PA Dutch Traditions: Groundhog Day

An early spring or six more weeks of winter?

Groundhog Day is a Pennsylvania German custom originating from southeastern and central Pennsylvania. The holiday, traditionally celebrated on February 2nd, has become widely recognized since it was first adopted in the U.S. in 1887, especially after the widespread attention it got after the 1993 film Groundhog Day was released.

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According to folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he will retreat to hide in it’s burrow and there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

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The Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle

Since 1887, Groundhog Day has been celebrated in Punxsutawney, PA and this year will be Punxsutawney Phil’s 131st prognostication. The official celebrations started when Clymer H. Freas, who was the editor of the local paper Punxsutawney Spirit, began promoting the town’s groundhog as the official “Groundhog Day meteorologist.” Since then celebrations in Punxsutawney have attracted crowds as large as 40,000 people at Gobbler’s Knob, the location of Phil’s burrow.

There are many legends surrounding the actual event and kept alive by the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle (a group of dignitaries responsible for carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day every year). The Inner Circle says that there has only been one Punxsutawney Phil and that he gets his longevity from drinking the “elixir of life” every summer which gives him seven more years of life.

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Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day”

On Feb. 2nd, Phil will come out of his burrow and speaks to the Groundhog Club president in “Groundhogese” (a language only understood by the current president of the inner circle) and then his proclamation is then translated to the world. You can watch the festivities broadcast live starting at 6am EST HERE.

Whatever you may believe, Pennsylvania Dutch traditions are a huge part of our history at Paisley Dog Letterpress. Our unique Pennsylvania Dutch heritage was the inspiration for our letterpress coloring art print that features delicate and highly detailed illustrations that you can color in yourself! Original pen-and-ink illustrations were created by emerging artist Bonnie Watts, featuring Hex signs, a Distelfink, and Unicorn (to name a few). Shop our Etsy Store HERE.

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Growing up in the heart of beautiful PA Dutch country we found the inspiration for our PA Heritage Collection. Check out more of our Pennsylvania Dutch- PA Heritage Collection (everything from cards to art prints to coasters) HERE.

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“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.” –Phil Connors (Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day’)

The time is near for a New Year… and drinks!

Celebrating another year with love, happiness and cheer.

It’s hard to believe, but we have almost survived 2016. Whether you’re headed to a New Year’s Eve party or staying at home to watch the ball drop, we’re sure that you’ve got celebratory New Year’s drinks on your mind. From beer to fancy cocktails to the classic champagne, we’ve got your list of the most popular drinks to try for your New Year’s celebration.

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  • Spiked Hot Cocoa. Almost everyone likes hot cocoa. When you add coffee and Irish cream flavored liquor to your cocoa, you have a delicious drink for New Year’s. Add marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate syrup to the top and you have a delicious and festive drink.
  •  A New Year’s Themed Cocktail. With so many options for cocktails, we found a list of 10 interesting New Year’s Cocktails (a few of them can be seen in the above image) for you to try.
  • Spiked Punch. If you are having a New Year’s party, spiked punch is the perfect party drink to have on the table. Most often a red punch, though it can be a variety of colors, and typically with vodka or rum thrown in, spiked punch is a party favorite. Be sure to provide a non alcoholic version for those people who are not drinking.
  • Champagne. A staple at all great celebrations, a good bottle of bubbly will make a lasting impression on all that attend the party.

(And if you are looking for some pretty sweet coasters to place all your drinks down on? We’ve got you covered with our letterpress coasters. Check them out HERE.)

Have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy start to 2017 from our PDP family to yours!


Little Free Library

Take a book, leave a book. The grassroots Little Free Library movement has taken the country by storm.

littlefreelibrary-1Beginning in 2009, the first Little Free Library was built by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin. He built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard where many of his neighbors and friends would stop by and they all loved it so much that Bol built more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said ‘FREE BOOKS.’

