Mother’s Day Mantras: Advice from Our Own Moms

She’s a nurse, a therapist, a chef, a chauffeur, a teacher, an accountant, and sometimes, even a lawyer (who else could negotiate a cookie out of your sister?). Of all the things Mom is better than anyone at, though, we have to say giving advice is right up there with her peach pie. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we thought we’d share pearls of wisdom from our own.

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Marie Lacey, mother of Katie Lacey, president
The back of one is the face of another… Better to be single than to wish you were… A woman who will tell her age will tell you anything.

Jamie Rufo, mom of Stephanie Rufo, typesetter

Jamie Rufo, mother of Stephanie Rufo, typesetter
Make faces… Play in mud puddles… Take bubble baths… Turn off all the lights and watch lightening storms… Read everything you can get your hands on… Run through snow drifts… Spin in circles and roll down hills. Pet puppies, hold kittens, and talk to babies… Take afternoon naps… Stay up to watch the sunrise… Expect the best from life and that’s what you’ll get.

marlo livseyMarlo Livsey, customer service representative and mother of twin boys
Write down the cute or funny things your children say in a journal with their date and age. It will bring smiles to your faces to remember these moments.

bonnie berkBonnie Berk, mother of Anna Berk, marketing designer
Take delight in the little things.

Lorraine JahnLorraine Jahn, mother of Sarah Jahn, graphic services supervisor
When you have something you MUST do and really dread, just set your jaw, get your head into it and DO it… Keep a clean kitchen and bathroom. No day starts well if started in a mess… Always have some money set aside, just in case.

JoanBarrowsJoan Barrows, mother of Gabby Doane, art director
Stay out of my garden

And a handful more…

Yumi Harada, mother of Chikako Harada, director of marketing for William Arthur and Vera Wang
Have compassion toward every living thing — they all have feelings… It’s more important to be a better guest so you get invited back… Be sure to send a thank you card promptly*… Sit up straight!

Karen Rosier, mom of Antoinette Hajdas, product development manager
You can’t see a trottin’ horse.

Barbara Sorota, mother of Liz Sorota, vice president of marketing
When you use honey, you catch flies.

Kathy Bourque, mom of Meghan McBrearty, assistant to the president
Always take the high road… Learn to pick your battles.

 

Post Script: Our Finishing Department

The holiday season is the busiest time of year at Crane. Our factory is bustling with Christmas card and invitation orders, and our printing presses are humming as ink is fixed to paper. Again and again and again.

Once the ink dries, the orders are sent off to the Finishing Department, where ribbons are tied, envelopes are lined and cards are duplexed (a process that involves affixing a smaller sized paper stock atop a larger sized paper stock to create a layered look).

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Below, we talked with four women in Finishing — who work hard to make sure every detail is just so — about Presidential inaugurations, letters from loved ones and brand new puppies.

finising dept ladies

Tell me about how you ended up at Crane.
Nancy Randall:  started working for Crane when I was 20 years old. I had worked in retail previously but I like the work schedule Crane offered and the pay was better than retail.

Adriene Davine: I came to Crane out of high school.

Becky Riley: When I first started at Crane, I worked in [envelope] Liners. When I was hired full time, I moved to Inspection.

Lori Mulder: My husband worked at Crane and encouraged me to apply.

Tell me what a typical day is like in the Finishing Department.
LM: Busy.

BR & AD: Very busy!

What is your favorite part of the job?
NR & BR: Tying ribbons.

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AD: Making sure the order is correct and watching what people order.

LM: Working with my co-workers — they are a great group of people.

And the most challenging?
NR: Duplexing* a card that has a ribbon around it. It is more difficult to keep it consistent.

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LM: Hitting the deadline to ship at 6 p.m. Most orders are time sensitive and need to ship the same day that the order arrived in Assembly.

What do you see most of come through the Finishing Department during the holidays?
BR: Most orders involve ribbons, which are on the majority of orders at Christmas. There are also many photo digital cards.

LM: Digital pictures or photo mount pictures with added ribbon. They come out beautiful.

Describe the most elaborate job you have ever had to work on.
NR: A wedding invitation with the invitation card being duplexed after having a ribbon wrapped around it and the base card was an engraved folder.

AD: The inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

BR: A Princess wedding where each invitation was in a separate box that we tied with a ribbon, tissue closed for 2,000.

LM: A bat mitzvah. We had a program with seven inserts and furnished ribbon. We have to collate on two long tables to make sure that every page was correct. The customer wanted two pieces of the ribbon tied at once with the narrow ribbon on top and wide chiffon on the bottom, then had to twist and turn the ribbon in order for everything to be the same.

What are you doing when you are not at Crane?
NR: I spend time with my daughters and granddaughters, I attend a fitness class, go out with friends and take walks.

AD: Taking care of my four-month-old puppy.

BR: I enjoy cooking and baking mostly. I love animals and find them very entertaining.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
NR: The one thing most people don’t know about me is I can be analytical of people and why they are the way they are.

AD: How religious I am.

BR: It is a secret — that is why they don’t know.

LM: I collect statues and pictures of the Blessed Mother.

