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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.


a rosemary wreath.

It’s wreath time again! This is my fourth annual fall diy wreath project, can you believe it? Either I’m getting old, or the blog is.

All the wreaths I have made so far have fallen under three stipulations: it must be easy, it must be natural, and it must be free. Easy, as in a non-crafting bozo could do it (me).  Natural, as in, no plastic stuff anywhere. And no hot glue (that stuff burns!!). Free, as in I don’t want to pay for it.

This wreath is no different. When I’ve seen people pin my past wreaths on pinterest (yes, I check on these things sometimes, call me a narcissist), they’re under headers like “amazingly simple” “so easy” or “I could do this” which I have decided I’m going to actually take as a compliment. If it can be done with things I have lying around, and during just one nap time, then I’m interested. And this one can – start your timers – it took me just 36 minutes from start to finish.

I had a pot of rosemary growing in my side garden, and boy, that stuff sprouts up quickly! It was time for a trim…

That, plus some ornamental rosemary from the backyard (note: do not eat), and I had a pile of clippings in no time.

The wreath form is from previous wreaths, this is why it’s awesome not to hot glue – you can reuse these things again and again.

First, I arranged the rosemary on my form, to be sure I had enough and decide how full I wanted it to be:

Then, I used floral tape to make up little bundles of the rosemary. Then I taped the little bundles to the wreath form (same process I used with the christmas wreath)

Have I told you how much I love floral tape? One little roll will last you forever, it’s cheap and sticks to itself but not other things.

Soon, I had it all attached…

I like to finish my wreaths on the door, actually. Sometimes you get them up there and they hang wonky, or need a trim, and some filling here or there – like this:

A bit of scissoring and a tuck or two here and there, plus some simple black grosgrain ribbon, and we’re all finished!

Now go enjoy a cup of tea for the rest of the nap. ;-)

You can see my previous autumn wreaths here: rustic leaftacular, barberry flame bush, and glam magnolia.

October 27, 2012 - 9:17 am Deana-Marie - Simply beautiful and I bet it smells wonderful! I have a rather large rosemary bush ... hmmm, I may have to change up my fall wreath this year.

October 28, 2012 - 11:23 pm Amber - And I just pinned this one. I think this will be a fun project for my daughter and I tomorrow!

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