How adorable is this sweet animation for Hello, Mr. Dodo by our own Nicholas John Frith?? We were delighted to find out that Nicholas has a brand new website for his art work, picture books and more (jacket covers!!), which features this animation, plus more coming soon for Hector and Hummingbird and A Werewolf Named Oliver James. Make sure to head over to his new website, nicholasjohnfrith.com!
Nicholas’s designs are some of our favorite to photograph because the colors pop gloriously, and each tell a story with just a glance. Here are a few from our archives that we were happy to revisit:
Psssst…we have one more thing. We spent all day at press today and couldn’t resist showing you a few of our action shots. Check out this sneak peak of some upcoming die-cuts and other new releases! Woo! We can’t wait to show you more…
It’s been a minute since we talked up a few of our favorite shops, so this week we are focusing on four Shops We Love two from the East Coast and two from the West. Scroll down to learn more about some of the most innovative, creative, and stylish brick-and-mortars around–and they just so happen to carry Red Cap Cards!
Shorthand is a Los Angeles-based, gem of a stationery store. Owned and operated by the founders and amazingly talented designers at Iron Curtain Press, the shop’s mission is “to feature simple and beautiful desk and office supplies; from inexpensive to luxury, from the serious craftsperson to the youngest artist.” (Sidenote: here’s a fun story about them from their Seattle days, by our own Andie Powers in Uppercase Magazine!) Bonus: you’re in luck if you aren’t local–they have an online shop. Enjoy!
This family is one of the hippest on the block! Another Los Angeles-based treasure, The Reckless Unicorn is a magical place for the coolest kids and the coolest parents. Annie Segal and Derek Reckley opened the space because they “saw a big need for a one stop shop for all the families in and around the area. Together, they wanted to sprinkle a little unicorn love through out their community.” From clothes to toys to awesome books–this place is fabulously enchanting. We are IN!
Happen to be in or near Charlottesville, Virginia? Well you’re in luck. Stationer and gift shop, Rock Paper Scissors, should most definitely be on your star map. This community staple (pun intended) has been bringing the joy of fine paper and desk accessories since 2002. Plus, those window installations–to die for! Those are just folded envelopes! Stop by for the chicest in office accoutrement and more.
A boutique named after two dogs is obviously going to be amazing. Gus, the Brussels Griffon and Ruby the lab/hound mix are the namesakes for these two shops–Gus & Ruby Letterpress–located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. The owners, Samantha and Whitney, met while working for a small advertising firm, and decided to follow their dreams right into a letterpress studio. We love these kinds of stories! Portsmouth is a diamond in its own right. You’ll find their New Hampshire shop nestled between designer clothing boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and inspired art galleries.
Arlo has missed you! We’re back with a brand new edition of Arlo’s Book Club, and we can’t wait to connect with your tiny readers as they learn about and examine their surroundings through the written and visual word. In light of the recent political and social climate, we wanted to spread some love to the people around us. Times are tumultuous–peace and mindfulness has been at the forefront of our thoughts, and feeding those we love is important. Who are we and what is our purpose? How can we spread love to all that we come into contact with on a daily basis? Mindfulness starts with a seed. A favor. A compliment. A picture book. We picked several of our favorites to promote mindfulness in our tiny successors. Sponges. Bright lights. Enjoy:
“I breathe slowly in,
I breathe slowly out. My breath
is a river of peace.
I am here in the world.
Each moment I can breathe and be.”
Nothing connects us more strongly than the bond we have with nature. Our earth is our home, and through it, we may see others’ experiences and joys. Breathe and Be is a collection of poems by Kate Coombs with illustration by our own Anna Emilia Laitinen, that lends an ear to the quiet nature that goes on around our bustling lives and conflicts. A beautiful reminder of where we fit on the planet.
Singing Away the Dark
by Caroline Woodward, with pictures by Julie Morstad
Simply Read Books, 2017
Not just a simple picture book about a frightened girl walking home from her school bus–Singing Away the Dark unwittingly captures an undercurrent in today’s society about fear, consequence, and light at the end of the tunnel. This is a gorgeous work of art that offers quiet solace to a long walk toward more joyful times.
