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Jewish New Year Celebration

18 Aug

aug-jny-001This is the time of year when many who celebrate the Jewish New Year begin to think about the upcoming high holidays, which include Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and are considered the two holiest days of the year.   Rosh Hashanah, a two day holiday, is both a solemn and happy occasion. This is a beautiful time of year, perfect for family celebrations, prayer, new beginnings and an opportunity to let friends and family know how much you care.  Rosh Hashanah this year begins at sundown Sunday, September 13, 2015 and the high holiday period ends on Wednesday, September 23rd with Yom Kippur, a day to pray, repent and, according to Jewish tradition, it is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being for the year ahead.

aug-jny-002Many send personalized Jewish New Year Cards during this time to their family and friends. There are many sentiments you can put on your personalized holiday cards including “L’shanah Tovah” which is the traditional greeting that means “A Good Year”.  Also it’s customary to say “L’shanah Tovah Tikatevu” which means “May you be inscribed for a good year”.   This year we approach the new Jewish year of 5776. Sending Jewish New Year greeting cards is a lovely way to start off the year.  By doing so, you are wishing those close to you and those you care about a healthy and happy new year filled with joys and love.

Many people go to temple on Rosh Hashanah and afterward enjoy a “seder” (holiday meal) with those close to them.  Traditional seders usually include dipping apples into honey in the hopes of a sweet year along with other wonderful and symbolic foods.  Typically, delicious round challah bread, sometimes with raisins in it, is served, to symbolize the cycle of the year. And other delights may include roast chicken, brisket, and yummy honey cake along with other sweet desserts.

aug-jny-003The high holiday period ends with the Yom Kippur at a break-fast dinner.  Since most people are in temple most of the day and typically fast (no eating) that day, the dinner meal is traditionally called break-fast (breaking the fast) and features a lighter, dairy menu often including fish such as lox and bagels, eggs in dishes like blintz souffle and noodle kugel, along with sweet desserts.

If you celebrate the holiday, we wish you a L’shanah Tovah and all the blessings of a sweet and happy year ahead.

Best wishes,


Top 3 Outdoor Photo Tips for Holiday Cards

28 Oct

Last year we shared our favorite outdoor photo tips for holiday cards.  It was a very popular post! We thought we would share our top 3 tips as so many of you take advantage of getting some great outdoor pictures during the Fall season.

  1. ANGLE.  If taking pictures of children, your pictures will look better if you squat down and take the picture at the level of your subject.  Brilliant!
  2. OUTDOORS.  The lighting is much better outdoors than indoors.
  3. CLOUDY SKIES.  Overcast days actually make for great picture taking because there is no sun glare or over exposure.

Do you have any favorite picture taking tips that you swear by?  Share your ideas with us!

Happy Snapping!


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.