When our cards popped up in Norfolk, England …
August 4th, 2014

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Nothing thrills us more than great friends starting new businesses, so when the uber-chic London stylist Liz Thody (above, with her shop) floated her idea of a pop-up shop in Norfolk, our immediate response was: “We’re in!”

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Norfolk is a few hours drive up north from London. Rich agrarian land means the county has become a bit of a foodie hotspot, and, with its northern boundaries hitting the North Sea, Norfolk boasts some of England’s most beautiful beaches — notably the famed Holkham Beach (above) where the Queen is known to run her horses or, depending your reference preference, where the concluding scene of “Shakespeare in Love” was filmed.

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The shop was positioned at Wiveton Hall, just outside of the little town of Holt. Wiveton Hall has a very popular restaurant which serves up some of the freshest food in the county (like my meal of grilled heirloom tomatoes on toast).

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Liz called her shop Little Donkey Pop-Up, and her whimsical donkey logo was branded on bags (above), with neon tassels she sourced in Morocco. (If you speak fashion, then you might say Summer 2014 is all about a tassel.)

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The shop itself was an ingenious piece of construction. A simple wheelbarrow shape, it held cashmere sweaters, children’s dresses, hand-embroidered beach bags, trays of bright summer bracelets — and, of course, J.Falkner cards.

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Liz chose bright summery cards from our line to complement her product mix, and we love how our range of friendship cards sat among the pastel cashmeres and retro bathing caps (see above).

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For us, Little Donkey Pop-Up provided a welcome chance to nose around a part of England we’d never visited. The tree-shaded country lanes, the happy cows, the sun slanting over fields of hay — Norfolk was picture-postcard English countryside.

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I even found myself reconsidering pebble siding, which can go so very wrong in London suburbs. Here in Norfolk, however, it has an authenticity and simplicity that was actually rather beautiful. (For example, this cottage in Burnham Market below.)

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Goodbye for now, Norfolk — hope to see you and your wide wind-swept beaches again!



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New treats for the National Stationery Show!
May 16th, 2014

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For stationery folks like ourselves, this weekend is the big one. Sort of like a stationery superbowl — though don’t look for Beyonce or Madonna at the half-time show. Still there’s lots of energy to celebrate as companies big and small bring it to the Javits Centre in New York for the National Stationery Show.

And here at the J.Falkner workshop we’ve been busy, with over 30 new card designs to share this week. So we thought to give our readers a sneak peek at what buyers will be seeing over the next few days. We’d love to hear which are your favorites!

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We have a new series of friendship cards, with hand-lettered sentiments and a pastel palette that feels fresh and happy.

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You know when you just want to write a couple of words and don’t need a big ole card? Well, these flat cards are for you! Printed on extra thick paper with an eggshell finish that is a dream to write on.

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This happy octopus was one of our stars at the last show, so here he returns as a thank you card. (Available as single cards, or boxed sets.)

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And, finally, a foxy little way to thank you with our boxed fox thank you notes.

We have our entire new collection online for easy viewing – and ordering! Just in case you want to get a head start, all these cards are now available at our online shop, and will ship to retailers nationwide in June.

(Buyers visiting the show can find all our new releases at Booth #1951.)



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Happy Easter Blooms!
April 19th, 2014

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We’re celebrating Easter in London this year. Though Ella Fitzgerald might sing about loving Paris in the Springtime, for us, London is the place to be in Spring, when blossoms push forward from every corner. Here are a few favourites to wish you a truly lovely Easter.

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It’s the little crocus, with their saffron hearts, that are the first to bring the promise of Spring in Hyde Park.

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The fragile beauty of magnolias, glowing here in the setting sun (above), is so fleeting, especially when London rains arrive.

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It’s hard to believe this explosion of cherry blossoms were actually so pink, but there they were one afternoon in Hyde Park.

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Walton Place (above), with its white-blossomed trees a perfect compliment to the creamy white stucco buildings, is one of London’s most perfect little streets.

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And this morning we spied bluebells pushing up against the iron grating in Hyde Park, just in time for Easter.

We feel spoiled to find such a beautiful spectrum of colors over the course of a few days, and are reminded of Oscar Wilde’s quote: “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” Happy Easter!



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Going Green on St Pat’s!
March 17th, 2014

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You want some St. Pat’s green? You got it. While we don’t (yet) have a specific St. Patrick’s Day card, that doesn’t mean we neglect green. In fact, a rich bright green is one of the signatures colors here at J.Falkner Cards.

We have a chartreuse notebook, chirping away (see above).

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We have a buzzy green notepad, gathering all your to-dos.

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And, of course, we have many green-colored cards, including this one with a quote from Coco Chanel (above).

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We even have little green cards, like this Bee’s Knees enclosure card (above) which measures just 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches — the perfect size to adorn a little gift, or hostess present.

Find all our cards here, because though St Patrick’s Day comes but one day a year, we believe in celebrating green all year round.



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A Big Kiss on Valentine’s Day!
February 13th, 2014

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Happy Valentines Day! Today’s the day to reach out to those near and dear — and, for us, that definitely means you readers.

Valentines is the unofficial kick-off to the Spring card season. Lest we forget: Easter (April 13), Mothers Day (May 11, in Australia, Canada and the US; in the UK, it’s 30 March), Fathers Day (15 June; here the UK, US and Canada agree) and graduations in June.

But don’t feel overwhelmed, for help is at hand: we just happen to have cards for each one of these occasions. Have a little browse here. (To my own family, I caution: spoiler alert!)

Get a jump and choose your cards now and, not only will you have peace of mind, we’ll give you free shipping on your order until the end of February. Just use the code FREESHIP. It’s our little “mwah!” to you on Valentines Day.



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