Presentation is Everything...

My friend Vanessa always tells me that when she dies, she wants the after party to be at a good deli, as that's where she's happiest. Ha! For me, I think it may be an art supply store as pretty and fun as this one. It's called, In the Clear and it's owned by husband and wife, Rick and Dana Bruner of San Antonio, Texas. 

The shop has gobs of yummy, good stuff. From party favors and baking supplies to washi tape, bags, tags, twine and ribbons. The colors are bright, the designs are delicious...As Dana shared with me, "We want our customers to experience the excitement of visiting a candy shop." 

All their goods are photographed to show off their pretty simplicity. I keep seeing beautifully designed rolls of washi tape on various blogs and design sites. I think I need to give in and buy some. I just fear I won't know how to stop once I start.

When I asked Dana why nice packaging is so important, she replied, "I have always felt the packaging is as important as the gift. If you make the outside look intriguing, the contents seem that much better. We all have to purchase packaging in some form, so why not make it pretty?" Cheers to that...

Although I'm not much of a cook, I am a crafter. My friends can attest that many a gift has been made by my hand...from yarn flowers and garlands to preseved lemons, beets or pickles. But I think my favorite part of the gift giving process is when I get to wrap it. I always want it to be unique and homespun. All of Dana and Rick's offerings, and there are hundreds, make the process of gift wrapping ridiculously fun- including Dana's favorite item, the hearts and clouds washi tape. It has that 80's feel and makes Dana think of the skating rink. I get that.

Oh I love these...As Dana shares, "We have been personalizing cutlery for quite some time and our impressions are made with care. We individually stamp each one." The wooden utensils are disposable and compostable and may I add, adorable. 

There are just so many wonderful finds in Dana and Rick's shop so I urge you to peruse here to see them all. You'll find many items sold in bulk so you can stock up and have them for enhancing gifts and DIY projects for years to come. And remember it's okay when you run out, the fun part is buying more...

 

Photos: In the Clear   Content: Sweet Peach