summer rose bouquet

July 29, 2015

New Dawn Rose Bouquet, detail left, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New Dawn roses, honeysuckle, and grapevine bouquet. See more on Gardenista.

New Dawn Rose Bouquet, detail roses, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New Dawn Rose Bouquet, detail right, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New Dawn Rose Bouquet with grape leaves and honeysuckle by Justine Hand for Gardenista

New dawn bouquet, Salt Timber Cottage covered in roses, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

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Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative DIY 3, Keepsake Book Supplies_edited-4

Spring has sprung! And with it weddings, babies, and all things “new beginnings.” In celebration of this season of rebirth, for our 3rd project Angela and I chose to resurrect one of her old talents: bookmaking. (In fact it was the pursuit of elegant bindings for her books that led Angela to begin importing Italian ribbons in the first place!)

Though Angela, who studied and taught at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, is a pro, this keepsake book is easy enough for anyone to tackle. Success is in the supplies. Made with beautiful Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wrap and Studio Carta Cotton Ribbon, our keepsake book is perfect for storing momentos from spring’s (or any season’s) most treasured events.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative No 3, Keepsake Book, Tools, by Justine Hand_edited-4

Materials:

* When considering the entire line of Rifle Paper Gift Wrap and Studio Carta Ribbon, the possibilities are endless. Just let the occasion be your guide. For example, if you’re making a book for the parents of a baby boy, perhaps you could use Rifle Paper Co.’s Blue Toile Gift Wrap with Studio Carta Tight Weave Ribbon in Chartreuse. Or for a wedding Rifle’s Spearmint Blossoms Gift Wrap would look smashing with a bit of Studio Carta Metallic Tight Weave in Natural with Gold Stripe. (See even more colorful combinations on Rifle Paper Co.’s site.)

For our book, Angela and I selected spring-time pairing of Rifle Paper Co.’s romantic wildflower gift wrap with Studio Carta Tight Weave Cotton Ribbon in Peach.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake Book, measuring, photo by Justine Hand_edited-1

Step 1: If you have not already done so, cut your archival cardboard to the desired size. We chose 8×10. To create your outside cover, lay the cardboard onto your paper and, using this as a template, measure and mark your paper so that it is a couple centimeters, or about 1/2 inch, larger all around. Cut out your paper. Repeat for the other cover.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake Book, gluing, photo by Justine Hand_edited-1

Step 2: Working quickly brush the glue onto the back of your paper. Then transfer your cardboard to the center and press down, working out any air bubbles with your hands or bone folder.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, cutting corner, photo by Justine Hand_edited-2

Step 3: Cut the corners of your paper, leaving about a millimeter between the edge and the cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, corner, photo by Justine Hand

Step 4: Fold the first side over. Then using your bone folder, press the corner paper in towards the next fold so it lays against the cardboard edge. Then fold the second side down. Repeat as you go around.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, outside cover, photo by Justine Hand

Step 5: When you are done, gently work out any air bubbles with your bone folder. Then lightly tap down on all your corners, so that your cover doesn’t have any sharp edges. Repeat this whole process with the next piece of cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, inner cover, photo by Justine Hand_edited-1

Step 6: Once you have the outsides of each piece of cardboard covered, it’s time to cover the inside. First measure and cut two pieces of paper so that each is slightly smaller than the cardboard. Again, working quickly, glue the smaller paper so that it covers the inside of each piece of cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative no 3, keepsake book, photo by Justine Hand

Step 7: On each cover, create 4 slits for your ribbons. First measure the width of your ribbon. Then starting about 1 1/2  inches or 4 centimeters from the top (short side), and about 1 inch or 2.5 centimeters from the edge (long side), make a mark, length-wise, that measures the width of your ribbon. Repeat at all four corners of each cover.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake Book, making holes, photo by Justine Hand

Step 8: Using a small chisel or utility knife, hammer or cut the four slits you just measured. Repeat on the other piece of cardboard.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake Book, threading ribbons, photo by Justine Hand

Step 9: Lay the cardboard covers side by side leaving about 1/4 inch or one centimeter gap in between. Using these as a template, cut two long pieces of ribbon that measure 10 or so inches (25 centimeters) longer, on each side, than your opened book. Then, starting in the middle, thread each end of the ribbon from the outside, across the inside, and back out to the outside. Repeat on the bottom.

