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January 12, 2011

Happy New Year!  2011 is off to an auspicious start for Igloo Letterpress.

Hot off the press!  Igloo is featured in three magazines this month!  First we received a notice in Ohio Magazine‘s Best of the Best Hometowns article.  Country Living included Igloo in a notice of letterpress shops where you can make your own valentines (info in blog post to follow).  What an honor to be in such good company and we are pleased to see Sharon McMullen’s valentine selected as the photo for the Country Living piece.  You can buy one for your valentine in our Etsy shop.  (

Finally, we did an article for Stationery Trends magazine discussing the evolution of our bookbinding kits.  This trade publication is mailed to retailers.  We hope that it inspires more bookbinding projects for adults and kids!

I am a little behind on our blog posts, so you will be hearing from Igloo several times over the next few days.  I hope we get a chance to catch up in person as well!


Custom Stationery for the Holidays

November 30, 2010

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This is shaping up to be another busy week at Igloo Letterpress!  Thursday evening we will be participating in Old Worthington’s Illuminating Shopping event from 6-9.  Stop in to pick up your holiday cards and gifts.  We will be taking orders for custom stationery for yourself and the lucky folks on your list.

Here is a little more info on this special event:

We are then taking our custom letterpress studio on a road trip to the Ohio State Fairgrounds this weekend for WinterFair.  You will find Igloo listed under my name, ALLISON CHAPMAN in the directory.

WinterFair runs Friday and Saturday 10-8 and Sunday noon-5.  We will be printing custom stationery as you shop!  A set of 10 cards = $18, 20 cards = $25.

For more info about this great craft fair please visit:

And of course, we will have our fantastic selection of holiday and everyday cards.  If you stop by the booth, I can give you a sneak peek of the Valentine that will be featured in a major print publication this February.

From our Igloo to yours, may your holidays be merry and bright!


Santa visits Worthington

November 28, 2010

It is looking like a beautiful day in Worthington today. The downtown shops are decorated with garland and the big tree at 161 and High St. has been decorated with ornaments.

Be sure to stop by!
Here are details about today’s events.

Noon to 5:00
Igloo Letterpress and our downtown shop neighbors will be open to welcome you and your family today.

A “Cinderella” carriage will be giving rides.

Santa will pose for photos at the Worthington Inn on the beautiful sleigh.

You may print your own card at Igloo ($6 each design, $2 per extra copy)

Join Santa for the tree lighting ceremony to sing your favorite carols.

This was such a special day last year. My daughter talked about it the whole year! I hope that you can stop by with your friends and family.

Igloo Letterpress Bazaar – This Saturday!!

September 23, 2010

Celebrate Igloo’s anniversary this Saturday from 9:30 – 4:30.  We live in Ohio

The store is stocked and ready for your shopping pleasure.  Get a free card with every $20 Igloo purchase!  We have also put together some fantastic $5 and $10 mystery bags.

The Igloo lot will be filled with great local vendors:  Alison Rose Tees, Anne Holman Jewelry Design, Bethany Lesko, Flamestitch, Just A Jar Design Press, Kenyon Review, Little Alouette, Periodisa, Poshta Design, Made by AmyD, SKBG Photography, Suzy Ultman, and Wild Goose Creative. Glad Annie’s Old World Baklava, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Lucky Ladle, and Pattycake Bakery will sell refreshments.

Free letterpress and bookbinding demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Get on press by printing your own pennant using Igloo’s collection of antique wood type. A great activity for kids and adults alike!

Each layout is $3.50 with additional copies $1.  Each pennant perches atop an Igloo pencil.

(Ava did not hesitate when selecting her favorite!)

In addition to the Igloo Bazaar, Old Worthington will be hosting Market Day with over 200 vendors lining High St.  You can park at the the High School on 161 and ride the shuttle right over.  So much crafty goodness!

See you this weekend!

p.s.  I will be running free shipping through Halloween for Igloo fans who can’t visit the shop in person.  xoxo

Igloo Letterpress Supports Design Education

September 8, 2010

You may have noticed a few Twitter and Facebook posts about the Mohawk Paper Design Ignites Change project.  Igloo was happy to take part in this fundraising project to raise grant money to support design education.

Here is a little more info about the project:

Feedback Loop: Notebook Project
100% of the purchase price of these notebooks will directly support Design Ignites Change which gives youth in underserved communities a real-world experience using design thinking to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential and take action in their own lives. « Mohawk Papers is excited to work with Design Ignites Change and their youth mentoring initiative School: by Design which asks high school students – in collaboration with their college or professional design mentors – to “redesign your school.” If you would like to organize an easy-to-implement School: by Design mentoring program for a high school in your community visit the Design Ignites Change website:

Those teen years are so important to continue developing critical thinking skills.  Heck – we all need encouragement to find our voice and share what we are thinking about with others.  So, take a moment to pick up these great notebooks – just $15 each!!

Igloo’s notebooks feature Jeremy Slagle’s tangled cycle pattern letterpress printed in pewter ink on a light grey paper.  Blank white text pages are hand-sewn using yellow thread with an exposed stitch.

Gearing Up For Fall!

August 23, 2010

It is hard to believe, but the little Chapmans are heading back to daycare and school this week.  Although I have loved the extra time with them over the Summer, I am so ready for a regular schedule in the studio!  I am sure that there are other parents who can relate to the anticipation I feel.  New projects, new school supplies and new routines.

One of our family goals has been to reduce the use of our car over the last year.   My husband often bikes to work and I made it through most of last Winter with a kindergartener on a trail-behind bike.  We are glad that Adam is older and more excited about joining us.  He really hated being in the trailer and his old daycare was just a little too far to bike.

So, after Adam’s nap we loaded the bike rack and headed to Highbanks Park to practice riding on “mama’s bike”.  Success!

We have taken our Xtracycle FreeRadical kit off John’s bike so that I can ride with both kids around town.  I will also be practicing carrying cases of paper back from the store.   woo hoo!

Here is a link to the Xtracycle site ( we have been super happy with the kit on both of our bikes.  And of course, thanks to John for taking apart his bike and sharing it with us.  🙂

A few type cases and cabinets for sale

June 29, 2010

Last week we acquired a super fantastic amazing collection of wood type. That means that other type has to leave. We also have a lot of empty type cases and 2 type cabinets for sale.

The type is mostly pied (jumbled) so buyer beware. You have a fair amount of sorting in your future. Mostly California Job Cases with a few 3/4 Cases thrown in for good measure.

Also for sale, a standing height industrial desk, 3 chairs and a 10 foot wood shelf (two 5 ft sections that have biscuit joinery).

So, give me a call or stop by and make an offer. Show me a picture of your type in coffee cans and I’ll cut you a deal.


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