These Letterpress Ladies Love October

Love. Love. Love.

Letterpress Ladies Love October - Stationery Fall Acorns

The fall excitement is tangible in our office. Dinglewood Design & Press letterpress ladies love October! Why we love October so much:

  • Pumpkin Everything
  • Tights, leggings, sweaters, boots & scarves
  • Fall farmers markets
  • Cozy fall nights perfect for cuddling
  • Halloween Costumes & Candy
  • Beautiful fall weddings
  • George & Christy’s Anniversary

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  • October is Anna & Mulligan’s Birthday Month ~ Letterpress birthday cards are welcome! We will be celebrating all month.
  • Bonfires
  • Football Parties
  • Riding Motorcycles
  • New seasons of our favorite tv shows/guilty pleasures – Including but not limited to: Boardwalk Empire, Scandal, American Horror Story, Modern Family, Walking Dead, Revenge, Family Guy, The Mindy Project, and New Girl just to name a few.
  • Tomato Soup
  • Apple Scones
  • Crunching leaves

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And of course we LOVE letterpress printing custom fall letterpress stationery!

Letterpress ladies love October  - Halloween Letterpress Stationery

We would love to create your custom fall letterpress printed stationery! Contact Anna at anna@dinglewooddesign.com to get started on your custom fall letterpress printed stationery, invitations & more!

Happy October!

Love ~ The Letterpress Ladies of Dinglewood Design & Press ~ Christy, Anna & Lauren

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The Found Art of Thank You Notes (Reblog)

This is a reblog from The New York Times. For the full article on The Found Art of Thank You Notes, please visit them online.
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Christiano Magni, a New York fashion publicist, with a collection of handwritten notes he has received over the years. Credit Dustin Aksland for The New York Times

When Jimmy Fallon sits down to write his weekly thank-you notes on “The Tonight Show,” he is both ribbing and breathing life into a custom many felt was headed the way of the dodo. “Thank you, cotton candy,” Mr. Fallon scribbles on a correspondence card, “for making my grandmother’s hair look delicious.” Thank you, “bowling, for giving me an excuse to drink with somebody else’s shoes on.”

“Thank you, Chris Christie,” he writes, “for going back for seconds.”

Mr. Fallon’s routine is a hoot, of course, a joke that points up the truth that the boring stuff your parents made you do never actually goes out of fashion and that also inadvertently supports recent scientific findings linking gratitude to increased optimism, stress reduction and a better night’s sleep. Few who sit down to write a bread-and-butter note are likely to be aware that by doing so they are not only on trend but also on their way to becoming happier and more sociable people. Apparently, what Emily Post termed good manners (science prefers “gratitude intervention”) has all kinds of unexpected benefits. And as it happens, the handwritten gratitude intervention seems to be experiencing a moment of vogue.

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Carroll Irene Gelderman, 20, a Columbia University student from New Orleans, ordered stationery after she was named 2014 Queen of Carnival to write thank-you notes for gifts and well-wishes. Credit Dustin Aksland for The New York Times

The personal and professional thank-you notes Cristiano Magni, a New York fashion publicist, sends routinely are written on weighty ecru Connor correspondence cards adorned with a rhinoceros embossed in gold. “It is so important, in a digital world, to have the dignity to sit down and write something in your own hand,” Mr. Magni said one recent afternoon in a garment district showroom, where a collection of thank-you notes sent by editors and stylists was spread across his desk.

Fashion was a business notoriously late to adapt to digital technology, and it remains one in which such seemingly anachronistic customs as the handwritten note hang on stubbornly. Anna Wintour is a stickler for them. So, to judge by Mr. Magni’s collection, are editors at Lucky, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.

“It not only strengthens the bonds between people, in your personal life and in business,” he said of the custom, “it also rings an emotional chord.”

While researchers leave open the matter of which format is best for rendering thanks for small favors, courtesies, presents or a tuna casserole supper, there is a growing sense that the old, reliable handwritten note is making a comeback — and not just as a prop on “Tonight.”

For Martin Nowak, director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, thanking is a form of cooperative reciprocity with roots in primate behavior. For Paula Madden, a real estate developer in Portland, Ore., “Good manners are the basis of civilization.”

This truth is not, alas, universally acknowledged, added Ms. Madden, who manages a portfolio of family-owned properties and also oversees Portland’s Friday Evening Dancing Class for children, a social institution now in its 92nd year. “As you grow older, it becomes more important when someone recognizes the effort you have made on their behalf and reciprocates in the form of a written acknowledgment,” she said.

A text message just doesn’t cut it, Ms. Madden said, for the simple reason that conveying emotion in digital formats is a lost cause. Somehow thickets of exclamation points, ALL CAPS shouts, loaded acronyms and chirpy emoticons cannot approach the freight of feeling conveyed on a scrap of paper with words scratched on it by hand. Why?

