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The Monthly Edit: June 2019

Pei Sim


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Well yet again, it seemed like I blinked and it’s officially June. How crazy is it that it’s already the half way point of 2019?! I feel like everyone talks about how fast time flies but I swear 2019 has been a blur.

As we enter the summer months here in Austin, I’m excited for warmer days to swim, an excuse for sno-cones and of course, making our shop + studio the cutest little paper oasis in this heat!


A quick look back at May:

1. Taking an entire weekend off for Memorial Day weekend was just what we all needed! As much as we hate to miss out on visitors from out of town, we value our team’s work-life balance and wanted to honor us all having a true, full weekend off! Want to know what we did for the long weekend? You can read more here.

2. Y’all cleaned us out of Mother’s Day cards, again! Every year, we do our best to over estimate and usually purchase extra cards. And every year, we tend to run low the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

3. We firmed up a bunch of fun things for the rest of the Summer as well as Fall. It’s going to be a fun rest of 2019 you guys!


Things happening this month:

Shop Mini Makeover

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We heard a lot of you are having a hard time finding us! And as sad as we are that we don’t have our amazing wall mural like we did out our old space, we tried to bring a little bit of it with the vinyls on our windows! But we realized that once cars are parked out front, it’s a little tricky to see our signage!

We have plans to mirror the vinyls on the bottom of our window to the top! And another thing we’ve been working on is getting quotes for window coverings for our two large windows. We LOVE all the light we get in here but as the summer months approach, the sun streams in rather intensely on our precious paper products as well as into your eyeballs (also precious lol) if you take an evening workshop with us.

We appreciate you guys bearing with us as we continue to learn all the quirks about our new space (can you believe it’s almost a month away from ONE full year of us moving into this new space?


June Book Club

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We’re finishing our 6th book club read of 2019 this month and will be voting on our next three books at our meeting. If you’ve been looking for a community and some accountability to read more this year, it’s not too late to pick up this month’s book and pencil in our meeting date!


June Workshops

We’ve got several out of town (and even out of state) guest instructors headed to our studio this month for some incredible workshops. It’s always such a treat to welcome someone new into our studio- just a little FYI: we are not able to guarantee that we will be able to get these instructors into our studio again and they often swing by just once a year or even every other year. So you don’t want to miss out on your chance to learn from these incredible ladies!

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A Letter To You:

A new segment I’ve been wanting to introduce, a short + sweet story (anonymous of course) of a sweet guest interaction we’ve had in the shop. These small interactions and stories make small business ownership worth it.

This man pops into our shop every now and then to pick up a card/gift for his girlfriend. She loves our shop and it’s incredibly thoughtful he chooses to come by to find something for her for every occasion.

The last time he was in, he had mentioned how they were going on a ski trip together. He picked out a few belated gifts for her and was on his way.

A couple of months later, he comes back in- only he’s on crutches and has a cast on his leg. Turns out he broke his leg the first day on this ski trip :( He’s well on his way to healing and recovery but the mere fact he went through the trouble of coming all the way out to see us to pick up another card for her was just the sweetest!


Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the month and I really hope to see y’all in the shop + studio soon!

Small Business School: Balance

Pei Sim


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The B word. The one we are all striving for and in search for. Balance.

The dictionary defines balance as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady or a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Anything stand out with those definitions? Even distribution, elements are equal or in the correct portions… In my opinion, that sure seems pretty confining if everything is supposed to be even and equal 100% of the time to achieve balance.

Not only does it seem confining, it also seems insanely unattainable and a goal that is so out of reach it’s not even realistic. We’re all told our lives would be amazing and almost better if we figure out how the heck to balance out our life in every way. We’d be happier, wealthier, healthier etc. But most of the time I find that it just leaves us (me, anyway) extremely frustrated and defeated.

And when you throw small business into the mix of it all, things can just feel downright impossible especially if you’re yearning for that perfect balance.

SMALL BUSINESS BALANCE

Wearing many hats, for me it’s retail buyer, wholesale account manager, fulfillment, workshop and event planner + coordinator, merchandiser, studio manager, CEO, CFO, marketing director, art director, creative director, and even janitor (seriously!)...the list goes on. There’s simply too much that needs to be done for one person. Many businesses operate lean with just a one woman or one man show. Running a business lean has always been something I’ve strived for, the less frivolous expenses you have in business, the more profitable you are. It’s really that simple.

Trust me, I know everyone’s to-do list can literally be a mile long, but once you really look at that list, what on there is really important? It takes a lot to tell your pride and ego to let go, to only do what is essential. Only doing the things that are the utmost important and forgetting the rest. Being okay with things being undone. It takes a lot of courage to ask for grace from colleagues and fellow business owners when you turn down additional work or partnerships to honor only doing what’s essential to your life and business.

P.s. If you want to read more about essentialism, I really encourage you to read this book. It’s one of my all time favorites and I read it once a year.

