Spooky Anniversary Sale!


Our 1st Anniversary Sale is finally here, everything is 15% off from today, October 15th to the 22nd, in store and online.  Here's a sneak peek video of our shop, come on....



365 Days of Paperie Goodness

Its been a year since we had our official grand opening, see how far we've come!  
Come celebrate with a month of paper and creative goodness.  So much neat stuff ...We thank everyone for your belief, support and guidance in helping make us Tampa authentic and a tad more mindful and creative.
We will be celebrating Saturday October 15th with a special open house all day:  A free typewriter class, 15% off all merchandise, classes, invitations and even typewriters. There will be a free spoooky make and take, ghoulishly good refreshments as well as outrageous goodie bags.  Bring the who family for a fun crafternoon Paper Seahorse style.
For the entire month, we are also giving away 4 free classes and 4 half off classes.  Enter once and win many!
The anniversary sale lasts a full week until October 22nd.  Stop by say hello and score some goodies you may have been eyeing.  We'll have some exclusives you will want to check out.  Online use the code PSHAPPY.  See you soon.

Inktober is here!

Inktober is here (31 days and 31 drawings) and we found a great source of inspiration from The Well Appointed Desk about 15 things to do with an empty sketchbook.  There are great suggestions and links to help you get creative with all those notebooks/sketchbooks you have been hoarding!  Read all about it here:

  • Illustrate your favorite recipes (inspired by They Draw And Cook)
  • Draw your outfit, maybe what you’re wearing today, or your favorite outfit or what your kids are wearing. Document your shoe, bag or jewelry collection with notes about the who, whats and whys of the items. (Originally inspired by Julia Rothman’s Kind Soles piece that appeared in Uppercase Magazine #16)
  • Are you an avid reader or music collector? Draw the covers of your favorite books or albums or illustrate scenes based on the stories or lyrics. (inspired by the book, My Ideal Bookshelf)
  • Alphabet project: “A is for ….” This is another idea inspired by Uppercase Magazine. Each issue they do a themed alphabet around their issue theme and provide a word for each letter of the alphabet to that theme, like ceramics, stitchery, pattern & decoration and so forth. Then they provide a definition or visual representation of each term in the alphabet. For example in the Pattern & Decoration issue #21, “C is for Calico” and “W is for William Morris”. For whatever subject you have a particular interest in, you could do an alphabet project and try to think up terms, people or elements and illustrate each of them. In some cases you might have many to choose from and could do more than one.
  • Speaking of pattern: why not turn a sketchbook into a pattern book? Geometrics, repeating, linear, nonlinear, one-color, multi-color, representational, natural, textural… so many to choose from! Check out Uppercase Magazine Issue #21 (now sold out but theSurface Design Guide will be included in the upcoming issue #32), or artists like Lotta Jansdotter, Orla Kiely, Marimekko to get started with pattern design.
  • Attend figure drawing events, or other activities that allow you the opportunity to regularly draw from life be it your local coffee shop, your kids’ playground playdate or your long-suffering partner, pet or child enduring being the subject of yet another portrait drawing. Dedicate one sketchbook or notebook for this purpose. (Inspired by Ladies Drawing Night, Hallmark’s Noon Sketch Group and Roz Stendahl)
  • Collage. If the paper in a particular sketchbook or noteook is not sturdy enough for your favorite drawing or painting materials, use the book to collage in scraps of found materials like labels, stickers, menus, ticket stubs and other ephemera. Gesso the pages to add strength and let the book become a waffle-paged beast. Create an artist’s journal that documents your life events through drawings, photos and ephemera. (Inspired byMake Your Own Ideabook with Arne & Carlos: Create Handmade Art Journals and Bound Keepsakes to Store Inspiration and Memories)
  • Draw your breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or coffee. (inspired by Danny Gregory and Liz Steel)
  • Lettering practice. Sounds simple but using one book for a 15-minute-a-day practice doing lettering drills, writing a quote, the #rockyourhandwritingchallenge or some other specific task will help improve your lettering skills.
  • Dedicate one sketchbook to be your color key. Use this book to test, document and list all the pens, pencils, paints, inks and other art materials your own. Figure out which colors and brands you like, you think mix or blend well and keep them all in one book to use as your giant reference guide. Be sure this book is one with your favorite type of paper and has lots of pages as you will want to continue to update and reference it. A good rule of thumb is to use one side of the book to do swatch tests and then the other side to do a drawing with the materials to see how they perform in “real world” tests. (inspired byJane Davenport)
  • Draw from old photographs. Go through your family photos or visit the local antique shops or thrift stores and use the old photos as points of reference for your drawings. (inspired by Maira Kalman’s book Girls Standing on Lawns)
  • Draw what you’re watching on television. Or YouTube. If you can’t get out to draw from life, draw the folks on TV. They can be just as interesting. And you can pause them mid-expression. Or rewind. Talking heads from newscast, vlogs or political debates are great for this.
  • While we are on the subject of television, why not draw some of your favorite characters from your favorite shows or movies? There have been lots of wonderful fan art circulating recently from Netflix’s Stranger Things and there’s always a plethora of Star Wars fan art. Embrace your inner geek and draw your favorite scenes from your favorite shows or movies, or create new scenarios. Didn’t like the ending of LOST, fix it. What’ really happened at the end of X-Files? You can draw it.
  • Document the news in illustrations. Be it good or bad, use your drawing skills to capture the moments in time.
  • Collaborative Sketchbook: You can create a shared sketchbook between a friend or loved one be it one other person or a group of people or a whole heap of strangers. (inspired , Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera from Uppercase Magazine #29and

K.I.T. Inspiration: Origami Self-Mailer

This is a sweet and simple origami note that uses one sheet of paper!  Using fun scrapbook or patterned paper will help this special delivery stand out from regular and junk mail.  Brighten someone’s mailbox with a handmade and handwritten note.

You’ll need:

• a fun piece of paper
• a pen
• a first class stamp
• a pair of scissors and ruler or paper cutter


bone folder

a mailing label
washi tape
rubber stamps

Here is a reference image to use:

Origami Self-Mailer

Snail Mail Game Show Round #10

Snail Mail Game Show | Uncustomary

A letter friend Amanda Just sent us a link to this amazing site where you can participate in a fun mail art prompt, so we tried it out.  

The Snail Mail Game Show is better than ever! For Round 10, the participants received a piece of paper with the outline of a person and the prompt, “If you could create a brand new planet in our solar system, what would it look like?”

Here is the result of what we dreamt up this summer: 

“This planet is really a world within a world. Rings of water and playing mermaids protect it. A lush tropical, magical place where cats are in charge and their main purpose is to PURR; because when they do, ideas are born, inspiring and loving. It’s so powerful that it is considered top secret, thus enchanted. These purrfect ideas are the ones that create beauty and harmony in the universe. They are vital to all living things. This secret planet allows one to flow, like zebras dancing in the clouds…CADEA … the planet that makes dreams come true.”