love in the new year :: january 2014
The night I met my husband, I went home and told my roommate I had met the man I was going to marry. Nearly sixteen years later, we can say with gusto we are happily married. And while I wasn’t always “lucky in love” I certainly had luck on my side that fateful night.But as you may know, marriage is not always bunnies and unicorns. Our schedules have become fuller and time passes too fast. There are days where the extent of our communication is what’s for dinner?, or a peck on the cheek as I’m running out the door. Therefore, it is my resolution this year to be more connected … not only to my husband, but to my family, my friends, and even to my customers. I aim to be present; to soak up the moment; to put my phone down and bring my eyes up; to slow down and appreciate all that we have.
My commitment to this resolution so far has been in baby steps – turning off my phone; putting down what I’m doing to truly listen; looking people in the eyes; giving more hugs. And how perfect is it that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! In love, or not, this holiday was made for connection. To connect, physically, emotionally, in person, on Skype, on paper - Valentine’s day was designed for this!
So, excuse me, I need to start writing my love letter now … to remind my husband, but more importantly, myself, just how lucky we are.
Amy Dolan, owner
with Taylor Valliant, owner
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Noteworthy Holiday Window 2013: The Making of…
Right now I am remembering to stop and take a deep breath … there I did it.
Remembering to breathe is something I have a hard time with in the month of December. Between getting Custom Holiday Card designs printed and out the door (order yours here!), stressing over Holiday inventory to chauffeuring the kids to their various winter activities, it is a nutty flurry (or blizzard rather) of activity. Last Sunday, the temps outside reached a record 25 below and I must admit I was totally psyched to spend an entire day in my pajamas. It was a welcome calm, like the eye of the great hurricane that is my life during the “most wonderful time of the year”_ the holiday season.
Last week Amy and I finished our 6th Holiday Window display. We spent a little over a week painting, cutting, drawing!, and burning the midnight oil. Arguably, we should start this a little bit earlier, but in truth we work better under pressure, despite the resulting dark circles under the eyes … this little elf could use some of that “long winters nap”!
Pass the Rum Egg Nog.
And please remember to VOTE
When we moved into our space over five years ago we knew from the get-go we were going to have to come up with some pretty amazing window displays. Measuring 18 feet long by 8 feet tall, our store windows are a floor to ceiling experience on the outside and on the inside. Over the years, they have ranged from sublimely simple to seriously tedious … we have spent many a night working ’til the wee hours, often to the surprise and amusement of the “last call” crowd. I love that feeling I get in the middle of the night looking across Higgins at our new window alight and blazing with accomplishment. Like most aspects of running a small business, it is a labor of love and Missoula has loved it back awarding us 4 Missoula’s Choice awards for best window display and Best Overall Holiday Window for 5 years running. Here’s a look back at some our faves.
Noteworthy’s First Christmas
Explorations in paper fashion & paper decor…
My personal favorite… the feathers were all cut by hand from old sewing patterns and vintage writing paper and held up by a strip of plywood I cut with my new best friend, the jigsaw.
For this one we made a couple big panels out of plywood, painted them midnight blue and glued broken shards of broken mirror to give our trees that icey wintry look. The dress was made out of paper and invitations salvaged from defunct invitation and stationery albums.
Nothing says summer like giant tissue flowers! I loved looking at these everyday.
With our most recent window, we had set out with the hope of doing something simple and elegant, but it ended up being our most elaborate. The stenciling of the window alone took a whole week of nights to complete. And then another week to add all the details. I loved this one because it told a story and we got to use a lot of antiques that had been passed down from my grandmother.
Right now our window stands empty. In October we will be displaying the steam roller prints again and after that we will have another christmas window in the works. As of yet we have no solid plans but it always seems to come together best in the wee hours of the night.
The Montana Bridal Expo
We had a blast meeting brides-to-be at the Montana Bridal Expo! We love working with brides to select the perfect invitation at events like the Expo because the beautiful details of the wedding day should be manifested in the invitation. The invitation is a beautiful, tangible representation of what the wedding will be like. From colors to stock, to wording to style, the invitation gives guests a sneak peak of what is in store.
Thank you to all the brides who stopped by our booth to see our designs. We invite you to visit us at our store on 101 S. Higgins Ave for a custom consultation. Bring your swatches, Pinterest boards and ideas. Click here to visit the Pinterest page for Noteworthy Paper & Press.
