Thursday, May 17, 2012

Print Print Print!

We've been buried in fun fabric jobs here at Reuse First HQ! This past month we worked together with a fantastic couple who collected vintage handkerchiefs and sought us out to print their wedding invitations on them. The couple worked with Jeshurun Webb to design them. It took some configuring and thankfully we had printed a handful of t-shirt and fabric jobs to warm us up and get used to working with the new press and flash cure unit. Have a look see at the end result, we were quite pleased!

 We've also been working closely with Hemlock Records to print t-shirts and other promo materials for Orange Drink's newly released album, Minotaur.

Split fountain t-shirt print!
Fresh off the press

Another exciting print project we had the fortune to work on was Let's Be Friends circus punk plushies and tags! Stitched and designed by the lovely Felicia Koloc. We love these little guys!

Photo by Felicia Koloc

Monday, April 23, 2012

Where Have the First Four Months Gone?!

Is it really almost May?! Eek! We've been keepin' busy here at Reuse First HQ. We've printed a handful of posters, done a complete redesign for Ipsento, participated in the Bloomington Handmade Market and printed/designed lots of wedding invites! We've also started printing tote bags, t-shirts and fabrics. We don't have too many big summer plans as of yet, a few local/midwest shows and lots more printing! We are working on creating a wholesale wedding invite book for Inkling, and trying to get things together enough so we can finally take our honeymoon! Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to! As always, more to come!

The new Ipsento Bags! We'll soon have photos of each new design!
Gabi & Manuel's Wedding invites! Custom portrait by Jana Kinsman.
Bloomington Handmade Market 2012
Working on our garden plans for 2012
Jeremiah working hard to eliminate our morning glory problem!

Friday, February 3, 2012

New Year + New Goods

We've had a great start to the new year! We've picked up a few new clients, made a couple new greeting cards, got some new equipment and started working on several wedding invitations/save the dates! We're looking forward to an exciting and productive year!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

'Tis the Season to Shop Local!

There's a chill in the air and I can almost smell the turkeys and tofurkeys cooking! With black Friday just around the corner we feel compelled to encourage folks to support their communities by shopping for local, handmade wares. Box stores might have all the deals in town, but let's take a step back and remember that when we support our local craftsmen and craftswomen we put our money back into the community.  Alright, alright, I'll step off my soap box! :) Here's a quick list of Chicago based artists you should check out for some fantastic gift ideas!

Allie's Minis 
Invisible Jet Publishing
Laura George
Letterform's Nourishing Notes
Marlingsworth Marley's Munchable Morsels
Orange Beautiful
Paper Parasol Press
Paper Tiger Cards & Friends
Reuse First
Rar Rar Press
Simply Keen
Steff Bomb
Wonder Wheel

In other news, we traveled to Pittsburgh for the Handmade Arcade show (which was amazingly wonderful, we can't wait to visit again soon!!) and are currently in Atlanta for the Indie Craft Experience show. We'll get next weekend off and then we will be at Chicago's Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market and the following weekend we'll be back on the road again and headed to Chattanooga's Chatty Crafty! Come say hello!!

Since we're on the road and don't have the means to post up pretty new photos to appease your hungry eyes, we leave you with this parting image. cheers!!

Is this how we'll feel when the craft fair season is over?!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 Chicago Renegade

A big thanks to all those who came out to show their support last weekend! It was a perfect day for the fair and lots of friendly faces popped into our booth. This year we had a few new items that turned out to be red hot sellers! We were amazed at the positive response to our hand poured soy candles and plants in our hand cut liquor bottles. We've applied to the Renegade Holiday Fair here in Chicago and if we get in you better believe there will be a booth chock full of yummy scented candles and soothing succulents in liquor bottles!

Here are a few photos of our new products and some booth shots!

Lovely little aloe vera plant.

The evil Bunny Ear Cactus! Beware of its spines!!

Rainy Day Savings Jug

Before and after shot at the beginning and end of day 1
We went home and made a couple dozen more over night!
Our motto, "Sleep is for the weak!"

The right side of our booth.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Play a Game!

We here at Reuse First LOVE Stanley's Fruit and Vegetable Market. We buy all of our produce from them weekly. They offer a bountiful variety of produce, local breads, spices and more. Our last visit to Stanley's filled our little fridge completely and has kept our bellies quite full and happy. We'd like to play a little guessing game with our readers! Just as they do in The Price is Right, we'd like you to guess how much our bounty of produce cost. The closet guess without going over will win their choice of a free greeting card from Reuse First! Comment with your best guess!

We <3 Stanley's!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Reuse First's Wedding Invites

Seeing as how we make cards candles and books regularly, it was the natural choice to make our own save the dates, invitations, thanks you's and favors for our wedding. It was important that we upheld our Reuse First values to show our friends and family our dedication to being creative with discarded materials. Designing the invitations was definitely a challenge, we had two separate receptions as well as chair cards for immediate family members. We had to create a coded check list in order to keep track of the replies. As far as the bicycle  and flash mob theme goes, we should probably explain! The two of us met over bicycles twice, randomly on the street. The second meeting was at a midnight bike ride through downtown Chicago. Bikes have always been a part of our relationship. Jeremiah's proposal even took place during the monthly Critical Mass bike ride. We originally joked about doing a flash mob ceremony, but as we explored other options, the flash mob stuck out as the most fun and well, affordable! There was no synchronized dancing, we just told everybody to show up at the same place and same time and to disperse quickly.

All that being said, here are the save the date, invite, thank you, and favor photos.

Hand poured soy candles in assorted reused jars with scrap wrapping paper wraps.
Photo by Clarissa Bonnet of I Luv Photo
Hand silkscreened jotter with custom wrap.

We do custom jobs for any occasion! We love when people have an idea and we can actualize it! Contact us at reusefirst{at}gmail{dot}com