They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel
Chronicle Books, 2017
What do others see? What do they feel? Who would I be if I walked a mile in someone else’s shoes? They All Saw a Cat offers picturesque perspectives of what a wide variety of characters view when they see a cat. This is a beautiful book that offers the first existential explanation of “the other’s gaze.” Let us all seek to understand what others see and what they feel.
You Belong Here
by William M. H. Clark, Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Compendium Inc., 2016
“And you belong where you love to be,
and after each day is through,
you will always belong right next to me
and I’ll belong to you.”
We have a soft spot in our heart for this one, as our own Red Cap artist, Jill Labieniec, served as art director along with Heidi Dyer. This beautiful narrative shows us the different home environments of mammals and birds and fish and humans. The different places that we “fit” on earth and amongst each other. A beautiful reminder that we are but a piece of a magnificent, ever-moving puzzle.
Horton Hears a Who
by Dr. Seuss
Random House., 1954
Quite possibly the poster boy for mindfulness, kindness, and respect, Horton Hears a Who follows an elephant who stumbles upon an entire town that lives on a simple speck of dust. The story follows the existential realizations of the elephant and of the town, as they learn about what makes a person a person, and what equality truly means. A brilliant, encompassing picture book for every reader, young and old.
First thing’s first: we received a special treat this week, with an amazing birthday party surprise involving some of our favorite wrapping paper designs. Photographer and language & literacy champion and blogger, Michelle of Avery & Augustine, threw a fantastic birthday party with a few of our wrapping sheets as the guests of honor. She made us a few faux invitations with a blog-able address and phone number (ten points each if you can guess the books where they both originated) for her bookish birthday party and book drive. Check out that duplexed invite with Christian Robinson’s “Candles” wrap on the back! Wooo! Plus, a copy of Kelly Dipucchio and Christian Robinson’s latest installment of the Gaston series, Antoinette. We are so inspired by this creative suite! Check out more of Avery & Augustine’s bright ideas and photos over on her blog or Instagram. Thank you, Michelle!
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and cozy up to freshen up your creativity with some of the color inspiration we are obsessing over lately. Color palette inspiration at it’s best: from the rich browns, to the deep purples, the dusty browns and sultry shadows, we are putting together a lovely collection of work to get our juices flowing. What color palettes are motivating you this winter? Take a look below at some of ours and enjoy!
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and check out these color palettes that we’ve been obsessing over. The sultry shadows, the deep purples and the sweet chartreuse. Ooh, lala we are loving it. What colors are getting you inspired as of late?
“The black ink is the blood of my work. It gives my pieces life. They become so alive…you could almost hear a heart beat.” –Marsha Robinson
We are beyond thrilled to finally have Marsha Robinson‘s beautiful and intricate botanical abstracts as a part of our Red Cap collection. Marsha lives and works in Denver, Colorado, where she has created an art portfolio that spans beyond the page into tactile forms, such as wall hangings, textiles, apparel and glassware. Her work is reminiscent of an other-wordly, botanical art-deco era, and it makes us think that Frank Lloyd Wright would most definitely be taken with it.
We thought we would show off a bit more of her work, as well as some wonderful written profiles she has had recently, as a little twist on our usual Artist Spotlight interview. Check out the cover of this month’s Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine (below), plus a few quotes from fabulous sources that tell a bit more about Marsha’s art story. Enjoy! We love you, Marsha!
