Happy First Day of Summer!

Dear Summer,

We’re so glad to see you! When the palm trees and popsicles heard you were coming, they jumped for joy, as you know how much they love when you visit every year. We hope you stay for awhile, and don’t forget to bring a swimsuit!

Love & Letters,

Crane & Co.

summer stationery note cards

1. Hand-engraved Palm Tree Note. 2. Hand-engraved Starfish Note. 3. Cabana Stripe Fold Over Cards. 4. Raspberry-bordered Correspondence Cards. 5. Hand-engraved Bicycle Notes.

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How to Make the Crane & Co.cktail

Because we like to think the perfect evening letter is always accompanied by the perfect libation — and because everyone should be privy to a signature cocktail — we present to you the Crane & Co.cktail, courtesy of our favorite purveyor of all things fancy, Mrs. Lilien. Enjoy!

mrs. lilien crane & co. cocktail

Recipe:

2 oz Gin

Juice + zest of 1 lime

3 oz fresh grapefruit juice

2tbs agavae nectar

champagne float

In a shaker half filled with ice add the gin, lime zest + juice, grapefruit juice + agavae nectar. SHAKE. Pour into prepared highball and top with a champagne float.

For more delectable recipes, pick up a copy of Mrs. Lilien’s new book, “Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook.” Cheers!

 

Post Script: Mrs. Lilien

We’re adoring fans of Mrs. Lilien and her fancy finds. So we were delighted to hear she was coming out with a book. We were even more delighted when we found out it was a book titled “Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook,” a collection of 50 classic recipes that have been updated with a modern twist and fashionable accoutrement.

Because one good hostess quality (serving stellar sips) deserves another (sending stellar stationery), we thought it made perfect sense to ask our new favorite dinner party guest about our favorite fancy subject: correspondence.

When did your interest in all things fancy begin?
August 10th, 1979. There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t been possessed by my love of all things fancy!

Why do you enjoy writing about letters and/or correspondence?
Because it’s ladylike + because it’s FANCY!

What is your favorite step in the process of written correspondence?
Probably signing my rather gargantuan and rather flamboyant signature.

If you could be pen pals with anyone in history, to whom would you write and what would you say?
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt — without question. In my fantasy she begins each letter with “OMG…”

To whom do you most often write?
Love letters to Mr. Lilien.

Describe the most memorable letter or postcard you have ever received.
A wildly amusing ditty from my friend Mr. Adler regarding my gifted urn (aka: my final resting place).

What makes a particular letter stand out from a stack of cards?
Fine, thick paper and subtle yet extravagant detailing, such as embossing, letter press, color edging. These pieces always get opened first!

Do you have a favorite stamp or stamp series?
I’m always a fan of the silver screen actresses of yesteryear. Nothing screams class quite like a little bit of Audrey Hepburn on the upper right hand corner.

What makes your correspondence distinct?
Inside of every Mrs. Lilien correspondence that I send, I always sprinkle just a few gold sequins into the envelope for an added touch of glam!

The one etiquette rule you never break?
Be a lady in all things — while this is vague, it covers vast no-no’s that I find abhorrent.

The quote you live by?
“Go big or go home!”

P.S. If you’re in NYC Thursday night, please stop by what is sure to be a fabulous cocktail party at Jonathan Adler’s SoHo boutique to celebrate Mrs. Lilien’s new book.  Kindly RSVP here.

2012 National Stationery Show: Day 3 Recap

While the National Stationery Show is certainly a time for us to show off our new collections as well as old favorites, we also love admiring the wonderfully creative work of our peers and — since they come from all over the world — meeting them in person.

Which is why we were thrilled take part in the 8th Annual Paper Party, which was generously hosted by Oh So Beautiful Paper and Delphine Press.

The party is a chance for stationers, designers, press operators and press to mingle, sip & nibble, and — of course — talk paper. The party was a-hoppin, so unfortunately we couldn’t speak with everyone, but we did get to chat with the lovely folks from The Happy Envelope, Southern Living, Stationery HQ and Mr. Boddington’s Studio.

We must say, it’s quite fun exchanging ooh’s & ahh’s over business cards, sharing favorite design finds from the day and now having a stationery stop in pretty much every city we’ve ever wanted to visit. And what else is fun?

Receiving the Best. Gift Bag. Ever. (We saved the Crane & Co. goodies for the other guests.)
national stationery show paper party gift bagIt was the perfect end to a great show. See you all next year!

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2012 National Stationery Show: Day 2 Recap

crane & co. social media booth national stationery showNormally, torrential Monday rain would make us yearn for one more day to don pajama pants ’til noon. However, despite the need for an industrial-sized umbrella and clunky rubber boots, we were quite excited to get to our booth and let the National Stationery Show goodness begin.

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2012 National Stationery Show: Day 1 Recap

A picture of our Limited Edition print & National Stationery Show invitation

After two days of drilling, assembling, hanging and placing…

It was finally time for some admiring. The 2012 National Stationery Show kicked off today, and New York City’s Javits Center was abuzz with all things paper.
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