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The Best of The National Stationery Show Part 2

I’m back with more highlights from my whirlwind weekend in NYC this past May. Let’s first start with a line I can’t wait to debut later this month on Brown Ink…

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image-1Read Between the Lines, created by Belinda Jones, is fresh and expresses exactly how I feel.

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No surprise, BANQUET atelier & workshop arrived with elegant colors and beautiful illustrations.

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Look for this fabulous advent calendar from Banquet in our Holiday Collection early Fall.ML-S38_DahliaThankYou

The creative and local force behind Old Tom Foolery launched a new line last year, Modern Lore, which brings in fresh imagery from different photographers throughout the country.

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I’m crazy about the floral images with copper foil text and the succulent gift tags! So much so, Modern Lore is joining Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique this summer.
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I’ve been a distant fan of Danni from Oh Hello Friend for years so it was such a treat to meet her in person and check out her thoughtful selection of handmade goods and stationery.

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The watercolor and dip-dyed effect is still alive and kicking, my favorite coming from Moglea.

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sugar paper brought some serious eye candy to the show this year and I left dreaming of the detailed gold foil notebooks, soon to hit Brown Ink as well. Sweet goods.

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OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-12OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-22OSBP-NSS-2014-Sugar-Paper-40Back soon for more Best Of’s from the show and cheers, once again, to Oh So Beautiful Paper for sharing a few of their images (it’s pretty impossible to shoot all of the booths during my two days!). If you are still reading at this point, you’re in luck. I’ve continued my 4th of July Sale thru Monday for all those out-of-towners. Use code: Holiday25 for 25% OFF all goods. Now go relax!

Time & Season

In case life has not given you a moment to stop and shop, here are few more ideas to get you going.

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First, just in time for the holidays, find unique paper goods at Brown Ink Paper Goods Holiday Sale with 20% off your entire purchase through December 21st. Please use Discount Code: HOHOHO20 at check out. Guaranteed delivery by December 24th if you order by 4pm this Friday, December 20th!! We even wrap your goodies for no charge.

Also, a few others which have caught my eye….

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Gold Snowflake by Aileen Cheng Design could be used for brilliant New Year’s greeting card.

Typewriter Stamp Kit

The Typewriter Stamp Kit from terrain will make any hand-made card an original.

Letters In The Mail is a brilliant service which mails out letters at least twice a month from well regarded authors; some typed, others handwritten. For the young adults, Letters For Kids will be written by children’s authors, many of the them including a return address to write them back. And it’s only $5 a month! This all comes to you from The Rumpus, a place where people come to be themselves through writing. These people are passionate about writing!!

Since our family loves paper, stars and the moon, this 2014 Astrology Calendar from the Little Paper Planes online shop grabbed my attention right away.

The Typewriter Notelets from Smythson includes a matching tissue-lined envelope – Start a tradition by exchanging written letters over the holidays with your family!

Bergdorf Goodman is the stop for high quality items such as these personalized Leather-Bound Notebooks, a gift to hold on to for years ahead.

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You can find a beautiful, screenprinted by hand Marble Notes and Planner Set on Of a Kind created by Julia Kostreva which includes a notebook, planner and calendar.

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 Being a fan of Thank You Notes, who wouldn’t love to receive this Snowshow Holiday Thank You Card from Small Adventure once the snow has settled post-holiday season. Ha!

Lastly, for you local Twin Citians, if you are out and about this week, make sure to stop into my friend’s new card and gift shop on 2515 and Nicollet Ave So…

South Minneapolis based Joel and Lauren from Old Tom Foolery have recently opened a bricks and mortar shop, Greater Goods, to sell their personal line and other goods as well. Swing by their Grand Opening Party tomorrow, December 18th from 4-9 pm with 15% off your purchase. The store even includes a writing corner and mailbox for those eager writers. My kind of folks!

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 Lastly, don’t forget your Postal carrier this time of year. They can’t except cash, but a simple Gift Certificate will definitely put a step in their stride as they hand deliver your mail this year. And if a gift isn’t in the cards this year, a written note expressing Greetings and Thanks just might be the best gift of all.

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With many Moms finally finding some air after a hectic end-of-school-year season, the energy output continues on with Father’s Day only 10 days away. I thought a few gift tips might be helpful. Let’s begin with cards…

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I’m crazy about the Fly Fishing Father’s Day card created by the Floridian folks at Rifle Paper Co

Make it! Fancy Father’s Day Card

This DIY Father’s Day Card from Moomah is pretty darn sweet and not too difficult for even me!

