Monday, March 29, 2010

They're here!

New to the Emporium comes a selection of beautiful cards from Old School Stationers, located in Portland, Oregon. They are a small letterpress studio specializing in the production of handmade cards and wall prints. We really love the "Camping Circa 1960"s" line.
All cards measure 4 x 6" and are blank inside.

"True to our name, we prefer the organic beauty of hand-drawn lines to those created with a mouse and keyboard. Our cards are made one at a time using pencil, paper, ink and 900 pounds of cast iron. Each image is hand-drawn and color-separated by owner Brian Reed.
They are then printed on our old but still nimble 1917 model letterpress. Our thick letterpress paper comes from Milan, Italy where they have been pulping this style of sheet for
over 350 years.

Take a breath, have a cup of tea and write a letter by hand. Your soul will thank you and so will your friends!"

Friday, March 26, 2010


After the unexpected death of his father, Michael McQueen faced the daunting task of sorting through his father's papers and belongings. At the bottom of a desk drawer Michael found a well-worn notebook, a gift he'd given his father the previous year. He had hoped but never really expected that his father would use the questions to write about his life. When Michael opened the book, he discovered pages filled with his father's handwriting. Stories, advice, memories that had never come up in family conversation filled page after page it was truly the gift of a lifetime. From this experience, Memento was born. A beautiful gift across the generations, this incredible journal is meant for someone you love. The simple, thought-provoking questions will coax the life stories from loved ones and become a keepsake to be cherished for generations to come.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ursa the Bear

Designer: David Weeks

Dimensions: 5.5 x 10 x 4.5 inches

Ursa's powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and her elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make her almost impervious to breakage. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play. Made from sustainably harvested beech wood.


Fixed gear cycling has become the coolest form of urban transport, giving rise to a global fixed gear culture.

Fixed is the first book to document fixed gear cycling. The authors traveled to cities around the world to examine the fixed gear bike's design, its racing heritage, and the street style and customization that are at the heart of its current popularity.

Interviews with sports people, frame builders, and those at the nexus of design, art, and fixed gear culture give an insight into the fixed wheel design, philosophy, and riding experience. The book will appeal to cyclists, fixed gear riders, urban riders, racers, and those interested in cycling heritage - as well as to a wider design audience.

Creepy Cute Crochet

This unique craft book contains more than 25 patterns for zombies, ninjas, Vikings, vampires, aliens, robots, and even Death himself. Each easy-to-follow pattern is presented with step-by-step diagrams, hilarious commentary, and full-color photographs of the creatures in their natural environments. The patterns are ranked according to difficulty so that even beginners can share in the fun.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

dr. strangely strange - heavy petting

This is the second of two releases by this unique irish folk rock band. this lp has a nice wildness about it. it is loose and fun with some great songwriting and great electric guitar work. (which is mostly lacking on the straight ahead folk of kip of the serenes) not to be missed ! original first pressing on spiral vertigo now in store !

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Magical Menagerie

by Junzo Terada
Build a magical menagerie with these 20 different animal sculptures. Simply pop out the pieces and fit the matching slots together - no scissors or glue needed! These adorable creatures come in a keepsake box complete with envelopes for storage purposes or mailing to friends. Perfect for playing or displaying on your desk or in the nursery, these animal friends will brighten any day.
Junzo Terada is an artist who has illustrated a wide range of products including stationery, fabric, toys, and more. He lives in Osaka, Japan.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Betsy and Iya

Betsy Cross, a Portland-based jewelry designer working under the label Betsy & Iya, creates boldly of-the-moment necklaces and earrings using repurposed vintage materials. She handmakes each item—from small details such as her signature earring hooks, hand-formed from sterling silver, to her custom-cast dog tags.
Large, quirky charms and swooping chains characterize much of Cross' designs for a striking yet indubitably feminine effect, while items like the "If" Morse Code Necklace work for a more gender-neutral look.
Featured on Cool Hunting in January 2010 we will be welcoming the Betsy and Iya line of jewelry to the Emporium... with new pieces to arrive within the next week or two. Keep watching!