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Time to Sharpen Your Pencils!
September 4th, 2017
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Whatever age you are, doesn’t September always feel like a back-to-school month? A time to wave goodbye to summer breezes and rosé wine, and sit down at your desk with a renewed focus on these last months of the year.

And what better way to start than with a new set of pencils, and a fresh notepad. (Scroll down to see our special offer, too!)

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This year we’ve started producing pencils, and now we have four different designs: pineapples, palms, rainbows, and little dachshunds.

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All our pencils are proudly manufactured here in the US, in partnership with a Tennessee factory that has been making pencils for over 100 years. It’s a real joy to sharpen the basswood body, and the No. 2 lead has a lovely smooth flow on the page.

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As with our line of greeting cards, we like to bring a colorful, modern spin to the traditional. So instead of standard gold or silver metal, we opt for black ferrules (the metal bit that joins the eraser to the pencil – the things you learn once you step into the pencil world!), and neon erasers.

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We also have notepads in the same pineapple or palm pattern, if you’re one of those people who like their stationery to match (guilty!).

Or maybe you prefer your lists in a tidy notebook, in which case we have some colorful options here, too! Each notebook has 48 lined pages.

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Have a browse now through our selection of pencils, notepads and notebooks here. And in this back-to-school month of September, enjoy free shipping (on anything you choose, sitewide, until 30 September) with the code BACKTOSCHOOL.

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Easter Colors!
April 15th, 2017
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Whether you choose to celebrate the Christian or the pagan aspects of Easter (and possibly both, because: chocolate), for me the essential spirit of this holiday is one of rebirth and renewal. Nowhere is that more beautifully expressed than in Spring flowers.

I’m fortunate to spend a lot of time in London, and it always astonishes me how suddenly the whole city can rouse itself from a grey winter into a symphony of Spring blossoms and colors. (Like these banks of daffodils along the northern side of Hyde Park, above.) So I’m making this Easter blog a showcase of London flowers.

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This single cherry blossom tree (above) has a few weeks of glory, and then recedes to a simple tree among many in the park.

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These luscious color combinations always inspire me, and remind me clashing colors in flowers are just never wrong.

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Two sides of the same beautiful Georgian square in the Connaught Street Village area. Magnolias are always the most precious sightings, since London rain can threaten their delicate petals each day.

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I love this chic window box along Albion Street in the Bayswater neighborhood, and how the glossy modern black box shows off the blooms and pussywillows.

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Spring is also a lovely time to bring the outside in. My dinner party centerpiece this season has been very simple (and quick!): fresh tulips cut short and arranged in gold shot glasses. Because when nature brings you such gorgeous colors, you don’t need to do much at all.

Here’s wishing you all a similarly easy, simple Easter enjoying the nature around us, and the love of good friends and family.

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Merry Christmas!
December 25th, 2016
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Of course, if ever there was a day to be off-line this is it … but we couldn’t resist sharing this twinkling picture of Oxford Street in London as it appears this week. Those simple but quite lovely globes of light always remind me to pause, look up and take delight.

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Carnaby Street, once the epicentre of London cool in the 60’s, has recently staged a trendy return and its holiday lights (above) always have a maverick, playful touch.

And this year they managed to sum up in just a few words everything we wish for you, dear reader.

Let all your Christmas WISHES come true, enjoy the LOVE of your friends and family, approach the new year with as much HOPE as you can muster — and if you’re lucky, find a KISS under the mistletoe.

We send you all the love and merriment of the season. See you in 2017!

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Let’s Get the Holiday Joy Started!
November 17th, 2016
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Whatever side of the political fence you might have found yourself, we can all safely agree 2016 has been a fractious, angry year. So I am counting on the holidays to bring as much good cheer and high spirits as they can possibly muster. This year, maybe more than any year I can remember, we all need to spread the joy!

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Here at J.Falkner, we have sparkling new holiday designs to tempt your merry eye. And a special offer — read down to the end for details. Here are a few of our new cards; they are available as single cards or in boxes of eight.

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This vintage Christmas tree illustration, paired with gold foil stamped ornaments, is destined to become one of our holiday classics.

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We love our ho ho ho happy Snowman, ready to play during the wonderful time of the year.

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These bright baubles make a very festive wreath, and the gold foil stamping makes the whole design shimmer.