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Portland, OR’s Quill & Fox has created the perfect card for the coffee-loving father

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For the humorous dad, these memorable cards from local Old Tom Foolery will be appreciated

And now the treats…

These Kraft Notes from Kikkerland Design are classic, a must for any high-styling dad these days

And while you’re on their site, include a Matchstick Pen with your order for a little gift topper!  (bonus: use coupon code FATHERS13 for 20% off, order by June 9th)

Restoration Hardware ate their Smart Pills when creating the Chalkboard Door Hanger. The kids might not like this one, but Dad will. Just think, he can write out the message the night before “Start coffee machine. Watch cartoons until 8.” And all might be calm in the house just a wee bit longer…Imagine.

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A quote from the beloved Star Wars on anything will put smiles on the Brown boys’ faces especially when to comes to a Father’s Day gift idea. Thankfully, the Yoda Essential Handbook seals the deal. You can even monogram the book for free! Love.

Anti-Gravity Space Pen

And while you’re shuffling around my new favorite Owen & Fred website, why don’t you pick up an Anti-Gravity Space Pen so Dad can feel a little Neal Armstrongesque on an off…or on day.

 

BLUE FLY A6 NOTE CARDS

If Dad is like most men out there, he’s lacking in the stationery department. Why not surprise him with a handsome, engraved Blue Fly note card from Terrapin Stationers?

Or for the sailor, the Golden Nautical card set is elegant and sporty

For New York Yankees fans, this Vintage Yankee Stadium Seat Pen was created from authentic wooden seats salvaged from the stadium before ’73 when the seats turned to plastic. The disc at the top even features the original blue paint.

For the final touch, check out the latest design coming out of the USPS.

Every year over 140,000 images are sent to the USPS for consideration as a stamp. The latest Johnny Cash Forever Stamp was a standout for obvious reasons.

Of course, there is no reason anyone needs to spend a dollar on this day….

Have the kids create an IOU or coupon for projects around the home or look here for a printable Father’s Day Check like the one above.

The best gifts of all are the handwritten ones in my mind. A poem, one sentence “I love you Dad” sentiment from a child, a list of the favorite attributes of your father. After he’s loved and enjoyed on this holiday, tape the written thoughts in Dad’s medicine cabinet, frame the words for his office desk, or place them in his glove compartment. These are reminders, created by the hand and heart, of the most important part of life.

(PS – If you’re looking for even more gift ideas, check out my list from last year for inspiration.)

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I’m a true believer that it’s never too late to send a card and in the midst of Hannukah and with Christmas two weeks away you still have plenty of time to fill up the mailbox down on the corner. So here’s a few of our favorites…

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This handmade, one-of-a-kind Mitten card from Gold Teeth Brooklyn brings out the childish wonder in everyone.

These simple words say it all. I love the gold foil on bright white paper selected by sugar-paper.

 

As a child Over the River and Through the Woods was sung numerous times on our way headed east towards Manitowoc, WI for the holidays. This card pulls a heart string. It’s good to see this song holds meaning to Campbell Raw Press as well.  You can even have this one personalized.

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These chartreuse snowflake cards from Wild Ink Press have great texture but keep the simplicity.

Holiday Cookie Cards - Set of 8Adore this Holiday Cookie Chart card, especially at a rate of 8 for $16! Cheers Ann Shen

Shanna Murray has created these beautiful cards with a design hand-adhered creating a lovely raised texture. A piece of art really!

Let it Snow! Letterpress Card

We here in Minnesota were just delieverd 12 inches of the white stuff. Loving it. Although my Uncle in Ely is wishing for more with only 2 inches on his lawn. This one’s for you Will-Bill, created by a letterpress machine and wood type from one of my new favorite’s, Old Faithful Shop.

The Red Berry stationery from Red Bird Ink is a classic twist on the traditional holiday card.

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Thanks to In-vita Paper Studio this image of the holiday tree on top of a snazzy yellow bug will send your friends smiling.Letterpress Holiday Card Box Set - Ho Ho Ho

Love the emphasis on the final letterpress HO from Type A Press.

Christmas, 1601: Boxed Set of 6 Cards

Local Old Tom Foolery brings the humor many of us need this time of year with their holiday cards.

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They also share the same wit while creating cards for Hanukkah.

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For those DIY folks, frolic has created a wonderful way to use the greenery in your own home with these mini holiday wreath cards.

And if you have it in you, design your own block print cards. The writers at Design Mom say all you need is a trip to your local art supply store and a willing participant, no artistic skill necessary!

Whatever you do this season send out a handwritten card reminding those to take in the  wonderment that can be found even in the darkest and coldest of nights.