National Stationery Show 2013 (Part V)

Hi, guys! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful long weekend. After getting a nice slow, lazy start to the morning I am popping in quickly this afternoon with one final recap from the 2013 National Stationery Show! Tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming, but in the meantime I’m going to hit you with a huge handful of quick highlights from nearly a dozen exhibitors. Buckle your seat belts, it’s stationery time!

Fig. 2 Design Studio - 2013 National Stationery Show Fig. 2 Design Studio - 2013 National Stationery Show

Fig. 2 Design Studio - 2013 National Stationery Show

Claudia of Fig. 2 Design Studio was back for her third show this year, bringing more of her signature polished design. Her new collaboration with Lindsay Letters featuring beautiful letterpress wedding invitations is just so lovely and I love her new gift wrap patterns, too!

An Open Sketchbook - 2013 National Stationery Show

An Open Sketchbook - 2013 National Stationery Show An Open Sketchbook - 2013 National Stationery Show

New exhibitors at the show, An Open Sketchbook debuted their collection of beautiful illustrations with art prints and cards that are just so sweet. I want that print featuring all the tools of the trade from my architecture days to hang up near my desk!

Night Owl Paper Goods - 2013 National Stationery Show

Night Owl Paper Goods - 2013 National Stationery Show

Night Owl Paper Goods - 2013 National Stationery Show

Night Owl Paper Goods is the gold standard of the stationery shown. Known for their beautiful letterpress and eco wood cards, this year I was wild about their beautiful die cut cards and their adorable owl calendar combining the best of both wood veneer and letterpress.

Anemone Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Anemone Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show Anemone Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

My sweet friend Carrie of Anemone Letterpress has become one of my favorite people to visit with at the show! This year I’m really in love with her cool letterpress calendar, rockin’ a bit of Aztec inspired patterning and a touch of bright color.

Pie Bird Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Pie Bird Press - 2013 National Stationery Show Pie Bird Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Pie Bird Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Part of the Crow & Canary booth, Pie Bird Press has the most amazing letterpress cards featuring quirky retro-inspired illustrations and rich, saturated floods of color resembling screen printing. I honestly can’t believe these cards are letterpress printed!

Gilah Press + Design - 2013 National Stationery Show

Gilah Press + Design - 2013 National Stationery Show

Gilah Press + Design - 2013 National Stationery Show

Also holding down the fort in the Crow & Canary booth, Gilah Press + Design had these super cool cardboard mailers letterpress printed with the most whimsical little illustrations. Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these in the mail? The hot air balloon is my favorite!

Igloo Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Igloo Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Igloo Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Allison of Igloo Letterpress is such a lovely lady and I really adored her collection at this year’s show. This amazing little love boat card was my favorite! I have a pretty fabulous guy I’d like to give it to, just because.

Emily McDowell - 2013 National Stationery Show

Emily McDowell - 2013 National Stationery Show

Emily McDowell - 2013 National Stationery Show

Exhibiting alongside Igloo Letterpress, Emily McDowell rocked the show this year with her quirky cards, silk travel scarves and cool art prints. Her awesomely sharp witted humor captured the attention of a lot of people at the show (myself included) but it’s those gorgeous scarves I personally can’t stop thinking about!

Pistachio Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Pistachio Press - 2013 National Stationery Show Pistachio Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

My good friend Rachael of Pistashio Press was back at it and kicking butt at the show this year, like always. This year I found myself just crazy for her state-themed prints featuring metallic gold on black. There was a whole lot of awesome going on there!

Meant To Be Sent - 2013 National Stationery Show

Meant To Be Sent - 2013 National Stationery Show

Meant To Be Sent - 2013 National Stationery Show

Returning to the show after taking last year off, Robyn of Meant To Be Sent debuted a highly expanded collection of cards, social notes, iPhone cases, accessories and gift wrap. There were stripes galore and you all know how I love stripes!

