happy hauntings

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dia de los Muertos card BLOG

Happy Halloween & Dia de los Muertos. Here’s a glimpse of this year’s Halloween card…an occasion to dust off those dusty gothic typefaces in the hinterlands of my type library :)  Printed in velvety black ink with accents of blood red.

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shafer vineyards soirée

Monday, October 20, 2014


What an honor to design + print John Shafer’s 90th birthday party invitations + dinner menus. I had the pleasure of working with John’s wife, Barbara, on the design…striking the right tone of unfussy, casual elegance. Hand-printed letterpress in “Shafer” blue ink…a custom ink mix inspired by the vines & landscape of Shafer Vineyards. Beautifully situated in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley.




A glimpse of the letterpress menus and escort cards, photographed by Meg Smith Photography.

Cheers & Happy 90th Birthday John Shafer!

Catered by Richard Visconte. Event design by Kristi Amoroso.



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woodsy wedding • oregon

Monday, September 15, 2014


Teresa + Damon were married among the pine trees on Damon’s family farm in Silverton, Oregon. The bounty of colorful dahlias & zinnias for the wedding party and reception were grown there on the farm.



The letterpress invitations captured the woodsy-ness of the location, as well as Teresa + Damon’s love for good, homegrown produce (hence the beets, carrots, & mushrooms :) Pictured below is the family farm + happy couple. Petite letterpress hedgehog tags were attached to the wooden cooking spoon wedding favors.




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petit renard wine labels • press check

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Proofing color for Petit Renard wine labels.

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les couleurs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Experimenting with watercolor washes using 3 brilliant colors: ciruela, chartreuse + carmine. Inspired by the prints of Louise Bourgeois, which I had the pleasure of seeing at the Collection Lambert in Avignon. Heaven.

Below are colors from the Patisserie in Molleges and the vegetable + fruit Marché in Avignon. Delectable colors.

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un deux trois

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Pistache + chocolat + frais = happiness.

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J’adore Marseille

Friday, July 25, 2014


Friday in Marseille = visit to the fish marché on the vieux port…strolling around the waterfront marveling the beautiful weathered buildings…enchanted by way the sunlight washes everything in gold. Bouillabaisse for lunch followed by deux boules glace for dessert :)

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le petit atelier

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


When I’m not outside painting, I’m inside here, working on drawing techniques & exploring color.

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s. france sketchbook

Monday, July 21, 2014

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I love exploring & painting en plein air. Today’s explorations took me to Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct. I found a place by the river to sketch. It’s so hot & dry here the watercolor dries instantly, so working swiftly is de rigueur. After painting, a swim in the river is necessary to cool off :)

Montpellier is a wonderful city. I love walking the narrow, hilly streets. I found a great spot to sit & sketch in the Jardin des Plantes.

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Sur le Pont, d’Avignon. ♥



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south of france sketchbook

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Back in S. France where the living is good….and the light is mesmerizing. Each summer I return here and each time I’m blown away by the quality of the light…and the colors…which seem ultra saturated & vibrant. And the peaches! Mind-blowingly delicious….especially in the form of a beignet. Sweet summertime. I’m inspired to sample each treat in the patisserie display case and then record it in the sketchbook :)

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edible alphabet prints are up!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Bienvenue! The prints are up & ready for the show!

A petite description of the process: first I sharpen my pencil and sketch out each letter & corresponding illustration. Next, I go in with pen + ink and sketch the letter & illustration, and make any necessary tweaks. I prefer to draw from a real, live subject (a pair of beets, for example :) Once I’m happy with the drawing, a plate is made and the press is inked up (with velvety black ink) and printing begins.


Each letter & corresponding illustration are letterpress printed in an edition of 5.

Beauty & the beet. The final step in the process…adding the finish watercolor. Et voila!


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south of france vernissage

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IMG_5906Sooooo exciting to show my letterpress + watercolor work in S. France. :) If you’re in the area, please drop by!


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caroline + tavita

Monday, June 30, 2014


Working with Caroline + Tavita was a real treat. Fun, unconventional, quirky, bright & friendly are key words that describe them both individually and as a couple. We channeled that vibe into their wedding invitations (booklets!). They met in an undergraduate class at Stanford and passing notes was their preferred mode of communication. So, naturally, paper + paper airplanes figure prominently, as does handwriting :) No digital type here, all copy is hand-written and the playful illustrations are pen + ink. The booklets are letterpress-printed in grass green ink and bound using durable, bright green seam binding.


