Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Kimono Paper Notebooks

Kimono Paper  just launched beautiful hand made notebooks. They are giving away a set of three notebooks to Paper Pastries blog readers. 
The covers are beautiful paper and the notebooks are bound using Japanese style binding with contrasting thread. They are A5 size (approx. 6 x 8 inches) and each notebook as 80 pages of white, acid-free paper.

How to enter-

Share this giveaway on your blog, pinterest, twitter, instagram, or Facebook.
Come back and leave a comment with a link to your post. 
Multiple posts are ok :)
Open worldwide, giveaway closes Wednesday, June 3rd. 
Good luck!

Pen Pal Club Date Change and Shop Update!

We had to move the pen pal club to next week- RSVP here. 
We just added some great new products to the shop!
Belgium letterpress graph paper pads. 
 Extra large state stamps.
 Nautical zipper pouches.
 Dial a phrase daters.
 and happy occasion stamps.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pen Pal Post No. 1 - Pens

Victoria and I have started this series focused around pen pals and the post. For the first installment, we're sharing our top writing utensils.
Being an avid letter writer and stationery addict, I have come across my fair share of pens. Some seem ideal but then explode in your purse on a cross country flight. Some are so cheap you think they'll last a week but then you have them for years. There are so many out there but I keep coming back to a select few. Here are my faves-
I found these morning glory pens in a local stationery shop in Korea Town, Mauya Tokyo Gift Shop. I couldn't find them online :( I like the fine points and they don't smear.
Gelly rolls have come back! I was obsessed with these in middle school and I'm happy they are back in my life :) The gelly roll moonlight series are my pick for their paint like effect.
Muji gel pens are all around great. Really affordable, and they come in a lot of colors. I like them for writing on very thin sheets, such as air mail paper. They don't tear, smear, or bleed. 1.50 each- and I've had them for over 2 years!
When I need a finer brush tip than the tombow, I like the pigma brush. They also come in a lot of colors.
I found the uniball signo gel pens at my local Kinokuniya in Little Tokyo. The ink takes a little while to dry but is really nice once it sets. 
Today I'm sharing my favorite pens. These Tomboy dual point markers are really great. One side is a brush tip, and the other is a medium marker tip. I use them a lot for addressing envelopes, especially when I want something to stand out. The colors are saturated and perfect.
I carry a few in the shop, but my local art store has every color. I've been really into this purple recently.
I just made a show flyer for my favorite band and used the tomboy markers. This is a good example of the tomboy's brush tip and marker tip. 
If you're in the area you should come to their next show!
This Tachikawa nib holder is the skinniest nib I could find. It's a pain to write with because it barely holds any ink but I use it all the time because I love the way it makes me write.
The Kawecosport Fountain Pen is my favorite. I love all the different cartridges you can get for it, but this turquoise is definitely my go-to. The Kaweco works on a variety of papers but it does need a little time to dry or it can smudge. 
The Caran d'Ache is the best all around ballpoint and mechanical pencil. It's my everyday pen, and you can get the refills in a lot of great colors.
As for paint pens, these are my favorites. I thought it'd be redundant to go into them here ;) These are my absolute favorite for decorating kraft paper packages, and dark envelopes. 
Thanks for reading! 

Check out Victoria's post for all of her favorite writing instruments.

 The next pen pal club is Wednesday June 3rd
Victoria and I would love to see you there!
RSVP and all details here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

This weekend I went to the Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.  It was a great trip down memory lane. I loved seeing all the originals from the 70s. The show is very well curated by an author of a HK book, Pink Globalization, and an owner of the store, JapanLA. A book I haven't read, and a shop I haven't been to. I'm lagging, I know. I found out a lot of interesting facts about Hello Kitty. Namely, that she isn't a cat, she's a little girl. Whaaaat. And she lives in London, not Japan! Mind blown. Here's a few pictures from the exhibit.
I obviously want this dress.
It's up until May 31st. Go check it out!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Next Pen Pal Club- NEW DATE

We had to move the date to the following wednesday-

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

RSVP and details here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A New Kitten!

This is Gennady Jr. a six week old, 1.7 pound, ball of love.
David (my bro in law) + Michelle (his live-in) adopted this adorable kitten this weekend. It's Michelle's birthday this week and GJ is her present. 
Best Present EVER.
I'm obsessed! Otto and Milchy haven't met him, but we are all very happy about this addition to the extended cat family :)
 He is tiny! That is the double wide cat scratcher from Trader Joe's.
He's really good at sleeping.
And cuddling. He's the best!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pen Pal Club

This thursday, pen pal club is back! Find all the details and rsvp here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Snail Mail Book Review

This book and the author popped up in my suggested instagram tab. It looked interesting so I went online and ordered it. 
As soon as I opened it, I had a strong feeling that I was going to like it ;)
 It's divided up into 6 different chapters, including a lengthy piece of reasons to write. I know a lot of you out there are often stuck on what to write- this could be very helpful for you :)
 Mixed throughout the book are colorful displays of vintage postage and famous letters.
There is detailed advice on what to do and not do when writing. 
Cat post! J'adore :) 
 Fun crafty bits to inspire.
 Diy products with instructions.
 Even templates to make yourself.
 Everything about this book is pleasing to the eye!
The pages are thick. I carefully turned each one while reading because didn't want to accidentally skip a page.
 Finally I got to the section on rubber stamps.
 Michelle even includes some original designs that you can get made into rubber stamps. So nice! I'm definitely going to make some.
 I agree!
 Inspiration is everywhere in this book. During the course of reading it, I wanted to put it down and go make some mail. 
 Michelle does a great job of covering every aspect of snail mail. 
 In addition to templates and stamp designs, there are even some stickers included in the back. 
I highly recommend this book! Great job, Michelle and everyone who contributed!
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