Ciao bloggies!

January 30th, 2013

Hey there bloggies! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve made an appearance :) So many things have changed and updates to Olive Hue Paper Goods coming soon.

FINALLY decided on a design aesthetic for the brand. It’s been long awaited but I didn’t want to fully launch without being sure of the choices.

Until those are released, this past December, I helped to throw a baby shower for a dear friend of mine. It’s her first child so her friends and I wanted to make it extra special for her. I put together a little mood board for the ideas and themes swimming around in our heads and we went to work!

I didn’t archive the links very well…If you know who these images are from, please feel free to link away!

The design was based around the theme of the Newsies! I loved that movie and all the costumes! That’s where we started! We decided on bowties, plaid, newspapers, textures, and the all too familiar mustache :) The amazing photos were taken by husband and wife team Desi & Tammy Mendoza (Dez & Tam Photography). Love how they were able to capture all the fun details! Check out their blog for the extended post of the shower.

Because it was December and a bit rainy that day, we decided to set up a hot chocolate and fixin’s station…had to go back for seconds!

This was my favorite project! We wanted to put together a wishing tree for the baby. I got the idea from Nancy (So Happi Together) when she had held the 1st birthday for her Elle Belle. It was so cute, but using a canvas or a tree wasn’t going to fit the theme, so I decided to look around for some reclaimed wood palettes. I didn’t expect to find one so perfect, but driving around in Hancock Park (of all places!!), there was one just calling out for me leaning up against a lightpole. So on my way to a meeting in a black suit and 3.5 inch heels, I wrestled it into the car…maybe that’s why I love this piece so much. Labor of love…

When we got it home, we left the reclaimed look but spruced it up a bit with gold spray paint dusted along the sides and corners, spray painted gold hooks to hang the signs from and after 2 days, 20 hooks, a sore hand, it was done! Everyone loved it and I wished I took it home after the event!

We made mustache silhouettes and hand lettered each guests name to leave in their mug of their choice…Each of the mugs had different mustache drawn on them with Sharpies…but unknowingly, they probably washed off in the dishwasher. Later I found out that we were supposed to bake them to make them permanent. Oops! Still made fun little takeaways!

We even had a guard dog :)

A good friend of the Mama to be is a baker and offered to bake delish cupcakes…She made so many different kinds!

Mama to be!

This was another labor of love…project details and DIY how to on the next post :)

All these details and ideas came together with collaboration from our dear friends! Thank you Nava, Andrea, Jenn, Kirsten, and Sherry! You guys are awesome!

Make sure you go to Des & Tam photography to see the full post of the event! :)

Illustrated History…

January 31st, 2012

Found this rifling through Refinery 29. Love changing up my nail art bi-weekly. I admit, I have issues.

Enjoy these illustrations by Isabelle Rancier and this article by Gloria Chang.

Merchant No. 4

January 26th, 2012

A girlfriend of mine describes me as flamboyant because I love me some color! Although, I love how color can make a bold statement, I also love the understatement of these lovely designed wares from the online shop, Merchant No. 4…design beats color in this match.

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Cheers to a New Year!

January 22nd, 2012

2012!! I can’t believe it’s already a new year…which means new goals to start fresh and start with a bang! For those who know me, last year was a doozy for us. It was a difficult year…a loss of a dear uncle to cancer, a loss of our beloved little doggy, Everest, plus a bunch of different changes that we had to face together as a family. But thankfully, we got through it all and I’m happy to say that I’m looking at this year with a new set of eyes. I can definitely say that it’s going to be hard to pull me down this year. As we’re nearing the end of January, here’s a block of photos that I’ve been taking with my new iPhone 4s (thanks to a very generous Christmas gift from my husband, I’ve caught up with the rest of the digital world!) + Instagram….I’m addicted. really. to the phone + instagram. LOVE IT.

Top row (left to right): Juneau, sweet Juneau  //  inspiration board in my workspace  //  fave new salad, chicken + arugula salad…absolutely delish!
Middle: New Year meal done right at the Gahng household  //  Donuts at babycakes in Larchmont  //  Baby Elle with the biggest chipmunk cheeks ever!
Bottom: Jabez, my nephew, turned 2 in January and is the sweetest little boy!  //  Black + White tree in Hancock Park  //  of course, back to work!
Happy New Year to all! I hope you all the best this year and many many wishes come true!


December 21st, 2011

We’re looking to expand our team and find an intern who wants to learn the design + stationery industry! 3-6 month internships (non-paid) are available. School credit preferred though not required.

Duties will include:

  • illustrating
  • typesetting
  • text proofing
  • prepping files for print
  • packaging + shipping
  • quoting + invoicing

Required skills:

  • proficiency in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • great understanding of type design, composition, and color theory
  • consistent availability
  • open to new ideas + learning
  • ability to work independently
  • respectful, great communicator, exemplary work ethic
  • tidy + organized

If this sounds like you, email for an application. Can’t wait to hear from you!


December 16th, 2011

I’m crawling out today to show you a little bit of what I’ve been working on…remember this? Well after MANY MANY revisions and feedback, I’ve decided on this:

It incorporates all the sweet things that I love: paper, delicate lines, a little whimsy, a little femininity, and of course letterpress! :)  To achieve this, I’ve been working hard pulling together patterns and ideas like this:

all the while, I’ve been in the mood for a little sparkle…

in the mood for…

August 26th, 2011

a little black and white

Confetti ||  Shades ||  Kitten heels ||  Pouchette

Lover ||  Print || Ambrette

Orbit ||  Pick me up ||  54-69


August 16th, 2011

Here’s Angela (first of many other inspiration boards and collections debuting in 2012! so exciting!!). She’s a sweet, down to earth kinda gal and loves butter. Enjoy!

1. Quilts I’ve been eyeing…old fashioned quilts for the modern world :) absolutely lovely! ||  2. Mason jar goodness ||  3.  Loose & lovely ||  4. Oxford in heels. I want. ||  5. Down home glitz ||  6. Cools you down ||  7. Saipua ||  8. hand lettering for this suite by moi!  ||  9. this needs to be in my belly…mmm.


July 28th, 2011

This inspiration board is what I pulled together while designing for So Happi Together’s baby shower stationery. So excited for this little one and looking forward to spending a lot of time with baby Elle.

1. Ultra Feminine Chic.

2. Flowerbomb Tutu

3. Heart

4. Heart deux

5. Map of Paris  //  sorry…can’t find source!

6. Ballet Slippers

…”Elle” type…hand-lettered by yours truly!

Can’t wait to reveal the real thing to soon-to-be parents!

Jazzy Jazz

July 27th, 2011

Jazzing up the website, my inspirations…

1. Color combo. Ensemble. Love. Rachel Comey Spring 2009

2. Design Element for new site!!

3. C.O. Bigelow, love this identity

4. OHPG logo

5. Love this layered Illustration + Horses. by genius Frank Chimero

6. Again...Frank Chimero Monogram Logo. Quite possibly my favorite.

The result…



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