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Holiday cards from Christmases past + hot Cyber Monday deals!

This year I’m looking forward to showcasing the little bundle on our Christmas card, but I thought it would be fun to review our Minted holiday cards from Christmases past. By the way, today only get 15% off Minted holiday cards and free shipping withCYBER2012 and 25% off everything else with CYBER25.

For the past two years, we’ve taken the photo on our deck. The above design is Gallery Classic by Sydney Newsom.

This is Moglea’s Quilted Christmas. It was our first card in Hong Kong and we wore our qipaos and also had ‘Merry Christmas’ both written and phonetically spelled out in Cantonese. Being able to customize things like this is really one of the best things about Minted cards.

And the year we got married we did Delicate Flourishes by Splendid Press.

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National Stationery Show.

I wanted to share a few of my personal highlights from NSS. And first up is Double Bravo: Stationery Informed by Years of Travel & Correspondence.

Of course I fell in love immediately! Remember my travel party?!

Barbara Buenz is a lovely person and her designs are just awesome. You can’t quite tell how awesome the fine letterpress is from my pics, but let me assure you that it’s very special.

How cute is this for newlyweds?!

And I liked the interior of this valentine.

This custom moving announcement totally captures NYC for me.

And then their is the show darling: Rifle Paper Co.

I really liked their new wall calendar for the many gardeners in my life… I keep wondering if I could get into gardening, if I had the room, and I think the answer is most definitely yes. So many of the people I admire and want to emulate are big gardeners…

They also had a fun around the world wall calendar… They included Tokyo and Singapore… and I tried to convince them that Hong Kong’s skyline would be more visually appealing… but I don’t think I won that battle.And some fun British coasters… would be a great hostess gift.

Another fun booth was The Social Type. Allison used to work with me at Minted so I’ve long been a fan… I sent a lot of her and her partner Jess’s birthday and baby cards last year.

I love how bold their designs are and their foil-stamping is just awesome.

Lettuce Press had some very sweet designs as well and they were new to me.

Living so far from loved ones, I always gravitate towards ‘I miss you’ cards.

Love little sewing messages, too… perfect for my extremely crafty mother and sis-in-laws.

And then there was my dear friend Meg Gleason’s first-time booth for her line Moglea, with the Ladies of Letterpress.

Love this letterpress on insanely thick paper, with beveled and painted edges.

Fun little correspondence set for when you need to say more than just a few lines!

I love this quote: “To get a letter, write a letter.” So true.Here I am with some other Minted gals!

Every year I look forward to seeing Liz from Linda & Harriet and her new calendar!

Here Liz is (left) with Minted designer Brandy of Marabou. Liz is now also a minted designer which makes me oh-so-happy!! 

This year she is launching a giant wall calendar — you can cut off the months and are left with beautiful art. Very cool.

When her son was born, Liz kept carrying thank you notes to Dr.’s appointments in plastic bags… which is really not so chic or convenient… so she created this little note jotter for correspondence-on-the-go=brilliant!

I have to have one… as soon as they are for sale!

I also came across a very cool gifts company Figs & Ginger, from Asheville, North Carolina.

They do beautiful cake toppers… and you can even customize them.

This one is especially sweet.

Would be great for a wedding or anniversary celebration.

And, not surprisingly, I liked these little mama bird necklaces.

Another new to me press is Printerette Press out of St. Paul.

Their designs are all letterpress and super fun!

And I think that’s a good one to end on!

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Dinner at Public-NYC.

I had the pleasure of putting together a work dinner at Public NYC, a very cool new-ish restaurant styled after a public library.

The interiors even featured an old-fashioned card catalog and an old-school clock. We tied the placecards and invites into the library theme.

I was really happy with the flowers I ordered from Fleurs Bella.

I tied all the favors with orange and yellow ribbons… adds a nice touch of color to a table.

The favors were minted journals.

The journals were ERay’s Library notebooks.

It was such a fun night… the food was great and the space was so pretty on its own, you really didn’t need to do much to host a party there!

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Fiesta cacti decorations.

We threw a fun party at NSS for our designers and would-be designers. I was tasked with taking care of the floral decor.

What fits in better with a fiesta than catci?! So I headed to Plantwerks NY.

For the middle of manhattan, they had an impressive cactus selection. I was so pleased to find so many pretty flowering catci.

Here are the ones I picked out for our centerpieces.

But the brown, plastic containers were less than appealing, so I headed to M&J Trimming to get some ribbon to wrap them up in.

This store is my HEAVEN!

Although it is not as inexpensive as Sham Shui Po, which I’ve blogged about before in HK, it’s a relief to know this depth of selection is available State-side.

They had just what I was looking for… plus a whole lot more!

Silk ribbon!!!! In every color and width. Sigh.

Then it was just a matter of attaching the ribbon to the pots; thank you hot glue gun.

I would really like to know what the hotels cleaning staff thought I was up to?!

I was really pleased with the end result… and a few local designers took home a nice collection of cacti! I was so happy they didn’t end up in the trash… I did sort of bond with them carting them all over Manhattan.

I also hot glued ribbon around simple vases that I put gerber daisies into. I found the flowers and vases for cheap negotiating in Chinatown… putting my HK skills to use!

The party looked as good as one can hope for a convention centre room!

And the margaritas helped liven things up, too!

You really can never underestimate the visual impact of one flower grouped in simple vases!

It was so great to see and also meet the designers; they’re really the highlight of working for Minted!

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Dragon notebooks.

Minted has some really cute notebooks for the Year of the Dragon!

Neon dragon by Kristen Smith.

Xin Nian Kuai Le by Cecile Paper Lounge.

Friendly dragon by nocciola design.

Lucky lanterns by griffinbell studio.

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