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Snapshots from the National Stationery Show

If you are a paper fan, you’ve come to the right place today. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit the National Stationery Show, and I snapped a bunch of photos to share with you:

Two Paper Dolls NSS

Mad Men cards by Two PaperDolls.

Belle and Union NSS

Belle & Union

Pei love card NSS

Pei Design.

Choux a la Creme NSS

Choux a la Creme (from her “bear hugs” line)

Dingbat Press NSS

Dingbat Press

Sugar Paper LA NSS

Sugar Paper LA.

Sukie NSS

Sukie

Anemone Press at NSS

Anemone Letterpress

Ecojot NSS

Ecojot

Fig 2 wrapping paper NSS

Fig 2 Design

Fugu Fugu get well card

Fugu Fugu Press

Linda and Harriet NSS

Linda & Harriett

Nic Studio

The Nic Studio

Rock Scissor Paper NSS

Rock Scissor Paper at the Crow and Canary booth

Printerette Press NSS

Printerette Press

The Social Type NSS

The Social Type

Wild Ink Press

Wild Ink Press

Night Owl Paper Goods at NSS

Night Owl Paper Goods

Pistachio Press

Pistachio Press

Sapling Press

Sapling Press

Rifle Paper Co. NSS

Rifle Paper Co.

Walter Erhard Vintage Design Walter Erhard vintage designs for Vigo

Walter Erhard vintage designs, distributed by Vigo

I started to write something about each of these booths, but the best thing I can do is say that I loved them all. As someone who has been writing letters and loving stationery since I was a little girl, these designs (and the genuinely nice people who created them) make my heart happy.

And I loved several that, sadly, for one reason or another, I don’t have a good photo for, like Flywheel Press, Paisley Tree Press, L2 Design Collective, Wildhorse Press, Blackbird Letterpress, This Paper ShipMoglea, Sixpenny Press, Egg Press, Kelp Designs, and others. I urge you to visit their websites and see their designs too.

Which is your favorite?

If you want full coverage of NSS, I recommend Oh So Beautiful Paper and Paper Crave.
You can see my round up from last year’s show here.

All images: Charlotte’s Fancy

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Paper Spotting

Some new-to-me paper shops I love:

Belle & Union (shop opening soon)

“Yay Parade” and “Scenic Heart” cards by Emily Isabella

“You’re Kind of Great” and “Pure Love” cards by Our Paper Shop

The National Stationery Show starts this weekend in New York City, and I’m going to go for a day to see what’s new this year and catch up with some of my friends who are exhibiting. I hope to have a round up of my favorites for you next week.

In the meantime, take a look at the Crow & Canary blog to see Carina’s picks (links galore to many gorgeous paper shops!) because her list is essentially the same as mine, although I would add This Paper Ship to the list.

Images: Belle & Union, Emily Isabella, and Our Paper Shop

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Scenes from the National Stationery Show

Egg Press + Angela Adams

An Egg Press and Angela Adams collaboration (to die for!)

Lunchbox Notes by Flywheel Press

Lunchbox notes by Flywheel Press

The best looking Lunch Box Notes I’ve seen. By Flywheel Press

Fig 2 Booth

Any booth with giant lollipops is a favorite of mine. Fig. 2 Design Studio

Gold Teeth booth at NSS

Another fantastic booth. Peonies and pompoms and beautiful cards by Gold Teeth

Wildhorse Press

Colorful, fun cards by Wildhorse Press. A new favorite.

Wrapping paper by Smock

Wrapping paper by Smock

Handpainted bird notecards by Ecojot

I was thrilled to meet Carolyn Gavin of Ecojot. What a fun booth – and she could not have been nicer.

Printerette Press

Another new favorite: Printerette Press. She had a fantastic press kit too.

Rifle Paper Co

A perennial favorite: Rifle Paper Co.

Banquet Press

Banquet Atelier and Workshop had a beautiful booth.

ilee papergoods

and ilee paper goods had more adorable cards than I could keep up with.

I’m doing more detailed round ups on the various booths and favorites from NSS all week over at Pushing Papers, if you are a paper lover like me.

Photos: Pushing Papers

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Novel Approach to a Reading Nook

Reading Nook via Ohdeedoh

We have exactly three closets in our old house and they are all roughly the size of the one in this picture (i.e. ridiculously small closets). If storage space weren’t such a premium, I would love to do this closet transformation project by Thrifty Decor Chick for my girls.

Isn’t it a magical little space for kids? I think it might transform even the most reluctant reader into a bookworm.

Image: Thrifty Decor Chick
via Ohdeedoh

p.s. If you’re a fan of stationery & paper goods, I’m sharing a lot of sneak peeks of National Stationery Show exhibitors on Pushing Papers. The show starts this weekend, and I am going! I will be blogging about my favorite paper finds next week.

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Andrew Moore Photography

These Cuba photos by Andrew Moore are stunning. I tweeted about them yesterday, but in case you don’t follow me on Twitter, I wanted to share them here too.

My husband says that in his mind’s eye, this is how he thinks of Havana (more on this in a minute).

But in my mind’s eye, it looks like this:

Which is to say, I remember the buildings being shorter and the streets being a little wider. Except that this photo is actually the city of Belen (almost the opposite end of Cuba from Havana).

The Vedado neighborhood of Havana, where my father-in-law lived as a young child

Calle Bayona (Havana)

(We didn’t get far enough out of the city of Havana to see houses like this, but…wow, huh?)

A little background: My father-in-law is Cuban. He and his parents and brother came to the US shortly after the revolution and settled in Massachusetts. Interestingly, some of their extended family decided to stay, some had come well before the revolution, and one great uncle came to the US in the 1980s, didn’t like it and went back to Havana.

My husband and I traveled to Cuba in 2000 for 2 weeks, and while we were there, met his great uncle (a different great uncle than the one previously mentioned), who had not seen any of his extended family for 40 years—until we visited. He and his wife and daughter are the only family we have there. Last summer, my husband started some of his graduate research there, staying with them, and plans to go back next year. I wrote about it a little bit here and here, in case you want to see a handful of photos and try a yummy Cuban Picadillo recipe.

These Andrew Moore photos instantly made me want to go back and wander all over Cuba taking photos. If you didn’t already, you must look at the rest of his Cuba photos and his portfolio (I particularly liked the Russia photos and the Works in Progress photos). So much beauty to see.

All photos: Andrew Moore

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For anyone interested in the National Stationery Show round-ups—to see some really beautiful paper products coming out soon—I recommend reading Poppytalk, Crow and Canary, Oh So Beautiful Paper, Simple + Pretty, and Paper Crave. Seeing all the photos was alternately exciting and torturous. I really wanted to be there.

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[Design Thursday] Beau Ideal

A new-to-me Etsy shop that I really really like: Beau Ideal.

Her designs remind me of Anna Bond’s illustrations for Rifle Paper Co. (which is meant as a compliment, because I love Rifle Paper Co.).

Can you see it too, or is it just me?

See Jill’s shop and website for her gorgeous prints, too. She’s based in Brooklyn – I wonder if she’ll be at Renegade Craft Fair? Less than a month away!

(via Poppytalk)

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On an unrelated note, the new issue of Classic Play (the Food Issue) is out, and it’s terrific (and it also mentions Charlotte’s Fancy, much to my surprise and delight!). Besides the thoughtfully-written articles, the issue also offers fun printable lunchbox menus by one of my favorites, Jennifer Vallez of Sophie & Lili. I am pretty sure the girls will love to find these in their lunchboxes every day.

If you’re not familiar with Classic Play, go take a look!

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