I dream nearly every night and often remember a good chunk of my dreams. Lately I seem to be traveling to warm destinations (imagine that). The other night in the middle of some deep snores, I found myself in New York City strolling thru hundreds of booths filled with ink and paper at the National Stationery Show. Thankfully this image will become a reality this coming May and I cannot wait. This being my second year of attending, I’m still a new cowgirl to the rodeo but ready as ever.
One of the reasons I’ve been dreaming of the Javits Convention Center (vs. the beach) is my love of checking out highlights from this past year’s Gift Shows. I often head to the paper goods blog, Oh So Beautiful Paper, which summarizes each show with thought, diversity and lots of good eye candy. I’ve got my eye on a handful this year…
Rifle Paper Co.
Yellow Owl Workshop
Three Potato Four
Ferme a Papier
Timbergram (wooden postcards!)
Speaking of hot stationery lines swirling around out there, here are a few others which keep pulling me in…
The folks from Philadelphia based, Wayfare Press, bring a love of paper and youth to their designs.
Satsuma Press has also been top of mind these days, such beautiful detail in their designs.
One recent launch which just exploded on social media is the collaboration of Rifle Paper and Garance Dore, the first out of Florida and the second designer based in Paris. They recently premiered their line in Paris and I’m excited to check out the products in person while attending the New York show this Spring.
Lastly, to fellow Twin Citians, are you looking for another good reason to get out from under the covers this weekend? The second monthly Makers Market is taking place over at Mille…
We’ll be there, bringing with us a nice batch of Sale items as well. Make sure to swing by!
Handwritten letters and cards have been close to my heart ever since I can remember. This also means I’ve saved most of them. How can one toss a letter received at Summer camp from their grandmother or a sweet note from your best friend in grade school? The writing takes you back to a time in your life or a relationship which may or may not still exist. Each time I walk up to my attic I notice the shoe boxes of correspondences, waiting to be read again. And every once in a while, I’ll pause to reread one of these letters, little pieces of goodness really, documenting a time in my life.
Yes, there are occasions when a Holiday greeting card or a 30-something Birthday note has seen its day, but these days I often keep the handwritten treasures close at hand. It seems as though handwriting and cards have taken over my office space and I have found more opportunities to keep these correspondences on display throughout my living and working day.
It wasn’t planned but as soon we moved into our home five years ago, my bulletin board became the mecca for some of my favorite written notes. It felt so right. These friends and family had slowed down, selected a card, taken a pen to paper, formed the words, and stayed in the moment a bit longer than an email or text. This space in our office began to feel like a community art project, a creation from each individual, their personal stamp on our wall. And I found myself rereading multiple letters and notes more often during the day.
I soon realized I needed another system to hold these little pieces of art, easily accessible in a our busy lives. The perfect solution was found on Etsy, with a vintage sliced bread holder. I often place notes in the bread slots, cards which I want to reread, inspiring words to return to, letters to respond to, and constant reminders of good friends. When noticing this variety of cards on my desk each day, I feel thankful for people who still believe in corresponding with letters and the connection to each other in a way that transcends time.
When I see these kinds of notes, splattered throughout my day (including my bathroom cabinet, the kids’ bulletin boards, in my wallet, framed in our living room) I think of these relationships which fuel my fire and strengthen my belief in the power of writing. Keeping these notes out is good for us all.