Archive | Inside the Studio RSS feed for this section

A fantastical unique wonderful gift idea (need I say more?)

14 Jul

There’s nothing I like better than to give a wonderful but unlikely gift.  I know that everyone thinks I love stationery.  And, I do, don’t get me wrong.  But my favorite go-to gift for a few years now has been a fabulous set of personalized Post-it® Notes.

34253_0BB3B4DF-9365-29F9-A166DBC617328342

Now let’s face it, Post-its® are not something that most people think of getting for themselves.  And that’s the reason it’s just so incredibly perfect.

* They are useful.

* They are personalized.

* They are cute.

* They come in great designs and great colors.

* They are an ideal for women or men or teens.

* They are unique.

*  They are the kind of gift that will be remembered (in a good way!).

So pick your style, pick your color and we’ll create a little gift that will go a long way.

These little paper confections are a great gift for every occasion that I can think of – holidays, birthdays, graduations, housewarming and more.

Enjoy!

Warmly,

Renee

Trends of Personalized Stationery & Home Accents Continue to Flourish in 2013

18 Oct

In this electronic age with all its digital and high tech tools for shopping and communicating, the world of classic paper continues to flourish.  Each year there are more new designs and methods of personalization than we can count.  This holds true from stationery to notepads to home accents, personal organization, holiday gifting and party products.

Customers who appreciate personalized gifts can expect nothing less than a fabulous holiday season this year with everything from gorgeous, affordable letterpress and stationery sets to personalized melamine, phone covers, collegiate gifts, acrylic wine glass sets, engraved crystal, memorable holiday cards to many more areas making gifting both thoughtful and useful.  In addition, party planning has never been so entertaining with quality personalized disposable linen napkins bringing cocktail hour to the next level plus personalized appetizer and dinner plates, cocktail glasses and vintage placemats to add a personal touch to your events.

One of the current trends is to provide personalized products that are made in America.  At The Stationery Studio, most of the items we sell are made in America and just about all of the items are carefully and skillfully finished and personalized in the U.S.A.  Other trends include delicate cut-out invitations, chalkboard inspired designs, elements of lace designs, hand-glittered elements, hand-bordered note cards, triple thick stocks, and on-fashion trend for color and style from hues in the blues and greens.  Also, custom custom custom is everywhere – using customer’s photographs and personal artwork/logos on everything from napkins to party plates to stationery.

We have seen the resurgence of really gorgeous typesetting as if products were hand-lettered by a seasoned calligrapher.  Mixing large script letters and clean block fonts gives a fabulous look to typesetting and gives a must-have look to many products.  In addition, we see monograms everywhere, from initial block monograms to elegant interconnecting script monograms.  These are a very hot trend in 2013 across all segments of the personalized market from paper goods to jewelry to home accents, to holiday gifts, party supplies and even cupcake toppers.  There is nothing more unique and sophisticated than a monogram.

We are seeing many products that feature mixed scripts which gives a very custom look to invitations, note cards, luggage tags, calling cards and more.  In terms of color, the word of fashion inspires our industry each and every year and this year has been no different.  Right now we are enjoying the beautiful shades of blue from navy to sapphire to aqua to the many tones of green including the color of 2013 Emerald.  Next year we look forward to the bold and rich tones of red and claret and oxblood which will give a fresh take on many custom gifts.  From graphic patterns surrounding a unique monogram to vintage and nostalgic designs, there are many new looks that allow the refined classics to shine and stay on trend with the fashion markets.

Warmly,

Renee

Recipe: Low Calorie Pumpkin Custard Cups

16 Sep

Whenever the temperature drops, I cannot wait to make pumpkin pie.  The smell of cinnamon and pumpkin baking in the oven just switches my gears into fall mode.  I also love eating all that delicious pumpkin pie, but I really don’t want all the calories.  So I came up with a mish-mash of recipes that I have tried throughout the years that satisfies my pumpkin craving without the guilt.

What you’ll need:

IMG_2884[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup Truvia (or any no calorie sweetner)
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 6-8 ramekins (depending on size) with nonstick cooking spray.

IMG_2885[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a blender, start by blending the egg mixture and milk first and then add the remaining ingredients.

IMG_2886[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour into the ramekins.  I like to have the ramekins on a cookie sheet for ease of taking in and out of the oven.  Bake for approximately 35 – 40 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes.

IMG_2887[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top with whipped cream  (this is where you can splurge a little!) and a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice.  Let me know if you try these at home!  Enjoy.

xoxo

Jennifer