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Archive for 2010

old school

Monday, August 30th, 2010

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old school photo

A tribute to school photos from years past, since school season is upon us. The kids are cute, but it’s the schoolteacher dressed to the nines that cracks me up. She looks ready for a wedding, not a classroom! (click to view larger)

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jack + rita, a love story

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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Jack + Rita

I had so much fun working with Ricca to make this book. It’s about her grandparents, Jack + Rita. Or Popoo and Bubbie, to family. Bubbie is still alive, so she contributed lots of her stories through interviews with Ricca. And more importantly, she got to enjoy this lovely tribute to their lives and their love.

There were a couple of stories that just resonated with me in this book. I think they appeal to my old-fashioned family self. Ricca’s family is Sephardic Jewish, from the island of Rhodes. They immigrated to Seattle where they lived among extended family and a tight-knit community of fellow Sephardic Jews. The kind of tight-knit we don’t know today.

Every Sunday during the summer, the family would drive to a mountain lake and picnic together. There were lots of them. It was an all-day adventure, with the drive being as important as the eating. I am sure the ladies spent hours preparing the food. And their menus were Greek gourmet. Here’s an excerpt:

“We joined together, spreading out a cornucopia of Sephardic food on a blanket: spinach frittata, meat-filled pastilicos, potato/cheese borekas, eggplant quajado, artichoke salad, rosca with feta cheese, yaprakis, leek prassa, green and black olives, and even fish roe tarama.”

I cannot claim to know all these dishes, but my mouth is watering anyways.

I also loved the story about how people were invited to weddings. Since everyone lived in the same neighborhood, they just hired a man to go up and down the street like a town crier and announce the wedding date and invite everyone to attend. So much for letterpress invitations!

Anyway, you can tell this was a fun one for me. Here are some more photos to enjoy.

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita

Jack + Rita
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we had fun on our vacation

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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we had fun...

Clearly.

Ruthie LOVED the beach. I mean, LOVED. We had an amazing 2 weeks at Tofino, and am now getting back in the swing of things here. I’ll have a new book to share with you Monday. It’s a great one!

We heart summertime!

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tofino

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

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grama, papa, christy with tofino sign

Tomorrow I am off to Tofino (my very favorite place!) for a few weeks of family time. So. Excited.

I love this old picture of my grandparents and my Aunt Christy up at Tofino. That driftwood Tofino sign is still there!

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summer in washington, circa 1930

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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family photo

From a book about my grandparents we’ve been working on this summer. This is my grandmother and her siblings. I love the youngest (Howie) holding onto his big sister (my grandmother) for dear life.

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a 70th birthday book

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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Heather and her mom put together this 70th birthday book for her dad, Gilbert. I love the way the book turned out – a perfect mix of classic and fun. For the colors we used chocolate brown, cream and gold stamping – classic and lovely. But for the endsheets we played on the G for Gilbert and added G words that describe him – which added a fun and playful feel.

Heather did an especially great job curating the photos for the different sections of his life – she picked just one or two perfect pictures and it made such an impact.

(p.s. – we fuzzed out the last name on the book to respect our client’s privacy…this is not actually how the stamping looks!)

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book
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carrie + tristan

Monday, June 7th, 2010

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Look at this lovely couple. Carrie and Tristan had such an old fashioned, classic feel to their wedding. I love it. We used a soft-white paper for the book to add to the vintage feel. And their vows alongside the images turned out really sweet.

[photos by Tec Petaja]

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan

Carrie + Tristan
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the colonel

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Oh, to be an illustrator. I am in awe of anyone who can actually draw. This children’s book was illustrated and written in the 1940’s by Bob’s father. It was never published…so that’s where we come in!

We’re excited to make The Colonel into a book for the grandkids in Bob’s family. What a special project.

The Colonel

The Colonel

The Colonel
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things that make us happy

Monday, May 17th, 2010

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Ok, this is what makes us smile around here…packages of photos for a brand new book project! Especially loving the glassine envelopes with precious vintage items.

Resources!

Resources!

Resources!

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a birth book

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

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In honor of mother’s day, here are some photos from a very sweet book we did for Kat. It is a book documenting the lovely birth of her baby Alice.

You’ll notice a birth announcement we included in the back, which we used as inspiration for our design.

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Alice Book

Happy day to all you mothers.

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