Our New Calendar: The Perfect Little Gift
December 4th, 2013

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Once again, December has snuck up on me — but this year I mind a little less, because it means just one more month until I can pop open our new Colorful Quotes Desk Calendar.

We’ve gathered some of our most popular quote cards, mixed in a few new ones for added spice, and are delighted to serve up 12 months of wit and wisdom — an eclectic collection that ranges from Oscar Wilde to Coco Chanel, and from Jack Kerouac to Pablo Neruda (see below).

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The solid, but lightweight, CD construction means they couldn’t be easier to mail out to long-distance friends — or slip into a Christmas stocking. Because what could be nicer than a little gift that provides a pop of color and conversation all year long?

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And at just $12.95, they’re the perfect multipurpose gift to have on hand. Order yours at our online store here, or find them at retailers nationwide. (For example, Annie’s Blue Ribbon in Brooklyn, Parker & Otis in Durham, NC or Stationer on Sunrise here in Palm Beach.)



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My! Mr. Reindeer, What Amazing Eyes You Have
November 14th, 2013

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We’re pretty sure that reindeer don’t fly, but it seems that snowy nights do bring out a bit of magic in these animals. Scientists have recently learned that, in what might be a unique talent, reindeer actually change their eye color over the course of the year.

In summer, their eyes are a golden yellow as this allows as much summer light through to the retina as possible. But in winter, they become blue to filter the light and allow better perception in low light levels … hello, wolf lurking in the snowy artic shadows.

Which means those reindeer might not have needed Rudolph quite so much on that famous wintry crossing long ago. Who knows? Personally, I’m delighted that there are still new things to be discovered about the animals around us … now how about those reindeer games?

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“Reindeer games” (above) is a new card for the holidays, but we also have several other reindeer cards in stock (below) ready at our online store, or to be found at a retailer near you.

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… Because who says reindeer don’t make it down to the tropics during their Christmas trips?

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“Yes, It’s Me Again” (above) was one of our first holiday designs and remains one of our most popular.

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This card (above) was inspired by the famous poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

You can find all our holiday cards here, or just email us at info@jfalkner.com and we’ll help find a retailer near you.

And for those intrepid enough to read this post to the end, we’d like to offer you a special holiday discount of 20% off your entire online purchase. Just use the code HDY2 – but quick, it expires 1 December.



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Holiday Safari Surprise (and special discount!)
November 7th, 2013

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We all like a good surprise, and here’s a happy one. We’ve always loved giraffes — we have a birthday card, and even a notepad — and thought well why not try one on a holiday card. (I photographed the inquisitive giraffe, above, at the Lion Country Safari Park in Wellington, Florida.)

It’s true giraffes aren’t exactly in the snowy family of animals, but we like holiday cards with a touch of eccentricity. So our giraffe cantered merrily through the design process, and became one of my personal favorites (the final design, below).

But who knew our stores would so heartily agree? The red-nosed giraffe is now one of our most popular new cards of the festive season!

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Or perhaps we should have known the giraffe would be popular. After all, one of last year’s winners was his neighbour on the African plains, the Zebra — who is available again this season.

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Check out all our holiday cards here. And as loyal readers of our blog, we want to extend a special holiday discount to you. Simply enter the code HDY2 at checkout for a 20% discount. (Good until 1 December.) Happy shopping!



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New Blog for Paper Lovers: The Paper Chronicles
October 18th, 2013

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One of the pleasures of attending the gift and stationery shows is the chance to have a good ole gossip with Sarah Schwartz, editor of the industry bible, Stationery Trends. Not only does she have a great eye for what’s new and interesting, and also what might be played out, her journalism background in New York armed her with the kind of wit that makes every conversation that much more fun.

So when Sarah told me of her plans to launch her own blog to provide a daily dose of that kind of enthusiasm and trend insight, I jumped at the chance to design her a logo (which you see above).

We both liked the idea that TPC could be a coat of arms, ready to do battle for the romance of print in this technological world.

I suggest anyone who loves the art of stationery should follow The Paper Chronicles — and not only for (ahem) fascinating industry profiles, like the one you see below. Click here to read the full post.

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London Trend Alert: Foxes
October 13th, 2013

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I’ve recently had the good fortune to visit London for a few research trips, and one visual motif has silently padded into each exhibition hall, or retail space I’ve visited. Nearly ten years since England banned foxhunting, the wily red fox has turned the tables and taken over London design. (Above, a detail from the Hackett store on Regent’s Street.)

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September’s Topdrawer London, the pre-eminent gift show in the city, included a veritable forest of squirrels and hedgehogs, as on these pillows, but the fox was always the star.

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At 100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade event, a dominant color trend was pairing neutral organic colors against vivid brights — for example, this scarlet side table anchored by walnut legs (above). And naturally, a red fox, adorning this logo, was right at home. (Treat your eyes and check out Young & Norgate’s gorgeous collection of handmade furniture here.)

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A month later I was at the Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair in Battersea. A treasure trove of unusual statement pieces it is a must-attend for London decorators. This mounted fox (above) was one of several I saw that day (though admittedly he looks none too happy about it).

Fortunately, it seems like the fox has cross-atlantic appeal, because one of our bestselling birthday cards at the moment just so happens to feature … a fox (see below).

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