Monthly Archives: December 2009

happy birthday: martha stewart weddings

Happy Anniversary, Martha Stewart Weddings! Congratulations on 15 amazing, inspiring, wonderful years. We are super proud to be a sponsor of this historic issue. Even if you’re not planning a wedding, pick up the Winter issue (on newstands now) — it’s packed full of amazing ideas and eye candy. Also in the issue, photos from their gorgeous 15th anniversary party.

our ad is on page 103

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sweet holiday tradition: gingerbread

I am incredibly lucky (and thankful) to have amazing, wonderful, sweet clients. I received two emails first thing this morning telling me to push back (BACK! Not UP!!!) deadlines so that I can take some time to enjoy the holidays and be creative with my family. I am so thankful, because I really do love doing holiday crafts with my family. One tradition we have put aside in recent years is making a gingerbread house, since I’m always so busy this time of year. But this year I am compromising … instead of baking the house from scratch I am going to buy a pre-made “blank” house and decorate it with my family. After school today we’re going to the drug store to buy candies for the decorations. I love the Pez roof idea.

The photos above are Sassybeautimus‘s incredible work; I spotted the loveliness on the fun Gingerbread House group on Flickr.

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creative homework: styling group on decor8

The ever-inspiring Holly at Decor8 has just started a new Interior Styling Group! It’s meant as a forum for stylists to share their work, participate in photo-challenge assignments, and learn from each other. Read about it here on Decor8 while you charge your camera batteries.

image: Adore Vintage

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bright & cheery christmas tags

Have you seen our limited edition goodies, like these cute snowflake tree Merry Christmas tags, in our Etsy shop? We were printing a business card job on these bright fun colors and they just screamed Christmas to me for some reason. Sometimes it’s nice to switch up the old red, green, gold, silver holiday routine!

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gift guide: for the designerd

Have a graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, or other geeky “designer type” in your life? I know we’re not the easiest to shop for … here’s a gift guide with a few faves that are sure to please your designerd! (Psssttt … Santa … anything on this list would be super for me, too).

(1) Mnemosnyne Notebook from Sam Flax South $13.50 — because we never stop sketching   (2) West Elm Hare Snow Globe $29  –  because we prefer our holidays without dancing Santas  (3) Helvetica Coffee Mug from Veer $18  — we’ll chuckle every time we caffeinate  (4) Linnea’s Lights Blue Agave Candle from Dreamy $28  — because we share our studio with men & it could smell better around here (5) Nelly Script Flourish font by Tart Workshop $39  — because this is missing from the 2,297 fonts we own (6) Vosges Haut Chocolat Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library $25  — no explanation needed  (7) Sense and Sensibility Penguin Classics Hardover by Jane Austen (or any of these gorgeous editions) $13.60  — because when we’re done re-reading these classics the books will make excellent props  (8) Membership to Museum of Contemporary Art (like MCASD) $varies  — because sometimes we could use an afternoon off and a little inspiration  (9) Mr. and Mrs. Kate Spade Champagne Saucers from Macy’s $75  — because some jobs require a proper toast  (10) Slice Precision Cutter by Karim Rashid $6.99  — because we’re sick of looking for fresh blades  (11) Chanel eyeglasses $varies  — because if we must wear glasses they certainly must be chic  (12) Uppercase magazine $18 one issue or $130 subscription — because we truly heart design.

Pssstt … Santa … it’s me again … I have been a very good designerd all year long … and I would really love a new camera because mine is broken. Pretty please.

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holiday cards

 

photo by delphine

We delivered these sweet letterpress holiday cards over the weekend … now if we could only find time to do our own holiday cards!

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decorate: owl plushie ornament

You may  have noticed that I have a soft spot for all things owl-ish. My late grandmother, Olivia (namesake of our “Owlivia” card) collected owls and I seem to have inherited the gene. This super adorable plushie owl ornament by the uber-talented folks at Night Owl Paper Goods is seriously one of the cutest owls I have ever spotted. Hoot!

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new on cardstore: boxed stationery

New at Cardstore.com: cute boxed personalized stationery. 12 cards in a cool keepsake box for only $21! I’m tickled that they chose a bunch of our Delphine designs for this series (including the top right one above, which I designed while attempting to channel Jonathan Adler). Happy shopping!

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from inspiration to reality

We posted this yesterday on Designing Moms, but I thought you might like a peek, too.

The “Starlite” letterpress card is a part of our Delphine Modern Flora Collection.

From sketch (I keep a sketchbook filled with magazine clippings and sketches) to product (the card, as shot for press/promo). The card is available on our website here.
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decorate: kitten ornament

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Ajax the kitten is the best Christmas tree ornament ever. Though he does make the tree lean a bit.

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