Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Great News

I'm in!
Thanks to allie who made me this super cute flyer.

Monday, September 28, 2009

My favorite from Jill of all Trades

Laura has a podium, topped with blank cards, microns, and ink wells. She can draw anything you'd like, and the best part is, its practically instant! I placed my order, browsed around, got a cool drink, came back and it was done. Plus, I love her hand quilted sign- a scrabble board complete with letter tiles.

This is the custom card I got made, her signature is putting glasses on everyone she draws.

photos by paper pastries

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Recap of Jill of all Trades

The Presidio Motel was perfect. Kenny, one of the owners, had really great restaurant + bar recommendations and you can borrow a Retro Schwinn bike to sight see. I'm really glad Paper Pastries got to be a part of Jill of all Trades.

They have a great sun deck where you can hang out. Friday night, we got Burgers from the Habit and ate outside.
Amazing how many stars you can see in Santa Barbara.

This was our hotel room.

The show was in the parking lot and was shielded by this canopy of fabrics.

At Renegade, which was a whole weekend show, we had 6 hours on Friday to set up. We were very lucky to have that for the first craft fair. The only problem is, that we took up the entire 6 hours to set up and I knew we weren't always going to have that luxury. We had to come up with something new! A way to be able to expedite our set up and improve the customer's shopping experience. Jill of all Trades was our first experiment with our new set up and it worked great!

My new wooden backgrounds. These can be four to eight feet across, depending on the size of our booth space. They are heavy but once moved, assemble quickly and easily.

These are my custom-built for Paper Pastries card shelves!
Thanks to tony for the genius idea + design and thanks to my dad for garage space, painting and moral support!
I am in love with them. We didn't have room to put up the state cards because the "I left my heart ins" took up 3 shelves!
I think I need more shelves :)

Plus NEW products!! Be excited
Introducing the Pencil Collections. Right now there are 3 sets: Know-it-all, Enamored, and Make a Point.
Each set comes with 6 pencils.

Everyone learns basic facts in school, some don't remember until they hear it. This set is to jog your memory.

PI is 3.14159265358979323846 Gray pencils with red writing

H20 BOILING POINT 100C 212F Pastel Blue pencil with orange writing
I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C Yellow pencil with green writing

1920 WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Red pencil with dark blue writing

Since there's four designs, you get one of each plus two assorted.

Enamored pencil set:

BLUE WITHOUT YOU pastel blue pencil + red writing

XOXOXOXOXOX pastel pink pencil + red writing and pastel blue + pink writing

YOU'RE JUST MY TYPE yellow pencil + blue writing and red pencil + white writing

Perfect to give- to a friend, boyfriend, family member- anyone!

Keep a set and give a set!

There is one more pencil collection but my picture did not come out right. You will be kept in suspense!
(Until I figure it out)

This display board for the Signed, Sealed, & Delivered Stationery sets was another addition to our booth. People were confused by the layout at Renegade and we thought this did a better job of explaining it. There was one full set- Classic Cameras laid out, and a sheet and envelope of all the other sets, stamped with their designs.

This method was not very good at explaining it either. Other than laying out all 12 sheets and all 12 envelopes of all 6 stationery sets Im not sure how to make it clear. Any ideas??

*Halloween cards and pencil sets will be up on etsy by Saturday Morning.

*All of the photos in the etsy shop, are taken in my apartment in the natural sunlight that comes in through the window. Ever since the fires in la, the windows of my apartment have been covered in soot. The problem is the building exterior only gets washed once a year! So I need another way/location/idea on how to take pictures for my shop.

This bear was on display in a downtown shop window from the Natural history museum. Terrifying! But cool to see up close.

all photos by paper pastries

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Felis catus

I love all the crafty femmes out there,
with their craft blogs, and their craft cats.

My favs:

Jack and Elliot cozy up with the cutting mat; from lovely design.

Jack having fun with the paper scraps.

Big Cat from Brooklyn Limestone.
(She made that pet bed!)

Clearly I need a kitten of my own to join this exclusive clique.

all photos from linked sites

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Today marks the first day of Autumn- my favorite season! It's also Tony's birthday. My special someone for those of you who don't know ;)
I love it because the weather cools down, there's lots of sweet holidays, obnoxious kids go back to school, but mostly because pumpkin flavorz are back in stores. Noah's bagels still does not have pumpkin bagels but they will "next week sometime." Can't wait!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Like a kid in a candy shop!

Remember these cute cupcake toppers? They make a great gift for any couple, for any reason!
Be sure to enter the giveaway- here -by Friday, September 25

photo from love.obsess.inspire.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bird & Banner


What great detail.

A heart invite filled with promises of delicious treats.

I definitely want Bird & Banner to design something for me one day; I love everything they do.

photos from Bird & Banner site.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Sorry I've been MIA- I've been prepping for this show that is fast approaching.
Its one day only- Saturday September 26th in Santa Barbara-spread the word!

photos from jill of all trades

A message from Rock Scissor Paper

Join Susie & Heidi of Rock Scissor Paper for a one day workshop on the ins and outs of the stationery industry. This class has been developed in conjunction with the Design Entrepreneur Network for artists, graphic designers, photographers and crafters interested in exploring opportunities in the stationery industry. Susie & Heidi will be sharing their 16 years of experience in taking their company from a small home-based business to a recognized brand.

Saturday November 7, 2009

WHERE: Workshop to be held at LaLa Press, Los Angeles, CA

TIME: 10:00 - 5:00

COST: $285


WHEN: February 4 - March 11, 2010, 7-9:30pm

LOCATION: Los Angeles area location TBA

For those who would like to move to the next step and have the opportunity to develop and get feedback on their stationery business. Whether it is a product launch or expanding your company. Start-ups can develop a complete product line and position your brand in the industry. This in depth, six week, intensive workshop will give you the tools and guidance to go to the next level, whatever your goals.

Lastly, we are in the planning stages of putting together a 2 day workshop in the New York area in May 2010 to coincide with the National Stationery Show (including a pass to the show!). We are taking names for an interest list for the New York class. Please email

QUESTIONS? please email or call (818) 361-1142, 9-5 pst

photo from rock scissor paper

Friday, September 11, 2009

I'm Sold

How fast a week goes by! I hope everyone had a fun labor day. I had a great time in Lake Arrowhead for two days. Monday was dedicated to working on my booth for Jill of all Trades, my first outdoor fair. Only two weeks left to go.

This Sweet(s) of the Week are 60's ads. Of course I am obsessed with Mad Men (sneak peek at next weeks episode, im dying to see more of the 60s classroom!) so I just had to look up some magazine advertisements from that time. They are great!

Huge versions of small items should make a comeback.
I love how he's wearing a suit on that 'beach'

is so hot right now, who knew it was in the 60s too?

"the most beautiful and practical holiday gift!"

These two are from an office furniture catalog:
An Office Manager- reds are always in charge.

An executive- probably talking to his mistress! Dog. And where is his bar? and couch?

60's matchbooks from Russia showing the recent advancements in technology. This isn't an ad- I really liked them and it fit with the theme so why not.
I think I would have loved to be alive during the 60s but maybe not. Options were pretty limited for women- would you be a secretary or a housewife? I'd be a communist.
photos from linked sites
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