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We also have mini versions of many of our card designs, which are just the thing to zing up a Christmas present. Our enclosures measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 “, and come with their own envelope. They are available as single cards, or in boxes of eight.

Have a browse through our new designs here.

To make your holidays brighter we are offering 15% off your entire order, but just until the end of November. Use the discount code YAYHOLIDAYS.

Unfortunately we only ship in the US, but our partner in the UK, Archivist Press, have printed some of our favorites, including the Christmas Tree, Snowman and Holiday Dachshund, which you can order here for delivery in the UK, and also to Canada.

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Sunshine in September
September 16th, 2016
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My father first turned me on to Henry David Thoreau when I was a teenager, and yet every time I return to Thoreau I’m struck by a new insight.

My latest favorite line is this: “One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” Because, here at J.Falkner, that’s what we are all about: bright, colorful cards to bring summery happiness whatever the season.

After all, if we’re lucky enough to base ourselves in Palm Beach (that’s the Eastern end of Worth Avenue, above, and beyond that the Atlantic), why not share the joy?

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What is yellow but pure sunshine? This new trio of cards are now available at retailers across the US, and also up north in Canada at Indigo, and various independent stores.

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These awnings along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach are my favorite — something so fresh about the yellow, with white piping, against the soft pink stone.

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Sunshine through palm fronds — the essence of Palm Beach.

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And, finally, a charming street vignette of two Vespas idling while their owners pop into Neiman Marcus for something no doubt essential.

May there be sunshine wherever you are!

(And remember you can shop these cards, and many more, at our online store here.)

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Mothers, and Dads — and Grads!
April 11th, 2016
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Time to refill the ink on your favorite fountain pen, because it’ll be a busy few months ahead for card-senders. Mark your calendars …

Mother’s Day is less than a month away (May 8 this year), then Father’s Day in June (19th to be exact) — and don’t forget the graduates setting out onto fresh new paths throughout May and June. (Note dates correct for the US and Canada only; the UK operates to its own tune.)

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We have several new Mother’s Day designs, including this one (above), with one of our favorite flowers as an accent – the Poppy – and a fresh palette of coral, fuschia and apple green.

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Celebrate your fabulous father with this new design (above), great for Father’s day, but just as good for his birthday, or a general shout out to your dad any time of the year.

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We have a new graduation card that’s become one of our most popular for Grads (if the stores buying them is any indication). A simple, strong quote from one of our favorite Presidents. And in the madness of the current election cycle, it’s good to cast our minds back to some of the greats who shaped the country — and for the better.

Ok, political broadcast over. Now let’s get to the good stuff: our special offer! To make things temptingly easy, we’re offering free shipping. The magic code is LUVMOM. It’s goood for any card — Mother’s Day, birthday, as you wish — and any size of order. Until 30 June.

And, since we know first hand what it’s like to have a letter written and addressed but lurk in your bag for days (weeks?) because you haven’t had the chance to get a stamp, we are also including a bit of magic: a free stamp.

So, now all you need to decide is what to say in your card. And isn’t that the fun part?

Browse all our cards click here and order away!

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We Wish You A Very Happy New Year!
December 31st, 2012
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Let the New Year begin, with love and laughter for all!

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Going for Holiday Gold
November 14th, 2012
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It may seem counterintuitive to start a post about holiday cards with an envelope, but if you’re reading this, you know that here at J.Falkner we love the details. After all, in this world of first impressions, the envelope is the first thing your sendee will see.

The paper on our “gold-leaf” envelopes has a smooth iridescent finish that resembles metallic specks. And when they catch the light they really do shimmer (above).

For the cards themselves, we knew we wanted to do something very simple, and very chic. Just a few playful images, a restrained color palette (above), and a luxurious use of white space to appreciate the thick card stock. Finally, we tucked the holiday greeting inside the card so the design outside is crisp and clean.

Of course we love a cute reindeer, but are they really the only animal in the God’s kingdom that gets to celebrate Christmas? Surely there is some fabulous Santa Claus somewhere who would welcome a leaping Rudolph Zebra into his herd (like the one, above).

And step forward Flamingo. You’re every bit as able as a turtle dove to spread good holiday cheer, and — perhaps it’s our Florida-bias — rather more elegant.

These cards are now available at fine retailers across the country, and online holiday cards can be ordered from our own shop here. Or just email us at info@jfalkner.com and we’d be happy to let you know of a store that carries them near you.

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