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Last Week’s Surprise Giveaway WINNERS!

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! In case you’re wondering who won last week’s Surprise Giveaways, here are the lucky readers:

notNeutral (City Map Plates): jane maynard and patty optiz

Delight.com “1 for me, 1 for a friend”: funky finds

Bunny Maxwell (Simrin Table Linens): willikat

Winners…please send me an email with your shipping info and “I’m a Winner!” in the subject line.

And for everyone Delight.com has generously offered to give hwtm readers a discount code for 15% off all orders over $30 through June 31st! So even if you didn’t win the giveaway, at least you (and your friends!) can receive a special deal on the “delightful” stuff you just gotta have… Remember – new items pop up daily at Delight! Just enter promo code “HostessFriends” at checkout to get your discount ;)

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neutrino designs

This cool minimalist dishware from neutrino designs comes in 7 different patterns reminiscent of the charts and graphs you might have studied back in physics class. Funny – I don’t recall science homework being nearly this appealing! Check out the entire collection for yourself at Art Star Gallery & Boutique.

Neutrino Designs

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bring on the sun…

These fun springin’ garden plates and funky pear gift set from Bright & Bold are the perfect excuses to entertain outdoors! (both made from durable melamine)

Bright and Bold - Outdoor Entertaining**BBQ ideas and some fun wedding articles are still coming (on the main website and/or here) and will be posted at various times throughout the weekend and coming week! Hopefully you’ll be out enjoying the weather for your holiday weekend, but in the case that you find yourself stuck in-doors, we’ll have something new for you to look at ;)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Bunny Maxwell

Surprise Giveaway: Bunny MaxwellSurprise Giveaway: Bunny MaxwellI really hope you guys aren’t tired of giveaways… because I have a FANTASTIC one to tell you about right now! Bunny Maxwell – a hip online shop featuring everything from cool kitchen & dining accessories to fantastic gift wrap, designer bedding and more – is generously offering up this super-mod table linen set by Simrin! One lucky reader will receive this large 60″x90″ handmade Surya tablecloth and a matching set of 4 napkins…in a sunny yellow color that’s perfect for summer entertaining… Just post a comment here by Sunday, May 27th at midnight PST for your chance to win!

Here’s a little sampling of some more great stuff you’ll find at Bunny Maxwell

Surprise Giveaway: Bunny Maxwell

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Stationery Week Giveaway WINNERS!

Okay…the winners are in! If you see your name here – please send me an email with your shipping info and “I’m a winner!” in the subject line. Here goes:

Cecily Ink card files: tami h. and sarah

Whitney English personalized clipboards/notepads: janice and doug

Violet giveaway package: shannon

Paper Shop Ink – Tobi Wood journals/notecards: rosie & andy and lisa

Hen and Barley personalized notecards/labels: mandy

Sprinkles owl notecards: jenmomof4, longingheart, and becky

Doodle Bugs gift certificate: misschris

phew! that actually took a while to put together :) Thanks so much to EVERYONE that entered – it was so much fun to read all the comments and – even if you didn’t win – I hope you still enjoyed the eye candy and discovered some cute stationery for the future…! A big thanks to the participating vendors as well!

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new from jonathan adler…

…fabulous origami and peacock-inspired melamine dishes for summer entertaining!

Jonathan Adler - Melamine DishesJust imagine a complete tabletop set with one of these melamine collections and some funky flowers in modern vases….maybe even incorporating some blue feathers to the peacock version!

Jonathan Adler - Melamine Dishes

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Map Plates

notNeutral - Map Plates
Some of you might remember these fantastic city map plates from notNeutral that I posted on last month. Well, the plates got such a great response from readers that notNeutral would like to hear more from you! They’re planning to add 4 more cities to the map plate collection for fall, and are looking for suggestions as to what those cities should be….which is where you come in!

There is a theme to the collection – so that should help you narrow it down from the zillions of cities out there. The theme is “Culture and Capitalism” – and the quick summary of what they’re looking for in the chosen cities is this: (as quoted from Julie Smith-Clementi, notNeutral President) “We are looking for four cities that have been greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment, rather than growth through a slower more organic model.” It might also help to read about how they decided upon the cities that are currently in their collection too. Click here to read that press release (pdf).

So – what city (or cities) do YOU think should belong in the upcoming map plate collection? Tokyo? London? NYC? Tell us what you think – and you’ll be entered for a chance to win your favorite map plate from the current collection! TWO winners will be chosen! Just post your suggestion here by Friday, May 25 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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REAL PARTIES: Modern Parisian Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower: Modern Paris My good friend Jen is getting married June 9! Here are a few snapshots from the bridal shower I co-hosted this weekend. Jen got engaged at the Eiffel Tower and LOVES modern style, so we did a Modern Parisian theme with fluffy feathers, scroll patterns, and a color palette of pink, black & white.

