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National Pi Day & Strawberry Pie?

14 Mar


It’s National Pi Day!  What is Pi Day? According to

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

But to most of us, I think we somehow get the idea that Pi Day is about eating our favorite pie!  I wanted to share a family recipe for my Grandma’s Strawberry Pie.  My Grandma has passed away, but this was a favorite at Spring and Summer family parties.


Strawberry Pie

Make a pie crust (we use Pillsbury ready made pie crusts).  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees in a pie pan.

Combine in a saucepan:

–  1 cup sugar

– 2 tablespoons cornstarch

– 1 cup water

Boil until clear and thick.  Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup strawberry Jello mix and a few drops red food coloring.  Cool.  Cut up 1 quart strawberries and lay in pie shell.  Drizzle with sauce and chill for at least 6 hours.

Serve cold and top with fresh whipped cream.

What’s your favorite pie to celebrate Pi Day?  Or do you just geek out and crunch math problems?  Either way … share your recipes or favorite math problems with us.




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We Hear You!

2 Mar

feb2015-weHearYou-3Perhaps you’ve noticed?  After an order is placed, a quick online survey is available for you to take and submit your comments.  But did you realize that we really read each and every comment every week?  We care about your answers and, in fact, many of the suggestions we have received have actually been implemented.

Everyone has a different experience when they place an online order – on any website.  For our website, since we offer thousands of items with many options for each product, the ability to customize creates a unique shopping experience depending on the choices made and the manner in which one navigates.

We love to hear your personal experiences and we truly are dedicated to understanding the positives and negatives.  Of course, we want everyone’s experience to be as positive as possible so we are always working on achieving the easiest and most positive work flow at all times.

Some of the questions we ask on the survey include:

How our website experience compares to other websites you might have visited. How ofter you visit our website and how you heard about us?  How you would rank your visit to our website?  How easy it was to find the items you were looking for?   Did you encounter any problems ordering?  And what you would recommend we improve or change?

We get many replies every week and some offer very specific suggestions and comments.  We review each of these comments with our Process Improvement Committee and refer back to the order the client placed to truly understand what was ordered and how the comment or suggestion came about.  Some of the customer suggested changes we have recently implemented was to add more Online Previews to our products and also adding creating a Studio Rewards program as we saw many comments from regular customers who wanted to participate in a rewards program to reward their loyalty.

So, in other words, We Hear You! And we want to hear more from you!  Always feel free to send us a note through our Contact Us section on our website and either I or one of our caring customer service staff members will gladly reach out to you to see how we can be of service.

Best wishes,


Our Valentine’s Day Pot Luck

13 Feb


2015 Valentine’s Day Potluck at The Stationery Studio

Although it’s grey and gloomy outside our Chicago window, we are not letting that stop us at all.  Today we are celebrating the joy of Valentine’s Day and are throwing a Pot Luck lunch!   We are usually so busy planning months ahead that we sometimes miss enjoying the events currently happening.  But not today … today we are all about everything pink and red.

It’s normal for us to be planning a few holidays out … right now we’re working on Mother’s Day, Graduation, wedding season and Father’s Day.  We’ve been busy adding terrific items for those occasions such as brightly colored new wedding napkins, acrylic trays, stationery, photo graduation announcements and groomsmen/bridesmaid gift ideas!

But today, we are taking a moment and getting ready to enjoy an actual holiday at the right time of year!  It’s Friday February 13th (we’re not worried at all) and we are ready to enjoy a Valentine’s Day lunch with our office family.  We have all signed up to prepare one of our favorite dishes and we will certainly have a fabulous spread.  We’ll definitely enjoy a lot of treats as we talk about weekend plans, family, upcoming events, gifts we are giving this weekend, and sharing recipes of course (our specialty!).

It’s nice to take a time out to relax for an hour and forget about the cold winter outside – as we enjoy some hot chili, healthy salads, fruit tray (featuring rose-cut strawberries) and of course a bit (or more) of chocolate. So happy to celebrate a special time of year together!  There are a lot of upcoming occasions this year so you too can do the same either in your office or with your friends.  It’s fun and easy and a great way to show everyone that they are appreciated.