29 February 2012

Bargain Books & Craft Supplies

Hello there! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. This week, I'm taking my dear readers on a shopping trip, specifically, the Kate's Paperie Warehouse Sale.

Kate's Paperie is a paper boutique in New York City's SOHO district. One of the things I admire about the shop are the window displays. They change depending on the special occasion like Halloween or Christmas or the different seasons. This was a springtime display.

 Don't you love these vibrant paper flowers?

The Kate's Paperie warehouse is located in Englewood, New Jersey. If you love paper, bargains and live nearby, why not make the trip? The sale doesn't happen very often and the current sale is on until Friday {March 2} from 10am to 5pm.

As you can see in the photo, there's a shelf dedicated to books on a variety of topics: wedding etiquette, crafts, graphic design, comics and the like. Here are the one's I picked-up in my past visits: 

 I made a blah to TADA! project from 
this book. Check it out here.

I find book design a fascinating topic.

 Because I want to pack a suitcase
and go to Marrakech. One day.

I have a weakness for good-looking desserts. 

The book prices ranged from $2.00 to $8.00. What a steal considering their original prices were $15.00 to $30.00 and they're brand new!

I also helped myself to some craft supplies 
like these stencils:

I used this for this blah to TADA! project. 

I can't wait to use this other one.
I got these stencils for $1.00 each.

Tomorrow, I'll show you more stuff from the sale.

28 February 2012

Warehouse Sale Finds

Kate's Paperie is a shop in New York City 
dedicated to the paper lover. 

This week, they're having a warehouse sale 
at their outpost in Englewood, New Jersey.

They would normally have a sale like this 
around the holidays but they may just 
have one every quarter. Woohoo!

Inside, tables and shelves are set-up 
with paper goods & crafting supplies
at hard-to-resist prices.

These gift wrap sheets are 3 for $1.00.

I found these medium-sized pillow boxes...

...they were 5 for a $1.00!

I'll use them to wrap scarves or shirts.
Just add a ribbon & a card. It can even
be reused once the gift is revealed.

This section has boxes of beautiful cards -- the
ones that would be priced at $4.00 and up at
the store. But I got them at 3 for $1.00!

Have a look:

For the kiddies

For the young or young at heart

To deliver get well wishes

To send love during a difficult time

For happy occasions or for no reason at all

I also found some note cards:

Note packs & boxed cards are priced 
from $1.00 to $5.00.

Lots of initial cards {but letters may be limited}

I adore the prints of these envelopes 
{there are cards inside}. I got them
for 5 for $1.00.

The items and prices are really TADA! You just have to rummage around to find that treasure. And if you do go, may I recommend a few stops in the neighborhood?

Balthazar {yes, that popular SOHO restaurant} has a wholesale bakery in New Jersey. They have a small storefront set up like a patisserie where you can purchase pretty, fragrant and tasty baked goods like bread, cookies, cakes and tarts. 

 Grab some coffee with your pastry -- but only
TO GO. Sadly, there's no seating available.

Also make a stop at Jerry's Homemade. It's a deli and grocery selling many European goods like cheese, pasta, wine, chocolates, olive oil, coffee, tea, jams, sauces, cookbooks, cooking supplies and gift baskets. And the prices aren't snobby at all.

I bought some Spanish crisp bread, cheese and quince paste because I saved money from shopping at the Kate Paperie warehouse sale! Plus, I needed to celebrate my good finds. My day just went from blah to TADA!

Kate's Paperie Warehouse: 40 Rockwood Place, Englewood, New Jersey 07631
Balthazar Bakery: 214 South Dean Street, Englewood, New Jersey 07631
Jerry's Homemade: 410 South Dean Street, Englewood, New Jersey 07631

27 February 2012

Kate's Paperie

Happy Monday everyone!
This week, I'm taking you shopping.

We're going to one of my favorite 
stores in New York City.

It's called Kate's Paperie

It used to have several branches all
across Manhattan, but now they've 
focused on a flagship store in SOHO.

By the name itself, you already know it's an
emporium of paper. 

They sell sheets of gift wrap in all colors, prints and textures. They also offer custom gift wrap services -- the kind that you want to display on your coffee table and never want to open. 

I remember attending an in-store gift wrapping demo years ago and was so envious of this person's job of wrapping surprises all day, surrounded by the most fabulous paper and ribbon! 

They're also known for custom printing invitations and personal or business correspondence. But if you want to do a little D.I.Y., they sell many kinds of paper, card stock, envelopes and seals for you to choose from.

The walls are lined with shelves of 
the cutest greeting cards. 

 There are journals, date books, calendars,
party supplies, gifts...

As well as sets of note cards and writing instruments. 

On special occasions, they have events like hand calligraphy for Valentine's, choosing wedding invitations for the soon-to-wed and book signings. They used to have craft nights on summer evenings where stations around the store were set-up {paper crafts like stamping, origami, scrap booking}. I guess space issues are limiting them from making this a regular event.   

Anyway, I recently discovered their warehouse!

And they have an on-going sale!

If you're in the area, I recommend you make the trip because there are many good deals. This week, the sale runs from February 27 to March 2 from 10:00 Am to 5:00 pm at 40 Rockwood Place, Englewood, New Jersey, 07631. 

Tomorrow, I'll show you what bargains I found. See you then! 

24 February 2012

Paper and Cloth

Hello and Happy Friday!
Two blahs for today: fabric remnants and old business cards {the flip side contains the information, this back side is blank}.

Attach the printed side of the business card to the fabric with white glue. Smooth this down, then trim the edges with a pair of scissors. Keep the edges from fraying by applying a bit more glue to the edges of the cloth. Allow to dry. If the cards bend, flatten them under a pile of books for a few hours.

Once the cards are dry and flat, write down {or stamp on} your contact information on the blank side.

TADA! Business cards that are colorful 
and different? Yes please!

Have a fabulous weekend!

23 February 2012

Paper Pockets

Hi there!

I have an envelope where I store gift wrap remnants and left-over scrapbook paper. They wait there patiently until I figure out how I can turn them from blah to TADA!

If  you've ever borrowed a book from the library, books contain these pockets where a due date card snugly sits. Um, light bulb moment! Maybe I can make paper pockets like these.

Cut and fold the edges of the gift wrap/scrapbook paper to make a flat pouch.  Then attach this at the back of a notebook with double-sided tape.

Use it to store loose paper like important leaflets and business cards. TADA! Easy organization.

You can also attach the pocket 
to the front page of a book 
for a friend.

Then tuck in a handmade bookmark
as an extra gift.

And maybe add a little note...

...to tell your friend that this book
was chosen especially for her!

22 February 2012

The Envelope Please

I'm not sure if any of you still do this -- have your digital photos printed? I guess very few people do, since pictures can be conveniently stored and viewed on the computer or phone. 

I have a few envelopes left over from when I would go to a shop to have pictures printed, for framing or mailing to loved ones.

I'm using some printed card stock to help me turn these envelopes from blah to TADA!

Here's the front side of envelope #1

The back side

Here's the inside

The front side of envelope #2

The back side

TADA! Good-as-new envelopes ready to be filled with handmade cards and tiny gifts. Have a wonderful day!