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative 3, Keepsake book, finished 3, photo by Justine Hand

That’s it. Though there are many steps, Angela was able to make this book in about 20 minutes!

Studio Carta Designskool Collaborative DIY 3, Keepsake Book, finished_edited-2

Angela uses her keepsake books to house treasured correspondence from loved ones.

Studio Carta Designskool Collabrative 3, Keepsake Book, finished long, photo by Justine Hand

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garden in the woods

June 18, 2015

Garden in the Woods, White Trillium, by Justine Hand for Gardenistatrillium

Favorites from a recent visit to Garden in the Woods, a living museum of wild plants. Located in Framingham, MA, the garden is home to the New England Wild Flower Society, which works to promote and protect native flora.  See more at Gardenista.

Garden in the Woods, lady slipper, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

pink lady slipper

Garden in the Woods, white flower path, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

Canada beadruby

Garden in the Woods, Viburnum lentago,  Nannyberry, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

nannyberry

Garden in the Woods, lupin, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

native lupine

Garden in the Woods, Solomons Seal, by Justine Hand for Gardenista solomons seal and cranesbill

Garden in the Woods, Jacob's ladder, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

Jacob’s ladder

Garden in the Woods, foam flower, phlox and ferns, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

foam flower and phlox

Garden in the Woods, yellow lady slipper, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

yellow lady slippers

Garden in the Woods, pink cranesbill, by Justine Hand for Gardenista_edited-1

cranesbill

Garden in the Woods, sculpture, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

sculpture by W. Gary Smith

Garden in the Woods, Wild Calla, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

wild calla

Garden in the Woods, wetlands white, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

bishop’s cap

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this is where I live

May 22, 2015

pantry window

Last weekend was our first of the season at the cottage, our summer home on Cape Cod. All weekend, in between walks to the beach and visits with the cousins across the street, I ran around cleaning, making the beds, weeding, setting out towels, arranging flowers, and generally prepping the house for summer habitation. Often my work was interrupted as I paused to capture a moment on film. At some point my husband said to me, “I love watching you in this place. You get such joy from it.” “Yes,” I agreed. “It’s who I am.”

life boat rock harbor

bedside bouquet

kitchen sink

hammock with legs

boat owners

cottage kitchen window

cottage pantry

goldie locks in the three bears house

Olie and the barn door

lilacs and apple blossoms_edited-1

bedroom bureau

youngs 2

kids hammock 2

cottage bathroom flowers

dining room and pantry 2

striped heros

Glenwood

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solvi turns 7

May 10, 2015

Solvi turns 7, paper fans 2

Solvi turned 7 this week. In celebration, we held a flower arranging party.

Solvi turns 7 with fox collar_edited-1

Solvi turns 7, close up paper flowers

Solvi turns 7, Celebrate

Solvi turns 7, iris

Solvi turns 7, flower arranging_edited-1

Solvi turns 7, Parker

Solvi turns 7, Hooray

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Wedding bouquets are expensive. But they don’t have to be. Sometimes all you need to make a special arrangement are simple flowers and some outstanding ribbon.

With this idea in mind, Angela Liguori and I set out to make a simple posy as the second installment of our monthly DIYs. All it took was a bunch of tiny daisy-like clusters (white asters or feverfew), several yards of Studio Carta ribbon, and about ten minutes time. The cost? Under $20. The results? An inspired springtime bouquet, perfect for May Day, weddings, or any special occasion.

