Monday, February 28, 2011

I ♥ Little Tokyo

One of my favorite places to go in LA is little Tokyo. It's located right next to downtown and makes a perfect afternoon. Last Sunday, Tony and I spent a few hours there. I discovered a great new vintage shop, had a delicious lunch, and got to go to a fun shop called Tokyo Japanese Life Style. It's similar to a dollar store, but everything is between $2-$3. Cheap thrills! I picked up some new origami paper, that I'm hoping to incorporate into the next pen pal meeting.
I also found some cute border stamps and small square ink pads.
This pack of rainbow writers was only $2.49. I love deals. My pen pals are going to get some colorful letters coming their way ;)
Something I've never seen- a super slim lead pencil, and right next to it on the shelf- colored lead! I don't usually write in pencil but I had to make an exception for this sweet floral pattern and fun colors.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Write Stuff

Since it's  supposed to rain for 2 days straight in LA, I figured it would be an ideal time to stay indoors, make some tea and write some notes. I wanted to share some of my recent purchases. Above, kraft postcards from La Familia Green.
Air mail envelopes from Cavallini & Co.
Sweet tooth cards from Motormouth Press.
I love the little bits of detail.
I've been on a donut kick recently, I blame Virgie :)
More from Motormouth Press. Adorable right?
Orange line thanks.
Geometric stationery set by MMMG.
Piebird Press' colors are always the best, so pretty.
Twig & Fig.
and Andy Pratt. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'm Jonesin'

Lisa Jones is a London based artist, who along with her partner, create some pretty great cards, stationery, textiles, and ceramics.
My favorite part of this line are definitely the animals.

Does anyone you know like white cats?
This reminds me of someone :)
Cutey clam!

Go enjoy more here.  All photos from their site.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Letterbox Co.

There are few things that excite me more than a new stationery shop, but an international stationery shop tops that list. Letterbox Co. is based in Australia, though I'm not sure exactly where. They've put together gift sets that I would love to give or receive. Above, Gift Set No. 1
Above, Gift Set No. 2.  and below, Wrapping Set. I am very fond of those scissors!
Do you know of any international stationery/gift stores? Please share them by leaving a link in the comments.

all photos from Letterbox Co.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Window Shopping

Between sales tax, impromptu trips, a speeding ticket, and the biggest purchase of my adult life to date, my pocket book is feeling a bit light. I'm not worried, its all part of working for yourself. One of my favorite things to do during times like these is virtual window shopping, and etsy is perfect for that. On my wish list...dreamy postcards to send to my pen pals.
A slim shelf to display photo booth pictures and trinkets.
A spinning rack to organize my bits & bobs.
A divided box to organize upcoming bills, though I usually prefer to pay online. I try to keep my mailings 100% fun :)
I've wanted one of these forever!
This is too large for my desk, but I just love the looks of it.
I never got to know my grandmother on my dad's side but after seeing photos of her and hearing stories, this gorgeous glass box makes me think of her.
I adore pretty much everything Yoko comes up with, but this is my current favorite.
Ball jars, soft light, handcrafted- all qualities I look for when searching for items to go in my country cottage, when I have one. A girl can dream...

all photos from linked shops

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Winter additions

We are so excited to present a plethora of new office items.  We have been working on setting up our studio all winter.  It just wouldn’t be Paper Pastries Headquarters without cute office accessories.  We began searching for such things back in December, and it turned out to be a lot harder than it sounds.  We found the best stuff, and we want to share it with you. 
These hard to find wood-barreled pens come equipped with a stainless steel clip and a fine black ballpoint. They come from Japan and write like a dream!  These are great for letter writing, detail sketching and even make signing checks a bit more fun.  We also have .5mm lead pencils, for those of you who prefer being able to erase.
Need a place to jot down lists, keep a journal or try out your new pens and pencils? Try these lovely lined notebooks available with stripes or pastel diamonds.  Can you ever have too many notebooks?  We don’t think so!

These Italian paper clips are plastic coated in candy colors.  Organize your letters, bills, paperwork and life with style! Available in small, medium, or large.
Decorate your bulletin boards with these sharp (in more ways than one) and sweetly colored pushpins.

These fabulous clipboards act like a portfolio.  Don’t miss the little pocket inside!  These are quite handy for keeping your papers in place and keeping them from getting bent. They are available in gray, or brown.
We are also adding more washi tapes, this set of 5 is our newest.

Thanks for reading and supporting this independent business.  Here's your discount code: enter PRESIDENT15 for 15% off our entire online shop until February 28, 2011.

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Have a relaxing three day weekend!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Currently obsessed with

the work of this photographer from Buenos Aires. Her series "back to the future" is so great!
Using the same model, she recreates scenes that are 30+ years old. The attention to detail is really something.
My favorite is this shot of her parents.
There's lots more where that came from! Above, from the damned and beautiful.
Found via photojojo tumblr, All Photographs © Irina Werning

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Valentines Day presents

Before I left on my road trip, Tony gave me my Valentine's Day present- a new weekender bag! It's nice to know that he reads my posts; he wanted me to have this before I went on another trip. Isn't it gorgeous? It holds four cameras, wallet, sweater, scarf, a pen and notebook, keys, film, chapstick,'s perfect!
I really love the pattern, the colors, and the leather accents. After only one weekend, the handles are beginning to soften, like all good leather does.
The only thing I wish I could change is for it to have a thicker strap. When its full and heavy, the thin strap cuts into my shoulder. Good thing the short handles fit up on my shoulder!
He found this bag on etsy, and they typed up a sweet note for him. He can borrow my bag anytime he'd like ;)
Because I didn't know what time I'd be home on actual Valentines Day, we celebrated on Friday night with dinner at Bottega Louie. These boxed chocolate are in their gourmet market and I instantly became obsessed with them. I love pastels and sweets! Since it's not really V day without chocolate, this was added to my present.
They look so pretty lined up together I don't know if I can separate them.
I'm sure that will change next time I get a craving, I bet english toffee will be the first to go.
I had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend. Thank you Tony for my presents, you're the absolute best. I'm dying to use my bag again, let's go on a trip!
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