Our envelopes have a new look! We've updated our paper to a stock that's soft and cream and elegant as milk.
Congratulations to A Lily and A Sparrow! L&S is one of our favorite local shops here in Medina, NY and they have recently moved to a new location on Main Street for room to expand. We here at Fawnsberg were delighted to work with them to create their announcement mailer.
The lovely Lindsey from Printaholic.com took the time to interview Patricia and I and write up a beautiful article about Fawnsberg. Hop over to learn a bit more about us or check out other awesome reviews related to our beloved print industry!
Well, I have some news that I could hardly wait to tell you! Fawnsberg is taking a holiday to the land down under. In a few short days, our Fawnsberg cards will be available in several locations in Australia, namely, Berkelouw Books and Harry Hartog. But these are not just any bookstores. Read on and you will see why we are so delighted to be ushered to the land of the Aussie's by such a lovely store with rich history.
The Fawnsberg mice (the little ones in our logo) are the traveling sort and could not be more excited about their adventure, for not only are they going to a beautiful far-away country where they have never been before, but the bookstore itself is just brimming with history and an aged romance of paper. The Berkelouw family has been in the book business since 1812, beginning in Rotterdam, Holland where Solomon Berkelouw traded popular vellum-bound theology books. (You can see the picture above of Solomon on the street there.) He sold his books mainly to owners and skippers of barges and one day while delivering a parcel to a boat owner by scaling an icy plank, Solomon lost his footing and drown in the winter waters of the harbor. Following his father’s passion, Carel established his own brick and mortar bookstore in Rotterdam (see picture left of the store in Rotterdam), which in turn, his son Hartog helped to run. They had a great deal of success, but with the besetting of World War II, their stores were bombed and their books destroyed, not sparing a collection of valuable Bibles thought to be the most valuable in all of Europe.
After the war, Hartog’s son Isidoor re-established the firm in Amsterdam, but he must have been the adventurous sort, because he decided to move the business over the seas to the land down under, to Sydney, Australia. They got their beginning in Australia in the 1950’s and by the 70’s when Isidoor’s sons Henry and Leo (see Isidoor and Henry, left) joined the team, the bookstore was growing quite rapidly and had to move to Bendooley, a historic property just outside the beautiful village of Berrima in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
So you can see just why William and Rose (the mice) are so anxious to arrive. They will get to meet the sixth generation of Berkelouw’s, by name Paul, Robert, and David who now run six locations. I think they will find themselves quite right at home in Australia’s largest rare and antiquarian, secondhand, and new bookstore. I hope to travel there someday myself, but for now will have to satisfy myself with perusing the carefully chosen collection online and knowing that the Fawnsberg’s are there to enjoy the bookstore’s sights and sounds and perhaps send a letter home or two. To read the more complete history, click here.
Wrapped paper packages are being put in the window displays. Trees are graced with twinkle lights. Wreaths are hung on the doors and candles are placed in the windows. All around we are preparing for the holiday season, acting out what we did the year before. We know what to expect and we know we will like it! It’s tradition. And every year it’s tradition for our family to take a day and make the holiday cutout cookies that date back to my great-grandmother.
I look forward to the scent of that almond dough and the sight of it padded in flour, the cookie cutters I used as a girl (the partridge, and lion, and bell), the bowls of colored sugar and buttercream frosting.
And every year the tradition gets a little sweeter as the old memories are layered with new. The nieces are the little girls now, not me. There are new laughs for new stories, new mischief for growing boys, and a new puppy to lick the floor glittered with sugar.
So in this season of peppermint in our coffee, cinnamon in our pies, cardigans on our shoulders, and thankfulness in our hearts –
we wish you a very happy beginning to this holiday season!
Leaves are peak here in Western New York, and to enjoy them my family and I took a short weekend trip down to Lake Chautauqua. The rolling hills down by the Pennsylvania border do a great job of showing off the colors--like a bird fanning out its plumage--and the show was spectacular! Happy Fall everyone.
