Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shop Update - New pencil sets!

It's been quite a while since I debuted a new Paper Pastries pencil set. Maybe...three years? The reason was, I was done making pencils! The six sets that I had, were all that were ever going to be. Well here I am eating my words because I've come up with three new sets. And I'm really excited about them :)
Hawaii 
 Oregon
 and Photography.
They can all be found at paperpastries.com 
They'll make great gifts this holiday season!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Paper Pastries at the LA Printers Fair this Saturday!

My sister Katie and friend Wendy will be repping Paper Pastries tomorrow Saturday Oct 4 at the LA printers fair. I'm out of town but I'm sad to be missing this! It's always a great time, with lots of great vendors. You can purchase tickets here and avoid standing in line. 
Here's a map.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recent Finds - Pet Portrait Mugs

You guys know I'm crazy for my cats. I'm also nuts for my sister's cats. Her birthday is in August, so in July I started searching for her presents. On Mollie Green's instagram, she shared a mug with a drawing of her dogs on it. I got in contact with the etsy shop, It'll glow on you. I asked if she could draw three cats on a mug, and send me the drawing so I can make it into a print. She said yes, so I ordered one for my sister, and one for myself. They came out SO good!
 I just love the mugs. Aren't they great?
 I digitally added color to her drawings and printed them onto cardstock. I think they make really great prints for our homes.
I also turned her drawings into rubber stamps. I think she and I should collaborate for the holidays. I love her illustrations!
If you'd like some pet portraits on mugs, you can get in contact with her here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lately (and a favor)

I know it's been really quiet on the blog recently, thanks for bearing with me. August/September has been so busy. 
1) I had to pack up my whole life/house/work space to move back to LA. My mom and grandma came down to help me, and they were amazing.  (Postcard above from BETTY TURBO) LA has been treating me right. I am so happy to be back with my friends and family. Tony and I get to see each other every weekend. So I've been working non stop during the week but partying hard every weekend. It's fun!
2) Right after I moved, we went on vacation for my mother in law's birthday. It was a really fun trip to Montana and I got to spend some quality time with family. I also took a lot of pictures with my phone. 
If you follow me on instagram, you already know this.  
I did miss my cats a lot. While I moved, and went on vacation, they went to my sister's house for 10 days. I bet she was happy when they were out of there! She already has three cats of her own, so a 5 cat household is enough to drive anyone batty. Thanks to Katie for taking care of babies as if they were her own! 
Right after I got back from Montana, I had to have surgery on my pinky. I had a bump in it, that hurt so they removed it. Turns out it was a benign tumor. So I was kind of out of it/on pain killers for a week. It was impossible to do anything for a week! I couldn't get my hand wet at all. I had to go to the salon to get my hair washed. I'm not going to lie, it was a total treat. Thank you, Amy for taking such good care of me!
The following week, my mom had to have surgery. This is me on the left, and my mom on the right. These pictures were taken a week apart but it was SO freaky friday. 
That week, I did luckily get a lot of great things in the mail:
letters from victoria, donovan, kate, and katie
Annoying customer as a unicorn phone case from kate funk
Instagram photo magnets from pic pack
text less write more shirt from ink meets paper 
The week after my surgery was spent organizing and getting my studio more up and running. My in laws came down to help "the patient" (me- and yes I was milking that for all it's worth) and they were a huge help. Tony and his dad put up shelves and put together furniture and took a ton of trips to home depot. I couldn't go, I was "recovering."
I am trying to have it 100% in perfect condition so that I'm ready for the holidays this year. But, I figure a perfect work space means you're not really working all the time, which I am. So, there will always be a bit more I could do. But I do want to share more photos of it soon so I will get in there with my real camera one of these days.
That's pretty much my life up to date. Except I have a favor to ask. See this adorable kitten? He needs a home. My sister is fostering these four newborns because their mother abandoned them. SO sad. Everyone of them has been claimed except this poor little runt. He's the skinniest of the bunch, but he has the prettiest blue eyes. He weighs in at a whooping 15.5 ounces and is TOTALLY adorable. 
So- the favor. For those of you in southern California, please tell everyone you know about this little guy. We need to find him a forever home! For more info/pics check out her instagram here.
If someone you know is interested, you can comment on one of her photos, or email me, and I'll pass the message along.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chronicle Crush

