Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Oregon Pt.3

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend. I am back from Napa, home from a huge celebration. Our good friends Daniel and Jessica were married in a sea of parties, dinners, and cocktails. It was so much fun, I'm a little sad it's over. I know I've got a lot of catching up on posts, so here are more from my Oregon trip. Above, breakfast at the Doug Fir.
The Doug Fir is a great restaurant, located within the Jupiter Hotel. Right down the street is Hippo's Hardware, a resource for beautiful knobs and lighting.
We walked into Ink & Peat where they were putting together floral arrangements.
Each vase was prettier than the last.
I've never tried flower arranging but I think I might enjoy it.
Next, we walked across Little Lark print shop. 
They carry lots of Christine's vintage stamps.
It is a very nicely curated shop. I got many of the cards I sent to pen pals from here.
That was our whirl wind Portland trip. Next I'll share some of my favorite shops.
Replies to recent comments: 
Inessa There are so many, you would really need to dedicate a couple days to hit all of them. You'd probably rent a Uhaul to bring it all home with you.

Kitiya The wooden drawers were really something, and so reasonably priced. Any I've found online have been $100+

Friday, May 27, 2011

Oregon Pt. 2

Do you ever get sidetracked while diligently working on a project? My dad has been rebuilding/painting a vintage writing desk for me. It has small drawers that need replacement knobs so I've been on the hunt for some at antique shops. While in Redmond, Oregon we stopped by the Farmer's Co-Op that has over 20 rooms, plus a whole basement of antiques. Each section is carefully curated; kitchen, toys, jewels, cameras. So while looking for knobs I got completely sidetracked. I think we spent close to two hours in this shop. For those of you who go vintage shopping in California, you would be floored by Oregon prices. So affordable! It's too bad we were flying back home, or I would have been able to pick up a lot more. Some shots from around the shop:
Replies to recent comments: 
Lori I think the cool weather was one of my favorite things about our trip to Oregon. The temperature stayed below 60 degrees the entire time. That sounds like a fun trip with your grandmother. Tony and I just drove through the southwest and I had downloaded a travel guide onto the ipad, so I was able to read facts about each town. It makes the drive less tiring I think.
Will Glad you like them, thanks for posting one on your pinterest! I'm honored :)
all photos taken with  my 35mm minolta.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oregon Pt. 1

A few shots from my Oregon trip in April. While driving from Portland to Redmond, we stopped at the Timberline Lodge at the top of Mt. Hood. It was covered in snow! I hadn't been in snow for years, it was fun even though we were not prepared for it. 
My sister and dad. It was so freezing and the snow was blinding. 
The next day we were in Bend and went to the top of a bluff. Great views.
After lunch in Bend, we walked along the river. The wind was insane. Katie was prepared with a circle scarf that protected her face from getting wind chapped.
The reason we went to Oregon was to visit my dad's friend Kathy. This is "tiny" a neighborhood cat that hung out on her patio furniture.

Oregon is such a pretty place. I had a great time. We are planning another family trip to Oregon next year, but this time to see the coast.
All photos from my 35mm Minolta.
Replies to recent comments: 
Handmade by Emily Thanks, I have been impressed by the quality of the superheadz slim camera, it was under $40! I definitely recommend it.

Katie Thank you. I love that place, it must have been so nice to work there- so pretty!
That Kate  I would say it's a must for anyone visiting (or living) in the LA area.
Annemarie Just finished up the place cards. The table numbers were very difficult for me, the nib just did not want to coordinate. Lots of sputtering of ink everywhere. Some days are just bad.
Kitiya I try to visit Botanical Gardens in every city I go to, maybe one day I'll get to see Sydneys.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Huntington Library

I'm back from Texas. A huge thank you to Victoria, Dab, Eva, and Annemarie for the great guest posts they put together for me. I hope you liked them, I really enjoyed reading them. I know how time consuming blog posts can be so the fact that these four took the time to do that for me... it's just really appreciated. I have tons of posts I need to catch up on so I want to play catch up, take care of those before I talk about my trip/Renegade Austin. 
These photos today are from about 2 months ago (I know.) Mollye, one of the greatest friends a girl could have, was home for a few weeks so we got to see each other. Mollye is a friend who, right out of college, moved to Brooklyn, dove into her photography career, then decided to travel the world. It is such a treat when I get to see her. I love it when she's back "home" (she grew up in Redondo Beach) because we get to act like tourists. One day we decided to go to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino. That day was gorgeous and bright and we spent hours wandering the Gardens and the grounds.  Though I've been here about 7 times I never get tired of it. Here are photos from that trip:
Today I have to finish up place cards for Daniel and Jessica's wedding- which is in 5 days! Tony and I are heading up to Napa on Friday to join in the festivities, but I've got a lot to do before then.
All photos taken with my 35mm Superheadz slim.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Guest Post No. 4

My fourth and last guest blogger is a girl who is fast becoming a close friend. When we first met, we couldn't stop talking. We share so many of the same loves- stationery, calligraphy, the east side ;) Thanks to her, I have a go to favorite sandwich; prosciutto and fig from FOOD+LAB; it's to die for. Enjoy these letter writing finds from her:
Hello, friends!
I'm Victoria, and I run a little company called Paper & Type. I tend to keep photographs, notes and other bits on the P&T blog, but today as a guest of Paper Pastries, I'm going to share here with you a wee roundup of wonderfully curious correspondence projects! An especially fitting topic, I think, since I first met Margaret by way of the Pen Pal Club at Reform School.
A couple favorites...
1. Mysterious Letters. In 2009, Lenka Clayton and Michael Crowe handwrote personal letters of random matters and sent one to each of the 467 households in the Irish village of Cushendall. Fervent curiosity among the community ensued. The pen pal pair followed that feat with another 620 households of a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and they're currently working through St. Gallen in Switzerland. The two intend to write the world (I hope I'm included on their agenda somewhere)!