White Aster Posy with Studio Carta Ribbon, ribbon, by Justine Hand Materials:

  • Any small daisy-like cluster flower. Angela and I wanted feverfew which will be abundant in my garden next month. (Note: if you pick the flowers from your own garden, the cost is even less!) Until then, white asters from the florist possessed a similar demure charm.
  • 1 yard each of Studio Carta Italian cotton ribbon, including loose weave in peach, metallic loose weave in peach and gold and calligraphy ribbon featuring the fine lettering of Maybelle Imasa Stukuls. (Here’s a peak at a calligraphy course I took from her at Angela’s last year.)
  • floral shears, ribbon scissors and pins (optional)

White Aster Posy with Studio Carta Ribbon, cutting flowers, by Justine Hand

Step 1: Remove the lower leaves and blooms from each stem. Then gather your flowers into a bunch and trim the ends to an equal length, about 7 inches from the base of the flowers.

simple posy with Studio Carta ribbon, tying ribbons 2, by Justine Hand_edited-1

Step 2: Tie your first yard of peach ribbon around the stems, near, but not right up against, the base of your flowers. Don’t worry if you don’t have equal lengths of ribbon on each side of the bouquet. It actually looks better if they are slightly askew. Also you want your bunch to be secure, but you also don’t want to tie the ribbon so tight that your flowers squish together. Then tie your second, metallic peach ribbon right over the first.

Simple Posy with Studio Carta Ribbon, tying ribbons, by Justine Hand_edited-2

Step 3: Gently thread the calligraphy ribbon under the first two. Pull one end through so that it hangs about the same length as the stems, leaving the other end long. Secure with a small pin pushed towards the center of the bouquet.

White Aster Posy with Studio Carta Ribbon, finished, by Justine Hand_edited-1

That’s it! It couldn’t be easier to achieve this simply elegant posy, perfect for May Day or Mother’s Day. We also think they would be especially charming grouped together as bridesmaids or a flower girl bouquets. Add a dash more of Maybelle’s calligraphy ribbon to a smaller cluster, and you could even make striking, matching, boutonnieres for your groomsmen.

simple posy with Studio Carta ribbon, by Justine Hand

If you missed our inaugural DIY collaborative, be sure to visit Quail Eggs and Peacocks. Up next for June: a handmade wedding album or baby book.

White aster bouquet with Studio Carta ribbon, typewriter, by Justine Hand_edited-1

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Mothers Day Table with Everyday Napkins, MUD carafe, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

So excited to team up with other Boston creatives for this post featuring Kathryn Lee’s Everyday Napkins, as well as tableware from Lekker Home and Greentail Table.

Styling and photography by Kathryn, of Bash Studios, and myself. See full article at Remodelista.

mothers day tabel wit everyday napkin, Due Ice Oro flateware, Remodelista

mothers day table with everyday napkin, Remodelista

Mothers Day Table with The Everyday Napkin, Due Oro spoon, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

Mothers Day Table with Everyday Napkin, sun trivet, Justine Hand for Remodelista

Mothers Day Table with The Everyday Napkin, gold server, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

mothers day tabel wit everyday napkin, branch, Remodelista

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bubble play

April 8, 2015

bubble phantom

bubble play captured in the late afternoon light

bubbles on the stairs

catching bubbles

bubbles for two

big bubble

bubbles on the stairs 2

popping bubbles

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Home Tour, Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz, stove detail, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Excerpts from my tour of Boston designers Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz’s Beacon Hill home. See more at Remodelista.

Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz Beacon Hill Home, kitchen, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

Beacon Hill Home of Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz, white ceramics, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-2

Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz Beacon Hill Home, kitchen table 2, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz Beacon Hill Home, kitchen dining, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

home tour Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz, bedroom detail, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

home tour Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz, bedroom, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz Beacon Hill Home, closet, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-2

Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz Beacon Hill Home detail by Justine Hand for Remodelista

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hoppy easter

April 5, 2015

Easter Bunnies_edited-1Bunnies, hiding out, in my house, this morning.

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