“When Strange Dirt’s Marsha Robinson discovered a box of gouache paints her mom had kept under a bed, the Denver artist had no idea it would be the key to her creative destiny. Robinson was interested in art throughout high school but knew art school was out of the question because it was too expensive. Instead, she opted to dive into administrative work but something kept telling her it wasn’t the road she was meant to take. ‘I was moving away from home with my first love and my mom gifted me the box of paints. I was surprised she had kept it but there was a reason for it and I’m so grateful she did. I had an itch to pick up the paintbrush and see where my hands wanted to take me. So I opened up that box and the rest is history,’ Robinson said. Using gouache, an opaque water color, would lead her up to using ink, her main medium today. Even after dabbling in art shows at local venues and selling pieces, Robinson felt her work still needed a stronger focus. Frustrated with working in the food industry, she took the leap and decided to pursue art full-time.” – 303 Magazine
“The finely inked botanical drawings and textiles of Denver artist Marsha Robinson, aka Strange Dirt, seem suspended in a time warp, inspired by science and symmetry and maybe a touch of William Morris, yet they belong to no real period of art history. Distinctly personal, Robinson’s works are clearly the product of a decorative inner vision, beautiful and elegantly contemporary.” – Susan Froyd, Westword
“The botanical world fascinated me–I think of it as the ultimate example of true, natural beauty.” -Marsha, via Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine
“When I moved to Denver I tried to live in collective houses and met a lot of people who were anarchists. I saw a lot of patches on hats, denim jackets and backpacks and they all meant something very important to the people carrying them, and they were so dirty and so loved. I wanted [these] patches to have a life and last longer than a year. I wanted my work on garments but I didn’t want to find a t-shirt I created in a thrift store because of fashion trends changing with seasons. I want for people to hold on to the patches as long as they could.” -Marsha Robinson, via 303 Magazine
“My mission as an artist is simple–to spread beauty.” -Marsha Robinson, via Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine
We are so excited to finally celebrate the release of our brand new gift bag collection, plus the release of twenty-five new greeting card designs by artists, Michelle Morin and Marsha Robinson. Also, we are happy to introduce two exclusive gift bag designs by artist and author, Emily Winfield Martin. These are some absolute stunners that we have been dying to show off to you folks!
Our new gift bag collection features illustrations by Kelsey Garrity Riley, Carolyn Gavin, Bodil Jane, Jon Klassen, Danielle Kroll, Anna Emilia Laitinen, Kate Pugsley, Christian Robinson, and newcomers Emily Winfield Martin and Michelle Morin. They are constructed with luxurious heavy-weight paper, and cotton rope. They are available for preorder now and will ship in March!
We are also excited to introduce our new artists to the fold (pun intended!). Welcome, Michelle and Marsha, whose new designs add two unique perspectives to our Red Cap collection! View their entire collections here, and here, and view a small selection below, along with more information about them. We are so proud and excited to have them in our midst, and excited to share their work with a new audience.
Michelle Morin is an artist who lives and works on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She studied painting and art history at Massachusetts College of Art. Michelle has worked for many years in the horticultural field cultivating a true relationship with plants, wildlife, and their distinctive habitats.
With many years designing and maintaining gardens, Michelle has narrowed her primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. She works to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions on paper to vast and more layered paintings on canvas. Through her travels she continues to seek out inspiration from the natural world while honing in on the unique details that define each place.
Marsha Robinson is an artist and designer based out of Denver, CO. Self taught and disciplined, Marsha’s work is highly distinctive with a unique flare of grace and symmetry. She creates a world full of elegant botanical imagery embraced by strikingly bold designs that reflect the nostalgia of the Art Deco Era. She creates compositions that combine both the masculine and feminine elements of design which allows her work to have fluidity while still maintaining order and structure. Her hand drawn ink & pen illustrations extend beyond the paper and find their way on various mediums in the multifaceted world of design. Marsha is constantly evolving as an artist and with every piece of work comes new transformation.
I asked Carrie what she would like for Valentine’s Day, and with her answer, I was privy to a stream of consciousness that detailed the most perfect date (or day, even) that anyone could ever dream of. We thought we might juxtapose each of our parfait Saint Valentin for your reading and viewing pleasure! What might you request on your perfect date? Here’s Carrie:
A handwritten note…
Followed by some to-die-for Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate from Compartés Chocolatier. Mind the couch!
Hal remembers two gifts he forgot were in his pocket all along. A beautiful rose gold and ruby pendant from Spinelli Kilcollin and a full bouquet of stunning roses from Yasmine Floral Design. How could he forget?
We awake in the morning to hot coffee and a splendid sunrise in Joshua Tree
My goodness, I can’t beat that. Though slightly less fantastic, my date is very much tailored to my homebody-ness. Here goes…my perfect Valentine’s Day:
The date starts out with hand-drawn scavenger hunt inside one of my favorite Red Cap Cards, to find the perfect gift: a vintage copy of Sugar, by Nancy Sinatra, a beautiful Black Diamond Pera Ring from Of a Kind, and a four-box of Sofia Coppola’s pink champagne. (That whole case is for me, by the way).