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Leda’s Bake Shop

Pretty & modern party cupcakes from Leda’s Bake Shop

Leda's Bake Shop

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Delight.com

Surprise Giveaway: Delight.comDelight.com is offering hwtm readers a Surprise Giveaway with a fun new twist! This giveaway is a “One for Me, One for You” – meaning the winner gets to pick their favorite prize from Delight’s 30-day store – then they will send one prize to you AND one to the friend of your choice…what a lucky friend!

To enter, post a comment here by Friday, May 25 at midnight PST. You can tell us what you’d want to for your prize – or just post any comment you like. As they say at Delight…happy shopping!

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Giveaway Madness Continues…and more…

Soooo… the giveaway madness will be continuing this week…but non-stationery items this time…some amazing plates from notNeutral, a fantastic table linen collection from Bunny Maxwell, and goodies from Delight.com! Sincere apologies for the Sunday giveaway not getting up in time – I was co-hosting an out-of-town bridal shower and, try as I might – just had such a hard time keeping up with everything…not enough hours in the day sometimes!!

Also happening on the blog and website this week: some BBQ and Father’s Day party themes going up towards the end of the week, and a fantastic article on “Green Weddings” by wedding guru Harmony Walton from the extraordinary Bridal Bar, a recap & pictures from the “Modern Parisian” bridal shower I co-hosted this weekend, and our first “Real Parties” article – featuring a beautiful bridal shower given to an hwtm reader with some very talented & creative friends! Lots going on…hope this week *magically* has more hours in it ;)

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Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryUPDATE: Giveaways are now going to continue THROUGH THE WEEKEND! Any giveaway posted Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will end Monday the 21st at Midnight PST. Giveaways posted Mon-Thurs of this week will end Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST.

Make sure to keep scrolling down so you don’t miss giveaways posted earlier this week!

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Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryUPDATE: Giveaways are now going to continue THROUGH THE WEEKEND! Any giveaway posted Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will end Monday the 21st at Midnight PST. Giveaways posted Mon-Thurs of this week will end Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST.

Make sure to keep scrolling down so you don’t miss giveaways posted earlier this week!

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Doodle Bugs

Doodle Bugs StationeryIf you love lots of color and playful designs, then you should take a peek at all the cute stuff going on at Doodle Bugs! From personalized flat & folded notecards for all ages (including little ones!) to address labels, colorful luggage tags, custom-printed coasters, and more, designer/founder Kacey McLendon sure has been busy!

Today, Kacey has offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to http://www.doodlebugspaper.com/ – the winner can pick out whatever they want! You probably know the drill by now – just post a comment here by Monday, May 21 at midnight PST to enter. And for ALL readers, Doodlebugs is also offering a 10% discount! Promo code: “hwtm”. Thanks, Kacey!

Doodle Bugs Stationery

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Good on Paper

I first discovered Good on Paper when some of their custom wedding work was featured in a magazine – the design was so beautiful I had to go online to check them out! On their website, I was very happy to see that in addition to custom work, Good on Paper offers everyday stationery as well (plus some extra goodies like baby tees, notebooks, tote bags, and calendars)!

Good on PaperGood on Paper was founded by designer Lisa Wong. Can you believe this designer is self-taught?! Shows that talent is definitely just in the genes sometimes :) Last week when I was at my friend’s photography studio, I picked up a magazine from the coffee table stack and was happily surprised to see Lisa’s pretty face right on the COVER of Photo District News! Congrats, Lisa! {and great hair pin, by the way!}

Good on PaperNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth # 3472

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Ephemera Stationery Studio

Ephemera DesignThe invitations & stationery from Ephemera Stationery Studio truly take the art of correspondence to the next level! Not only are the styles fun & modern, but the custom detailing is A-ma-zing! You’ll find stitching, glitter, layers, and mini accessories adorning the stationery at Ephemera. Click here to check out all the great stuff available on their website.

Ephemera DesignNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth # 2068

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Sprinkles Invitations

Sprinkles Invitations Just can’t get enough of the personalized stationery!! Sprinkles Invitations is an adorable stationery company that offers both flat and die-cut invitations for all sorts of special occasions – from baby and wedding celebrations to kids parties and more!

