I like the way it makes me feel.
It makes the receiver feel special.
It’s hard to say certain things in person.
I’m really busy and can’t always hang out, but I always have time to send a little card.
Writing by hand is soothing.
It helps me articulate my feelings.
It’s more personal than a text.
I can include little gifts.
It builds stronger relationships.
It shows support in hard times.
It supports artists and small businesses.
I make cards for a living, so I kinda have to. ;)
It’s cheaper than shipping a box.
Paper is fun and addictive.
Using my fountain pen makes sending my correspondence feel really fancy.
It’s retro in a good way.
It’s romantic and nostalgic.
Sending cards spreads love! #sendcardsspreadlove
I like the way it makes me feel.
Did you know our longtime shopkeep Meredith McKee is a super talented photographer? Last month she moved on from working with us to focus full time on her own boss lady life. 💪 We're super proud of her and also super thrilled she came back to do a new photoshoot for us! I'll be sharing all of the photos via our social media over time, but I wanted to feature a few of my favorites here! Go hire Meredith for your engagement, wedding, newborn session or family portraits!
I listen to podcasts. No really, I listen to a LOT of podcasts. I listen to so many podcasts, I've stopped asking people for recommendations. I've probably heard already it. This fact has earned me the nickname "Podcast Boss" among my friends. Occasionally people ask me a for a general recommendation or a list of what I listen to. This is that list. I'll update it as I find new favorites, or if a questionable ending knocks something off my recommendations list (I'm looking at you, Missing Richard Simmons and The Black Tapes.) Is one of your favorites missing from my list? Comment! I'd love to chat about what I thought or try something new.
Proof to Product
Tradeshow Bootcamp's podcast, talking to owners of product-based businesses (I appear on episode 5)
From Maker to Manufacturing
A maker, talking to other makers about their journey and growth (I appear on episode 10)
Super helpful productivity concepts and tips from someone who doesn't make you feel judged
My favorite podcast - a PNW themed mystery that encompasses topics of history, faith, dread, and hope
Another fun mystery podcast from the creators of Tanis - this one about a far reaching game and gathering in some pop culture elements
A musical fiction podcast that made me ugly cry
The Big Loop
A series of short stories that are weird and wonderful - also makes me ugly cry
The Bright Sessions
The adventures of a therapist for people with superpowers
The Disappearance Podcast
A weird and winding mystery that confused and intrigued me enough to keep listening
Showcase: The Polybius Conspiracy
Was not marketed as fiction, but was SO GOOD that I don't care whether or not it was all true
Sweet and sad and haunting stories of family life and our personal histories
HGTV & Me
A funny and delightful deep dive into the world of HGTV shows
Markets itself as a podcast about the internet, but shares stories that are so much more than that
A giant life, lived in a small town - rough and sad and beautiful
I loved the episodes "True You," "Future Self" and "The Culture Inside" - important conversations about identity, race, and more
The Hilarious World of Depression
Talking to comedians about their experience with depression and anxiety
Will You Accept This Rose
Recapping and making hilarity out of the Bachelor franchise
Nothing is new under the sun. Why doesn't that make me feel better?
Pod Save America
"A political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane."
