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Hello friends. Just a quick note to let you know we’ve moved! Please visit our new blog home:  Please pardon our dust while we get to work re-tagging and getting used to our new place. Don’t forget to update your rss feeds (visit the new blog, then click the orange subscribe button in the right hand column). See you over there. 

Merci, as always, for all your support. 

xoxo, E.


adrianne smith floral design branding by delphine



I absolutely loved designing the branding for Adrianne Smith Floral Design. Adrianne is one of the sweetest people around. When she came over to pick up her new business cards she brought homemade pesto, made from basil and peppery arugula. From her own garden, no less. Mmmm.

To match the natural style of her floral designs, I went with a toned down green, brown and taupe color palette and pulled in some linen and canvas textures. Another reason we went with green and brown is that the natural palette will complement all photos of her work.

Adrianne picked out the gorgeous 18th century botanical illustration, which adds a bit of romance and drama to the design. We wanted to keep the entire look and feel on the casual side (A is a “no foofy stuff” kind of gal), so the typographic logo has a hand stamped look, inspired by the markings on wood wine crates.

Still to come: her ad materials, updating her blog, tweaking the website, avatars, postcards, and other fun goodies. 


prop closet: tickets

 I picked up these three rolls of 25 cent tickets (the green ones are my favorite) at the local grocery store because I knew someday I’d use them in a photoshoot. I left them in my studio for a few months, and when the sun faded them to the perfect patina I finally was inspired to use them as props for our new Candy Shop wedding invitation. 

One of our newest wedding invitation designs, Candy Shop, is available in stores now. It’s shown here letterpressed in peacock and gray inks. 

//photos Erika Firm


sweet sips

Friday already. Again. It was a rough week — full of impossible deadlines, last minute changes, sleepless nights, and illness. Many thanks to my dear friend Dr. Fhwy for getting me through these last few days. 

I’m taking the afternoon off to go to a Goonie’s themed birthday party (one of our son’s classmates). Then tomorrow it’s back to work (yes, on a Saturday). I’m on antibiotics, so sitting poolside with an adult beverage is out of the question. Instead I’m hoping the fog in my head and the pain in my side/back/body/head will go away so I can focus on catching up on everything I let slide this week: proposals, proofs, and photoshoots. 

//ABOVE our new FLUTTER wedding coaster and straw pennant flags shown in marine blue. Available in stores now.  //Photo: Delphine


rainbow matchbox cars

//photos: Beatrice Firm

Let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Styling by my 7yo son. 


color palette: summer's end yellow green & white

// photo: Beatrice Firm

The rich, saturated color palette here reminds me that summer’s end is around the corner. There is something overripe and sticky hot sweet about this photo. Maybe it’s just that the deep forest, white and freesia yellows remind me of magnolia blossoms and sticky hot Charleston summers. My mom snapped the photo a few weeks ago at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park


hostess gift ideas

All of a sudden our social calendar seems to have filled up. I always like to show up with a little something for the hostess. Instead of the usual bottle of wine or baked treat, I think one of these cool gifts from One Kings Lane would make awesome hostess gifts. I just stocked up on Olivina gift sets. Don’t forget to bring something fun for the kids at the house, too! My son’s mind would be blown with the cute teepee for the backyard … though he’d be equally happy with a candy bar. 

DETAILS: //1// Drexton Backyard Teepee $89   //2//Dransfield & Ross lacquer frame $36  //3//Magpie Ice bucket $169  //4//Olivina gift sets $12 - $45 


sullivan's island wedding invitation

Sullivan’s Island is one of my favorite floral wedding invitation designs. It’s not one of our most popular, but I still love it. I was inspired by the sweet butterflies and pretty wild flowers along the sand dunes. Every time someone orders it I am reminded of walks along the beach on the South Carolina coast, where I consider home.


big weekend plans

//photo: Erika Firm

We’ve been working so hard getting those new wedding invitation albums finished that we are taking a much needed weekend off from work. We’re going to spend our weekend having fun: building a treehouse, roasting some marshmallows with the neighbors, swimming in the pool, walking on the beach, reading magazines, watching silly family movies, and just hanging out. 

Wishing you a relaxing weekend with your friends and family, too.   xoxo—e.


summer plan: a s'mores party

// photo: Jennifer Dery

We’re planning a little backyard get together this Saturday for the neighborhood kids … just ‘cause. S’mores will be the star ingredient to the shindig. When I told my 7yo he got so excited he started clapping his hands and jumping up and down with pure joy in his eyes.


shared work space -- studio in oceanside for rent

Fellow North County graphic designer / photographer Myles McGuinness is looking for a new studio mate. The studio/gallery space is a couple blocks from the Oceanside Pier in the heart of downtown Oceanside, California. You could walk to the beach for your coffee break! Myles would love to share the space with another creative. It’s about $450/mo. If you’re interested, get in touch with Myles directly: fuel [at] 9myles [dot] com. 

Even if you’re not looking for a studio mate, take a moment to check out his work. It will blow you away. His saltwater photos are particularly spectacular.


trend i love: chevrons

I just can’t get enough of the zig-zag o-riffic CHEVRON trend. I am counting down the days and saving my pennies for the Missoni for Target collection next month. I call dibs on any tote bags at the Encinitas store!

DETAILS: //1//Blue Chevron wedding invitation by Delphine for Wedding Paper Divas    //2//Gray chevron bedding from Urban Outfitters    //3//Blue herringbone glass from Artedona    //4//M Missoni chrochet knit dress    //5//”This Side of Paradise,” by Fitzgerald    //6//Missoni tote bag    //7// Customizable yellow chevron iPhone case    //8// Yellow herringbone glass from Artedona    //9// Yellow Chevron wedding invitation by Delphine for Wedding Paper Divas.


new: pennants to match delphine wedding invitations

Just released: our brand new pennant flags for drinking straws. Available only through authorized Delphine dealers. I just love how they add a punch of color to a tray of drinks.


new wedding invitation album ships today!

I am so thriilled to announce that today, after printing 25,000 samples, gluing 15,000 pages, hand setting 2,000 grommets and suffering a couple of paper cuts, our brand new Signature Collection wedding invitation album ships to stores!


The new wedding invitation album has 22 designs, many of which are brand new, like our Chevron wedding invitation design.


At Delphine we love color! Each of our 22 designs is available in any of our more than 50 standard ink colors.

 New: PENNANTS! I’m sooo excited about our brand new product: pennant flags for drinking straws. Right now they are only available through stores who are authorized Delphine dealers. Besides the pennants, each Delphine wedding invitation design has matching stickers, coasters, and address labels.


I’m really excited about one of our new designs, Lace. In the book, we show it in “Delphine” green and “cloud” gray ink. I especially like the pretty lace patterned envelope liner.


We designed the album with retailers in mind … each book comes with a separate dealer deck, with giant swatches of all our paper, envelope and liner colors. Dealers also get a bag of samples for display and a disc with a downloadable order form and promo images.

There are only 8 left! If you’d like to order one please get in touch with us at the studio.

//photos: delphine


summer treat: shave ice

//photos: Erika Firm

Why did nobody tell me how amazing Hawaiian shave ice is before? YUMMY. I had a chance to try it for the first time a few weeks ago at the Gravy co-working event Lori hosted at her lovely Paper & Thread studio (photos coming soon of her super adorable workspace). It was about a zillion times yummier than any other shaved ice treat I’ve had before. I am so thankful to the Gravy team for introducing me to Kam Shave Ice. I am planning a trip to Oceanside Pier so I can have more soon. See you there!