Behind The Scenes – The One Of A Kind Show

Steel Petal Press booth at the One Of A Kind show

We set up at the One Of A Kind show last weekend (along with 600 other vendors!) for 4 days of handmade holiday shopping. This was our first time participating and we had such a great time!

Steel Petal Press booth at the One Of A Kind show

So many happy shoppers! One of the best parts about selling at craft shows is the chance to meet friendly new customers and other local makers face to face.

letterpress holiday cards

It was no surprise that holiday cards were selling fast, but the real star of the show was the “Holy Shit You’re Old”  card!

letterpress birthday card

Thanks to all our new and repeat customers that came out to support handmade! The show was a big success and a lot of fun. We’ve already signed up for next year, so we’ll see you in booth #1020 again!

Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday Sale 2014

Cyber Monday Letterpress Stationery Sale

Join us for a Cyber Monday Sale!

25% off EVERYTHING *

with the coupon code: CYBERMONDAY2014

Monday, December 1st ONLY

From your cart
1 – Click “Check Out”
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3- enter the code: “CYBERMONDAY2014″ for the 25% discount on the last page
(just before you insert your payment info.)



(image credit  and pumpkin pie recipe)

I’m about to head out of town to Atlanta Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with my cousins, aunts and uncles.  It will be a nice few days off after the crazy few weeks I’ve had.

This year I’m thankful for so many things. My friends and family, my new home, my health, my husband.  I’m particularly thankful for the amazing team at Steel Petal Press who have worked late nights and long hours with me the past few weeks to help keep up with the holiday rush. And of course I’m so thankful for all the shop owners and customers, brides and couples who continue to purchase letterpress greeting cards from me, and who have supported my growing business throughout the years.  I am so thankful to be able to do what I love and make a living out of it – I couldn’t do it without any of you, so for that I am truly thankful.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and I hope too get a chance to take a moment to give thanks.

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Coming up!!  I am preparing for a huge CYBER MONDAY sale details are below:

25% off EVERYTHING *
with the coupon code: CYBERMONDAY2014

Monday, December 1st ONLY

*excluding wedding deposits

DIY Trunk Show Chicago

Steel Petal Press at DIY Trunk Show Chicago

It was another great weekend at the DIY Trunk Show in Chicago!  Sales were great and it was nice to see so many familiar faces of other Chicago vendors. This past year I’ve significantly cut down on my craft fairs – this was my first of 2014! so it was nice to revisit the old circuit.  I still love the direct customer interactions, despite the long, hard work days.

Steel Petal Press at DIY Trunk Show Chicago

Next up is the One of A Kind Show (next week) ! For which I’m preparing for four days of madness.  In the meantime I’ll be traveling to Atlanta Georgia for a few days for Thanksgiving. Chicago has been unseasonably cold and snowy and it will be a nice break from winter weather.  Maybe I’ll sell out of everything at the One of a Kind Show, close shop for December and take a trip to Mexico instead?  Maybeee.

Behind The Scenes – Craft Show Countdown!

letterpress studio

I spy stacks of cards to be folded, coffee, and frantic activity-must be craft show season!! We’re super excited to be setting up at the DIY Trunk Show this Saturday, November 22nd.  Come say hi and get a jump on your holiday shopping!

DIY Trunk Show Chicago 2014

The Difference in a Day

Clare Elsaesser

It’s Monday and I just wanted to check in and say I’m feeling sooo much better today.  I just needed a few days to sleep in and catch up on rest, spend some time on the couch, eat some good food and relax.  The next few weeks will be busy, but I’m feeling ready to take them on.  Thanks for letting me vent on this blog.  Life isn’t always puppies and rainbows.  Sometimes it’s important to be real.

(Image Credit: Clare Elasaesser)

When it rains it pours

record player

I’m going to be honest here and say this week has been rough.  I’ve been working 12+ hour days trying to prepare for holiday craft fairs, stay on top of etsy and wholesale orders and keep up with the custom orders that are still coming in.

