Today’s “Friday at the shop” post  is actually all about next Friday.  Is that cheating?  Really, I don’t think it is because today we are starting to get ready for our next event!


Here is the deal.  It is our first party of the summer and we are going to celebrate by hanging out, eating summer treats, and having a fun project social*. This month’s activity will be making a combined creative flag banner.  You can use our making supplies or bring your own.

+++    Friday June 5th • 7 – 10pm • 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd.  +++

* Project Social – when people get together to hang out and make cool things


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I wanted to take a break from my NSS show posting and talk about how much I have been gravitating towards the color green lately. The balloon image is a new release card from regional assembly of text that I have been enjoying on my desktop for weeks.  The invitation is from the Thoughtful Day website -  she is a such a talented designer!  The last picture is from The Viceroy Santa Monica.  Joshua just booked us a stay for our June anniversary and I am feeling excited already! Other green things I am loving -  our new binder in the store we nicknamed “the green machine” which is has become our everything for keeping invoices and bills organized, and the chocolate mint ice-cream sandwich I am about to eat right now….. !


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Good morning friends. Here is some more coverage from the NSS…


Girl of All work is always a favorite booth to go into.  (The telegram notepads stole my heart).


TapeSwell will definitely be a fun addition to the shop.   The projects are already brewing in my head.



Sycamore Street Press! I have had my eye on this line for a while  and am loving their antique framed gift tags


It is always nice to see Kelsie and Elizabeth of Sugarcube Press.  They have been very busy designing some lovely additions to their line as well as a custom wedding album!

okay still more to come….

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I took like 2 million pictures at the NSS (national stationery show) so as you can imagine it has taken me some time to sort through them all.  It was great to see some amazing new design from people I currently work with and I was excited to discover new lines as well.  Another highlight was hanging out with some folks I have been chatting with but have never actually met! (Darcy, Laura, Nole, Maria, Vané).  Below are some brief highlights of some of the booths to give you a glimpse, but the real posts will kick in as the findings starts to arrive at the shop!


Kate and Birdie never let me down with their excellent use of lamp posts, pigeons, park benches and barber shops!


The Found. This booth was so creative! Sadly I can’t find the catalog/website to give them credit, but the whole concept of the line is based on a series of found mug shots from the 50′s.  It was fascinating looking at all of the different un-suspecting faces. I am a huge fan of old pictures of people I don’t know so this booth was a real treat for me, not to mention that it was merchandised perfectly with all of my favorite nostalgia… old time typewriters, rotary phones, and suitcases.   {update}- Kerry from Green Paper Company just informed me that their awesome website is right here


This was exciting for me.  I have always wanted to get Set in the shop and finally made it happen. Extensive post coming soon, but in the meantime check out her rad website homepage here.


Meeting Ed Roth was a real treat since he is the stencil master!  I have sold many copies of his book “Stencil 101″  at the shop and was thrilled to hear there is a new book being published on the horizon.  In the meantime, I had fun watching him do demos in his booth,  and picked up some stencils kits for project socials at the shop.  Look he has a blog too!

Okay  this is just the beginning. more coming shortly!


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I’m back!
I will begin my NSS summery later on today, but first wanted to let you know about this


If any of you live in the L.A area and are interested in blogs (which I know you are because you are reading this) you may just love this event!  It will be a night of connecting through creative blogging. A way to meet other like minded peeps and learn more about how a blog can be a good tool for networking, community and business.

There will be a Q&A panel of bloggers for open discussion. The panel includes Johnathan/ Happy Mundane, Megan/ Beach Bungalow8 , Rebecca/Loving Living Small, Richie/Richie Design,  … and myself!  (hope to meet you there!)

“Join us for an evening of informative conversation, conducted by a panel of established bloggers. The town hall-style event will feature 5 successful design bloggers who have learned the ropes of creating a presence through blogging. Enjoy the evening, meet some creative people, have a glass of wine and learn some of the tools you can use to start your own creative blog”

Space is limited, so RSVP here.


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