“There are a lot of elements,” William Miller, proprietor of the Printery in Oyster Bay, N.Y., said recently. For decades, the Printery has supplied custom writing paper to North Shore swells along with clients as discriminating as Ralph Lauren and Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair. “Engraved stationery has a sculptural quality, shadow lines, artful arrangement of colors,” Mr. Miller said. Despite the incursions of electronic media, he added, “the handwritten note is very much alive and well.”

Mr. Carter writes his on correspondence cards whose weight and texture are selected for how ink flows across them from the fountain pens he prefers. “Graydon is really particular,” Mr. Miller said. “As with Graydon, a lot of people use a correspondence card to say thank you in business, but in a way that has a social affectation. They want to re-emphasize the personal relationship.”

What they want, said Liz Quinn, the owner of Stationer on Sunrise in Palm Beach, Fla., is to draw a distinction between the tossed-off, compressed nature of electronic messages and a form of ritualized communication that gives material evidence “that the person really did appreciate something.”

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Jimmy Fallon writing his weekly thank-you notes on “The Tonight Show.” Credit Nathaniel Chadwick, via NBC

Text and email “don’t mean anything anymore,” Ms. Quinn said, adding with a laugh that her own smartphone, of course, accounted for 90 percent of her correspondence. Make that 100 percent in the case of most millennials and aughties.

“It’s definitely important to show your gratitude, because not everything is going to be given to you,” Brooke Egerton-Warburton, a seventh grader on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, said recently. “But gratitude comes in different forms.”

At that, Ms. Egerton-Warburton’s twin sister chimed in with a litany of alternatives. “It’s, like, ‘This is my phone, this is my email, this is my Instagram, this is my Twitter,’ ” Avery Egerton-Warburton said. “If you want to say thank you, just send me a text.”

In 1960s Baltimore, when Catherine Kitz was growing up, stationery was an essential part of a social wardrobe. “Growing up in a black family, that was something we were raised to do, to send a thank-you note,” Ms. Kitz, a museum administrator in Oakland, Calif., said. “I saw people of all economic backgrounds and races sending them, and now I see people of all economic and racial backgrounds not sending them.”

Despite her best efforts to instill in her stepgrandchildren the importance of forging bonds of trust and dependence through ritualized thanksgiving, the handwritten thank-you note, Ms. Kitz noted, may be a generational lost cause. “After a while I stopped trying,” she said. “I’m still I’m hoping they’ll figure it out at some point — in school, in college, when they get their first job.”

In all likelihood, they will. “Ink on paper has been challenged on many fronts,” said Patti Stracher, director of the National Stationery Show, expected to draw 800 exhibitors and 12,000 attendees to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in May. “Thank-you notes, however, are one of the areas that a poor economy or a social culture shift has little impact on.”

Heather Wiese, owner of Bell’Invito, a luxury stationer in Dallas, said, “If you want to stand out, to be more polished, probably the easiest thing you can do is write that thank-you note.” She added: “Social media, texting and email are all completely relevant. But if after I’ve put my effort forward to interview a potential employee what I get is an email that looks exactly like 200 others, I may miss it.”

Where messages in an inbox look little different from spam, a tidy square in a mailbox crammed with bills commands attention. So does the vision of that other anachronism: penmanship.

“If you are entertained by anyone in their home, that is such an honor it should be followed up by a note of thanks,” said Kathryn Urban, a community volunteer in San Francisco. “Sometimes there are kind acts people have done. Sometimes in a note you can express something difficult to say in person,” or else in an email or text. And sometimes you want to share the tactile, visual and olfactory pleasure provided by a thank-you card, whether a blind embossed engraved one or a Hallmark card bought at CVS.

One of the first things Carroll Irene Gelderman, a Columbia University student from New Orleans, did when she was named the 2014 Queen of Carnival was to order new stationery. As custom dictates, Mardi Gras queens are typically showered with tribute by their courts, and Ms. Gelderman was no different. Before Fat Tuesday rolled round, she had already received over 600 individual gifts.

The pearl white cards Ms. Gelderman chose for her thank-you notes are engraved in dove gray ink by Arzberger and bear her name engraved in Roman lettering at the top. The envelopes were lined with gray-and-white patterned paper, and a custom shade of ink slightly darker than the paper was ordered from Iroshizuku to fill her fountain pen.

“Like a lot of people in my generation, I might think, ‘Oh, just send them a text,’ ” said Ms. Gelderman, who is 20. “But I actually enjoyed writing the notes because in the process of opening a note, feeling the paper, seeing the imperfection of the writing, reading the message in another person’s voice, you actually feel like you have a piece of that person in your hand.”

