Archives for the month of: February, 2012

Pink & Gold Inspired Wedding

1 – Peonies Invitation: by Umi by Elum available at Stone Hill Paperie

2 – Pink & Gold Sash with Fabric Roses: Martha Stewart Weddings

3 – Pink & Gold Wedding Cake: Martha Stewart Weddings

4 – Bridesmaid Dresses: Style Me Pretty, Photography by Jose Villa

5 – Blush & Gold Table Settings: Martha Stewart Weddings

6 – J Crew Gold Shoes with B Poetic Shoe Clip Bouquet: Elizabeth Anne Designs


Today we thought you’d enjoy a guest post courtesy of Jessica from Crane, with a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible craftsmanship that goes into the Crane & Co. brand of stationery and invitations.

crane & co. thermography operator

We are constantly in awe here of the intricate, beautifully hand-crafted work the employees in our printing and stationery factories do day after day. Many of them have been here for decades painting borders by hand, engraving names and images with enviable patience and making sure each and every detail is absolutely perfect before our customers open that Dalton Blue box.

With that in mind, here is a collection of images — taken by our wonderful resident photographer, Trisha — of some of the hands that make such fine craftsmanship possible every day.

Crane & Co. Pink Ribbon Baby Stationery
Adding the finishing touch — a pink ribbon — to our Ecru White Baby Notes.

Crane & Co. Die Cut Envelopes
Getting die-cut envelope liners ready to be placed inside our 100% cotton envelopes.

Crane & Co. duplex cards
Precision is just one of the details we pride ourselves on, which means each duplexed invitation is hand-measured for a perfect border.

Crane & Co. hand bordering stationery
That colorful border you see on each Crane & Co. invitation or note card you receive is lovingly hand-painted by one of our oh-so patient and skilled borderers.

Crane & Co. personalized stationery
A Crane & Co. employee checks the alignment to make sure all the type on this personalized stationery is equidistant from the edge.

Navy Swiss Dot Invitation
A belly band is carefully placed around a custom-made invitation.

Thank you to Crane & Co. for this informative and enlightening collection of photos. What do you think? Did you ever realize the amount of hand-crafting that goes into these pieces?

We’d love to show you more of this premiere line of wedding invitations, event invitations and stationery here at Stone Hill Paperie in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Crane & Co. | Photos © Crane & Co.}

Personalized stationery is a great asset to have on hand for those thank-you, how-are-you and just-thinking-of-you notes. It’s your words and your thoughts written on your own design.

Wondering how to get your own personalized stationery? Visit your local stationery shop and peruse the albums. Find or design a style that matches your personality and the recipient will be thrilled to know it’s from you. Keep in mind that prices range and that it helps to plan ahead. Creating your first engraving plate can take some time.

Don’t forget that personalized stationery makes a great gift for adults, as well as kids. Encourage your kids to unplug and skip the text message by writing notes instead. And for those who are readers, consider getting personalized bookplates, perfect for making that magical tale or in-depth detective novel truly their own.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Heather Donahue}


There are so many options available for personalized stationery at Stone Hill Paperie.  Feel free to make an appointment with Amy to visit & shop in a comfortable, no-pressure studio.  Currently, William Arthur and Crane & Co. are both offering a great promotion on personalized stationery through April 2, 2012 – Get 25 additional pieces at no charge when you order 75 pieces of personalized stationery!

Dauphine Press Promotion

Now through March 14th, 2012 Dauphine Press is offering a second ink color at no additional charge.

To view the gorgeous Dauphine Press invitations, contact the studio for an appointment.

The art created by Brian Dettmer is nothing short of jaw-dropping genius. This Atlanta-based paper prodigy works in the medium of what he calls “altered books.” Says the artist about his process:

In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

Brian Dettmer starts with old books, often those that are bound for the landfill, and transforms them into objects of wonder in a new form.

Take a look at this video of an interview with Brian Detter on CBS News, where you can get a glimpse into his incredible talent and the way he works.{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Holly of Salutations | Photos © Brian Dettmer | Video © CBS News}

What are the healthiest ingredients on our planet? What foods hold the most nutritional value possible? These are both great questions, and though there are no clear cut lists, the foods you’ll find below are consistently in the top ranges for nutritional value. Let’s get cookin’!


{Blueberries by Honeytree}

Eaten regularly, the following foods will help prevent cancer, ward off heart disease, boost your immunity and slow aging.

1. Acai

2. Almonds

3. Avocados

4. Blueberries

5. Bok choy 

6. Broccoli

7. Cantaloupe

8. Cocoa

9. Cranberries

10. Flaxseed

11. Garlic

12. Ginger

13. Honey

14. Kale

15. Lentils

16. Oats

17. Olive oil

18. Onions

19. Oranges

20. Pomegranate

21. Pumpkins (and acorn or butternut squash)

22. Soy (tofu, tempeh, soy beans)

23. Spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper and rosemary.

24. Spinach

25. Sweet potatoes

26. Tea (green or black)

27. Tomatoes

28. Walnuts

29. Wheat germ

30. Quinoa

Want more? Honorable mentions were: artichokes, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, chicory, cherries & watercress!

Maybe you can find a way to add a few of these to your weekly shopping list? Happy healthy living!

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Bonnie of Going Home to Roost | Resources: Belly Bytes, 30 Power Foods, Dr. Oz | Photo © Blueberries by Honeytree}