Category Archives: excursion
How 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.Pin It
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.Pin It
The “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!
Tuesdays 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!
//photos by Erika Firm
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.
Hope everyone has a fun, happy and safe New Year’s Eve!
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.
photo: Vallentyne Photography
Most people don’t realize this, but Delphine is a pretty small (as in short staffed) studio. Besides John and I, everyone else works remotely–from all over the state. So it can be a little isolating. Lately I’ve started getting out of the studio more: working in coffee shops, meeting with clients outside my own studio, mingling with fellow creatives, co-working with friends, and it has been fabulous. I’ve also co-founded North County Graphic Designers, a group that meets up every so often to chat about the business of graphic design. Now that I am well past my grad school days, it’s fun to attend lectures and seminars (no homework — yaaaay). This month I’m going to watch the TEDx San Diego conference with fellow designers (let me know if you’d like the scoop–we’ll be meeting in Oceanside), and attend the Brand You seminar …
One of the people I’ve been fortunate to get to know a little better lately is David Lecours (remember last week’s logo crush?). Besides being a fabulous designer, David is also a creative coach and speaker. I’ve signed up to attend his seminar this weekend (Saturday, November 6 2010 9am – noon). David will be speaking about:
1) How to Identify and Refine Your Core Genius
2) Positioning Your Brand in the Market
3) How to Promote Your Brand to Attract Clients That Value Your Brilliance
There are still a few slots available (and today is last day for early bird $20 discount). Please visit http://brandyou.eventbrite.com for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!
The Humble Abode is having an “Open Abode” this weekend. Stop by the charming San Clemente bungalow on Sunday and check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.
Yesterday I was riding the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan and noticed that I was the only person on the entire train wearing a colorful jacket (bright yellow, no less). But I was able to spot some color on the streets, which soothed my senses.
I think I just discovered the perfect place to take my Mémé Delphine (my grandma and the namesake of my company) for a lovely lunch: DELPHINE at the W Hotel in Hollywood. I’ve already scoped out the menu and they have all my favorite French bistro fare, like croque madames and steak frites and niçoise salad. Mmmmm.
We don’t get too many rainy days here in Southern California. This past weekend it rained and it took my five-year-old about 30 seconds to rush into his room, pull on his galoshes, grab an umbrella, and head outside. He was desperately seeking puddles to stomp in. Alas it only rained for about 3 minutes, so no puddles. He did see his very first rainbow, though. You can’t see it in the photo, but it was a double rainbow. My son and I both were mesmerized.
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.