Valentine's Pop Up Shop in Hyde Park

The Paperie will be open starting tomorrow 2/12 for a three day pop-up from 10a - 6p, for lovely letterpress goods just in.  Saturday we will be joined by a dozen incredible makers from Tampa Bay, check them out below:

The Pinellas Chocolate Company features bean to bar chocolates and pioneers in Florida for doing so.  Learn all about it and impress your Valentine with chocolate that will melt their hearts.

The Pinellas Chocolate Company features bean to bar chocolates and pioneers in Florida for doing so.  Learn all about it and impress your Valentine with chocolate that will melt their hearts.

Brand spankin' new letterpress hot off the presses.  Come tomorrow 2/12 through Friday for the best selection.  Be sure to visit us at the Makers Market for more papery goodness

Brand spankin' new letterpress hot off the presses.  Come tomorrow 2/12 through Friday for the best selection.  Be sure to visit us at the Makers Market for more papery goodness

Maker Margaret Colby makes fondant by hand and uses unusual flavors to delight the senses in her mini cupcakes and cookies.  Her handwork is phenomenal.

Maker Margaret Colby makes fondant by hand and uses unusual flavors to delight the senses in her mini cupcakes and cookies.  Her handwork is phenomenal.

Exquisite girl's dress from vintage fabric, maker Jessica Fogg of Lellow believes in hand me down quality that lasts.

Exquisite girl's dress from vintage fabric, maker Jessica Fogg of Lellow believes in hand me down quality that lasts.

Lovingly restored and rare typewriters are a find from Tampa Type.  They have an extensive selection and you can even type a love note to that someone special.

Lovingly restored and rare typewriters are a find from Tampa Type.  They have an extensive selection and you can even type a love note to that someone special.

Gourmet dog treats from Good Dog! by Adeline + Alice.  Make sure to pick up some of the beet treats for your furry valentine.

Gourmet dog treats from Good Dog! by Adeline + Alice.  Make sure to pick up some of the beet treats for your furry valentine.

Bowties of all sorts, check out the cool wooden one above and all things Southern from Ella Bing.

Bowties of all sorts, check out the cool wooden one above and all things Southern from Ella Bing.

Find fresh local love bunches and wreaths from L. Easton Co.

Find fresh local love bunches and wreaths from L. Easton Co.

Come meet Strands of Sunshine's Amy Marshall on Valentine's day.

Come meet Strands of Sunshine's Amy Marshall on Valentine's day.

Meet Chris Fortenberry from Fortenberry Leather.  He is generously putting in these fabulous key chains for the goodie bags.  Be one of the first 30 people to visit us and you will get one!

Meet Chris Fortenberry from Fortenberry Leather.  He is generously putting in these fabulous key chains for the goodie bags.  Be one of the first 30 people to visit us and you will get one!

Vintage Japanese pencil sharpener with heart base is one unique item from Frivolous Dry Goods.  They have a carefully curated selection of handmade vintage items that shouldn't be missed.

Vintage Japanese pencil sharpener with heart base is one unique item from Frivolous Dry Goods.  They have a carefully curated selection of handmade vintage items that shouldn't be missed.

Mixed-Media Collage: Family Keepsakes Class

Check out this awesome new class from Christina Lembo! 

We are honored and pleased to introduce our new teacher Christina.  She is the founder and owner of Franny & Franky Design Co., a paper goods design company that also offers custom hand-lettering, logo, and graphic design services. A full-time marketing manager by day, Christina runs her business from her home studio, where she also stores her ever-growing collection of vintage paper and ephemera. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, John, and their son, dog, and cat.

Using found paper and objects along with any mementos you may have sitting around your house, in this workshop you'll explore ways to create a fun family keepsake for display in your home or a gift for others. We'll use various materials in class along with anything you'd like to bring from home (think cards, pictures, movie tickets, kid's artwork, random mementos you may have sitting in shoeboxes!) and assemble them into an initial. You can use your family's last name initial, your child's first initial, or even your own or a partner's, to create a personal and creative monogram that can be framed or hung on a wall. February 8th Sunday 1 – 3p $25 registration required, sign up now April 5th Sunday 1 – 3p $25 registration required, sign up now

Using found paper and objects along with any mementos you may have sitting around your house, in this workshop you'll explore ways to create a fun family keepsake for display in your home or a gift for others. We'll use various materials in class along with anything you'd like to bring from home (think cards, pictures, movie tickets, kid's artwork, random mementos you may have sitting in shoeboxes!) and assemble them into an initial. You can use your family's last name initial, your child's first initial, or even your own or a partner's, to create a personal and creative monogram that can be framed or hung on a wall.
February 8th Sunday 1 – 3p $25 registration required, sign up now
April 5th Sunday 1 – 3p $25 registration required, sign up now

Celebrate LOVE


Making Valentine's cards and hosting The Makers Market Tampa: Paper Seahorse celebrates LOVE. We love this image from Terrain (we will be visiting in April, can't wait!)  And Join us for a LOVE pop-up shop in February.

We are proud to host the very first Makers Market Tampa.  This is a collaboration between The Paper Seahorse and Remarqed.  Join us as we celebrate LOVE of LOCAL this Valentine’s Day with amazing artisans, demonstrations, and a free greeting card make and take.  From letterpress to leather; girl’s dresses, jewelry, and sweets; men’s accessories and vintage finds; fresh floral and body products; you are sure to find something special for your Valentine.

