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Hello all!

So, I’ve done it again. It’s been a particularly busy semester and because of this my posting has slowed. This doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been plenty to post about. I’ve had some wonderful opportunities and experiences in the past few months so today I thought I would do a quick recap.

Let’s see – what has been going on:

I got to meet Design*Sponge superstar, the lovely Grace Bonney. She had a book signing here and it was a delightful event complete with champagne!

I attended the American Printing History Association conference in San Diego – my first time on the West Coast!

Hamilton Wayzgoose (remember the giant post from last year?) happened again and was again awesome.

In addition to these particular events I’ve been cranking it out in my studio and planning new Made by Good products.

So, like I said, it’s been busy. I know though that as soon as winter break rolls around I’ll be posting regularly again! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll be back on here soon. Enjoy these images and happy Monday!


So, today, or it was actually yesterday, I signed up on this amazing website called Ladies of Letterpress.

One day this weekend (oh no! it’s that time of the school year already where days are getting confused) I got a lovely e-mail from Kathryn Hunter of Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My Aunt Kathy has been a regular customer there for about three years or so and happened to send Kathryn to my blog. Included in the lovely e-mail was a link to the Ladies of Letterpress website. I had heard the name of the organization but for some reason had yet to explore what it really was about. Well, let me tell you – it is AWESOME. Ladies of Letterpress was founded by printers Jessica C. White and Kseniya Thomas (see picture above). When you sign up you create a profile that includes information like website, type of press used, number of years printing, company name etc. And then, once your profile is approved, you have access to this amazing web of lady printers. The slogan for Ladies of Letterpress is “dedicated to the proposition that a woman’s place is in the print shop.” Love it.

For me, this is just another example of the strength and breadth of the letterpress community. On the website there are discussions happening, photos being posted, blogs going up – there are so many great printers and I’m so glad now to have my profile up among them.

Even if you don’t have a profile you can browse the site, so check it out here.

Check out my profile specifically here.

Also, check out Blackbird Letterpress here (they make some excellent stuff!).

Hope y’all all had a wonderful Monday!

So, I’m so excited that this year I was able to attend Renegade Craft Fair. It was such a fun time! Remember last year when I was so excited and then ended up having to work?! I was so disappointed. Thank goodness for Monday through Friday classes and jobs this year!

I think the best way to distribute the massive amount of photos I took is to do a general post today followed by posts about some of the specific vendors that blew my mind later in the week.

You can visit the Craft Fair site here and the permanent Renegade Handmade shop here.

The vendors in this blog post are Yeehaw Industries, Orange Beautiful, and Girls Rock Chicago,

And darn it, I can’t find who made those darling shirts or the cute matchboxes (blogger fail). But they’re somewhere on the Renegade Craft Fair site so if you really want to know you can totally find out!

Also, happy Monday y’all! Hope your weeks are off to a great start already!

Good Monday morning everyone!

Recently I joined the Letterpress Listserv and it has been great watching e-mails fly back and forth between letterpress lovers from all over the country and world.

The other day I received an e-mail about a new website called We Love Letterpress. It exists as an awesome open resource for printers and lovers of print work from all over the world. Anybody who makes letterpress printed work can submit a simple interview describing what they do and why they love letterpress. They can also add images and provide contact information. Some of my favorite printing folks are on there including Mama’s Sauce and Huldra Press! I’ve had a lot of fun reading all of the interviews.

They also post inspiration boards and information about printing events!

So, check it out here.

I hope everyone has a great day!

I know it’s hard to believe but YES I have added more things to our Etsy shop! Two days in a row! Check it out here!

P.S. New stuff includes cool things like lined journals and address books! Isn’t it exciting!?

Hello on this lovely Monday morning!

The Made by Good Etsy shop has new stuff in it – finally! Check it out and tell your friends to check it out too!

Also, I’ll be adding a lot of new stuff over the course of this week so be watching!

Hope everyone has a super day!

Good morning or midday rather!

I am so thrilled today to introduce the first contributor to Made by Good – Nikkita Cohoon! From now on, every Wednesday, Nikki will be posting here about different literary presses doing cool stuff. Nikki just finished her M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Poetry at Bowling Green State University and is, I think, one of the best poets/artists around! Nikki and I attended undergrad together and have been talking for, literally, years about doing something collaborative. So, in exchange for her contributions I will be returning the favor on her blog each Wednesday too!

As part of this introduction I asked Nikki to send me some pictures of her workspace and I’m so glad I did. It’s so lovely and full of inspiring bits!

So, be sure to check back tomorrow for Nikki’s first post and be sure to check out her blog too! I really can’t say how excited I am to start this new part of Made by Good! Yay!

You can find Nikki’s website here and blog here!

This morning Drew’s sister Amber sent us a link to the site Grain & Gram The New Gentleman’s Journal. This is a lovely site that features contemporary craftsmen participating in a slew of different trades.  It’s beautiful, with wonderful images, interviews and videos. I love looking at things that are this polished – it’s so inspiring and puts all sorts of ideas in my head about how I can make Made by Good better – you know out there in the future somewhere.

Anyway, the part of Grain & Gram that I wanted to feature today is the print shop Mama’s Sauce. I first learned about Mama’s Sauce on Anna Bond’s (of Rifle Paper Co.) blog a looong time ago and had kind of forgotten how awesome I thought they were. Well, today I was reminded that they rule!

So, check out this awesome video above (probably the slickest video, in a good way, about letterpress printing I’ve seen!) of Nick Sambrato of Mama’s Sauce, enjoy reading about all of the craftsmen on Grain & Gram, and be sure to look at Mama’s Sauce’s website. After looking at all of their excellent product, from wedding invites to posters, get ready to be inspired!

Grain & Gram here.

Mama’s Sauce here.

Rifle Paper Co. here.

Two of my dear friends, Kelly and Grant, are getting married in October. This isn’t exactly new news, they got engaged in January, but they just sent out their save the dates! This is exciting but it’s even more exciting because Made by Good’s very own Drew Ryan designed them!

Aren’t they super cute? It was such a treat to receive this guy in the mail! We’ll be designing (and I’ll be printing) their invites too. So, there are plenty more posts about their wedding paper goods to come.

Congratulations again you two! I’m looking forward to a summer of wedding activities!

Hi y’all! So, today was my day off. I spent the morning running errands and then headed to the studio for the afternoon. I had a really good time taking down stuff from last semester and clearing space for work that will be made this summer. Sometimes you spend so much time with things that you’ve made that you just can’t stand to look at them anymore. That’s how I feel about everything from last semester. So, yay for physical and mental space ready for new creative production!

Also, I wanted to share these images by Ashley G and Drew. This couple makes some of my favorite illustrations and I’ve been looking at their stuff for a while now. You can check out their website here and their blog here. Hope you like them too!

And, finally, Design*Sponge, one of my favorite blogs launched their site redesign today. It’s much easier to search through specific categories. I’m especially fond of the DIY section! You can check it out here.

Hope your week is off to a good start!