What a… season?

Posted November 29th, 2012 in News, Spotted, Uncategorized by daniellegrace

This blog has remained pretty quiet, it’s true. Not because we haven’t been working on exciting projects, but because we have been working on TOO MANY exciting projects! As we said last post – we finally took photos of several portfolio projects and some new work for the portfolio, so stay tuned!

In the mean time – here is a link to a lovely piece that Wedding Bells put together on Shannon & Mat’s wedding this past spring. First Kiss Film’s lovely piece on their wedding was also featured on StyleMePretty Canada, which is pretty exciting! I snagged a photo from the Wedding Bells piece – their photographer Anthony Cava from Photolux did such an amazing job!  See below the menu napkin wraps that we designed for their reception, and the ceremony programs. So classic!


 

 

What a fantastic Ottawa wedding to have been a part of! I’ve got some better photos of their suite in the pipe – so stay tuned! And now back to work!

Back at Work! (Croatia Trip Highlights)

Posted September 30th, 2012 in News, Off Topic, Uncategorized by daniellegrace

Yes, that’s right – we are back at work following a most fantastic trip to Croatia! And then a short jaunt up North for a wedding, and then several day-job related trips around Canada. Things have been a bit hectic, but we are looking forward to getting back to designing this fall. Will keep you posted with new (Adriatic Sea inspired?) stationery designs!

Until then, here are some photos from my trip:

TWO WEEKS IN CROATIA

Friday Night Party on StrossMayer

Friday Night Party on StrossMayer Promenade – On our first night in Zagreb, we met some local Croatians here, chatted all night about our differing university experiences and then went for pizza cut and Pelinkovac.

Sunset in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Sunset in Plitvice Lakes National Park – We spent an afternoon walking the Plitvice Lakes area – Spectacular waterfalls, super clear water, fish everywhere!  Just don’t miss the last shuttle back, or you may have a 2-hour walk in full darkness wondering if the crunchy bush sounds in the woods surrounding you are bears or cougars. Whoops.

Maestral Waves in Zadar

Maestral Waves in Zadar – Our first view of the Adriatic was calm, and then 15 minutes later it looked like this. Ack! Zadar has a gorgeous walled old town, with shiny limestone streets, and the best grilled squid of your life.

Fire Dancer in Diocletian's Palace, Split

Fire Dancer in Diocletian’s Palace, Split – Split is fantastically hilly, with stairs everywhere and tiny laneways out of a chase scene in a James Bond movie. The old town centers on a 2-storey Roman emperor’s retirement palace, complete with Sphinxes and repurposed mausoleums. When you get tired of history, go and play Picigin at Bacvice Beach!

View of my morning snorkel in Hvar

View of my morning snorkel in Hvar – Hvar is hyped for a reason. It is a gorgeous island, where the climate allows grapes, lavender and olives to thrive. Here we encountered the highest percentage of d*bags, but our fantastic AirBnB and our amazing host Ante made it all worthwhile. Here we ate an amazing local fish stew called brodet and drank much too much wine.

Fort Lovrijenac from City Walls, Dubrovnik

Fort Lovrijenac from City Walls, Dubrovnik

Onofrio's Fountain in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik… what to say? Dubrovnik is so complete in it’s ancient architecture and layout that you feel almost like you’re in Dinseyland… but it’s real! Everything you see is older than Canada. The night lighting is fantastic. Every corner you turn is picturesque. Another Croatian city that is WORTH THE HYPE! Even worth the Canadian-style beer prices. : )

 

So my sum up of Croatia – is that if you get the chance to go, you really should. If you like food, amazing coffee, cheap and delicious beer pizza and gelato, the Adriatic Sea, or ancient history, there is something for you there.

 

Oh, I also went to Rome, and took a million photos of their fantastic vintage signage. Stay tuned for that action. And now, back to work! Drop me a line if you’re planning a wedding, or if you want to chat about Croatia!

WedByHand 2012

Posted October 22nd, 2011 in Events, News, Uncategorized by daniellegrace

Wed By Hand Logo

Exciting news! I found out this week that I have been accepted to exhibit at the 2012 edition of  WedByHand, Ottawa’s alternative wedding show! Its scheduled for February 11th 2012, again at the Glebe Community Centre. It is a great event, and it really helped my find “my people” last year! You know, fun and modern stationery for fun and modern people? Those people! This is my booth last year:

Danielle and Tarah at WedByHand

Anyway – watch this space for more updates – because I ALSO – got accepted to teach a WORKSHOP that day! On DIY Invites. Yes, I will be revealing ALL of my SECRETS! Buahahahaaaaaa… I am excited.

Funny – on my workshop application, I listed my prior teaching experience as leading children’s groups at the library, and also teaching seniors to use the internet.  Ha! I am the most qualified person. But I am excited about this workshop – having met so many clients over the past year (yes, it has been a year now!), I am constantly confronted with the attitude  that what I do is in some way mysterious, and better left to professionals. Now, as a professional, making a (part of a) living designing invitations for so-called “lay people”, I appreciate this attitude to some extent. But since I know that what I do is NOT mysterious, particularly the printing and trimming part of it, I want to spread the word! YOU (yes, even you!) can make your own wedding invitations! Its pretty simple, you just need time, a bit of equipment and a pretty steady hand. Insider tip – I found out in first year design school that shots of amaretto are a good way to keep your hand steady. : )

OK. Bed time for this chica. Big hugs from the country, internets!

Sapling Press & dearblankpleaseblank.com – A Fruitful Partnership

Posted April 6th, 2011 in News, Off Topic, Uncategorized by daniellegrace

Zomg – how awesome are these cards? And why do all my posts come from SwissMiss? Perhaps because she is the arbiter of all that is cool.

Check out more cleverness at Sapling Press – hilarious. Keep up the good work, Lisa!

Also, check out dearblankpleaseblank.com – because it is also hilarious. Also, if YOU are hilarious, you can submit something! Internet fame 4ever! Or for 15 minutes. Whatever. : )