sierra & michael’s wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »



This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation — less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone’s anticipation for the special trip.




Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named “A Field Guide.” It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation — gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region — hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details — a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide — letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook — illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub — seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff




All photography by Jen Huang.

random wants : handmade citrus juicer

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade | No Comments »

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The Koromiko shop features American-made home designs and gifts. I fell for this perfect and simple white porcelain clay juicer made by Lindsay Emery of Studio One Studio in North Carolina ($38).

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(*via a heads up from Apartment Therapy about the Koromiko Shop)

marisol umbrellas : gorgeous & good

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, design, doing good, handmade | No Comments »


Marisols offers these stunning handmade umbrellas using African wax prints. Naturally, the fabrics are imported but the umbrellas are assembled in Brooklyn.

Twenty percent of the net profits are donated to women survivors of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo to rebuild their lives at The City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training center created by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a worldwide activists’ movement to end violence against women.






(*via In / Out)

gamma folk : woven jewelry

Posted: January 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, brooklyn, design, handmade | 1 Comment »


Brooklyn neighbor Lily Piyathaisere is the designer and creator behind Gamma Folk, a line of braided and woven necklaces in beautiful, subtle hues. Explore her shop online, prices range around $65-75 for most pieces.





(*via Pattern Pulp, via Miss Moss)

sara barner : handmade leather goods

Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, things | Tags: | 1 Comment »



I came across the Sara Barner line this weekend. Clean designs and really nice leathers. The studio is based in Portland and the full collection can be shopped online.






atelier stella : plant ceramics

Posted: October 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, things | No Comments »



What charmers! Handmade ceramics by Atelier Stella.

Her work is available in batches only, so stay tuned to her blog for upcoming sales.




(*via Moon to Moon)

jane perkins : plastic classics

Posted: October 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade | No Comments »


Jane Perkins uses found plastic objects to recreate plastic paintings in this series, Plastic Classics.







(*via Unknown Editors)

letterpress : with emprint press

Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, paper, portland, the earth | No Comments »

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This Saturday was part two of the calligraphy + letterpress workshops I co-hosted with Mara of Neither Snow and Emily Johnson of EMPrint Press. Such fun to learn more about the process and Emily’s printing studio at the Yale Union contemporary art center in Portland is really impressive.

She made a plate of my calligraphy for me to print — a favorite passage from the following Mary Oliver poem:

When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

autumn leaves : andy goldsworthy

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade, the earth | No Comments »


I could feel the air change yesterday, as the new season arrived. Happy Equinox!

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(*via Creatures of Comfort)

flowers & bubbly : poppies & posies workshop

Posted: September 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, design, handmade, new york city | No Comments »

Flowers & Bubbly

Enjoy an afternoon of flower arranging and bubbly with my dear friends and event industry colleagues, Juliet Totten and Sierra Steifman, owners of Poppies & Posies. The best of the bunch!

You will learn to create lush, garden-inspired arrangements. From selecting the perfect product, to technique & composition, attendees will leave with a in depth knowledge of the art of floral design.

All materials including clippers, flowers, and vessels are yours to take home at the end of the course. Refreshments & snacks will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sunday October 6th from 1pm-5pm for $500. Register here. Wish I could be there!

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