Dinner is at In-N-Out Burger (they moved to Seattle specifically for me), which has magically become gluten AND dairy free overnight, so I order one of everything.
While we are eating at the outdoor tables, Paul Rudd walks by and comments to my husband about how witty and attractive I am. Move it along, Paul, I’m spoken for! Go be ADORABLE somewhere else.
Then, we are back at home to watch one of my favorite movies in bed, snuggled with truffled popcorn and a housekeeper scheduled to come and vacuum up the crumbs in the morning.
Now it’s your turn–what does your ideal Valentine’s Day look like?
Hey there, cupcake! Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for us to keep the love flowing, so we thought we’d bring you ten of our favorite fun factoids about l’amour to get you ramped up and ready for February 14th. Read on to learn more about love than the fact that it really is all you need. How many of these do you know?
- Animals that mate for life:
- barn owls
- bald eagles
- golden eagles
- Gibbon apes
- brolga cranes
- French angel fish
- sandhill cranes
- red-tailed hawks
- prairie voles
- black vultures
2. The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.
3. Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.
4. “Light My Fire” by the Doors was the number 1 Billboard single in 1967 for three weeks, when it was succeeded by “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.
5. Genie’s Rule Number 2 from Disney’s Aladdin is that he can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else–you little punim there!
6. Roses are a traditional symbol of different types of love, depending on their color:
- Red roses: passion and true love
- Light pink: desire, passion and energy
- Dark pink: gratitude
- Yellow roses: friendship or jealousy
- White roses: virtue or devotion
- Lavender or thornless rose: love at first sight
7. Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
8. Allegedly, Robert Smith of The Cure was inspired to write “The Love Cats” after reading the novel, The Vivisector by Patrick White, which details the demise of a love triangle, infidelity, and a sack of stray cats.
9. Cleopatra once swallowed a pearl that was submerged in a cocktail to settle a bet with her lover, Marc Anthony, about her power and wealth.
10. Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. (Newscientist.com)
Sources: Factretriever.com, Wikipedia.com, and Petful.com
What inspires you? Lights your soul? Gives your imagination flight? Breathes passion into the day? Here at Red Cap, the answer to those questions has one answer: talent. Beautiful, unfiltered, human talent. We admit that we have fallen down what we like to call the Instagram Rabbit Hole: a trip that may last for hours and hours as we comb through inspirational photos of all types of work in all mediums and manifestations.
Today, we grouped a few that we are really loving as of late to show off and hopefully start your journey down the rabbit hole. See below for the favorites, and keep up the amazing work everyone!
@yasminemei | floral designer | yasminefloraldesign.com
Based out of Los Angeles, Yasmine creates stunning works of floral design with “an emphasis on the ethereal, simple, and classical.” With a mix of traditional flowers and exotic plants, her instagram is full of inspiration if you love the greenery like us. Just look at those tiny bananas!
@teaaalexis | renders | lairs.tumblr.com
These images are going to blow your mind! Alexis Christodoulou creates renderings (yep, you read that right–NOT photos) of imaginary architectural spaces that we could dream about for days. Hailing from South Africa, Alexis works in advertising (and a bit with his family’s winemaking business) and is not a formally trained architect. Read much more of his fantastic story at The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore.
@kelseyemc | photographer | kelseymcclellan.com
@pandahandler | stylist | michelle-maguire.com
This photographer and prop stylist team has created some of the freshest images we have seen in a while! Together, they create tiny vignettes of food-inspired art, and much more. The story behind “Wardrobe Snacks” via Michelle’s website is delectable:
Wardrobe Snacks was inspired by diners lacking the luxury of being seated at a table: my stepdad who rests his sandwich on his thigh (hell with a plate!) in between bites while he blasts an action movie on his TV; a commuter cramped up on a crowded bus retrieving an item from a bag or pocket; a lunch-breaker on a park bench eating from her lap. They’re informal — perhaps even a bit awkward — spaces as far as eating is concerned, yet the diners always appear to be comfortable and perfectly satisfied with their chosen snack, almost Zen-like.
I am committed to my work, and to my lifestyle. In my work, I am committed to using fine and sturdy fabrics in the collection, because I want the pieces to last a very long time. I am committed to making everything in Los Angeles, because it is important to me to support my community. I choose these things because I believe they are right and good. In my life, I know that I deserve to be a sane person. I know that I need time away to be sane, so I take it. Not because I am spoiled, but because I value my existence as a happy, balanced person. Everyone deserves this.