And that’s a wrap, friends! I had such an amazing time in New York and can’t wait to see everyone again. I loved sharing the show with you again this year and I really hope you enjoyed it, too. As always, if you haven’t yet gotten your fill of stationery show magic, I defer to Nole for even more stationery show coverage. Enjoy!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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The Sweetest Occasion Wins Today Show DIY Contest

Wow, guys. Weeks like this just kind of blow you away and make you feel so humbled and so grateful. A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to have NBC’s Today Show (yep, that Today Show) reach out to me about entering their DIY wedding contest. Now I should preface everything by saying that I watch Today every morning while I’m drinking coffee and sifting through email. So the fact that I won that DIY contest? And that my glitter vases are going to be making an appearance at Bobbie Thomas’s wedding at Kathie Lee Gifford’s house later this month? Come on. That’s just ridiculous. But, it’s true! Pinch me. Seriously, just pinch me already.

The Sweetest Occasion on The Today Show

Initially there was talk that there would be an on-air demonstration of the DIY tutorial so I’ll keep you posted if that comes to pass, but in the meantime, you can check it out over at Today’s website! Of course, none of this would be possible without (a) all of you and (b) my partner in DIY crime, the amazing Alice G. Patterson who is not only massively talented but also a dear friend. It means so much to me to see our collaborations getting this kind of love. From the bottom of my heart, thank you thank you thank you.

[Image from NBC's Today.]

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National Stationery Show 2013 (Part IV)

Not surprisingly this week has been a whirlwind. Walking the show, visiting with friends, spending time with my fabulous roommates, and spending far too long delayed at LaGuardia getting home really took a toll and I am completely and utterly looking forward to the weekend. But I’m not running off without more of the newest designs to hit the National Stationery Show. So let’s get to it with the ladies of Smudge Ink! Kate and Deb are mainstays on the show floor for years and they never disappoint. I am in love with their calendars this year and their fabulous collection of cards, greetings, notepads and little pocket-sized notebooks. Their colors and patterns are just really pretty and sophisticated. Oh and their bold, three dimensional display showing off their gift wraps? Pure brilliance!

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Smudge Ink - 2013 National Stationery Show

Although no big surprise because Lisa always delivers the humor, I spent a solid fifteen minutes just laughing my butt off in the Sapling Press booth. After booth after booth of colorful and elaborate designs (which I no doubt absolutely love), Lisa’s cards are just type on white and entirely refreshing. Also, they are completely belly busting hilarious! With cheeky, straight-to-the-point punchlines and really lovely letterpress printing, Lisa can basically do no wrong in my book. The snarkier the better!

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Sapling Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Let’s chat about Cat Seto’s new line Ferme a Papier, shall we? Cat shared a preview of her collection leading into the show and I was so excited to scope it out in person. I have to say, I love everything about it. The colors are rich and saturated, but moody and sophisticated in a way that really made her collection stand out on the show floor. Her hand painted and illustrated designs are whimsical and introspective and I loved it all so much more in person. Bravo to Cat on a fabulous debut!

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

Ferme a Papier - 2013 National Stationery Show

I missed seeing Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress at last year’s show and it’s a shame because Carly and Kevin’s work is pretty gosh darn awesome. Their letterpress cards were completely charming to be sure, but I was entirely smitten with their sketchbooks, calendars and bookbinding kits. Those little extras really make a collection shine in my book and these guys seriously delivered!

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress - 2013 National Stationery Show

A little shout out to my sweet friend Jodi of Paisley Tree Press for letting me stash my overstuffed tote bag in her booth the opening day of the show – and a huge shout out for her awesome collection this year! Jodi introduced tea towels, tote bags and prints that really were the stuff my tea towel, tote bag, art print loving dreams are made of. (Yeah, that’s totally a thing.) Think cute, colorful and just plain ol’ fun.

Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Paisley Tree Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Cruising right along, I once again really found myself digging the work of Katharine Watson, all hand block printed and crazy lovely in their simplicity. In addition to the fabulous greetings and social notes from previous years, Katharine introduced stunning new textiles this year, namely an incredible quilt that I really really want to own one day. Everything about her style has a warmth to it that I just sincerely enjoy.

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Katharine Watson - 2013 National Stationery Show

Last but not least for today, let’s talk Flywheel Press! Specifically, how Amber is one hell of a kickin’ lady and how her cards always make me giggle. You walk into her booth and you light right up because it’s just pure fun from top to bottom. This year her letterpress ‘happy birthday’ bunting was just the kind of thing I’d love to have in my stash of party goods and her colorful cards are basically all things I want in my personal stationery rotation.

Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

Flywheel Press - 2013 National Stationery Show

That’s a wrap for today’s recap but guess what? Because I’m that girl, I’m sneaking in one more recap on Monday because I just can’t resist sharing a handful of additional favorites from the show. It really was that good this year. I hope you’ve been enjoying following along – more to come soon!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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The Sweetest Occasion in Better Homes & Gardens

I got my first magazine subscriptions when I was 10. My parents were probably pretty amused when I asked for shelter magazine subscriptions for my birthday, but they’re pretty awesome and they got right on board with my unusual childhood ways. Today, twenty years later, I can’t even believe that I’m about to tell you that my name is printed in the current issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s mind boggling, honestly. I’d love to have you pick up the issue where I’m quoted alongside some pretty amazing bloggers and event planners, all of whom are party animals of the highest level, sharing our tips for summer entertaining. While you do that, I’ll be wallpapering our house with all the extra copies I bought. I’m that girl.

Better Homes and Gardens - June 2013

I have to take a quick moment to say that none of this would be possible without you, the friends and readers who are here every day sharing in what I do and making me feel like a million bucks. This is the stuff little girl dreams are made of and you’re the reason I am living that dream.

[Image from Better Homes and Gardens.]

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National Stationery Show 2013 (Part III)

Jumping right into the third installment of highlights from the 2013 National Stationery Show, we’re kicking things off with One Canoe Two today. I have been following the work of Beth and Carrie for years now, since I first bought one of their letterpress art prints and fell totally in love with what they’ve got going on. This year they blew the show out of the water with two dramatically beautiful wall calendars, a bunch of really darling notepads and cards and their signature art prints, recipe binders and recipe boxes. Their pieces and patterns calendar may just be my favorite thing from the entire show this year. It’s that good.

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

One Canoe Two - 2013 National Stationery Show

Back for her second year at the show, Meg of Moglea also really knocked my socks off. I’ve always loved Meg’s work and it was so fun to see her collection grow this year. Meg’s designs are romantic and whimsical but with a really clean, modern style that’s all her own. Her new watercolor calendar is just too lovely for words and I was really charmed by all of her cards, social note card sets and perfectly cute letterpress notepads.

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Moglea - 2013 National Stationery Show

Next up, I really loved stopping by the Dear Hancock booth and scoping out all of their illustrations. With a new 2014 calendar featuring cities from around the world, a whole host of whimsical cards, an adorable paint brush inspired notepad, and new nail polish palette kits (too cute!), I was really taken with their collection this year. Plus this husband and wife duo are dog lovers. Always love me some fellow dog lovers!

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Dear Hancock - 2013 National Stationery Show

Also returning for the second year, The Social Type was back this year and I loved getting to catch up with Allison and see all the new goodies. What I love about this line is the clean, modern design paired with type, color and foiling that really make it shine. (Literally, quite often.) The standout in the collection this year for me were the most darling matchboxes, foil printed and featuring some pretty amazing designs. They’d make an incredible gift paired with your favorite candle!

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

The Social Type - 2013 National Stationery Show

There’s more to come later this afternoon and then tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up the coverage of this year’s show. Thanks for following along on Instagram while I was in New York – I always love getting to share with you what I’m up to and your feedback on some of my favorite highlights from the show was so fun. Be back in a bit with more!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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