Recently, one gorgeous, sunny summer afternoon, Tricia and I had the opportunity to visit one of our local retailers, the uuber trendy clothing boutique, Thread. Definitely a country-mouse-in-the-big-city experience.
The way to get there is a beautiful drive along the shore of Lake Ontario. Within one hour we had left our farm-based studio and were deep into the heart of Rochester, or as my brother-in-law has termed it, Roch-cha-cha. Rochester is an extremely artsy city and every time I visit it I’m inspired to do something creative. (Remember, I’m supposed to be the organized “business” sister!)
Thread is located in a historic building on South Avenue in the South Wedge neighborhood. One of the things I love about the city of Rochester is its architecture. Thread’s store has large wooden plank floors, detailed/trimmed ceilings, and marble fireplaces which seems to be the norm in this area. Rochester is pretty old for an American city, dating back to the early 1800’s and the construction of the Erie Canal. Thread’s building is probably not quite that old, but I’d put it around at least the early 1900’s. Pretty sweet.
Courtney gave us a warm welcome when we walked in the store and showed us around. I enjoyed spying out Fawnsberg’s little home in the shop: the mantle of one of the old marble fireplaces underneath a modern painted mural amongst vintage glassware that had found new life as hand-poured soy candles. Other pieces in the shop were ones I recognized, hand-crafted wooden jewelry by our friend of The Knotty Owl and hand-made, felted-wool fish made by another local artist of Second Seed. Large paper flowers decorated the shop and show off the fact that the owners aren’t just business people, they are artists too. Everything at Thread is unique and you won’t find yourself walking around wearing the same thing as the next person. A lot of their clothing is handmade or vintage and brands that you wont be able to find in any of the large chains. You’ve got to stop by!
A few doors down is The Little Blue Cheese Shop that sells local artisan cheeses and meats, yum! You walk in the store and you can just smell the rennant. Making artisan cheese is actually a little hidden passion of mine and sometimes will turn itself out in a batch of ricotta cheese from our farm’s goat milk.
Another stop to check out if you are the area is Abode, a home décor boutique. Courtney said they just opened not too long ago just around the corner. They carry (so cute) kitchen/everyday ceramics by made by local artists, vintage furniture, and the coolest area rugs (I want to buy every one, but don’t have enough rooms!)
Not to mention, a couple of my favorite restaurants are close by: Good Luck and Esan Thai. Tricia, how did we not go to all of these places? Oh, well, I guess these country mice will have to plan another trip!
Yesterday Rachel and I picked up our bikes from the repair shop, and today we took them for a ride. Mine is a white Schwinn road bike, I’m guessing from the 80’s but I’m not sure because I bought it used and nameless for 60 bucks at a bike shop (tune up included). True, the foam on the handlebars continues to crumble, changing gears is clanky, and my chain has this new habit of slipping; but all that said, it’s a good bike.
And today on our tour of the local countryside my dandy little bike took me to a section of road I have never been on before. Amazing! To think I have lived where I do for years, and yet there lies a section of road only 7 miles from my house that has never before been seen by these two eyes!
Actually, not so amazing, I considered as I peddled along. There are probably a lot of roads like this one; nearby and unexplored. When I’m driving around I tend to always pick the same route, and biking I’m most always heading to the lake. In fact, there are probably more local roads I haven’t traveled then ones I have.
Problems like this tend to birth ideas in my head, and so now I’ve got this plan: I am to pin up a map of my county, bike every piece of road, and record my progress with a highlighter as I go. End result, my mind can be fully assured that no local road has been left behind.
… I wonder if I’ll actually do that.
I took a visit to Lake Ontario this morning, a 5 minute drive north. “Lake”. Calling it a sea would be more appropriate; even on the clearest of days a glimpse of Canada on the horizon is not always guaranteed. It is a massive, wonderful, and moody body of water. In the winter the waves are wild and cold, and massive ice chunks crumple at the shore declaring its terribleness. In the summer the water is in a dapper mood; it swings its cane with a sparkle its eye and a breeze on its cheeks, as sailboats trot up and down and all around. And then there are the sunsets, which are always juicy and lush and full of dramatics.
