Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Amanda & Drew

My favorite project this year was creating the invitation suite and guest "book" (it's a poster, not a book) for my dear darling friend, Amanda, and her wonderful new husband, Drew. 

Premium hand-drawn lettering. Notice the elegant monogram.

All I can do is gush about how beautiful this wedding was, but blithe gushing doesn't do poetic justice to how transcendentally beautiful THIS wedding was. I admire these two people so much and their love is so aspirational for me. The inscription on the guest book is "Love Grows," which is a true description of their relationship and one of the reasons it's so special. They met in high school when they were 16. He asked her out to the movies. They never quit dating after that, or growing, as individuals and together. I felt like I was making wedding invitations for the Obamas; these are America's sweethearts, people. So without further ado, the suite of postcards: 

This is the front of the invitation, drawn from a photo taken by the couple on a fishing trip. They also went on a fishing trip for their honeymoon!
Gorgeous hand-drawn map. The back of this card has directions and the wedding website and such.
This is the RSVP card, drawn from a photo Amanda took of a giant beautiful tree in Africa. Some guests refused to mail these back and emailed their RSVPs instead! Ok, I did that. It makes the case for an understated RSVP card, but to me that would be a wasted opportunity.
The guest "book"! I drew the tree branches and lettering, and the guests' fingerprints and signatures filled in as the leaves. This photo was taken by their very talented photographer Ilya K.

Wildflowers: this drawing didn't work for the invitations, but there were so many lovely flowers everywhere at the wedding and I have to post it here. As an aside, Amanda's mom intimated to me that the only person who didn't like the invitations was Grandma, but only because she's traditional and they weren't all white with script type.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Kitty in Disguise

This is a very shy kitty.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Gingie Royale

Sparkly, fresh, spicy, spiked with vitamin C and digestively-friendly ginger, here's a lovely cocktail to brighten your January. Whether you're plagued by the grey weather, the holiday hangover, the threat of the flu bug that's tearing through the office, or the bloat left by too many Christmas cookies, the Gingie Royale is just what the apothecary ordered! 

This recipe was a spontaneous creation of mine made with very spicy-nicey ginger liqueur that my sister found in Portland. The fancy French kind is called Domaine De Canton. But you should know that infused liqueurs are incredibly easy and economical to make at home. A companion recipe for ginger liqueur will hopefully be forthcoming, if it works as well as I just promised it would. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

face x face

Back in art school in the Communication Design studio, my friends invented a marvelous and clever drawing game called face x face. It works kind of like a Punnett square, but instead of predicting genetic traits, you visually combine two archetypal faces to get a ridiculously fun drawing. My incredibly talented colleagues, Sarah and Vidhya, started a face x face blog for us C-Des cohorts to play together, and my first contribution was Barbie cat! On the official face x face, everything is in greyscale for consistency, but I couldn't resist painting the original in pink and blonde! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More from the Beer-Sketchy Songbook

A little sketchbook action from back at the end of summer. Just to be clear, that grapefruit radler earned 6 out of 5 stars, and I also draw when not drinking.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


One of my creative passions is bookbinding. It was one of my dearest discoveries in college, and I've made a number of attempts to share this handcrafting skill with others. Every attempt has mostly failed, until last weekend! I taught a bookbinding workshop for 15 young adults from all across the spectrum of crafting prowess, they all ended up with complete working books, and many of them even enjoyed the workshop! 
Here is my thoughtfully illustrated instructional handout. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pink! Cupcakes!

Tacoma's premiere cupcakery, "Hello Cupcake", is a delicious sugary pink paradise. The air is thick to the rafters with the scent of pure vanilla extract, cuteness is sprinkled liberally across every surface, and little girls' delighted squeals squirt sporadically from the birthday party room in back.