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Friday, April 27, 2012

: sponsor love & a GIVEAWAY with paper gatti! :

happy friday!!
today, i have an interview & a giveaway from katherine of paper gatti.
one of my favorite things about running a blog [and accepting sponsors] is that i feel like i really try to 'connect' with my sponsors.
katherine & i are super similar and emailing back & forth throughout the week is a highlight for me.
she is in the beginning stages of starting her own shop & its really fun to watch it come together.
take a moment & read her interview. check her out online & be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win her 'yet-to-be released' stationary!

tell us : who are you?

My name is Katherine Toyoko, and I am the owner and designer of the blog Paper Gatti. I am also starting up my own shop by the same name. (""Gatti' is Italian for ""cats"", and also rhymes with the Italian-ized version of my name, Kati.)

Paper Gatti produces hand-embossed paper goods. I love working with paper and design - something that I grew to love while earning a degree in architecture - and I also believe in the old-fashioned notion that everybody loves to receive something handwritten or handmade in the mail.

I blog about my endeavors to become a one-woman business, my life, and anything else that inspires me such as fashion, food, running, decor, and DIY projects. I have a ""day job"" as well, but often times I work weekends or evenings instead of the usual 9 to definitely keeps things from getting too monotonous.

where do you find inspiration?
When it comes to inspiration for my paper products, I usually take a step away from the computer. I live in San Francisco, and there is always something to inspire me in this city!

That being said, I love to read Wonder Forest for graphic design + lifestyle, RevolutionizeHer for business, Sandy ala Mode for fashion, and Apartment Therapy for interior design. Of course I read Dianapantz regularly as well for food + green lifestyle inspiration!

what advice would you give to an aspiring indie biz owner?!
Look before you leap, but don't get stuck looking all day...before you know it the day will be gone! I'm still in-process when it comes to creating a handmade life, but the most important part is that you start doing something. If you're not willing to go out and do it, then you'll need to reconsider what you really want.

find katherine here : 

and now, to the GIVEAWAY!
katherine is giving away ONE set of 'volando' heat-embossed stationary, featuring stamps from Yardwork. [3 cards in the set] PLUS a $10 shop credit once the shop opens [$20 value!]

this would be *great* as a mothers day // new mom // hostess gift ;) 
enter below with raffelcopter ; sorry international folks; this one is just for US peeps!

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