Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stationery Show Recap

Hello lovelies!  I hope you had a relaxing and BBQ-filled holiday weekend. Whit and I are home and back in the swing of things here at the shop/press after a whirlwind and wonderful trip to NYC for the National Stationery Show last week.  It's hard to believe that this was our 4th year attending the show; the old adage holds true for us: time flies when you're having fun.

We had a blast strolling the aisles of the Javits Center and feasting our eyes on all the incredible paper goodies that vendors new and old brought out to display.  Our tried and true favorites like Smock, Bella Figura, Chewing the Cud, Rifle Paper, Blue Barnhouse, Mr. Boddington's Studio and Divine Twine (to name just a very few) all had gorgeous new goodies, but a few brand-newby lines really stood out for us this year:

Seed House
Perhaps the freshest and most charming new line we picked up is is Seed House Stationers.  This darling 2-man (err...man and woman!) shop is run by a super duper talented hubby and wifey team (the brainiacs behind Forage Bow Ties, too!)  And, while this new line may be little, but dang is it full of BIG ideas.  A few of our favorite goodies:

 Flower press to save your favorite flora finds from the seasons!
(above photo courtesy of Design*Sponge)

 Extra-thick and super luxurious "specimen cards" to use in the hand-press.

 A fabulous alternative to the traditional guest book, these "The Key to a Brilliant/Marvelous Marriage" cards can be left for guests to fill out for the happy newlyweds. 

And, perhaps my favorite new item, Stationery Scent!  We scooped up 4 delicious varieties of scent so you can spritz your love letters before sending them off to your one and only.  Pretty amazing, right?

Belle & Union
Started by a sweet Southern belle, Meg, as a creative outlet for all her big ideas, this new foodie-focused line had us melting.  We adored the bold graphics, fun colors and, well, deliciousness of just about everything this Georgia-based line had to offer.
Hi, Meg!! Such a cute booth! 

 Oh, you know, just butter and pickle wrapping paper.  No big deal. 

Adorbs tea-towels in the cutest little berry-baskets. 

Simplesong Design
We've been longtime fans of the custom work done by this incredible letterpress shop - run by the ridiculously talented designer and printer Suann and based out of Alexandria, Virginia.  So, when Simplesong debuted a new wholesale line at the show this year, we just couldn't wait to see what they had dreamed up.  And they didn't disappoint!  The clean, classic design and gorgeous typesetting makes us just giddy.  And, guess what, we found some amazing stick-on wax seals for all you letter-writing-loves who've been asking for them.  Hooray!

(Photo above courtesy of Simplesong)

Wild Ink Press
Whit and I have been following designer Rebekah's progress for some time now and were jazzed to see what she'd produced for this year's show (and to see her rad booth - as Whit noted in this previous post). We just loved her cheeky "3 Things" line of cards, her foodie sense and the adorable kiddo birthday party invites & thank you notes.  

 Pretty funny "3 Things" cards. 

Any card with the phrase "Heritage Turkey" is a winner in my book.

I see some pretty happy princesses and tractor-drivers in our future! :)
(several images above courtesy of Wild Ink Press)

So, there you have it - a tiny snippet of our time at the show. We found SO many amazing new goodies, picked up 2 new invitation lines (full blog posts on those coming soon) and got to catch up with some of the best in the biz.  Products will be arriving throughout the next few months, so stop by to see what's new!

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