Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Golden Coast

The little-girl me had the good fortune to be a travel diarist every now and then on long train trips from California to the eastern seaboard. I love unraveling the memories in those old journals, exploring their artifacts layer by layer - a printed itinerary from the Southwest Chief, envelopes taped to the pages, museum badges and folded up maps spilling from them.
Last month Alice and I took a day trip to San Diego for some shopping downtown. For lunch we decided to try a diner on Coronado Island and spent the rest of the afternoon there, wandering about the Hotel Del and the beachfront. I took a few photos along the way and made them into a "travel guide" that's hopefully as fun to look through as a real old travel memento. At the end of the guide you can opt to download a "Cut-N-Mail" postcard set with two views of Coronado. See it all by clicking the button below (please enable pop-ups).

Friday, July 16, 2010

In Brides Magazine

If you've been following for a while you might remember the butterfly escort cards I did for Project Wedding last September. I'm so pleased to share that the project has been published in the August issue of Brides Magazine with calligraphy by Nan DeLuca and photography by Wendell T. Webber.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pink Parasols

On the southern California coast, it's been a reluctant summer. Mornings dawn gray and cool, and colorless skies linger until afternoon. The hallmarks of summer have yet to occur - though I'm longing for beach trips, bike rides, and picnics. And while the sun has only just started to break through this week, I know before long we'll have the kind of weather that can only be abated by tall, cool drinks in the shade.I recently made these cocktail umbrellas for Papermash and photographed them in a picnic style setting. They come together simply with mini doilies, wooden skewers and a few other supplies - a softer more delicate twist on the ubiquitous tropical version. You can find all the details on the free project sheet available for download at Papermash.

Friday, July 9, 2010

July Fourth in Review

As I've written each year, I particularly like the Fourth of July. Usually it's a day lazily confronted; we barbecue and eat out of doors on an old floral-lattice sheet turned tablecloth. And most years we make it to the fireworks at Terrace Park or drive to a high point in town and watch them in the distance. This year I decided to enjoy the holiday a little less passively and plan ahead for a barbecue with my family and Brett's.I created a set of paper goods in Illustrator that included food trays, two banners, ice cream cone wrappers, sandwich pick flags, and a few other things.
I also broke out the sewing machine to make fabric bunting in shades to match.The paper trays were the starting point for everything, I printed them on heavy paper, and lined them with red and white wax paper (from Martha Stewart Crafts Holiday, found at a bargain store recently).
A coordinating "Happy July Fourth" banner hung from three tiers of red ribbon above the gate in the backyard.Sparklers were placed in a sand-filled pail along with a sign that includes a favorite quote I encountered in one of my readings for school last year: "It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with ...Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." John Adams to Abigail, July 3, 1776Store bought cups were embellished with stars - also made in Illustrator, printed, cut out and adhered.I filled a metal tub with ice and classic bottled Coca-Cola ; two dowels with eye hooks support a banner. Ice cream cone wrappers read "Sweet land of liberty" - taken from the song "My County, 'Tis of Thee." Lastly, additional details included striped straws left over from this project, simple white paper lanterns and red cutlery.