As I’ve said before, one of the very best parts of my job is the amazing array of new people I meet each day. Almost always, they are people embarking on something new – whether it’s a wedding or a new baby or a new business – and all the excitement and enthusiasm that comes with that brightens up my day every time.

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In one such meeting a new client mentioned that he thought the name “dodeline” was cool because it was like “doodle.” Somehow I had never thought of that. But if you know anything about me, you know I like to doodle! It makes perfect sense.

My major task the last week or so has been trying to get a new computer up and running. It is such a big job to move the huge files I end up accruing every year, not to mention the 300+ fonts that have to get installed. This is where minions would come in handy, but alas, I haven’t found any of those yet.

I have some other fun secret projects in the works I can’t wait to share, and otherwise wedding season is in full swing and the pretty suites are piling up. I sense a photo shoot on the horizon!

Happy Wednesday friends – what’s going on in your world?

Last night, as I zoomed around between favorite blogs and social media and all the other things I hadn’t looked at because of the beautiful weather this weekend, I stumbled on this article from USA Today that was very much about my hometown.

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In many ways, Charleston is my post-college town too, even though I was born here. I was sort of glad to see I wasn’t crazy for feeling like I hardly recognize the place — this city really has changed dramatically even in my lifetime. Growing up, while it was still a wonderful place to be, it was definitely not “hip” in any way at all.

I remember coming home to interview for jobs one day during my final semester at UGA and discovering Upper King Street like I was a tourist. Seriously, hardly any of that was there when I grew up, and when the article says you didn’t go above Calhoun for safety reasons, they aren’t kidding.

Going to Mount Pleasant felt like another world. When I was really young, the only Wal-Mart was there, and you had to drive over a very scary two lane (literally, two-lane, no sidewalk, no room to the sides) bridge from the early 1900′s to get there. The “new” bridge was from the 1940′s, I believe (pictured above alongside the real new one, when they stood together for a short time in 2005).

We used to drive all the way to North Charleston because the only Home Depot and Lowe’s stores were there. I remember when we didn’t have Target, Chic-Fil-A, Kohl’s, craft stores, etc. Now I completely take all of that for granted, but it was kind of fun to read about that and think back on truly how much has changed around here.

Literally, Daniel Island didn’t exist. When I went to high school there, there were houses, the high school, Blackbaud, and one gas station, which were all only a couple years old. I sound like I’m a 100 years old when I saw that but I promise it’s true!

The article said the ratio of 20 something’s to teenagers here is over 2 to 1. It’s a good sign when that many people want to come to your city, but it is just funny because I feel like, with so many new people, few realize that this is all pretty new.

We really are living through a bit of a renaissance and it’s very cool to observe and be a small part of it. I’m so grateful for the timing in many ways – when I moved home, I didn’t do it for any reason other than it was the right move for us at the time, but somehow I lucked out enough to move to a place with just the right growth, youth, and vibrancy to support small businesses like mine.

Happy Monday, friends!

…has a lot of these…

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…and very few normal office staples, like highlighters, I realized. Last week as I was trudging through Q1 bookkeeping tasks, I searched high and low for a highlighter, which I always had when I worked in any sort of clerical/office job.

We have Sharpies in every color, pens in various widths, special scissors, corner rounders, Popsicle sticks, every adhesive ever made, extra long staples, and you-name-it, but no regular ole highlighters. It kind of made me laugh to realize how different we are than your average office!

Luckily, I was able to complete the task sans highlighter but still in colorful fashion with the help of my Sharpie rainbow.

Happy Tuesday friends!

These invitations were truly a labor of love for bride & designer both. When two paper people get together, the collaboration usually works out very well, and this is no exception!

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Going into the design process, the bride had a definite vision to create a wrought iron gate that would close around the invitation. In order to give it a “real” effect, we went with laser cutting so we could actually cut out the intricate scroll work. We tried to create a close replica of the design of the William Aiken House gates, where the ceremony and reception will be held.

