Wednesday, September 12, 2012

on tape and gifts and being busy

Ohhhh it's been a long week!

As usual, I've been BUSY!

I like to keep busy.  If I'm not doing something or about to do something, I feel like world will end.  Actually, I don't feel like the world will end- I KNOW it will end.

Last night, as I was leaving MICHAELS, I looked up to see a bright orange streak burning far far farrrr up in the sky.  It was much higher than a plane could be flying.  Clearly, it was an asteroid headed straight towards New Mexico.  I couldn't believe that I was going to die in the parking lot of MICHAELS.

Needless to say, it wasn't an asteroid and a survivor didn't have to pry the bag of washi tape from my cold, dead fingers.

YES!  Washi is back at MICHAELS!  The much talked about 'WALL O' WASHI' at MICHAELS!  Imagine the embarrassingly pre-teen squeal that escaped from my mouth.  You would've thought a twelve year old girl turned the corner and saw Justin Bieber- not that a handsome gentleman in his, um, late mid-thirties, saw a rack of tape.

Yeah- they call it 'crafting tape.'  Which does sound kinda classy, doesn't it?  All kinds of new designs- my favorite?  A kinda kraft chevron. 

There's a close-up for your tape viewing pleasure.  Pervert.

Just when I think that I can't be excited any further, I run across this little end-cap of joy:


Loads of stamps and 'ephemera packs.'  (And up above, those nifty 'Mix'd Media Inks.'  Love those!)

I can't tell you how long I've been wanting the 7gypsies 'BEAUTIFUL' stamp.  I like the font and I like the simplicity.  And now, I can't wait to use it...

So, what else has been going on in KoryLand? 

Well, in my show business career, I just closed another hit run of HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH.  Yes, I say 'another,' because it's the third run of this same production that I've stage managed.  The show that won't quit!  And I love every second of it!

But you know how much I love to give opening night gifts to all the actors and stage crew.  I don't care how many shows I've done-  I can't help but give SOMETHING.  The energy that is backstage on an opening night is one of the most addictive drugs in the world!  And I love to fuel it by delivering a small gift to everyone. 

Like last show's opening night gift, I made the same/similar necklaces-  using some inexpensive satin cord and chains with (also inexpensive!) clasps and a variety of tokens from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology line- along with a few random charms I've found along the way.  You can really make LOTS of neatly impressive necklaces this way, for not much money at all. 

But PACKAGING is what I really enjoy.  I love using paper lunch sacks and twine (Dollar Tree!) and some embossed tags when I package my gifts.

Something seemed to be missing...though...

TELEGRAMS!!!  Just like the 'olden days!'  You know- you've seen the movies.  A show is opening and telegrams are being delivered to everyone backstage.

A quick search on the internet and I found this incredible Western Union telegram template.  All you hafta do is type your information into the boxes- it puts it into an authentic 'telegram' font and PRINT.  The website even shows you how to fold them as Western Union did!!!

There's one of my completed 'telegrams' right there- trimmed to the authentic size and all!  I didn't have any cream colored paper or newsprint, so I settled on what looked to be an attention getting 'official yellow.' 

I wish I had a photo of the next step- but to make my telegrams look more official, I pulled out some stamps at the office and stamped "RECEIVED" in 'official' red ink.  It really added a cool detail!

There it is, all folded up!

And there they are- attached to the gift bags and tags and boxed up- ready for delivery!

Okay- that's all I got for ya, today.  I can't stay and talk for hours, ya know- I've got a mountain of work to do and then hafta run home and get to work with unpacking books, books and more books.  I clearly need to have a book SALE.

See you soon!



  1. I enjoyed reading your blog post. And THANKS now I have to go check out those 7Gypsie stamps.

    Congrats on the new show!

  2. I cannot wait to see that Washi Tape @ my local Michaels. I must have them all. Well not all of them but the majority of them. I did see the new stamp display of 7 gypsies items and tattered angels mists. Good looking out Kory.

  3. I was at Michaels yesterday I think I saw the washi tape you were talking about. I did pick up a few things myself. I was playinng with my distress inks last night. I am really liking them for sure. Can't wait to see what your next project will be! ;) :)


  4. What a generous and unique gift Kory. Love the telegram packaging idea. And soooooo lucky to have a wall of washi to stumble upon and drool over. Mind you as much as i'm envious of you having all those washi tape and & gypsy goodies nearby, I know that if I walked into a store near me and saw them, I'd be broke, penniless and homeless in no time haha. Have a fabulous weekend my friend. Pxx

  5. Awesome telegram idea! And thanks for posting the site Kory!

  6. Again, wonderful gifts and so nice of you. I love the Telegrams...perfect idea... and that would be such a fun way to make an announcement to someone... now I just need something to announce.

  7. I would love to go shopping with you cos then there would be a thirty something handsome male and a nearly 40 year old 6ft tall gal, screeching at the stash finds together!

  8. Hi Kory. I didn't see Washi tape at my Michaels but they did have the 7 Gypsies stuff and it was FAB! I bought all those little stamp sets for 3.99 each. I can't wait to use those Western Union Telegrams. So cool and thoughtful of you to do this. I was looking for you on but got too lazy so I found your blog instead... So, this is the first blog I have followed, how 'bout that?