2. The Letter Project. At Watchwork you'll find a compendium of music, graphic design, photographs, and — for you avid correspondents — writing in the form of letters. WW requests from you a topic, a question, a word, plus your mailing address, so that he may write and send you a letter by post. Perhaps you'll receive a scientifically researched response, or some info graphics, or a series of index card answers, one by one (as appropriate). Do peruse the archives, and, for a letter of your own, send a note to write@likewatchwork.com. 

And a few others:
3. Letters of Note, a collection of correspondence of all sorts and all fascinating
Hand Letter Email Writing Service, to bring back the good of handwritten messages
Clothing for Correspondence, where you provide a gently-worn (or new) article of clothing in exchange for an articulate letter to the person and on a topic you choose.
I hope you enjoy exploring these projects, and that it encourages you all to write! If you're looking to find a pen pal, email rollcall@reformschoolrules with your name, address, and interests. Margaret will do her best to match you with one.
Thanks so much for having me here, Margaret. See you when you return from Austin!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guest Post No. 3

I first heard about Dab via Creature ComfortsHis being a fellow banana slug, I knew we'd get along swell; and we do! He was there the first time I experienced Scoops, the best ice cream shoppe this side of the Mississippi, and we've been sharing fun times ever since. His photo fantastic post:
Hello, sweet Paper Pastries lovers. It's Dabito here from Old Brand New. I'm a visual artist : printmaker, photographer and graphic designer in Los Angeles. I'm so delighted to fill in today for Margaret while she's doing Renegade in Austin—so awesome! Lately, I've been sorting through my bins of polaroids and really miss shooting with my SX-70. Here are a few shots of some of my favorite people with their personal things and surroundings. My favorite muse is hands down, my niece Kaley. She has a quirky personality and wants to do everything grown ups do. She even loves to take her baby car to gas pumps. Ha! And the little figure is actually me. It was made from a cute, little store in Hong Kong and they totally nailed my satchel. 
Thanks for having me over and have a great time in Austin, Margaret!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guest Post No. 2

Our next guest blogger is Eva. I chatted her up at my first ever craft fair and we've known each other ever since. She recently had her first baby, the most adorable little girl named Ingrid who wears the best baby outfits. Since the birth of her daughter, I haven't seen Eva so we've been keeping in touch via email. She authors a great blog so I'm honored she's guest posting here today.

Hello there! I'm Eva. I run a little letterpress company with my husband called Sycamore Street Press. I've admired Margaret's work ever since I first saw it a couple of years ago at the first Renegade LA, so I'm very happy to be here with a guest post while she's off exploring the wild west.
Inspired by Lisa Congdon's Collection a Day project, I thought I'd share a few of my little collections with you. Most of the time, it doesn't start off as a collection. I just accumulate things that I like. And then I look around and realize that I'm surrounded!
So, here we go...
1 ///// Japanese washi tape
I used to have a bunch of colored masking tape for wrapping gifts, hanging art, and other creative projects. But when patterned washi tape became readily available in the US, I fell in love... just like every other design blogger out there!

2 ///// Markers
I've had a revolving assortment of markers for as long as I can remember. I use them for so many things -- drawing, writing letters, decorating packages, highlighting books...

3 ///// Polaroids 
I acquired my first Polaroid camera from my mom in 1999. I've been taking them ever since. There's something so magical about the whole process! I still have a couple of packs of film that I'm hoarding. I don't know what I'll do when they run out! Guess I'll have to try the new alternatives. I just wish Polaroid would get back at it, though, don't you?

4 ///// Canning Jars
Food looks so much prettier when stored in glass canning jars! I pick up old jars at thrift stores and then buy new lids.

5 ///// Tea Towels
I think every single one of my tea towels was either thrifted or gifted. I love them! Such an easy, practical way to spruce up the kitchen.

5 ///// Succulents
Because I love indoor plants. And these are hard to kill. Unless you leave them outside during a Utah winter. Yeah, don't do that.
Thanks again for having me over! And you're all welcome (of course) to join me over on my blog for The Month of Paper. Any friend of Paper Pastries, is a friend of mine. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Guest Post No. 1

I discovered Annemarie's line a little over a month ago and immediately felt like I had a long lost sister. I love her line, and her entire look including her clean streamlined photographs. I think when people are doing a good job, they should know about it so I emailed her saying how much I admired her work. We've since become internet friends and I'm convinced that if we lived in the same town we'd have lunch twice a week ;)  When it came time for me to start looking for guest bloggers, she jumped to mind. I am looking forward to seeing more from her and hopefully working on a collaboration soon. Now on to her post:

Hi everyone! I'm Annemarie Buckley and I run a stationery + design studio called Scout's Honor Co. in Burlington, Vermont. I live a few blocks from downtown so I usually notice when a store opens, closes, or something changes. But this new shop literally stopped me in my tracks. Vermont Farm Table specializes in custom furniture, hand-crafted using tons of reclaimed lumber (mostly from New England) and new American hardgoods. Founded three years ago by Dustin Glasscoe, the company recently expanded to the Burlington storefront so the public could see all the amazingness they were up to. I am a fan of anything reclaimed + wood so you can imagine my excitement. I kinda want to live there. I stopped in last week to give you a full tour. Enjoy! 
Thanks to Will for letting me take pics and for all the helpful info. For more on Vermont Farm Table, contact them here. 
Big thanks to Margaret for the honor of being a guest-poster! Hope you all enjoyed a lil inspiration from VT! 
Photos by AB
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