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Inside the gates, no detail was spared. The invitation itself is one color letterpress + a custom drawn scroll work blind impression (the pattern that you can see that doesn’t have color). In order to tie in the blush color, we matted the invitation on shimmery blush stock.

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Both of the envelopes for the suite were a shimmer ivory finished off with amazing calligraphy by Paige Tanenbaum.

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We also included a sweet little map to remind guests of the website, the hotel blocks, and give them a general “lay of the land” for the Charleston peninsula.

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The package was held together by a coordinating peach / blush sheer ribbon that really just finished it off so well. It looks great against the gold gate.

This invitation suite is such a great example of how planning ahead and really thinking through all the details pays off so well. I can’t wait to see the actual wedding! You know it will be amazing :-)

Charleston Style + Design magazine hit the newstands recently and it is chock-full of beautiful homes, weddings, and more, including one of our beautiful brides.

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Kristin and Rakesh’s wedding, planned by Southern Protocol and photographed by the always amazing Jen Bearden, has a gorgeous spread. I love how they did personalized running shoes – that was a detail I didn’t even know about until I got to see the article!

One thing I had been excited to see was the sofa created by 428 Main in that gorgeous mint green fabric. It looks pretty fabulous with the cake too. I just love seeing all the details come together, so I was very excited that they included her lovely gold invitation suite too. They all tell the story of a beautiful day!

Check out the article on Charleston Style + Design. Happy Wednesday!

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My goodness, what an absolutely gorgeous weekend we enjoyed here in the Lowcountry! Everywhere you look the azaleas are bursting with color, the sunshine and blue skies were out, and the trees are this beautiful vibrant green. It’s just so good for the soul after what feels like quite a long winter.

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On Saturday, I got up and did my 5k as promised, and I did beat my time by a little over a minute. Again, no speed records here, but I finished and did a little better than last time, so I’ll take it! Either way, it was actually a really awesome way to start such a beautiful weekend – a run on the beach with 700 other adults, kids, and completely thrilled dogs.

Another thing we did since it’s a special family member’s birthday this week was visit Sweet Radish Bakeshop.

We discovered them accidentally towards the end of last year, and they are Charleston’s only gluten free bakeshop. There is literally no flour in the building.

The bakery opened in September 2013 (according to the Post & Courier) and is located on the corner of Spring Street and St. Philip. We have stopped by a few times needing gluten free treats for some of our family members, and they never disappoint.

It has a great cheerful atmosphere and they always have interesting and different foods to choose from. This time, we ordered cupcakes ahead of time for a birthday celebration. We enjoyed them yesterday after cooking out on the grill and they were delicious – for gluten free and non-gluten free alike :-)

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Did you discover anywhere new this weekend or do anything special? Happy Monday!

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i’m just going to dive right into this round, ’cause COME ON, APRIL. plain + simple, you are so very good looking.

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and oh, what a perfect departure from last month. let’s toot the designer horn for a second. i think the real glory of this paper junkies club is that there has been such a gorgeous + diverse range of styles steadily streaming from the dodeline offices– from last month’s saccharine sweet and feminine to this month’s streamlined subtlety.

i’d liken this month’s set to a cool mid-century modern chair– Eames era with teak legs and gray upholstery or perhaps even rattan. it’s sophisticated and sleek but mellow. very California, circa the late 60′s.

this month will speak to a certain kind of gal, perhaps a cute charlestonian blonde by the name of susie who just so happened to ADORE april’s shipment.

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Received my April stationery delivery! Fave so far!! #paperjunkies @dodelinedesign

amen, sister. AMEN! share your #instalove if this april spoke to you.

#paperjunkies #paperjunkiesunite

xoxo

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I absolutely love these gorgeous gold foil wedding invitations. With their Art Deco inspired flair, they are so much fun, a bit unique, but still feel formal too.