By GUY TREBAY
APRIL 4, 2014

A version of this article appears in print on April 6, 2014, on page ST2 of the New York edition with the headline: The Found Art of Thank-You Notes.

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Wedding Invitation Trend: Letterpress Coaster Invitations

A very popular wedding invitation trend right now is using letterpress coaster invitations.letterpress coaster invitationsThis fun alternative to traditional paper makes a big statement with rustic weddings, low-key weddings, engagement parties, and cocktail hours.

I recently had the opportunity to print these letterpress coaster invitations for a fun bride and groom using fun calligraphy, and bold vintage fonts. They really made a big impact on the invitations’ overall design, don’t you think?letterpress coaster invitations These are letterpress printed on heavy weight 4″ square paper coasters with a circa 1893 Chandler & Price Old Style platen press and hand-mixed ink. These coasters are reusable, but are not permanent. They withstand a lot, but dark liquids will stain them. The ink will not run!

If you would like to order these for your own event, you may do so here.

I am also always open to new ideas!  Please feel free to contact me any time with any custom requests. I would love to hear from you!

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It’s here: National Stationery Week

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monogramIMG_4586IMG_5521It is finally here! National Stationery Week!

We are so excited because the whole week is about something more than just well..the obvious: stationery; it’s about the intention behind it- the personal, more intimate form of communication through written word, and the end result –  people’s reaction to receiving it. It’s about sending a letter instead of an email. A thank you note as opposed to a text message. A greeting card instead of a facebook message. It’s all about connecting to the person you are writing to, to let them know that they are important to you.

 

To celebrate, we are offering you 20% OFF everything in my etsy shop.national stationery week

Enter the coupon code:
NSW2014 when you check out
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Details:
- Valid through Sunday, April 6th

- Excludes design deposits and wedding invitations

- Only in my ETSY SHOP.

 

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Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations

I just knew these Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations would be fun as soon as I met Vanessa.

Vanessa and Grant were planning a “daytime chic” brunch wedding in the adorable Ian’s Chapel at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas. They were to wed on May the Fourth, worded to reflect their sci-fi fandom. The Hot Pink ink color was to bring in the “daytime” feel and gold glitter liners were later added to add in a little “chic.”

Hot Pink and Gold Wedding InvitationsHot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations  We also created an original map to help visitors find the park.  Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations Here is what Vanessa had to say about her experience:  “I cannot say enough good things about Christy at Dinglewood Design :) To sum it up, you are getting an amazing value. Letterpress invitations can get very pricey — working with Christy got us gorgeous invitations within our budget. Tons of compliments from our wedding guests! And it was just such a breeze to work with her — super friendly, helpful, and quick every step of the way.

First off, she accommodated my special request to purchase a suite without envelopes (I got a discount on envelopes through my workplace). Then she was beyond helpful in guiding us with etiquette and wording. We are having a destination wedding that is off the beaten track in the Texan hill country. The “Map & Directions” feature that Christy designed for us was as essential as it was beautiful. During the design process, we kept changing our mind about how to best word our directions– Christy was super accommodating and always so quick to make tweaks and deliver a new proof. I mean, lightning fast!

So if you are on the fence, don’t think twice — you will get great service and gorgeous letterpress from Dinglewood Design :)Hot Pink and Gold Wedding InvitationsWe printed her invitations on luxurious Crane’s Lettra paper with hot pink ink on Mia, our 1893 Chandler & Price platen press. You can read more about her here. Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations  If you would like to order your own sample to see them in person you may do so here. Hot Pink and Gold Wedding Invitations While we’re based in Columbus, Georgia majority of our brides are located outside of the state of Georgia . We’ve even had the opportunity to create invitations for several international weddings! You can read some of their happy reviews here.

Are you interested in learning more? Please feel free to contact me any time with questions!

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Preppy Monogram Wedding Invitation

This Preppy Monogram Wedding Invitation is the epitome of cuteness.

Alexis had a friend design this invitation for her wedding celebration at Grace on Brevard in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s adorned with a gorgeous calligraphy font, their monogram, polka dot separators, and a navy blue North Carolina with a blush pink heart in representation on Charlotte. We printed her invitations on luxurious Crane’s Lettra paper on Mia, our 1893 Chandler & Price platen press. You can read more about her here. Enjoy the photos!

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While we’re based in Columbus, Georgia majority of our brides are located outside of the state of Georgia . We’ve even had the opportunity to create invitations for several international weddings! You can read some of their happy reviews here.

Are you interested in learning more? Please feel free to contact me any time with questions!

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Custom Letterpress Design

Have a completely custom letterpress design made just for you.

