Thursday, 17 April 2014

Paper Hammer

When I was in Seattle last month I was lucky enough to stumble across Paper Hammer. If you are a stationery nerd, you are going to LOVE Paper Hammer. I could have spent hours in there, and I wanted to buy everything.

I visited their store at 1400 2nd Ave in Seattle, but the Paper Hammer studio is based in Tieton, Washington. It's such an interesting story behind the company itself, but first I have to share with you the story of Mighty Tieton.

So, the place Tieton is this orchard town in the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. It has beautiful apple, pear, cherry and apricot orchards surrounding it and it also has the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop - sounds amazing doesn't it? Unfortunately, with the loss of many of the small family owned farms in the area, the economy suffered badly, particularly in the local town of Tieton. The collective 'Mighty Tieton' is a group of businesses that connect urban professionals like designers, architects and artists with studio and production space utilising unused buildings with the purpose of revitalising the local economy.

They are literally bringing this area back to life which is beyond inspiring - I think TED should ask them to do a talk at one of their events. It would be amazing to hear even more about this incredible story. Ed Marquand, the founder of Paper Hammer described it as "a romantic idea that has become a compelling story". I think that sums it up perfectly. There is lots more information on the Mighty Tieton website which you can visit here. When I go back to Seattle in the autumn, I am definitely organising a trip out to Tieton to see and visit all these amazing businesses.

So, back to Paper Hammer. Ed Marquand set up Marquand Books which produces books for museums. He wanted to set up a design studio where he could produce art books for private clients and work on different aspects of design that interested him. The result is Paper Hammer. They kindly let me take lots of photos to share with you all so here, come on a little tour with me:

Paper Hammer have an online store with a selection of some of their stationery, notebooks, posters and gifts. Take a look here. I can't wait to go and visit their studio in Tieton in autumn and see their production in action. I might also try to take the handwriting workshop if there is one on while I'm over on Bainbridge Island - it looks wonderful - you can read more about that here.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my visit to Paper Hammer, I bought a ton of loot I'll share with you another time as that is kind of a post in itself ;)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring Snack || Tomato + Basil Bruschetta

Hello all. A quick post today to share with you my current culinary obsession - tomato & basil bruschetta. I just cannot get enough. I think it's because this recipe is so quick, so simple and sooooo delicious.

I make up the tomato topping using fresh tomatoes that have been sat ripening on the window sill, a handful of fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and a dash of red wine vinegar, plus salt and pepper.

While that's marinading, I grill the bread and then rub each slice with a clove of garlic sliced in half.

We have some friends coming over for dinner on thursday night, I have a feeling I know what they're getting.

Have a lovely evening and enjoy this beautiful sunshine.

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