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The wedding was at the Gibbes Museum of Art, which is such a perfect venue for this style of invitation. The bride loved gold, so we had to go for gold foil wedding invitations and I am thrilled with the result.

Gold is so popular right now but it is a tricky color in print. Unless you go for gold foil, you have to look at gold as more of a “bronze” or deep tan / golden yellow sort of color. Without the shine, that’s just how gold looks (think about aged monuments or brass), so if you really want the shine in your printed materials, you have to go for the foil. One little trick we use to get around that sometimes is to print on shimmer paper, which helps by giving it a bit of shine, but definitely isn’t as authentically-gold as foil.

This sweet bride & groom tied the knot in March, and we’re so happy for them! Congrats Elizabeth and Bryan!

credits: calligraphy by paige tanenbaum | mediocre photography by me

I was tagged by my fellow blogger Tiffany of Tiffany Lane Handmade last week to answer a little questionnaire and nominate a few fellow bloggers to do the same. These always remind me a bit of when we used to do those email questionnaire chains when I was like 12 and the internet was relatively new and we all sat around playing with our AOL profiles – did anyone else do those? But I love a good little survey, so here goes nothin’!

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1. Why do you blog?
I enjoy it and it supports my business endeavors in a small way. When I was little, I thought I wanted to be a writer, and maybe one day I’ll go that way. For now, it’s mostly for fun and dodeline and for staying in touch with all the awesome bloggers I’ve met.

2. What’s your favorite past time?
Hanging out with the hubs. Does that count? Otherwise – reading, riding my bike, making something.

3. Do you have any pets? If so, tell me a little about them!
No pets. I have newly refinished hardwood floors and a white shag rug instead for now. :-)

4. If you had the option of going to the desert, ocean, or mountains, which would you choose hands down and what time of year?
I think I would pick the mountains in the summer actually. I am spoiled because I am used to having the ocean all the time, so heading up to the mountains seems appealing and different.

5. Is blogging your full time gig? If not, what is?
Nope, it’s part of my full time gig though! I’m an entrepreneur, designer, stationer, blogger and variety of other things depending on the moment.

6. Sweet or savory?
Sweet. Very sweet.

7. Where did you grow up?
Here! Charleston, SC, one of the best cities in the whole world.

8. What is or would be number one on your bucket list?
I would have to say more travel. I haven’t been out west or seen the Pacific Ocean!

9. What kind of music do you normally listen to?
Right now I am on a country kick, but I have a very random assortment of music and I like it that way.

10. Bright colors or neutral tones?
Usually neutrals, but it depends on what we’re talking about.

11. Tell us one thing about yourself your readers don’t already know.
I am terrified of bees. Spend 10 minutes with me in the springtime and you’ll see.

Now comes the part where I pass the task on to some of my fellow bloggers. Here are a few of my favorites, whose blogs you should definitely visit if you haven’t already!
Carly Is Inspired | Why Girls are Weird | Style for a Happy Home | Kate Neale Cooper | Hello Hue | Mad Hearts Blog | Sea Island Drive

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One of my favorite things to do is explore new places – whether it’s a new city or just a new restaurant down the road. When we heard that our favorite restaurant – Wild Olive – was going to have a sister restaurant much closer to our side of town, we were so excited to try it out.

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The Obstinate Daughter opened on Sullivan’s Island only a couple weeks ago and we were so happy to be “done” renovating (ha! like that ever ends) and moving enough that we got to try it out. I completely fell for the beautiful interior decor they created – nautical but not too literal, with a modern coastal vibe that was perfect for the delicious but not too fussy cuisine.

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Of course, even a gorgeously designed restaurant has to back it up with the food, and The Obstinate Daughter definitely did. Pictured below – the “Old Danger” pizza – was out of this world delicious, as were the Geechie Frites and pasta dish I had. Dessert was phenomenal. We were stuffed & happy!

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Have you tried any new restaurants lately? Happy Monday!

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