Black tie affair

This tie by Hector Serrano Studio would be the perfect accessory for the typewriter and letraset soirée. { via Fancy Schmancy }


Type it up, rub it down

What do you need for an excellent New Year's eve? A typewriter and some letraset! That's my kind of party. { Ladies & Gentlemen's guest contribution to Poppytalk. }

Year-end spur-of-the-moment sale

Hi Everyone! I'm back in UPPERCASE, doing some year-end errands. If you're in the Art Central neighbourhood today, the shop is open and everything is 25% off today only! Wrapping paper, calendars and daytimers are 50% (excluding the handmade daytimers by Veekee). I'm here until 3pm.

Happy Holidays

UPPERCASE is open one more day (December 23 from 10am - 5pm) before taking a break. The store and online shop will reopen on January 5. Posts to the UPPERCASE journal will resume after Christmas for a year-end wrap up, so for now I'll leave you with this vintage Christmas card produced by a typewriter-loving photographer and his family back in the 60s. Merry Christmas!

Seasonal Greetings

Mike and Renata have made a sweet animated Christmas greeting.

UPPERCASE opens at 1pm today!

Just a friendly reminder to our local customers that UPPERCASE will be opening late this Sunday (1-4pm) as I will be attending Janine and Glen's holiday Dim Sum. Good fortune and taste!

For those of you who, like myself, are new to this Chinese culinary tradition, I learned from the source where I found the neon signage above, that Dim Sum translates as 'touch the heart' - a lovely sentiment for a lovely feast.

Happy Holidays everyone. UPPERCASE wishes you good food, friends and family wherever you are. Thanks for all the support you have given us throughout the past year. I am personally grateful to be part of the UPPERCASE community.

To view more 'fortunate fox' images like the one above, click here.

Bowie & Bing

For me, the only thing possibly cooler than UPPERCASE books being on Magma shelves this Christmas is David Bowie & Bing Crosby's classic holiday duet. Cheers to UK collaborations with 'Old School' style! And a big thank-you to Magma books in London. Can't wait to visit.

Overflowing with love: Magma!

Magma is a trio of design bookshops on London's Clerkenwell Road, Covent Garden and an outlet in Manchester. They have an extensive library of books in their online shop; their selection is top notch. Four years ago, when I was conceptualizing UPPERCASE, I would look at pictures of Magma as inspiration for my own bookstore and design space. They are inspiring not only in shop design, but their philosophy of bookselling is also admirable.

The Magma approach to shopkeeping is to create and nurture an interactive community: "We think that there is something extremely rich and dynamic in the notion that people, all kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds, are walking through our doors on a daily basis, looking for something, not always sure as to what they are looking for. More often than not, these people are more knowledgeable with regards to their areas of interest than we are, or could ever hope to be. And this keeps us going. A shop feeds on feedback. It thrives on people's responses, on their enthusiasm and their frustration, on their ideas of what is good or bad, on what they buy and what they don't buy. A shop is unthinkable without that highly stimulating flow, individuals walking in with their ideas, with their more or less intense curiosity, their various personal concerns, their quirks, their calm or manic energy, their unique point of view."

Deidre and I are thrilled that Magma will be carrying UPPERCASE's publishing efforts. Old School, Work/Life, The Shatner Show as well as a selection of Eclectonotes have crossed the pond, arriving just in time for the final days of Christmas-shopping frenzy.

To have our books recognized by Magma is the best Christmas gift we could receive as an independent publisher. Thank you, Magma.

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Last Weekend for Mirror & Button-Making!

Just a friendly reminder to all you crafty locals: This Sunday is the last chance to come down to UPPERCASE (1-4pm) and make personalized buttons and/or mirrors in time for Christmas. (Please note that UPPERCASE will open at 1pm this Sunday rather than the usual noon. We're going for dim sum!)

A hearty thanks to all those who have made my Sundays special throughout the month of December (especially hope that Ben reads this!). It is a joy to see people putting genuine care and creativity into their holiday gifting. And a big thanks to Janine for generously sharing her tools of the trade with me and the public at large.

Crafty Trees

A black and white tree project at Bloesem, via Paper Crave.


Surface design

Fern Living wallpaper and Snow & Graham's signature wrapping paper via Kasaa.


Graphic Contrast

The beauty of snow-covered trees in winter. { 1. 2. 3. }

Graphic Inspiration

Graphic lines, shapes and patterns: just a small sampling of the inspiration to be found in My Vintage Vogue.

Paper Dress

Perhaps for a fantastical Christmas party? Jolis Paons


Heather Smith Jones

Heather Smith Jones has letterpressed some simple and beautiful cards, available on Etsy.


The cabin in my mind

Wintry escapism. { Scan of Long Lake and Indian Peaks, an old postcard printed in Dublin from my "archives" aka piles of stuff. }

Vintage Christmas

'Tis the season for sentimentality and fond memories of Christmasses past... Everyone gathered happily together, feasting on food and kinship (no matter if those remembrances are true, imagined, or manufactured by the media or local mall). There's a lovely set of Merry Xmases gone by in Froggyboggler's photoset (images above). The sweet black and white snapshots in the set make it more personal.

These images above are from the Vintage Christmas Flickr pool. { I'm dreaming of a white Christmas and Squirelly Girls } And a few from my own collection, below, that I've made into mirrors and buttons this season.


A Different Kind of 'Snow Show'

Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen," originally published in 1845, (Edmund Dulac illustrations above) offers a decidedly darker perspective on the science of snow than the celebratory, chef-inspired one depicted in Carolyn Fisher's contemporary work. If you haven't read Anderson's classic fairytale, I highly recommend it for all ages. Although beware the 'terrible snowflakes.'

And don't miss out on "The Snow Show" folks! The gallery is decked out in enchanting paper snowflakes and Carolyn has been generous enough to allow us to display her sketches, storyboards, draft notes and various other pieces of creative process vital to making an illustrated children's book. It's an ideal outing for all ages, creative types and people who just want to escape the real cold weather for a little make-believe.

*We have a select number of Carolyn's signed books still available for purchase. You can call the gallery if you would like one set aside to give to a special little someone. I am delighted to be giving the book to my 5 year old nephew Nicolas who loves science and snow and I know will will be amazed by Carolyn's outstanding blend of information and imagination.

Give the gift of books - they never go out of style!


Stocking Stuffers

Come in out of the cold and find some fabulous UPPERCASE stocking stuffers.

Designer Christmas Wrap

Janine designed her own elegant line of holiday wrap and a stylish, typographically-inspired set of season's greeting cards. To see the full UPPERCASE line of Christmas products, come down to the shop for a visit (we have candy canes & other sweets!) or click on the following link. UPDATE: Thanks, How Magazine, for the mention!