Monthly Archives: April 2009


If you’re planning on serving bubbly at your wedding, check out this cool website at Mumm Napa Valley. It will help you choose the vintage that will pair well with your meal. This one is my favorite.

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from the backyard: artichokes

I love artichokes! I think this one, in our backyard, is almost ready to eat. The other day while on a walk with my son I spotted a large patch of wild artichokes. Do you think it’s okay to pick them? I like them steamed and dipped in vinaigrette.

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inspiration: do something about it

do something about it print by orange beautiful  • photo by Vallentyne Photography

One of my favorite things in my studio is this Do Something About It gocco print by Orange Beautiful. The glitter E’s were a Christmas gift from my mom last year. It’s a nice reminder that you are responsible for your own destiny. I firmly believe that you make your own luck.

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sale at solo: don’t miss this

If you live in Southern California do not miss this sale. It’s so fun! Over the years I’ve picked up some of the most amazing finds at this sale, including a super cool green lamp made from totally re-purposed materials, a fabulous antique French vanity table (which I painted high gloss citron-green!), and many fun photo shoot props.

The merchants at SoLo are cleaning out their warehouses and personal collections to make room for merchandise purchased from recent buying trips.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase amazing items at drastically reduced prices!

Everything from vintage Asian items, mid-century modern, antiques, industrial furniture, art, children’s items, candles, soaps, collectables, accessories, books, cds and display items will be on sale. Most items will be offered at cost or below. Seriously!!!

This sale is for three days only: Friday May 1st 10am to 6pm, Saturday May 2nd 10am to 6pm, Sunday May 3rd 11am to 5pm.

SoLo 309 South Cedros Ave Solana Beach 92037

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internship at delphine

poster by publicis mojo via creative review

We’re looking for a few summer interns! If you love paper, are into design, like blogs, know how to work a mac/illustrator/photoshop, would like to learn about running a small biz/marketing/pr/letterpress, are a good copywriter, and can commit to 10 hours per week for ten weeks (starting in june or july), then please send me an email: erika [at] delphinepress [dot] com. We’re located in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The internship is unpaid, but we promise you’ll learn a ton (and will pick up some sweet letterpress cards along the way).

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our tenth wedding anniversary

Meeting Street design by delphine

We’re celebrating in the delphine studio: today is my wedding anniversary! John and I were married ten years ago in Charleston, South Carolina on Meeting Street at the Circular Church; our reception was across the street at the lovely Mills House Hotel.

John and I would love to celebrate by offering $250 off and free matching place cards or info cards with your Meeting Street wedding invitation order.

Part of our brand new “Charleston Collection,” the Meeting Street design was named for the street where we were married in Charleston. The swirly motif is inspired by ironwork details on the famous balcony of the Mills House Hotel, where General Lee once had his headquarters during the Civil War; the double design elements evoke a sword arch formed by a dozen Marine Officers greeting a new bride (that was me!). It also works great for a seaside wedding, as the curves also look like waves.

Check out our newly updated website with new online ordering. You can view photos of the designs, get a quote, customize every piece instantly, preview and order online…it’s pretty fun to use!

I love to see couples make our designs their own by customizing them for their own special day with just about any combination of inks, papers, envelopes, and fonts …. We don’t have any pre-set color combinations or pre-printed stock; every piece is printed to order for each bride.

The code to enter upon checkout: ANNIVERSARY. Offer expires May 31, 2009. Offer applies to the Meeting Street design only.

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RE: ten years

Yes! I have gained (unauthorized and unsupervised) access to the blog controls.

Its been ten amazing years since Erika and I were married. There are many things to say on this occasion that are not exactly blog-appropriate; but I did want to post a couple pics and a few thoughts for clients of delphine and readers of delphine-ephemera.

A classic pic of Erika and I under the sword arch. One of the great things about working at delphine is that I get to re-live this wonderful day a little bit each time we print a couple’s wedding invitations. It’s easy to envy the “new guys” (as I call them) because they are just about to experience it for themselves.


One of my favorite pics of my beautiful bride.


Here’s a couple shots of Erika back at the beginning in her “office” in our first apartment. Note the 50 lb. computer and the floppy disks. I don’t even think there was an internet connection. Who knew where she would be ten years later: a string of national design awards under her belt, national licensing partners, international design clients, president of a leading letterpress company, products carried in hundreds of stores across the US and abroad….

I’m so proud of you, Erika; can’t wait to see where we’ll be in another ten.

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color palette: perfect poppies

photo by delphine

I snapped this shot with my iPhone last weekend outside the local Rancho Santa Fe library. The local Garden Club does a truly spectacular job of keeping the village full of beautiful flowers. I especially love these melon colored poppies.

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wish list: jewelry box

jewelry box from west elm

Just in case anyone you know (ahem*cough*cough) has an anniversary or birthday coming up … this jewelry box from west elm would make a lovely gift. Even better if it had this Taurus necklace inside.

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