But today in the mid-morning sun on a blue-sky June day the lake is nothing but itself. Donning its t-shirt and jeans, it just IS. Unpretentious. Frank. Completely at home to be who it is and nothing more. How delightful to see the lake this way! It is when others let us into their normal everyday that we feel closest to them, and it makes me smile to know that the lake and I are such good friends.
Exciting news in the Union! Fawnsberg stationery is now being sold in 8 new states, making for 30 out of 50! We can be found in Utah (The Write Image), Illinois (DBY Events), New Mexico (Pennysmith's Paper), Connecticut (Taylor Aiden), Oklahoma (Chirps and Cheers), Pennsylvania (More Than Words Fine Papers), Missouri (Stuff) and Alabama (Please Reply).
A little U.S. trivia for you: the 30th state to be added to the United States was Wisconsin on May 29th, 1848. Another would not be added until September of 1850, when California gained its statehood.
P.S. The real Fawnsberg illustrator (a.k.a. my sister) was busy making real illustrations, so the business manager (cough, cough, myself) had some fun drawing a little something for the blog. Hope you like it!
I just wanted to take a minute to show you the wonderful in-store display at R.S.V.P.! R.S.V.P. is a beautiful store, containing a curated collection of the cleverest stationery and gifts and we are thrilled to have our custom stamps carried there. If you live near Iowa City you're going to want to stop by and see what they've been up to! Photo credit: Niki Neems.
Patricia and I have an extremely cute mother. She takes really good care of us and her 13 grandchildren (that's right!) I love to watch her out my studio window gardening or walking from barn to barn to tend the animals. The happy sight brings a smile to my face. Patricia was a bit inspired by her when she painted this card I think. Remember to let your mother know you love her this Mother's Day!
Just got home from Rock Paper in Medina. If you stop in this Saturday, guess what stationery you’ll find?! I couldn’t be more happy to have such a hip shop so close to home representing our brand.
Rock Paper Salon’s owner, Yvonne, is a hair stylist by trade and offers the industry’s highest quality products, personalized attention, and unique vision. She’s carried over her impeccable style and taste to [resurrection] her recycled fashion and trendy gift boutique. If you haven’t been there yet, you’ve got to drop in. 409 Main Street, Medina, New York 14103. Sat. hours: 9am to 4pm.
We're so excited to tell you all that our ever-popular custom address stamps are now available in your favorite local stationery shops. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a store owner and would like know more about carrying our custom stamps.
It’s time to get a conversation going. Will you join me? There is so much around me that I often take for granted and I want to start seeing the world with thankful eyes. As my dad would say, “The sun is always shining, it just depends on your altitude.” … a. k. a. attitude :)
So here’s the pitch. I’ll tell you what I’m grateful for, and you tell me what you are grateful for. Just take a minute to look around you and find at least one small, maybe seemingly insignificant thing that you are thankful for. Then on twitter or instagram hastag #gratefulforthis (your thoughts here) and then be sure to tag me, @fawnsberg. I want to know what makes your heart smile, what you find to be some of life’s little luxuries, what really brightens your day.
Here are some of mine off the top of my head from this morning:
@fawnsberg #gratefulforthis nephew in my lap
@fawnsberg #gratefulforthis sun shining in my window
@fawnsberg #gratefulforthis sister who made me my hastag graphic
@fawnsberg #gratefulforthis ridiculously cool caran d’ache pencil sharpener from Switzerland
That’s it! Excited see how our days will be brighter just by noticing the little luxuries around us! #gratefulforthis opportunity to converse with you!