When I first saw this little owl design I thought it was the cutest thing ever! So I was really excited when Sprinkles Invitations founder – designer Mary Young – offered to give away personalized sets of owl notecards to THREE hwtm readers ! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: hen and barley press

Hen and Barley PressHow cute is this personalized stationery from hen and barley press?! hen and barley’s style is classic with a very modern twist – and they offer customized notecards, invitations, calling cards, and more. They also just released some extra-fabulous new designs – and perfect timing because one of you is going to win a free set of customized notecards with matching address labels! {$55 retail value!} Just post any comment by Sunday, May 20 at midnight PST for your chance to win!

hen and barley also recently launched a new division called “Completely Custom“. What this means is that you have complete control over your invitation, announcement, or notecard design – so you’re sure to get just what you want! You get to choose the design, choose the colors, AND choose the fonts…so you’re free as a bird to apply your own personal creative flair! Click here for more info on Completely Custom.

Hen and Barley Press5/21 Update: A lot of people have been writing in wondering where to purchase hen and barley products because they’re strictly a wholesale company, so here are a couple retail websites where you can find their standard products: http://www.lasercutsoftyler.com/ and http://www.traylorpapers.com/. For the Completely Custom line, try http://www.cestmoi.us/. You can also check the store locator on the hen and barley website for an extensive list of shops that carry their products in-store.

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25% OFF at Minnie & Emma

Minnie and EmmaMinnie and EmmaThe world of fabulous stationery has a noteworthy newcomer! Accomplished graphic designer Meredith Levy recently launched Minnie and Emma Correspondence – a new chic new line of personalized stationery, invitations, and announcements. If you haven’t discovered Minnie and Emma already – here’s a great excuse to go check them out: they’re offering hwtm readers a 25% discount on EVERYTHING through May 31st! Just use the promo code “HOSTESS” at checkout to get your 25% off! (great graduation gift idea for students headed off to college!)

One of my favorite things about Minnie & Emma is the coordinating envelope liners. You get to pick your favorite liner to go with the style of invitation or notecards you want…and the patterns are all super cute!

Minnie and EmmaCongrats on the creation of a truly fabulous company, Meredith!

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Dauphine Press

Paper Shop inkI’m so in love with everything from renown letterpress design studio Dauphine Press that I spent WAY too much time trying to narrow down which of their products to post for you! I finally had to pull myself away and get back to work! So here’s a hint of the great stuff available at their online store – and you can visit their site to check everything out!

Paper Shop inkPaper Shop inkDauphine Press is widely celebrated for their amazing custom letterpress work – like this truly unique “Venetian Journal” save-the-date design… gorgeous!

Paper Shop ink

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Paper Shop ink.

Paper Shop inkPaper Shop inkGraphic designer Candis Hecking loves unique paper & stationery so much that she recently decided another way to enjoy it (as opposed to just having it piling up around the house like a lot of us do!) – was to open her very own online paper shop…and thus, last November, Paper Shop ink was born! Paper Shop ink features notecards, custom invites, journals, gift wrap and more. The website is just getting started and Candis has big plans for expanding it over the next year – including selling some exclusive designs of her own!

TODAY, Paper Shop ink has offered up these fantastic Tobi Wood packages for 2 lucky readers! How cool are these? Great picks, Candis – I love Tobi’s work too – can I throw my own name in this one? just kidding :) Each giveaway contains a set of 4 notecards and coordinating journal in Tobi’s “Bulb” (orange) and “Vase” (green) patterns.

Post any comment here to enter. Giveaway ends Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST. Good luck!

A few more great products available at Paper Shop ink:

Paper Shop ink

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good luck, Joy!

Nantaka JoyOne of my favorite bloggers – Joy Deangdeelert Cho of oh joy! – is debuting her brand-new stationery line at the National Stationery Show this weekend! Joy is super talented – just check out the style reflected in her blog, the gallery of work on her design website, and some of the beautiful details from her 2006 wedding. On top of all that – she’s really sweet! I think it’s safe to say her stationery line will be nothing short of amazing!

If you’re at the show – make a beeline for booth # 3472 to check out nantaka joy! Good luck, Joy – can’t wait to see pics after the show!

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Violet

Of all the online shops I’ve been lucky enough to discover this year, Violet – a new website with a fantastic selection of stylish gift ideas – is definitely a favorite! The graphic designer in me is so very impressed with Violet’s refreshing & unique shopping interface – complete with a clever use of wit in just the right places. {For example, the “Get Carded.” remark on the stationery page.} This week, there is yet another reason to sing Violet’s praises: just check out this fantastic stationery giveaway they’ve put together for a lucky hwtm reader!

VioletVioletGiveaway includes all the great stuff shown above: Botanical Coasters, set of 3 Blithesome Booklets, set of 6 letter-pressed Punctuation Cards, and 1 set each of Bamboo Lattice and Aviary notecards (both available in aqua or yellow). Total retail value = $71!

Post any comment here to enter the drawing! Giveaway ends Sunday, May 20 at midnight PST. Good luck!

