Hello, it is Leslie here with a few of my highlights from the National Stationery Show. Two weeks ago I was doing some work on the east coast and had an opportunity to stop by the National Stationery Show in New York for a couple hours. Holly and I thought it would be nice to share with you a few of the designers and business owners I met there. I must say there were so many extraordinary booths yet I was only able to talk to a handful of people. I hope you enjoy checking out some of these inspiring folks if you haven’t already!
Banquet Atelier & Workshop
I have seen the work of Tammy and Sarah before but it was wonderful to see it all displayed so beautifully at the show. Their booth was just stunning. I wanted to stand in it all day! The Banquet line is known for its’ intricate yet clean graphics with a playful focus on wildlife. I may have to get one of their prints for my son’s bedroom!
Coral & Tusk
I spent a long time examining the unique work of Stephanie Housley of Coral & Tusk. All her work is embroidered and her designs are so sweet and fun. The Coral & Tusk product line includes wall hangings, pillows, cards, softies and more. Any of the pieces could brighten up a corner of your home! There is lots to see on her website!
I enjoyed meeting Suann Song in her booth at the show. She is launching a new line called Ready Made, which will be available this summer. I loved all the library card references with cute pockets!
Sesame Letterpress & Design
Sesame Letterpress had a really elegant booth with a pretty grey background and white frames. Together this provided the perfect backdrop for all their colorful letterpress designs. I loved all the coasters and gift tags, as they would make beautiful hostess gifts! They are also coming out with a gorgeous line of journals in really bright jewel tones.
Susan Connor’s booth caught my eye as I have admired her work online over the past few years. She is launching a pretty new Foodie line with coordinating kitchen towels and recipe cards. The recipe cards can be housed in a neat wooden box with a gorgeous hand scripted looking label.
East of India
I have been a longtime fan of the East of India line having purchased some of their products in London a couple years ago. They carry beautiful ribbons that make any wrapping look instantly charming. I also love all their mini boxes of stationery items: little pencils, clips, thumbtacks, twine and tags packaged perfectly. It is exciting to see that all these wonderful items will now be available in North America.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing a few of my favorites. Have a lovely weekend everyone!
(images: leslie shewring)
Well what do you know… seems Kate Spade is expanding their paper line a wee bit and I’m tickled pink about it. I love their classic Spade motif, their stripes, and their watercolory flowers, too. Their new monogrammed card collection is another fave. It’s all quite festive but also very classy!
There is so much inspiration over at the Kate Spade website from their gorgeous products that always inspire to their Behind The Curtain views, Films, Color Blog (which I love!) and the ever-popular Things We Love slideshows, it’s a happy space to visit on a Monday morning for sure.
P.S. Their brand has become quite young and fresh these days, have you noticed?
(images: kate spade)
Love rubber stamps? Into forest themes? Do you like to find unique cards to give to your friends? Yes, yes, yes! I do! So then, it’s time to meet Marga Marina who really is the talented Tine Pagenberg, an illustrator who lives nearby in Bielefeld, Germany which is a lovely town located between the northern and southern Teutoburg forest. I’m guessing Tine finds her inspiration from her town and all of the natural beauty around her, it’s hard to not dream of pastel bears and foxes with picnic baskets when you live near a German forest, the place where fairy tales and magic come to life. She makes rubber stamps, postcards, brooches, pillows and many other crafty things available in her cute DaWanda shop.
I was so excited when my package arrived today and I pulled out three sets of rubber stamps: “Nachteule” which means Night Owl, “Hörnchen” and on the package there are chipmunks which we don’t have in Germany, but they from the Hörnchen family but would technically be called Streifenhörnchen, and “Igel” which are hedgehogs. In the package I found some lovely cards and tags too. Now I have to use my stamps for some crafty projects. :)
I can really see Tine’s work being licensed and sold on products, can’t you? I’d love to see her work in stores, she is so talented and has a very cohesive collection and her style is very unique and special. I’m a big fan of Marga Marina and hope that you like her work too. There are so many talented German illustrators over here, and designers in general — it’s fun to be able to share some of them with you from time to time. :)
(images: photographs taken by holly becker, all others from marga marina)
Oh Cactus and Quail — I am in love with everything on this gorgeous paper goods website — Just everything. And now I will introduce to you to paper product beauty that I know you’ll be equally enamored with… But first, their limited edition ornaments. Swoon! I want the one in the center for all year round to simply hang on the wall in my office — so pretty!
Owner and designer Jamie, who lives and works in sunny San Diego, was trained as an architect but decided to launch a paper products company using her modern illustrations, mainly for brides, though some things in her shop are available to purchase (like the ornaments above) or as a readymade item which means that the design is already done for you, you simply choose your colors and give her the information that you need on the card. You know, the deets.
About her work Jamie says, “I have found that I am happiest while making pretty graphics and getting messy with cutting, gluing and folding paper (instead of fussing about with beams & columns). After making invitations for my own wedding in 2008, I began designing bits of stationery goods for friends, and then friends of friends, and then friends of friends of friends, and so I have been inspired to launch Cactus and Quail.”
Cheers to following your heart!
(images: cactus and quail)
Happy Home is truly my happy place. What am I talking about? The Happy Home online shop! It is a divine little nook on the web that I just want to jump inside of and live. It’s so sweet! Owned by two French girls who also have a pretty blog called Beauty Everyday…. just look at these things, don’t they just make you want to drool rainbows!?
1 / Plate: marine and white plaid 2 / Round tray natural 3 / Pear notepad 4 / Masking tape 5 / Cake stand (from House Doctor) 6 / Small dog in linen 7 / Crocodile in linen 8 / Paumes books 9 / Owl candlestick holder (also from House Doctor) 10 / Navy and white gingham Plate 11 / Linen napkins 12 / Coasters in linen.
1 / Photo album 2 / Book 3 / 2011 event planner 4 / Porcelain bowl (from House Doctor) 5 / Small wooden bowl 6 / Trivet in linen 7 / Zipped pocket in linen 8 / Wire flower holder 9 / Wooden box of rubber stamps 10 / Dish 11 / Knife 12 / Decorating Book
I have this and now I want to order more — they are from Korea. Beautiful! I use them each day as my To Do list.
I can never tire of this paper and cute Japanese/Zakka stuff! I should lay out all of my crafting supplies and stationery and show you sometime, I love all of it – my rubber stamps, tapes, journals, books… and sometimes I feel like I’m 12 years old again asking my mother to drag me to the Sanrio shop — but I’m soooo okay with that, I will love paper goods forever + ever + ever!
(images: happy home)