We are proud to host the very first Makers Market Tampa.  This is a collaboration between The Paper Seahorse and Remarqed.  Join us as we celebrate LOVE of LOCAL this Valentine’s Day with amazing artisans, demonstrations, and a free greeting card make and take.  From letterpress to leather; girl’s dresses, jewelry, and sweets; men’s accessories and vintage finds; fresh floral and body products; you are sure to find something special for your Valentine.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

We will be having a holiday pop-up shop Tuesday and Wednesday December 9th and 10th from 2p - 6p.  Start your holiday shopping with a sneak preview of our new goodies:  holiday cards and tags, notebooks, pads, note card sets, cards and writing accessories.  Stop by for a cup of tea or a holiday sparkle and we will wrap all purchases free of charge!

Moonlight Garden Party

We were lucky to host the Moonlight Garden Circle's Holiday Garden Party this year.  It really kicked off the holiday season.  We prepared a short program on three different and easy holiday centerpiece ideas:

Succulent winter wonderland - in a glass dish or baking pan, create a wee forest with mini trees, baby succlents and cute washi tape bunting.

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Modern and simple - using star of Bethlehem and floating fresh cranberries

Unusual materials - with a vintage style can, cedar, amaryllis, phalaenopsis, and kale

 

 

World Post Day

So I missed World Post Day on October 9th, which is also my dad's birthday, I didn't forget this birthday though.  Anyway, I am reminded of it because there is this great community of people who love sending postcards all over the world and it is called Postcrossing.  You sign up and randomly get a pen pal.  You can include some preferences such as country you would like to swap with.  It really easy and fun.  I have sent 25 so far and covered 121,600 miles.  Everyone is fun and creative and the stamps they use are so neat to see.  There is no cost, except to buy and send neat postcards and then someone randomly gets to send you fun postcards.  Check it out and happy posting!

Our New Studio Space

We are pleased to announce our new home will be in historic Hyde Park.  It is a bungalow built in 1917 that has been lovingly restored.  It even has the original floors and windows.  We are setting up the writing bar now and are working on the class schedule.  An online store will be up by the end of the year!  Here is a sneak peek:

Writing bar and home of Tampa Type being set up.

Writing bar and home of Tampa Type being set up.

Workshop and event space starting to take shape...

Workshop and event space starting to take shape...


National Stationery Show

National Stationery Show

Just attended the 2014 National Stationery Show where we were inspired and delighted with so many wonderful designers and artists.  Lots of letterpress to die for and excited to see more hand carved designs.  Having taken two ink blocking classes I have a deep appreciation for the handwork involved.

Love to see designers push the envelope with paper, Lilco definitely did this with her calling card/promo piece that was a thunderbird! So fun.

We have found great products for the store and can't wait to share them with you, stay tuned....

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Sweet Paul Makerie

I headed to NYC with my best gal pals for a weekend of play and inspiration at the Sweet Paul Makerie.  This is my third Makerie and it was the first one held outside of Boulder.  I am honored to be a part of the inaugural event.  

The event was at the new offices of Sweet Paul Magazine, so beautifully whitewashed and very New York.

There was an awesome pop up show that featured works from the amazing teachers, such as this lovely seahorse mobile.

There was an awesome pop up show that featured works from the amazing teachers, such as this lovely seahorse mobile.

I took ink blocking and stenciling with the one and only Lotta Jansdotter.  She is so nice and down to earth, a very good teacher and super inspiring.

I took ink blocking and stenciling with the one and only Lotta Jansdotter.  She is so nice and down to earth, a very good teacher and super inspiring.

Cuddly Owl class with Mimi Kirchner.  She was lovely and we learned many new tips and tricks.  We didn't finish however you can see how cute they are turning out, our coven of owls.

Cuddly Owl class with Mimi Kirchner.  She was lovely and we learned many new tips and tricks.  We didn't finish however you can see how cute they are turning out, our coven of owls.

Paper Flowers class with Anthropologie display merchandiser and fashion designer, Elise Dee, These are coffee filters that have been dyed with Rit and then dipped in paraffin wax.  So fun and very cool to play with wax.  I think I am going to wax everything in sight now.

Paper Flowers class with Anthropologie display merchandiser and fashion designer, Elise Dee, These are coffee filters that have been dyed with Rit and then dipped in paraffin wax.  So fun and very cool to play with wax.  I think I am going to wax everything in sight now.

Living Wreath class with Matthew Robbins of Matthew Robbins Designs.  He is a contributor to Martha Stewart Weddings and creates events all over the world.  It was an honor to learn from him!

Living Wreath class with Matthew Robbins of Matthew Robbins Designs.  He is a contributor to Martha Stewart Weddings and creates events all over the world.  It was an honor to learn from him!

Until next time, we can't wait for the next Sweet Paul Makerie!

Until next time, we can't wait for the next Sweet Paul Makerie!

Why I Love Paper

I love paper.  Everything about paper and what you can do with it.  The versatility, the feel, the texture, the smoothness as you write on it, the hand of the way it wraps around a present or makes an origami shape.  The different kinds and weights of it that can do almost anything; from fine tissue paper to heavy kraft paper that protects breakables, to magazines, glossy or recycled.  The feel of paper is inviting and lasting.  You can cut it, fold it and mark it.  It brings joy in written letters or notes, promises happiness in an invitation and records thoughts and ideas in books for many generations to enjoy.   

My favorite paper stores of all time:  Kate's Paperie in Manhattan, NY and Oblation in Portland, OR.

And now I am pursuing my dream of opening a stationery store, The Paper Seahorse.  Perhaps one day I too will be someone's favorite paper destination.  A place dedicated to all things writing and paper.  I am excited to share our mutual fascination with this miraculous, simple medium that brings such joy to so many.  Can't wait to hear your stories.