**To stay in the loop with the great stuff happening at Violet – be sure to sign up for their newsletter!**

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Anna Bella Fine Stationery

Anna Bella Fine Stationery has been a trend-setter in stationery design since 2001, and with one quick peek at the exclusive collection of invitations & announcements on their website, it’s easy to see why! You’ll find styles that range from modern & elegant to playful & cute…for all types of occasions – weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, cocktail parties, beach parties, and so on…

Annabella Custom InvitationsHow adorable are these Animal Parade and Gingham Elephant birth announcements/shower invites?! (both designs available in boy or girl versions!)

Annabella Custom Invitations

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gagatree: Winter Garden pop-up cards

Gagatree: WinterGarden greeting cardUmmm….WOW! That’s pretty much the standard reaction that I get from anyone that sees these gorgeous “Winter Garden” pop-up cards from gagatree. Inspired by the Chinese “Magic Flower” paper toy, these not-so-typical greeting cards quickly convert into beautiful decorations that can be hung “anywhere you want to bring happiness and good fortune”. {If that really works I’m going to need like a thousand of these!!}

Gagatree: WinterGarden greeting cardAvailable in orange, pink, green, purple, blue, and black & white – $9.90 each at shopmodi.com.

Gagatree: WinterGarden greeting card

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Whitney English

I absolutely love the philosophy over at Whitney English – a fabulous paper company with gazillions of designs to choose from so you can pick your favorite product and pattern, then personalize it just for you! On the home page of their website, Whitney English says “…We celebrate the handwritten note, a great typeface, or simply the fact that it’s Wednesday and invite you to do the same.” So I say…..

Whitney English…let’s Celebrate! And today – that means a Surprise GIVEAWAY for you! The folks over at Whitney English have generously offered up TWO sets of their brand new & already super-popular Decorative Clipboards & Sheets to TWO lucky readers! Each set contains 75 customized note sheets & a cute acrylic clipboard, packaged with grosgrain ribbon in a decorative box. So you can pick your favorite design, then tell them what name or phrase you want added to make it your very own! Great gift idea too! {retail value = $29.50/set)

To enter, just post ANY comment here. Giveaway ends Sunday, May 20th at midnight PST. Good luck!

Whitney EnglishAnd be sure to check out all the other great products over at Whitney English too – from invitations, to personalized notecards, placemats, return address stickers, and much more. You can browse by product category or collection style (of course my favorite is the Moderne collection!) – or click here for a list of retailers.

National Stationery Show – NYC: Booth # 2545 & 2547

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paper ink studio

Paper Ink StudioPaper Ink Studio is a San Francisco-based company that produces wonderfully simplistic, modern, and colorful cards & prints. Click here to check out their extensive line for yourself! You’ll find everything from fill-in invitations & announcements to imprintables, greeting cards and more…modern minimalists should be in heaven!

Paper Ink StudioPaper Ink Studio

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avie designs

Avie DesignsSo I have to admit it was love at first site when I first laid eyes on the personalized stationery from Avie Designs! Georgia-based designer Avie Wampler launched the company less that a year ago and has already built quite an extensive collection of fun, modern designs! Seriously – how often do you come across ENVELOPES this cute? I would absolutely love to recieve one of these happy little notes in the mail! Click here to check out all of the paper goodness in the Avie Etsy shop!

Avie DesignsStationery designs are sold in sets of 10 coordinating cards/envelopes and available with or without personalization. {$25 with personalization / $20 without) Great gift idea!!

Avie Designs

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: cecily ink

Designer Alex Wijnen recently launched a fantastic new stationery company called Cecily Ink, and if you love modern design, the Cecily Ink products should be right up your alley… she blends modern typography with elegant flourishes in a fresh and stylish color palette – yum!

Cecily InkAt Cecily Ink, you’ll find high-end greeting cards (either letterpressed or printed on heavy textured stock), designer postage stamps, and – my own personal favorite – the fresh style card file – which features all 12 of Alex’s greeting cards, packaged up in a hip & functional little box, complete with tabs for organization by occasion!

Ready for the really good news? Alex has offered to give away a fresh style card file – available in chartreuse, pumpkin, or robbin’s egg blue – to TWO different hwtm readers! So you get to double your chances this time…always a good thing :) All you have to do to enter is tell us which of the Cecily greeting card designs is your favorite…or just post ANY comment you like! Giveaway ends Sunday, May 20th at midnight PST. Good Luck!

Cecily Ink

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boatman geller

Modern meets Preppy! For a fresh twist on traditional patterns – reinvented in bold, playful colors – check out Boatman Geller‘s HUGE collection of personalized social stationery, invitations, and announcements.

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryDon’t forget to check out the fun extras too – calling cards, gift tags, note pads and more!

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth #’s 2713, 2715, 2717

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