November brought the release of the fifth volume of Mid Seattle. The cover features Dick's Drive-In's Lake City location on Christmas last year. It's one of the only times to catch Dick's completely empty, and it happens to be on our route home from my parents' house. The accompanying pin was inspired by a roller rink featured in Volume Five.
I also made an promotional video to show off what's inside. Using some stop motion, I rolled the roller skate pin through some scenes from the issue and recorded a soundtrack using acoustic and electric guitars. You can watch below.
I've been impatiently waiting for a couple months for this project to become real, but now it's here–the postcard that plays on your turntable. I've been familiar with this technology since I was a kid and my dad showed me a 1962 Seattle World's Fair playable postcard, but it wasn't until this year that I thought to do one myself. You can write on one side and affix postage, but the other side has fine grooves that'll spin like normal on your turntable. It even features a short song by Seattle's own Cataldo, written specifically for the postcard. Grab one in-store at Porchlight and online at Porchlight Design Co.
Years ago, I designed a howling wolf pin to be sold at the shop. Soon after, someone from the Wolf Conservation Center in New York got in touch to stock them in their gift shop. This month, they asked for new custom colors in addition to the original white wolf. They're exclusively available in their online store. Support the wolves.
I design all the greeting cards sold at Porchlight, and each year I add a new one for the holidays. The latest one shows Santa Claus comin' to town (in a van). If you look closely, you may see a couple nods to Christmases of my childhood: the Beach Boys Christmas album and a little bit of gum under the snow globe, Wet Bandits style.
Most Seattleites are familar with the gigantic hat and boots in Georgetown's Oxbow Park, but in the 1950s they were designed by Lewis Nasmyth as a gas station (hat) and restroom (boots) in another part of Georgetown. They served their gas pumping, facility-providing purpose until the late 80s when they were left abandoned. They were restored and moved to their current Oxbow Park location in 2003. I made these 3" wide ornaments for the holidays this year and you can get yours at Porchlight Design Co.
Late in November, I also brought back the Elephant ornament–which immediately sold out like last year. Another run was put into production immediately and they're scheduled to be back on December 21. Pre-orders are still going at Porchlight Design Co.
Speaking of ornaments, my frequent collaborators at Westland Distillery wanted to bring back the snow globe ornaments I made for 'em last year. Get one of your own and a delicious/fancy bottle online or at the distillery.
I also designed a tote bag for 'em this month. The design features a hand, a whiskey glass, and Mt. Rainier. While I don't normally sign designs, they asked and I gladly obliged. The fine folks at Night Owls printed the totes and did a perfect job capturing all the details.
Lastly, my favorite photos from the month...