Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Happy holidays!! With all the pre-Christmas craziness here
at Fine Day Press, along with a bunch of (very fun) design
projects I hope to share with you soon, I've taken a short break
from blogging, as well as unplugging from email and twitter
for a couple of days. It's giving me a chance to clean up the
studio, rejuvenate my mind and body, and prepare for a great
creative year to come.
After a few wonderful days in California with family, my hubbie
has the week off, and we're enjoying some much-needed downtime
that includes watching lots of movies, cooking, and relaxing
around the house. I hope you and yours get the chance to savor
some pre-2012 moments too!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We're thrilled to be participating in an exclusive event with Joss & Main today and tomorrow only; if you're not a member of this site already (featuring well-selected furniture, home goods, stationery and artwork from great designers), you can sign up right here.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
For all the NYC folks, come and join us at Littlefield on December 17th
for the Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market. I'm excited to be a part
of this market for the first time. There are going to be a bunch of really
great vendors, and you can pick up lots of nice gifties. We'll be selling
calendars, art prints, and, of course, cards.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Last night, we made Tyler Florence's french onion soup recipe.
It was amazing! Sometimes, the best thing about french onion
soup is the cheese; surprisingly that wasn't the case here as the
crusty bubbly cheese was (almost) overshadowed by the rich,
creamy (but no cream!), incredibly warm and delicious soup.
Maybe it had to do with caramelizing the onions, low and slow,
for 30+ minutes, or the cup of tasty Pinot Noir added to the broth.
While we followed the recipe, a good thing about french onion
soup is that it can be easily transformed into a vegetarian of vegan
meal by switching up a few ingredients - veggie broth instead of
beef, soy cheese instead of Gruyere. Plus it's one of those recipes
that does not have a ton of hands-on time - you can leave it alone,
hanging out on the stove while you relax or tend to other things.
It was the perfect winter Sunday night dinner! Yum!
Photo via Gourmet.com
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
We had a wonderful weekend away visiting the amazing Storm King
Art Center, Woodstock and the Catskills. I'll be sharing some photos
soon! In the meantime, here's a look at some recent collage work.
Sometimes I make collages for no particular purpose; it serves to warm
up the creative muscles for actual projects (and often sparks a new idea,
or two, or three!) and it's just fun to cut up paper and get out the old
glue stick. While I'm always on the lookout for random bits of paper
ephemera for my collage cache, I usually have a stack of magazines
ready to go in the recycling bin at any given moment, and they serve
the purpose quite well.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
My mom and I are going to see the DeKooning exhibit at MoMA on Friday
as part of our double-birthday outing (her birthday was on Tuesday, mine
is tomorrow!), and I couldn't resist a little sneak-peek on the exhibition site.
The colors and compositions are stunning; I can't wait to see all the work
in person. And I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday than art +
lunch with my mom. My hubbie and I will be driving upstate on Saturday
morning for a short birthday-slash-anniversary getaway - it's a very
celebratory time of year over here!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
As you may have already figured out, I have a penchant for stripes,
rainbows, patterns and colorful, happy modernism -- so it's no wonder
that I am totally gaga for these super simple abstract polaroids
(the one immediately below, at right, is aptly named "Super Awesome)
by Grant Hamilton. LOVE.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Instead of doing any laborious and messy pumpkin carving this year, I got three small pumpkins and painted them in a white wash, for a cool minimal centerpiece.
Jan over at Poppytalk has a fun feature on painted pumpkins too.
Of course, all this pumpkin covering gave me an idea for next year: glitter pumpkins! Would look great on a white tabletop with lots of tea candles.
Hope you all have a happy and festive Halloween!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
On this dreary rainy NYC fall day, I'm thinking of ... macaroons. The pastel palette is a nice counterpoint to autumn's grays and browns, no? Below, top right fashion shot is Philip Lim, via New York magazine; bottom left, j.crew.
P.S. Have you been to the Ladurée website? It's so freaking cute.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
It's Friday, and I'm in a celebratory mood! I'm happy to share with you some fabulous, festive photos from last weekend's wedding ceremony, taken by the lovely Joy.
These pics really capture the magical ambiance of the occasion. Thanks, Joy, for sharing them!
Hand-painted signs by designer & friend Amy Gorrek.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Last weekend, we celebrated the marriage of my very dear friends
Christy Briggs and James Carter! The ceremony was held outdoors
in beautiful Sherman, Connecticut, right by the water surrounded
by fall foliage. Christy and J.D. are such a special couple, and it was
evident how loved they are by all the wonderful friends and family
who paid tribute to them this weekend.
Whether it was designing the pavilion decor (my friend Amy),
performing the ceremony, giving a reading or a song (the uber-talented
Maya Azucena), or participating in the hilarious and awesome flash-mob
style tribute to the bride (coordinated and choreographed by the groom
himself) - everyone brought so much love and energy to this event.
I'm holding my breath in anticipation of the sure-to-be-stunning pictures
taken by photographer Pat Furey.
We spent the day after the ceremony at a laid-back barbeque at the
bride's parent's home; I can't think of a better way to end the weekend!
Photo above of Candlewood Lake, Sherman, CT by the lovely Miss Cheryl Zibisky.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
I'm so excited to share a really special recent project with you. We recently had the opportunity to design wedding invitations for our dear friends, Rob and Katherine. The invitation design is inspired by the couple's love of hiking - in fact, Rob proposed to Katherine while they were hiking in the romantic English countryside.
The invitation suite is simple and elegant, and evokes the wedding palette of charcoal gray with a fresh outdoorsy green. The envelope is jazzed up with a custom-made stamp and pretty striped washi tape.
The couple had a stunningly beautiful ceremony in the hill country outside Austin, Texas (below). It was my first visit to the area and I'm totally smitten! We were so honored to be a part of our friends' special day.
Note: Wedding photos by Jeana Costa.