Friday, September 12, 2014

Chronicle Crush

Chronicle books sent me this big box of fun!  Included:
Pretty Packages 
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 choose this 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
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. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sent with Love No. 43

It's been way too long since I've sent out a big stack of mail. I had a lot of thank you notes to write, plus some birthday gifts to pack. Last week, I took a morning and wrote 7 letters, and 11 cards.
I used cards from egg press, moglea, power and light press, rifle paper co, the social type, paper source, quill and fox, and la familia green.
I stamped the address for all the cards using my muji alphabet stamps and magenta, turquoise, and neptune inks.
I was trying to organize my postage but Otto decided it was the perfect spot for a nap. 
It felt great to send out so much mail. 
Has anyone written a card or letter recently? The postage stamps have been so good lately!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Upcoming Craft Fairs

We will be at the summer Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco and Los Angeles. 
Here's a map of the SF fair, and where we will be, booth #140. I've also added some booths numbers I'll be shopping at at the bottom. 
We will also be there friday night,  July 18th from 6-8pm in the same location Fort Mason Center Festival Pavillion
Here's a map of the La fair, we'll be in booth #115. They've changed locations this year, so you can find us at Grand Park.  More favorite booths at the bottom.
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Santa Cruz

I'm heading to Santa Cruz to celebrate the 4th of July. I am looking forward to relaxing and spending time with family and friends. Of course there will be a lot of sister time :) When I lived in LA, Katie and I would see each other 3-6 times a week. Not I only see her twice a month. Katie, Nat, and I all went to UCSC so we all love the town. Here are some of our favorite things to do-
Visit campus, the Boardwalk, Natural Bridges. Sandwiches from Zoccolis, Acai bowls from Cafe Brazil, Chocolates from Mackenzies, gummy octopi from Marinis.
Shopping on Pacific/downtown at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Sock Shop Santa Cruz,  and Stripe. There's always an antique fair/flea market or the like. Verve Coffee, and Seabright Beach. The teahouse spa is great after a long day of walking around. Romantic for a couple and fun for a group too. I can't wait!
Enjoy 15% off any order placed this week. All orders will ship next week when I return.
Pictures from Santa Cruz, found on my flickr.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The World's Smallest Post Service Kickstarter Reward

Get ready for an absurd amount of exclamation points-
The cuteness is a just a bit overwhelming! My Leafcutter Designs Kickstarter reward arrived today. As soon as I saw the return address I dropped everything else and took the package to my table. Everything is mini and adorable! Please see micron pen for size reference. And yes, those are tiny air mail rubber stamps!!
Here's what it looked like before I took it apart.  
As it says on the back, this kit has everything you need to make 24 mini missives and 6 pocket sized parcels, plus a mini mail box.
 outrageously cute!
 I can't.
 Mini security print envelopes. Whaaaaaat
 I got the deluxe kit so it even came with tiny lined paper.
I love the amount of tiny detail that went into this kit. It is so well thought out and executed.
 Tiny horoscopes!
 My favorite part of the deluxe kit has to be these miniature rubber stamps. 
I had to make this mini mail box right away. 
Delightful!! I'm so pleased with the kit. I will be sure to share when I make tiny packages.
If you'd like a kit yourself, you can find them here.
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