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Larson Finallnacial Planning Client Birthday Cards

Financial, Medical, and Law Professionals often opt for generic offerings from online houses that supply stationery and other kinds of mailing materials. It can make sense because the price is usually right and it doesn’t take too much thought or effort to pick from among their samples. But what is the reaction of the client who receives those mailings?

Christina Larson asked me to do some Client Birthday cards for her — an extension of her beautiful stationery wardrobe you can see in another post here — and this is what I came up with. I have used similar ideas for Christmas cards and people love them. Red paper!

Christina was in love with them when they landed on her doorstep. LFP Birthday Cards & Envelopes

It seems so much more thoughtful to send a custom designed greeting to precious clients who depend on us and whom we depend on, too. These were foil stamped in gold and letterpressed in gray ink on 600 gram (super-thick) Cranes Lettra paper. They feel special, rich, exuberant and real.

Wishing YOU everything wonderful on Thanksgiving!

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711 North Main — Overdressed for the Par-tay

The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Wayzgoose of Studio Z Mendocino took place on November 6th, but I am still in LOVE with what happened at it, so here is the lowdown, a little late, but oh well. In a nutshell: A zillion people came. It was fantastic.

I have been waiting for the photos to come back from my very busy brother in law, Hugh Smith, and they arrived yesterday. He took all the photos in this post. THANK YOU, Hugh!! You can see his amazing wild mushroom web site at HughSmith.com.

I got so many beautiful  thank you notes and  impressions of the Wayzgoose, so decided to tell this story in the words of a few of my guests:

Ed and Jen put up a zillion lights so we glowed like a Wayzgoose beacon in the nightl

From Judy Tarbell: What do you do in the presence of twenty-five years of creativity of a beautiful woman: tear up so it’s difficult to see the images; go upstairs to get a drink; dance to Zida’s powerfully lovely voice; return, champagne in hand, to the images, the poetry, the accomplishments of Zida’s life lived well and fully; rejoice that there is more to come.

The Shop, Festooned with Printing from 25 Years of Work, & Celebratory Guests Galore

From Erica Fielder, eco-artist, dear Libra sidekick and bringer of the tofu curry pate: Your Wayzgoose event was filled with light and laughter and very fun people. I saw folks there I had not seen in 10 years. Wonderful surprises like Beans and Champagne. What a pairing!Then Zida sang passionately with her eyes closed. We  danced, and a beautiful couple gazed into one another’s eyes. I felt so blessed to be there. Love, E

John & Daurine Braet brought me a silver family heirloom as a silver anniversary present. Displays of Letterpress & other printing along every wall and hanging from the rafters

From the Splendid Cammie King Conlon, who brought me her book Bonnie Blue Butler (whom she played in Gone With The Wind at the age of Five — a GREAT read!!!) Darling Zida: My mother would have had a heart attack knowing I was sending a thank-you note via email.  How rude!  But it might not get to you otherwise.Smashing party.  Wondrous Wayzgoose!  You are such a class act:  everything was original and personal and delightful.  The house looked spectacular.  Thank you so much for including  … Cammie

My Beautiful Ed and My Beautiful Creeolleee…

Carole King, my best friend in first grade, came all the way from Oakland. Imagine!

From Carole King, my best friend in First Grade: About the waysgooze: i knew it would be a great party before i entered: the rows and rows of lights lit up the yellow house like a little sun, even in the dark. i knew too that there would be good company, big hugs from you and ed, excellent food, the best “cheap champagne” around, maybe some torch songs, and a party mood. you always give memorable parties, but this one was even more special because all around were the  beautiful examples of your work and progression through the 25 years of the letterpress. the mission statement near the door (dennis read it and said, “zida has poetic ability”-and he hasn’t even read your poetry yet),the witty and touching cards,  the wine labels, invitations to events great and small, proclamations of all kinds, business cards like little works of art. it adds up to an exceptional career built with passion and talent by my exceptional friend. love, creolee.


Steve Paul accidentally brought his trumpet. That’s me hitting a note next to my great friend Jon Solow, who is also a dreamy sax player. Who ever heard of torch singing at a Wazygoose???


Pam Amante with Michael Brown. Pam sent me the most beautiful bouquet in the history of the world. She is my “other” sis! The bouquet came in the door at the stroke of 5, then Pam and husban Dan came as my very first guests. I had been worrying about having a party and nobody coming but that was not a problem at this one!

What a fun and fantastic party!  I never thought beans and champagne could be so fabulous! Pam
Beachcomber Motel On The Beach!

Pianista Lisa Stedman & Printer Extraordinaire, Rhea Rhynearson

Rhea printed up lagniappes for our guests: “Business Cards” that said things like: “My card, Sir! I’m a pretty good bullshitter myself but it’s a rare treat to encounter one of your caliber.” and “Is GROOVY still in?” and “It’s all good.” and”Watch your Ps and Qs.” If you want one, call us or come in…we still have lots. Collect the set!

