I’m Christine Castro Hughes, a designer, writer, and mother of two darling children. I also run a graphic design studio out of my charming, crooked craftsman house. Brunch is my blog. More »
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joy to you

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I like to do it up big—tree, carols, presents, treats, and all.

This year has been busier than ever, though, so we've tried to keep it simple. Of course, I couldn't resist making a couple of my favorite treats for me and my family.

As a tiny token of my enormous appreciation for you, I wanted to share this recipe for Ginger Molasses Cookies with you. It was passed along to me after I ate one too many at a holiday party years ago. As is the case with some of the best recipes, that friend got it from another friend named Sam, and who knows where he got it from? I'm not sure who Sam is, but I am sure glad he liked to bake, because these cookies are scrumptious.

Wishing you and yours joy, wonder and peace this holiday and winter season! 



happy birthday, husby

Today's my darling husband Rama's birthday. Anyone who knows Rama knows that his love for life and art are inspiring. His laughter is contagious. His knowledge is mind boggling. His curiosity is insatiable. His compassion is bottomless. He is pretty amazing, and he deserves a pretty amazing day and year.

Illustration by yours truly


desire to inspire : book announcement & art giveaway

I am so proud to be included as a contributor in Christine Mason Miller's upcoming book, Desire to Inspire. It features twenty writers, artists and entrepreneurs who share a common goal: to positively inspire others. To live mindful lives. To have a good time while we're at it, too.

There are stories, anecdotes, quotes and exercises to help you on your own creative road. And here's a bit of book trivia: That hummingbird on the cover was painted by yours truly!

In honor of the book's release, Christine is giving away a sweet and inspiring wall art piece which would make a perfect gift for yourself or someone else this season. To enter the giveaway, just keave a comment below by Sunday at midnight. The lucky winner gets to choose one of these three beauties.

Congratulations, Muck! You're the winner. 


i love post-its

Here's a sneak peek at some post-its I doodled for Giant Robot's annual Post-It Show. This will be the 5th year I've participated, and it's always a blast. The looseness of this medium is a fun departure from my typical web and print work.

The past couple of years I've tried to come up with a personal theme to help guide my work. In 2008, I made mini-collages. In 2009, I drew the alphabet. This year's theme, of course, is love. If you're in LA, I encourage you to check out the show. The 2,000+ post-its on display are always quite a sight to behold.


holiday bargain basement sale

So, I was cleaning out my studio and, buried under piles and piles, I found these holiday card packs I made a couple of years ago. Each set features original watercolor illustrations and comes with six cards & matching envelopes, all for the super cheap price of $10 with free shipping. Now you have no excuse not to send some holiday cheer this year! Get 'em while they last.