Personalized Halloween Notecards


I’d had my eye on these Personalized Pumpkin Notecards ($20 for a set of 10) by Etsy shop Fiona Designs for quite some time, and finally ordered them as a little birthday treat for myself. They turned out great! They will be perfect for birthday thank-you notes and my other autumn letter-writing. Fiona Designs has tons of fun options for personalized notecards year-round; browse them all at Fiona Designs.

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My Newest Gift Picks at Bumblebean

bumblebean_logoTime to check out what’s new in my expert collections at Bumblebean.  All of the items below have been handpicked by your truly to represent the best in new children’s clothing, accessories, decor and gifts. And, shipping is free on all orders through October 14th, no code needed:

Holiday Plaid Necktie ($28, sizes infant through 7 years) by Stinky McGee (from the Kids’ Holiday Clothes collection).  Picture perfect for holiday gatherings!


Silver Wool Felt Crown ($24) by Oliver and Adelaide (from the Halloween Goodies collection).  Handmade in L.A., this crown will help your costumed princess stand apart in the sea of Elsas:


Personalized Baby Boy Bib ($25) by Oliver and Adelaide (from Best Personalized Gifts for Kids collection).  Nothing sweeter than a personalized seersucker bib for a new baby boy!


Studio BGD Storage Bins/Dollhouse ($100) by Studio BGD (from the Stylish Nursery Furniture and Decor collection).  Such a clever idea…these brightly colored storage bins can be used individually for toys and knick-knacks, or stacked for any creative purpose like building a dollhouse.
Gingham Footy in Pink ($36, 3-6mos to 9-12mos) by Dondolo (from the Pretty Pink Clothing collection).  I have fallen for Dondolo’s gorgeous, classic Pima cotton infant footies.  A lovely, traditional baby gift.

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Flashback Friday: National Stationery Show 2011: Kid Stuff

Editor’s Note: This post was first published in May 2011.

I spotted lots of unique stationery products for babies & kids–everything from birth announcements to camp notes–at the National Stationery Show last week. Here are the best ones that I want to share with you (when available, I have included links and prices):

Elum Designs makes these adorably-packaged My First Thank You Notes kits for kids. Maybe, just maybe, this will make writing thank you notes less cumbersome.

A newcomer to the show, “Up Up Creative” (the company was named by the toddler son of founder Julie Green), makes these “Terrible Twos” cards. My favorite is “Dah-Wee” (Sorry) ($4).

Always a favorite at NSS, Brooklyn letterpress shop 9 Spot Monk offers Little Artist color in-cards with crayons ($4.50). A great option for younger kids who can’t quite draw a picture on their own yet, but would like to leave their mark.

I know my tween would love these new scented Twisty Stix ($2.99) by International Arrivals, the same company that brought you Smencils.

Framed birth announcement prints are wonderful keepsakes that do double duty as nursery decor. I liked these Baby Wall Announcements by Abbey Malcolm Press.

Looking for some stationery that feels different? Check out “Fabrinery” fabric-backed notecards by HB Designs. Lots of cute designs available for your little boy or girl to choose from.

I used one of these soft linen Baby Photo Albums ($23) by Estelle Billot as a brag book when R. was a newborn. After several years off, Estelle has returned with a new color palette for this top seller, as well as other new products.

I would love to decorate a kids’ bedroom or playroom with the colorful, customized buckets, bins and tubs by The Macbeth Collection. Guess what? We might have a giveaway coming up with them. :-)

If you’re looking for a big sib gift for a child older than preschool age, you can’t go wrong with the fill-in Big Sibling Book: Baby’s First Year According to ME ($11.55 at by Potter Style.

And, finally, for older kids…check out these camp notes by Oh My Word. Hey, at least it’s more personal than an e-mail.

I hope you’re enjoying my National Stationery Show finds. I still have much to show you, including top trends, party invitations, and birthday/holiday goodies!

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Modcloth: 15% Off Everything Including Halloween

If you’re a fan of the clothing and accessories of our affiliate Modcloth, shop there through tomorrow, Oct. 7th at 10am PT to get 15% Off Sitewide with code YAY15.   Browse the Halloween Shop for all of your festive needs–from costumes to Halloween tabletop and entertaining.

Think Outside the Box:  

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Halloween Cards by Lure Paper Goods


When I saw these gorgeous original screenprint Halloween cards by Lure Paper Goods (formerly L2Design Collective) at the National Stationery Show this past May, I knew I’d have to order some for myself this October.  My purchase of several of the cards shown above just arrived (packaged beautifully too!) and I am thrilled with them.  Even *I* need a break from letterpress cards sometimes and these richly-hued, orange-saturated cards do just the right trick for Halloween.  I plan to put some of them in frames, too.  Check them out at Lure Paper Goods (each card costs about $4.25) and stay tuned for a sneak peek of their newest holiday cards, too.

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