Sunday, April 29, 2007

Paper Garen Boutique

I have said many times that The Paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento is the cutest store around. Painted in fresh spring green and white it has murals and inspirational sayings on the walls and fun paper flowers *growing* from the ceilings.

During my vacation I had to visit The Paper Garden Boutique again.

This time around I actually remembered to bring my camera and use it.
Luckily for me, I also brought my credit card, 'cause there was lots to buy.

Stephanie, the proprietress, has the most exquisite taste and a great eye for stamps. Of course, she carries TCP! (She is also a fellow SJSU alum. Go Spartans!)

The Paper Garden Boutique specializes in stamps and gift ware. Not only does she carry the full line of my absolute favorite paper, but her selection of unique, original handmade gifts is delightful. She chooses from many artists I have not seen before.

Check out the mod colored sock monkey. FABULOUS! (yes, I still buy other peoples' stamps. I'm a stamper first, dotcha know.)

From San Francisco, if I don't get lost, it takes and hour and a half to get there. But once I do it is well worth it. It is a comfortable place to hang out and chat and shop and just be.

Did I mention they give classes? I may just have to make my way out there soon to take one.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Home again

Are you still there?

Sorry I didn't post that I was going on vacation for 2 weeks, but I didn't realize I didn't until we were on the road in the middle of the desert.

Anthony and I decided to take advantage of the slowest month of the year (otherwise known as tax month) and celebrate 10 years of being together and go to Vegas. NO! WE DID NOT GET MARRIED! Sheeesh!

After we got back, I had one day of rest before the Joan Mills show in lovely Sacramento. I was incognito again working with Robert from American Art Stamp. I got to see many of TCP's clients and even got visit at The Paper Garden Boutique. Still the cutest store I've seen in a long while. And yes, I have pictures this time. I'll share them with you soon.

Once back in windy San Francisco, I was treated to a wonderful day of sun that was soon eclipsed by several terrible allergy filled days. I'm hoping to clear up before TCP officially reopens on Monday. Taaa!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

And the winner is......

Matt, on Top Design.

I loved Clarisa's Black and White and Fuchsia loft I could just not see me living there.

The shiny black floor with no rugs just means lots and lots of sweeping and mopping. Not to mention that it would be too cold on my little kitty's tootsies. And I won't even go into what her green bathroom would to to my complexion. I shudder to think..Instead I loved Matt's aubergine bathroom. Very glam and morning-riser friendly. I love the thought of taking a shower while looking out on a beautiful skyline. With the blinds in place there would be no peepers.

This hall gallery is something I've always wanted to showcase my art and was delighted to see the idea here.
And I dig Matt's kitchen. Very chic AND practical. Marble tiles on the walls for easy clean up and stainless counters for food prep. LOVE it.

Matt also featured a curtain to section off the bedroom from the living area. The curtain could be pulled back to view the skyline from bed. Very romantic.
So while I loved Clarisa's bold style, Matt's was practical and well thought out, and chic all at the same time. Clarissa's room shouted at me, and Matt's tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear. I'd move in in a hot second.

Matt: Top Designer!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

It's not Thanksgiving, but...

...I am thankful, nonetheless.

I am thankful that I finished entering all the data into Quickbooks AND saving the info to a separate hard drive before one of the hard drives in my 8-year old computer died this week.

I am thankful that my old company let me have the computer that I had when I worked there instead of tossing it.

I am thankful that we were able to switch out the drives in that computer, saving me from having to buy a new computer and giving me more room on both my disks.

I am thankful for the Data Rescue program that helped me retrieve ALL the data on my fried disk.

I am thankful for backups.

I am thankful for patient customers who don't yell.

Most of all I am thankful for my sweetie, Anthony, who did all the data retrieval, disk stuff and info reconnection, so I didn't have to pull my hair out and throw a tantrum on the ground. All the while working on his own projects and filling stamp orders. He's good.

Everyone should have an Anthony. I'm thankful I've got mine.


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