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Meet Meg Gleason of Moglea. We've been admiring her work since spotting it at the National Stationery Show a couple years ago. Based out of Audubon, Iowa, Meg draws inspiration from the endless fields surrounding her family's farmhouse and vintage ephemera. The colors, techniques and the amazing eye for detail combine a bygone craft with a contemporary and charming aesthetic. She's turned her passion into a full blown business and we can't get enough of it. 

Hi, my name is Meg Gleason
I live in Audubon, Iowa
I make Letterpress Stationery
The first thing I remember making…Since I was little I've always enjoyed making elaborate cards for my parents and friends. This creative habit ended up continuing into my job.
My favorite material/s to work with is cotton paper, dye, glue
My favorite tool of the trade…Our Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress. It's beautiful and extremely efficient.
I’m inspired by vintage children's books and fashion
If I weren’t making cards, I’d be making ceramic pottery. I spent a lot of time in the pottery studio in college and I miss throwing pottery.
My favorite DIY gift to give is Letterpress stationery. I think everyone cherishes a beautiful piece of paper with their name printed on it.
My drink of choice: Hot Sake
My snack of choice: Smoothies
In the studio, I jam out to Foster the People or Bruce Springsteen.

Q: Tell us how you got started with your line, Moglea.

A: Since college I had always wanted to get into letterpress printing, so we bought a press in 2009. It took me a couple years to develop a vision for Moglea, and I finally put together a small stationery line in 2012. I took a lot of time to experiment with processes like dip dyeing and edge painting, as well as refining my printing skills.

Q: Any advice for newbie makers?

A: Be patient. Take time to refine your skills and your creative voice. I look back and I feel grateful for the years I spent filling sketchbooks with ideas. Don't be afraid to make mistakes or have lots of bad ideas.

Q: This month at FTM we’re using Kool-aid as a dye, can you tell us how you got started using kool-aid and why you chose it as a dye medium?

A: When I was younger, my mother raised Angora rabbits for fiber and used to dye the yarn with Kool-Aid. We loved the bright colors it made as well as the fruity smell. I decided to try it with our cards to contrast the other muted organic dip dye cards that we already had in the existing collection.

Q: Any tips we should know about when dyeing with kool-aid?

A: Kool-Aid is our favorite dye to work with. It doesn't seem to discolor or get mottled like other dyes we work with. We sometimes add food coloring to the Kool-Aid to change the colors to our liking. When working with paper, it helps to dab the dipped sheet on a paper towel to get a more even coat of color.

Q: Anything we should be on the look out for in Moglea’s future?

A: My husband, Chad, and I would like to start a furniture line eventually. I do all of the creative direction for Moglea currently, but we're hoping for Moglea to be more of a creative collaboration in the future.

Pick up some Moglea amazingness here:

A few of our picks:



Mother's Day Gifting

Mother's day is around the corner! Show her thanks by making her something special. If she tends to be craftier than you are, we've got you covered with a monthly subscription for her to get busy. Recieve 15% off by using the code THANKSMOM, discount taken at checkout. 

Top: Beau Hanging Planter, Heather Stationery, Naomi Sleep Mask

Middle: Flora Charm Bracelet, Evening Grove Sachet, Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery

Bottom: Sonoran Stone Bracelet, Yates Sachets, Locals Only Bangle

Don't miss the chance to send her a Soft Focus Collection - Preorder this week and it will ship out on Friday! 



Pretty Pastels

If you ask us pastels are the new black. We love them layered together, paired with jewel tones or with a dash of neon. There's really no wrong way to go about it. Compliment your Soft Focus DIYs with some of these powdery pretties. 

1. cropped shirt emilia wickstead; 2. hoop earrings rory ashton; 3. satchel jcrew; 4. statement necklace jcrew; 5. lingerie stella maccartney; 6. powder trio stila; 7. spiral notebooks marumen; 8. nail polish essie; 9. embellished heels sophia webster


The 411

Kool-Aid Hair

Our Soft Focus collection utilizes the many wonders of Kool-Aid, but you can take it one step further by imitating these dreamy locks. Everyone from Kate Bosworth to Helen Mirran is on board the pastel train, and with Kool Aid you can rack up the compliments, but skip the commitment and harsh chemicals. And we’ve made it easy for you by creating this simple color chart so that you get the perfect pastel tint.

