Mar 19 15

Welcome to Block Print Social!

Natalie Marchbanks at the Hotel Saint Cecilia | Photo by Chelsea Fullerton Jones | Block Print Social

Hello, & thanks for stopping by!

I’m not sure where to begin, so I thought I’d share a quick tidbit about myself, along with my intentions for Block Print Social & my reasons for starting it in the first place. You can get the full scoop over on the About page, but here’s a little something extra to get us off on the right foot.


I’m a collector.

I take after my grandmother in that way. She collected charms and silver serving dishes and English country antiques (though she lived her life in Houston, Texas). I collect coffee table books, black & white photography, John Derian trays, and quotes –often about design and the creative process– scribbled into notebooks, which (surprise!) I also collect. I’d like to collect other things which fall outside of my budget, so instead I window shop, or snap photos, or pin them.  Now that I have Block Print Social, I can write about them too.


In a sense, Block Print Social is a collection.

It’s a collection of desires & inspirations; rooms & spaces that stir something inside of me; objects that I find useful, or beautiful, or curious. I hope it will also grow into a collection of conversations with the people who create those places and objects. I already have a few of those conversations lined up, and I can’t wait to share them with you.


I wondered for a long time if loving beautiful things was frivolous. Then I started to read blogs by people who also love beautiful things. Books too, like Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch –

I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

I don’t wonder that anymore.

You see, beautiful things – the ones that aren’t found in nature – are made by people. They’re made of personal history and collective history; gut feelings and connecting the dots. They’re made of vision and courage – to try something and then try it again and to share the product of all that trying with people who might not connect with any of it.

But then again, they just might.

To connect with a beautiful thing is to connect with the person who created it; and to others who connect to it; and to whatever part of yourself connects to it. I suppose, when it comes down to it, that’s the reason I’m starting Block Print Social – to connect.


I like to begin any new project from a place of gratitude, and boy do I have a lot to be thankful for today.

I’m grateful to the people – my family and my friends – who encouraged me to start Block Print Social, and especially to Chelsea Fullerton Jones of Go Forth Creative, who designed the site & snapped the photo you see here, along with the my profile shot and the photos on the About page. It’s my opinion that Chelsea, along with Brandi Bernoskie who developed the site, made Block Print Social a beautiful thing in its own right.

Lastly, I’m grateful to you for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and read this. Thank you, thank you!

I hope you like what comes next.


4 Comments On Welcome to Block Print Social!

  • 1
    Chelsea / Mar 25 15 at 11:46 pm

    Bravo, Natalie! I love how you describe your intentions for the blog—beautifully said.

  • 2
    Tami Keller / Sep 16 15 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Nat – I think this might just be your very first blog on your site. I love it, I love how your beautiful thoughts flow out onto print for all the world to hear in such a beautiful way and I love you!! I am so proud of you and all you do!! You amaze me.

  • 3
    Mia / May 4 16 at 3:39 am

    Seriously so beautifully written, I wish I wrote this. <3

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