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Lowcountry | Honeysuckle, Delphine Green and Blue Iris Color Palette

Lowcountry | Honeysuckle, Delphine Green & Blue Iris Color Palette via DelphineI’m so excited to share a color palette inspired by our fabulous photography intern, Margaret Franks! I just love how she captured the essence of South Carolina’s lowcountry in this peaceful shot.

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Lantana | Freesia, Forest & Crocus Color Palette

Color Palette Lantana Flower via DelphineThe Lantana flower, with its mix of yellow, purple and orange, looks like it was pulled straight from a fairy tale. It’s hard to believe they are real, but I promise they are. Delightful, right?

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Little Old Church | Cantaloupe, Charleston and Key Lime Color Palette

Little Old Church | Cantaloupe, Charleston and Key Lime Color Palette via DelphineHow darling is this little James Island Church? It’s painted a charming cantaloupe color. It looks like the perfect spot for an intimate wedding. Can’t you just see the wedding photos in your head? I’m picturing a chic hat with a net veil, emerald green high heels, and a dapper groom in a linen suit.

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Stationery Meetup May 22, 2012 in NYC

National Stationery Show 2012 Meetup DelphineOh So Beautiful Paper is co-hosting with me this year. We have chosen a beautiful location in Manhattan, Hudson Terrace, for the party. [Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 7PM-9PM at Hudson Terrace in NYC].

I’m really looking forward to the 2012 National Stationery Show. I don’t have a booth, am not showing my line, but am celebrating being part of this wonderful industry by throwing a party with Nole. I’m super thankful to be part of the world of paper + design! The party started as a birthday party for me, but has grown into a celebration of my favorite things with some of my favorite people in the world: other stationery designers.

Special thanks (and extra big hugs) to our lovely sponsors for helping to make the meetup happen again this year: Crane, Felt & Wire, Ladies of Letterpress, Mohawk, Paper + Cup, Stationery HQ, The Sweetest Occasion, and Tradeshow Bootcamp.

All stationery industry peeps (designers, exhibitors, reps, buyers, store owners, bloggers, wedding planners, stationery + wedding industry press) are welcome. Space is limited at the venue, so you must RSVP for admission. If you’d like to be on the invitation list please shoot stationerymeetup [at] gmail [dot] com an email with your full name and name of your business & we’ll add you to the evite list.  If you attended last year you’re already on the evite list and will receive an invitation in early May.

Yes, we’ll have goodie bags again. Trust me, you do not want to miss these. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you can be sure it will be filled to the brim with paper goodness. The first 100 guests will receive a goodie bag.

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A Lowcountry Commute

Lowcountry South Carolina commute view of tidal creek from marshThe “commute” to downtown Charleston, where our son goes to school, from our place on John’s Island means crossing three bridges and several Lowcountry tidal creeks and marshes. They have cool names like Stono and Wappoo. Everything is fun to say here. Even with the heaviest morning rush hour traffic it takes less than 30 minutes (15 of which is spent at the light outside our neighborhood). The scenery varies from pretty to spectacular. I don’t miss California freeways for one second!

 

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Hot Air Balloons

blue sky day hot air balloonTuesdays are photo shoot days. It’s such a great break from sitting at the computer all day. But booooo, it’s cloudy and icky this morning, so I’m not sure how much shooting we’ll get to do. Wishing it was a blue sky day, like last Sunday, when we went to the pumpkin patch near Rancho Santa Fe, California and were surprised to see hot air balloons launching in the field next to the pumpkin patch parking lot. The pink one actually hit our car as it was filling up!

pumpkin patch balloons

neon hot air balloonsDon’t you love the neon pink balloon? The color combo of neon pink with bright yellow, hot red and black is so cool.

//photos by Erika Firm

 

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field trip: birch aquarium in la jolla

Our first grader is on “ski week” vacation. Why they don’t call it President’s Day vacation is beyond me. But I digress …

It’s one of the busiest times of the year at the Delphine studio, so we couldn’t take time off for a proper vacation. Nor do we ski. Chilliness and I don’t mix very well. Instead, John and I are taking turns taking half-days off with our little one this week for a “staycation” in San Diego. We’re super lucky to live in a city where other people love to visit — there’s lots to do here. We decided this is the year we’re going to actually take some time out to enjoy our back yard! Hopefully we’ll find time to take some time together as a whole family to enjoy it all together soon.

It’s Museum Month in San Diego, so we went to pick up our half-price museum pass at Macy’s on the way to our first museum trip this week. We were super sad that they are all out of passes! Major bummer. We decided to press on anyway, and visited the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California yesterday.

This giant wolf eel looked super grumpy!

This gigantic fish tank is home to some pretty huge fish, including some that seemed larger than my kid! 

The little suckers on the octopus and starfish are really amazing up close. I also like this red and pink color combination. Inspiration strikes me in some of the strangest places!

My favorite tank is the reef tank, because it reminds me of snorkeling with my family in the Florida Keys. 

These sea plants remind me of fern botanical prints. Love the shapes here.

Hard to beat this view! The Birch Aquarium is available to rent out for special occasions like weddings and corporate parties. I’ve been to a few wedding industry events here.

We had a fabulous visit, and Alexander told me “this is one of the best days ever.” Awwwww. Just that made it worth it! 

All photos: Erika Firm

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antique shop

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A few weeks ago I went to visit my dear friend Reni’s new studio (super cute, by the way) and was completely intrigued by the unassuming antique shop located right next door (on State Street in Carlsbad, CA). The front looks a mess, just like the type of fun “junk shops” I loved to visit when I lived in New Bern, North Carolina. I spotted lots of fun treasures there — everything from vintage lamps to drawer pulls to a cool typewriter to a fun bright red 60’s suitcase. The prices were amazing, too (I was tempted to snatch up that suitcase — an American Tourister — for just $12. It was so cute I may just stage a photo shoot around it). When I walked through the shop to the backyard, I was astonished to see a sea of succulents and beautiful pots. In the side yard, by the storage shed, I snapped the photo above. It reminded me a bit of my day at the Brooklyn Flea Market last spring.

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