from the Kitchen of Dana and Steve


This Christmas, my amazing cousin, Kim, bought me this adorable stamp from Sweet Papery.  And now, that I’ve had a chance to use it – I get to share it with you!

So I have this mild obsession with bakery boxes.  Actually most paper products in general.  As an initial matter, origami is just in my blood.  I’ve folded 1000+ cranes on multiple different occasions (a feat which will soon be repeated).   Then of course, I have been known to make sets of greeting cards from time to time.  Okay… maybe large amounts of greeting cards from time to time.  Like 125 greeting cards in 3 days.  I’m not talking about the kind you just print out – though I often like those too.  I mean layers of paper, hand cut, hand glued, stamps, dry embossing, wet embossing, cute ribbons, etc.  I like paper.  I like working with paper.  I was not exaggerating.

So it’s no surprise that I love bakery boxes.  I’ve been talking about ordering them in bulk for quite some time.  Something my cousin and I have talked about on more than one occasion.  Nice plain, brown bakery boxes, with optional cupcake and mini cupcake inserts.  Lovely.  But I must resist.  At least until we move.  I can’t be buying hundreds of bakery boxes just to have to transport them from NY to CA in a few months.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have any bakery boxes in our apartment. – of course I do!  I insist on cute packaging.  Just another mild obsession I have.  Steve can attest to how I often buy products simply because I like their packaging.  This even extends to dog food.  I’m not kidding.  So packaging of baked goods must be extra appealing.  If dog food must have nice packaging, baked goods must have excellent packaging.

Now, I don’t mean to suggest my packaging is excellent.  By no means is my simple packaging the epitome of style.  I make do with what I have.  And what I have now is white bakery boxes, my card making supplies, black ribbon, and my adorable new stamp.  The stamp makes the packaging.  I love it!  Just check out these pictures of my simple tags that I put on boxes for giving away some Nanaimo bars and scones to a wonderful, inspiring professor at JGSM.  Yes, waaaay back when we made Nanaimo bars and scones… I’m a little behind on the posting.  The boxes just made me smile.  I’m simple like that.

As fate would have it, it was raining the day I brought the box up the hill to campus.  But I lovingly wrapped the box in plastic bags and miraculously it made it up there with minimal water spots.   On gross days in Ithaca, you have to be thankful for the little things – like the safe transport of pretty bakery boxes…  I may need to rethink my priorities…

One thought on “from the Kitchen of Dana and Steve

  1. Dana is very creative and I can attest to her perfectionism in everything she does, from baking, beautiful cards, and packaging . The stamp is too cute. It completes (for now, anyway) the whole presentation of her work (Steve’s too!). As the future mother-in-law, I’m not too biased.

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