Tour of American Crafts

American Crafts Shop

So we’ve mentioned our trip to the SNAP conference and the fabulous floral arranging workshop, but we’ve also been meaning to share photos from the super-cool tour of American Crafts warehouse that we got to take before SNAP started. So here we go…

American Crafts Sign and Lobby

It is funny that being bloggers now, Aimée and I are totally used to each other snapping photos and Instagramming while we talk/shop/whatever. But since my friend Grant was giving us a personal tour of the American Crafts offices, Aimée and I discussed ahead of time that we should really downplay the photo taking. Of course we wanted a few pics to share with you all, but we agreed that Aimée would take a few discreet snapshots here and there and that’s it. Once we got inside, though, that play-it-cool plan went out the window. It was inspiration overload, I started snapping pics and couldn’t stop!

American Crafts Warehouse

Inside the American Crafts warehouse… looks just like a warehouse, right? But wait, it gets better… they had a little mock-up shop. Grant said it is where they bring in buyers from big retailers and show them how the product lineup would look on store shelves. Aimée and I were in heaven!

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Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

BouquetOfSharpenedPencils

Whenever September rolls around, and I see the store displays of school supplies lined up, I can’t help but think of the line from You’ve Got Mail when Tom Hank’s character writes, “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

BouquetOfSharpenedPencils

This year I actually made myself a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils!

We’ve been testing out pencil sharpeners, lots and lots of them. Last year when my daughter started kindergarten, I was in love with the idea of an old-fashioned, manual-crank sharpener. After a year of disenchantment, though, I have been on a quest for the best electric pencil sharpener. Several of the top office supply manufacturers sent us sharpeners to test out. After lots of evaluating — working our way through three, 24-count boxes of fresh pencils — I’m happy to report that we have a winner!

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