see our refresh of it in this old post):

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I no longer have a computer at home, as I do my work entirely at the studio, so my hairpin desk is all about paintings we never got to hang in this house that will move to their new abode.

For posterity, the before:

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And what used to be the nursery, but now houses a custom-made murphy bed that I never got to show you on the blog! We had plans to get a piano and turn it into the music room aka “conservatory” with guest murphy bed, but never finished the piano part, and the fact that there is a big open space and the dress up closet is in there has actually caused it to be labeled “the combat room” as in, “go wrestle in the combat room” or “no light saber battles near my lamps! take it to the combat room.” 😉

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That murphy bed though! Love it! Sad we didn’t get to use it more. Built by our favorite D’Amato and Lee, it is functional and beautiful at the same time.

Here is the kid/guest bath, which remodel got a feature in Cottages and Bungalow magazine:

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And the before:

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Heading to the hall bath, which I’m not sure I’ve shown you:

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It’s tiny, but mighty. Matt installed the wainscot, and I finally(!) touched up the black trim just this Saturday. It’s only been bugging me for 8 years… #sigh

This is our master bedroom, which we remodeled in 2010. We installed chevron hardwood floors, black french doors, and we painted all the doors in our house black. I love this room. It’s simple, spacious and a serene retreat.

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Here’s the carpeted (including bathroom! Yuck!) before:

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And my favorite room in the whole house… my bathroom. So much love and thought (and marble!) put into this thing:

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We added the soaking tub, the chandelier, aaaaalll the marble, and the custom cabinetry and vanities. Oh, and we did it the same time as our other bath to save lots of money (and keep us very stinky for a few months). You can see a full FAQ about the bathroom here.

This was the before:

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Lastly, let’s head upstairs to the boys room! Another place where you haven’t seen how it looks recently:

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Yup, all three boys share this lofty space! We tore out the carpet, added wide plank pine (diy install on a budget), and it doesn’t usually look this severe, but we trimmed the loveys down to two each for the sale, and moved the toy kitchen and tool bench up to the attic temporarily. It’s a happy little place.

You might remember it from before when we had just two boys up there:

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And this was the vanilla before:

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Other bits the real estate pictures don’t cover include our laundry room and staircase which you can see here and here.

But wait, what happened to our letterpress studio? Well, when we moved downtown, Matt converted it into a game room:

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We painted the acid green into a boy-friendly grey, and added a ping-pong table, foosball table and pool table, as well as dartboard and stash of board games. Clearly we’re trying to compensate for not allowing our kids any tv or video games.

I don’t have a super good shot of the other direction, other than this grainy panorama I did Christmas 2014, with Matt looking appropriately fierce as he shows off his new man cave:

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The red wall is a chalk wall, hides the bathroom, and gets drawn all over by kids! It’s perfect for Cam’s cubscout troop that has met here this past year.

But for reference, this was the before:

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And here it was back when it was a teeny letterpress studio (before we outgrew it and it got terribly messy):

first tour: inside after 1 first tour: inside after 2And above the studio is an attic. With a treadmill and a pull-up bar and lots of storage. Storage that used to be messy (what can I say, Matt and the boys were in charge up there!), but is now neat as a pin:

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That’s a wrap! Our home that we have loved. We have had easter egg hunts, a grand opening, a rabbit dinner party, a sit down dinner for 40 guests, and the world’s tallest christmas tree each year. We’ve used every little inch of the space (from woodshop to garage to sideyards to attics!) and loved every little bit.

My one sincere wish for this home, is that it would find someone who would love and appreciate it. Not keep everything exactly the same, per se, but genuinely enjoy it and use it and LIVE in it as we have as a happy family.

The end. If you want to see the listing you can find it here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, friends! I’ve missed you! What’s your favorite part of what we did? Should I blog about the new house and remodel? Am I ready to start all over and charm a place up? Ack! Glad to be back talking to you. Happy, happy weekend.