Have you been searching for the right letterpress design with no luck? Whether you want to tweak one of our existing letterpress designs or if you want a completely original design, you’ve come to the right place! Literally, our middle name is “Design” and we can create a completely custom letterpress design just for you.

To get started, contact me with the quantity, deadline and design ideas you have for your order. Next I’ll contact you to discuss your ideas and overall vision.

Before we begin, I charge a design fee deposit (usually $100 and it goes towards the total cost). This covers up to 6 initial design concepts, then unlimited revisions of the chosen design.

Design time can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the complexity of the order, and how quickly we can communicate. Custom letterpress design will typically take longer If you live outside of the US due to time differences. Once your design is finalized, you’ll receive a final quote. Total payment is due before ordering materials and letterpress printing.

Send an email to Christy (at) DinglewoodDesign (dot) com or fill out our contact form here. I’d love to hear from you! Custom Letterpress Design

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Spring Green Wedding Invitations

It’s the first day of Spring (HOORAY!!) and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate day to share these Spring Green Wedding Invitations with you!

Allison and Jeffrey wanted a minimal, modern design for their letterpress wedding invitations for their weekend wedding in May at The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia. Clover Green would be their main color paired with bold fonts and the occasional scroll design. Enjoy the photos!

Spring Green Wedding Invitations Spring Green Wedding InvitationsWe printed her invitations on luxurious Crane’s Lettra paper with Black and Clover Green ink on Mia, our 1893 Chandler & Price platen press. You can read more about her here. Spring Green Wedding Invitations Spring Green Wedding InvitationsHere is what Allison had to say about her experience: “I worked with Dinglewood Design and Press on an invitation suite for my wedding. Christy worked with me over the course of a few months to custom design letter-pressed invitations, event cards, and thank you notes, all of which turned out beautifully. The detail and and final products were much better than I could have imagined! Christy took the lead on design, of course, but listed carefully to what I wanted and looked at other samples I liked. Because we custom designed the suite, I was constantly in touch with her via phone or email—sometimes multiple times a day. Christy was very responsive, and typically got back to me within minutes of an email. She was also very patient with my various ideas and gave such wonderful, creative advice.

I had spent quite a bit of time looking at samples/pricing other vendors before choosing Dinglewood, and estimate that I could have paid at least three times more for the quality of the custom invitation suite Dinglewood made. Bottom Line: I highly recommend Dinglewood Design and Press. You can’t beat the creativity, design abilities, quality, or customer service!” Spring Green Wedding Invitations Spring Green Wedding InvitationsIf you would like to order your own samples to see them in person you may do so here.

While we’re based in Columbus, Georgia majority of our brides are located outside of the state of Georgia . We’ve even had the opportunity to create invitations for several international weddings! You can read some of their happy reviews here.

Are you interested in learning more? Please feel free to contact me any time with questions!

 

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Casual Beach Wedding Invitations

Amy and Robert are getting married next month on beautiful Sorrento Beach in Western Australia and they came to Dinglewood Design and Press looking for custom designed casual beach wedding invitations. They were looking to portray a light, airy look with pearl white paper and grey ink. We paired the envelopes with a shimmery quartz envelope liner – mimicking the soft glow of shimmery white sand. Casual Beach Wedding InvitationsThey also wanted to incorporate an informal circle monogram to symbolize their marriage.  Casual Beach Wedding InvitationsWe printed her invitations on luxurious Crane’s Lettra paper with a grey ink on Mia, our 1893 Chandler & Price platen press. You can read more about her here. Casual Beach Wedding InvitationsCasual Beach Wedding Invitations If you would like to order your own samples to see them in person you may do so here.Casual Beach Wedding Invitations

While we’re based in Columbus, Georgia majority of our brides are located outside of the state of Georgia . We’ve even had the opportunity to create invitations for several international weddings! You can read some of their happy reviews here.

Are you interested in learning more? Please feel free to contact me any time with questions!

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Letterpress Calligraphy Save the Dates

Last month I was contacted by Sissy, an old college friend in need of letterpress calligraphy save the dates.

She had already had an amazing calligrapher design them for her but when it came time to print, she knew that she wanted letterpress. It was such a joy to work with them both and the final product turned out so lovely. Enjoy the pictures! letterpress Calligraphy Save the dates We printed her invitations on luxurious Crane’s Lettra paper with a soft pink ink on Mia, our 1893 Chandler & Price platen press. You can read more about her here.letterpress calligraphy save the dates letterpress calligraphy save the dates letterpress calligraphy save the dates If you would like to order your own samples to see them in person you may do so here.

While we’re based in Columbus, Georgia majority of our brides are located outside of the state of Georgia . We’ve even had the opportunity to create invitations for several international weddings! You can read some of their happy reviews here.

Are you interested in learning more? Please feel free to contact me any time with questions!

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