Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Recent Favorites Pt. 17 {pinterest}

Tis the season for holiday parties. Besides the normal gatherings I also have friend's engagement parties to go to, in addition to my own engagement party on the 16th! I have been crazy looking for hair, makeup and outfit ideas on pinterest. A girl needs all the help she can get.
-I would like to try a messy bun with a fancy dress. Could it work? 
-And a high tight bun with jeans. I'm not sure if I could make this work with my limited hair taming skills but it's so cute it's worth a try.
-I've never worn a full length dress before but something about the color, shape, and easiness makes me want to give it a try. 
-This collection of bridesmaids dresses is so pretty, I might have to get one for myself.
As always I'm crazy for manicures. Your nails is the one place you can go as crazy as you like with zero repercussions. Bring on the glitter, color combinations and striking patterns.
I'll be pinning and re-pinning my favorite finds to my newest board.
Photo credits:
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday

Ah, the holidays. It really is the most wonderful time of the year isn't it? Whether you were working hard in the kitchen, relaxing at home with family or rooting for your favorite team, we hope your thanksgiving was fun and delicious! 
We had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend and are ready to get into full holiday mode over here at Paper Pastries.
If you prefer to shop in person come see us at holiday craft fairs around LA
As it is Cyber monday, we'd like to offer you 20% off your entire purchase in our online shop- for the next 24 hours only! Just enter "stuffed" at checkout.
First up, this weekend December 3 + 4, from 11am-6pm at The California Market Center Cost: $10 at the door or in advance online.
Or the following weekend, December 10 + 11, from 10am – 5pm at Los Angeles State Park. Admittance is free. 
Thank you for supporting this handmade and independent business during holiday season and throughout the year!
If you have an independent blog or shop you'd like to promote we are offering affordable ad spaces on the blog starting in December. Check the blog this week for more info or email if you're interested.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ok, it's official

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We're engaged! Tony proposed (and I said yes) this past Sunday. Last night we were able to celebrate with some friends and family at my sister's house. I didn't want to post about it until everyone knew so sorry for the delay ;)
Katie threw together a pretty amazing engagement party in a few days. There were beautiful white bouquets, caviar, silly pictures, lots of cat holding, pink champagne, kissing, and fun.
Tony had my ring custom made. It's a cushion cut diamond in a gold "box" setting. I've never seen anything like it, it's absolutely beautiful. I didn't think I wanted a diamond because I really do love colored stones but this is so perfect. I can't help but admire it every time it catches my eye. Of course we've talked about getting married one day but it always seemed like something so far in the future that I was taken by total surprise when he pulled out this ring. He was actually nervous if you could believe it.
My head has been in the clouds since it happened- I am overjoyed. 
Today we are headed up north to spend Thanksgiving with Tony's family, which will soon be mine too.
Enjoy your holiday!
All photos taken with my canon rebel. Sorry they are so yellow I still don't know the right settings for low light. If only I could find that digital camera manual...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Recent Favorites Pt. 16 {flickr}

Is it just me or does it feel like Fall is flying by? Already thanksgiving?! Well, I'm not complaining, it is my favorite holiday. Food, family, relaxation, shopping- what's not to love? It's also that last bit of calm before the holiday crazies start. Speaking of holiday shopping, we are going to send out our holiday newsletter soon, so if you'd like to receive a special discount code, find out which fairs we're doing, and see what else is new, you can sign up here. 
Now on to the recent favorites. I've been so busy that I haven't been able to catch up looking through my flickr contacts recent uploads but I forced myself to sit down with a cup of coffee this morning to do it. It's never that hard to force yourself to do something you like.
I really enjoy the colors of thread, a very neutral palette, then that pop of orange makes it interesting.
What a fun iphone case. In this month's martha stewart, there is a project on how to make cross stitch portraits, it would be a cool gift idea.
Aren't advent calendars the best? This one is DIY.
It's about that time to sit down and make/write/send holiday cards. My table will look like this soon.
Very modern and amazing looking ornaments.
Again, shocked it's time for new calendars already. At least this one is easy on the eyes.
If you don't have time to make holiday cards, I do love Small Adventure's line and their new cards just came out.
Gathering apples just makes me think it's time for pie.
Literally nothing prettier than bokeh christmas lights.
Photo sources-
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