For an all over pastel hair color like Helen Mirran follow these 3 simple steps:

You’ll need to gather:

- An old towel, preferably one you don’t mind staining

- A glass bowl

- An old spoon

- Kool Aid packets

- Rubber gloves

- Plastic wrap

- White vinegar

- Conditioner

1.) For the best results start with squeaky clean hair. Shampoo your hair and use baking soda to get any extra buildup off. Rinse well with warm water. Make sure to wear an old shirt you don’t mind staining and some rubber gloves. Also the lighter your hair the brighter the color will come out.

2.) There’s a lot of formulas out there but we suggest mixing one to two packets of unsweetend Kool-Aid, 1/4 cup hair conditioner and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Check out our chart above for more specific colors.

3.) Cover either your entire head or for streaks massage into small uneven portions at the tips of your hair. Cover dyed portions with plastic wrap and let it sit for 60 minutes before washing out with water. Towel dry and voile!

For a dip dyed look like Kate Bosworth try this method:

You’ll need to gather:

- An old towel, preferably one you don’t mind staining

- A glass bowl

- An old spoon

- Kool Aid packets

- Rubber gloves

- White vinegar

1.) Again, for the best results start with squeaky clean hair. Make sure to wear an old shirt you don’t mind staining and some rubber gloves.

2.) Make sure to set up your dying station in a place where you can comfortably sit for 30 minutes. Boil a small pot of water (1 - 2 cups) and transfer to the bowl. Mix one packet of your desired color or one of our color combos above with 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Make sure all the Kool Aid powder has dissolved.

3.) Dip the ends of your hair into the bowl for 30 minutes. We suggest watching an episode of Broad City to pass the time. At the end of the episode wash your hair out with warm water till the water runs clear. You go girl!


images top to bottom: seafoam green, bubblegum pink, lavender, helen, kate.



Soft Focus Playlist

Spring is here and boy does it feel good! Add an extra pep to your step with our Soft Focus collection playlist, perfect for this month's spring cleaning. Visit us on Rdio to join the dance party... air guitar solos welcome. 

1. In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel 

2. Like to Get to Know You Well Howard Jones

3. Do Wot You Do INXS

4. Little Red Corvette Prince 

5. Physical Olivia Newton John 

6. Left Of Center Suzanne Vega 

7. Tell It to My Heart Taylor Dayne

8. Straight Up Paula Abdul 

9. Maniac Michael Sembello

10. Boys (Summertime Love) Sabrina 

11. The Look Of Love (Part I) ABC

12. I Can't Wait Nu Shooz

13. Easy Lover Philip Bailey

14. Genius Of Love Tom Tom Club

15. Out Of Touch Hall & Oats



Soft Focus: Five Things We're Loving Right Now

Take a deep breath and enjoy the first dewy mornings of Spring. The change in season inspires a refreshed state of mind as we take a trip into the dreamy pastel clouds of Spring color. Bohemian beach home decor, natural materials, and sophisticated metallic accents build our delicate Spring mood. Keep on daydreaming with this month’s Soft Focus collection as April showers wash winter away.

Here are five things inspiring us right now:

Pastels / Pack up that puffy coat and go full on pastel! We're smitten for the powdery soft colors seen on the streets and at Tsumori Chisato

Hanging Plants / We're sprucing up the office and our homes with hanging plants. Known to purify the air these hanging wonders also add a pop of unexpected color to a room. Now that's a Mother Nature double whammy. 

Personalized Greetings / Put down the iPhone and pick up a pen this month. We're making our handwritten notes extra sweet with candy colored pastel washes. 

April Fools / After such a harsh winter we wanna lighten things up. We're adding a little kitsch to our days by Kool Aid dying everything in sight. Watch out Mittens, you're next!

Delicate Jewelry / We're swapping our statement jewelry for something light and airy. Create a subtle arm party by layering silk cord bracelets with a dainty bangle.  


The 411

Dyeing with Kool-Aid

This month for the Soft Focus Collection we wanted to put a spin on something we've barely thought about since we were in grade school, Kool-Aid. It's kinda a dream come true for the ladies in this office who love to dye anything in sight. Not only does it not use harsh chemicals to dye but it also smells like childhood. We've created this simple go-to dye chart for all things Soft Focus. Follow along for the three projects that use this magical powder; Whitney Bracelets, Heather Stationery, and Beau Hanging Planter. Make sure to get everything ready for all three projects at once. Kool-aid if not refrigerated doesn't last long, so don't stretch the dying projects out over several days! 

