Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Rainbow Room

This is her play room. I started calling it the rainbow room because there are crystals hanging in the windows and when the light hits just right, they cast rainbows all over the room. While we were having work done on our house, the rainbow room was out of out of commission. Now all the work is done and she once again has access to it. We are rarely home when the magic hour hits, so we keep missing the rainbow. Maybe I'll add photos of it later if I'm able to catch it in action. 
On the right wall are wooden storage with plastic bins that she can easily pull out and dump all over the floor. These are just the right size and also double as a table top for her to play on. I switch out the toys on top every few weeks to keep her interest. The table and chairs is from Ikea kids. Burbank has North America's largest Ikea, it's fun to go and wander the aisles, especially on hot days. The bear rug is from The land of nod, we got it before she was born. 
On the far wall is her "Reading Rainbow." Anyone else obsessed with that show as a kid? The book shelves are picture ledges from Ikea  that we spray painted. 
I love this book display, it reminds me of my grade school classrooms. It's double sided and on wheels. She can't move it herself but I switch the books out from time to time. I can't find the specific link to this model but this one is similar.
The wall is covered in cork and I'm hoping we can hang her artwork there. In the meantime, it's got prints and posters she likes. The color spectrum on the wall is a piece of wrapping paper.
Plus a corner where her current mail is on display. After a month or so I change it and it goes into a box marked letters. Cat has claws from Hatch Show Print. Mini starry night painting on wood panel by Genevieve Santos. Felt rainbow banner from the bees knees on etsy. The girls print is from Tuesday Bassen. It's sold out but there's also a card of the same design. The illustration of her as a baby is from Lucy Knisley. 
As always, happy to answer any questions! Just leave them in the comments.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

VALENTINE'S Political Postcard Writing Party

If you've been meaning to send a letter to a senator or other rep, come join us the night of February 14th. All info and rsvp via this link. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Recap of Valentine's Workshop

If you've been to Paper Pastries, you know that the front portion is the retail space and these barn doors slide open to reveal the studio in the back. This is where the real magic happens! A lot of coffee drinking, product development and manufacturing, packing of orders, among other things. We opened it up this past Sunday for our Valentine's workshop.
 There were a few different stations- a paper and punch station.
A rubber stamp station. Supplies were laid out, along with practice scrap paper and some samples.
 Here's a close up of our paper punches.
 Gel pens are a must.
 I loved the color combos people came up with for their cards.
 Thank you to Tony for making these delicious cupcakes-
 and the champagne punch! It really got the creative juices flowing ;)
 Valentine Gummy snax also helped. 
 Card making in action.
 Some of the stamps after use. I've used baby wipes to clean the stamps for as long as I can remember. I have always bought baby wipes in bulk - even before I had a baby ;)
 The back of envelopes were not neglected and came out so cute.
 Washi tape is always a favorite when we have craft parties. 
 Crafting game on point!
 A great sticker and stamp combo.
 The champagne punch was a hit!
 All kinds of Valentines were made.
 Guess what this one said inside?
I had so much fun and I think the attendees did too. If you'd like in on our next workshop, we will announce it on social media- just follow along on instagram or facebook.
Awesome photos by Jacob Reed. Thanks, Jacob! I'm definitely going to see him perform at UCB soon.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Valentine's Workshop

Very excited for this! It will be the afternoon of February 4th, at the shop. Find more info and get your tickets here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Curated Collection No. 1 - Diamond Cloud Studio's Rubber Stamps

I'm starting a new series here, where I interview people with fun collections.
For the first installment, I'm talking to Julie who lives in New Hampshire, and who I connected with via instagram.
You can find here @diamondcloudstudio here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cyber Monday (just a little late!)

The shop is looking so good these days! We are constantly updating the online shop and we are so excited about the current selection. Really- check it out because we're updating it twice a week!
Since we are running around after a little one, we are a bit late with the cyber monday deal- but here it is. Enter code "thankful" at checkout for 15% off your entire order- this code is good until Friday December 1st. This code is only valid at
Thanks everyone for supporting this independent business year round!
If you're in town and would like to come shop in person- please visit our calendar page for our open hours this month.
In love with these stamps from Germany. Running low on stock- hoping to reorder these and a few other style soon! But we won't be getting any more before Christmas.
So many new birthday cards! Did you know, that when you buy 10 single greeting cards your 11th is free? Valid in store and online! If you're set on birthday cards, check out all the other cards we have- there are SO many.
 Notebooks and notepads for days.
 All the write stuff ;)
 This kit.
 love this one so much.
 Holiday cards for days.
 Calligraphy supplies.

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Glasses! GlassesShop.Com Review

I wear my glasses every day for pretty much everything. I can be pretty hard on my glasses and now that I have a little one running around (literally, running, everywhere) I am constantly taking off my glasses, having them ripped off my face, accidentally knocking them off the table...My lenses got so scratched up I had to get new glasses. I was offered a pair of prescription glasses from in exchange for an honest review.
I was apprehensive about buying eyeglasses online since I'm not able to try them on but I figured I had nothing to lose. I'm so glad I did.
First, I was impressed by the selection of different glasses frames- and they are very affordable! If my toddler gets ahold of them, I am not panicking about how much they will cost to replace them if they get ruined.
I ordered the Sagittarius Rectangle Frames in Tortoise. Beforehand, I just made an appointment at my optometrist to get a copy of my most up to date prescription (and don't forget your PD!) I like how they give dimensions of the frames so you can compare to your current or old frames.
 I like the frame shape and detail. They are very lightweight and feel comfortable while wearing them.
 I am very pleased! If anyone needs new glasses I definitely recommend and you can use the coupon code GSHOT50 for 50% off eyeglasses or sunglasses. What a deal!

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!
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