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!
2 oz Gin
Juice + zest of 1 lime
3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
2tbs agavae nectar
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!
“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over.
I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.”
Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
Without the help of many outstanding women, Crane & Co. wouldn’t be the esteemed company it is today. She hand-borders personalized notes and cards with meticulous care. She speaks with customers to make sure each and every order is exactly what they’d hoped for and more. They letterpress. They design. They crunch numbers.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our female staffers to recall their favorite quotes from their own mothers, grandmothers & even great-grandmothers. What transpired were missives on everything from fellows and fashion to dreams and decorum.
Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Peggy Driggers, Merle Bottoms & Willie Chalker
mother, grandmother & great-grandmother of Gayle Driggers, Product Development
- “When you educate a mother, you educate a family.”
- “Attitudes are more important than facts.”
- “On a galloping horse, who’s going to notice?”
- “If two people agree on everything, then one of them’s not necessary.”
From Gayle: “In all my years, I never got a card or letter from my grandmother (Merle Bottoms) on behalf of herself and daddy Jim (my grandfather) that didn’t end with the phrase ‘We love you and are so proud of you.’
This has sustained me and many members of my family during times good and bad. A few years ago, after she died at the age of 97, I scanned an old letter and printed the phrase (on Crane paper, of course) and framed it for my siblings and cousins so we can be reminded of their love for us.”
Ah, the smell of freshly cut grass, mint julips and, well, that equine fragrance only a rider can love. The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and we can’t wait to don our favorite hat, fresh from the milliner.
In celebration of all things equestrian, here are our few of our favorite Derby-inspired picks surely to land in your winner’s circle:
1) Leather iPad Sleeve in Dark Brown
The handsome leather of this iPad sleeve reminds us of a most prized saddle, only befitting of the fastest stallion. 4G on 4 legs, if you will.
Life coach. Cheerleader. Tear Dryer Extraordinaire. Whether she prefers a suit, an apron, a uniform or a tennis skirt, Mom is always donning her most important accessory: a heart of gold.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re hosting the Luck Be a Lady Giveaway, the winner of which will receive a $100 toward anything on our site. Here’s how to enter:
We’re quite proud of the fact that our paper is 100% cotton, especially when Earth Day rolls around each year. So, while you should feel confident you’re doing a little something for the environment every time you purchase our stationery, we thought we’d select a handful of our favorite tree-friendly products just in time for one of our favorite holidays.
We can’t help but want to pack up our picnic basket on a sunny day and head to the nearest field when we see our ecru Dandelion Note featuring a delightful pop of yellow. With a sustainable bottle of wine and locally made Chevre, of course.
Here comes Peter Cottontail, and our once-a-year craving for pastel hues. Introducing our favorite stationery picks that inspire all things Easter.
A little shine goes a long way. At least that was Mom’s motto, which is why she’ll love this elegant turquoise card engraved with calligraphic swirls of gold.
Sometimes it is easy being green. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our favorite verdant-hued picks.
Whether it’s a toast to St. Patrick’s Day or to spring (or both), we’re in the mood for a party sans sweaters and stockings. Invite friends and family to peel off a few layers with these kate spade new york invitations featuring a pop of their signature kelly green.
Sometimes being in the red is a good thing. Here are our Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to get you a kiss.
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- Personalized Datebook
Personalized Datebook: If your better half hasn’t invested in a new planner yet, we have the perfect one. Personalize it for a sweet touch, and for an even sweeter touch, scribble in a date night — at the most romantic restaurant in town, of course.