Tell me about the most memorable letter you’ve ever received?
NR: From my youngest daughter when she was at boot camp for the Air Force. She didn’t have a lot of time to write but she tried to put as much as she could explain quickly about how things were there and re-assuring me that she was okay.

AD: From an old boyfriend that I met on cruise ship.

BR: It was a letter from my niece thanking me for a blanket I made for her son. This made me feel special. She also sent a picture with the baby loving his new blanket.

LM: When I was a teenager, my brother joined the Navy and was stationed in Italy. I loved his letters telling me about his adventures and the people he met there. This was back in the 80’s when cell phones were not invented yet.

All photos taken by the wonderfully talented Dan Morgan.

How to Write the Perfect Holiday Letter

In an era when we are (whether we like it or not) updated on the lives of our friends and family minute by minute, the idea of writing a letter might seem unnecessary.

Holiday-Photo-and-Letter-Card-Written-Letter-blogLiving in a stream-happy society is fun. It’s exciting. It helps us miss our loved ones who live far away a little less. But there are still occasions when sending a text message or posting on someone’s wall just isn’t enough. The holidays is one of those occasions, and the holiday letter is one of those traditions that helps us remember the power of the written (or at least typed) word.

We’ve put together five tips on how to craft the perfect holiday letter. Happy writing!

Make a timeline. Travel back in time and outline all the major events of the year. Be sure to ask your spouse and children for their input as well — you might not remember a soccer goal, but your daughter who scored it certainly will.
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Festive Favorites, Part Three: Christmas on the Coast

Deck the halls with seashells and sand dollars.

engraved seaside holiday card
Hand Engraved Seaside Holiday Card: Should Santa ever decide to ditch the sleigh, we like to think he’d take up a pair of oars. This nautical-inspired holiday card has us dreaming of wassails among the waves. With Captain Kringle at the helm, of course.

Hand Engraved Starfish Greeting CardHand Engraved Playful Starfish Greeting Card: The perfect trimming for a tree by the coast, a gold starfish hangs delicately in the center of this personalized holiday card. Seaside sentiment at its best.

hand engraved palm tree greeting cardHand Engraved Palm Tree Greeting Card: For season’s greetings from the unseasonably warm locale, our hand engraved palm tree — appropriately adorned with a red ribbon — is the perfect choice to send cheer to those near and far.

engraved anchor greeting cardHand Engraved Anchor Greeting Card: Let’s set sail on a sleigh that prefers dolphins to Dasher and Dancer. Season’s greetings from the seaside, courtesy of an engraved anchor surrounded by all the nautical trimmings.

engraved holiday adirondacks cards

Hand Engraved Holiday Adirondacks Card: Halls are for schools. We’re decking our deck chairs this year. Sea breeze is the new snow flurry, haven’t you heard? Two chairs adorned with all the holiday trimmings make this holiday card positively beachy keen.

View our entire personalized holiday card collection.

Festive Favorites, Part Two: Holiday Reds

The Christmas season is one of our favorite times of the year for obvious reasons — soirees, evenings by the fire, trimming the tree, just to name a few — but we also love this time of year because our Red Flame paper comes out of hibernation and turns the factory into a festive workshop the elves in the North Pole would envy. Below are a handful of our favorite personalized holiday cards that star our favorite holiday hue.

sleigh bells photo greeting card
Sleigh Bells Photo Greeting Card: Bells, bows and berries just might be the trifecta for the perfect holiday garland, which is why we love the classic merriment this holiday photo card evokes. Pass the poinsettia punch, please.

engraved french horn greeting cardEngraved French Horn Greeting Card: ‘Tis the season for silver bells, Drummer Boys and, of course French Horns galore. The latter takes center stage on this holiday card, engraved in gold on a backdrop of a most festive red.

engraved garland star greeting cardEngraved Garland Star Greeting Card: Once the lights have been strung and the ornaments hung, it’s time for the final touch. The most stunning of stars sits atop the Christmas tree, and, in the case of this richly red card engraved gold, in the most lucky of post boxes.

engraved gold damask photo greeting cardEngraved Gold Damask Greeting Card: Should Marie Antoinette have forgone cake for Christmas cookies, we like to think she would have also fancied this holiday photo card, a baroque presentation of gold flourish foil atop regal red.

engraved merry christmas greeting cardEngraved Merry Christmas Greeting Card: Every holiday season should be celebrated with flourish, which is why we love this quite festive card in our rich flame red, engraved with stunning swirls that offer wishes for a Merry Christmas.

engraved wheat wreath greeting cardEngraved Wheat Wreath Greeting Card: A symbol of warm welcome, a wreath is an especially splendid display during the holiday season, when friends and family arrive at your doorstep bringing good cheer and even better baked goods.

View our entire personalized holiday card collection.

