Copper Foiled Letterpress Moscow Mule Prints

Copper Foil Moscow Mule Print

I finally went for it. I got my Moscow Mule typography design copper-foiled and letterpressed. They turned out gorgeous and I couldn't be happier. What helped me pull the trigger was my good friend Christian Kaysen (of Kaysen Photography) said he would love to do a styled shoot with them if I did. I figured if I was going to sell them, they were gonna need some awesome photos and Christian captured them perfectly. Plus we got to drink the cocktails out of copper mugs at the end which is always a plus. If you've never had a Moscow Mule out of a copper mug, you need to. Makes all the difference. 

You can purchase one of these lovelies in my shop or on Etsy. Get em in time for Christmas! Perfect to gift with a copper mug set for that Moscow Mule lover in your life. Or anyone who enjoys a good cocktail ;) 

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Cheers!

Baby • Lumberjack Birth Announcement

The first of our friends welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world! He is so precious and perfect, and we are so excited for his parents and whole family! I had the honor of creating the lumberjack themed baby shower invites a couple months ago and we used the same elements to create this birth announcement. It's a two-sided announcement featuring a full picture of Porter on one side, and then his name, birth info and a blank space on the other. I thought this blank space was such a great idea - not only does this serve as an announcement, but also as a thank you note from the parents to everyone who blessed them during the shower and during the pregnancy. Genius! 

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Cocktails • Moscow Mule

So, every once in awhile I get ideas, usually creative, when I'm falling asleep. Whatever this "idea" is, no matter what, seems pretty genius in the moment of my half-asleep state and I tell myself I must remember it in the morning when I wake up. I consider getting up to write it down, you know, just to make sure, but 90% of the time I'm just way too tired for that non-sense. And then I remind myself of the other 10% of the time when i did in fact wake up to write down my genius idea, just to result in laughing at myself in the morning for it being lame. Even though I was so sure it was brilliant. Sigh. 

Anywho, this was one of those half-asleep ideas - to do a cocktail series where I could design the recipe for classic cocktails using typography which I thought represented the drink best, and then make and drink them. Because, well, duh. Seems like such a waste to go through all the work of designing a recipe to not put it to use... 

Not sure how, "genius" this idea is, but it sure sounded like fun! Don't judge me. And if you are judging a little, then you are officially invited over when I make my next one. I mean it would be selfish to keep all this fun to myself.  

So here we are. I present the Moscow Mule. I wish I had a cute copper mug to display it in like it's supposed to be, but it's delicious just the same. Also, up next will be the delicious Old Fashioned! 


Ingredients: 

1 1/2 ounces Vodka 
A splash of lime juice
A splash of simple syrup 
4 ounces ginger beer 
Lime wedge for garnish 

Directions:

Pour the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

You get cool-points if you serve it in a copper mug. 



Magazine • Wonderfully Made in His Image

We just wrapped up the March/April issue of Worship Leader. Every time a magazine gets sent off to the presses there are always the feelings of relief, exhaustion, surprise, and also utter amazement. There are times when it feels like it's can't all possibly get done in time. But, time after time, God moves, we follow, the pieces fall into place one by one, and it in the end there is a finished product. One that we hope and pray God will use to transform the lives and mission of worship leaders around the world, who will engage with God and lead their congregations in authentic worship with our heavenly Father, and among each other. This is Vertical Horizontal Worship - the focus and theme of the March/April worship. 

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Vertical Horizontal Worship - you may be asking yourself "what does that even mean?" Well, in one of our featured articles by Tim Sheppard, he explains in the first paragraph, 

We are called to connect with God and to connect with people as we lead worship. The very title “worship leader” emphasizes both the vertical and horizontal dynamics of our role. We worship (vertically connect with God), and we also lead (horizontally connect with the congregation).

I think sometimes we think of worship as a private experience with God. Which it is, but we often forget it's also about our brothers and sisters around us. Worship is also a celebration of believers coming together as one body to worship our God together, and to serve and love one another outside of the musical portion of church.

Sheppard also says, "We are called as believers to build bridges by creating intersections for people to collide with God." Collide with God. Wow. 

So now that we understand what vertical horizontal worship is, I wanted to share a different article that focuses on understanding worship as a creative lifestyle, which spoke a bit more to me since I'm no worship leader nor having any musical talent whatsoever. 

This article written by songwriter and visual artist, Douglas Mann, talks about living with intention and says, 

We know and understand that we’re created in God’s image, but do we really believe that we are? What does that look like in each of our lives, and how does that play out and move forward? Implicitly, God is a creator, not a duplicator. So as our heavenly Father’s children, wonderfully made in his image, why would we not model this in our own lives by living an intentional yet creative lifestyle, which can’t be judged in a short time frame but rather becomes apparent over seasons of time?

I just really loved this - the reminder to live our lives with the true understanding and belief that we are created in God's image and to live out a creative lifestyle full of beauty, wonder, and awe. To live inspired and find joy and hope in all things and do it all with thankful hearts.

So, here's just a quick reminder to live fully. Appreciate God's blessings and beauty. Love one another and create like you are created in God's image!

About the cover: The above image is the cover for the March/April issue.  We thought it represented, as the verse says, the united body of Christ worshiping horizontally with one another, but also reaching vertically to God. The cross is also another strong symbol of vertical horizontal worship so we wanted to illustrate that with the typography.