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.
Festive decorations for start-of-summer parties, congratulations cards, prize ribbons, and three different kinds of tiny trophies.... Parcel's chock full of goodies for Dad, grad or teachers we've had! :
Last Tuesday, we had our first Parcel class in our new workshop space. The attendees enjoyed some good company, wine and snacks, and creative inspiration! They created beautiful handcrafted wreaths from an abundance of Parcel's flowers, leaves, ribbons, and wires. Some of the finished pieces were simple, some girly, some sculptural, and some stuffed with neon! Here are a few pictures to give you a peek at the fun we had:
As some of you may know, Parcel recently acquired an upstairs room to house our ever-expanding collection of materials, give us extra space to spread out when working on projects, and hold classes! It started as a blank, white room and we quickly added some vintage tables and chairs... But we still had to give it a little Parcel pizzazz. Below are a few before and after pictures!
We are also offering Parcel classes again in our sweet little workshop. The first one is this Tuesday -- an evening of making wire wreaths stuffed with vintage flowers, leaves, beads, berries, and baubles as well as handmade Parcel paper flowers and lots of little treasures. Ribbon bows, metallic mylar strips, neon plastic floral arrangments.. the possibilities are endless! If you're interested, there are a couple of spots left. We'd love to have you in our new PARCEL workshop!
today i'd like to honor friend and long-time customer claire rosen. her work as a fashion and fine art photographer has been a huge inspiration to me, and clearly to others as well. claire and i share a similar aesthetic for the fantastical and the odd. i know i can always count on her to snap up our strangest pieces, and i'm always so thrilled to see how she incorporates them into her home studio, and as props for her photographs. claire's living space is a collage of the most unusual found curiosities, many from parcel, many from her world travels. take a look at this video clip filmed by refinery 29 - see the short film below and see if you can recognize where some of it is shot.
i am so lucky that claire has agreed to photograph collages of mixed media for our website. can't wait to share the development of those photos in the coming weeks. claire is also featured in this month's montclair magazine with a great interview and spread about her work. if you look closely, you can see one of our paper chandeliers hanging behind the gorgeous claire!
we're so happy for claire's success and for the magical photos she's been able to share with us. visit www.clairerosenphoto.com to see her work.
just one nook from claire's home studio
a custom wall built for just some of claire's specimens
on a recent trip to with my family to tucson, arizona, i made it a point to visit bon boutique, a lovely shop that just picked up some of pieces from our new festoon collection. we have some mutual friends, and i was looking forward to meeting the mother/daughter duo. i was delighted by their beautiful aesthetic and interesting mix of wares. they were also sweet as can be and very welcoming! c'est bon!
another shop i discovered in tucson: mast. they are currently located in an amazing industial space, showing off their ship-inspired decor, but they are moving in the next few weeks to a more commercial area with more foot-traffic. for more on them, www.ilovemast.com. you'll find some really swell photos on their blog. hope to visit them again in their new location at the mercado.
The other day, Ms. Emily Henderson from HGTV's Secrets from a Stylist pinned the red version of our handcrafted paper pouf chandeliers! She thought it would look cute in a kid's room (and so do we!) We are so flattered because we are fans of her work and show! Here are a few beautiful bits from her blog:
We also found lots of sweet, lovely things on her Pinterest. We love the way inspiration spreads like wildfire there, and our own Pinterest is currently growing. Are you on Pinterest? We'd love to see what you're working on, what you think is beautiful, and what inspires you! Our Pinterest is ShopParcel. See you there!