Festive Favorites, Part One: Oh Christmas Tree

Holiday cards boasting pine perfection…

Hand Engraved Starfish Greeting CardHand Engraved Playful Starfish Greeting Card: The perfect trimming for a tree by the coast, a gold starfish hangs delicately in the center of this personalized holiday card. Seaside sentiment at its best.

engraved seaside holiday card

Hand Engraved Seaside Holiday Card: Should Santa ever decide to ditch the sleigh, we like to think he’d take up a pair of oars. This nautical-inspired holiday card has us dreaming of wassails among the waves. With Captain Kringle at the helm, of course.

engraved christmas tree cardHand Engraved Christmas Tree Card: Let’s gather round for teacakes and trimmings. Twinkling lights. Garland. And ornaments galore. A Christmas tree of the most traditional kind is in order this holiday season, in your parlor and on your holiday greetings — hand engraved for extra splendor.

engraved brownstone holiday cardEngraved City Brownstone Card: Christmas in the city, let’s practice Figure Eights in Central Park and sip Hot Toddies at the Plaza. At home, cheerful trimmings — much like the one elegantly illustrated on this personalized holiday card — welcome us all back.

engraved poinsettia tree holiday cardEngraved Poinsettia Card: Lining the walkway. On the stoop. Around the hearth. The more poinsettias the merrier, we say. Their beautiful burst of red — and thus this Christmas card — reminds us that the holidays are finally here.

engraved winter woods cardEngraved Winter Woods Card: Over the river and through the woods. Let’s take a snowy stroll, past smoking chimneys and frosty pines. A hand engraved cabin sets the cozy tone for a holiday most magical.

Care to see more? Shop our complete personalized holiday card collection.

All Hallow’s Eve Inspiration: Orange & Black Hues to Get Us in the Spirit

halloween stationery1. Hand Engraved Black Cat Note: Invite someone to curl up with the news of your world by sending it on our hand engraved note with a tuxedoed cat. The matching white envelope features a white liner with black polka dots.

2. Engraved Black Cat Note on Ecru: What does our little feline friend have on her mind? What all cats do – resting in style. Perfect for a newsy note, a thank you or RSVP. Matching envelopes included.

3. Hand Engraved Monogram on Pearl White Correspondence Card: A penthouse view offers quite the inspiration for one’s correspondence, be it to client or confidant. Equally inspiring is this crisp, pearl white card, engraved with a handsome monogram in black ink — a combination most dapper and decisive.

4. Engraved Monogram on Pearl White Sheet: A monogram Jay Gatsby would adore, initials are handsomely arranged with an Art Deco-inspired touch. Black ink on a pearl white letter sheet allows for stark sophistication. Please note that additional blank white sheets for extra pages are a smart addition to any stationery wardrobe.

5. Orange Leather Refillable Notebook: These full grain goat skin leather notebooks include a spiral insert with 144 lined perforated pages on gold-gilded paper. Handy for everyday note taking, business or journal writing.

6. Black Leather Refillable Notebook: This French Milled Full Grain Calf Skin leather notebook includes a spiral insert with 144 lined, perforated pages on gold-gilded premium paper. Handy for everyday note taking, business or journal writing.

7. Pearl White Note with Lion Motif: King of the Jungle stands watch over this pearl white note. Illustrated in our cheerful Clementine ink, he can’t help but inspire roaring good missives to loved ones near and far.

8. Letterpress Pearl White Calling Card with Dotted Rule: Design with sophisticated sensibilities, personalization in our Clementine hue accompanied by well-placed pertinent information in charcoal makes for business cards that would surely make Eames ecstatic.

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Photos: Crane & Co.’s American Flags

We’re quite proud of the fact that we’re an American company making products in America. It’s what we were founded on and what we hope to continue to do for centuries to come.

It isn’t uncommon, then, to see lovely and plentiful displays of patriotism as one wanders through our factories. Below are just a handful of such displays we think you might enjoy perusing, especially as we go into Memorial Day Weekend. Go ahead, hum “You’re a Grand Old Flag” while you do…

1) Red, White & Blue With a View

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Mother’s Day Stationery Ideas for Every Personality

Moms come in all shapes and sizes. So do their personalities. We’ve identified some of our favorite moms — past and present — and matched them with the Crane stationery we thought one might find in their writing desk. Be it traditional, classic, elegant or sophisticated (or perhaps all of the above), we like to think we have correspondence that fits every mom’s distinct style.

For the lady who likens herself to…

June
She bakes. She knows how to fold a fitted sheet. She always has a tissue handy. For the Mom who fancies tradition and treats, a classic motif a-la our hydrangea is certain to make her swoon.

june cleaver engraved hydrangea note

Jackie
She makes hostessing look effortless. Her social calendar is always full. You routinely raid her closet. For the Mom who fancies the classics and Capri, an elegant flourish is sets just the right tone.

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Diana
She’s as at ease in diamonds as she is in riding pants. However her children are her favorite accessory. For the Mom who fancies the finer things as well as the little things, a gold monogram fit for a princess.

diana-gold-monogram

Angelina
She is effortlessly stunning. Though making time for her family is always her most beautiful quality. For the Mom who fancies sophisticated style and summers on the Siene, a monogram with oversized flourish in a hue most magnificent will earn a kiss.

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Need more Mother’s Day gift ideas? Email our Crane Concierge at concierge@crane.com.