Tuesday, April 29, 2008

christopher david ryan.

I really like these clever digital prints (bottom pic) titled Command from Christopher David Ryan.

See his design studio Atmostheory here & his shop here.

{via midwestmoderngirl}

catherine zask.

It's official: new designer obsession with Catherine Zask. Go explore her site.

(typographic poster images from here; all other images from her site)

hermes animation.

The Prix Émile Hermès was born to discover new talent and nourish the creativity of young designers. The website, designed by Catherine Zask (she's amazing!- more to come later), is fun and has some fun surprise elements, like this animation.

Monday, April 28, 2008

flour clothing.

Kayleen of flourclothing sews the most adorable children's dresses and other clothes out of vintage fabric. So cute it makes me wish I had a little girl right now.

Visit her shop here (currently sold out, but hopefully more on the way).


Can't get over this beautiful, bright dining area in a Nashville loft - as seen on The Mid-Century Modernist.

(And, it's a painful reminder of the original vintage Saarinen tulip table & chairs that were on the PHX Craigslist for $200 a few weeks ago - I fought for them, but somebody from Texas got there first. Traumatizing.)

obsessive consumption.

Not news by any means, but Kate Bingaman-Burt of Obsessive Consumption makes work about personal consumption. We love her simple colorful site and, of course, her drawings of "what did you buy today?" as seen on her blog. I imagine we'd all buy a lot less if we were going to draw every purchase...


Saturday, April 26, 2008

sweetest sleep

upstairs at this very moment...

me, on tiptoes

lucky enough to capture this forever.

Friday, April 25, 2008

easiest way to get a man in an apron.

by Leslie Evans of Sea Dog Press

"Letterpress: It lasts, the craft endures, the impression remains, and the presses carry on."

A new article in STEP magazine about letterpress - For the Love of Letterpress by Jane Jolkovski.

henri's walk to paris.

Still thinking about Henri's Walk to Paris, a children's book designed by Saul Bass, and wishing we could find one somewhere.

jennifer price.

During my annual summer stay in Solana Beach, CA, I like to visit SoLo, a 4000 sq ft design warehouse in the Cedros Design District. In one of the corners of the space, Jennifer Price has set up her collection of original photography, vintage furnishings, and handcrafted functional art. If you're ever in the area, SoLo is a must-visit.


The photo of the sleeping lamb by Larry Gianettino and the dragon by Gilles & Cecilie.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


The suitcase is yet one of my finds from the fleemarket and the girl is me on my first schoolday.


Loved the opening sequence for Juno - hand-made by Shadowplay Studio. They've done some other really great work as well.

(reminded by Oh Joy!)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

we love galileo.

Every Wednesday we go to Galileo Bread Emporio for lunch. Owned by husband-and-wife Zoran and Milka, it's a darling little Italian cafe & bakery in Scottsdale. The pastries and bread are made fresh early every morning, and they also have a menu of yummy sandwiches and salads. Our favorite sandwich is the Gemelli - fresh mozzarella, eggplant, tomato, basil and the perfect amount of olive oil on a homemade crusty baguette. And we'd be lying if we said we didn't have a cookie after every meal. These have got to be the greatest cookies in the world (and trust me, we've tried a lot of cookies). Mmmmm.

Go see for yourself. Galileo is in Scottsdale located at Hayden & Mtn View. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 7 am-4 pm and Sunday from 7:30am-2pm. They are closed on Monday.

sidenote: We're working on convincing the owners to join us in the glass office/store/building we'll have someday...

phoenix guide.

It's taken some time to get there, but we are pumped about living in Phoenix. There is a growing list of local businesses - great restaurants, vintage & retro stores, boutiques, galleries, and more. Angela posted this guide a few months ago on her blog, but we thought we'd share it here too.

I decided to share the wealth with those who might care by compiling a mini-guide, an abbreviated version of the small wonders map that is being distributed by LocalFirstAZ. Most I have been to, and some I still have not...but all are worth discovering.

