Monday, July 19, 2010

Gettin’ ready for Renegade

Now that the National Stationery Show, our wedding, and our honeymoon are nothing but misty water-colored memories, it’s time for us to get back to business—starting with the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. This is our second year exhibiting at Renegade, and we’re really excited to be back.

In addition to selling our Footnotes Collection and Headlines Collection cards, we’ll also be hawking our new poster, “A Field Guide to Typestaches," designed by Tor Weeks.

It’s the first time the poster will be on display for you, the viewing public, to touch and sniff and (hopefully) buy.

If you’re in SF, come visit us Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st (11am to 7pm each day) at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. And for all you fellow cheap skates out there, fret not—admission is FREE.

Whoa! Double-rainbow!

We only saw a couple of barely visible rainbows while we were in Hawaii. If only we’d seen what this guy saw:

Maui Wowie

Sweet Child O’ Mine is Maui ever beautiful. We honeymooned there for 8 nights and didn’t really want to come home. We stayed in 3 different cities on the island: Wailea (which, to reference another GNR hit, might as well be called Paradise City), Pa’ia, and Hana. Aside from the occasional gecko in our cottage in Hana and some nasty mosquito bites during a hike at Haleakala National Park, we loved every minute of our trip. Here’s a sampling of the horrible scenery we were forced to endure:

For your viewing pleasure

We had fun putting together this little slideshow for our wedding. WARNING: You will learn more about us than you ever wanted to know.

The knot has been tied

Finally! After an extended 4-year engagement and way too much wedding planning, we finally decided to stop living in sin and get hitched on July 3rd. The party was a blast. About 175 of our family and friends joined us in Lauren’s hometown of Toledo, Ohio, for the wedding weekend. Here's a photo from the big day:

We’ve (almost) got a new address

After an extensive search, we finally found a new home/world headquarters for Old Tom Foolery:

It’s in the Lynnhurst neighborhood of South Minneapolis (near Lake Harriet for all you Minneapolitans out there). We fell in love with the location, and liked the fact that we could finish the basement to fit our greeting card needs. We close on August 6th, so from that date forward, here’s the new OTF mailing address:

Old Tom Foolery
4844 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

OTF wins two LOUIE Awards!

Woo-hoo! We’re thrilled to report we took home our first- and second-ever LOUIE Awards back in May during the National Stationery Show in NYC.

For those of you who aren’t stationery-biz insiders, the LOUIEs are the Academy Awards of the greeting card industry.

The awards ceremony was a blast—we had fun hanging out with Ian and Sean from Bald Guy Greetings, Bryan and Michelle from Pictura, and the whole gang from J-Dig (all of whom took home their own LOUIEs that night). Needless to say, drunken celebratory shenanigans ensued.

So much happened that night, it’s hard to remember it all. A few of the highlights:
  • Ian’s ridiculously awesome wig at the LOUIE Awards
  • Our sketchy limo ride from the LOUIE Awards ceremony to a total dive bar called the Rusty Knot (a limo that incidentally reeked of strippers and massage oil)
  • Pickleback shots at the Rusty Knot (The Pickleback was the Rusty Knot’s house specialty drink, consisting of a shot of whiskey followed by a pickle juice chaser. And I must say, it was surprisingly tasty.)

Ahhhh, good times. I’m getting choked up just thinking about it. May 17, 2010, will certainly go down as a monumental day in the history of Old Tom Foolery.

Two months since our last post?!?!

Sheesh. What a bunch of slackers.

BUT, in our defense, we’ve been effing busy these past two months. Soooooo much news to report. Instead of doing one giant post, let’s break it up into a bunch of tasty bite-size chunks (like those Fun Size Snickers Bars). Here we go…
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