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Weeki Wachee Springs | Cool Water Color Palette

weeki wachee florida springs water color paletteA few weeks ago I played hooky from the studio and went to Florida with friends for a few days of fun. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the crazy, kooky Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Isn’t the water gorgeous?! I could have stared at the cool green blue water all day. Oh, and there were mermaids. Real ones. Loved it!

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Summer Necessities

French Rattan Lounge Chair Summer Wish List by DelphineLately I’ve been day dreaming about lounging with a great book and a yummy cocktail. This summer you’ll find me relaxing in my backyard, but my head will be in the Côte d’Azure.

SOURCES || Rattan Lounge Chair | Paris book | St. Germaine + Hendrick’s Cocktail

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7 Tote Bags for 17in Laptop

big tote bags for 17 inch laptop bags via DELPHINEI’ve been using big 17in laptops for nearly 10 years … and I’ve been searching for a cool laptop bag to fit my 17 inch laptop for nearly 10 years! After fruitless searches (they’re all too ugly, too boring, too small, or too expensive) I’ve resigned myself to using a big tote bag as a laptop bag instead of a traditional laptop bag. The Orla Kiely one I have now is awesome for day to day toting around my MacBook Pro, but not perfect for traveling because the handle isn’t long enough to go over my shoulders if I’m wearing a jacket. It looks like I’ll be doing a bunch of traveling over the next few months, so it’s the perfect time to invest in a new travel tote bag. At least this is the way I’m justifying the expense. Which one do you like best? I bought one … can you guess which?

SOURCES // top left: yellow tote  top right: emerald green tote  2nd row: canvas tote  3rd row left: cognac brown leather tote  right: mint green leather tote  4th row left: navy and white stripe tote  right: brown leather tote

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2013 Bucket List

Delphine Bucket List 2013 CharlestonI am just loving the January issue of Charleston magazine. Their bucket list is inspiring, and came at the perfect time for me … I’m determined to get to know my home town better.

Angel Oak Tree on John's Island, South CarolinaOne of the things I’d love to do this year is visit Angel Oak Tree more often. It’s just a few minutes from my house, and every time I go I leave feeling calm and centered. I snapped this photo with my iPhone the morning after a rain.

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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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Hello, Charleston! Goodbye, SoCal!

Delphine has moved from Southern California to South CarolinaSo you may have noticed some radio silence over here … I do have a good excuse! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in packing paper, tape, and boxes.

I am ever so pleased to share with you that we have moved, and once again we can call the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina home! We’ve found a lovely place to live on John’s Island (just a hop and skip from downtown Charleston) and will begin the search for the perfect studio very soon. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to re-discovering my “home” town with John and our second grader.

Nearly 13 years ago John and I were married in Charleston, our very favorite city. I went to high school here, and have lots of fond memories of my teen years spent on IOP and downtown at Bishop England High School.  The city has always been a source of inspiration for me. In fact, many of our Delphine wedding invitation designs are directly inspired by Charleston and are named for local spots (i.e. Meeting Street, Charleston Stitch and Sullivan’s Island).

By the way, our studio phone number is the same: 888-570-7181. Drop us a line and say “hey.” We can’t wait to meet all of y’all ; )

—Erika & John

 

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countdown to NSS: pack an umbrella

The National Stationery Show (NSS) is only 5 1/2 weeks away (GULP). I am SO HAPPY to not have to plan a booth this year. It’s a super stressful time suck. However, I still plan on going, for lots of reasons. I will be wearing many hats: designer, friend, buyer, licensor, licensee, blogger, writer, cheerleader, Stationery Show Meetup planner. What badge to wear? 

For all you newbies, remember to pack an umbrella. It’s the best way to ensure good weather ; )

Here are four chic umbrellas, in various shades of my latest favorite color, yellow. No. 1: Burberry “Kensington” umbrella from Bloomies  No. 2: Marimekko Silkkikuikka umbrella from Umbrellas.net  No. 3: Clear bubble umbrella with yellow trim from Target  No. 4: Yellow & Gray travel umbrella from Jonathan Adler.

