Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sent with Love No. 45 Notes from the Beach

It's been a while since I've made time to sit down and write. While in Santa Cruz over the 4th of July, I made a big dent in my to return pile. When I got home all my stamps and supplies were waiting for me.  I was able to decorate the envelopes while baby napped one afternoon. Here are some close up details-

This is my absolute favorite ink pad of the moment. You can take out single colors to ink a stamp separately or you can use it as a large ink pad for cool rainbow effects.
A good beachy mailing!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Custom Face Stickers from My Sticker Face

It's safe to say we are obsessed with My Sticker Face! This babe makes so many great faces, they obviously need to be commemorated in sticker form. Our favorite items to order are 

  • .75 duo sticker sheet

  • 1.75 sticker sheet

  • sampler sheet 

  •  It's my plan to fill up my entire lap top with stickers of her face. There is one Otto on there, can you find him? Poor Milchy!

    Everyone loves them. This is her Aunt's phone. 
     Looks extra cool with glitter!
     And the front of Katie's phone. 

    This is my phone. Before Ellis ripped all the stickers off. She has a knack for peeling off stickers.
    Here are close ups of my last order:

    These would be great for invitations, labeling your stuff at work, or just handing out to your friends! Love them.

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    A Visit to Baum Kuchen Los Angeles

    I finally went down the rabbit hole! I wanted a Traveler's Notebook for some time but just didn't know where to start and kept putting it off.  Lucky me, my friend Eunice is a Traveler's Notebook expert (check her out @thedailyroe) She helps out at Baum Kuchen, which is the spot to go for any and everything TN related in LA.
    Some people don't get it- I love stationery- I have a stationery shop- and yet I'm going to another stationery store? Yes, I am a stationery fanatic and addict! Plus, I am always happy to support other local small shops- and Baum Kuchen is so close to us! Only about a five minute drive away from Paper Pastries. We are more snail mail based and they are more planner based but we both share a love for analogue! We both offer fun pens, washi tape, stamps- so if you like us I think you'll like them too! 
    As soon as you walk into BK you just want to look at everything. I hope I did a good job of relaying how great the shop is to you in photos.
     Air Mail + Postal finds!
     So many options and inserts for your Traveler's Notebook.
    I think the concept of the TN is to take it with you everywhere you go. I'm still learning! This is a station to decorate your TN. 
     Stamps, washi tape, pens- a paradise!
     Some inspirational mail.
     Examples of their letter paper in use.
     Mini alphabet stamps.
     Gift wrapping ideas.
     Superior Labor Pouches next to pretty packages.
    Fun washi patterns.
     Brass clips and rulers and stamps.
     A big box of fun! I love this metal tool box.
    I got a Traveler's Notebook Camel in the Passport Style.  The smaller size just spoke to me. You know, when something just feels right, you go for it! I will share my purchases in another post.
    Our friend Ann came along and was sweet enough to keep Ellis entertained while I shopped and looked around. Thank you, Ann! And a big thank you to Baum Kuchen for having such a fun shop and to Eunice for being so sweet to walk me through everything Traveler's Notebook! 
    I'm sure it won't be too long until we are there again. It's just such a great shop with so much to discover.
    This Superior Labor Shoulder Bag is on my wish list- but I can't decide on a color. If they offered a dark pink- well then that would be that.
    Check out their open hours here to plan your visit.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Our Shop Open Hours

    Usually we are open at the shop on weekends and by appointment during the week. We now have a calendar page so you can see our open and closed hours for the month. You can find it here.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Baby's First Birthday with DIY Photo Wall

    Baby had a very low key first birthday. On her actual birthday we hung out with grandma at the Huntington Library and Gardens. We've been there basically once a week since she was born. We had beautiful weather that day and Grandma took the day off. Otto was sick that morning so we had to take him in to the vet. We're rescheduling her birthday breakfast to next weekend so her dad can come along. Last weekend we had a small party for her. Very laid back. We got take out and Aunt Katie made two cakes. It's an Italian Tradition- one cake has 1 birthday candle on it and the other has 100. It's so the baby will get to her 100th birthday.
     Her smash cake was "healthy" with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles ;)
     It was a team effort to light 100 candles!
     1 and 100.
     With Grandma Rosa.
     I put together a very quick photo wall. The glitter birthday banner is from meri meri.
     The blue seamless backdrop is from Freestyle Photo. And yes, it is the same one we used for our wedding photo wall.
    Balloons are from local party supply. It was quick and easy! And it's still up in my house lol.

    Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate her first birthday!

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Baby's First Valentines

    It was baby's first Valentine's Day and I was excited to send cards out! We were at Paper Source in Pasadena and they have the cutest card kits. Even though there were whales (which she loves) she chose the Kittens and Puppies kit out of a lineup (now it's on sale!) I budgeted about an hour to put these together, and I thought I could do it while she napped. It was one of those days where a nap lasted 20 minutes, so we made them together. That is, until she started reaching for the googly eyes. I think all in, it took a total of 2 hours. You have to punch all the shapes out even though they are pre cut. I wish they were punched out already. 
    We laid all the shapes out on the table, it took up quite a bit of space. We mixed the paw and ear colors.
     Then we added the eyes and the snouts.
     Otto wanted to know why there were so many dogs ;)
     Then we glued on the ears and the hearts.
     They were pretty cute without the big heart. I wanted to write a message on each one but to save time, you could have given the Valentines simplified.
     They turned out pretty cute!
     The kit doesn't come with envelopes but of course I have plenty. After I wrote out the valentines, it was time to address the envelopes.
     That went pretty quick! I adore these new love stamps from usps, have you guys seen them? Available for purchase at the USPS website here. Because of the googly eyes, I did need to add an extra "non machinable" stamp charge to the envelopes before mailing.
    I used bistro chalk markers for addressing the envelopes. Love these! Look for these markers in my shop soon. 
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