1.Barrio Cafe - a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern Mexico cuisine in an unpretentious atmosphere 2.Chelsea's Kitchen - casual urban sophistication with a menu for the whole family 3.Cibo - authentic Italian cuisine in a rustic and charming old house setting 4.Copper Star Coffee - gourmet pastries and sandwiches housed in a charming old filling station in the historic Melrose district 5.Drip Coffee Lounge - serving all organic; breakfasts, artisan soups, gourmet sandwiches and snacks 6.Duck & Decanter - award-winning sandwiches, soups, and salads surrounded by an epicurian marketplace 7.Estate Treasures - vintage & retro to modern, rustic and shabby chic furniture, clothing, and accessories 8.Fate - well-crafted, modern Asian fare in a funky-chic setting 9.Frances - handpicked new and vintage women's clothing, jewelery, gifts, paper goods & more {my favorite!}

10.Goldlion Boutique - vintage, new, handmade, apparel, gifts, art gallery 11.La Grande Orange - grocery & pizzeria; yummy breakfast lunch & dinner, not to mention adorable 12.Lisa G. - modern design, fresh ingredients and affordable prices; mouthwatering gourmet sandwiches, salads and pastries 13.Lola Tapas - coffee and french pastries 14.Lux - coffee and bakery goods in an atmosphere where art, music and design are cultivated to create a place of culture and shared ideas 15.Made Art boutique - antidote to the everyday featuring gifts, books, art, and chocolate 16.Melrose pharmacy - professional and friendly service - old school style 17.Palatte - not terribly typical... breakfast & lunch 18.Pizzeria Bianco - best pizza in the U.S. and worth the super long wait

19.Postino - a delightful space carved out of the old Arcadia post office with delicious Italian food 20.Radio Milano - Italian-accented restaurant and bar with great food and great atmosphere 21.Red modern furniture - best source for Midcentury modern furniture & also vintage clothing, jewelry and purses by Mint 22.Rowdy Boutique - men's and women's clothing & accessories 23.MacAlpine's Soda Fountain - restaurant and old tyme soda fountain, vintage & retro store 24.Spoken Boutique - street wear, hip accessories, and tons of designer denim 25.Stinkweeds - New & used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, and more 26.Sweet Pea Bakery - quality goodies from quality ingredients 27.That's A Wrap - fresh, healthy ingredients for salads, wraps, soups and smoothies



I love crafting, but lately I have´nt found the time. These dresses and scarfs were made in 2007, for my sweetheart. The fabric is mostley old bedlinnen. I think it´s about time to sew some new dresses, now that summer is on it´s way.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

painting (letterpressing?) the town red.

On Friday we scheduled a few afternoon hours away from client work to letterpress. Our lovely old press, the C&P Snapper, did not disappoint. Neither did our super thick 220 lb. paper or our bright red ink.

Once we print some more of the designs we've made, we'll start selling. If only every day could be letterpress day...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008


This morning while I was sorting through some of Adelaide's birthday clothing, she got very excited about this little dress from one of our most favourite friends Mia. Adelaide carried the dress all around the house, trying to put in on over her head! It is the first time that I've ever seen her even remotely interested in what she wears. Looks like Mia and her have similar taste (yey!)

Here Addie is peeking out from behind a couple of large Ikea Ribba frames that I went and picked up last night for some posters I found and ordered. I am always on the look out for posters and prints to frame and hang up all over our house, but finding nice prints for children I've found rather difficult to come by. 

I've seen Japanese illustrator Shinzi Katoh's work before, and but when I found that he has posters available, it wasn't difficult to decide to try to locate some and order them for Addie's room. I found that Penelope's - a lovely Chicago store that actually I used to sell some of my goods to - had them available and if you email or call them they are happy to take your order and send them off to you. For $34 each , the posters are huge! (about 24 x 34")  There are several available, but I ordered the following two and I am looking forward to getting them up in Addie's room. And when she does outgrow them, I'll still be happy to have them up around the house mixed in with my other prints.

I LOVE....

...buns and green. This fabric is an old rest from my early days, I found it with my old dollclothes