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Signed, Stamped, Delivered

If memory serves me right, after closing on our first home together 13 years ago I drove straight from the realtor’s office to a local stationery shop to place an order for an address stamp. Oh yes, I was that excited to own a personalized address stamp. Custom stamps make an impression. They provide a little hint of your personality, lend a hand with Holiday cards, and also shows You Mean Business as a letter writer.

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Over time, though, I fell for the old school stamp with the traditional quality-cut red rubber, oil-rubbed maple hardwood body, and tumble painted red handle, allowing the sender to select their own ink color depending on the letter. Fawsnberg’s custom stamps checks off all these boxes. This sister team, based in upper state New York, design their stamps with a classic yet fresh approach using the local amish to mill their wood.  And fortunately for all of us, several custom stamps were recently added to the Brown Ink Paper Goods shop!

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What a thoughtful gift for a friend’s new home office, Thank You’s or Save the Dates for the bride and groom, house warming gift, or simply for sending holiday and everyday cards. It’s also the perfect time to gift a college student heading off to school or a recent graduate settling into their new home. Custom stamps also arrive in a gorgeous gift box.

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Put a bit of love into your letter with a custom stamp. It honors both you and the correspondence.

    The Best of National Stationery Show 2014, Part 1

    Highlighting my trip to New York City for the National Stationery Show is not a simple task. With all the new trends and unexpected surprises to share, compiling it into one post is impossible. That said, I’ll share some of my favorite lines I spotted last month at the Javits Convention Center through a series of posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy!!

    Once again, Christine from Yellow Owl Workshop worked her magic and talent within this gorgeous display space (it took her and an assistant only 2 hours to hand paint the booth!)

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    Emily McDowell was the show-stopper this year. With her beautiful and thoughtful hand lettered paper goods, this booth was consistently well packed with attendees.

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    Pineapples were popping up everywhere this year, but Hartland Brooklyn was my favorite! Emily from Hartland Brooklyn freshened up her pink neon with a new South Pacific direction.

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    One line soon to join the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique is Linda & Harriett out of Brooklyn, NY. We weren’t the only ones at the show crazy for the 2015 Painted Letterpress Calendars! In general, calendars appear to be the new rage, taking the place of the faithful recipe cards.

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    Another soon-to-debut line on Brown Ink is Ferme a Papier. With its Tahitian-Parisian inspired collection, these lovely bold colors kept drawing me back each day to visit with creator Cat Seto.

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    Wonderful to finally meet the sisters from Fawnsberg at the show! And excited to debut their classic wood handle calligraphy address stamp collection on Brown Ink later this summer.OSBP-NSS-2014-Fawnsberg-4

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    We’ll be back soon for more highlights from the show (And a big shout out to Oh So Beautiful Paper for partial photo credit). Until then, enjoy the games! #goworldcup #soccerheads

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      Stop the season. Summer is halfway over and I have yet to remind readers my love and the importance of camp letters! As I shared last year, aside from talent shows and singing in harmony around the campfire (you think I’m joking?), nothing brought more happiness than receiving a written letter at camp. A simple reminder that someone back home is thinking of you can bring joy to any camper, especially in today’s digital world.

      Packing pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes with colorful notecards and unique stamps is probably all you need. However, if you supply a child with camp-themed stationery it might be just the trick to get them to share a wee bit more of their adventures while away from home.

      Anne Marie from Scout’s Honor Co created a summer theme to her recently released stationery. I adore the Summer Camp card set as well as the Bait + Trail set, both perfect for camp letters.

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      Personalize your stationery with these Campfire & Tent themed cards.

      For the enthusiastic letter writer, this letterpressed camp stationery from Fawnsberg is perfect for young people to share all the details of their activities.

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      My Camp Adventure Stationery seals the deal with a Summer Camp 2013 sticker!

       Sideshow Press is entirely Camp-themed (can’t wait to be selling some of their fabulous goods this fall!). A camper would go crazy for the Canoe Pencil Case filled with Message Pencils.

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      When packing their duffle don’t forget to throw this Sunshine Journal (filled with awesome craft paper), Paddle Postcards, and a Patch card with a message sharing how proud you are of your child venturing “away” camp. They can wear their badge of honor when camp is finished!

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      Why shouldn’t learning to write letters be among one of the independence-building experiences your child brings home this year? Who knows, they might even come home with their first pen pal.

        Stationery Nirvana Part II

        Soon after I posted Stationery Nirvana Part I last month I realized there were still remnants floating out there, from my stationery fog. So, naturally, I had to make the post a two part series. If it wasn’t for that darn National Stationery Show to showcase loads and loads of fantastic vendors, I would have just let it go until next year (when I hope to be drooling over the cards in person!!). Enjoy…

        One of my favorite vendors is Wild Ink Press out of Chico, CA. It’s a husband and wife team (which is maybe another reason why I’m drawn to these two) who create their cards with three antique letter press machines and a letter cutter. Oh, and they also farm rice on the side. No joke.

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        I love a good card that keeps you on your toes, especially when it comes to having a child. Look no further than west coast based FareWell Paperie.

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        Fawnsberg is a sister team who began their love of writing mailing letters to and from summer camp (sistas from my own heart). This bloomed into a lovely illustration and calligraphy stationery line.

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        The guys from oddball press out of Cleveland, OH have a bizarre sense of humor meant for that right mate. A bit of tongue in cheek never hurts.

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        The clever cards from Sapling Press caught my eye immediately when featured on a bunch of blogs chatting about the stationery show.

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         Cake & Presents (isn’t that what it’s all about? ha.)

        Sapling happens to sell their products in a stationery boutique in Chicago called Greer, which I’d been hoping to visit my last few trips to the windy city. Last month I happened to be in town for a quick overnight (last hurrah with Nick) and with one hour to kill I made a dash in the pouring rain to check out this beautiful store located in Old Town. It was well worth the manic taxi ride. This place is a gold mine with one of the best collection of stationery goods I’ve ever seen. A few goodies I picked up…

        Dear Fork (my inspiration from Sapling Press)

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        Telephone Pad from Rifle Paper Co (for those of us, including myself. who still like to leave handwritten messages if a family member misses a call!)

        Crazy about these Indigo Blossom, letterpress square note cards from Brookfield 2

         

        Sending Thanks from Anemone Letterpress

        After returning from Chicago I was on a hunt for more local stores with unique cards. My luck, I happened upon Motto, a new boutique in Uptown which, aside from lovely home decor and clothing, happens to sell a line of cards new to me. I spoke with one of the owners, Maria Walker, who loved the idea of starting off by supporting one independent stationery company and was intrigued by Blue Barn House. Couldn’t help but leave with these beauties.

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        Cactus & Lizard Note Card 

        As a bonus to all you readers who have made it this far into the post (big thanks!), there is a Summer Sale going on through July 13th at R. Nichols. Just enter the discount code SUMMER and receive 30% off everything on their website. Good time to stock up on holiday greeting cards, gift notes and more.

        So off you go my card loving writers. Imagine how pleasant it would be if you had a few of these featured cards on hand the next time you notice the postman just parked down the block and you have 2.5 mins to write out a meaningful note!!