Friday, April 30, 2010
I love baseball.
Here are my two favorite baseball fans.
Young William Porter Hopkins wants a glove for his birthday. Think he might get one?
And then there's Sophia Louise. melt, melt...
As noted last week, I got so entranced by the new $100 bill that I completely forgot my Freebie Friday obligations. I'll try to make it up to you as we say goodbye to National Letter Writing Month. Let's greet the month of May with greeting cards. For your consideration, I have a set of 18 greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, and just plain expressions of the heart. All are engraved or letterpressed on Crane's 100% cotton paper.
Here's a sampling:
Leave a comment below and I'll put you in next Friday's drawing.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
This post is for all the Moms out there. Graduation is approaching quickly and you're going to be sending your babies out into the world of college or the world of work. Either way, your babies are going to be very small fish swimming around in a very big pond.
What's a Mom to do? Your babies need to create their own personal brand. They're well on their way, with all your years of nurturing, but there's even more you can do right at this juncture in their lives:
Give them stationery!
What? Yes, you heard correctly, even in this age of e-mail and cell phones and texting. (Here's a thought to ponder. All texting requires is a tool and two opposable thumbs. My, haven't we come a long way in our development?!)
It wasn't that long ago that those who first had a computer, who used e-mail, who bought a cell phone, a PDA or any other piece of technology were the ones who stood out from the crowd. They were admired and respected. They were out in front of the pack. They were the big fish in a small pond.
But the pendulum is swinging. Not backwards, but ahead toward a more civil, respectful and courteous society. Ask yourself this: who will stand out from the crowd; be admired and respected; be remembered most favorably:
The person who sends you a garbled tweet thanking you for that delicious dinner, or the person who sent you a hand-written thank-you note?
The applicant who follows up the job interview with an e-mail, or the applicant who follows up with a hand-written note acknowledging the generosity of time and consideration for the future.
The friend who catches up with you with a "wassup?" text or the friend who writes a note just because "I was thinking about you today."
The young networker who hands you his number on a wet cocktail napkin or the young networker who hands you her card?
These are the people who will be remembered for their courtesy, respect and civility.
That can be your baby!
Here's a great start to building an esteemed personal brand. Send your little fish into the big pond with personal cards. They say "I have arrived. Here I am!"
Monday, April 26, 2010
I got so wrapped up on the unveiling of the new $100 bill last week that Freebie Friday got right by me. Heck, I even got up close and personal with my new Friend Ben!
Once again this year, I am very happy to host the Annual Auction to benefit Hand Papermaking Magazine. For those of you not familiar with the publication, it is not to be missed. Anyone with a love of paper should be a subscriber. And for those in the stationery retail business, you might think about offering the magazine to your paper-loving customers.
This year's auction is fabulous, thanks to the generosity of so many friends of Hand Papermaking Magazine. Here are just a few of the items under the gavel until 5 p.m. on May 1:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
You can view the just-released B-roll from the Bureau of Engraving & Printing right here as they crank out Franklins.
And you can listen to Doug Crane talk about the new $100 and the role the company played in its development here.
The Treasury Department earlier today unveiled the design for the new $100 bill, which will enter circulation on Feb. 10, 2011. The bill, of course, is being printed on paper made by Crane & Co. Here's where you can find out all about the new design and the security features to combat counterfeting.
I issued the following statement from Crane after the official unveiling:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The weather report is calling for snow this weekend here in Vermont which will call into question the Sunday round of golf and tilling the community and school gardens. Given that dreary outlook, I needed something bright and cheery to ponder in order to elevate the gloomy mood.
First off, Mr. Random reports that the number 3 was generated to select the winner of this past week's pet journal prizes. And number 3 is Little Lamb Design. Please send your shipping information to peter (dot) hopkins (at) comcast (dot) net.
