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Meet Via and Max

Via is a sweet friend & special part of our family,
an incredible artist and person
she and my brother Chris are proud dog parents of Max~
that dashing little yorkie she is holding.
She also makes the most amazingly beautiful letterpress stationary at her shop in Berkeley


~Here's a little bit about Via and about her letterpress business~

Hello. My name is Olivia, some call me by my nickname, Via. My company is named Olive-Route which is simply the root meaning of my names combined. Someone once told me the best way to name your business is to name it after yourself, so I did (sort of), I guess indirectly...
Olive- Route is a design and letterpress studio located in Berkeley, California. My work consists of (but never limited to) wedding invitations, special announcements, personal stationery, business identity and art prints. I mostly do custom work for clients, but am open to those who wish to bring their own designs, collaboration, and/or artwork to be letterpressed. I work on 2 presses, a Chandler and Price platen press that's reaching it's 100th birthday, and a mid-century Vandercook proof press. I adore them both, equally. I've always had a passion for design, although I couldn't figure out which medium suited me best until I found myself in graphic arts. I've always been attracted to things crafted by hand and when I apprenticed at a print shop a few years ago, I realized I could do both-- design and print my own work--and found it really satisfying. From one client to the next, I started my little studio...
If you are interested in my work and would like to know more, feel free to contact me, I love to talk shop.

Some examples of some of her work-
click to enlarge for all the beautiful details!

Love this.

and this...

She makes stationary, personalized notecards
& even large art prints.

She does all of this gorgeous work on her antique letterpresses.

Did I mention that OLIVE ROUTE was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings last year

or that she has an etsy where you can find lots more letterpressed stationary ready to purchase?

She will also happily do a custom design for you- from start to finish if you would like.

I am soooo excited to tell you that

Via is so incredibly generous and has offered a fantastic assortment
of letterpressed stationary and treasures
to one lucky friend of

French Country Cottage!

The pictures above show an assortment of beautiful cards,

a darling pressed coaster

and an incredible letterpressed art print!

Via is offering ALL of these beautiful treasures to help celebrate

500 friends in blogland!

All you have to do to be entered to win this fantastic giveaway is to
be a follower of French Country Cottage
and leave me a comment on this post saying you would like to be entered!

For a second chance-
Advertise this giveaway on your blog and let me know you did.

Special giveaway button is on my sidebar~ just copy and paste on your blog


You have until next Saturday January 22nd to enter
Stay tuned for more!

Finding this blogging community has been so wonderful!
Thank you so much for all the support and friendships you have given me -
I appreciate each of you so much!