S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – The Paper Mermaid

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – The Paper Mermaid

One of the main reasons we went to Rockport was to visit The Paper Mermaid. I’d never been to the shop before (I found out about it online), so I was happy to find it exactly as I’d imagined: a cute storefront on Rockport’s picturesque Main Street, jam-packed with all kinds of eye candy. It’s […]

Three L’s: Ladyfingers. Letterpress. Luck.

Three L’s: Ladyfingers. Letterpress. Luck.

So, in the midst of my, erm, “challenging” summer, there was a lovely little bright spot. You know those businesses you follow on social media? And, how some of them offer giveaways of some sort or other, and all you have to do is respond to their post, and you’re automatically eligible to win? Well, […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Going Out with a Booth-Blowout-Bang

2013 National Stationery Show – Going Out with a Booth-Blowout-Bang

Well, the calendar has turned another page—how did that happen?—and it’s time for me to wrap up my NSS coverage. I learned so much in my first year at the show as a blogger. I plan to apply lessons like “One overnight is not enough,” and “Think you’re taking too many pictures? You’re not; take […]

We Now Interrupt This Program – To celebrate the Supreme Court ruling, today

We Now Interrupt This Program – To celebrate the Supreme Court ruling, today

I’m interrupting my NSS coverage to add my voice to the giant “Hooray!” being heard ’round the world, on the momentous occasion of the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA as unconstitutional. In honor of this further step toward genuine equality in our country, here are just a few designs that celebrate marriage for all… […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Stationery

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Stationery

I’ll admit it: I never gave up my inner child. Which is why I’m still drawn to kids’ toys, books, and, of course, stationery, even though I’m an “adult.” In my mind, anything that’s fun for kids is fun for us so-called grown-ups, too. So, while I’ve titled this post “Kids’ Stationery,” the products featured […]

2013 National Stationery Show – To the Letter

2013 National Stationery Show – To the Letter

This NSS post is particularly near and dear to my heart, because it takes a look at some examples of the nifty hand-lettering and creative uses of typography on display at the Show. I’ve studied and practiced calligraphy and hand-lettering on and off for—eek!—over 25 years, now. (I’d like to say I started when I […]

2013 National Stationery Show – You have my Wrapt attention

2013 National Stationery Show – You have my Wrapt attention

Ba-dum-ching. But, it’s true in a way; the wrapping paper and supplies at the NSS were—let’s sing it together, now—Gooorgeoouus! The patterns ranged from bold to refined, from funky to understated (some even managing to pull off all four). Kate & Birdie Paper Company’s wrapping paper was beautiful, varied, and rich, and used lots of […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part VI – Combining Colors into Palettes

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part VI – Combining Colors into Palettes

My final post on NSS color themes explores how folks combined on-trend individual colors into fresh, vibrant palettes. Up With Paper’s Parisian Pop-Up Notepad combines taupe, aquas, and chartreuse and olive greens in a perfect little place for jotting notes. This handsome letterpressed rooster from Ilee Papergoods combines turquoise, tomato red, and a dark blue […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part V – Light Neutrals

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part V – Light Neutrals

There seemed to be an overall lightness and brightness at the National Stationery Show. I’m not sure if that’s a sign of happier times on the rise, or not, but I’m going to go with that thought and celebrate the overall upbeat feel the show had, this year—not just in the cards, but in the […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part IV – Dark Neutrals

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part IV – Dark Neutrals

Black, is, of course, a perennial favorite for dark neutrals, and while there was plenty of black at the show, I found that folks seemed to be favoring lighter dark neutrals (oxymoronic, I know, but there you have it). In particular, charcoal grays and dark teals and navies were on display. Charcoal Charcoal is a […]