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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.


3 year bloggiversary!

Three fantastic years.

This month is my three year bloggiversary – my first post was here (August 2009). I may not be the most frequent blogger in the world (daily posting is just not going to happen), but I have blogged consistently for 36 months. With 100% my own content, I might add (this not a “reblogging” or “product marketing” station). It’s just been us, our kids, our letterpresses and our love of diy, home dec, food and community.

I created a little photo montage of the 36 months of blogging, and honestly got a little teary-eyed about it. I believe that having this outlet has made me stretch myself more creatively – take better photos, see more projects through, and think outside the box. And I’ve gotten to meet incredible readers (that’s you guys!) and participate in life experiences I might never have had otherwise. Going on the Nate Berkus Show? Being in Cottages and Bungalows Magazine? Meeting spectacular brides and clients who find my work through the blog? All of that was because of this puny little blog. I’ve met readers in real life and become friends with them (who says the internet is superficial?), and have also become friends with people I’ve never even met. Great folks.

Year one was a little introduction into who we are and what we love to do:

Left to right from top left: August 2009 (Black and white), September 2009 (Harvest), October 2009 (Pumpkin Patching), November 2009 (On the Edge), December 2009 (Sparkly and Natural), January 2010 (Shepherd’s Pie), February 2010 (A Gala), March 2010 (The End of Winter), April 2010 (Crazy Eight), May 2010 (A Nautical Affair), June 2010 (Master Bathroom FAQ) and July 2010 (We’re totally famous now).

Year two had some amazing life changes. New family, big travel, and major Wild Ink Press expansion:

Left to right from top left: August 2010 (Farmer’s Market), September 2010 (A hint of Autumn), October 2010 (Tractor Birthday), November 2010 (Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater), December 2010 (Nate Berkus), January 2011 (Tag, you’re it), February 2011 (A new season), March 2011 (There and Back Again, Korea Edition), April 2011 (Oiled Floors), May 2011 (Booth 1671!), June 2011 (Dol), and July 2011 (Red, White & Blue).

Year three has been the busiest, and one of my most creative yet:

Left to right from top left: August 2011 (Vintage Wedding Suite), September 2011 (A Magnolia Wreath), October 2011 (DIY Play Table), November 2011 (Toy Army Guy), December 2011 (Holiday Open Studio), January 2012 (Laundry Room), February 2012 (A New Assistant), March 2012 (All-Star Printer’s Day), April 2012 (Side Yard to Garden), May 2012 (An Ombré Booth), June 2012 (Roasted Cherry Chocolate Cake), July 2012 (Pacific Crest Trail).

There’s more, there’s more, so much more! It’s all in the archives.

And Year Four of blogging life’s little moments? A recipe, a diy project, a family moment, a letterpress goody? Bring it on. I’m ready!

But you, my friends. You are one of the main reasons I have this blog (what’s a blog without friends, family and other fun readers?) So, on this fine bloggiversary we are going to be celebrating with a giveaway – three readers will win themselves some letterpress stationery! You have pretty good chance of winning – with my recent postless month, I’m sure the number of you following this has dwindled. All you need to do is leave a comment (how about how you came to find the blog? I love to meet people) and you will be entered to win! There will be three winners. Winners will be chosen randomly using random.org. Contest will close on Friday, August 24 at midnight and I will announce the winners on Monday, August 27. Best part about the stationery? You get to pick it – $50 worth of any combination of our note cards or greeting cards. How is that for fun?

Happy Monday. Hope you’re having a great week!

 

 

August 20, 2012 - 2:39 pm caitlin - Congratulations on 3 years! I found you through Twitter- I love letterpress and follow every letterpress person I can find. Thanks so much for keeping up with this!

August 20, 2012 - 2:42 pm Danielle - Congrats on three years of blogging! I do a bit of letterpress myself and happened upon your blog while seeking out other letterpress work (and your's is quite beautiful!). Hope you have many more wonderful years of blogging and printing and living.

August 20, 2012 - 2:44 pm Denise - Happy, Happy, Happy day! from 1 Letterpress "er" to another! Great job and many more.... Tail wags, ~moose

August 20, 2012 - 2:47 pm Melissa McGowan - Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your creativity and class with us. Cheers to many fabulous years ahead!

August 20, 2012 - 2:47 pm Kara Pittenger - I bought some coasters from you a couple years ago. I think the pictures you post are beautiful and the craft ideas work.

August 20, 2012 - 2:50 pm Heather T - Hooray for three years! I am trying to think how I found your corner of the blogworld -- probably my random clicking where one click leads to another, and before I know it, there went three hours of my time :)

August 20, 2012 - 2:53 pm Erica Pendergast - I truthfully have no idea how I came to follow you guys, but I have found inspiration in your story and beauty in your work. Thanks for sharing!

August 20, 2012 - 3:07 pm Emily - I always love a good contest! Let's see... we knew you and loved you before the blog :) Way back when you were working your magic on your Bruener house!