! ! ! exciting news coming tomorrow ! ! ! 
If you're not able to check back in, I hope everyone has a fantastic, delicious, indulgent, incredible thanksgiving tomorrow.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Favorite Shop Series Pt. 10

I just came across the shop of Claudia Varosio, a London based artist who reimagines posters, paper dolls and prints. My favorite series are her movie posters. It makes me wish that these were the posters that we saw at bus stops, on billboards, and in magazines.
All photos from Claudia Varosio.
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 holiday

The holidays are fast approaching and you know what that means- parties! From tree trimmings, to office happy hours, to new year's eve you need something sparkly to celebrate the season. That's where comes in- everything is so adorable. Enter backandforth for 15% off but hurry- this code expires tomorrow.
All photos from
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The happiest place on earth

Tony got a Disneyland gift card from his company last Christmas. We waited until a day in July to go, but I just got around to scan in the photos. We visited both Disneyland and California adventure. I had not been to Disneyland in about 4 years, it was a lot of fun and a beautiful day in southern California.
All photos taken with my 35mm.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Recent Favorites Pt. 15 {holiday card edition}

We are back from Atlanta, we had such a great time. Though we were only there 4 days I feel like we got a good sense of the town. We rented a car and saw tons of different neighborhoods. Thanks to recommendations from friends we never had a dull moment and due to the time difference we stayed up well past 3am every night- we thought we were party animals :)
Now that I'm back home it's time to get into the swing of things- Holiday! I've got two holiday craft fairs to prep for, custom proofs to send, and packages to ship. Not to mention holiday cards to send out. I rarely send any PP cards- there are so many great card companies out there, why would you limit yourself? I made a treasury that included some of my recent favorites added on etsy. You can check it out here.
Photo sources-
Row 1) crabapple designdeadweight, paloma's nest
Row 2) dutch door, gingerbread cannibals, erin dollar (fun fact-we went to college together)
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gifts from NY

Whenever I travel I always leave room in my suitcase for gifts. Here are a few things I brought back for my friends, family and myself :)
Penguin book notebooks and a mug from Strand, a "tool box" it's pretty small I'm not sure what tools could fit in here, so maybe its more of a pencil box :)- from kiosk. I also got a cat toy from kiosk that fell apart the second time it was played with- not worth it!
Calendar from the MOMA store, Fawnsberg stationery from greenwich letterpress, gourmet salt from the Filing station in Chelsea Market, Mugs from Fishs Eddy, Tea from Harney & Sons.
Citrine necklace from the brooklyn flea, more mugs from fishs eddy, adorable ribbon from Pink Olive.
Some various glass containers for myself from Fishs eddy. I shipped all of my Fishs eddy purchases home, since they were way too heavy to carry around the city all day. They staff expertly packaged everything so it all arrived in perfect condition.
I can never resist stock pilling stationery from MUJI, and more envelope templates? I have a problem, I'm aware.
Cut from real map envelopes: JAM paper, multi color pens from MUJI, detail of fawnsberg stationery, and stamps from Casey rubber stamps.
Fun origami paper from Pearl River. I feel like I just got settled back into a routine after NY but it's time to pack another bag. Tony had to go to Atlanta for a week so I'm going to meet him there. We won't be back until Monday. Have a great holiday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Paper Pastries Holiday Press No. 2

This hit news stands today- the December issue of Traditional Home.
Our hand lettered address stamps are featured predominantly on the first page of the holiday gift guide. It has brought a lot of sales, but also some confusion! I am very grateful for the press and inclusion in this issue. I just have to keep saying this friendly reminder:
Innocent mistake obviously, but still frustrating! Thank you Jessica Hische.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Kaweco Fountain Pen

We're excited to be carrying distinctive pens like these Kaweco classic fountain pen. My favorite thing about this pen is that there are many different color ink cartridges- 2 blues, purple, black, red, and green. 
The pen is very easy to get working- all you do is unscrew the top from the lower body and insert the ink right above the nib. The only thing I didn't like was the blue pen body had a sticker stuck to it that was impossible to remove cleanly. If you're giving one as a gift I would say to open up the box to remove any stickers and to insert the cartridge so it's ready to go.
Here is my first attempt with the fountain pen. Even on textured paper I found it the ink to write and flow smoothly. A win! Highly recommended- and ever since I got it I have not been able to write with anything else :)
All photos by Margaret Haas

