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I have been a little obsessed with getting a bar cart for over a year now.  I’m not really sure where this began. Maybe it was a scene from Madmen that became lodged in my brain one of those nights that I fell asleep watching.  I remember my Grandmother had a wicker bar cart when I was in my mid 20’s that she would wheel into the living room when my husband (then boyfriend) and I would visit. She mixed a potent cocktail!

Make Your Own Mini Bar with a Bar Cart

Better Decorating Bible


Burlap & Crystal

Coldwell Banker

Lily Lemon Tree

101714 tgt bar cart

Even Target has bar carts!

Bar carts – not just for drinks. They work for stationery too!


I have been searching for some new ways to decorate for fall in my home. I’m a little behind this year – so I went in search of some cute, relatively simple and inexpensive decorating ideas. Here are my favorites:





In May, I attended the National Stationery Show in New York and I have ordered some new lines and I am still obsessing over others that I will be carrying soon!  I learned after last year not to order everything at one time… it’s more fun to be receiving new items all throughout the year!

Coming Soon…  Gorgeous Wooden Recipe Boxes and Recipe Cards (above).  I love these recipe boxes!  Suzy Jack put so much thought into these; from the customizable label on the front to the little notch cut into the top of the box for your card to fit into.  The card design itself is beautiful and there are 3 to choose from and matching linen towels as well.

Neon… I’m a child of the 80’s and have to laugh at all of the neon making a comeback.  I think that officially makes me old.  I do love some of the neon I saw at the show and am still obsessing over these cards:

Letterpress your own signature!  I love this idea from Jigsaw Graphics.  Have your signature or have your children design their own letterpress stationery.  Wedding Gift?  Have the bride & groom sign their names to a card and send it in to Jigsaw and they will create an amazing gift for the newly married couple!

Ridding the world of ugly notebooks!  I fell in love with these little notebooks with their bright colors, great price point and personalization options… these are available through the studio now!

There is too much more to mention, but you can bet I will be posting more as I add more products to the studio.

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.

Glittery gold is the epitome of traditional glamour and luxury, making it the perfect shade to add to an elegant affair. Pair it with black, navy or even light pink to set a stately mood. When paired with bold and bright colors, gold can easily be transformed into a modern and contemporary compliment. Think hot colors like coral, aquamarine or orchid to really make a statement!

1. dress- Milly via Net-a-Porter
2. lamp- Arteriors via Inside Avenue
3. necklace- Kate Spade
4. plate- Kate Spade
5. shoes- Asos
6. belt- Kate Spade
7. thank you notes- Rifle Paper Co.
8. watch- Marc Jacobs

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Jessica of Jessica Tierney Designs | Photos © listed sources}