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Let us help you with that (anniversary gifts!)

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and that may mean it’s your anniversary, too. If you’re scratching your head of what to get your spouse, let us help you with that. Let us make it easy by following these traditional gifts by year of anniversary. See the whole list here.

Year 1, Paper: Arguably one of the most important anniversaries, there are boundless options for paper. We love the idea of getting your spouse a set of personalized stationery by Bell’Invito (whether a name change is in order or not). This also makes a great gift from parents to the new couple.


Year 3, Leather: By year three, you’ve made some wonderful memories as a couple, perhaps purchasing a home, getting a pet, or even adding to your family in other ways. Capture these moments in a leather-bound photo album or leather journal by Graphic Image to keep those happy times preserved.

Year 7, Wool: If you’re in need of a reminder to celebrate with your spouse, check out our merino wool wine carriers from Graf and Lantz and fill it with a bottle of champagne or a nice wine.  For non-drinkers, we have messenger bags and pouches for technology devices.


Year 14, Animals: Why not surprise your better half with a decorative, decoupage piece from John Derian? With various retro patterns which include horses, dogs, and cats, your animal-loving wife or husband is sure to love it.

Year 25, Silver: This is a special year, requiring a special gift.  Cross and Faber-Castell use silver in their fine writing utensils.  What gift can be more special and practical than a pen?

Year 50, Gold: This is a big, no, the biggest one. The best of the best. Hopefully you’re having a party, and hopefully there will be a thoughtfully wrapped, 14 carat gold nib fountain pen from Namiki in a box for your sweetheart.

Whatever anniversary year it is, remembering a hand-written card is always stylish, personal, and unique. Stop by so we can help you make that one day a year special every time.


What is fabulousness?

holiday collageI 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!



Teeth Cleaning and Engraving

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.

BIG_TB_Dentistry_ToolsBut 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?

pineider hand engraving toolsThat’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.

engraved green monogramSo 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.