Monday, August 31, 2009

In Honor of a Yellow Tomato in Vermont

The tomatoes in my garden that weren't done in by the dreaded late blight this year (the blight got Martha's tomatoes too, so I don't feel too terribly awful) are starting to turn from green to yellow hopefully on their way to red before the dreaded first killing frost does them in.

In honor of the first change of color as we enter September, here are some beautiful and fanciful stationery treatments in yellow by kate spade.

Top, from left: personalized yellow duckie announcement cards, letterpressed awning stripe calling card, lemon frame small correspondence card.

Bottom, from left: yellow adhesive note set, long list pad, slowly moving along printable cards.

I hope I'll be able to follow this yellow post with one on red!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Crane and Neenah Sign Business Papers Partnership

Big News Today!

ALPHARETTA, Ga., and DALTON, Mass. (Aug. 27, 2009) — Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE: NP) and Crane & Co. Inc. today announced they have signed an exclusive partnership agreement for Neenah to manufacture, market and distribute Crane’s fine business paper brands: CRANE’S CREST®, CRANE’S BOND®, CRANE’S LETTRA®, CRANE’S PALETTE™ and CRANE’S® Choice Papers.

“Neenah Paper and Crane & Co. have an unwavering and shared commitment to excellence and have formed this partnership based on manufacturing quality, market reputation and the history of two remarkable companies,” said John P. O’Donnell, president, Neenah Fine Paper. “Together, we’ll be able to offer distributors the preeminent corporate identity and business stationery within the Neenah portfolio, adding value and driving growth to their business.”

“We are very pleased to embrace this opportunity with a partner who can offer Crane’s business papers best-in-class manufacturing, marketing, promotion and channel excellence,” added Charles J. Kittredge, president and CEO of Crane & Co. “This marks a premier partnership of the two top premium brands in the industry.”

The agreement is an extension of a partnership Neenah and Crane launched in early 2007. Since then, Neenah has manufactured 100 percent cotton paper for Crane, although the paper continued to be marketed and distributed through Crane & Co.

“Because we’ve manufactured Crane’s business paper for over two years, we understand its longstanding tradition of craftsmanship and quality and how well Crane’s products complement our portfolio,” O’Donnell noted. “Meaningful brands with a recognized promise drive real value in our category and the marketplace. This association with Crane is an illustration of how we are demonstrating our commitment to both.”

Neenah will continue to manufacture the CRANE’S CREST®, CRANE’S BOND®, CRANE’S LETTRA®, CRANE’S PALETTE™ and CRANE’S® Choice Papers. The papers will be available to distributors through Neenah sales representatives beginning late third quarter of 2009.

Papermaking Heritage
Both Neenah and Crane & Co. have a strong writing paper heritage that dates back to the 1800s and are integral to the history of papermaking. Neenah, founded in 1873, was the first to introduce the brand watermark, a practice that within a few years became a symbol of authenticity for business and personal correspondence and is still in use today. Nearly 50 years ago, Neenah also introduced the first paper in its CLASSIC® family of papers. CLASSIC CREST® is now the most widely recognized premium uncoated paper in North America. Crane’s papers have not only been integral to the history of papermaking, but history itself. The company’s roots extend to before the American Revolution — Paul Revere engraved banknotes for the Colony of Massachusetts Bay on Crane paper to help finance the American Revolution — and business correspondence papers made by Crane have been used by heads of state from around the world ever since.

Notes O’Donnell, “The deep history and strong heritage of both Neenah and Crane set us apart in the paper industry. Together, we have over two centuries of papermaking experience and our brands are among the most recognized and preferred social and business papers in North America. ”

About Neenah Paper
For over 100 years, Neenah Paper has been an innovative leader in the creation and manufacturing of premium and specialty papers. Neenah’s first mill brand watermark, OLD COUNCIL TREE® Bond, was introduced in 1908 and within a few years, using paper with a mill brand watermark became a symbol of authenticity and distinction for business and personal correspondence papers. Today, Neenah brings that same innovative spirit and state-of-the-art technology to its signature brands, CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, STARWHITE®, CAPITOL BOND®, and SUNDANCE®, as well as a host of other fine paper products preferred by graphic designers and printers. For more information, visit or call (800) 558-5061.

About Crane & Co.
Crane & Co. has been the country’s leading maker of fine 100 percent cotton stationery for social and business correspondence for over two centuries. Founded in 1801, the company's roots extend to the birth of the nation. It was at Crane's Liberty Mill that paper was made for Paul Revere to engrave colonial currency in 1776. Crane has made the distinctive paper for United States currency since 1879. The company continues to be owned and managed by members of the sixth and seventh generations of the Crane family. For more information on Crane’s fine business papers and brands, visit

Monday, August 24, 2009

Southern Lady Features Search for the Cure Caddy

Every month should be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but October has received the official designation. For several years, Crane has made a special pink ribbon stationery set, with $2 from each sale donated to a breast cancer awareness and screening programs.

In their September/October issue, our friends at Southern Lady magazine are featuring Crane's Search for the Cure stationery caddy as part of a "Pretty Things with a Pink Ribbon" page.

It is beautiful stationery for yourself or a friend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Future of Paper - The Tomorrow Show

The Future of Paper was the subject of an interesting and very entertaining feature on CBS Sunday morning earlier today. It was great fun to see my friend Cindy Bowden from the American
Museum of Papermaking on this inaugural episode of The Tomorrow Show with Mo Rocca.

You can watch the show here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Introducing: Sophia Louise Hopkins

Wow; what a wonderful day! Sophia Louise is the first girl born in the Hopkins family in almost 100 years. So much love stored up. And so many presents. Think I'll spoil her? You bet; it's my job.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

kate spade all-occasion gift set generates excitement

Several times a year, there are specific Crane products that generate a lot of interest. This summer, following its introduction to the media at the National Stationery Show in New York, the little number below is getting quite a bit of attention. I have reason to believe it will be featured in a prominent magazine this fall. I'll let you know when it comes out; I don't want to jinx its chances.

You'll never be at a loss for words (or something to send them on). This all-occasion greeting card gift set by kate spade has nearly every sentiment covered and does it all with style and color. You get 3 each of 5 designs all with matching lined envelopes. The entire set comes in a crisp brown box with tabbed dividers to help keep your thoughts in order. All for $35.