Post pop-up wrap-up

Mothers day weekend I had two events at my favorite SF store; Arch! I sold various letterpress ephemera and cat toys that I've been making lately. I was available to help folks wrap last minute mothers day gifts and share wrapping tips and inspiration.

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A  whole cabinet filled with cat toys.

A whole cabinet filled with cat toys.

Catnip piñatas! 

Catnip piñatas! 

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A week before my event I had my kid in the candy store moment when I went on a mini-shopping spree in Arch to find fun things to wrap with. I wanted to give people inspiration for wrapping with unique materials. I love a pretty wrapping paper and ribbon but I love to find alternatives to traditional wrapping elements or find humorous ways to make a present special. Arch used my wraps as inspiration to gather more fun wrapping elements from the store into a display. 

I used my masking tape ribbon technique on a zippered pouch to show that the wrapping can be part of the gift.

I used my masking tape ribbon technique on a zippered pouch to show that the wrapping can be part of the gift.

 The wings on this package are called Shwings and were designed to give your shoes wings.

The wings on this package are called Shwings and were designed to give your shoes wings.

This wrap is a paint chip chart + rubber bands as ribbon. Arch had plenty paint charts so we were able to give some rolls away to peeps who stopped by.

This wrap is a paint chip chart + rubber bands as ribbon. Arch had plenty paint charts so we were able to give some rolls away to peeps who stopped by.

I wrapped some mothers day jewelry in a pack of confetti I had for sale.

I wrapped some mothers day jewelry in a pack of confetti I had for sale.

We had a crafting table for folks to make gift tags and play with one of my favorite materials; washi tape.  Because I love working with patterns I also brought some vintage wall paper scraps.

Top: My materials example. Bottom Right: Tags by my friend Heather! Bottom Left: Tag by a Potrero Hill neighbor.

Top: My materials example. Bottom Right: Tags by my friend Heather! Bottom Left: Tag by a Potrero Hill neighbor.

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Thanks Arch! 

Pop-up shop sneak peek

Here are some in progress images of a few of my wares I'll be selling this Friday and Saturday at Arch. Pop-up shop details are at the bottom of this post.  

Catnip piñatas in progress. 

Catnip piñatas in progress. 

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I'll have some of my other cat crafts including cat balls (that's not a typo). I'll be debuting a new cat balls color and I'll have my newly printed greeting card that doubles as a cat toy. 

Packaging up notebooks adorned with washi tape.

Packaging up notebooks adorned with washi tape.

May flowers for moms.

May flowers for moms.

For now I'll call these mystery boxes.

For now I'll call these mystery boxes.

I'm really excited about a big letterpress printing I just completed related to the mystery boxes up above.  I'm going to save the big reveal for a later blog post but in the meantime you can see my finished product at the pop-up. I'll admit this project is a bit risqué. What can I say... I'm hoping sex sells.

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 Reception and pop-up: Friday, May 10, 5pm-7pm, wine, cheese etc.
All day pop-up and wrapping demo: Saturday, May 11, 12pm-5pm
Location: Arch Drafting Supply, 99 Missouri St  (@17th st) San Francisco, CA 94107

Here's the event page on facebook.