The facts and limitations of dyeing with Kool-Aid:

- It works best dyeing natural materials: silk, cotton, wool, paper, eggs, even hair - but don't expect it to last if dyeing polyester or synthetic fabrics.

- It will stain your hands (temporarily of course), so if you're prone to mess wear rubber gloves.

- Always use the unsweetened packets when dyeing and don't add sugar.

- Use metal and glass containers/spoons for prepping, it will stain your wooden kitchenware.

Now. Let's get started!

We are mixing up pastel colors this month but feel free to wing it and branch out with some custom colors of your own. Start out by dumping each packet on it's own into a glass cup. Make sure it's totally clean and dry. From here you'll start mixing the dry colors together in a separate cup. We did a lot of color testing and chose three gorgeous colors to mix up for this month's projects. See below for measurements on the three colors we used: Pink Pastel, Seafoam Green, and Lavender.

For each "part" measurement below we used a 1/2 teaspoon. So, 1 part = 1/2 teaspoon;  1/2 part = 1/4 teaspoon;  and so on... If you'd like to make larger or smaller batches use this scale to increase or decrease your measurements. 

Pastel Pink: 1 part cherry, 1 part lemonade, 1 cup of water

Seafoam Green: 1 part mixed berry, 3 parts lemonade, 1 cup of water

Lavender: 1 part mixed berry, 1/2 part cherry, 1 cup of water

Note on Lemonade: if you're using this color you'll need to leave the materials in longer than other colors. For a bright yellow use only lemonade mix with a small amount of water; we used over 3 parts lemonade to 1 cup of water and left the silk material in for about 5 minutes. It's best used with the Whitney Bracelet project but does not fair well with the Heather Stationery or the Beau Hanging Planter.


Look Book

Soft Focus

Evie's watercolor illustrations beautifully capture the spirit of our latest collection. Meet the four DIY pieces in the Soft Focus Collection, the perfect jewelry pairings mixed with the perfect home accessories for the warmer days ahead. The Andie Gem Necklace is a wear-with-everything addition to your Spring wardrobe. The Heather Stationery with it's washes of pastel color will keep you in touch with loved ones. The Whitney Bracelets are so light and pretty they won't leave your wrist for the next few months. The Beau Hnaging Planter is the perfect showcase for those cute little succulents you've been collecting. Let's get making! 


First Glimpse

Sneak Peek: Soft Focus

Soft Focus collection launches tomorrow! We're putting the final touches on tutorials and packing up boxes. Shipping out nationwide tomorrow, keep an eye on your mailbox! 

We had a fun day shooting the projects. This was our first experience setting off colored smoke bombs in the city. With only a few strange glances from passersby we considered this shoot a sucess!

We can't wait to share the four beautiful projects with you. Stay tuned and join us tomorrow as we unveil next month's DIY happiness.



Over The Top Head Gear

If you thought your head gear couldn't use an upgrade...You were wrong. We've seen over the top headbands popping up on the streets on New York, Paris, and London. Grab a headband base and get to work by glueing on ribbon, trim, pearls, pompoms, and even your oversized fruit of choice. The more the merrier. We haven't seen so many glorious headband options since we were 5 years old and made our mother's glue grosgrain bows to everything. It's basically a little party on the top of your head.  

clockwise: pompom headband, lego headband, love headband, cherry topper band, blue ruffle headband, lips headband.


Make It Yours

#makertakes: Hello Trouble

We've been gasping over your #makertakes this month! So many great variations and new designs using the materials in unexpected ways. We're loving the long layering necklaces and the personal touches added to the Local Only Bangle

We made stacks of stretch bracelets with the Lemon Drop Necklace materials. All you need is elastic cord! For a fun touch add a tassel to the back.

For a chic wrap bracelet incorporating the chain, string the beads with the bead cord and crimp beads, attach to the chain on one one end and add a jump ring and a clasp. Your wrists will thank you!

A few of our favorite ideas this month: clockwise from top left; blythebartel, katieolivari, aavixelenaphannt

Make sure to share what you're making and how you're styling it; #forthemakers #makertakes