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May 13, 2016

Our new website is live!


Ah -- at long last, we've launched our new Natty Michelle Paperie website!

The layout is similar to the old, but now we have a place for wholesale vendors to access new account inquiries, terms and conditions and order forms. We also added a tab to announce what pop-ups I'll be attending this year around town so people can shop with us in person. 

Squarespace has been a total breeze -- I love how user-friendly it is, and how easy it is to make website changes on a whim. I can easily advertise shop sales with an announcement header, and my recent Instagrams scroll along the bottom of my homepage.

I hope the new website is as easy to navigate as it was for us to create! We're looking ahead to the second half of 2016, designing more city skylines, letterpress map coasters, cups and mugs. Stay tuned for more, coming soon! -- Natty


March 7, 2016

Is Instagram the new way to blog?

Is Instagram the new way to blog?

I've wondered this for a long time, and it seems like the answer, at least to me, is yes. Call me lazy, but I love that Instagram is a way to connect with a large group of people quickly and effectively, and when done correctly, with meaning. I've loved Instagram from the get-go, but I couldn't let go of my blog, my online diary, the place where I've poured my heart out (much-needed free therapy at the time) and where I've documented my journey since around 2010, when I got hitched and not to long after, we moved back to Athens. My entrepreneurship and my small business have thrived in Athens, a town that supports art and creatives and loves all of us and encourages us. I think living in Athens during this time has really fostered my creative spirit and helped me grow in so many ways. And through it all, I blogged and shared my journey in this little space. 

I'm not giving up my blog, and I'll still update my life here from time-to-time. But I update folks daily over on Instagram, with shop news, new products and of course, Archie's stats and mug every so often. It's a wonderful platform that lets me share quickly, lets customers shop through my posts and keeps me connected to "my people." So, if you want to find me, pop on over and say hi and see what I'm up to. In the meantime, I'll be back here soon...!

xo Natty

February 12, 2016

Galentine's Day Cookie Sip n' Swap

I've always loved the idea of hosting a cookie swap, but I've never been able to swing it over the holidays -- it's just too hectic that time of year! A friend suggested hosting one before Valentine's Day, which I think is such a great idea. By the time February rolls around, everyone has recovered from the chaotic nature of the holidays and is ready to get together again for a party. 

We kept it small and intimate, with about 10 friends, and it was a great afternoon of fun! We sipped wine, snacked and swapped cookies. I made a little station to wrap up the goodies with to-go boxes, bags and decorations. It helps that I craft for a living and had most of this on hand -- ha!

For anyone who's interested, I posted a sources list and a few recipe links below. Happy Valentine's Day! -- Natty

Favorite recipes:
Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies: Inspired by Ella Claire
Valentine's Day Popcorn: Gimme Some Oven

Sources list:
White bags: Nashville Wraps
White boxes: Nashville Wraps
Polka dot runner: Hobby Lobby
Red arrows garland: Target
XOXO garland: Target
XOXO table cloth: Target
Red ribbon garland: Michaels
Metal organizer: Hobby Lobby
Emerson shelving: World Market