I posted this photo on the TT Patton Facebook page yesterday with a post that read: “Placed five orders for custom holiday cards this week. Of course so soon….it takes time to create all this fabulousness!”
I received a private message from a fan stating “fabulousness is not a word”. Really? I made it up. But just in case you want to know what I was thinking as I was making it up…here you go.
It starts from the root fabulous. You know, cool, outstanding, breathtaking, superb, marvelous, etc. But I needed it to sound better, bigger, cooler than just fabulous. Plus fabulous is so overused. So I added “ness”. I’m sure I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. It’s for fun. It’s to entertain. I mean really, this blog is purely “passions of a stationery shop owner.”
The real message in the photo is TT Patton has some of the best vendors in stationery design. These creative directors can cook up some very fun, serious, flamboyant, conservative and whimsical designs just to name a few. But creating all this “FABULOUSNESS” takes time. So I urge you to start planning for your holiday party invitations, holiday greeting cards, …well, ….now!
I got my teeth cleaned yesterday. I bet you’re thinking, what does this have to do with stationery and pens. Hold on…I’ll get there! My appointment was at 8am in Des Plaines…about 35 minutes from my house. Just so you know, getting my teeth cleaned ranks right up there with cleaning the bathroom. I hate it, but it’s a necessary evil. And I drive the distance because Dr. Stephanie Skopek is a compassionate dentist.
But nice as she is, she can’t control that hygienist. Hovering over me with that big light, all those metal objects and suction devices she uses in my mouth makes me claustrophobic. So as I was about to pass out (that would have been really embarrassing) I started to think about engraved stationery. Really! You see, even with all the isles of toothpaste, rinse, floss and other over the counter quick fixes, nothing replaces going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned. But come on…with all the advances in medicine right smack in the middle of the tech era, you mean to tell me there’s not better way to clean than scraping and poking around with metal devices?
That’s where the engraved stationery comes in. Even with all the advancements in printing and printing machines, there is still no better way to create the best personal stationery than etching a piece of metal.
The metal is loaded into a machine, but the paper is fed by hand, one piece at a time. You can’t get a better product.
So just like getting my teeth cleaned, I’ll keep etching metal if it means I get the best possible stationery. Stop in to see some of the best engraved stationery by Bell’invito, Dempsey & Carroll, Pineider and Crane’s and Co.
I decided this morning that I really don’t like the game Words With Friends on smart devices. It became an addiction when I started to play with multiple people at once. I couldn’t eat dinner without thinking about what word to play to get the most points. But something always seemed a bit odd to me. Even though I was playing this intense word game with someone online, when they walked into the room with me there was no mention of it. And even more annoying, I never heard them use the words they played. So either I forfeited my games for “untimely” play, or I simply got beaten. Regardless of how it ended, my days of playing are over.
I believe that REAL words with friends are shared over dinner, or walking in a park or even on the telephone. But the best way to share words with friends is to write the words down on paper and mail it to them. Personalize the cards with your name or initials and they will never forget who wrote such a personal note. Even when they lose their smart devices, they’ll be left with lasting words….that are always timely.