@avionclothier | designer + store owner | avionclothier.com
Katherine Tsina Bird is the designer and store owner of Avion Clothier. Based in New York and Los Angeles, Katherine combines her training in dance with a tremendous talent in fashion design to create clothing with air, life, and flight. And fun fact: she also happens to be married to another great talent: musician Andrew Bird.
@ambergressphotography | photographer | ambergress.com/blog
You may remember a few photos that we have posted that were taken by Amber Gress in the past, and she continues to inspire us with her work! A self-proclaimed “photographer, traveler and lover,” Amber photographs everything from people to weddings to scenic sites and magical moments. Each of her photos holds a unique story, and we love ‘hearing’ them.
@shopgordon | handmade apparel | shopgordon.co
Another talented clothier, Leah Redmond is Shop Gordon. She creates “simple, utilitarian fashion, made-to-order for the eco-conscious and fashion forward woman.” Inspired by her childhood in Hawaii, Leah created her debut collection in the traditional Hawaiian plantation fabric, Palaka, modernized for men and women today.
Hello, Krista Perry! We wanted to show you a little sneak peek of one of our upcoming artists, Krista Perry, whose designs will be debuting this coming Spring for Red Cap Cards. Playful and bursting with color, with a dash of psychedelic nostalgia, Krista’s art just makes us happy. Nods to mid-century patterns plus bold fluorescents and bright colors make her sketchbooks stand-alone pieces of art. Check out the fantastic sketchbook video below for even more of her work. Also, make sure to follow her on Instagram for nearly daily updates of what she has been working on.
Located in Massachusetts, Krista studied and received an honors BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was recognized by the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, and was printed on the cover of their student catalogue.
We also adore the bio on her site, which is as colorful as her artwork:
“When she isn’t illustrating, she loves people watching, seeing live music, and daydreaming about fabulous Italian dishes.
Someday she would like to….
- own a fully-functioning disco ball (and learn how to dance)
- be on The Price is Right
- hug a real live cactus in a real live desert
- go on a pizza date with John Stamos (have mercy, am I right?)
- open her own roller rink
- go on tour with a band“
The holidays are winding down, and it’s time to send all of that love that you received back out into the world. This year as we’re clearing away the holiday decorations, making resolutions, and getting very tired of all those leftovers, don’t forget to say thank you! Say thank you to family, friends, teachers, co-workers, helpers, grandparents, baristas, or anyone who has touched your lives for the better. Keep the love flowing!
We’ve collected a few Instagram photos of beautifully illustrated thank you cards from some of our Red Cap artists below to get you inspired to write a handwritten note to those who mean the most to you. To see more, just click over to the entire thank you card collection, and thank you to YOU!
Happiest of holidays! We are busy moving our warehouse this week, so any orders that are made from now on will ship on January 10th with expedited shipping at no additional charge. In the meantime, have a magical holiday, and we hope that you and yours are warm, cozy, and filled with love this holiday season. Take a look at some of our favorite festive illustrations and photos below. Be merry & jolly, and we will see you next week.
Did you know? Those boughs of holly (and other greenery) that you hang from your mantle may have originated in Druid, Celt, Norse and Roman civilizations, which celebrated the pagan winter solstice on December 21st–the shortest day of the year. Green represents eternal life, and the plants that we use to decorate our mantle, doors, and walkways throughout the holidays play a special role in these celebrations.
We are enamored with some of the garlands and decor that we have found (real or illustrated!) Enjoy a few of the images below, and don’t forget to get festive this time of year with whatever foliage and flora inspires you, and helps your home tell YOUR holiday story.
It’s that time of year again! It’s time to dust off the old bins of holiday decorations and cheer, toys, knick-knacks and ornaments you swore never to put out again, but your kids just love them, and so there they hang. And at the very bottom of the box are the holiday books, which get more and more special and exciting every year, when they are pulled out and loved once again. For this edition of Arlo’s Book Club, we have some new and old selections to add to the bottom of that box of treasures. Enjoy!
