Monday, July 30, 2012

replay / vol. 5

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1. Cailen and my brother-in-law got married this weekend. It was an amazing wedding and she looked gorgeous!
2. I've been doing a lot of wedding prep for my cousin's wedding and that included planting 20 succulents.
3. I spruced up our new dining table with a little center piece arrangement.
4. I received these pretty postcards in the mail from Krista.
5. Made this garter for Cailen.
6. Patrick's bottom lip gets stuck like this sometimes and I love it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

shop update // driftwood lamps

We have two driftwood lamps in the shop (something we don't usually have stocked). The driftwood is from our most recent trip to The Sierras. I really love both of them, but am especially fond of the first one. You can take a peek at the listings here and here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coffee and Tea Collective's Grand Opening

Last night was Coffee and Tea Collective's grand opening shindig. It was actually more like a block party, and it was awesome. They had an amazing turn out. MIHO's food cart Stand & Deliver, Hess Brewing, and Amigo Booth were all there. That meant great coffee, beer, food and photo booth fun. We got to connect with so many friends, meet new ones, and celebrate this new addition to the neighborhood. There's not much that needs to be said, except for that Coffee and Tea Collective really knows how to throw a party.

( You can view the Amigo Booth photos here. )

Monday, July 16, 2012

luce loft installation.

Philip and I got to do a lighting installation for The Tree Ring show at Luce Loft. Yeah, it was almost a month ago, but still needed to be shared. The show was amazing and we were really honored that we were asked to play a small part in it. If you haven't seen The Tree Ring live, you really should. They were beyond incredible and we can't wait to see them again. 

I completely forgot our camera that night, so these are from Philip's iPhone. However, Wes Bruce took some great photos that you can see here.

If you're looking for something fun to do this week, you should stop by Coffee and Tea Collective on Tuesday. They're having their grand opening from 5pm-10pm. It's going to be a great night!

2911 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92104

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

photos + type

photos by Shaun Boyte
design by Chelsea Hansen 

We are finally getting our place put together. That means unpacking the last of our boxes and making our dining table (the thing I'm most excited for!). I think that having prints or photos on the walls makes a home feel cozier. Maybe because a space feels more lived in with faces or words on the walls. We didn't have much on the walls in our last place and it sort of drove me nuts. This time, I'm adding things. It's just a little here and there, very slowly, but it's something. I created these three prints to put onto wood block. They are some of the photos that Shaun took when he was here creating the San Diego creatives video. Next up is figuring out where to put them. That's always a tough one.

Hope everyone has a lovely July 4th full of fireworks, popsicles, and BBQ.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

on the menu / a czech breakfast

I have traveled to Czech twice. The first time, I was a high school student. This was my first trip to Europe, the first time traveling without my family, and it was going to be longer than a week. I had friends go on this trip in previous years, each coming home with so many great stories and memories. I still think it's amazing that as high school students, we were offered to be apart of this trip. We had to raise the money for cost of the trip, creatively work with our team to come up with interesting an informative english lessons, and we got to learn about this culture that was so foreign to us. I didn't know much about Czech when the opportunity to go first came about (honestly, had you asked me to point it out on a map, I would have desperately been searching for the name Czechoslovakia) , but I was eager to learn and experience this place that was so new to me.

My time in The Czech Republic was more meaningful than I ever thought it would be. I loved the beautiful country that we were in, the cities that felt so different than our own, the people that I came to love, and a language that I still wish I could master. We spent a lot of time at the beautiful Malenovice. We had our training here. We learned about Czech culture, got acquainted with American interns and Czechs that we would be working with throughout camp, some lessons on teaching English, and the schedule of how camps are typically ran. Our team was lucky enough to host our camp here. Once camp was over, we were invited to stay with the families of some of the students. It was so fun to experience where and how they lived. And before we left to travel back home, we got to spend a few days in Prague. The style of this trip was great because we weren't just sight seeing a new country. We were learning by truly experiencing it. I'm grateful that at such a young age, I was able to gain an appreciation for that type of travel.

I now have multiple friends who are living in Czech, working with the same organization, but full time. I get to see photos of them with some of my friends that I made there, see their kids growing up in this environment of a new culture, language and food, and hear all about the ups and downs of moving your entire life to such a different place. With the combination of facebook, skype, e-mail, and instant everything, I am able to see what's going on in the lives of my friends who are so far. It's a constant reminder of this place and makes me think back to what those trips meant to me. One of the simple ways I am able to recreate memories of my time spent there is with food. This breakfast, for example, is my version of a Czech breakfast. A bowl of rolls (rolihk) and breads were always served with honey, jams, and spreads. Various meats and veggies as well, a long with coffee and tea. I never had scrambled eggs (boiled, yes) while I was there or a bagel, but this familiar combination of spreadable cheese, salami, veggies, and a bread is such a privilege to my taste buds and bucket full of memories. It's also a little way to share this experience with Philip. I have shared stories and photos with him about my journeys to eastern Europe, but being able to make this little meal that we enjoy together is such a treat to me. Even drinking our coffee from these mugs is significant, as they came from a pottery shop in Prague... So much story behind such a simple meal.