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The Short List No.2

We got ’em. A few more ideas to help cross off those last minute holiday gift needs this week….

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 I love a good pencil set. This eco-friendly Pencil Pouch & Recycled Newspaper Pencil Set from Social Goods Co includes 5 pencils which, once sharpened, reveal a beautiful marble-like pattern.

a67a0607-018e-4f56-bc4e-363d0bb70b22Did you hear? Pocket journals are the new, hip alternative to jot down notes these days, be it ideas to share later or to keep a secret. Your sidekick will rock the trend with this three journal set from imogene + willie. Throw in one of their pencil cases while you are at it!

Although the masses love to rely on their Smart Phone calendars to get them through the day, the old-school paper calendars were a hot item at this year’s National Stationery Show – and I think they make the perfect gift for teachers, mothers-in-law, or those who appreciate the written way!

calendar_1024x1024My favorite new calendar of the year, from the talented Emily Johnson at Hartland Brooklyn, is the House Plant Calendar which doubles as a beautiful postcard set.

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 In my mind, there is no sweeter gift than a monogrammed stationery set. Head to Sugar Paper for a few gorgeous options to gift the writer in your life.

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A bit more masculine, these elegant Everlane Shorthand Notecard Set from Paper Chase Press are double thick, uncoated charcoal grey with gold foil stamping. You can personalize your gift or choose from the quotation marks, parentheses, or asterisks sets.

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So long shoe boxes! To the friend who hangs on to all their written mementos, this keepsake Letters and Notes Desktop Box from Three Potato Four gives the place of honor each letter deserves. Features an antique patina stain, hand screen painted lettering, and hinged lid with antiqued brass hardware. A stunner to hold your treasures.

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Inspired by an original design from the Stockholm Postal Museum, Santa might be dropping off one of these blue beauties to our kids this year. A perfect destination for all those notes they write back and forth to one another (free Shipping from the MoMA store through today)!

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For the historical enthusiast, the Letters of Note book is a thoughtful compilation of letters with human emotion and history on each page. Encountering more moments that are stark than soft, readers can swoop in and out of these fascinating correspondences in this lovely collection.

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With the need for Thank You’s soon after the holidays, I’d be tickled to find this Lake Card Set from Egg Press Social Preparedness Kit collection under the tree tagged for me!

Lastly, maybe this year add a few natural greens to top off your gifts and you’re set…

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Falalal Letterpress Gift Tag Set 

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Brown Bear Gift Tag Set

So off you go to pick up some goodies, write a little something and please, keep it simple. Goodness can be found in the smallest packages.

Maker’s Mark

Over the years my support for small businesses has grown, thru everything from vendors at local Farmer’s Markets to small boutiques for gifts or personal purchases. Of course today you never need to leave your home to find some of the most lovely, American-made items.

At some point a few years ago, after a couple of orders through the internet, I began noticing a personal touch which often arrived with each item…a lovely written note. The first one came from a fragrance company – a simple, handwritten card expressing their appreciation of the purchase. But it continued with other small businesses, be it a potter, jeweler, or artist who creates hand-made thickets. If I wasn’t conversing face-to-face with the “maker” behind the counter, then why not thoughtfully connect through writing?

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These days I’m thrilled to receive a message delivered in any form or fashion. Some notes arrive written on beautiful notecards with their logo letterpressed into the stationery while another may hand stitch their companies logo on a card (seen above with Imogene + Willie above). Others simply use the back of a postcard or business card to write. Either way, these notes are far from generic. They often mention the product I purchased, a suggestion on how I may use the item, and address the card with my name.

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For all these reasons and more, it’s no surprise I was delighted to open up my own business and have the opportunity to express my gratitude to the customer in writing. It’s my favorite moment when sending a package off to an unknown address. I sometimes share a little history of the products maker or mention how I’ve used the specific paper good. Hopefully the note leaves the impression I feel when receiving such a correspondence. Thankful.

Labor Day Sale & August Loves

Up-North, BBQ, state fair, canoe trip, lemonade stand, drive-in movie, pool party, two days to read the Sunday Times…wherever this weekend takes you, enjoy it all to your fullest.

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 Do make sure not to miss our 25% Off Labor Day Sale now thru Tuesday, September 2nd!! Use code: LABORDAY25 to receive the hot, hot discount on all of our paper good items. Hot.

 But before you breathe deelpy thru the holiday rush hour or start chopping multiple mint leaves for homemade bootlegs, take a look at my favorite finds from the last month of Summer.

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One of my beloved blogs, The Selby, recently featured the incredible home of Milan writer and editor J.J. Martin. I was crazy for the handsome writing images. From her chalkboard to… 5_6_14_JJMartinMilan0943

…her elegant writing desk. She even displays cherished notes and invitations around her home.
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Imogene and Willie, a hip denim store out of Nashville, always ships their packages with a handwritten note tied with a pencil. So it’s no surprise I adore their little blog posts like…

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…this love letter to the customers giving thanks for being a part of who they are. Classy folks.

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The Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z 5 Chandelier is for the the doodler, notetaker, self-expressive thinker, or the romantic who enjoys displaying love notes. Crazy about the fresh design.

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My recent pen crush in dusty green was created by the Swedish Manufacturer, Ballograf.

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This children’s DIY camp/mountain retreat from One More Mushroom even includes an old-school writing desk for letter writing inspiration. Fabulous in so many ways, I want to move in.

Wishing safe travels and new discoveries this weekend…and a little writing on the side. xo