Post No.259 Fun with Paper

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!  Over the weekend I received a special package in the mail from my little sister.  Inside was an advent calendar that she hand-made with a piece of her artwork.  This has become a yearly tradition that many of the people in her life look forward to.  She has all of her friends and family email her either a quote, an activity, poetry, scripture, a memory, or something else special to open during the season. I look forward to it every year, because it is truly amazing! I will try to take some pictures of it to share with you all. Today, I am feeling inspired by the fun you can have with paper.  When we were kids, I remember that our family had a glass jar that we filled up with little ideas of neat things we could to do together. On special days we would pick out of the jar and the adventure would unfold.  A particular memory I’m having right now was our whole family sitting in the closet eating lunch together. We always were an odd bunch!

update: Below is the advent calendar Ana made before the doors and numbers were added!


vintage paper Christmas Tree garland by Allium •  paper scraps and idea jar by Brook Reynolds found here • number tags by May Third found here • advent calendar by Anastasia Tantaros


Post No.259 the Parcel Post Loves you Giveaway!

I have been really excited to post the annual Holiday giveaway this year.  It means so much to have you as daily readers – so it is time to give back!  I picked out some special things at the shop that are fitting for this time of year in hopes you would enjoy.

TO WIN: all you need to do is leave a comment to this post stating something you woke up feeling thankful for today -or- a favorite Thanksgiving dish you like to make or eat. * if you are really inspired you can enter twice with one of each.* The winners will be randomly selected and announced here on parcel post Wednesday December 2nd so check back here to see if you have won!

: and the prizes are :

Prize No.1 Hot Chocolate from MarieBelle New York

Prize No.2 a Holiday Correspondence set from Yellow Owl Workshop

Prize No.3 a Holiday Rubber Stamp set from Cavallini

Prize No.4  The Snow & Graham 2010 Desk Calendar

Prize No.5 a pack of striped paper straws that I wrote about here

good luck!


post No.258 Little,Red and Organized

I organized a ton of paperwork around my desk last night and it feels so good to wake up and know what/where everything is!  This morning I was feeling pretty proud of myself for this great achievement and decided to post on these tidy little design treasures. Hope you have a good Monday friends!

subject notepads by Paper and Cup • recipe wedding escort cards by Chewing the Cud • christmas library card by Simple Song • tiny tags by Power and Light

Post No.256 Pretty and Grounded

Wedding season is approaching quickly, and I’m starting to get really inspired by all of the fresh new design for 2010! Below are some colors, textures and patterns I am loving.  They all somehow capture the feeling of happy springtime colors but are grounded by earthy neutrals.  My personal favorite are these hardback journal escort cards! The guests seating assignments were printed inside. So genius.
mini journals and note card flats by Sarah Drake • escort card books by Chewing the Cud • Save the Date by 9 Spot Monk

Post No.255 Smock Store Spotlight Feature!

I was so honored to be featured on the Smock website as a store spotlight!  I love this line completely and am inspired daily by their great design, so it was a real treat to be mentioned and interviewed for their blog. I even got to answer some challenging questions such as …  If you were invited to the White House for dinner, what would you wear?” and  “what are you favorite trends in paper and stationery and your predictions for upcoming trends”.

You can read the full post right here!

A very special thanks to Smock and  Cyd Converse for the nice words!

post No.254 Jay Kelly at Urbanic

Any of you that have been reading Parcel Post for a while probably already know how much I am a big fan of Jay Kelly’s art.  This morning I am really excited to announce that Jay is making some small prints from the wintery Park City collection that he did earlier this year and printing them small on cards that will be sold exclusively at Urbanic!  They are amazing (and so frame-able!)  I seriously get lost in his work.  The pieces below capture the essence of the chill / warmth of this special holiday time of year.

JKwinter 4


other posts I wrote on Jay Kelly are here, here, and here.

post No.252 Fall is Golden

Right about this time every year, I feel like fall and the Thanksgiving holiday get suddenly fast-forwarded.  I always want to savor fall until the very end, and put a blinder up to all things December until November has fulfilled its duty. This task is completely impossible for me since I have a retail store, but the sentiment is there.  Below are some amazing stationery + art pieces with some warm golden fall tones.





step by step wedding stationery by chewing the cud • kyoto wedding invites by studio on fire • alexis invitation by sub studio • pen and ink bird drawing by Tegan White found on this amazing blog  •  prepetual letterpressed calendar by orange beautiful

Post No.249 Utterly Engaged issue 005

A few days ago the latest issue of Utterly Engaged came out and I have been glowing ever since, because Urbanic was featured as a Hidden Gem!

Click here to read!

utterly engaged pic1

utterly #2

A special thanks to Lucia, Henny and Eva over at UE for including us in this issue!

If you haven’t been to the Utterly Engaged site yet, you should definitely start with issue no.001 and work your way up to 005! The whole e.zine is packed with inspiration and is complete eyecandy.

post No.248 Brooklyn Rehab

I am experiencing a bit of coolness overload, now that I have discovered Brooklyn Rehab. It is a line made of vintage and found objects reclaimed to perfection. I love love love (and want) these numbered napkin rings!  Oh what I would do with these little stylers for Thanksgiving dinner – if I had a big long table!






Also pictured: the NYC souvenir, a ceramic owl, walnut wood key, and the whale plaque.  You can find more of their line, right here.

post No. 247 Candy Colored Fun

Since I am surrounded by so much candy after Halloween, (our little bumble bee raked it in this year!) I was inspired to post about some candy colored favorites around here!





pic. 1 felt stationery from herepic 2 adressed thank you card envelopes from my • pic 3 hearts wrapping paper by Waste Notpic 4 PaperDoll Parade Notecards by Suzy Ultman/ Chronicle. – (pics 2-4 all in stock at Urbanic)