Fall has come to Missoula fat and golden and almost overnight. While we Noteworthy* girls are settling in for the chilly nights with green tea, down jackets and our letterpress to keep us warm, lot of our friends are going on vacations or snowbirding south for the winter. This fall migration inspired our Bon Voyage roundup of the perfect gifts for a friend who is going away.
1. These darling mini-suitcases from kidstyle are the perfect vessel for a bon voyage gift. Fill them up with travel sized bottles of fancy toiletries and accessorize with a luggage tag your friend can re-use. Wooly socks and an eye mask wouldn’t go amiss, either.
2. This pad of Pack This! lists from Knock Knock reminds you to pack everything from travel documents to your cell phone charger.
3. This rad viking ship Bon Voyage card from Sycamore Street Press is perfect for a friend who is off to pillage or just enjoys the gold foil stamping and fine letterpress printing of the card.
4. This Roma Lussa journal is handmade in Italy. Its leather string closure makes it a perfect travel journal because it closes tight around post cards, train tickets, and the deep thoughts your traveler friend will think in a Parisian cafe.
5. This map of the world wrapping paper would make the perfect wrap for a globe trotting friend’s gift. We can even gift wrap for you!
Noteworthy Letterpress: Orange you glad…
I am in love with this color. I’m not sure what’s come over me, I haven’t felt this way about a fluorescent since the eighties. After a long hot week in Missoula, Courtney (our shop manager extraordinaire) and I were looking for something fun to do on an otherwise quiet Friday afternoon. This color is anything but quiet by the way. Courtney came up with this great little hand-set letterpress greeting card design, letterpress printed on Waste Not Paper stock. The fantastic and beautiful background paper shown in the following photos is from Egg Press and is available at Noteworthy Paper & Press;).
We had so much fun pulling prints with Kyle Durrie and Moveable Type. I have major press envy of her little Showcard press. Here’s a few pics of her visit to Missoula.
Moveable Type Comes to Noteworthy*!
A 1982 Chevy step van that houses a nomadic printing press? A fine art printer inspired by road trips and swimming in creeks? Count us in. Kyle Durrie, the mastermind behind Moveable Type, is visiting Noteworthy* on Friday, April 13 from 4-7. Stop by to witness the splendor of a full letterpress studio fit into a very rad vehicle. Kyle will be doing live letterpress demos! See freshly cast type and ornaments from Dale Guild Type Foundry in action.
Kyle devised the Moveable Type project while on a band road trip in 2010. She used Kickstarter.com to crowdsource funding of the truck and its conversion into a fully functioning studio for her covetable 1873 Golding Official tabletop platten press. Now she’s taking her press on a cross-country road trip that includes us!
Noteworthy* is especially proud to host this event because we believe the art of letterpress belongs anywhere and everywhere. Noteworthy* brings letterpress to Montana and Kyle’s Moveable Type Project brings it across the country. Can’t make it Friday? … You can always stop in to visit our stationary stationery press housed in the Noteworthy* shop.
Noteworthy Letterpress: local green
This was our second year printing the invitations to the Cool Green Home Wrap Party. The annual contest and party orchestrated by the Montana Radio Company, gives contestants a chance to win over $115,000 in sustainable home products. This is just one example of how the MRC goes out of their way to support and grow local business while being an environmentally responsible member of the community. And they top it off by choosing a sustainable printing method for the event. The invitations were printed on chemical-free, 100% reclaimed cotton paper with recycled envelopes right here in missoula so very little energy and waste went into their production. For more information on the Cool Green Home mission go to www.coolgreenhomemissoula.com.
Thanks to you Steve Jobs
There are many things that wouldn’t exist and many people whose lives would be different without the influence of Steve Jobs and our humble Noteworthy is no exception. If there was no Apple … and no Mac before that, there certainly would be no Noteworthy.
Our family Mac began to shape the course of my life since my dad first brought it home in the mid 1980s. Whole days would pass in complete absorption while discovering the Ins and Outs of “MacPaint.” Twenty-five years and five Macs later, not much has changed, I am still passing most of my days “painting” on my Mac … thanks to you Steve Jobs for making it so much fun.