Since then, Little Free Libraries have been popping up around the world. The Little Free Library Movement’s mission is “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

By the end of 2011 there were nearly 400 Little Free Libraries across the U.S. and by May of 2012, Little Free Library was officially established as a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation with a board of directors. By September, the Internal Revenue Service granted them tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and by November 2016, Little Free Library reached 50,000 Libraries across the globe. 

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When friends of ours decided to start a Little Free Library in Fleetwood, PA recently we had to be a part of their exciting endeavor!  Paisley Dog Press happily donated Library Card Letterpress Bookmarks (See photos above) for their entire library, which is perfect for those of us who miss the old days of checking out a book by hand from the library. And with this bookmark, you can see the books “secret life” and where it has traveled. Purchase your own Library Card Letterpress Bookmarks HERE.

We have a wide variety of bookmark designs available, such as our collection with quotes from famous authors perfect for all bookworms. All of our bookmarks are printed by hand on our vintage platen presses using 100% cotton paper. Check out our whole collection of bookmarks HERE.

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“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”
–R. David Lankes

 


Before Black Friday Hits–Take Time to be Thankful

The Christmas rush is coming fast, take time to give thanks

Thanksgiving. It seems as though once Halloween is over; everybody immediately breaks out the Christmas music. But here at Paisley Dog Letterpress, we are all about fully celebrating this often overlooked holiday.

There are many great things about the Thanksgiving holiday season– family, football and the parades are all great, but let’s face it– we all LOVE the food! Before you run off to cash in on all those black Friday sales, take time to give thanks to your loved ones with our colorful letterpress thank you notes.

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Start a NEW tradition this Thanksgiving… Place a card at each seat around the dinning room table. Give loved ones the opportunity to reflect on the past year. When they have captured (in writing) what they are thankful for… share your blessings and bring some letterpress love to the thanksgiving table this year! Shop HERE.

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Need a creative thank-you idea for your gracious Thanksgiving host? This Letterpress Art Print is sure to guarantee your invite for next year. We’ve got designs for everyone, and we ship worldwide, so get them HERE.

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Will you be making hand turkeys with the kiddos this year? We have a folksy, modern take on the classic Thanksgiving hand turkeys of our youth. Inspired by childhood memories, the smell of pumpkin pie, and the leaves changing colors during the fall season. This letterpress gobbler was hand cranked with love on our Vandy Universal 1. Additionally, get a FREE Maple Leaf Letterpress Greeting Card with purchase of Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Art Print! Check it out HERE.

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“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” ~ Irv Kupcinet

Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling


The leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder and our letterpress collection is ready to celebrate all things fall!

How are we in October already?! The summer just flew by. As the temperatures drop, life’s pace seems to slow a bit and provides the opportunity for us to catch up on things we’ve been meaning to accomplish. I may be guilty of canceling a few girls nights or forgetting to send a thank you note or two. These critter note cards are the perfect way to brighten someones day! A handwritten note, expressed in the words of someone who cares enough to send that note, means much more than any purchased greeting card can ever possibly mean. Here’s a few for you to check out:

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It is almost time for Halloween. You have probably been planning your kid’s costumes for weeks now. But have you considered some new wall art? These Letterpress Day of the Dead Skulls are sure to do the TRICK. Available in an assorted set of 3 (Yellow, Orange, and Green) or separately.

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There is nothing like the cool fall air to make you want to curl up with a good book. Don’t dog-ear your favorite classics anymore and save your spot with a sumptuous bookmark featuring quotes from some of your favorite authors. All bookmarks are printed by hand on our vintage platen presses using 100% cotton paper.  Check out our wide variety of designs here.

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With the colder weather keeping you inside, it’s the perfect time to spice up your decor. Pile on the plaid, go all out with throw pillows – and adorn your walls with a letterpress art print. We have a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from for all interests:

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“AUTUMN, THE YEARS LAST LOVELIEST SMILE.” ~William Cullen Bryant

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