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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the trenches

Being the parent of two kids under 5 has been one of the most challenging things I've ever done. The comforting thing is I am not alone. Every parent I've talked to who has gone through it — or is in it still — agrees that it is tough.

More than once, I've been told with sympathetic eyes and a pat on the back, "Oh, you're in the trenches. Don't worry. It gets better."

This illustration — the cover of my yearly mixed CD — is in honor of all the parents who are in the trenches, too. We're in it together.



Maybe my obsession with handwriting began in 2nd grade, when I was on my class penmanship contest team. I remember practicing my lettering on the classroom chalkboard. I remember the little plaques my team received for placing 3rd. But mostly, I remember celebrating with bubblegum ice cream.

I've been obsessed with the loops in capital C's and crossing my lowercase t's at just the right height ever since. I can't even tell you how many hours I've probably clocked just writing the alphabet over and over again in notebooks.

So when I noticed calligraphy was becoming a thing almost 10 years ago, I became obsessed with it too. I took a copperplate script workshop at Paper Source. It was only an hour or two, and I forgot the techniques and tips the moment I got home.

Thank goodness for Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls! The artist and calligrapher has taken her modern approach to beautiful script on the road, teaching workshops all over the world. I was able to snag a spot in her class at Poketo over the weekend. It was so gratifying to spend the morning with other letter-obsessed ladies, practicing our loops and crossing our Ts for hours.

She's hosting another workshop at Poketo on Sept. 7. Check out Maybelle's website for upcoming workshops in other cities or just to get inspired by her amazing work.


project peek : hello shiso

Here's a project I worked on earlier this year—a website redesign for Hello Shiso, purveyor of seriously adorable accessories. Mimi, the shop owner / accessory maker, wanted a website that was clean and modern but colorful and playful. The slightly unconventional type in the navigation bar, fun illustrations, and Mimi's quirky photography make it an enjoyable place to shop. With a secret pop-up and rotating knock knock joke, what's not to love?

I am available for branding services. If you need help with business naming, logo and website design, or consulting, please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.

Website coding by Zoe Rooney


a perfectly planned meal

I am having a serious craving for a repeat of the meal above that we served at Maira's 2nd birthday last month. Fried chicken, homemade waffles, corn on the cob, fresh berries, and a peach, mozzarella, arugula & basil salad. It was kind of perfect. 


i carry your heart

Rama and I have been following the traditional anniversary present guidelines since we first got married. Sometimes, I'm able to find and buy the perfect gift. Other times, I try to make it. This year, the theme was wool, so I bought a wool felt heart pillow and embroidered a not-so-secret note on the back. The e.e.cummings quote has always been a favorite, and I think the present was simple but sweet.