Thursday, November 13, 2014

Custom Calligraphy Holiday Card Stamp


If you follow us on instagram, you got a sneak peek of this last week. A custom calligraphy rubber stamp for your holiday cards.
I wanted to see how many names I could fit under the tree, so for the example, I went with my favorite family. Know who it is?
 After the rubber is engraved, I engrave the design onto the wood mount. Not only is this a great stamp, but it's a beautiful keepsake.
This design is offered in two sizes, and can be found in the shop here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Making Mail Doc

About a year and a half ago, I was interviewed for this documentary about making mail. It was a kickstarter that got funded. It's now available to watch online here. 
The film interviews a variety of mail artists. Still a bit shocked that The Queen of Mail Art wasn't interviewed for it. Maybe there will be a sequel.
I hope to never make this face again LOL
And why didn't i get my hair done? I'll never know.
Some action shots
This was when I lived in Oceanside. Because these guys who were making the film were traveling from Ohio to Los Angeles, I came up from Oceanside. We filmed at Reform School. Thanks, Reform School!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco This Weekend!

The Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco November Market returns on November 8 + 9 to the FORT MASON CENTER FESTIVAL PAVILION. Situated between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, the scenic San Francisco Bay will provide a perfect backdrop to the stunning work of some of the most talented makers out there.
Help us kick off our Holiday Tour by joining us in the fun and shop with over 300+ indie makers. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Paper Pastries will be in booth #40- come on down!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

LA Cake Club Custom Stamps

If the people reading this are in LA, I hope you've heard of LA Cake Club. It's a cake and dessert club that meets once a month. Sara, the talent behind Matchbox Kitchen, is the founder of LA Cake Club. You get together with a group of like minded individuals and eat cake! It's the best club ever. (You can sign up for the newsletter here.)
At every meeting, you're supposed to bring a take away box for leftovers. When I first started making personal stationery, I used to put the finished product into these pink pastry boxes.  After the first meeting I attended, I was so happy. I wanted to contribute something to cake club. I looked up cake club and found the above image. (photo by Sara of Matchbox Kitchen.) I loved it! Then I had an idea.
I drew the cake and wrote LA cake club, scanned it onto my computer, then turned it into a rubber stamp. One was large and in charge (3 x 3 inches) and the other one is tiny and cute (1 x 1 inches.)
I had too much fun trying out the stamp.
Then I dug around in my studio and found that I still had some pink pastry boxes.
I stamped a few then shipped them off to Sara, along with the stamps.
It was fun seeing them shared on instagram, and though I had to miss the next meeting, I heard the boxes were a hit!
Photo by Sara of Matchbox Kitchen.
photo by elauinc 
 photo by nicole bakes cakes
photo by ducksta
If you'd like me to design a hand written type/logo for your club or business, get in touch.
I'm looking forward to the next meeting of LA Cake Club :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just Write No. 2 Laura Berger

I am still unpacking a few things in my studio. I just came across a big box of stationery. This box is full of cards and papers that I've purchased, and that I've set aside to share for the Just Write column of this blog. I haven't written one of these since January! LOL, ridiculous I know. But I just found a bunch of cards for it, so expect that coming soon.  I discovered Laura Berger while browsing on etsy one day.
I love her sense of humor and the faces her illustrations have. Aren't they great? 
I'm a big fan of this one :) 
This is a great line for general hello notes. She also has some wonderful prints, and a lot of new card designs in her shop. Check them out here.

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.
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