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Well, whaddya wanna know?  Here's the plain and simple truth:  My name is Rebekah Tennis and I love design.  I love paper, the way it feels, its weight and texture.  I love extra special touches on little things: homemade tags on gift-wrap, old stamps on an envelope, and twine on nearly everything.

My husband, business partner and all-around solid rock Matt would probably tell you that he likes tools - lots of 'em, finding the perfect way to do something, taking things apart, and precision in everything. 

So you might as well have guessed by now... we are the perfect match for an old letterpress studio. Together we farm rice and have three adorable and active boys ages 5 and under.  This keeps us fairly busy, but whenever we have a spare moment, we crank up our 102 year old Chandler and Price platen press and pull some prints, or whip out a card line on the Heidelberg. 

There's more, oh yes, there IS more - but that's what this blog is for.  Take a look around, get to know us, our great town of Chico, California and our beautiful presses.


in which i turn thirty.

I actually hadn’t planned to do a post on this (have the master bath details and also a pretty wedding suite we just printed all lined up and ready to go).  But how often does one change decades?  Not too many times – I’ve only done it twice so far (my thirtieth birthday being tomorrow, still 29 here, folks)! So, it seemed a good time for a bit of reflection and pondering accomplishments/failures/lessons, not to mention looking forward to the future and what it may bring.

Anyone who knows me well knows I loooove lists… the pleasure of checking things off satisfies some deep primal urge to feel organized and accomplished all at the same time, I guess.   And while I think most people make “30 before they turn 30″ lists, as usual, I’m late on the bandwagon, but what matter?  Here’s a “30 while I’m 30″ list… a fun way to gear up and goal up for this new decade!

Here goes nothin’ (and in random order no less!)…

  1. Eat local, eat seasonal. (we’ve been eating local/seasonal since January, so I’m cheating on this one… but I need to keep it going) Aced this one!!
  2. Go to the farmer’s market every week. (so far, six weeks strong!) What was life like before the farmer’s market?
  3. Write 30 personal handwritten notes. This should be doable in a year, right? I’ve got the stationery for sure…
  4. Get back to my goal weight (8 lbs down, won’t say how many to go!!)
  5. Clean kitchen cupboards.  Eradicate ants that are attempting invasion. Check, check!
  6. Potty train the boy. Yay, mission accomplished!
  7. Go to the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare festival. It was fabulous. What art and culture isn’t?
  8. Travel somewhere (at least once).
  9. Remember birthdays and anniversaries!! I’m shockingly bad at this.
  10. Listen to new pieces of classical music.
  11. Organize my linen closet. It’s shameful. Much less shameful now.
  12. Convince my parents to move up here.  Mom, Dad?
  13. Learn how to make a pie crust from scratch, and do it well. (Audrey? Help!) Still working on the “do it well” part…
  14. Attempt to learn Calligraphy.  Even if I fail, I’ve got to try.
  15. Finish Master Bedroom. So happy that it’s finally done!
  16. Teach Cameron to swim.
  17. Have friends (old and new) over to dinner frequently.
  18. Complete my study of eschatology. (honestly, I’ve only scratched the surface so far – I need to finish three full books)
  19. Go to the Alameda Flea MarketAny Bay Area people want to meet up there? We went!
  20. Investigate/find a good lotion or eye cream to control wrinkles. None yet, but ounce of prevention, pound of cure, etc. Now gray hairs are another matter…
  21. Turn upstairs bedroom into a boy’s room. Nearly there…
  22. Run (at least) a half marathon. I’m hoping for a whole, but we’ll see.  Right now I’m only at the 5K stage…
  23. Master/create my own version of California-esque Filipino cuisine. I love Filipino food but would like to try and make it more understandable/less foreign to picky Americans. Something like what Sunset has been doing a bit, maybe…
  24. Read a light and fluffy summer novel down by the lake at the family cabin.
  25. Exhibit at the National Stationery Show next spring.  I wish I may, I wish I might…
  26. Have a date night every other week. We’ve been shockingly bad at this. You’d think we don’t like each other (we do).
  27. Create a small album of our wedding designs for retail stores that have requested it.
  28. Do something stimulating and different with Cameron once a week.  A new book, a field trip, a coffee shop, something special.
  29. Figure out the local drama/theatre scene. I’m sad to admit I’ve yet to go to a play in Chico.
  30. And lastly but definitely not least… Take Down Our Christmas Lights before NEXT Christmas happens! Yay, we did it!!!!!

Those are reasonable, right? Note that I didn’t say “consistently get the laundry done” or anything impossible like that. :-P I’ll be crossing them off as they get completed.  Check back to see how much of a slacker I’ve gotten done!

And just because I never do a post without an image…

Me, age two.  A complete Linus.  Man, I miss that thumb even now!

May 21, 2010 - 1:36 pm vivie - happy birthday to you!!!! i would love to accompany you to the almeda flea market. i couldn' think of anything more fun. old cool stuff at bargain prices. lets put a date on the calendar. love vivie

May 21, 2010 - 3:56 pm Amie - Happy Birthday! It sure sounds like a lovely list - I hope you get everything you want accomplished!

May 21, 2010 - 4:34 pm rebekah - Great Vivie! The flea is the first Sunday of every month, so June 6 would be next I think.

May 22, 2010 - 7:21 pm Keri - I just started reading your blog - we have a few things on our "lists" in common. p.s. I've done a 5k, 10k, 1/2, and full marathon - if I can do it, anyone can. Good luck! http://myyearstartedtuesdaynight.blogspot.com/2010/04/bl2-week-1-is-over.html

May 23, 2010 - 5:47 am Super Burbs - We share a birthday! Have a great one!!

May 23, 2010 - 5:50 pm rebekah - Thanks, Keri! I've actually run a full marathon back in 2004... I just wonder if I'll have the time to train properly this time (with work and two year old). We should keep each other motivated! :-)

May 23, 2010 - 7:21 pm Stella - Sorry we missed your big day! We were there in spirit and wishing you the merriest of 30th bday celebrations!

May 24, 2010 - 4:56 pm rebekah - Thanks Stella - Matt pulled off the surprise! I did miss you but not until after he told me that you were invited and couldn't make it ;-)

May 25, 2010 - 10:47 am Sugar - Happy 30th!! I promise- it's not that bad. I think I actually enjoy being 30. Hope you rock your list- and let me know if you want to meet up at the Alameda Flea market- I've always wanted to go!

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