Friday, April 12, 2013

Shop Feature Friday: Pack & Post

Finally, after a long delay, I have a shop to feature! The shop, Pack & Post, is run by the innovative Sam! She offers a variety of vintage stamps, along with some gorgeous stamp-themed ephemera.  All of her stamps are just magnificently beautiful. I've been eyeing her store for so long and I finally cracked.

I am so glad I did.

The quality of the products is only outdone by her immensely exquisite packaging. It is more simple and functional than any other packaging I've ever seen! But enough talking. On to the photos!

DISCLAIMER: The first three photos belong to Pack & Post.

These are some of the gorgeous ephemera pieces sold in the shop. Just look at the range of colors!

She sells some of these stamps that match certain color themes. They're beautiful.

This is a grab bag selection, one of which I ordered. So wonderful!

When I received my order in a long envelope, I opened it to reveal a sliced manila folder with this note attached to it with washi tape. It explained the adhesive I should use for my stamps.

Once I opened the folder, I was greeted by the most organized and perfect display of goodies! The layout was superb and the presentation was just wonderful! Everything was labeled with the product titles I ordered.

When I flipped over the goodies, I saw a handwritten message, stamped message, and a cute business card.

The opposite side of the folder had each of the 46 cent packages I ordered, along with the 33 cent packages, all lined up and marked with adorable kraft heart stickers informing me of the stamp value. Also, more washi tape to hold it all together.

Lastly, I received a cute postcard as a freebie!

This package was so perfect! Simple but coordinated and functional. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase! From the washi tape and the stickers to the glassine bags and handwritten notes, I will absolutely return and buy more goodies from Sam. You should all go support her and buy items from her! Go, go, go! I urge you to make your mailbox as happy as possible!

Happy shopping!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Apologies, But You Should Join Up!

Hey everyone! I know I've totally fallen behind on posting, but I'm trying to figure some things out. I had plans for creative posts, but I realized I was biting off more than I could chew. I will be revamping the blog sometime in the next month.

In addition, I have been looking at other blogs and Etsy shops for inspiration, which I need desperately. I will hopefully post something about those blogs and shops.

Right now I am doing whatever I can do get myself out of this rut and into a more artistic state of mind, and what better way to work on that than to join The Elevated Envelope? For those of you who don't know, this project is for snail mail artists to exchange letters and envelopes with strangers around the world. I just signed up for the September event.

Interested? Join here!

I promise I will do my best to get in gear. I don't want to give up on this blog and my incredible friends. Please bear with me a little longer.

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 3/25/13-4/7/13



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 3/11/13-3/24/13

I'm hoping to catch up on posts soon. I'm under a lot of stress from school and family. I apologize.


Letters from Moira and Suzanne.

A letter from Mary.


A letter off to Suzanne!

A letter going to Charmaine.

Lots of letters heading to Fatimah, Mary, and Winslow!

A package going to an Etsy customer.

Two letters heading to Denise and Naiche! =)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 3/4/13-3/10/13

I am so far behind in posts, I know. I apologize because I've been so very busy.


So many letters from Miri, Svetlana, Chelsea, Dena, Michele, Mia, Kim, Allison, and Theresa! =)

A few more from Charmaine and Carolina!


A whole bunch of letters heading out!

A few more letters going out, including one for Danni from Hello, Friend!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 2/18/13-2/24/13


An Etsy package and a letter from Mary.


A letter going Winslow's way! =)

One letter each for Mary, Suzanne, and Sydney!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Organize It Tuesday: Chalkboard Organization

I don't know about you, but I adore chalkboards, especially the modern DIY tutorials for chalkboard paint in any color. As a crafter, I am always on the lookout for ways to organize my supplies. As a vendor, I am always on the lookout for ways to label my displayed wares.

Chalk seems to be "making a comeback" as many will say. Personally, I just like chalk. Sidewalk chalk is my favorite.

Pick Your Plum is a site I adore. They have wonderful discounted deals on supplies and products for everything. Yesterday, I had been searching Etsy, eBay, and Amazon for wooden chalkboard tags attached to clothespins. I received Pick Your Plum's e-mail saying they had just that as their daily product! So I ordered 18 label tags.

Aren't these just darling? I'm in love. I plan to use these to label my displays at upcoming conventions and craft shows. I need some new baskets for all my stationery sets, however. 

