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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.


{ another wreath }

If you remember last year’s leaftacular wreath, you know that a) I like things that are real and not artificial, and b) I like things that are simple (*ahem* easy). This year’s wreath is no exception!

I started with things I had in my yard – our maple tree hasn’t really shed very many leaves yet, as it’s been so warm, so I had to look elsewhere.  One makes do with what one has.

We do have these two bushes that flank our driveway, and the new growth on them each year is flame red and beautiful. They also may be the most prickly bushes on the planet. And I have no idea what they are – any botany geeks geniuses out there who can identify them?

Behold the bush.

I grabbed my trusty outdoor shears (and I should have grabbed gloves too, ouch):

And I made a pile of clippings (the bushes were getting their fall trim and shape anyway later that week):

And then I inserted them into my grapevine wreath form:

I didn’t need wire or tape or foam because they just magically stayed put. How’s that for easy?

I made sure all the branches went in the same direction:

And that the fullness was what I wanted. Isn’t the red so pretty…

And then, just as soon as I started (well, 15 short minutes later, actually) I was done…

It was pretty and simple and I liked it. Not a fall masterpiece, for sure, but easy and hopefully elegant.

In the interest of full disclosure (lest you all run out and trim your unidentified prickly flame red bushes as well), this is how it looked  about a week later:

The one on the right, that is.  I still like it, it actually looks prettier from far away, and very natural, but it’s not as fresh and flame red as it was originally. Ah, well, lesson learned. Maybe my preserve-a-leaf spray would have helped.

There’s our 2010 fall wreath! Have you done a fall diy/craft this year?

October 19, 2010 - 1:53 pm Erena - Your door knocker!! I want it!!!!

October 19, 2010 - 4:07 pm lisa - it looks like Japanese barberry.

October 21, 2010 - 8:32 pm Victoria - Love the wreath- seriously love it... Wishing I had that beautiful tree to pick from in my backyard!

October 29, 2010 - 8:28 am Sara @ House Bella - I'm not sure what the bush is, but we used to have one in my house in New Hampshire. Barberry might be right, as Lisa suggested. This is beautiful though! Great job, it looks very elegant.

September 15, 2011 - 6:02 am Kim@todayismysome-day - Love the natural wreath made from "prickly flame red bush" :) but that DOOR! It's beautiful!! Came over from the Nester's wreath party.

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