Let the New Year begin, with love and laughter for all!
Soon it will be time to gather up those holiday cards, unplug the Christmas lights and try to find a corner in your closet to put them all.
Perhaps you’re like us and save your Christmas cards, visions of revisiting them another time, with warm memories and warm cocoa to hand. Though more likely than not — and this is definitely like us — you never find that moment and instead have boxes and boxes of old holiday cards you don’t know what to do with. Help, dear reader, is at hand!
Arm yourself with a scissors, a hole-punch, some old ribbon (or get a bit fancy with velvet like we did, above) and transform your cards into gift tags for next year. Snip through Santas and angels and reindeer and suddenly you’ve created a fun new perspective on the same old card.
(This kind of craftiness has long been a big movement in the art world — though then it’s called , and not ‘just reusing an old image’. So, go on, appropriate away!)
Here’s the finished result (above), and a few more we couldn’t resist trying once we got started (below). We’ve used our own J.Falkner holiday cards throughout.
We had so much fun with this project, it’s likely we’ll introduce these gift tags to our stores next holiday season. Just in case you don’t save your old cards after all ….
Yes, a decision has been made. Last week, Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2013, and Emerald — “a lively, radiant, lush green” — is in. (Read all about it .) Which means Orange, so 2012, is out.
Green does make an appealing color story (see this palette of images from Pantone, above), but please forgive us if we sniff a bit of a marketing strategy — Pantone bedding now available at jcpenney! Green nailpolish at Sephora! — rather than an authentic prediction. And now what is everyone to do with those orange kitchen appliances they bought just this year, when Tangerine Tango reigned as color supreme?
Fortunately, we have a much easier way to stay on-trend here at J.Falkner. Simply chose to send one of our emerald-hued birthday cards (below). We first featured these a few months ago, and here they are again, ready to join the new Color of the Year party.
Find them at stockists across the country, or online .
With the merry month of December just beginning, it’s time to get our dachshund dressed for the holidays. Of course, he’s just porcelain so very amenable to decoration (above).
Because of a previously peripatetic lifestyle it was hard to have a pet, but we’ve always said if we did — it would certainly be a dachshund.
So, in the anticipation of the day we might have one for real, we celebrate him in our cards. For the holiday, we have our dachshund joining in on Reindeer games with his red nose (above). Available in boxes of 8 cards from our online store .
Or if you’re looking for holiday gifts, we’ve put together a special mixed box set of 8 dachshund cards — birthday, thank you and blank cards (see above). Order them from our online gift shop , and we even offer gift wrapping.
And, as an early holiday treat for doxie-lovers, here are a few pics of choice dachshund owners we thought everyone might enjoy!
Even famously cantankerous Picasso was mollified by his dachshund, Lump (above, in photo, and as drawn by Picasso).
Andy Warhol had two dachshunds (Amos and Archie), but the portrait (above) is of a friends pet, Maurice.
But perhaps most fabulous of all dachshund-owners was uberchic clotheshorse Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) — see her above, with two of her seven dachshunds, and one of her three husbands (Arturo Peralta-Ramos). The Standard Oil Heiress was said to go everywhere with her coterie of dachshunds, even when travelling to California to court Clark Cable (a courtship which failed — though whether it was the 7 dogs or the 20 trunks of luggage she brought that he found more oppressively extravagant, who is to say?).
(You can read a great piece about Millicent Rogers from the Wall Street Journal, .)
And one more Millicent before we go (below, with the perfect blonde hair she became famous for) ….
Of course Christmas is about snow flakes and Santa and lots of ho ho ho, but here at J.Falkner we are always looking to find a way to bring a bit of the unexpected to the world of paper. So why not turn to the world of fashion to see what’s new and now.
And there is one trend that seems to keep coming back, season after season: Leopard print (see our montage of tearsheets, and mens evening slippers, above). You might say, if you were as inclined to easy puns as we are, it’s a print with nine lives.
Now let’s have fun. Anchor the print in a bright Christmassy red, pair it with an amusing greeting — and, voila, a rather unique and playful new holiday card (see below). This is definitely a card that will stand out among a pile of haloed angels and lambs.
Plus! It’s now fashion-endorsed. This month, People Stylewatch features it as one of the best holiday cards of the season (see it peeking out on the lower left hand corner, below).
Order a box for yourself from our online store , and send some holiday cheer to all the pussycats in your life.