Son-in-law Noah, David Marks, artist Julie Higgins, and my little Zoe

Riantee and Maggie O’Rourke

My Beautiful Zoe (right) had a ton of her invitations and designs up on display too. She is not only a genius, as you can see.

Carla Frazier and Richard Anderson. Richard brought his spectacular Fejoada

Yeah! Ayn Ruyman Being Ayn Ruyman

David in backgroud, Moonlight, Jim Tarbell yukking it up at the Party

Vicki & Amy

Favorite artist and great friend, Bob Ross, who had so much to do with encouraging me to open my own shop, in 1984, and fabulous artist and pure jazz bass player, Nina Mera

Ken Wun brought me the most exquisite and huge present: a photograph by HIM. I put it right up in my office where I get to look at it all the time. It is stunning.

My darling Kris Reiber and granddaughter Sara Rose. Kris made mole beans to die for.

Lots of biz cards on display, including my own!

Did we say YUM??? Beans make you say that!


Linda Friedman took over downstairs and made it into a vision of loveliness and a little paper boutique while schmoozing it up with the paper-loving shoppers

Zoe & Auntie Sandi (wherever Sandi is, that’s a Party)

It’s a Family Affair…Joe and Sandi at the “Bar”


Jazzmen Steve Paul and Jon Solow…also yum!

Belting Printer with Point Arena Jon on keyboards

Rox, my sister-out-law, and Karen, came all the way from the Bay Area too xoxoxo!!

Christmas-ready front steps by Ed Murrell & Jen Heebink

Enraptured Me, with my friend, Taylor Slevin

I am so happy and grateful to everyone who participated in the preparations. Joe and Rhea and Linda Friedman, first, for the mighty efforts at getting the shop ready for over 200 guests. THAT was a feat! And Ed and Jen Heebink, who together transformed the outside of the shop into what you see above…a big, glowing beacon to party-goers who wandered up from town. To Zoe and Maia and Kris and Erica and Judy and Richard Anderson and Ed (again) and Joe (not to mention my Tuscan beans with sage nor my buttered black bean dal) for their contributions to the Bean-Feast and Dessert Table — Yum. People are still raving about the bountiful international array of beans and champagne. You would think it was Dinner at Chez Panisse, the way they talked. To Linda F. (again), for visualizing the downstairs as a shopping spree gallery and Joe (again) for putting up the “Christo Wall of Butcher Paper” and making it so welcoming and pretty.

OK, when I looked up and people had spontaneously combusted into dancing…that was IT! Jim & Judy, “That’s my Sistah” Sandi, and Creeolee’s husband, Dennis, tripping the light fantastic to me singing “Since I Fell for You” or something…


Bartender, with Paper Cutter

Brother Joe did the honors with the Cheap Champagne

And many thanks to our beautiful Christina, who just came in and made herself useful in every way without anybody telling her what needed to happen.

Also, tremendously, to Jon Solow and Steve Paul, who came with piano and cornet and changed the atmosphere to a little bit of a jazz-club-cum-printshop with their extemporaneous, cool playing, and accompanying me on a few tunes too. And of course, a party cannot be a par-tay without guests, so I thank everyone who came to celebrate at the shop, ate beans and drank champagne, appreciated the distillation of twenty-five years of work displayed along all the walls and hanging on lines across the width of the shop above our heads (Zoe’s idea). It was a beautiful collaboration and a beautiful community love-fest. I couldn’t ask for a better fete for my Silver Anniversary of being in business.

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Lets

After five or six years of not actively selling or adding to our famous Ladies Who Lunch line of Studio Z Mendocino greeting cards, we finally took that whole section of our www.studio-z.com web site down not too long ago. Lo and behold, we have had a flurry of interest and inquiries in those cards and wonder where the heck those customers have been hiding out all this time. We now have a little button on our web site home page that takes you to a pdf catalog of all the designs. So now you can browse and inquire if we still have any of those left. Chances are, we do!

If you are one of those who have suddenly developed a hankering for replenishing your supply, you should know we still have lots of inventory downstairs at my shop and a very few shops have placed orders lately too. So if you want to order, please just call us us and we will do our best to fulfull your Ladies Who Lunch desires.

We have some boxed stationery too: Rose-is-a-Rose Blue-BirdVery cute, and very good prices…

We also have lots of fabulous Christmas and Holiday cards available a reduced prices! Not every design below is in stock but if you like one, call to see if it is.

2003 Xmas

Additionally, it might interest you to know that the paper company, Southworth, has put several of our Ladies Who Lunch cards in their line of papers, which is available through Office Max stores nationwide. You can see the designs at http://shop.southworth.com/groups.php?cat=4&group=46

For about ten years, our Ladies Who Lunch Cards were sold by Papyrus stores, Kates Paperie, and many, many other stores around the country. They provided a fresh, fun way to keep in touch without writing a desertation, and fill-in party invitations too. I’m so happy Southworth has done up a few to present to the mass market now. If they do well at that level, we should be adding to the line as time goes on. I also design for Graphique de France, so look for Studio Z-esque things in those two fabulous paper lines. Here is the page with Ladies Who Lunch cards on it. It’s not live, so you should go to Southworth.com if you want to order from them.

