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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.


dinner party invitations.

You only turn 40 once, so I wanted to throw Matt a fantastic party to celebrate the milestone. My husband is generally a super-social outgoing guy, and while my idea of a good time is cooking a 5 course meal for two, his would involve a large dinner party, the “more the merrier”.

And so we set out to have a dinner party for 40 people!! Oh yes we did. And what comes first? A letterpress invitation, of course.

I threw together the scotch-label inspired artwork one afternoon right before my plating deadline. You may remember the whiskey barrel artwork from our three things birthday card. I used the original, more detailed pen-and-ink sketch for the invite.

At this point, Matt (our perfectionist printer in the mix) would like me to inform you that since we sent all the invitations out, this is actually a piece of make-ready that I am using for the photographs (as in, he’d never let a drop-shadow go out into public looking like that). Betcha didn’t even notice it until I mentioned it.

We printed it in bronze and black on 110# ecru cotton, and I hand-addressed two dozen invitations and mailed them out. The result? 39 of Matt’s family and friends to dinner – not sure how we managed to get that close to the perfect 40, but we did. And had a marvelous time.

Coming up soon on the blog – birthday dinner pics and a complete breakdown (yes, I did it all without a caterer)!

 

May 6, 2014 - 9:16 am Michaela Marsh - I really love these invitations! But was sad to see that they aren't anywhere in your shop. These would be absolutely perfect for my husbands vintage whiskey/bourbon themed SURPRISE 40th party. Is there any way I could order these or similar ones? I would need them soon.

August 5, 2014 - 1:09 pm Hayley - Hi. I love your 40th invites for your husband are they available to order? I'm based in Ireland. I would be looking for around 30?

September 11, 2014 - 2:41 pm Tami Jones - Are the Aged to perfection invites available for purchase? Thanks!

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