Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Lovely Blogger List

My name's Margaret and I live in Los Angeles. I work from home and also run the pen pal and photo club at Reform School, in Silver Lake. I have a degree in photography from UC Santa Cruz. I love photography, stationery, typography, eating, and traveling.
I'm the designer of Paper Pastries stationery. Part of Paper Pastries is the ready made line of cards and the other is custom; invites, birth announcements, moving announcements, custom stamps-anything. Recently calligraphy has been taking up most of my time.
I get inspiration from vintage posters, menus, signs- everything.
you can find me here:
Want to do this on your blog? Find all the info here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blogger to do

I'm trying to get more organized with the paper pastries shop and blog, I keep writing down little notes every where and then misplacing them! Now I have one designated place for it. I've made this downloadable list for myself and for anyone else who blogs. There is another one here, that was a little too decorative for me. I prefer clean and simple, especially if I'm printing at home.
This could work for anybody- not just bloggers. If you'd like a custom list for you, just leave a comment and I will provide a pdf.

I love Online Labels

People ask me where I get my adhesive labels that I use for my bookplates, they are from here.
I like online labels because they are really high quality, based in the US, and offer great customer service.
Getting to talk to a person when I have a question or problem has never been an issue with them.
I love the ease of ordering and the variety of colors they offer, they have a size, shape, and color for any product!
Ordering is really simple, you can find labels by size, material + color, and category (like shipping.)
If you'd like to use add text or images to your labels using your printer - they have easy to follow instructions and down loadable templates here.

I stamp on these and then cut them apart- one thing I with they offered is cutting.

Letter #1

On friday I received my first letter from my California pen pal.
She used these beautiful stamps and her very nice stationery- what a treat.
She also included some extras, my favorite is this air mail sticker.

I'm sending her a letter today, and to my international pen pal.

Anyone and everyone is welcome at our pen pal club meetings! Email me for more info.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Small Object Wedding Toppers

These are just too adorable, I can't get over them- I am always excited to see updates to The Small Objects Flickr.

You can customize them so many ways- those earrings!

The tree, that tie...

this dress- so pretty.

I can't get enough!

Wish I knew about these for my sister's fall wedding.


all photos from the small object flickr

Looking for something to do this weekend?

{click to enlarge}
email if you have any questions

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Super Sampler Camera

{sixth in the" toy camera" info series}
quick facts-
film: 35mm
Known for 4 frames in one shot, capturing action and its occasional light leaks.

Similar to the oktomat, theres a lot of fun to be had with this camera.
You can really play around with different shots/angles and movement.
Again, I've gotten the best results when shooting in bright daylight.

Some great examles of photos taken with the super sampler camera:

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The Oktomat Camera

{fifth in the" toy camera" info series}

quick facts-
film: 35mm
Known for its 8 frames per shot and ability to capture 2.5 seconds on a single frame

You can try out a lot of fun variations with this camera- your subject moving, moving your body, waving your hand, light shifting- the only limit is your imagination. From personal experience I've had the best results shooting in bright daylight with the oktomat.

Some great examles of photos taken with the oktomat camera:

oktomat + double exposure- great idea!

photo sources 1 2 3 4 5 6

*health update- still sick but fever is gone. Slowly getting better

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I've got a bug of some kind- headache, sore throat, possible fever (need a mom to check to be sure)
Posting will resume when I can sit up.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Two craft fairs this weekend

I'm taking today to get ready for the two craft fairs this weekend.

Saturday's is special because I've never done a night fair before.
There's going to be a great raffle (every vendor is donating) and 100% of the raffle proceeds go to Haiti Earthquake Response. It runs from 4-9pm

The fair on Sunday is all day. Tickets are $8 to get in, there are going to be a lot of great girl bands, a fashion show, dj's and a kids craft corner- not to mention tons of great vendors. A plus- horses will be racing that day. more info here

the toy camera posts will return on monday.
have a good weekend and hope you can make it to one of the shows.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Holga Camera

{fourth in the" toy camera" info series}

quick facts-
first introduced in the early 1980's
film: 120 medium format
Known for its light leaks, blurriness, and vignetting (darkened corners.)

When I hear Holga, I think of ghostly photographs- especially with black and white film. Seeing how this is a toy camera, the quality of the photos is really hit or miss. My holga is not great, but my friends is a dream. You can try one out, but I prefer the consistent "dreaminess" of the diana camera.

Some great examles of photos taken with the holga camera:

I've always liked holga portraits, this one is great.

Another fun thing to try with the holga are multiple exposures. Since the film doesn't automatically wind to the next frame, you can take two shots on the same negative. You can also get multiple exposures with the Diana Camera.

I was really surprised to find out this was taken with a holga- amazing!

photo sources 1 2 3 4 5 6

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Calligraphy for Mom

Don't moms deserve something special this year?
I've definitely been on a pastel kick recently- I'm excited for spring.
All these cards are on either pale blue, pink, or lavender.

I'm also taking custom orders for special messages.

Special for mother's day- or any day.

New camera moleskines

Taking a break from the toy camera posts to introduce these new moleskines.
Ever since the first camera club meeting I have been jotting down notes everywhere and thought it'd be easier to keep them all in once place. Notebooks are available with the holga, polaroid land camera, or diana.
{I've also added a rubber band to all my moleskines so they don't open up in your purse}

The Fish Eye Camera

{third in the" toy camera" info series}

quick facts-
fish eye lens first introduced in 1960's
film: 35 mm
Known for its ability to capture wide angles.

A great camera to go exploring with, and with the distortion you never know what you're going to get.

Some great examles of photos taken with the fisheye camera:

Another great advantage to the fish eye- the underwater submarine pack.
A clear case that encloses the camera fully to be able to go underwater.
Great for those vacation shots.

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