William’s Winter Nap
by Linda Ashman, with pictures by Chuck Groenink
The 12 Days of Christmas
by Greg Pizzoli
You can already sing along with this one, as Greg Pizzoli’s new picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas, illustrates the treasured holiday song in a new and hilarious way. Elephant loves receiving the gifts, until they start piling up and taking over the holiday! Brilliant, modern illustrations and fun imagery that you can laugh along to with the kids.
Pick a Pine Tree
by Patricia Toht, with illustrations by Jarvis
You may recognize this one from the recent giveaway we did with Book Bloom, and we’re happy to add it to Arlo’s Book Club! This book celebrates the joy of picking the perfect Christmas tree to take home and decorate, and the warmth that it creates as families gather and enjoy. Sparkling illustrations and rhyming text add to the fun of tradition, ritual and celebration.
When Santa Was a Baby
by Linda Bailey, with illustrations by Genevieve Godbout
Tundra Books, 2015
This one reminds us a bit of a tall tale (think Paul Bunyan or John Henry). Baby Santa has a loud, booming voice, stands in front of the refrigerator to cool off, and is already giving his gifts away to all of the boys and girls in the neighborhood. His loving parents don’t know what to think but are proud all the same. The retro illustration and color scheme allow this one to fit right into your vintage collection.
The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker
Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2017
The classic Nutcracker tale is told musically, in this interactive book with illustration by Jessica Courtney-Tickle. The magical twist: press a button and hear Tchaikovsky’s original suites that go along with the story. Read along with the story and listen to the songs that accompany the Nutcracker battle, the Sugar Plum Fairies andthe Land of Sweets!
White Snow, Bright Snow
by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
“The policeman said it felt like snow, and his wife said her big toe hurt, and that always means snow.” Sweet, matter-of-fact prose coupled with Roger Duvoisin’s bold illustrations are cozy and bright in this Caldecott Medal award-winning picture book. Read along as a quiet town goes about their business in quiet awe of the falling snow. Duvoisin’s winterscapes in in soft blue with bright splashes of yellow and red give the story a magical touch.
Taste makes memories–especially around the holidays. Good or bad, you know you remember your Grandmama’s Rum Balls, or that terrible fruitcake your aunt always made, or that amazing fudge that appeared in your mother’s freezer after Thanksgiving. Taste paints an illustration in our heads. Of memories we keep forever. Of love. Of laughter. Of horror!
We rounded up some of our favorite holiday treat recipes (good and bad, subjectively) that made memories close to our hearts, plus these fantastic, bright photos of “Betty Crocker’s Absurd, Gorgeous Atomic-Age Creations” created and photographed by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times. What are some of yours? Leave a comment on our Instagram, we’d love to hear your stories!
Delicious! Follow Jenni on Instagram for some of the most beautiful ice cream photos you will ever see! Dessert Inspiration.
Hot Fudge Recipe by Jenni Britton Bauer
Total Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4
- ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, preferably 70% cacao
- ¼ cup boiling water
Combine the first 3 ingredients, then add the boiling water. Let sit 2 minutes, then stir until combined, and serve immediately over ice cream.
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish
- Line a small square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt until very smooth.
- Pour mixture into the prepared dish. Refrigerate until solid, about an hour, then sprinkle the shredded coconut on top, and cut into 9 small pieces. If you’re in a hurry, pop it in the freezer and you’ll be ready to go in about half the time—although you might need to use a knife ran under hot water to cut through it.
Pet’s 1957 recipe for Festive Fruit Cake:
Line with waxed paper bottom and sides of 9-in. tube pan or loaf pan holding about 6 cups. Put into 2-qt. bowl 3/4 cup Pet Evaporated Milk, 24 large marshmallows finely cut (or 3 cups of mini marshmallows); and 1/3 cup orange juice or alcoholic flavoring. Let stand. Measure 6 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 6 doz. 2 1/3-in. crackers, crushed) and put into a large bowl with 1/2 teasp. cinnamon, 1/2 teasp. nutmeg, 1/4 teasp. cloves, 1 1/2 cups California seedless raisins (1/2 golden and 1/2 dark are best), 3/4 cup finely cut dates and 1 cup chopped walnuts. Add 1 1/4 cups cut-up candied fruit, bulk or canned ready-mixed. Mix in milk mixture with a spoon, then with hands until crumbs are moistened. Press firmly into pan. If desired, top with additional nuts and candied fruit. Cover tightly. Chill 2 days before slicing. Keep in refrigerator. Makes 3 1/2 lbs.
