This last weekend I attended two majorly fun events: One, a shower, to welcome the sweetest little girl Emmie to this world, and congratulate her super proud & beaming parents. The other, a birthday party, showcasing the work of one lovely Amy Rau of greengirlpress. She somehow found a way to make our collaborative calendars from last year even more gorgeous. Bravo! I am very much looking forward to the official relaunch of her webpage, coming in November. This wonderful teaming up of Amy and I….well, we are about to bring lots of beautiful things your way. Be excited.
Spoiler alert! Hmm, whose date could that be…
I am officially welcoming fall today. I enjoyed seeing the bright orange of the month staring at me as I moved September to the back of the letterpress calendar stack, and the rest of the day progressed through apple cider, carrot ginger soup, and jean & sweatshirt goodness. Our little lovebug is 9 months old today, and I can’t help wondering where the days are going! This week is no exception, and I am sooo looking forward to the greengirlpress open studio on Friday. Doesn’t that new logo look phenomenal (tooting my own horn)? I also got my first wedding suite back from the printer last week, and I’m really happy with the quality & reproduction of my original watercolor. Things are moving forward!
I’m going to recommend a book now that I have yet to make it to the end of. That might seem a bit ironic, but it’s not because this book isn’t engaging: it’s almost the opposite. It provokes thoughts that actually distract me from reading on. Suddenly I find myself reevaluating my belongings and surroundings. My initial interest in reading The Architecture of Happiness (Alain de Botton) was based on a misinterpretation of the title itself. I’m just going to say it, I didn’t read the back cover. I anticipated some delightful reading about the foundations (pun intended) of our general contentment as people. This was a rather broad expectation. The first few pages had me hooked, drawing parallels between the environments we inhabit, the objects we own, the energy we exude, & our overall enjoyment of life. So anyway, I wanted to share some of my favorite passages:
“It seems reasonable to suppose that people will possess some of the qualities of the buildings they are drawn to: to expect that if they are alive to the charm of an ancient farmhouse with walls made of irregular chiseled stones set in light mortar, if they can appreciate the play of candlelight against hand-decorated tiles, can be seduced by libraries with shelves filled from floor to ceiling with books that emit a sweet dusty smell and are content to lie on the floor tracing the knotted border of an intricate Turkoman rug, then they will know something about patience and stability, tenderness and sweetness, intelligence and worldliness, skepticism and trust. We expect that such enthusiasts will be committed to infusing their whole lives with the values embodied in the objects of their appreciation.”
“In essence, what works of design and architecture talk to us about is the kind of life that would most appropriately unfold within and around them. They tell us of certain moods that they seek to encourage and sustain in their inhabitants. While keeping us warm and helping us in mechanical ways, they simultaneously hold out an invitation for us to be specific sorts of people. They speak of visions of happiness.”
Eloquent, right?! Go read this book! If you are local, you can borrow it (underlined and all) from me when I’m finished.
This was today: Wegman’s marshmallow treasures, my beloved wake up call cup of coffee, and a stem of sedum that I am trying to root, daringly sitting atop a wedding invite sketch. Living dangerously, I tell you!
Last Friday marked one year since closing on & moving into our lovely yellow house. I made this for Michael. I used one of those cheap cardboard house boxes from the craft store as a foundation, and then did a painted corrugated cardboard, chalkboard (black gesso), calligraphy treatment to the outside. I think it’s rather darling. Maybe it, itself, will house ticket stubs or matchbooks or something of the like.
Getting pretty excited to share the next few wedding invitations I’ve been working on, which will be printed by a wonderfully talented, local, digital printing momma. I am also happy to announce that I can offer the very colorful selection of waste not paper envelopes with printed wedding invitation suites! Euro flaps anyone? Me me me!
Thursday was Michael and my 4th anniversary. Wow! How can a period of time feel like an eternity, and also like the first day of our lives together just began yesterday? Since our wedding, we’ve lived in 3 different cities, and moved 6, maybe 7 times. Pretty much we are professional packers, furniture arrangers, & home makers. I am very glad to have been settled into our house now for one year this week! It feels nice to have some constancy, since Liam has already turned our lives upside-down (in a truly awesome way!). Michael gave me this beautiful succulent from Arena’s, where our wedding flowers were from. Seriously, it is so cool. It doesn’t need to be planted; it just gets a quick spritz of water every week. I just love that guy; he is so sweet!
The pieces below were done for one of my bridal clients from last year. She chose to have calligraphy pieces of her and her now husband’s vows to match the envelopes I addressed for them. They are quite large, about 14″ tall, and will be matted and framed together. Such a nice keepsake- happy one year to them!
I’m going to make an effort to supplement this blog with things other than personal work and our day to day life happenings. It may be something I’ve read, or seen, or heard. It might be on trend one day, and ridiculously untimely the next; but it will have had some place in that inspiration center in my being, so it deserves a spot here!
To start, I thought I’d share a few videos from my favorite illustrator currently, Oliver Jeffers. His beautifully textural children’s books initially caught my eye, but he does so many wonderful illustrations for other clients & for himself. Work like this leaves me completely enforced. I want to paint, like, now!
How amazing is this picture book for ipad? Is it silly to consider purchasing one for this reason alone? And to top it off, it is narrated by Helena Bonham Carter. I mean….come on!
And I especially love his maps.
Some recent calligraphy happenings & hopefully finished products soon, too!
Working on some linen rock prototypes and trying to draft up a pattern to share. These will be paired with the prints from my previous post. I think it’s a rather charming relationship. Can’t wait to share the finished set soon!