Sunday, May 31, 2009

Letterpress Heaven

I got this incredible package in the mail on Friday.  I had been waiting for it for so long.  Thank you so much to Kelly from Paperstories for organizing the most amazing Letterpress Swap.  A total of 39 prints arrived from 39 different printers.  All incredible pieces of hand made goodness.  Over the next few posts, I will show them all.  
Here is mine first.  It was on top of the pile, I think because
I put "2009 Letterpress Swap" in the print.

I have gone through the photos several times to try and sort and post them in a way that makes sense.  I have been trying for some themes and here are a few that I have noticed.  

Some incredible prints in all or mostly all black.

Bound Staff Press

Mire Ink
Here are some that are embellished in some way, stitching, die cut with pop out chickens, accessorized with miniature scapels, etc.

Some wonderful classic broadsides.

Kissing Bug Press

Stay tuned, more to come later!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank you and 1st Dibs Friday Fun - White Light

Well it has been a whirlwind week. I didn't know what to expect going into the National Stationery Show given the economy, but I was determined to show our retailers that we are committed, expand our presence and expand our product line. I think we more than accomplished all of those goals. I would really like to thank all the new and current retailers that stopped by the booth to chat and take a look at our products. It was so nice to meet so many new people and catch up with those we already knew. We promise that after a couple of days off, we will be following up with everyone.

I want to get back to our regular posts, so I thought I would do our usual 1st Dibs Friday Fun today. It was so much fun to design the booth this year. You can see it right here. We had a bigger and better location and knew that it really had to stand out. I think by the number of compliments we got on the booth, we were able to do that. And as not to be too wasteful, we took everything back, including the walls and are hoping to use it again next year. One of the most important aspect of a trade show booth is lighting. It is amazing what a difference that can make in how your product shows off. We were fortunate to get some track lighting a couple of years ago that has really worked well for us and we have been using it ever since. We added some decorative lighting this year with a paper lantern from Ikea which helped to set the style of the booth. But I couldn't help thinking, what would we have done if we could have used some vintage lighting from 1st Dibs? So here are some of my top choices of lighting we could have used if this had been a real room and not a trade show booth that was taken down after four days.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and we will be back next week, hopefully all refreshed and ready to go!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Here we are!

The show is under way and we have been very busy. There are still two more days, so if you are in town, stop by booth #3113. Here is the booth.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Off we go...

I thought I would have time today to prepare my Friday 1st Dibs Fun post, but we have been working like crazy preparing for the National Stationery Show. We start moving in to the Javits Center tomorrow morning. It has been stressful, but we are really starting to feel the excitement. We have been hearing from retailers that they will see us at the show. I can't wait to show them all the new products we have to offer.

So I thought I would leave you with a couple more blog mentions of Robin Beth's new products.

The oh so fabulous Nole, of Oh So Beautiful Paper featured our new collections on her blog yesterday.  I can't wait to meet her at the show.

And one of my favorite bloggers and long time stationery friends Abby of Style Me Pretty, introduced her readers to our new wedding collection today.

Tomorrow is likely to be a long day for us here.  If you don't hear from me until next week, it means we were so busy that I didn't have any time to stop and blog during the show.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

As seen on...

Just wanted to shout out a couple of blog mentions that Robin Beth has received over the past few weeks.

Here are our new Charming Prints on Apartment Therapy's OhDeeDoh blog.

And here our new collections were discussed on a wonderful paper blog, Paper Crave.

It is getting busy here, we start setting up for the National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in NY on Friday.  The show starts Sunday.  Please stop by and visit us in booth #3113. And don't forget to check out some of my friends from A Fresh Bunch, in booth #2547.

I am going to attempt to blog from the show a little to show off some great eco-friendly stationery options.  This is, if I get out of the booth at all!

Friday, May 8, 2009

1st Dibs Friday Fun - Modern Marble

I thought I would take a look at what was available on 1st Dibs in marble. There are so many gorgeous pieces that are ornately carved, but I was looking for pieces with some cleaner lines. Here are a few great 60's and 70's modern pieces.

And here are a few of my favorites, with a little more of an industrial or classic feel to them, but would still look fabulous in a modern home.

{images via 1st Dibs}
I hope everyone enjoys their Mother's Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Some Blog Love

I have had the fantastic opportunity over the past four weeks to get to know some very talented and amazing people through the Blogging Your Way e-course given by Holly of decor8.  It was such a wonderful experience, not only did I learn a lot about writing a blog but made some fun friends too.  As the course has now drawn to an end, I wanted to give you a sneak peak into just a few of my fellow students.

First there is Diane from D S Brennan Photography. She is a very talented art photographer who posts some incredible nature photographs on her blog.  She also discusses nature and the environment (a big plus in my book) and also does some teaching of photography skills on her blog through instruction and podcasts.

{image via DS Brennan}

Decor Addict is an interior design and decor blog, with a Canadian kick.  It is run by Trina Brandon an interior decorator.  I love the fun style of her blog and all the great design photos she posts and she really focuses on shopping local, a great eco-friendly practice.

{image via Decor Addict}
Next is Concha from Saidos da Conchas.  Concha is a sewing enthusiast that lives in Lisbon, Portugal.  She tries to lead a handmade life and features a lot of photos of her bright and creative sewing projects as well as featuring beautiful vintage design and patterns.  Handmade and vintage in one blog!  And as an added bonus, she blogs in both English and Portuguese.

I hope you are as inspired by these talented ladies as I am.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Countdown Begins

We have less than two weeks until the National Stationery Show begins.  We have been working like crazy to prepare as we head into the final stretch.  The big mailer has been sent out and the new website is up, so I hope some of you are new visitors that have come to check out Robin Beth Designs.  

We have a new line of wedding invitations, a line of "Letterpress Goodies" including note cards, journals, gift tags and holiday ornaments and "Charming Prints", a line of personalized letterpress art prints for babies & kids.  I thought I would leave you today with a bunch of photos of my work.  I hope that if you are attending the National Stationery Show, that you look us up in booth #3113.  If you won't be there, but would like more information, please fill out the new dealer inquiry form right here and you will hear from us.  

Friday, May 1, 2009

1st Dibs Friday Fun - Vintage Posters

Before we get into all the beautiful things I have in store for you today, I just wanted to mention one big business accomplishment.  My new website is up.  We have been feverishly working away here to get ready for the National Stationery Show which is in a couple of weeks, including letterpress printing tons of samples, creating catalogs, putting together invitation albums, planning the booth decoration and redesigning the website.  The new website is now live, please check it out at Robin Beth.

On to the eye candy.   I don't have too much to say here, so I will just leave you with this gorgeousness from 1st Dibs.  I would love to have some of these in my house.

{images via 1st Dibs}