Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LA Cake Club

I came across The Crepes of Wrath Funfetti cake while catching up on blogs and knew I had to make it for this month's L.A. Cake Club!
Like most baking, you have to use a ton of butter.
Tony and I baked this cake together and I was panicking because we started less than 2.5 hours before we needed to leave for the club.
We decided to use only one kind of sprinkles for the inside.
They came out perfect!
And they were so easy to get out of the pan. The trick is to cut a piece of parchment paper to line the bottom of your dish.
Double vision :)
There were so many delicious treats there, as usual.
I always say I'm only going to have a bit, but then I go overboard! So, so good.
I invited my friend Toni and her boyfriend Ian. They really brought it! I thought their cake was the most beautiful. 
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

CatCon LA

CatCon LA was this weekend. It was so packed! So many cool vendors, cat adoptions, product name it. 
Here are some of my favorites-
I've been fans of Little Friends or Printmaking ever since the first time I saw their work at a Renegade Craft Fair. Any friends of rescue pets is a friend of mine. They have some great new products, check them out!
Xenotees bags and pillow cases are Otto + Milchy approved :) They are always all over them.
I got every cat I know a Polydactyl catnip toy. They are so cute- sugar, sushi, peanuts, pickles. I got to see four cat's reactions to them- they went NUTS. I will definitely be getting more of these.
Purpose cat litter is my favorite and I haven't used anything else since I discovered it. It was so nice to meet the team in person and they had a relaxing lounge area to hang out.
Always good to see Kate Funk- she had some of her 2016 calendars available. I was able to get one for me and a few for friends. 
Stay at home club was completely sold out by the time I went by their booth.
A new discovery, Blunder Puss makes some of the best cat tees I've ever seen. We had to get this one that looks like Gennady Jr.
Living in the meow- cute shirts and helping cat's find forever homes! A+++
I tried to get some pusheen but the booth was so packed that I couldn't get in at all! It was madness.
Otto also got a Whisker Box, and he loves it.
I also was obsessed with Katris, tetris shaped climbers+scratchers, the perfect gift for your spoiled kitty!
I'll definitely go next year. See all the vendors here.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CatCon LA and Cat Note Printable

CatCon LA is this weekend in downtown LA. Thanks to Purina Purpose, I will be there. 
You guys know, Otto and Milchy are such a big part of my life. I love them like crazy and I don't hide it. I also am crazy for mail. Often, my love of cats and mail overlap. When our Cat template debuted back in November of 2013, it was very well received. We are now happy to offer a free printable version of our it! You can download it here to print at home.
(check out my instagram for more current pictures of O + M)
It's very easy to do. Save the file, and when you print it, do not scale. I just printed it "fast draft." Then, cut it out. 
I like to use a piece of cardboard and a box cutter to make the two slices. 
Then crease and fold. The center will hold a 4bar card if you need more room to write.
 There is a special way to fold it. Side flaps first, then the bottom. The ears and nose tuck into the slits.
This is what it looks like when it's folded and tucked in. It fits into a four bar envelope, and holds a 4 bar card. If you would like to send it without an envelope, just seal up with washi tape. 
I printed out a bunch of versions, but this polka dot paper is my favorite. 
 You can use an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
Imagine all the things you can do with them!
Please share with the tags #sendmorecatmail or #paperpastries- we can't wait to see!
Who else is going to Cat Con??

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Library Store Sale and LWA Book Club

The Library Store at the Los Angeles Public Library downtown is one of my favorite shops in the whole city, and it's not just because it's steps away from my house. The curated selection of cards, gifts, apparel and home goods is top notch. I can always find a gift there, and something for myself ;)
Their annual sale is this weekend. I went a little nuts. So much great stuff!
 Downtown LA print from arts district printing co.
 Cards from the good twin co and fugu fugu press.
Museum nails polish wraps, cards from Hello! Lucky,  The Great LakesEgg Press, and Table Top Made.
I'm sure this book will come in handy one day.
Hubba hubba card from the social type, amour card from pei design.
Fish card from pei design, mother card from moglea, guitar card from one canoe two. 
 two alley cats. One can never have too many ridiculous cat cards right?
 Foxy and winston and Saturn Press.
 These wrapping papers are going to make very cool envelopes :)
 Get on down to this sale before it's too late!
I am leading the next discussion for the LWA book club. We are reading Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. I got the book out from my local library :) Be sure to join us on August 3rd for the virtual book club.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Kimono Paper Notebooks - NOW CLOSED

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! 
Giveaway now closed! Thanks to all that entered. Stay tuned for another giveaway soon.
Random number generator choose #2- congrats Meg, you are the winner!
Thanks to Kimono Paper for the beautiful notebooks and stay tuned for another giveaway.

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.

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