Now my mood is beginning to elevate, so let's get this week's Freebie Friday kicked off with some bright and cheery and springy and summery notes from Crane's kate spade stationery collection.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I'm not really trying to start anything, but the light here in Vermont this afternoon is indescribable. I happened to come across a greeting card letterpressed on Crane's Lettra paper lying in that light and rushed to grab the camera. I also happened to come across some marketing copy from an e-card company, saying something to the effect that their product is as tasteful as its "almost obsolete" paper counterpart, with the beauty of traditional paper.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Well, this is a new one for me. A dog won this past week's Freebie Friday giveaway of all the frog-based stationery. The winner is Moose, who wrote: "Frogs forever! Tail Wags to All!" OK Moose, get your master to send me his shipping address to me at peter (dot) hopkins (at) comcast (dot) net.
So, it's Freebie Friday once again and to honor the occasion of having a dog winning last time, I'm giving away two pet-themed journals - one for dog-lovers and one for (sorry Moose!) cat-lovers.
I opened the journals up a while ago and the feel of the paper inside is spectacular. Upon further inspection, I learned why. The journals are filled with beautiful, white, toothy 24-pound Bond - Crane's Bond.
So, all you animal-lovers who would love to own these journals filled with Bond - Crane's Bond - leave a comment below. And good luck
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Truth was proclaimed right here in Vermont at 2:46 Monday afternoon by the world's most respected ice observer - Homer Fitts. That's when the ice went out on Joe's Pond earlier than ever before in recorded history.
For those who don't understand the importance of this event, check out this news report from WCAX just days before the big event.
And remember, you heard it here first.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
There are some things I encounter in my job that I never get tired of: rotary boilers, paper machines, sheeters, bales of cotton and flax. But then there are the artisans - borderers, gilders, engravers - with skills honed from one generation to the next, from father to son and from mother to daughter. The personal pride, attention to detail, and respect for traditional New England craftsmanship are the signatures placed upon every piece of stationery they touch.
Those of you attending the National Stationery Show in New York City in May will have the opportunity to see Crane craftsmanship first-hand.
Two Crane borderers - Deb Larkin and Sally Rice - will make a rare public appearance to demonstrate their craft in the Crane booth. Stop by Sunday and Monday, May 16 and 17, from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., and on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m.
I wish I could sell tickets. I'd be able to retire.......
Friday, April 2, 2010
We are having the most wonderful stretch of spring weather here in Vermont, and last night, as I was driving home with the window down after a glorious victory in the finals of the dart league (it's all good today!) I could hear the peepers for the first time. Yay Spring! The tiller gets fired up later today.
So, in honor of the arrival of Peepers, I'll put together a collection of stationery frogs for you:
If you would like to own this fabulous frog collection, just leave a comment below.
And, the winner of last Freebie Friday's collection of Louie Award finalist stationery is: Brooklynchuck. Chuck, please send me your mailing address at peter dot hopkins at comcast dot net.
Good luck everyone!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The straw that broke the camel's back just happened to coincide with the beginning of National Card and Letter Writing Month.
How many times have I seen this lead sentence in a newspaper, magazine or blog: "I can't remember the last time I got a handwritten letter?" How many times do these journalists use the above lament to decry The Lost Art of Letter Writing or to pronounce the Demise of the Handwritten Note as if they were Medical Examiners for the written word.
I had to read that sentence once again today.
And every time I read that sentence, I shake my head because they've got it backwards, and if they got it right, there would be no story to follow.
Here's the proper lead sentence:
"I can't remember the last time I wrote a letter!"
I can't imagine why an empty mailbox surprises them. I remember vividly when I was a little kid, I would love to go to the box by the road and bring in the mail. After all, there might be a new Sears catalog in there!
I asked my Mom one day, "How come I never get any mail?"
Mom's answer was simple and to the point: "Because you never write."
So I did. I started scratching out notes in my horrible handwriting that Mom still shakes her head at. Now, I would go to the mailbox twice a day. The first to put the letter in the box and raise the flag, and later I would go to get today's mail.
And lo and behold, the letters started to arrive!
Even as a little kid, I learned pretty quickly about cause and effect and what I would come to know as "The Ethic of Reciprocity." If I write letters, I will receive letters.
Here's another version of The Ethic of Reciprocity: "Treat others as you would like to be treated."
Has a familiar "golden" ring to it, yes?
So, if you find yourself beginning to say "I can't remember the last time I...." think about it a second. Then sit down with some paper, a pen and a stamp and see what happens.