my name is nancy.
i'm a girl realizing
a once-upon-a-time dream
of running a small shoppe
filled with things tiny
and precious. parcel, by
dictionary definition, means
a package; a collection of
things. this journal takes
a peek inside the parcel.
A few weeks into the New Year, we wish you an imaginative and fantastical year, filled with much joy and laughter. Don't love jumping from one holiday to the next, but we do love Valentine's Day at Parcel. We think of it more as a day to celebrate the loved ones in your lives, instead of a purely romantic holiday. Sending love to mom and dad, a child, a close friend, someone that helped you through a tricky time, and of course your life partner. We can all find someone in that list to send a Valentine, can't we? Lots of creative ways to give your heart, from our handmade cards to small charms and trinkets, love it is the air!
We're starting to dream about Thanksgiving... Dreams full of tiny bouquets, baskets of fruit, golden wreaths and leaves, glittering foil-pressed or richly colored, hand-dyed placecards, hostess gift toppers, napkins bundled with ribbons and paper fans....
This week, in preparation for the Day of the Dead, we had a special mask-making class taught by our friend Mizz Bee! Attendees chose from two types of masks and tons of markers, paints, glitters, stencils, and stickers.
Everyone went home with a colorful creation that can be worn to celebrate their ancestors. Our friend Marilyn also brought homemade sugar skulls for everyone! How sweet!
A fast week has gone by since we returned from the 2 1/2 day American Made Market in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. We are still buzzed from the amazing energy of this event. We came home feeling exhausted but rejuvenated, having made many new friends and being amongst the perfect cross-section of like-minded creativity.
Our table neighbors made it so much fun! Great to meet the adorable Adina and Adam of S.W. Basics of Brooklyn,http://swbasicsofbk.com, who created a line of body products incorporating all natural "edible" ingredients. Loved Shay and her sweet dad Eric of Portland's Non-Perishable Goods, http://www.nonperishablegoods.bigcartel.com , and Jann from the fab line Lucky Fish. Carina from http://nonchalantmom.com, was helping out too at Lucky Fish. Such a fantastic group of sweet and styish folks. On the other side of the market was Crystal from VIntage by Crystal - I was lucky to pick up a few little cuties from her line before the show ended. Livia from The Green Vase was also there with her gorgeous handmade paper flowers. I was so excited to see that she used some of our vintage fruits in her corsages that she picked up last year in our shop. Can't wait to get my hands on the new book on paper flowers she has coming out this spring, called The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers. Does sound exquisite, doesn't it?
We're holding onto the high we experienced at American Made, and hope to carry it well into our holiday season. Thanks to everyone involved with an event that made us feel so special and truly validated within the handmade creative community.