London Calling: Olympic Gold Medal Gifts

2012 summer olympics gifts

  1. Not only is this engraved note called “Amber Waves” — making it quite appropriate to correspond while celebrating Team U.S.A. — its blue envelope is lined in bronze. Together with a delicately engraved image of grain, we have to say this note is certainly worthy of a medal.
  2. When going for the gold — be it in running shoes or with pen in hand — one should always be inspired. We think this large leather journal in the Olympian’s favorite hue should do the trick.
  3. The name of this personalized note card from our Crane Style Now collection is “Pass the Bubbly”, which is exactly what our Olympians will want to do after earning gold (or just the chance to compete). The rings also remind us of the games’ iconic logo, which represents the world’s five continents. A trip that encompasses all of them would be quite nice — if only for the fabulous letters home.
  4. Ah, what pride and joy our Olympians must feel upon the playing of our National Anthem. The Star Spangled Banner (for which this card from our Americana Collection is named) surely sounds best when heard from atop a podium.
  5. The handsome glint of our Faber Castell pen reminds us of the stately silver medal. Around one’s neck or in one’s hand, one can’t help but feel a bit more accomplished for owning it.
  6. Even after watching our favorites dash across courts at Roland Garros and the All England Club, we still can’t wait to see Venus, Serena and Andy go for Olympic gold. From squash to swimming, best of luck to all of our Team U.S.A. athletes!Life’s richer with friends, so let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

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 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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How To Create a Crane & Co.-Inspired Wedding Reception Table

Silver Bevel Calligraphy Wedding InvitationLast week, we had the pleasure of being invited to be part of the Lenox Wedding Planner Tour.

Our mission, should we have chosen to accept it (which we did, of course): Provide the invitations that would serve as the inspiration for the Design Challenge.

The challenge: Choose one of our wedding invitations and design a dinner table around it.

The planners were spread out among several properties (the Appletree Inn, Winthrop Estate, Seven Hills Inn, Gateways Inn, Rookwood Inn and Garden Gables Inn) around Lenox, Massachusetts, which is nestled in the heart of the Berkshires.

We were asked to hold court over the Winthrop Estate designers: Annie Lee from Daughter of Design, Krista Njapa of C&G Weddings and Ariella Chezar of Ariella Flowers. Below are a few photos that show off the Crane & Co. invitations they chose on the tables they beautifully designed.
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