Chronicle books sent me this big box of fun!  Included:
Pretty Packages 
Huckleberry
Mix it Up
Goodnight Darth Vader
I knead My Mommy
Darling Clementine Letterpress Notecards
The Who, the What, the When
I pretty much love everything that Chronicle puts out and I feel like they chose these items just for me. The Who, the What, the When book is about history sidekicks. It's not released until late October, but I think it would make a great gift for any history buff.
While moving, I couldn't believe how many gift wrapping supplies I have. This book Pretty Packages by Sally Shim, is perfect because it shares ideas and I can use a lot of materials I already have.
Mix it up is meant to be an interactive guide. A really fun project to share with a budding artist.
Beautiful photos and mouthwatering recipes come together in the cookbook Huckleberry. I'll be sure to bookmark a few recipes so Tony can make them for me ;)
I knead my mommy are poems by cats :) They all really hit home. 
Goodnight Darth Vader is a funny bedtime story.  This one I'll have to pass along to my Star Wars loving little cousins.
Thanks so much, Chronicle Books!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Paper Pastries NEW World Headquarters

It's funny how things happen. I had been looking for a work space since May, pretty much every weekend.
I was getting frustrated and was giving up hope of being able to find a "perfect" spot. Robert Mahar is a friend I met through Cathy of California. He always comes by during Renegade Craft Fair to say hello and catch up. I mentioned that I had been looking for a new work space and he said that he and his friend Molly just found a great creative office space the Spring Arts Tower.  
I checked out the website and was interested. I wasn't able to go see it, so Katie went. The spot we looked at turned out to have been in the process of being rented already and I was crushed. I went to talk to the leasing manager again and I'm so glad the first place fell through. This place is perfect! I said I wanted it straightway. 

-tons of natural light
-I can walk to work
-friends in the building
-it's got two rooms

-fire escape

-view of Spring Street
-24 hour access + 24 hour security
-freight elevator
-pets are allowed!

I'm so stoked. I can't wait to start working there. But of course I have to pack everything up first!
I'm not closing the online shop at all, orders will just be a bit delayed until I get set up.
I think I should be set up in within a week of moving.
In the meantime, you can enter the code
MOVINONUP
for 15% off any order placed today until August 27th. Now for photos of my the gorgeous PP world headquarters: 













I'm moving back to LA!

I moved to Oceanside about a year and a half ago. Tony and I came here for his work, and I decided to go back to working out of the house- we found a cute beach cottage and Paper Pastries moved in. I thought that a three bedroom house would be enough room- it isn't! I am busting at the seams here, and having trouble being as productive as I could be. Since Tony's project is drawing to an end in a few months, I decided to move back to LA early- he'll be up on weekends and he'll be back permanently before I know it!
I've been looking for an apt and work space since May. Katie has been so sweet to go around with me. I somehow always happened to set up viewing appointments on the hottest days. Finally we had two dream spots. First up- the apartment.
When I walked into this lobby, I was blown away. This is the original subway terminal in downtown LA. It's a historical building and it's so beautiful. I mean, look at these elevators!
The lobby is grand in itself. 
The hallways are filled with light and marble and great light fixtures. 
 I really can't get enough of these light fixtures. A hallway might seem like a dumb thing to be excited about, but after looking at some of the dungeons that we have seen- it makes a huge difference. I couldn't live or work in a dark place. It would depress me. Plus, the cats wouldn't like it.
The apartment itself is tops too. I have wanted double sinks my whole life.  
Also, two giant walk in closets! Some of the places I was looking at were no bigger than this closet.
It also has a hot tub on the roof, and great views of downtown:
I couldn't be more pleased with this place! Not only am I in love with it, it's the only place I've looked at in the past three months that is halfway acceptable. It's pretty much my dream apartment. I can walk to tons of places downtown- including grand central market which is one of my favorite spots DTLA. Plus, the subway stop is right across the street. The biggest perk of this space is that I can WALK to my work space. Dream come true!! Pictures of the work space up next. 
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