Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Artwork For Mission Surf

About a year ago I worked with Mission Surf in Pacific Beach, California to create some custom artwork for womens t-shirts. I lived in Pacific Beach for a couple years during and after college so this was an extra fun project to work on. PB will always have a special place in my heart! Go check out the shirts in their shop!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Las Gaviotas Beachcombing Treasures

This week we spent a few days down at Las Gaviotas in Baja, Mexico and I took advantage of the low tide each morning and combed the beach for these treasures. I've always wanted to find a surfboard fin, so I was pretty excited to stumble upon this one. My friend Cory, who went searching with me, also found a black surfboard fin. The painted sea tiles were extra special to find, too! I was hoping to find some doll arms to add to my collection (this is the beach where I found my very first doll arm - hence the high hopes), but none made their way to me this search. Excited to add all these colorful pieces to my collection!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Billabong Womens Summer Quotes

One of my favorite projects I get to work on these days is creating artwork for Billabong Womens. They give me inspirational copy to pull from, and through hand lettering, doodling and drawing I get to bring that copy to life. They post these quote images on the Billabong Womens Pinterest account and will sometimes use them on their Instagram and Facebook pages as well. Above are some quotes I made earlier this summer. Follow Billabong Womens on Pinterest for great surf inspiration and dreamy images that will get you in the mood for summer!

Hello Again!

Hi friends (if anyone is actually still looking at this)! Wow, it's been over two years since I've posted on this blog - a ton has happened since my last post, when we had just made a huge move from Long Beach, California to Biarritz, France. Since then I've started another travel blog, The Baguettenbergers, about all our adventures in Biarritz and traveling around Europe (probably the main reason I've been ignoring this one) and have been focusing on Orange Paper Shoppe (which also now has a BLOG). On top of all that I've also been working for Billabong Women's as their digital designer, so as you can imagine I've been very busy and this blog got lost in the shuffle.

A few months back I saw this instagram post and this blog post by Designlovefest, one of the first bloggers I ever followed and was inspired by to start this blog. She was talking about getting back to the good ol' 2009 blogging roots - when posts and images were more raw, more inspired, and not so polished and perfect. I read through ALL the reader comments and seems like everyone feels the same - we all miss that more creative, raw content when bloggers posted random ideas and inspiration, before every post was sponsored and everything was crisp, clean and white. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of all white everything and am very happy in a crisp clean environment, but sometimes miss the old days of collaging random images together, posting random old photos that I've found, just being creative because I feel like it, not because someone is paying me to be. 

So all that being said, I was inspired to get back to this blog, where I can share random projects, illustrations, photos and ideas that I'm not sharing in my other online spaces. Thanks for the inspiration Bri! If you're still reading this, thanks for sticking around, nice to see you again! x

P.S. The photo above is our main view looking out from our apartment in Biarritz. On a sunny day we can see a bit of the ocean in the distance. I snapped this with an old camera that had a half-used roll of film sitting in it for over six years! It was fun to use up the rest of the photos and get them developed. Trying to get back into taking more film photos this summer, I love the element of surprise involved in the process!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Biarritz Beachcombing

I've done a ton of beach combing in the last few years and by far the best beach combing day I've ever had was a couple of weeks ago at the Cรดte des Basques in Biarritz, France. It was one of our first weekends here, and Brent wanted to surf - the waves were so massive that he wouldn't even let me paddle out, but luckily the tide was low and it was perfect beach combing conditions, so I did that instead. The guys only lasted about an hour in the water (apparently it was freezing so I wasn't missing out on too much fun), and in that hour I found everything in the photo above... it was unbelievable. This photo doesn't do the size of these pieces justice, but the sea glass chunks in the bottom right corner are almost 2 inches in length, to give you an idea (some of the biggest sea glass chunks I've ever found). I found TWO teeth (maybe shark? upper left center of the photo), my FIRST ever patterned piece of sea pottery (I follow a few other beachcombers on instagram who seem to find sea pottery by the pound almost everyday, but until last week I had never had the pleasure), all of these different patterns on terra cotta tile pieces (in addition to a huge chunk with French type on it that I'm not showing here), and all these beautiful shades of blue/green glass. And if all that wasn't already awesome enough, a plastic dude on a bike appeared. I was in heaven. I can only hope that all my beachcombing adventures in Europe turn out this good!

Vintage Postcard Finds

A few months ago I went to visit my Dad at his new home in Genoa, Nevada. We spent a lot of time exploring the little local towns surrounding Reno, which included lots of visits to antique shops. I think I came home with a stack of about 20 vintage postcards for my collection, many with images of my favorite places like beaches in San Diego, Yosemite, desert scenes and famous European buildings like the Notre Dame in Paris and the Duomo in Florence.  These are a few of my favorites from that day - I scored!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Olvera Street Engagement Photos

I wanted to share a few of my favorite shots from our engagement photoshoot we did back in November. We went to amazing Olvera Street in downtown LA with my friend Kristina of Kristina Lee Photography. Brent wasn't thrilled about having to participate in something like this, but after a few margaritas and Kristina's guidance, we both loosened up and were able to have some fun with it, and in the end got some really great photos. Kristina had been telling me for years that when we got engaged she had the perfect engagement photoshoot location in mind for us - Olvera Street! She couldn't have picked a more perfect location for us : rustic, colorful, and a GIANT succulent wall?! This place was AMAZING and so fitting for us. It was a little awkward kissing in front of a crowd of tourists (who would have guessed from these shots that there were a ton of other people there?) but in the end all worth it! Thanks for the great shots Kristina!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Yesterday was my 29th birthday - I snapped this photo on a run while exploring new streets of Biarritz. I love these old enamel French house numbers! Last time I was in Paris I scored some at this antique market, hopefully I can find more while I'm here!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Woodland Happy Animal Friends

My sister Hanna is expecting her second son in 6 days (!!!), and I drew this picture of these happy animal friends for her to hang in his woodland-themed nursery. You might remember this picture I shared (almost exactly two years ago) that I drew for my first nephew Max's nursery - his own version of Happy Animal Friends. Can't wait to meet you baby Gabe!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Life Lately

So much has happened in the last few months, it's hard to sum it all up with just a few photos and even a lot of words. A few of the highlights from the past few months include : getting married, spending quality time with some best friends (picnics, sunset dinners, hikes) and quality time with family with visits back home to Mariposa, San Diego, and Genoa, NV to visit Dad, saying goodbye to life in Belmont Shore, LB (more on the big move to come in another post!), starting to (re) learn French, designing a ton for Orange Paper Shoppe and making a lot of progress working on our soon-to-launch website, chopping off most of my hair (eek! But so refreshing!), happily supporting the comeback of Birkenstocks (take that all you haters), and realizing that my last name is now Grettenberger. GRETTENBERGER!!