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80th birthday booklet invitations

Tuesday, April 1, 2014



Our family recently celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday with a Oaxacan-themed dinner in Healdsburg. The photo-booklet invitations were a beautiful & practical way to honor my father, an avid Franco-phile and world traveler. Eighty full years distilled into 12 pages. The booklets included little vignettes and snapshots of all the family & friends in attendance. Here are sundry snaps of the finished invitations, booklets and assembly process. The letterpress booklets were hand-stitched with waxed linen twine.

Pictured below is the invitation, a snapshot of my parents on one of their many journeys to Mexico. Originally a slide photograph–which I scanned & then giclée printed (I love the matte effect of giclée printing on fine art paper). And the final step, handprinted letterpress hot pink type.

Each envelope was calligraphed by Nancy Hopkins, calligrapher extraordinaire….the icing on the cake.

Happy Birthday Dad! ♥


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notebook project

Monday, March 10, 2014

IMG_0520What a fun project…creating these custom notebooks for GreatSchools. The covers are hand-printed letterpress on 100% cotton rag, tree free paper in bright yellow + blue inks. The inside pages are blank…awaiting doodles, musings, etcetera.


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Vive la France!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014



It was an honor for me to create the invitations for an event fêting the President of France at San Francisco City Hall. Merci Stanlee Gatti!


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kauai sketchbook

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Paradise found. Returning to Kauai I am always struck by the colors & lush green landscape. So many shades of green! The garden island of delights.

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vintage valentine

Friday, February 14, 2014


Happy St. Valentine’s Day. The tradition of sending anonymous Valentine’s Day cards originated in England and was popularized by the Victorians as soon as mass-produced, pre-printed cards became available. A little history of the Valentine card here.

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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Here’s to smooth sailing in 2014! Shown here is one of a series of soap labels I designed for the French soap importer, Mistral. Each soap captures a scent from a different region in Provence…starting with the fragrance of apples from Grignan and continuing southward to the lavender fields of Sénanque and finishing the route with the scent of the Mediterranean sea. What a fun project!


A glimpse of the illustrations and labels in progress, above. And below, the packaged Savon de France.



Working on the Mistral logo illustration – a bountiful Provençal wreath with figs, roses, lavender, olives & grapes.

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hot pink reindeer

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reindeer line up. Fun day in the studio experimenting with fluorescent hot pink ink. Happy holidays!


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lettuce be married

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Alissa + Justin wanted something different for their save the dates. Intrepid gardeners both of them, a packet of garden heirloom lettuce seeds would be a fun + functional way to announce their summer 2014 wedding. Inspired by vintage French seed packets found in the markets in S. France.

Currently we’re exploring design concepts for A + J’s wedding invitation paper goods. Perhaps we’ll find use for the motto: “Dig and be dug in return.” ♥


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mahsa + tim’s napa valley wedding

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Tonight the moon kisses the stars. -Rumi   

Working with Mahsa + Tim on their wedding reception stationery was a real pleasure. They share a love for clean + minimal design, a theme echoed throughout their wedding stationery. The wedding was coordinated by the ever amazing Dee Merz, who puts her heart and soul into every detail. Shown here are the menus (with silhouette icons of beef, chicken and vegetable), escort & table cards, gift tags and welcome cards. Each guest’s name calligraphed by the ever-extraordinary Nancy Hopkins, whose work never ceases to surprise & enchant.


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J’aime Louise Bourgeois

Monday, July 29, 2013


Day trip to Avignon to see the Louise Bourgeois show at the Palais des Papes. Mind blowingly beautiful…everything from giant spider sculptures to watercolor works on paper. Super inspiring. I especially love her watercolors.



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bon appetit! • watercolor sketchbook

Friday, July 26, 2013


Dinner at Marie-Claude’s is always a super special treat. She has a mas (Provençal farmhouse that’s been in their family for centuries) in nearby Châteaurenard. She & her sister, Jacqueline, are retired frisee & melon farmers and wow, can they cook. Some of the most delicious meals we’ve enjoyed at their table, sitting en plein aire beneath the grape arbor and fig trees. Summer delight.


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castellet monoprint • joseph sloan

Friday, July 19, 2013

castellet monoprint 2Our dear sculptor/artist friend, Joseph Sloan, recently finished a small series of monoprints for an exhibit in the town of Castellet. He made them using layers of cardboard cutouts, each ink color representing a separate layer. Below is a glimpse of his workshop and the tools used: a super sharp exacto knife for slicing through cardboard to make the delicate layers; and a book press to make the print.


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