The Gifted Blog

November 18, 2009

A Gifted Christmas: Fugu Fugu Open House

As you already know, the holidays are the time of year when the average person is most likely to be thinking about gift wrapping. I started psyching myself out by trying to think of all the things I could write about to address the needs of potential readers. In a word, this was stressful!

So, I am scaling it down to a mini-series called "A Gifted Christmas". In it I'll be keeping track of my personal Christmas gift-wrapping preparations. I hope you'll join me along the way!

I finally got inspired to start this series after attending a holiday open house at Fugu Fugu Press. Fugu Fugu Press is a small letterpress company here in Pasadena. I saw them online some time ago, and was pleasantly surprised to learn their studio is within walking distance from our place!

I look longingly at their (shuttered) windows when I walk to the library and church, and I was excited to have the chance to take a peek at their studio and line of adorable cards! I had seen the holiday elves card (at the start of the post) online and had a few people in mind I wanted to get them for.

I could just post about the cards, but I got so many great pictures I thought I'd indulge in a little photo essay. Here's the view from the corner.

A canine shopkeeper.

One of the presses, backed by boxes of neatly organized cards.

Shoppers perusing the wares. There were two young siblings selecting birthday cards for friends. Sophisticated taste!

A shot of the card display.

Outdoor entertainment - very lively, this song!

The goodies I walked away with.

I felt like a kid in a candy store when I found a box of misprints selling for a buck each. These are some impeccable-looking misprints! The irresistible graphics on this one are making me think of ways to wrap a gift that would showcase, not hide, these little faces.

All in all, it was a nice experience to see Fugu Fugu in person, pick up some beautiful cards, and meet co-owner Shino (I believe Ken was playing the piano at the time). It's energizing to think of this quality, crafty business running just around the corner!

How are you feeling about the approach of Christmas? Have you done any early preparations?

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