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! 

Shastablasta Pop-up shop @ Arch

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I've been furiously making for the last couple months because I'm going to be selling my creations in May at Arch! I'm really excited to have this opportunity. I'll be selling some new letterpress projects and I'll be providing tips for gift wrapping. If you have a mothers day gift I can wrap it pretty for you. We'll also have supplies for you to make gift tags for your upcoming wrapping needs.

The Basics
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

Arch was one of the first stores I discovered when I moved to San Francisco over eight years ago. They were two blocks from my work and I toiled away many a lunch time break coveting everything in the store. I won't get into how many paychecks I've spent there. I can not say enough nice things about Arch but I'm going to try right now.

Otto is the official Arch mascot. 

Otto is the official Arch mascot. 

Arch is the perfect creative store. If you've never been I'll give you a quick run down. On one half of the store they have architecture, art, design and crafting supplies. I have been inspired countless times to make something just by happening on a tool or material on "the left half of the store".  "The right half" has it's own set of magic. If you've ever received a gift from me it's very possible I bought it at Arch. Arch is one of my secret gift giving weapons. The gift side has something for anyone. There's jewelry, soap, books, gag gifts and things you never knew existed. Somehow it all works. There's always a seasonal table. I've found easter decorations I didn't know I needed... and many, many, christmas ornaments. Most memorable was a glass whale, and the next year I bought a narwhale to make a matching set.  In addition to all that, everyone who works there is really nice and knowledgable. AND there's alway parking on the street or in their parking lot. For years I actually didn't even realize they had a parking lot.

If you've never been to Arch I hope you come and discover what a unique place it is.  I'm happy to be adding to the experience for one weekend.