Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Betty get your gun

We finished up my Grandma's invites today. The best part? the hunter gal on the envelope...My grandma went deer hunting with her own gun up until a handful of years ago. Betty get your gun!

Two color letterpress with one color envelope printing. Policy #10 envelope size

Monday, June 28, 2010


darlings...that is Christy Turlington on the right. I would like to point out that she is holding her own here at 41yrs next to the CHILDREN!!

spotted here...the other child I adore who's getting paid for all of this.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

do you know about this site?

ThxThxThx She's documenting gratitude.

...simple and brilliant and why didn't I think about it first? I already do this a million times a day anyway. grrr another money maker stolen!

thanks to Diane for the tip

Friday, June 25, 2010

I posted this today for a clients facebook page but I just couldn't resist passing it along to you.

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

My fav is ol' Yoda at the end

happy friday

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I had an idea

So I had this idea the other day - and if I told you the full story it would all make sense. It's still my little secret though.

but my assistant rolled this off today and both of us nearly passed out from the beauty of it.
so chunky you can nearly lay your little head down on those pillows of paper!

please click to enlarge all of the fabulousness

Monday, June 21, 2010

Garance Doré has a lovely post about an Italian perfumery in business from the 1200's she says. I'm in love with the packaging - I want to go hang out in the store!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

sneak peek - ninety

My grandma is turning 90 this summer and we're planning a little bbq for her and attempting to get everyone in the same room together which hasn't happened for some time.

I'm going to letterpress her invite in the next couple of weeks. I mean at 90 if you don't deserve a party I don't know when you do! Stay tuned for the real printing. I'm kinda excited about the envelope!

photo above my great grandparents in the right and left corners, in the middle? My grandma with my grandpa in they younger days. Aren't they the cutest things ever?

Happy Father's Day Dad!!
hope everyone has a lovely day with their dad folks

Friday, June 18, 2010

The beauty and Grace of Life

I've talked about this website before.

but you should see the video today on CNN about it. A beautiful ending for a story that is entirely about the Grace of Life.

to see the full site visit here CNN has their link incorrect

color me friday

this made my morning. There are a few streets here in Long Beach I'd like to paint up like this. Brilliant.

let's colour project
via black eiffel

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Stella is ready for her California debut

Did I ever tell you I had a 1965 Vespa, she was cherry red with a white seat and chrome. Seriously the cutest thing you've ever seen on two wheels. I bought it for myself for birthday 34 I think? Completely restored I was stopped nearly every time I rode it, asking me where I got it [EBay] I sold it a couple years later because it was a kick start and I couldn't kick it over without throwing my back out [yah tell me about it]. These Stella scooters are as good as it gets [shape wise] for modern scooters [this coming from someone who use to work with a MAJOR motorcycle manufacture]

previously unavailable in California because of emissions problems Genuine Scooter Co finally got it figured out with a 4-stroke. They're taking pre-orders now. Will you pick me up one while you're out? I'll take that blue one please. White Seat if it's available.
150cc $3599

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

what's up buttercup?

I haven't had many personal stories to share. It's down-right boring around here. This weekend? big project was cleaning out a closet. I've cleaned out one closet a week for three weeks. Spring Cleaning and the whole when he finishes school in {gasp} Mid August.

If he makes it. We both are operating on glass half empty premise. you would have to hear the tales behind this half-assed school to know what I mean. In all of my days I've never seen anything like this place. I won't say anymore until he's done. jinx you owe me a coke.

In other news? I will shock you with this bit of information. I went to the Unemployment Office today [they said I had to] and what I can tell you is was nice inside. The people weren't too horrific. And get this...the woman who helped me was NICE and HELPED ME without a huff or a puff or a you're so stupid look from the corner of her eye ever. In fact she hugged me. I kept thinking am I being punked? The wonders never cease!

Lastly, got a job for me? something part time like between the hours of 5am -I'm sleeping till when I wake up that pays really well and has health insurance [preferably Kaiser so I can just stay with the insanity?] Really? no job hu? rats... ok back to the drawing board errr job board I guess.

that insanely organized closet is not mine pink suede shoes she is my new idol

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

have I mentioned I'm off coffee? not of my own accord but some homeopathic medicine I'm taking doesn't allow for coffee or mint. Try brushing your teeth without mint. Yah.

Cappuccino from Mojo Bicycle Cafe from PUBLIC Bikes on Vimeo.

I can't tell you how much of a junky I feel like watching this. I started to salivate.

I dream of Pat Nixon

Chris Benz resort 2011 collection was inspired by Pat Nixon. I'm so down with it. Sassy but elegant

photos via

Sunday, June 13, 2010

artist Jennifer Celio

I went to a show on friday night that was full of surprises. I had not been in the space since it was a metal/tin shop some years ago. Now it's this really cool funky space that can be rented out for events as well as art shows. I'm sort of obsessed.

But this woman? Jennifer Celio pretty much blew my mind. You can't tell from the photo but she does this very detailed pencil marking in the style of Edward Gorey if you're familar.

She then takes these simple little city imagery and puts in on a large white board, leaving the image to just float. like the one pictured here. I love me some white space the same as I like chocolate.

$2200 was my Friday night crush - If I had it? wouldn't have thought twice. seriously worth it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

dream home

in case anyone was wondering - this might just be my dream house. I mean who doesn't want a loft above their kitchen?

photos: The Selby is in your place See the whole amazing place here.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Karey from Mackin Ink emailed me a bit ago and asked can you turn this postcard into something letterpressed? So I took that little pattern she had done for her friend and made it into a beautiful wedding suite. Even I was surprised by all of it's amazingness.

it's hard to tell but the color was this lovely deep blueish-purple, and I pressed the main envelope so that the design was partly on the front and the back [new for me]. I haven't been this nervous about a job in a long while I might add, I dunno something about being perfect, I wanted it all perfect for her. The most surprising part? the little rsvp envelope which I made to have the little motif on the back flap - it looked like something that would come from the Royal Family. They are in the U.K. after all!

have an idea of something you want to make come to life on an invite? I love that more than words. just contact me and we can chat about it all and dream up something fantastic. richele[at]

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I'm having a moment

I can't decide if I'm having a moment about green, Oscar or just dresses in general.
All photos from Oscar de La Renta's Resort Show. Images from

we just got the cutest new vintage dingbats

available with personalized notecards

Monday, June 07, 2010

A strange sort of giveaway...

is your name Jamie? Do you know a Jamie?

a funny giveaway today...This is a perfectly lovely set of cards with the exception of the person's name was Jaime I was making them for [thankfully I discovered prior to sending!] your name Jamie? I have a lovely set of notecards with your name all over it {seriously} just contact me richele [at] and I'll send you a free set of cards.

I just really hate wasting paper and ink. Plus? I'm sure there's a Jamie out there dying for a set of notes anyway.


Have I ever told you stripes and dots make me happy? they do.

I could so use a dose of happy. It feels like I've been sick for weeks [really only 1 week] that I won't stop coughing and that there are just not enough cough drops to help a sister out.

I think it's stress. I've started interviewing again for reals. Then I got a call from my doctor ... hey we'd like you to come back because we see something fishy [it was nothing] Nothing like being a grown up to add a little stress to your week.

but stripes? totally wash it all away. Well mostly anyway

Available at the Alice Supply Co

Friday, June 04, 2010

cute vintage type

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I've got some serious back next week

photo by 's photostream

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Karen Elson

are you in Los Angeles? Karen Elson [wife of Jack White] is performing at Spaceland Wed June 9th. Wish I was going but the budget won't permit. Report back if you go I want to know how she does live.