I love the aesthetic of Kate Ignatowski's work. A fine art photographer based in New York City, her photographs capture natural beauty in wonderful neutral palettes. Kate recently did a wedding shoot featuring Patricia’s new ‘Good Show' suite design for Bella Figura Letterpress, the first to feature Patricia's new hand, Murdock. The photos from the 501 Union Styled Shoot are just stunning. Here are a few of them to whet your pallet:
Sarah Swartz is good at what she does. She’s got the eye for trends, beauty, and can write with that clever wit that makes you want to be her best friend. That’s why when she asks if she can include Fawnsberg in a Stationery Trends article, we answer, “thank you! that would be amazing.” Sarah chose to interview Patricia for their Winter 2014 Designer Profile and the product was a beautiful three-page spread that really successfully captured the essence of Patricia and our stationery line. If you don’t subscribe to Stationery Trends already, you’re going to want to! You can get a taste of the magazine online, but as all things paper, it’s just that much better in person.
60 days of letter writing is a big undertaking, especially if you are out of the habit! I've come up with some ways we can be preparing before the big day comes so that it won't sneak up on us:
Think of old friends, loved ones in the hospital, people who you'd like to thank for something and start making your list of 60 people. You could also answer some Letter Requests at More Love Letters. If you haven't heard about MLL yet you've got to check them out!
This should be relatively easy because many of you have just sent your Christmas cards and have done all of the leg work already. If you need some addresses, start gathering them now- text your friends, facebook message them, email them. If you don't have a paper address book, or you'd like to move your address book online, Postable is a great resource. It creates a unique link for you that you email or message to your friends, and they fill up your address book for you. You can access it anywhere, and it's free.
Buy a book pf stamps ahead of time if you don't already have some on hand. Gather your cards and writing sheets. Find your favorite pens. Get our your stickers and stamps. Make sure you have what you need and it's neat, organized and ready to go!
If you have more ideas for about how to get ready or who to write, share them with the hashtag #60daysofletterwriting and tag @fawnsberg on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. There's still time before January 1st for more people to join in, so invite your friends!
For the first sixty days in 2014 I’m going to write a letter each day. I love to do it and it’s a blessing to other people- I just can’t do it often enough! Then I thought, why not open it up to our readers and start you off right by sending you some Fawnsberg stationery? It will be a great way to start off a new year. I already have a bunch of friends that are going to join me!
Each day, take the time to write a letter or note to at least one person. They do not necessarily need to be sent in the mail, for example it could just be a note you drop on your coworker’s desk or in your husband’s lunchbox.
Write your message on something tangible that your friend can pick up, touch, and want to keep for longer than a nanosecond. You never know what kind of encouragement an old thank you note might be to someone having a rough day!
This is key even if your hand-writing is not that great. Take it from me, my hand writing is atrocious even though my sister is a professional calligrapher! The act of hand writing a letter or note is a placid time of reflection that I want you to experience and enjoy- many times after writing a long-distance friend a letter I feel as if I have just spent quality time with them!
So, If you want to join my friends and I for the 60 Days of Letter Writing email me at email@example.com
The first 60 people to join and email me their postal address will receive a set of Fawnsberg stationery on the house! Keep following the blog for ideas, inspiration, and to hear feedback of the positive impact letter writing is making.
This weekend these two country mice are headed to the big city! Patricia and I are joining some of Rochester's most clever indie artists for Saturday's Second Storie Market. Here's where we'll be, we'd love for you to come visit: Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY from 10am to 6pm. We'll have all of our customizable address stamps there for you to stamp and try out and order in time for Christmas gifts!
This weekend I had the opportunity to go down to Houghton College for a visit with the students. It was a wonderful exchange of us being mutually encouraged by each other's work and thoughts--what a creative, genuine group. If any of you make your way to this page, thanks so much for welcoming me, and I hope the best for you and what's is next.
Patricia and I would like to say thank you to all those who have served our country! The freedoms we have in the United States cannot be matched and would be an impossibility without the bravery of the courageous men and women who have defended them.
Today is the first day of Poppytalk's Holiday Market. Poppytalk is a lifestyle blog dedicated to supporting the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade. They run online curated and marketplaces each month which showcase handmade and vintage goods from around the world.