August 20, 2012 - 3:13 pm Raina - Congratulations! It was fun reconnecting on FB and finding you were so close! Your blog always inspires me to do something creative or a little home improvement. :-)

August 20, 2012 - 3:15 pm Alice V - Congrats! I found your blog through Wedding Lovely! And LOVE your stationary!

August 20, 2012 - 3:16 pm Michelle - Congratulations on all you have accomplished the last three years! Beautiful.

August 20, 2012 - 3:17 pm katie - How exciting for you! Much has changed in 3 years! I am encouraged by your blog and creativity. I hope to win I already know what I would pick :-)

August 20, 2012 - 3:24 pm Christina Duran - How'd I start following your blog? Hmmm... Don't QUITE remember, but I'm fairly sure it was because before you were a blogger, you were a twitterer. And before you were a twitterer, you were a RCGer! ;)

August 20, 2012 - 3:27 pm Kelly G - Congrats on 3 years! :)

August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm Stella - We love the Wild Ink Press family! I've enjoyed each post and update, every collaboration, and any picture painting the life of your family and business. So fun. Congratulations!

August 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm Tina Dahl - Happy anniversary Rebekah! As a person who loves letterpress printing almost irrationally, I appreciate the beautiful creations that you come up with and have such an appreciation for your talent. You have been a joy to meet in person and I wish you and your family health, happiness and lots more wonderful projects that we can peak in on :) Cheers!

August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm rachel johnson - I don't remember how I found your blog, but it's one of my favorites! I would love to win this giveaway!

August 20, 2012 - 3:58 pm Janelle - Congrats! I started following you randomly on twitter because I love printmaking I like your work!

August 20, 2012 - 4:39 pm Cassi - I think I found you via stationery trends magazine. Or some other letterpress publication. I remember thinking to myself that I wanted to support a California press. Love your work!

August 20, 2012 - 5:19 pm Claire - I found your blog from you! I hope year four brings more posts! Yours is one of my favorite blogs to read m'dear.

August 20, 2012 - 5:33 pm Sara - Not only am I from Chico, I imagine we studied in the same program. However, I found your blog from watching Nate Berkus. Your mention of Chico got my attention. It's nice to see your work around town when I go back to visit my parents. Some day I'll make your holiday studio tour...

August 20, 2012 - 5:41 pm Megan Jarrett - I don't think the number of followers has dwindled. Look at all these comments. :)

August 20, 2012 - 6:17 pm Emmy A - I think I found you through a friend who thought I would like the pics of your house and your sweet family. She was right!

August 20, 2012 - 7:00 pm Katie - I'm not sure how I found your blog, but have been following for a while. Thanks for the great giveaway!

August 20, 2012 - 7:39 pm Leah - I think it was through Design Sponge. Been following you so long I can't be sure!

August 20, 2012 - 7:40 pm Laura - Happy bloggiversary! You know how we found each other. :-) On top of the bond we'll always have, your blog gives me such joy and inspiration. I hope you never stop!

August 20, 2012 - 9:13 pm Donna Amis Davis - I find your blog so inspiring, Rebekah. Fun to see the post pictures through the years. I remember that wedding! Would love to meet those cute kiddos in person some day.

August 20, 2012 - 9:13 pm kobbs - Well, I was fortunate enough to be paired with an inspiring creative as a prayer partner in 2003. She became one of my close friends, and when she started blogging, I started reading!! I'd be happy to win some of your beautiful creations! But even if I do not, I remain a loyal fan and customer. :O)

August 20, 2012 - 11:40 pm joseph scalice - Hi Rebekah, happy 3 years. I love your blog. I found it through google I think. ;)

August 20, 2012 - 11:44 pm Mahalley - Happy bloggiversary! How did I find your blog? I honestly can't exactly remember at this point. Maybe I saw a comment from you on another blog that mentioned Chico, and since I teach at the university, you got my interest and I've been reading ever since.

August 21, 2012 - 3:37 am Amber - I love your blog. I think I found you via a link about your kitchen; but it's been so long I don't really remember!

August 21, 2012 - 4:25 am Mrs. Foot - I've been reading for so long that I can't remember how I found your blog! I think it had to do with your master bathroom makeover... maybe? :) Either way, I am glad I found it and congrats on THREE years!

August 21, 2012 - 4:36 am Kari - I stumbled upon this sweet little blog almost three years ago when I was searching for letterpress wedding invitations. I *think I found it through Etsy. At any rate, I am SO glad I did bc the invitation suite you created for us was absolutely stunning! Congrats to three years and continued success in the future:-)

August 21, 2012 - 7:02 am Cindy Spellman - Hi, I found your blog accidently through the garden web, kitchen forum. I loved your kitchen renovation, and have enjoyed seeing all of your home renovations. I've since signed up for your emails, and look forward to receiving them. You have a beautiful home and family. Sincerely, Cindy Spellman

August 21, 2012 - 11:11 am Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Happy blogiversary! I remember so many of these posts. Congratulations on three years! I'm not sure exactly how I found your blog. Maybe through Brooklyn Limestone? And then I think you mentioned you lived in the Philippines (I lived there too) so I kept reading. But you hit the nail on the head... your mix of original, inspiring content keeps me coming back. Wishing you many more blogging years ahead!