SMALL BUSINESS + LIFE

If I’m going to be really honest here, I’ve put my business first in my life. Yup, it’s embarrassing to admit but I’ve put my business before my relationships, marriage, myself, and even my dogs on many occasions. I’m grateful that the people (and dogs) in my life understand my passion, but a big focus of mine in 2019 was to let the business work for me for a change.

Allowing myself to have days not physically at the shop and truly not working. Having actual weekends off for the first time in 6 years. Prioritizing to eat 3 actual meals a day. Seems ridiculous but I would opt to finish out an email or take a meeting instead of eat. I felt like if I wasn’t working hard all the time, I would be lazy and not deserving of success.

Small business is so personal, it intertwines with your life even outside of work. There’s no calling it a day after 5pm when you are literally your business. It’s a practice I have to remind myself of daily, to do less but with more intention. I really want to encourage you to do the same, let’s turn away from the glorification of busyness and lean into only doing what is essential to our daily happiness.


How to find YOUR balance:

Carve out time to sit down and evaluate what’s important for YOUR life. And then do the same for YOUR business. Make a list.

Now take that list, and only pick 3-5 things that are essential.

Things to consider: Ditch all the things you feel like you should do, simplify. There are so many things we feel like we should be doing- we should be exercising 5 days a week. We should be on all social media platforms for our business. I challenge you to pause, and only do what serves you and your business.Get down to the basics.  At the very core of your life and business, what is actually important to you?

It’s better to do a handful of things well vs. doing a bunch of things mediocre. Trust in the ebb and flow, of life and of business. If you allow things to flow, you’ll find a rhythm that resembles balance. But in a way that truly serves you in all areas of your life.


How do you find balance in your day? With your personal life? With your business? Tell us in the comments below.

D.I.Y. Fiber Necklaces

Pei Sim


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Anyone else counting down for the LONG weekend coming up? As a truly small + local business, we take full advantage of these 3-day weekends! We’re normally open every weekend so this allows us to all take an entire weekend off to spend quality time with our families and friends :) We know sometimes people may be bummed we’re closed on these particular weekends but we’re really only closed for Easter Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Week + Christmas. So we think that’s a pretty fair trade since we are here for y’all the rest f the year!

As I shared in our May Edit Blog post, I’ll personally be heading down to Galveston for a little trip with Evan, the dogs + some of our family friends. And I’m pretty excited! There’s something about being by the ocean (and I know that Galveston isn’t the best beach in any circumstance) but I’m not picky at this point!

And this D.I.Y. is perfect to dress up your weekend plans/beach attire! Best part is you only need three, yup, THREE things that you more than likely already have in your crafty collection.

Remember this post a while ago where we used the same materials but made a cute wall hanging/decor for our home, it’s similar in materials and steps! You can check it out here: D.I.Y. Modern Fiber Home Decor

D.I.Y. FIBER NECKLACE

PROJECT TIME: 30-45 MINS

  • MATERIALS
  • Cotton cord/Rope
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
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D.I.Y. Fiber Necklace Instructions:

1. Cut a length of cotton cord/rope. *Pro-Tip: Cut your piece a little longer, you can always cut it shorter as you wish. Also keep in mind the entire piece should be long enough to fit over your head!

2. Pick your color palette and yarn color choices. Cut about 24” of yarn (you can use longer pieces but we wanted to color block our necklace + the longer the piece of yarn the more you have to maneuver)

3. Place one end of the yarn on the section of rope you want to wrap, run the yarn the length of the section (typically about 3-5”) and then create a loop back up to the start of your piece of yarn.

4. Start wrapping your yarn down the length of the yarn loop piece (you should be wrapping over 2 pieces of yarn at this point)

5. When you get to the end of the section, use the loose end of yarn to go through the loop at the bottom.

6. Pull tight from both ends to secure! *Pro-Tip: There is some flexibility in shifting/scooting your wrapped section on the cotton cord to get your color blocks closer together or to create a seamless look!

7. To create a closure, you will loop your cotton cord around each other and do the same wrapping technique to secure the cord.

8. Enjoy your new handmade, fiber necklace!

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The Monthly Edit: May 2019

Pei Sim


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Happy May!

Okay, I know I had said we would be introducing this monthly blog at the beginning of the month and I’m well aware it is officially May 14th today. I don’t know about y’all, but 2019 has been going by SO fast and I am not even certain how time is going by so quickly. So you’ll have to forgive me that this month’s Monthly Edit is literally 2 weeks late ;)


A quick look back at April:

1. Seriously, I feel like I blinked and the month of April was gone. Just me?

2. We sent out our first BIG wholesale order of our P+CP stationery to our first store!

3. Had our first workshop snafu in the first time in almost 4 years and even with hundreds of workshops + events under our belt, this was seriously hands down one of the worst things we’ve had to deal with. That being said, it was a huge learning in the best way! You can get a little more info abut what I’m talking about in this Instagram post.