We're among the delectable finds this season which highlights holiday gifts and stationery. I surveyed the shops and here are some of my favorites:
Some amazing offerings from our letterpressing (etc.) friends over at 1canoe2
Quirky and cozy pillows by the happy couple of Scout & Whistle
The happiest illustrated prints by Matte Stephens
and adorable little plushes by Sarah Hepworth of The Remakerie
If you want to see what else in the Poppytalk market, check it out here.
I'd like to introduce you to our new envelope. He's still the same charming shape and size and made from the same delicious textured gray paper as before. What sets this envelope apart is the little raised logo to the left- now he's completely compatible with our ever growing collection of address stamps. We're sure you two will get along great.
I'd like to introduce you to our new address stamp designs for fall and winter 2013. Hello! If you'll let them, they'll be your best buddies through the season of card mailing and gift giving. We just couldn't get away without making at least one design with a heart!
[img via Cade Tompkins: http://www.cadetompkins.com/artists/thomas-sgouros/]
One of my late professors currently has a memorial exhibition at RISD's Woods-Gerry Gallery.His Remembered Landscapes are some of my favorite paintings in the world. Wonderful man. Wonderful paintings.
One of the things I love about fall is the inevitable return to coziness. After a busy summer of traveling, training for marathons and playing softball at picnics, it’s the season to snuggle down with a magazine and a cup of tea.
The September issue of Victoria is perfect for just that. It contains just wonderful things to enjoy this fall among which is our own Cottage Hill card and with other lovely papers from Elum, B.B. Begonia, and Mara-Mi.
There are also some delicious photos taken in the European countryside, as well as an inspiring article on the American culinary genius Anne Quantano. Her herb and vegetable gardens are beautiful and I think I’m finally going to have to plant my herb garden this coming spring, just like hers. And maybe while I'm at it plan a trip to Scotland... now I'm remembering how my summers get so busy :)
The first time I saw photographs of John Frechette’s shop, MADE, I knew he had an artist’s eye.
That’s why, when I recently discovered that he created his own line of glasswork, I was not surprised in the least. All of the Strapped Glass belt buckles carried at MADE are hand-crafted by owner John Frechette himself. He has a lot of unique designs, but my personal favorite is the Wyoming flag pictured here.
Patricia and I are pleased as punch to have our Fawnsberg stationery found among the delicious treasures at MADE. Our cards are some of the many carefully chosen items that happily line MADE’s antique industrial shelves or cozily lie in steel trunks and bins about the store.
Check out MADE online to find your favorite artisan buckle, or better yet, stop by the shop when you are in town. MADE is located at 125 North Cache in Gaslight Alley, Jackson WY 83001.
In today’s digital world of e-mail and social networking, communication can be fast and easy. So why the snail mail?
We believe that all communication is not equal. Sure, there’s a time for the fast text off the cuff; digital exchange is great for that taking-care-of-business talk. But there are other times when communication should be gourmet. When it comes things like gratitude, connecting with a friend who is far away, sympathy, birthday wishes, holiday greetings, or a heart felt congratulations--paper just fits.
Because it’s personal. And it’s thoughtful. It took time. It took effort. It took a postage stamp to carry it across country or town--truck, plane, truck. Paper was thoughtfully chosen to match the mood and tone of your handwritten words. And all of this speaks volumes in visual expression; it says the words you are saying and the person you are sending them to are valuable.
Sometimes things in life are about quality. Sometimes things are best said with paper.
all things bright and beautiful--
Patricia Mumau + Rachel Mumau
Photo by Apricity Photography
Patricia and Rachel Mumau are the sister-founding duo of Fawnsberg. They live together with their family in New York’s orchard country, on the ridge of Lake Ontario. The farm is shared with a couple cows, too many ducks, thirty chickens all named Helen (yes, all of them), a pair of milking goats, a dog because every farm needs a dog, and cats to play in the hay.
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