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geek chic for 2011 design & blog conferences

Normally at this time of year I’d be starting to freak out about trade shows. Atlanta just passed, NYIGF is going on right about now, and the National Stationery Show is coming up in just a few months. In years past, I’d be a hot mess right now, trying to finish up collections, make travel arrangements, scrape together pennies, design my booth, and schedule meetings on the other side of the country, all the while juggling running my business, design projects, and family life.

This year I’ve decided to take time off from the shows. That’s right: Delphine will not be exhibiting this year. A lot of factors went into this decision, but the major one was my sanity. I was a little worried that I would feel left out as the tweets started pouring in from Atlanta and NYIGF, but instead I just feel relief. I really can honestly say that I don’t miss the shows at all. I do miss seeing my friends, but the shows themselves: nope.

Not doing the shows left me with time to fill my calender with some of the things I’ve always wanted to do: like enjoy lectures and design conferences. This year quite a few are right here in San Diego (BlogHer, Engage11, and my favorite conference: the Y Conference). I haven’t decided if I’ll go to all three yet, but for sure I’ll be at two of them.

In preparation for the Y Conference, I am hoping to splurge on a few things I’ve been needing wanting for a while now: 1} a brand new field note book from russell+hazel, and 2} a bright yellow Caran D’ache pen to record all the genius things I learn at the lectures. Nobody will want to be near me if I’m not properly caffeinated, so 3} a new yellow travel mug for coffee (Crate and Barrel) is in order. I swear we used to have a dozen travel mugs and they’ve all managed to disappear. Does that happen at your house? Where do all the travel mugs go?  It has been a few years since I got a new pair of glasses, and I’m totally in love with everything about 4} these Warby Parker frames.

It can get chilly in lecture halls, so a bright yet cozy scarf like 5} this lightweight yellow and white scarf from J. Crew would be lovely to have stashed in 7} a chic and understated waxed canvas tote bag (also from J. Crew). John, I can hear you … and the answer is no, it is NOT POSSIBLE to have too many tote bags. Besides, I don’t have anything as cool as this one. For real.  When attending design conference, there are almost always swag stations sponsor rooms. For these, it is imperitive to have a supply of up to date business cards. Plus, it’s always nice to be able to hand a new friend a fresh card from a 8} swanky metallic leather business card holder, not a beat up one from the bottom of your tote bag that’s covered in gum, pen marks or cracker crumbs. It goes without saying that 9} new shoes—stylish but comfy ones by Tom’s—would be super nice to have, too.

A friend has convinced me to join the Greeting Card Association. I was on the fence about it, until I realized that the annual conference will be in 6} Austin this year. My two best friends in the whole world live there, (surpise R + D! I’m coming to visit this summer at long last).

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artist: kevin gilmore

Sachuest Point, by Kevin Gilmore

Last spring, after a loooong day at the National Stationery Show in New York City, I wandered into a wine shop in Brooklyn, in desperate need of a bottle of relaxation. Keep in mind that I had been at NSS and Surtex all week. If ever there is a place for eye candy overload, it’s at the Jacob Javits Center. Anyway, I wandered into Windsor Wine Merchants, walked past a smallish painting on the wall, then literally walked backwards and stood nose to glass, staring at this fabulous painting by Kevin Gilmore. This one foot square painting blew away everything I had seen at the trade shows all week. Just thinking of it still makes me happy.

You can visit some of Kevin Gilmore’s work (and Kevin himself, often) at Windsor Wine Merchants at 216 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn NY. Also he has a holiday show at Jessica Hagen Fine Art in Newport, RI this weekend. And you can also see some of his work at Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

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intern post: inspired by paris

GUEST POST by Delphine intern, Courtney Fone

This past summer I had the chance to study abroad in London. During one of the weekends I took a side trip to Paris. This city of vintage type and amazing architecture was a great source of inspiration for my current work. Recently I had the chance to design a poster for the SDSU Theatre through a design course. Much of this poster came from my experience in Paris. 

All photos and poster design by Courtney Fone.  Reminder: you may click on just about any image on this blog to see it larger.

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