Things happening this month:

The Paper + Craft Pantry: Austin’s Favorite Stationery Shop + Workshop Studio!

New Faces!

We’ve been growing our small but mighty little shop + studio team! You’ve probably seen someone else besides me around the shop :) You can meet our team here, or better yet, come by for a visit! We know how important it is as a small business to have a wonderful support system around us and we’re so thrilled to have some of the most hardworking, paper loving and fun women who will make your time in our shop + studio an amazing one!

Do you love paper? Do you love being a part of a local small business? If so, check out our open availability here!

The Paper + Craft Pantry monthly book club community event.

May Book Club- for more details + to RSVP.

What we’re excited about: We love opening up our studio on the last Wednesday of each month to host our book club meetings! Everyone is welcomed as long as they’ve read the book beforehand :)

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New workshops for June!

We’re introducing several brand NEW workshops- workshops we’ve NEVER hosted before in our studio! We’re also so thrilled to be welcoming back one of our favorite watercolor painter + artist all the way from Arizona- you’re not going to want to miss out on these incredible classes!


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Currently Loving

We LOVE that there’s more happening around our area! One of my current favorites is right across the parking lot which has been incredibly convenient but also extremely dangerous. I highly recommend the Yuzu Avocado Handroll :)

p.s. We know (and acknowledge) that parking has kinda gotten a little trickier as more things open up around us, but we are grateful for all the other wonderful thing this new space has allowed us to do. And even more grateful that each of you continue to support small + shop local with us!


Life Lately

On the personal front, we finished up part two of the renovation project we had going on at our house! I didn’t really get to share a lot about it on social media honestly because it was so chaotic. We redid the flooring on our stairs + upstairs. We don’t technically have a second floor, it’s more of a finished out loft/attic space that is barely used. I hate carpet and really wanted to swap out for hard surface flooring and we wanted to add a half bathroom upstairs to make the space more functional for when we had family and friends visit. The flexibility of not having to go up and down the stairs for the bathroom as well as giving guests a true separate space is something we think will really allow us to stay in our first home for as long as possible.

I’ll be heading to Houston in a week to judge dance auditions- it’s been a yearly tradition and something I find a lot of joy in doing/giving back to the community. Fun fact, I was a dance major in college and this is the one time a year I “use” my degree!

We’re also getting ready to go on a very short weekend trip over Memorial Day Weekend to visit one of my dear friends + spend time on the beach in Galveston. The plan is that Evan will drive in on Friday with the dogs to meet up with me in Houston and we’ll all head down to the coast for a relaxing weekend. TBD on how relaxing it will be with 2 dogs, plus our friends have 2 young and adorable kiddos. But regardless, I’m really looking forward to some time away.

Don’t worry, the shop + studio will still be open as usual we’ll just be closed for Memorial Day Weekend from Saturday, May 25th-Monday, May 27th.


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Meet The Plant:

This is perhaps one of the most underrated plant- it’s in the same “family” as the pothos but a variety that almost makes it seem velvet-y and I love the color variations on it’s leaves.

Meet the Satin Pothos. This plant is just as easy to care for than our triplets (who are also Pothos). This plant is sometimes confused with the Silver Philodendron which looks strikingly similar.

We only wanter this guy when the soil is completely dry, and his vines and leaves have grown a TON since we moved into our new space and gave him a home high up on a shelf with plenty of natural light :)


Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the month and I really hope to see y’all in the shop + studio soon!

Round Up: Q2 Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club Picks

Pei Sim


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Happy April!

In case you missed it, we’re doing things a little differently this year and want to invite you to join our Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club! We had a really great time growing our “new” book club through Q1 and are excite to dive into our new 3 books for the second quarter.

If you’re new around here, here is what you can expect with our book club:

  1. We are sharing our book picks by the quarter. So you’ll be able to get an idea of what books are coming up!

  2. Book club nights will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7:15pm.

  3. Book club members are invited to bring a snack to share at the meeting and we’ll provide a glass of wine- you guys voted for snacks + wine :)

  4. Book club members will vote on the next quarters books!

  5. We’re committed to making this year the best year yet for book club- and are asking you to join us. Make reading a part of your routine, carve out that one time a month to join us in our studio, better yet, invite a friend to join us. Book club is meant to keep us connected in this busy, busy world!

Q2 Books + Meeting Dates

Paper + Craft Pantry 2019 Book Club- January- March book picks!

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April’s Book:

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

April Meeting:

Wednesday, April 24th 2019 | 6pm-7:15pm


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May’s Book:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

May Meeting:

Wednesday, May 29th 2019 | 6pm-7:15pm


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June’s Book:

The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

June Meeting:

Wednesday, June 26th | 6pm-7:15pm

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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 :)

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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 :)