What has just been the icing on the cake is that every piece of technology I own has pooped out on me in the last seven days! (I’m not even kidding)  FIRST my 2006 ipod totally dies, which is fine, it was old and probably coming to the end of it’s life anyways.  Sure it is a bummer, but I was ok with that.  But then less than a week later my computer screen started flickering and seconds later went completely blank.  That was the second time my computer died in less 3 months…  So I spent half my day at the apple store. They sent it out for repairs and when it returned last night the entire hard drive was replaced and nothing was saved,.  There are a few silver linings; the last repair was within the 90 day warranty, so they repaired it this time for free. AND, Since the last computer failure I have been vigilant about backing up my work, so I lost somethings, but nothing too terrible.

But it doesn’t end! Just this morning when trying to update my iphone, it failed too, the whole thing had to be wiped and rebooted from scratch.  So here I am, during a super busy time of year, having to spend half my day downloading apps, reinstalling fonts and reconfiguring all my broken / fixed technology.  The dishes are piling up in the sink and I’m exhausted.  Oh did I also mention I’m extra hormonal because it’s that time of the month? (sorry if that’s TMI)  I had a mini melt down and cried while doing the dishes earlier today. Sometimes you just gotta let it out, you know?

Anyways, I’m trying to stay positive and focus on the good things; I would much rather be too busy than too slow.  My mom got me an ipad for my birthday, so that’s been a fun new adventure in technology. And it’s almost the weekend.  Until then, the room pictured above with the record player and the led zepplin records will be my happy place.

Until next week, xo – shayna

Holiday Craft Fair Schedule!

This holiday season I’m only participating in two local Chicago craft fairs.  Here is my Holiday Craft Fair Schedule for Steel Petal Press!

DIY Trunk Show Chicago 2014

DIY Trunk Show
Saturday, November 22 – (that’s in less than two weeks!)
10am – 5pm
Broadway Armory Park
5917 North Broadway Street, Chicago
more details here:

find me at BOOTH #23 – which is right when you walk in.  This will be my 3rd year at the DIY trunk show. It’s a nice low key Saturday afternoon event. You still get all the quality of the Renegade Craft Fair, but without all the insane crowds.  I’m looking forward to it!

And then!

One of A Kind Show Chicago

One of a Kind Show
Thursday, December 4 – Sunday December 74 days of awesome
Thur, Dec 4, 11a-8p
Fri, Dec 5, 11a-8p
Sat, Dec 6, 10a-7p
Sun, Dec 7 , 10a-5p

find me at BOOTH #1020

The One of A Kind show charges admission, but you can get COMPLIMENTARY passes by clicking > HERE. <
more details on the show and 600+ One of a Kind Artists > HERE. <

I’m starting to get excited and a little nervous for the OOAK show! I’ve never done a show like this before.  It’s like Renegade Craft Fair in that it’s direct to customer sales, but it’s like the National Stationery Show in the way the booths are set up (with hard walls and furniture.) It’s close enough to both, but still will require a completely new set up, so I have been working on totally reimagining my space.  On top of that this is the longest direct to customer show I’ve done and I have no idea how much merchandise to bring to a FOUR DAY show!

I’ve been spending my time the last few weeks getting my inventory together, figuring out my booth set up, how to display everything and thinking about what furniture to bring. I’m getting closer, but there’s still lots of work to get done.

If you’re in the Chicago area, I would LOVE to see you this holiday season.  Please stop by and say HI!

DIY Letterpress Christmas and New Year Photo Cards

I had a lot of fun designing these DIY Letterpress Christmas and New Year Photo Cards. I provide the  card, and you provide the photo!

There is a space on the side to add your own wallet size family photo for a personalized touch.  These letterpress cards are a great way to send personalized cards without paying the high price for customization.

The cards are 5×7″ in size, and come in sets of 25 for $45 – They are available for purchase in my shop HERE and HERE.

Letterpress Christmas Photo Card Letterpress Happy New Year Holiday Photo Card

DIY Letterpress Christmas and New Year Photo Cards

Dumbarton House – Real Wedding

Real Wedding Dumbarton House

Working on invitations, I rarely get to attend the events of the couples I work for.  Because of this, it is always such a joy when I get to see the photos from my clients’ special days.

Mateya and Chris held a sophisticated event at The Dumbarton House in Washington DC and used the black and white STRIPES Wedding invitation from my letterpress wedding collection for their invitations.  The photos from the day are just gorgeous.

Photo credits – Elisha Maria Coleman at Love Life Images

Real Wedding Black and White Striped Invitations

Real Wedding Dumbarton House

Real Wedding Dumbarton House

Real Wedding Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House – Real Wedding