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Hi, there. I'm Megan Davis, the gal behind Toast & Laurel. My paper goods & design studio is based in Houston, Texas, and I am so lucky to work with incredible clients both locally and across the country. This blog is a bit of a hodgepodge - recipes, family updates, sneak peaks of my projects, and other daily inspirations! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Dec122011

    my little christmas shop

    One of the reasons for the lack of posts on the blog lately is the holiday event I participated in a couple weeks ago. This was my first time to have a "booth" (I use that term loosely) of any sort and my first time to introduce a full collection of pre-made designs. Pretty much every night in October and November was spent counting out sets of tags, hand-stamping kraft boxes, tying twine, packaging note cards, creating a booth display, crafting a 4 foot kraft paper "magnolia" wreath and many other things I won't bore you with. Considering this two month window is also my busiest time of year for regular projects - invitations and holiday cards - things have been a bit hectic! In the end, I am so happy that I created this little "shop" and had a wonderful time at the event. 

    my mom & me . . . so happy to have her there!


    (wish I had a better pic of my day 2 outfit - it was cute if I do say so myself)

    (a few of you have asked - and yes - I still have about 6 Santa stamps left - $22 each)

     

     

    My little shop featured exclusive Toast & Laurel designs - oversized gift tags, stamped cotton gift bags, holiday enclosure cards, Santa stamps, and my new Heirloom Collection - and a few of my holiday favorites - striped ribbon, striped twine, scallop place cards & kraft paper.

    While a lot of the items are for gift wrapping, the Heirloom Collection was introduced at the event as the perfect all-around gift. Each boxed set includes 24 double-sided recipe cards (in a hand stamped cotton bag), a grocery list notepad (with buffalo check background), and a striped everyday notepad. I wanted to design a collection for the kitchen that can be enjoyed now (the notepads are ones you will want to keep out on the counter - not hide away in the drawer) and passed down for generations (the recipe cards are simple & timeless). Can you tell I am really proud of these? The boxed sets were truly a labor of love, and I am so happy that they were printed locally in Houston.

     

    The Heirloom Collection has not found its way into my online store yet but are available for $42 for the full boxed set. I printed these as a limited edition and have a few left. Add a little ribbon and you have the perfect hostess, Christmas, bridal shower, housewarming, birthday, or just-because gift. 

    As a one-woman business, there is absolutely no way I could have successfully pulled of this little shop without the help of Greg, my parents, and two incredibly generous and gifted friends, April & Lydia. I wish I had a picture of my dad and Greg making the frame for the backdrop - it was priceless. Since I didn't get the guys on camera, I'll leave you with a picture of April taking down the backdrop . . . all dressed up.

     

     

    Adorable.

     

    Reader Comments (7)

    i am in love with that kraft wreath! great job, as always megan!! what event was it?

    December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Johnston

    it looks gorgeous! I want to know more about that shimmery skirt you have on! it's perfect for the holidays!

    December 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

    Love looking at all the pictures! I feel like I was there!

    December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjenloiselle@gmail.com

    I agree- everything looked so cute and i'm loving that sparkly skirt!!

    December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSummer Lewis

    You create such beautiful things! (Found you from Erika's blog) I also love your sparkly skirt and am dying to know where you found it!! Please share!

    December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouisa

    Hi ladies!
    I posted a couple comments about the skirt over on my facebook page but realized I better post some info here as well! The skirt is from JCrew last year, but I think they carried a similar skirt again this season (looks like it is sold out online but might be in stores: http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/partynoveltyskirts/PRDOVR~30310/30310.jsp?srcCode=GGBS00002)." rel="nofollow">http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/partynoveltyskirts/PRDOVR~30310/30310.jsp?srcCode=GGBS00002). I just wore it to a Christmas cocktail party with the a cream Kate Spade blouse, black tights, and black suede heels. Still cute but definitely dressier.

    You all have been so sweet to post pics of my huge kraft paper wreath on pinterest and to email me about it. I have a few pics from the project and will post tomorrow!

    xo,
    Megan

    December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

    Hi Megan! What event was this? I want to know so I can go next year! Was it the Nutcracker Market?

    Thanks!
    Rachel

    December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Goetz

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