3 Jan

I’ve always put a lot of stock in the Mayan prediction that the world will end in 2012. I mean, I know it won’t and we’ll be fine, but in the back of my mind I am preparing for the apocalypse. It’ll be a busy year, trying to squeeze in everything I want to accomplish and experience before the world ends – all the while trying to convince Alex that he doesn’t actually need a crossbow or blow dart gun to defend us. But, I suppose this is how we should live each year – as if it is our last. So, I’ll start the year thankful and reflective of the year that just passed, while looking forward to the year to come.

UPDATE of last year’s post:

Eleven things that I look forward to in 2011:

1. Quitting my day job (???… ok, maybe 2012)

– last day at the law firm: 10/20/2011.

2. Finding a perfect paper cutter.

– found a 1889 Challenge guillotine paper cutter on ebay, that had survived a town fire in 1920. It worked for the local newspaper. It’s exactly what I had been looking for, and, like my press, comes with it’s own history and stories. Alex and I often look at our dog and wonder about the life she had before she knew us – all of her stories that led her to the Buncombe County pound. She, like my press and paper cutter, have a history that they can never share with us. I imagine all of the words documenting events on all of the newspapers around the turn of the century – all of the history that skimmed across its surface. Alex and I made a 14 hour round trip to pick it up, along with its sibling, an industrial paper drill.

3. Seeing the work of Erik Minkin on TV.

My crazy talented big brother worked on the backgrounds of this past season of Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans.

He’s been busy working on music videos, shorts and other projects as well, and is finishing up his Masters of Animation at SCAD Atlanta. He’s pretty much every animation studio’s dream employee, and I think they’ll be knocking his door down to come work for them come graduation. I’m so proud of him and inspired to watch him make his dream a reality.

4. Seeing Alex Minkin’s Thesis Photography show.

My crazy talented little brother finished his Senior thesis at Guilford this May. He was inspired by a barn built in 1945 by Germans POWs in Greensboro, and took the most amazing pictures in it. Some of the pictures are printed on waterslide decals and mounted on glass, which allows for shadows and interesting cracks to show through – essentially turning the photograph into a sculpture.

We have this bad boy hanging in our living room.

I’m jealous and excited that he’ll be going to Cuba and India this year, and can’t wait to see the photography that emerges out of his travels.


5. Lizzie and Ben’s wedding (posts with their save the dates and invitations to follow in the coming months!) 

Are they not the most gorgeous bride and groom you’ve ever seen??

Their invitations and save the dates.

6. Celebrating Melanie and Scott’s engagement all year.

– Our BFF Andrea and I threw a little engagement party for this wonderful couple. I can’t wait for this spring when all of the festivities begin!

7. Working on the wedding invitations and other projects I have been entrusted with designing and printing.

8. Martha Stewart knowing my name (I’m ok with this one carrying over a year or two).

– carrying over a year or two. Though I will find out in a week or two if Mink Letterpress will be featured in Country Living Magazine for the Pitch Your Product special. I wouldn’t be surprised if Martha reads Country Living…

9. Learning more about printing.

– ongoing.

10. Drawing more.

-sorta kinda.

11. 11/11/11

– anticlimatic. I’ve been looking forward to this date since I was little, only to miss both 11:11 am and 11:11 pm on 11/11/11. Plus I wasn’t even invited to any awesome 11/11/11 theme parties. Bummer.

And number 12. Something that I didn’t know I was looking forward to at the beginning of 2011, but by the time it happened I realized I had been looking forward to it my whole life. Alex and I found out in early October that we are having a baby, due in late May, 2012. I’m just starting to feel the baby’s little kicks, and am  fascinated and amazed everyday that there is a human life growing inside of me. I’m so glad that my studio will be fully set up at home, and that I’ll be able to work and be at home with the baby. This baby definitely tops the list of things I look forward to in 2012.

2. having a busy spring filled with letterpress and design. Weddings, weddings, more weddings!

3. Melanie and Scott’s wedding. Will be posting their save the dates and invitations!

4. a year full of firsts – first baby experiencing everything for the first time, watching my parents become grandparents for the first time, first full year being self-employed…

5. Moving into my new studio – photos and updates to come!

6. Finding a second press?? I’ve been lusting over some Golding Jobbers that I’ve seen listed lately….

7. Finding out if we’re having a boy or girl – we’ll know in a week and a half!

8. Babymooning, and vacations with family and the new baby.

9. Spending another year with my wonderful husband. I can’t wait to see him step into his new role as a father – I know he’ll rock it.

10. Launching my new website, which is in the process of being designed by Brendan English.

11. Surviving the apocalypse.

12. Thriving in post-apocalyptic Asheville.


11 Responses to “2012”

  1. Lizzie January 3, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    In case it wasn’t obvious, I subscribe to your blog feed…moving on: Nicole, I am so proud and inspired by your 2011! You really did accomplish all your goals and more (i.e. baby). And I know your 2012 will be just as exciting. I can’t wait to watch your continued success!


  2. Debbie Szymanski January 3, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Nicole…I loved your blog!
    What a talent and special person you are. It has been so much fun watching you grow up through the years into a young woman.
    Not only are you talented and full of inspiring ideas- BUT…the most important thing- you are a sweet , and very kind person (just like your mother). May 2012 be another wonderful year!
    xoxo Debbie

  3. Melissa Tuck January 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Good stuff! Congrats on everything. I look forward to seeing what you produce in 2012. :)))

  4. Brian January 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    What a great place to be in, being able to look back upon some awesome accomplishments from 2011 and such exciting new adventures coming this year! I can’t wait to meet baby Lissenden!

  5. minkletterpress January 4, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Thanks everyone! Happy 2012 to you all!

  6. Whitney January 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Nicole! How fantastic!! Congratulations to both you and Alex I had no idea.. Great writing! Hope to run into you in not too distant future! Yay I literally gasped at 12

  7. Bruce Minkin January 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I’m so proud of you! You’ve always accomplished what you’ve set out to do and with such excitement and wonder. You will make the most wonderful and loving Mommie ever! 2012 will be the most amazing year of your life and we’ll be there to share it with you, Alex and the New Little One! As for the 2012 apocalypse….I will be buying my Holiday presents, albeit toned down alot!

    My heart is with you and Alex and the little kicker

    Love Dad

    • minkletterpress January 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      Love you Dad! Can’t wait to make a grandpa out of you! xoxo

  8. Tye Harris Photography January 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Is it sad that I almost teared up reading that post?

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