Nerd Farmer Podcast
A great podcast from a truly great human being - local to the Seattle/Tacoma area, features conversations about education, politics, race, and everything in between
The Pope's Lon Con
A wild ride that I WISH was fiction
Crime Writers On
The true crime podcast book club I've always wanted in real life
True Crime Obsessed
The true crime podcast book club I'd have if my friends were SO FUNNY IT HURTS
Missing Maura Murray
If I had to choose one unsolved mystery to know the answer to, it's this one
My Favorite Murder
Come for the gasps and shocked responses of two friends telling each other murder stories, stay for the transparent conversations about mental health
The podcast that put true crime podcasts on the map
In the Dark
While unsolved mysteries are intriguing, seeing how a solved case gets solved (and how it could have been solved so much sooner) is both shocking and sad
A podcast about cults with delightful Australian accents and catchy transition music
A paperback thriller of a podcast
A podcast that consistently turns the idea of who and what we consider to be "criminal" upside down
A goofy but on point satire about the true crime genre
Incredible, humanizing stories about life inside San Quentin prison
Big stories about the people who get away with it
A series about the infamous group that humanizes everyone involved
Good Christian Fun
Dives into the weird world of Christian pop culture (hilarity ensues) but also manages to stumble into truly meaningful conversations about growing up in church, and struggling to find faith for oneself
Bad Christian Podcast
Rough, honest conversations about faith and church with people who aren't afraid to ask every question
A thoughtful, soulful, podcast on faith and culture hosted by 3 incredible black women
The Shauna Niequist Podcast
I love Shauna's books and her podcast conversations are helpful and encouraging as well
For the Love with Jen Hatmaker
Her recent episode with Emily Ley was really encouraging to me
The foremost Sounders podcast
Locked on Sounders
Dave's wisdom about both soccer and life are worth listening to
Covers all of MLS, and looks for the funny in everything
This Fall I set out to hire a shop manager. What I got instead was an incredible super woman who finishes my sentences. Sincerely, Melissa's presence in the shop and fresh ideas have brought a new kind of a magic to Constellation & Co. The thing that excites me most about 2018 is seeing all that we'll accomplish together this year! Here's what Melissa had to say about herself:
Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
I have no idea I'm not capable of being that objective about myself.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co.?
Besides the cards (which I love because they are cards that say real things we face. Whether funny or tugging at my heart strings, they hit close to home every time.), I love that we fill the shop with people and handmade crafts of people that we admire.
Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Jobs, hobbies, etc.)
When not working I am a crazy crafter (knit, crochet, make soap, candles, bath bombs, macrame, make books, and many other things 90 year old woman might do), take care of my gang of misfit animals, and try to explore as much as Washington as I can.
Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
I have lots of favorite spots in Seattle, but I think my all time favorite spot is the Ballard Locks. It's a special place where I go with one of my nearest and dearest and sit on the hill and catch up, you fall in love with the rose garden in summer, and every time I go a I see a seal and that's super magical to me being from the east coast.
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for supporting our little shop in 2017. You make our dreams come true. Before we march forward into the New Year, I'd like to share with you some highlights from the past 12 months.
In 2017, we...
- Launched our Constellation & Co. Card Club subscription service
- Started hosting Hand Lettering Workshops with Songbird Paperie
- Sponsored an adult pub league soccer team that Sara played in
- Became the first Sailor Pen stockist in WA state
- Launched our Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirt with Cotton Bureau and raised over $3k for refugee aid
- Hired our incredible new shop manager, Melissa
- Celebrated with our talented letterpress printer, Brooke, as she graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
- Welcomed new team members Brie, Lara and Beth
- Hosted an awesome winter intern, Bryn
- Sent off our beloved Meredith to pursue her photography career full time
- Hosted a Pop-Up Shop with Gingiber
- Listened to Sara talk about stationery business on the Proof to Product podcast
- Sent Sara to Paper Camp+ and then made about 1,000,000 systems changes to the business and shop
- Had our best craft fair weekend ever at the winter Renegade Craft Fair
- Designed and printed quite a few new products, including: 37 cards, 8 notepads, and 2 enamel pins!
Conviction, Craftsmanship, Community
As a small business and as members of the community, we feel a serious responsibility to give back and support others. With your help, we donated over $4k in 2017! When you shop with us, your purchases make a difference. Here are the organizations and causes we supported in 2017.
- Refugee Women’s Alliance - $ Donation from Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirts
- International Rescue Committee - $ Donation from Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirts
- American Civil Liberties Union - $ Donation
- Southern Poverty Law Center - $ Donation
- Jordan Morris Foundation - $ Donation from Tough Kid Patches
- Kingdom Hope - $ Donation from Tough Kid Patches
- Treehouse - Hosted a winter sock & shoe drive for local foster kids
- Cascadian Gamers - Product donation to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network
- Children’s Therapy Center - Product donation for fundraisers
- Fishermen’s Memorial - $ for hands on printing at the Fishermen’s Fall Festival
- Love is Mightier - Donated design and printed product
- We also supported dozens of small businesses, artists, and makers by purchasing their products for our shop!