• 8 Weetbix 1/2 cup Coconut (dessicated)
• 400 grams Condensed Milk
• 1 cup Sultanas
• 2 tbsp Cocoa
• 2 tbsp Rum (or more depending on taste!)
In a metal bowl, place the raisins or sultanas and the run, cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for a day (or two…). Place crushed weetbix, cocoa, coconut and marinated fruit in a bowl. Pour over the condensed milk and stir well. Take out teaspoons at a time and roll in coconut and chill.
21st Century Green Top Salad
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
- 1 to 4 drops green liquid food coloring (optional)
- 1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme
- 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Click here for full recipe.
Not into sweets? We don’t blame you after a few of those…Check out this fantastic wooden pastry collaboration that Red Cap Cards artist, Kelsey Garrity-Riley made with her brother, woodworking artist, Colin Garrity. Amazing!
Happy Thanksgiving! We all know that the main attraction at the Thanksgiving table is not the turkey–or tofurkey–but the cocktail menu. We are celebrating all we are thankful for (YOU!) with some fabulous, tempting concoctions to warm your body and soul. And we’re kicking it all off with two books, illustrated by Red Cap Cards artists, Josie Portillo and Danielle Kroll.
First up is The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, with interior illustration by our own Josie Portillo! It’s full of tasty cocktail recipes sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner as festive as can be. “Based on the actual bar book used by the Waldorf-Astoria prior to Prohibition, this collection of cocktails serves up more than 350 recipes. In addition to documenting the origin of many cocktails and mixed drinks still commonplace today, the book chronicles the background of their creation and the antics of some of the cronies Buffalo Bill Cody and Bat Masterson, among others who were regulars at the bar.” Check out these amazing illustrations, pulled from Portillo’s collection:
If you’re not satisfied with just one, check out The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum with illustration by our own Danielle Kroll! It “features 50 recipes for classic cocktails, accompanied by the history and lore of the drink. Each libation is paired with a humorous illustration by artist Danielle Kroll, who puts a witty, sophisticated twist on the drink’s name.”
If you’re running around to grocery stores and don’t have time to grab these great artisan cocktail books, grab the recipe for a few of our favorite cocktails below, including Hal’s favorite: the Manhattan Cocktail. Salud! Cheers! and Happy Thanksgiving!
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Rhum JM White, lime, black mission fig syrup, and white Vermouth with Koji vinegar, salt, and peppered lime.
Brennevin Akvavit, Dolin Blanc, Rainwater Madeira, Amaro Ramazotti, and Clement Creole Shrub with orange zest and spruce tip.
1 oz Iichiko Silhouette shochu
1 oz mango-infused @altostequila
1 oz lime
3/4 oz passionfruit syrup
3/4 oz cantaloupe juice
Sweet, fruity, and earthy. The first thing I thought when I tried this shochu was “I bet this shochu would like tequila.” They’re very different flavor profiles, but they both have an earthiness that complements each other.
2 oz @standardwormwooddistillery rye
3/4 oz lemon
3/4 oz lemon oleo saccarum
Shaken, over a big chunk of clear ice, and garnished with a candied @luxardousa cherry and a lemon peel.
Bold and crackling with wormwood, this Whiskey Sour is kind of perfect for autumn, tart and fresh and spicy.
Lots of juniper and herbaceous notes, but instead of a sharply bitter edge, it has an almost creamy quality to it. Not quite sweet, but not really bitter, either.
Kate Pugsley is one of the most talented contemporary artists creating beautiful work today, and that’s why we are so happy to count her as a Red Cap collaborator. The color! The pattern! We can’t get enough. Which is why we are also so very excited about what she’s been working on independently, and are delighted to share it today!
