Saturday, April 12, 2014

Getting Back to an Old Friend

After a long hiatus (two years?) I've finally re-opened my other Etsy shop - Not New Shop.  A celebration of all things vintage.  I've trolled thrift stores and yard sales for most of my life so this is my attempt to clear out the clutter of things I no longer collect.

My fascination with souvenirs knows no bounds.  This is just one of the many oddities I've found over the years - a set of floating candles from Vatican City from 1908.

This pair of sweet sterling silver earrings have old fashioned screw backs.  I always think of my grandmother when I see screw backs. She thought only "dubious women" pierced their ears!

My husband used to collect vintage razors and other barber shop items.  Then we had kids and we boxed up all the sharp objects.  Time to let them go after a decade in a box!

Wearing vintage jewelry was so much fun but now I have simpler taste.  This Hattie Carnegie costume piece is a stunner.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Olivetti Lettera 32

It's that time of year when I should be telling you about new products and holiday craft fairs.  However, I've recently purchased an Olivetti Lettera 32 so I'll talk about that instead! The Lettera 32 was produced by Olivetti, the Italian typewriter firm, from 1963-1977.  My serial number is relatively low (2294387) so my guess is this is a 1963 model.

Close-up of the Olivetti Logo 

Carriage Return Lever

I love the design elements on this machine.  It was designed by legendary Olivetti designer Marcello Nizzoli as a follow-up to the Lettera 22.

I like that this particular machine was made in the original Ivrea factory at the foot of the Alps.

I found this 1962 exhibition catalog at work, "Stille Olivetti:  Gescichte und Formen einer Italienischen Industrie" with this stunning photograph of the Ivrea factory.

It types like a dream.  Purchase something from Moonlight Bindery and you just might receive a typed thank you note!

Friday, October 11, 2013


As a furloughed Fed I found myself with ample spare time to explore the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market specifically a new shop called Analog. Monroe Street is located in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. across the street from Catholic University.

Melissa hard at work
Analog is the brain child of Melissa of Craftgasm and Lisa of Beltway Vintage. The shop has a great look and feel and lots of unique items for sale. The space is Melissa and Lisa's studio and retail shop.  Monday through Wednesday they work in the studio and Thursday through Sunday the retail shop is open for business.
Fashion magazines, postcard notebooks & vintage treasures

Analog is decorated with vintage furniture and luggage as well as Melissa's maps.  The feel is funky and fun. The shop also carries some great alternative fashion magazines including the local Lurie & Wilma "an eco-chic lifestyle publication" and Worn, a Canadian magazine that offers in depth articles on the history of fashion.

The librarian side of me was very fond of these library card notecards as well as the card catalog display shelf!

My Purchases
I came away with a fabulous vintage dress, issues of Luri & Wilma and Worn, library card notecards and an array of Girl Scout merit badges. I will definitely be back for some holiday shopping!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vacation Inspiration

I'm back from vacation in Maine which provided me with much needed rest and inspiration. Back to the stress of DC life and the excitement of preparations for Crafty Bastards!  

 Even the railing of this dock amazed me with these lichens. Did you know that of the estimated 2 million fungi and lichens out there only 238,000 have been identified?  There is a full-time job in that for someone.

In addition to visiting my usual haunts like Liberty Tool I stopped by my favorite paper store in Wiscasset Rock, Paper, Scissors where I purchased many things including this fabulous paper.  Look for these new great designs at my Fall craft fairs. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Screen Printing Bookcloth

This year I've concentrated on product expansion. For years I've screenprinted (specifically Gocco printed) onto notebooks and cards. I thought why not bookcloth?

Step one is burning the screen.  I chose a new image for my first experiment in printing cloth, this hedgehog print. Here is the Gocco screen ready to go.

The bound books are too thick to fit into the Gocco press so I print on the cloth and then bind the books after the printing process. You have to leave just the right amount of space to make this work.

Here are some bound examples.  If you place the image too far to the right or left it will be off center on the final product.  Tricky but the results look great.

The screenprinted journals go nicely with my other printed products rounding out the line. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Craft Fair Schedule

Here it is - the final list of where you can find me many weekends this Fall! I love talking to my customers so come out and say hello.

Crafty Bastards
Saturday November 10th 10 AM-5PM
Union Market
Washington, D.C.

Handmade Holiday
Saturday, November 17th 10 AM - 3 PM
T.C. Williams High School
3330 King Street Alexandria, VA

Chanukah Mart
Sunday, November 18th 9AM - 3PM
Temple Sinai, Washington, D.C.

Handmade Arcade
Saturday, December 8th 11AM - 7PM
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, December 15th 10 AM - 4PM
1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA

Sunday, October 21, 2012


There are places that are so special their memory remains vivid even after they are gone. One of these place for me is the Franz Bader Bookstore. A store I was privileged to work in on Saturdays for several years in the mid 1990s.  My friend Cynthia worked at the store during the week and she recommended me for the Saturday position.

The book store specialized in art, architecture and design books with a small German language section (a section near and dear to my German husband's heart.)  The owners, Sabine and Richard Yanul, were warm and welcoming.  Stepping into the store was like stepping into their living room. Of course books were everywhere but so were fabulous items they had found in a lifetime of collecting: the 1934 New York World's Fair plaque by the front door, the Eames chair to sit in while flipping through a perspective purchase, the art deco cigarette stand masquerading as a business card holder and the rotary dial Bakelite phone, to name a few.

A section header from Franz Bader

Sabine was the heart of the store imbuing it with her impeccable sense of style. She fussed over the window displays and constantly re-organized shelves to highlight different titles.  At Christmas time, my favorite time of year in the shop, she went all out with the decorations.   She loved stocking the old style Advent calendars smothered in glitter she remembered fondly from her childhood in Germany. Customers adored her and every Saturday regulars came in to talk to Sabine or to go in the back for philosophical discussions  with Richard.  She had the talent to be helpful without being overbearing and she had an encyclopedic knowledge of art and design books currently in print as well as those out of print.

A few books purchased at Franz Bader

Sabine  treated her staff as family and we adored her, coming back regularly long after we had moved on to other careers. I left the Saturday job to take weekend book conservation classes.  After class I sometimes came back to the store to catch-up with Sabine and Richard. I brought both of my newborns by the shop to show them off.  When the shop closed in 2008 Sabine called to offer me the wooden flat files for my new bookbinding business.  The furniture was all gone and Sabine, Richard and another former employee and I sat in the now empty store.

I kept in touch with Sabine over the next four years, not as often as I would have liked, but as much as a mother of two small children could manage.  We met at art galleries, enjoying new shows. The last time I saw her was two years ago at the Yves Klein exhibit at the Hirshhorn.  We had a long lunch and took our time viewing the show.  It was a lovely day.

Last week I received the news that Sabine passed away after a brief illness.  The news was inconceivable.  How could someone so full of life depart so quickly?  Given that her Mother is still alive, I thought we had years and years of lunches and exhibits ahead of us.  Ruhe in Frieden Sabine. Ich werde Dich in guter Freundschaft immer in Erinnerung behalten.