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pop up shop

Currently there is a pop up shop happening at ReForm School featuring yours truly and five other crafters and artists. I haven't had the chance to get over there to photograph the fabulous products but I will soon. In the meantime, one of my favorite LA artists came out with these great, just in time for holiday shopping, personalized gifts:
nude block prints- yowza! I've been a big fan of Jill K. in LA for years but this is my favorite thing she's ever come up with. Since Jill and I are friends, she indulged my curious side and answered a few questions:
1) What inspired you to make nude portraits?  Regular portraits are just so "expected."  Nudes are a lot more fun!  
Actually, I was inspired by our Pop-Up Shop title, "This Time, It's Personal."  What's more personal than a nudey pic?
2) Do you blush when you're carving the blocks?  
Nah.  After years of Life Drawing classes, in Art School, I've seen a lot of birthday suits.  Consider me like a doctor.
3) Any special/strange requests (i.e. make my nipples larger) ?
Oh yeah, I'm often asked to be "generous."  And to which, I comply (on a realistic or comical level).
4) Any different spins custom portraits in the future?
No new twists planned for future custom portraits, but I'm always open to suggestions!

If nude isn't your thing, she also has tons of great cards and prints.
Custom portraits, cards, and prints may be ordered from ReForm School or online from
Jill's etsy shop.

All photos courtesy of Jill K. in LA. Thank you Jill! Keep up the good (or should I say saucy) work.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Favorite Shop Series Pt. 9

The necklaces from Son of a Sailor had caught my eye. This Austin based shop has a very clean, modern look to their jewelry. I also liked that each piece can be customized different paint choices. I wanted to get coordinating necklaces for me and my sister so I proposed a trade. Luckily, Jessica (one half of Son of a Sailor) happily agreed. I love trading! 
I choose the hand-painted locket and the hand-painted triangle. I choose softest pink for the paint color. Aren't they great? I really love my triangle, I got the longest chain they had so it's easy to slip on right over my head. No fiddling with the clasp! Right now I have the triangle and Katie has the locket. It's a tiny little locket so I'm going to try to find a tiny picture to go in it. When we want to switch it up, we'll trade. It's a twist on BFF necklaces.
Top set of photos from Son of a Sailor shop, bottom set taken with my canon rebel.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Package from France and a giveaway

Sophie who writes Ma petite valisette organized an international paper swap. I just received this fantastic package from my swap partner Fanny, in France.

It came with decorated with beautiful stamps and included:
 a French magazine, multi color pen, candy, beautiful G.Lalo stationery, stickers, postcards, and a french 2012 calendar. What luck, I got a great swap partner. I will share what I sent her after she's received it. Don't want to spoil the surprise in case she happens to see my blog.

By the way...Donovan and Kathy are hosting a giveaway of one of my holiday stamp kits on the Letter Writer's Alliance blog today:
There's also a discount code for my shop. It's never too early to start holiday shopping! Head on over to enter.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Paper Pastries Press

 While I was in New York, my parents called to tell me that the Nov/Dec issue of Westways magazine had arrived in the mail. We had been looking forward to this for a while. The managing editor found our booth at July's Renegade craft fair and asked if she could have a sample of our California pencils to include in their holiday gift guide.
Text reads "Between planning festive meals, hanging lights, and negotiating holiday parties, shopping for gifts at this time of year can start to seem like a chore. Who has time to look for something perfect for everyone on their list? We're here to help. On the following pages, you'll find a variety of holiday gift selections for your favorite foodies, car enthusiasts, and world travelers, along with items from the museumgoers and pet lovers in your life. In addition to great online selections, we've selected our favorite Southland store for each category. And if you're more interested in experiences than gifts, we've got them covered, too. Event listings on every page will give you plenty of ideas about things to do- when you're done shopping, of course."
A very comprehensive gift guide and we are honored to be featured on the first page!
It is very exciting to see Paper Pastries in print. This has definitely kick started holiday orders over here at PP world headquarters. The majority of of sales are coming in from southern California. So nice to have local support :) I've also received a lot of acclaim from fellow bloggers, tweeters, and flickr contacts saying they came across the pencils in Westways. Thank you everyone!
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