I found this tutorial for making your own chalkboard signs attached to a clothespin. I never thought to use something other than a standard business card sized piece of wood. I will definitely be on the hunt for some wooden shapes! Perhaps penguins, or cupcakes?

So what can you use these for? Here is a list.
  • Craft show and convention pricing display
  • Labels for your craft room supplies
  • Household organization (jewelry, kitchen pantry, laundry room, closet)
  • Food trays at parties
Happy organizing!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday to Sunday Haul: 2/11/13-2/17/13


A lovely variety of letters from Theresa, Charmaine, and Denise! =)

A cute letter from Miri.

Letters from Suzanne, Sydney, Svetlana, and Winslow! =)


A bunch of letters heading out to Denise, Charmaine, Theresa, Chelsea, and Dena. =)

A letter heading to Miri.

A letter heading to Michele.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Shop Feature Friday: wishywashitape

Today features wishywashitape, another washi tape shop on Etsy filled with a wide variety of options and deals. I warned you all. My obsession with washi tape is reaching a ridiculous level. Luckily for me, there are a handful of fabulous sellers on Etsy with beautiful products and professional packaging.

DISCLAIMER: All images included in this post belong to wishywashitape.

I recently purchased fourteen rolls of washi tape from this shop. The prices were wonderfully reasonable, and the pictures stole my heart.

Look at the options available in the above picture! That packaging is so precious. Below, you'll find four sets of washi tape. Small rolls with lots of length, color, and character. I ordered the last one.

Some of these photos just made me ache for the package. I mean, really? Look at how epic the following picture is.

Once the package arrived, I found the rolls wrapped in paper and washi tape strips. I received a splendidly cute magnet from the shop, roughly the size of a business card, and it's on my fridge. I refuse to use it. It will be decoration because it's so darn adorable!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Organize It Tuesday: Washi Tape Organizers

I apologize for the delays these past few weeks. School and work have kept me on my toes.

Today's post has to do with washi tape organizers! I will cover three main options for you. I use two of them.

Option One: 
Washi Tape Dispensers

Look familiar? It should! I featured this adorable penguin washi tape dispenser from mechakucha808. It holds roughly eight rolls of washi tape. I want to order it because of the cuteness. Someday I will.

This washi tape dispenser is made by We R Memory Keepers. I ordered this last week from Amazon. Be warned! It looks larger in the photo. It is actually quite compact so it is perfect for small desk space. It features a lazy susan style bottom with room for 30 "standard" rolls of washi tape. I could only fit 22 onto mine. I don't believe I have rolls of washi tape that aren't standard, but I only buy them to use them, not because I care about the width. I'll leave that to the sellers.

Mind you, this isn't even my whole collection of washi tape. I would buy a second dispenser but even then I would need a third to accomodate my growing collection.

Plus, there's no real room for my small spools of washi tape, or the rolls of washi tape with a significantly smaller core. This brings us to option two.

Option Two: 
Scrapbooking Containers & Baggies

I use scrapbooking containers for so many things. I own three containers of varying sizes. My largest container holds all the washi tape that doesn't fit on my dispenser.

If you look in the background, you can see the other two scrapbook containers on top of a white shipping box. I use the bottom to store all my papers and cardstock, and the top to store all my envelopes for upcoming projects.

These are the baggies I use to hold all my leftover washi tape. As you can see, it's a mess. The dispensers will help with that.
This is a container you can buy from JoAnn's. It isn't the one I purchased recently, but it certainly works. A quick search in the storage section will help you find what you're looking for.

Option Three:
Scotch Tape Dispensers

I found a lovely tutorial somewhere online that explains how to turn an old disposable Scotch tape dispenser into a washi tape dispenser. If you're interested, here it is. I personally like the following option a little better because it means I get to paint things!

This page has the basic tutorial for turning Dollar Tree tape dispensers into beautiful washi tape dispensers.

As you can see, they are your standard black dispensers to begin with. Then they become gorgeous pastel shades to offset the bright washi tape.

Obviously, I'd go broke if I bought one dispenser and all the necessary supplies for each roll of washi tape I owned. Perhaps I'll just go make a few, then, and keep one roll of red, one roll of black, and one roll of pink or white for my business. Or, coordinate colors for my dream craft room! Paint one white, one purple, and one grey, and then mix up the shades of white, purple, and grey washi tape I own for a nice contrast.

Happy organizing!