For most of us, it is hard to believe that we are already well into the autumn months. But here they are, with Halloween coming fast, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Now is the time to begin preparations for all those upcoming parties. Your first step to successful entertaining is a properly extended invitation. Keep these tips in mind if you plan to entertain this autumn and winter. Read More
Paper-Ya has been chosen “the best stationery shop in the city” by Vancouver Magazine. They have been at home here in this inspiring, creative community known as Granville Island for over 23 wonderful years. “Ya” means “shop” in Japanese. Read More
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein
Several years ago, we discovered a story from a fellow blogger who came across a very cool mahogany -stained piece in a theatre props department. Read More
Roberta Beyer has loved birds since she can remember. Growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, “ my love of birds began as a child and I joined the Audubon Society when I was 8 years old. I used to sit out on our back porch with a small tape recorder that I had and I would record the mockingbird that was in our big cottonwood tree. My mom nicknamed me Bobolink (they called me Bobbie otherwise) because I loved birds so much.” Read More
Located on a bright and airy corner, at 842 Royal St., in the beautiful and historic French Quarter, Papier Plume has been called a writers dream store. To quote one customer …“pens and an actual huge selection of writing inks, inkwells and cartridges. I mean, in this day and age, who does that!? Exquisite European stationery, wrapping papers, calligraphy sets, gorgeously bound journals and the like. Lovely, lovely shop in the French Quarter.” Read More
Housed in the Pearl Street district of Portland, Oregon is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop, bindery, custom invitation gallery and design studio, and a fine European paper boutique. One might think we are speaking of six different businesses, but in fact, it is all under one roof known as Oblation Papers & Press. Here, they also design and produce their own line of wholesale goods that are warehoused and shipped from this very same location. Read More
After almost seven centuries of near vanishment, letterpress stationery and art has begun experiencing a renaissance of sorts, particularly in the US, Canada and the UK, but surprisingly very little has changed since the first days of letterpress.
Letterpress is a form of relief printing in which the raised surface of text and images is inked and then pushed onto paper. The resulting print can be a deep impression, easily felt and seen on soft paper. Although the impression was not initially a desired effect by trade printers, today it is one of the most charming and interesting characteristics of craft letterpress.
As far back as the eighth century, the Chinese were performing woodblock printing. In fact, it is believed that a Chinese man named Bi Sheng (c. 990-1051) invented movable clay type in the 11th century—a painstaking process that involved placing thinly cut pieces of baked clay upon an iron
plate covered with heated resin and wax, and then pressing a board upon it to form the print. Read More
Be careful not to overlook an important aspect of the gift-giving season: thank-you notes.
The thought behind the thank-you should be equal to, or greater than, the thought that went into the gift. But it does not have to be the chore we all dread. In fact, if you follow the “3” rule, you can have this chore beat in no time.
In 3 days… Ideally the thank you note should be written within 3 days of receiving the gift. However, even if it’s much later, it is still special.
On 3 lines… That’s all it takes. (Not including the salutation or your signature)
Make 3 statements…
· Acknowledge the gift, (“How thoughtful of you to remember that I love teapots.”)
· Explain what you will do with the gift, (“I have a box of Earl Grey that I am dying to try.”)
· Express a future meeting or hope of a meeting, (“Looking forward to seeing you at Jack’s party in a few weeks.”)
That’s it. Sign your note. How easy is that!?
Now, there IS one thing more thing that must be done…but this is the fun part! No matter the occasion, start with the paper, the actual card.
When choosing the perfect stationary, look for one that’s elaborate in detail and intricate in design. Envelop lining and artwork, heavier card stock, decals, embellishments and gold leaf script, always boast well. Once retrieved in the mail, it will stand out from the mundane and make the recipient feel special.
Emily Post suggests,” the letter you write, whether you realize it or not, is always a mirror which reflects your appearance, taste and character.”
What a joy to receive a rare treasure —a handwritten thank you note from a family member or friend. No one has to know just how easy it