I've had my letterpress for a while now, but it's only in the last few months that I've started to use photo polymer plates and it has changed everything!

Basically here's the way it goes: I design something on my computer then I email it to Concord Engraving - they make it into an adhesive backed plastic printing plate that can be used again and again, and they ship it the next day! 

No more collecting and sorting wood and metal type, getting creative with my text using only letters and fonts I have! And no more carving blocks! Storage is easier, clean up is easier, it's easy to register multiple colors, and it's affordable enough that I can try out all sorts of ideas and just print a few - reprinting later if the demand is there. 

I've been going WILD! It's gratifying! There are more challenges to come besides figuring out platemaking - but I'm psyched to figure out this one! 

Holiday Funtimes!


HOLIDAY HOURS are Tuesday-Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 12-5
all December (except xmas day)

This is the place to get small things!
Most of the merchandise at Ferdinand is under $10, and for the holidays I really focus on stocking stuffers and hostess gifts and small thoughtful presents you can give to friends to let them know you care and are thinking of them. 
This year I have gone bananas for pipe cleaners and have make a million ornaments. This might not sound like much but these are really special. Here are a few photos. Come see for yourself at Ferdinand!
Gluing googly eyes on things is a hilarious hobby I have here at Ferdinand, and I have become a connoisseur of eyeballs. There's tiny 3mm ones and sleepy eyelash ones, ones with realistic iris's (weird!) also cat eyes, bug eyes, cartoon eyes, owl eyes, and frog eyes. Eyes with every color google inside, different shapes... I dabble and buy all the novelty ones but my favorite are the classic googlies everybody knows and loves, and the sleepy eyelash ones!

Currently I am making tons of stocking stuffer googly eye plant journals. I've made a little hypnotic film showcasing them...




Halloween is my FAVORITE! Creativity spills out onto the street and everyone can participate! I do my best to gather funny, quality costumey vintage weirdness that is priced well so people can have fun dressing up. I love helping customers with whatever idea they have. 
Playing out all the themes and colors of Halloween is so fun. There are a number of skelletons, black cats, rats, witches, and bat cards, earrings and misc. Ferdinand is full of tricks and treats, googly eyes, creepy bugs, devils and a giant moon. 
Most shoppers don't really go as nuts about the season as I do, but it's fun to find out what people are dressing up as, and when people do get excited - it's the best time ever!


The big press move


In 2009 I bought a giant letterpress. Initially I had it moved into a studio space, and a year later, after reinforcing the floor of my shop and removing a wall - I had it moved again. Buying this press and getting it into Ferdinand are the best decisions I have ever made. 

The letterpress is beautiful! It was built in 1955 and I am the 3rd owner. It runs on 220 electricity and once it's going can produce a print a second. It took 8 people and a forklift to bring it into Ferdinand, and now it is here to stay! Luckily I have documentation in film by Bryan Bruchman. 

Candle making


I have had a few false starts with candles, but this fall I decided to see it through. Instantly, I acquired about 70 suitable containers. I started to research and experiment and now there are tea cup candles for sale at Ferdinand!

These are your basic soy wax candles. The soy beans are grown in the US, and the tea cups and juice glasses are vintage. The scents reminds me of a fancy french flower shop. I made gardenia, white tea and ginger and a blend that's more of a musk.