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2511 East 6th St, Bldg 4 Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

Austin's favorite stationery shop and workshop studio.

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The Paper + Craft Pantry blog is home to our latest DIY projects, current inspiration sources, and small business advice. 

The Monthly Edit: April 2019

Pei Sim


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Happy April friends! Hope this month is off to a great start for you guys- there’s always something nice about starting a new month. From flipping the page in your planner to tearing off the previous month on your calendar, it feels like an opportunity for a fresh start or restart.

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After a lot of deliberation, and after gathering feedback from you guys, I’ve decided to streamline our P+CP blog to truly offer you content that feels meaningful in addition to content that personally lights me up. It may seem easier to just churn out as much content as possible (and it may be easy for some) but running a physical business (and what sometimes feels like two separate businesses with the retail shop + the workshop space) is my main focus and this blog was always meant to be a creative outlet of sorts.

I’ve decided to get back to basics in my effort to my 2019 mantra of less but better.

And this new month seemed like the perfect time to kick off our new blog format and calendar. From now moving forward, you will be hearing from me 3 times a month. The first post of the month will be a Monthly Edit series, where I’ll share some combination of the following: A look back at the previous month, a few things happening this month, a section on what we’re currently loving + life lately, plus a mini series where you’ll get to “meet” one of the plants in our shop.

The main purpose of this is to give y’all a quick snapshot and review to stay in the loop (plus I plan to share way more images and photos since y’all love that :)

The other two blog posts in each month will be a creative D.I.Y. project and an installment of our Small Business School series.

I hope you guys enjoy reading these posts as much as it brings me joy to write and create them for you :)

xo,

Pei


A quick look back at March:

1. Survived the madness a.k.a. traffic craziness that was SXSW.

2. Finished our official P+CP Spring 2019 Line Sheet, which is basically a wholesale catalog for other retailers interested in purchasing our stationery to sell in their shop!

3. Successfully integrated our team onto our new payroll system. A HUGE win considering this has been a goal of mine from day one of the business!


Things happening this month:

New blog format + series!

What we’re excited about: getting to share more BTS life and business with you guys!

Last year’s plant adoption station at our Earth Day Pop Up Party may have been the very best thing we’ve ever done- each plant came complete with “adoption” papers + a portion of proceeds went towards planing new trees in Austin!

Last year’s plant adoption station at our Earth Day Pop Up Party may have been the very best thing we’ve ever done- each plant came complete with “adoption” papers + a portion of proceeds went towards planing new trees in Austin!

Earth Day Pop Up Party- for more details + to RSVP.

What we’re excited about: plant adoptions, flower seed stand, debut of our mini collection of plant-y stationery.

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Welcoming back some of our out-of-state instructors + new workshops

What we’re excited about: This painting workshop where you’ll get to paint your home, this block printing workshop with a new local instructor, and a small business workshop to help you grow your business with the help of social media!

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Sending off our first “big” wholesale order with our stationery line

What we’re excited about: still reeling from the fact that we finally have our own product line and even more excited that other stores what to share them with their communities!

Look at how gorgeous these blooms are! They’re grown at a flower farm just 20 minutes outside of the city and bonus, this farm is owned by one heck of a woman who has learned how to grow flowers in this crazy Texas weather!

Look at how gorgeous these blooms are! They’re grown at a flower farm just 20 minutes outside of the city and bonus, this farm is owned by one heck of a woman who has learned how to grow flowers in this crazy Texas weather!

Flowers In The Shop

What we’re excited about: me we’re partnering with Grassdale Farms + Petals Ink, a local flower farm and woman owned flower company to start offering you locally grown, beautiful flower stems to pick up over the weekends right from our studio. Each bouquet will feature approximately 10 stems that are ready for your vase (or bud vases) at home. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to swing by the shop for fresh blooms (in addition to stationery) on the weekends :)


In case you missed it, we have over 300+ ways for you to send more snail mail on our shelves. From greeting cards to letter sets, we’ve got what you need to send more happiness out into the world and into the mailboxes of your loved ones :)

In case you missed it, we have over 300+ ways for you to send more snail mail on our shelves. From greeting cards to letter sets, we’ve got what you need to send more happiness out into the world and into the mailboxes of your loved ones :)

Currently Loving

Did you know the U.S. Postal Service officially designated April as the National Card and Letter Writing month back in 2001? Their goal was “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.”

An entire month dedicated to sending more snail mail? YES please!


Life Lately

If you follow us on Instagram, you guys know we just wrapped up on some home renovations. We bought our home back in 2015 and finally got around to doing some much needed updates to our bathrooms. I was honestly a little surprised at how committed you guys were to our renovation! And it was truly so fun getting to share a little bit more about my life outside of the shop with you guys. I think that’s a part of why I feel like this monthly edit blog post will serve as a way for me to share from a meaningful place, and in a very intentional way too! My plan is to share designated post about that whole process with you guys very soon :)

So from home renos and pretty much straight into having to take care of a very sick dog (Fig), the past month has been a bit of a whirlwind. Fig is fine now, by the way, she had some kind of stomach bug that she just couldn’t shake but we are finally on the mend.

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A few things I’m personally committed to this month: eating 3 actual meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) every day, bringing the dogs into the shop with me during the week once or twice, and planting flower seeds for a summer + fall garden in our backyard.

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A few things I’m personally excited about for the P+CP this month: Releasing our tiny but super cute addition to our in-house line that’s plant related, hosting the plant adoption for our Earth Day Pop Up Party, teaching not one but two plant-y workshops and working on finalizing our summer workshop calendar!


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Meet The Plant:

Frondly (see what I did there?) referred to as the “triplets” these three potted pothos up on this ledge have been with us since the early month’s at our East 6th shop. They’ve grown a ton while there, survived our move last summer, and have continued to thrive in our new shop.

These ladies are incredibly resilient and truly easy to maintain. I water them maybe once a week during the warmer months and dial it back to once every week and a half/two weeks during the winter. My Spring ritual with them is to give them all a little hair cut aka cut off some of their crazy long growth- this will actually encourage them to grow even more as it warms up! Plus it’s a great way for me to share my love of plants by propagating them to share with friends.


If you read through this LONG post, I applaud you and am giving you virtual hug. p.s. If there’s anything you’re interested in seeing on here + interested in me sharing, leave me a little note in the comments :)