Monthly Archives: April 2009

new letterpress collection: baby animals

photo by delphine

Haute off the press: our new letterpressed Darling Lion Cubs card from the Baby Animals Collection. We’ll debut this fun collection at the National Stationery Show this May. Everything in this collection is printed in soy-based inks on minimum 30 percent pcw paper (as always).

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behind the scenes: the press room

photo by delphine

I snapped this shot at the press room last night as we were printing the new Baby Animals Collection. I love these colors best of our entire palette: ciel bleu, citron green, limonade, and celadon green.

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new letterpress collection: flora collection

photo by delphine

Haute off the press: our new letterpressed Viola card from the Flora Collection. The Flora collection is one of several new collections that will debut this May at the National Stationery Show.

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in the press … boho magazine

Last weekend I picked up a copy of boho magazine and fell in love. I bought a copy and brought it home so I could read every page. As I worked my way through the magazine I spotted our delphine Jellies (jellyfish card from our Marine Life Collection)! How exciting! I remember the editors asking for the photo, but I never heard back from them so I thought the story got cut. What a lovely surprise. I hope your week has some nice surprises in store for you.

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little lamb baby shower: part five (and final)

Jessica Davis has some awesome tips for shooting outdoor group photographs. Most important, she says, is to find a large, open shady spot. This will avoid squinty eyes (and will keep everyone cool). The more people you have the harder it is to make a photo look casual. She suggests using chairs to break up the group into different tiers. In addition to the large group shot, try breaking the group up into two or three smaller groups for more intimate photographs.

 

Okay, so I promised I’d tell you the best part of the Little Lamb Baby Shower Extravaganza. Did you guess what it is? The macarons? The cupcakes? The pomegranate vinaigrette? The Shower Shine punch? Are you ready? Well …

… the best part of the shower was none of those things I just mentioned. It’s the friendships forged, and that little peanut in Carrie’s belly, whom we cannot wait to meet!

All photos by Jessica Davis Photography. Missing, and sorely missed, from photos is baker extraordinairre, Alex. We missed you!

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secret to product photography: props and a great stylist

What’s the secret to great product photography? I used to think it was good lighting, a good camera lens, bright color, clean lines, use of white space/nice composition, and (duh) nice product to photograph. Now I think the secret is to hire a five-year-old to stylist to prop the photographs.

This is a preview of our new FLORA card: the first card from the Flora collection. We’ll be releasing it this May at the National Stationery Show. It’s letterpressed in sunny mimosa and blue iris inks on shimmery white pearlized paper. It will be available in stores (and online) in June.

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loving: springtime

I’m loving springtime. Over the weekend we had a true rainstorm. With one bolt of lightning and a clap of thunder and everything! (It doesn’t rain much here in Southern California).  I let my son (he’s five) stick his  face out the window so he could smell the lovely rain scent. It was Friday night, and he was worried about the “Eastery Bunny” being able to make it on time due to the inclement weather. He suggested we leave a trail of carrots and lettuce leading up to our door so that the Big Guy could find us in the rain. I’m happy to report that the trail of carrots worked, and the bunny made it on time.

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little lamb baby shower: part four

photographs by Jessica Davis Photography

Remember when I suggested shopping your (and your friends’) house before buying a thing? The little lamb was borrowed from Carrie’s mom; the vine sugar bowl/flower pot is my mom’s; the yellow bowls are my mom’s; the clear glass vase is from our garage; the adorable birdie salt/pepper shakers are mine (from Target); the flowers are from the Carlsbad Flower Fields (and some from Costco, too); and the lemons in the floral arrangement are from our back yard lemon grove.

Carrie loves balloons, and I do love how they look in photos, so we tied a bunch to the back of her chair, at a height where they would show up as a lovely backdrop in most photos taken of her. She’s holding a painting that my mom made for her.

photographs by Jessica Davis Photography

Most of these candies are from the Dollar Store. The puffy meringues are from Trader Joe’s. I picked up delicious Belgium (where Carrie has been living for the past year) chocolate from Trader Joe’s. Then I had to go back because I immediately ate a bar and so did my husband, and I had to replenish! I re-wrapped the chocolate bars in paper printed to match the shower. (“Ike” is the in-utero nickname she and her husband call the baby, in case you were wondering.)

In the next (part five-and-final) post in this series I’ll share the very best part of the shower. Can you guess what it is?

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