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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.

Buttercream on my Cupcake

Antique Pakistan Tile

 Tractor Birthday Invitations

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.

You Had a Baby

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.

Lake George

Bridgette – Wildflower

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.

How Long 


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

Sunglasses and Stevie Wonder

 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)

Carrot and Stick Press

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.

Elephant Forget

Mimosa me!

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!!

Papa’s Day

This Sunday screams “let’s make dad feel extra special today” so let’s get to it, starting off with greeting cards. Many to choose from out there – here are some of my favs.

Chest Hair from Wit and Whistle

Best Father by Odd Ball Press

New Dad Card by Sad Shop

As far as gifts are concerned, think outside the expected golf clubs, grill kit or new boxers, (unless he still wears the ones with the holes…no comment), with these unique gifts he’ll be sure to remember.

Here’s a clever version to making your notebook personal for pops. Upload a handful of your favorite pictures of Dad and the family, and blurb will disperse them through a one-of-a-kind notebook. You choose on how many pages and then decide on blank, lined or graph paper.

Now that is cool!

For that dad who wishes he would have stuck with the band, surprise him with his own drumstick pencils.


It might feel like yesterday that your son was in diapers, jumping on the kindergarten bus or headed to overnight camp (time does fly as a parent, I feel it every day!). Your husband can celebrate this incredible bond with his son (or daughter) through For My Son, which stores memories, photos and mementos which are worth holding. A proven tear-jerker especially coming from a child.


This journal has a different twist, coming from the life of a father. My Dad: His Stories. His Words. asks dad questions all about his life, creating a keepsake to be treasured. You can include a coffee shop gift certificate inside and suggest a “dad date” with one of the children and they could listen to his stories as he writes them down.

For the devoted baseball coach, treat him to this Baseball Scorekeeper. New York Times sports columnist Stuart Miller has created a modern ballpark scorekeeper with handsome, handwritten ledgers and even a secure pocket for stashing game-day stubs and mementos.


This business card stamp from MaeMae Paperie is ideal for his work stationery, business cards, notecards and more. Help him honor the pen and paper with this stylish yet understated office supply which takes no creativity whatsoever. Obviously this will take longer than a week to arrive but print a copy from the website and let him know it’s on the way.

Of course, a handwritten Happy Father’s Day to the BEST Dad Around Town is about the best gift a father could receive.