Kate Pugsley‘s newest venture, Formal Dept., is what you get when you combine, fun, function, and whip-smart design to create resilient and useful products for every day life. Their tagline says it all: “Go outside. Bags for your next adventure.” Perfect for art supplies, laptops, cameras, or that snappy Red Cap notebook. Plus, they are made right here in the US with quality materials:
Our cotton bags are printed with pigment inks, so the image becomes part of the fibers rather than forming a heavy layer of ink on top of the fabric. We use extremely durable military-grade nylon fabrics and the highest-quality YKK zippers from Japan on every bag. All products are made in the USA.
The debut products include tote bags, notebook cases, and pencil cases, in varying styles and fantastic patterns designed by Kate. We really get a kick out of that cheetah print! Remind you of anything?…
We’re starting your Thursday off with a dose of artistic inspiration from an ancient art form with a modern twist. Block printing is a traditional form of printmaking that utilizes handmade stamps: i.e. wood, linoleum, rubber, or many other materials. Artists carve images into the material with special carving tools and then transfer the impression onto paper or fabric using inks, dyes, and other paint resources.
We are fascinated with some of the amazing work that is emerging from contemporary printmakers, and couldn’t wait to share some inspiring images below, plus a short bio on each amazing artist. Block Shop, Richelle Bergen, Katharine Watson, Andrea Lauren of Ink Print Repeat, and Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax are just a few of our favorites. Click the caption link to view more work by these talented designers.
Block Shop is a textile company that marries the traditional Indian hand block printing process with a modern California aesthetic. Our products are a collaboration between sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman in Los Angeles and the Chhipa family of printers and dyers in Bagru, Rajasthan. Our entire process is manual: we design on paper, print with wooden blocks, and dye in small batches – the same way it’s been done in India for more than three centuries. No two textiles are exactly alike.
[Richelle Bergen] creates block printed artwork, inspired by nature, botanical patterns and seemingly ordinary daily details. Each print is hand carved on artist’s linoleum or rubbing carving block, and hand printed with eco-friendly inks onto premium papers. Because of the hand printing process, each print may have slight variations, which make each one unique and original.
Katharine Watson started printmaking in college, when the spot she hoped to take in a painting course didn’t fit with her class schedule. She fell in love with linocuts there, and went on to study block printing in India and then to focus on printmaking for the remainder of her art education.
What began as a college thesis and side project has since turned into Katharine’s full time career and has led to features in Vogue and Martha Stewart Living, as well as collaborations with the Metropolitan Museum and Chronicle Books, among many others.
Andrea discovered her love of printmaking during a Lithography class in the basement print studio at Columbia University in New York. She is inspired by vintage picture books, folk stories and woodland walks.
While Erin mostly creates patterns featured in Cotton & Flax as ink drawings (she creates each pattern by hand, using a brush and sum ink, then transfers these patterns to a silkscreen to print multiples on fabric), she does dabble in gorgeous block-printed works as well and has taught workshops on The Crafter’s Box, a virtual workshop space. (Pictured)
Cotton & Flax textiles are made using natural materials, including linen fabrics and eco-friendly water-based inks. Erin chooses linen-blend fabrics for their unique qualities: high absorbency, durability, and increased softness with time.
In honor of Halloween, we wanted to showcase a friend of ours, whose artwork embodies the spirit of the holiday and conveys the fear, the mystery and overall spookiness that comes every October 31st. Gris Grimly is a prolific talent that is a creative force to reckon with! His paintings seem effortlessly brilliant, but convey detail and darkness in the most prodigious of ways. A painter, illustrator and author, Gris’s work has been utilized by schools and classrooms, and has illustrated numerous published works by the literary greats, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury.
From his biography:
“The release of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness in 2004 brought attention to a need in the education system. When Gris illustrated the comic/storybook hybrid, he did so with the desire to create a whimsical interpretation that is heavily illustrated and yet maintains the actual prose of the master. He had no idea that schools would use this book as a tool to help young adults comprehend the otherwise difficult Victorian text. The book has exceeded a dozen editions, generated a sequel and has been translated into multiple languages. Other graphic interpretations of classics would follow, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Frankenstein, all of which have been implemented into school curricula worldwide.”
Check out all of his books here, and take a scroll through a small selection of his fantastic work below. Plus, don’t miss his amazing #31OctoberPortraits for original portraits of all of your horrific Halloween favorites. Happy Halloween! Let’s get into the spirit!
PS. If you’re in the holiday spirit already, check out Grimly’s Santa Claws!