August 21, 2012 - 11:14 am Jennifer - Laura Gertz posted links to your blog on my FB wall -- we're in the middle of a kitchen reno. I love your style. And I adore letterpress!

August 21, 2012 - 12:55 pm Maralee - Congrats on 3 years! I love reading your blog, and I LOVE your letterpress work. I found you through letterpress printing searches.

August 21, 2012 - 1:21 pm Lauretta Simpson - I saw you on Nate Berkus and found that you have a blog. I have been a follower ever since and love all the work you have done on your house. You are truly a talented woman!

August 21, 2012 - 1:38 pm Ryan W - Happy Blogiversary! During a Google search for letterpress stuff I found your post on the "letterpress inspired play table", and fell in love with it. I've been following your blog ever since on an almost daily basis(i.e., almost every day I go through my bookmarked favorite blogs while eating lunch). As a graphic designer by trade, I can gladly say that your work is awesome, and I've almost wanted to come check out your shop, since you're fairly close to Sacramento (where I live). Keep up the great blog posts, and design/printing work. :)

August 21, 2012 - 2:35 pm marcella - I can't remember how I stumbled upon your blog (possibly you were recommended by another blogger?). I'm glad I did - I always enjoy reading about your various creative projects, and I Love your letterpress (especially the Christmas cards!).

August 21, 2012 - 4:23 pm Tracy - Hey! I found your blog after seeing you on Nate Berkus. I really enjoy the blog and do NOT mind that you post sporadically. I also ordered our Christmas cards from you last year, loved them, and will most likely order some others from you for this year. Letterpress and your artistry are way cool! Thanks

August 21, 2012 - 4:46 pm Faith - I came across this blog via design*sponge. I think it was the post on your ombre wall panels... have been an avid follower ever since~! ~Faith

August 21, 2012 - 7:06 pm Amy @ Seven Grey Sweaters - OK, there's nothing like a giveaway to get me to delurk! I found your blog when your master bathroom remodel was posted on another blog (can't remember which one) and decided to stay for a visit when I saw that you're located in Chico -- I grew up in that neck of the woods. Happy 3 years!!

August 21, 2012 - 10:20 pm Tanya - Just found you tonight on Pinterest, wondering if I could pull the green Army Dude costume off with my 11 yr old. :0}

August 21, 2012 - 10:56 pm Ozalid in Dubaï - Hi, I cannot remember when and how I found your blog. I am a huge fan of everything: your work, your talent and most of all your family. I am a french graphic designer living in Dubai. Congratulations for the wonderful things you've done already, and "bon vent" for the next three years :)

August 22, 2012 - 10:04 pm Cara - Archa told me about it! I love the ratatouille recipe. Congrats!

August 23, 2012 - 12:36 pm Carrie - Love your blog! Beautiful photography, decor ideas, and recipes! :)

August 23, 2012 - 3:02 pm Colleen Cecil - Congratualtions to you and Matt on all of your successes!

August 23, 2012 - 5:04 pm Stephanie - This is my first time commenting. A little incentive does the trick. I found your blog through a friend from church, Katie Cummings. She knows Lindsay Twilliger, who I believe knows you all from EV Free Chico. Small world right?! I love letterpress and have fallen in love with your blog and work. Keep it up! Stephanie

August 24, 2012 - 12:41 am susan - I found this lovely place through a post on your kitchen, I think - either that or another house link from DS and I found my way back through the archives. However it happened, I've so enjoyed your letterpress work and family gatherings along with creative house projects. To be honest, some of my favorites have to be the camping and hiking posts - takes me right back to being a carefree kid in a very outdoorsy family here in California. Thanks for all the great photos, creative inspirations, and rice farming glimpses!

August 24, 2012 - 11:42 am Laura - Congratulations on three years! I think that I found you because of your bathroom a long time ago and have been checking in ever since. Love your photography, your cards, and your bathroom!

August 24, 2012 - 3:17 pm molly b - Congrats on three years! I stumbled upon your blog while researching letterpress--i discovered it four months ago and haven't thought about much else since! I love browsing through your work--its so beautiful! great job!

August 24, 2012 - 4:25 pm Lindsay - I found your blog through your wonderful MIL! Great job Rebekah! You are such a hard worker! Yay for 3 years and here's to many, many more!!! -Lindsay

October 19, 2012 - 11:35 am Kate Pace - Was just catching up on your blog after months and saw this. Made me SO happy to see our invitations in your year 1 recap. Two plus years later and those invitations are still one of my absolute favorite parts of our wedding. I can't thank you enough for creating the most perfect package. You are the number one recommendation to my newly engaged friends! - Kate (from NYC)

December 28, 2012 - 5:39 pm Deana-Marie - Congratulations on 3 years of blogging bliss ... I was introduced to your blog via a mutual friend. Just love your enthusiasm for not only Wild Ink Press, but your home remodel posts, recipes, eye for photography, your growing family, etc. Thank you for sharing!

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