Sure, you use your phone / pad / computer as a calendar in this, the twenty-first century – I get that. I too would be totally lost if my technology didn’t bleep at me relentlessly to tell me where I need to be when. So, fine. Still, I’m a believer in a proper, old-school, piece of actual paper – especially if its aesthetics serve to enhance the environment in which it’s placed. A few of my favorites from the batch of 2013 calendars…
Need one more item to complete the perfect gift assortment? Just a little something? A stuffer for a stocking? Then one of these affordable – but still pretty darn awesome – jewels may be exactly what you’re looking for to top things off! (As always, click to shop!)
In a perfect world, you’ve already got all your holiday shopping complete, and everything is all packaged up with a bow on top. However, if you’re like me, it’s just dawned on you that if you’re interested in concealing gifts in something other than last weekend’s newspaper, it’s time to procure some sweet wrapping paper! Here are a few of my favorites this year. (As always, click to shop!)
Jury still out on which holiday card to send this year? Here’s a bevy of this season’s besties for you to choose from! Every one of these lovely letterpress & silkscreened greetings is available through Etsy; so you can feel good about supporting indie artisans as well! (As always, click to shop!)
One of my favorite things about attending the New York Gift fair these days is seeing what’s new from Working Class Studios. A division of SCAD (the Savannah College of Art and Design), It’s the coolest thing ever: design students, alumni and faculty create the products that are then sold at boutique retailers throughout the US (so sorry – you can’t order on-line: links will take you to a local store finder instead). What a fab way to get real-work experience in the wild world of product design! (Are you listening, MCAD? Think about it, won’t you?) Here are a few of my top picks…
Have a hankering to send Thanksgiving greetings – via the actual mail? Well, in support of the fine art of letter writing and the thrill generated when one receives a bonified letter (as opposed to a bill, catalog, or offer for 20% off your next plumbing crisis), I’m featuring an assortment of lovely autumnal stationery. Put a stamp on it! (as always, click to shop!)
I don’t remember exactly when the baton was passed – but I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving now for what seems like several decades. I’ve never once sent out invitations; people just know to come, and to bring who they please, and to invite any strays who may be in the mood for a warm, friendly feast amongst the giggling ruckus that is my family. But in case you prefer the formality of a proper invite to request the presence of your guests, here are a few of my favorites this season. (As always, click to shop!)
All Hallows’ Eve is on the horizon, and folks are gobbling up Halloween merchandise like a zombie munching brains. Come to think of it, I don’t know that I’ve actually ever sent out a greeting card to wish someone a Happy Halloween… However, this crop of cool cards may just mark the tipping point.
Planning to host a ghoulish gala in honor of All Hallows’ Eve? Then it’s time to post the invite (in the mail – you remember mail, right?)! Here are a few of my favorite Halloween Invitations for your consideration.
I ran across this stationery designer on Pinterest, where her “Hooray” card seems to have quite a following! Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Parrott Design Studio is a boutique design and letterpress studio that offers a collection of letterpress note cards in addition to custom printed wedding and special event invitations. All cards shown below are $4 each. (As always, click to shop!)
Another favorite from this year’s National Stationery Show: fully customizable letterpress invitations from Bella Figura. This Syracuse NY shop offers an extensive collection of exquisite designs that can be personalized with different fonts and colors to suit the buyer’s tastes. Although, with their tasteful typographic sensibility and eye for pleasing palettes, I wouldn’t recommend straying too far from the original. Bella Figura works with over 20 different talented designers to create the line, so there’s plenty of variety to choose from.
I can’t remember exactly where I was the first time I discovered the whimsical world of Donna Wilson. I suppose I was at Top Drawer in London or some such thing, and stumbled across a most unexpected tea towel. Picturing a high-haired character with the text “use my bee hive to dry your dishes”, this struck me as something altogether unique. Indeed, London’s Donna Wilson has a distinctive point of view; artsy yet modern, peculiar yet sophisticated, edgy yet homey. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Donna was named 2010′s “Designer of the Year” at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards. And, if you should be in the market for a little knit cupcake with a cherry on the top (and who isn’t?), she’ll hook you up. (As always, click to shop!)
Having personalized stationery created can be SO tricky. It’s usually quite expensive, and often one needs to commit to a large quantity. When you do find something that’s affordable and printed in small runs, the actual design can leave much to be desired. Not so with Naomi Lynn. This charming Etsy shop offers a variety of customizable designs (the botanicals are my favorites) offered in your choice of colors at a very reasonable price. Cute packaging makes them a thoughtful gift, too.