Friday, July 29, 2011

Pleasure to The Senses

 So much fun to visit with Suzie, Christina, Holly and Serge at one of our favorite vendors - twig & fig - last week in Berkeley, CA. We love the shop, so appreciate the studio tour and peek at all the rockin' new designs (love the white acrylic and croc wedding invite with a huge zipper). And, special thanks Suzie for answering all Chloe's questions about choosing the names/addresses!

Entrance to the studio
1 lb. jars of custom paint colors 
Serge showing Jackie (me) how the proofing process works
Loading it up - 1 piece at a time
metal, wood, leather - not just paper for this baby!
Some of the loot I bought at the shop
All the work made us hungry - lucky there is a cupcake shop next door
Love at First Bite

twig & fig is located on Vine Street in Berkeley, CA.

One of the recent invites we did with twig & fig - a lucky boy got a beautiful letterpressed invite with antique skier medallions and the accessories pieces were flat printed in bright green. I would love to do something using reclaimed barn wood... anyone looking?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cow Camp

Last week my daughter and friends were at cow camp.

Did you know that baby calves (redundant) can stand up just a few hours after they are born? I did not.

This little fashionista and Belieber (believes in the Biebs, as in Justin) was shaving, grooming, milking, feeding and playing with the cows. One day she did her cow's hair and then set it with hair spray - who knew?!!

Camp ended with a cow show; the culmination of a week's worth of cowhand experience. Take a look.

Friday, July 8, 2011

From Midnight in Paris to Today in Hollywood

1920's literary giants in Paris. Disheartened Hollywood writer played by Owen Wilson. Time Travel. Woody Allen sensibility. Smart. Whimsy. I can't stop thinking about it since I saw it a few weeks ago. A must.

Title/opening credits roll. White typography on a black screen - it has to be Woody Allen. That old familiar feel; whether nostalgia or mere fetish, it's certainly brand establishment. 

Font/Type: Windsor typeface, circa 1905. Woody Allen's go to/signature typeface. He has used this type in the opening credits of just about all his movies since the late 1970's. It appears first in 1977 with Annie Hall.
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Others before me have certainly written about this - for more to this and for more title sequence images, go here.

Oh, and Windsor in Hollywood -  Kate and Will arrive there today.

Friday, July 1, 2011

How Many Hot Dogs Can You Eat?

An engraved invitation 1825
Celebrations for Independence Day are nothing new. The invitation above is an example of an engraved invitation that personalizes the recipients, in this case, the Purdy Family for a celebration in Greenwich in 1825.

Seems a bit drab today; where's the red white and blue?  And, there were no hot dogs at this party - the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that on Monday, over 150 million hot dogs will be eaten. We've come a long way...

And, speaking of hot dogs, Joey Chestnut - reigning champ of Nathan's Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest - is aiming to consume 75 hot dogs in 10 minutes - with buns -  to keep his title. Watch above to see what he did last year. He is not just a hot dog king, he also wins asparagus* eating contests and once ate 78 matzo balls.  Don't laugh, he earns big bucks for all this eating. Sharing this Vanity Fair article on Joey (written by John Heilburn).

You can watch Nathan's Contest on ESPN Monday morning; live streaming at 9:30. Oh, and girls compete too.

Have a wonderful 4th of July - happily and safely "unite in the Celebration of the Day"!

*For those who care to know - the idea of eating more than 1 asparagus spear makes me sick.