Personal: Reflections of Style Cards

Reflections of Style Cards
Stylish and sophisticated, this collection presents the perfect way to keep in touch with friends, plan your next get-together, or say “thank you”. The sophistication of Zida Borcich’s designs show through in gold foil and lovely letterpress inspired graphics. Kelle Boyd’s vintage flowers and bold graphics will delight your friends. And you’ll lose yourself in the lush garden fantasies of Terri Conrad Designs. Boxed sets come with envelopes to complement the design.
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How Lynette’s Grinch Card Stole Christmas

We are already thinking about Christmas, well, actually, it’s kind of late to even say that. But we have been super swamped and this is the moment I am taking. Here is a previous post to show you last year’s fabulous Holiday offering for our client Lynette, designed by Zoe Bachelor. It is SO incredible. We can do something like this for you too, or something more modest but equally creative. This will help get your creative currents moving. Call soon! We are booking for Christmas cards starting right this minute! 707.964.2522

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Studio Z Mendocino designs custom cards for any occasion, pairing a client with one of our two in-house designers so that you can be involved at every stage, from design to production, and the card can say exactly what you mean.

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One of our favorite clients, Lynette, of Newport Beach, California, designed her beautiful Christmas card this year with Studio Z’s Zoe Bachelor. The folder was a dark pine green with an iridescent, paler green foil depicting a vintage Christmas scene, a carriage with a top-hatted driver. Tucked inside was a three-panel folder of a lighter green stock, and printed in dark pine green ink was a quote from Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a reminder that the holiday is about more than just buttons and bows.

A few days ago, we got this note from her assistant: “Lynette LOVES the Christmas card and it has won the prize amongst her friends for the ‘best card of the season. ” So appropriate for the times!”

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Over the years Zoe has designed, and Studio Z Mendocino has printed and produced, many invitations to weddings and special events Lynette has planned, and extraordinary Holiday cards for her family that we are very proud of. We are grateful to have been able to work with her and the matchless sense of style, design and attention to detail she brings to each project.

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I bought my first Heidelberg Windmill from Larry Rafferty. That was back in 1984 as I was getting ready to open my first business, and may I tell you,  I was terrified to open a letterpress print shop, my first foray out into Mondo Entrepreneurial. Larry had a long history with letterpress, broadsides, publishing, among many other things and he introduced me to all the old guys in San Francisco who knew anything about letterpress, who bought and sold lead type, who fixed equipment, sold paper and ink, and basically showed me the ropes. It was a gnarly world that, as one who “enjoys being a girl,” I somehow managed to fit into with so much joy and craziness that it kind of shocks me to look back on it now. Larry introduced me to the extreme type and equipment horsetrader, Jim Heagy, who in those raer less PC times, gave me a 10% discount “for being cute.” Hey, 10% is 10%.

Recently, Larry moved to a new house and studio, and he asked me to design a new logo and do up some new stationery and business cards for his online business, Larry’s Books & Autographs, www.mrbebop.com. Because he was having a new web site built, he also asked me to put in my two bits on his home page too. I said, “Larry, I want to do something modern and clean for you.” So I did. It’s Orange and Black and very, very chic. I recommend you go see Larry’s web site. He has the most amazing collections of music, autographs and books.

I just want to say Thank You, Larry, for all your help and encouragement for these last 25 years. I loved doing your new stationery. It looks great, don’t you think?

We used 600 gram Cranes Lettra for his business cards, and also made up stationery, #10 envelopes, mailing labels and 4″x 9″ script cards, all on Cranes Flourescent White papers.

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Studio Z Mendocino designs custom cards for any occasion, pairing a client with one of our two in-house designers so that you can be involved at every stage, from design to production, and the card can say exactly what you mean.

lynette-xmas7

One of our favorite clients, Lynette, of Newport Beach, California, designed her beautiful Christmas card this year with Studio Z’s Zoe Bachelor. The folder was a dark pine green with an iridescent, paler green foil depicting a vintage Christmas scene, a carriage with a top-hatted driver. Tucked inside was a three-panel folder of a lighter green stock, and printed in dark pine green ink was a quote from Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a reminder that the holiday is about more than just buttons and bows.

A few days ago, we got this note from her assistant: “Lynette LOVES the Christmas card and it has won the prize amongst her friends for the ‘best card of the season. ” So appropriate for the times!”

lynette-xmas2

Over the years Zoe has designed, and Studio Z Mendocino has printed and produced, many invitations to weddings and special events Lynette has planned, and extraordinary Holiday cards for her family that we are very proud of. We are grateful to have been able to work with her and the matchless sense of style, design and attention to detail she brings to each project.

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