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Last week I came across the post Sneak Peek: Kirsten Marchand on Design Sponge. The name seemed really familiar and as I clicked and read I realized that I knew the woman behind the featured (and fantastic) home. Last year Kirsten contacted me to collaborate on two printing projects and she was kind enough to allow me to share with you.
The first project was the printing of the birth announcements for her twins which were clean, classic and simple. The text was first written out in beautiful calligraphy by Primele which I then screenprinted in white ink on red and navy blue flat cards. White ink on colored cards is one of my favorite ways to screenprint since it offers opaque coverage and really pops on dark colors.
For the holidays Kirsten designed her family’s Christmas card which I then screenprinted in royal blue on slightly textured, 100 lb French Paper in whip cream. I loved the rustic and handmade feel of the design as well as the vivid blue on white color choice.
Kirsten has great taste mixing vintage and new, the elegant and rustic and has started sourcing unique antique and handcrafted items for clients. You can view her design blog at Design Marchand and the tour of her beautifully curated home on Design Sponge.
Early June brought us a visit from a high school friend and the graduation and goodbye to another. We celebrated on the beach in Lincoln Park and had fun flexing our funny bones and enjoying the sunset.
Mr. Mate and I headed down to Chico back in mid June. It was a trip filled with family, babies in the flesh, babies in utero, and high temperatures. This March marked our 8th year since moving to Seattle and this Chico visit was the first time that the 102 degree heat felt stifling instead of fantastically warming. Standard attire included a bathing suit and nothing else whenever we were not in public.
|Fun in the pool|
|Every swimming babe needs a nap|
|I like’em round and big|
Back in the Northwest, Mr. Mate and I took a hike up Mt. Si July 4th.We made it up in just under 2 hours with me huffing and puffing and feeling more than a little wobbly during the first half. Some of that had to do with the 4 hours of sleep I’d gotten the previous night and our early morning start. Next time I’ll remember an extra blanket and something hot to drink to make the summit a little more comfortable.
|Mt Si wildflowers|
|The view from the bottom of Haystack|
Mid-July brought the West Seattle Garden Tour and lots of ideas for the yard.
|Pink in pink|
|Love this combination of sedums|
|Yellow and dark purple –delish|
|Love, the color and repetition of plants|
|Love the symmetry of the cement and asymmetry of the grass|
July 16 brought the birth of my very first niece Ellie Sophia. I’m thrilled for my brother and sister-in-law and can’t wait to meet this little snuggle bug.
The last weekend of July brought the Alki Art Fair. This was my first time doing this two day event and I’ll definitely be back. The weather was wonderful and the views unbeatable. I added framed prints to the set up which necessitated adding some kind of hanging system and walls to make the space seem more cohesive. I also switched out my black table cloths for white which looks much more bright and cheery. I ended up liking the set up and plan on making it may market standard.
|Updated signs for markets and shows|
|The full monty|
|New pegboard and wall set up.|
|White tablecloths replace black. Much more cheerful.|
|Classic Seattle. Coffee included.|
The “official” end of summer will find Mr. Mate and me in San Diego for a long weekend and the wedding of a high school friend. I’m looiking forward to catching up with friends and family while we’re in SoCal and making the end of summer a little sweeter.
Back in March my oldest sister Camille gave birth to my third(!) nephew Ryan Joseph. While I’ve only seen him in pictures and heard his little gurgles and coos via skype, everything indicates he’s pretty darn cute!
One of my presents for my sister and brother-in-law was to design and print Ryan’s birth announcements. Camille was making a really cute baby quilt and wanted the announcement to reflect a similar theme and color scheme.
Once I got the thumbs up on the final design, I printed blue, white, and orange ink layers on French Paper’s Berrylicious 100 lb cover stock. The announcements looked great once finished and were a special way to celebrate the Ryan’s birth even while 600 miles away!
There are LOTS of babies gestating and being born to friends and family right now. Consequently I’ve been playing around with printing on fabric and clothing–specifically itsy-bitsy baby body suits.
Printing on fabric is more challenging than paper. Because fabric is soft and flexible, a rigid board is inserted behind the fabric layers to prevent the ink from bleeding onto the back of the shirt and to give the shirt rigidity while printing.
After printing the ink needs to be heat set so the ink won’t run during washing. Printers who work with t-shirts use a flash dryer to set the ink. I’ve been using my iron set to medium heat for 3 minutes on each side of the printed area. When using an iron it’s important to use a barrier cloth to prevent scorching.
Once the ink has been heat set the shirt is done and ready to wear!
Back in December I had the privilege of creating a custom suite announcing the birth of Griffin James Cumming Hines. Griffin’s parents Heather and Topher wanted a fun, informal, retro-inspired announcement that incorporated the font Rosewood. They also wanted a flat thank you note that incorporated an image of their cutie pie.
Topher and Heather loved French Paper’s Blu Raspberry cover stock and this fresh, fun color and provided the starting point for the design. I love printing white ink on strong colors and Heather and Topher’s suggestion of a sunny yellow really makes the design pop.
Heather and Topher were great to work with and I’m so pleased with the way these cards turned out!