by Marisa Marcantonio

Summertime, and the living is easy. Here are a few charmers with seaside motifs to bring some all American red, white and blue hues to your sunny days.

Photo courtesy of Milly
As you can tell, I have a thing for tote bags, there are just so many great bags out there that are worth loving. This crisp navy and white canvas number from Milly is on sale at Saks right now, and boy, am I tempted.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
If you want to go with the fish motif and take it outside, check out this school of Snappers pillow from West Elm. I love the traditional block printing technique with the fresh pattern, and the fabric is water resistant.

Photos courtesy of Linda and Harriet
Hand painted seaside motifs capture summery charms like Sandpipers, anchors and sea creatures in Linda and Harriet's sweet notepads in red, white and blue.

Want to say thank you for a memorable weekend? Linda and Harriet's July offering is a limited edition set of six cards with letterpress sailboats all in a row.

Choose from red and grey or blue and grey.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Oh tannenbaum! Tis the season to send something wonderful through the mail to those you care about. We all need Season's Greetings this year. So, here are some suggestions of what to send during the most wonderful time of the year!


Photo Courtesy of Bernard Maisner
When image is all-important, send out the best of the best. That means a card by Bernard Maisner. At $34 a pop, you might be eating Saltines for every meal, but at least you sent the warmest of wishes to your near and dear.

Photo Courtesy of Elum
This stunning letterpress damask patterned card is an elegant way to send a greeting. For the interior designers that love a good pattern, check out Elum Designs

Photo Courtesy of Elum
Perhaps you are more of minimalist? Then the letterpress Birch is for you, from Elum Designs

Photo Courtesy of Linda and Harriet
The block print is homey and warm, how about Trees at Night for the nature lover from Linda and Harriet?

Photo Courtesy of Egg Press
If you watched The Magic Garden on PBS as a child of the 70's and you are into growing and eating locally, this could be just the card. Letterpress on recycled paper from Egg Press. Greenie alert: printed on recycled paper.

Who can resist a gnome? Seriously, no one. The gnomes come out in force to send holiday greetings, also from Egg Press.

Photo Courtesy of Cranes
Santa Claus is coming to town, courtesy of Vera Wang for William Arthur.

Photo Courtesy of William Arthur
Not too many new houses being built in this wacky economic downtown....pretend you did not put your ground up construction or renovation on hold and that your front door looks like this one. From William Arthur.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Wright
For the traditionalist, a Poinsetta is a must. Classic and beautiful ye old motifs are plentiful in the Jonathan Wright Collection from LA.

Photo Courtesy of Crane
Time to send the cake to someone else...the best part of this card is what it says inside:“holiday wishes to you and your nutty family”, from Kate Spade for Crane.


Photo Courtesy of Sarah LeClere
Rudolf never looked so good. Watercolor printed die-cut cards from Sarah LeClare are so detailed they are a gift to receive.

Photo Courtesy of Dabney Lee
For a bit of boho chic the turquoise and white swirly pattern is for you. Inventive photo cards that are not so trad are harder to find, so I really like this from Dabney Lee

Photo Courtesy of Dabney Lee
Who can resist Greek Key in red and white? Also from Dabney Lee.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
If you have little one's that want to get in on the holiday card festiveness, this is a good option for them to send. From Felix Doolittle.

Photo Courtesy of Iomoi
If you want to go global and just returned from India, send out this fun card from a favorite of mine, Iomoi.


Photo Courtesy of Boatman Geller
I had to show these wine bottle tags from Boatman Geller. They make the gift of wine even better when it bears a greeting.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
A gift for colleagues and friends will look extra thoughtful with a sweet label on it. Felix Doolittle creates tags, cards and other goodies with charming watercolors.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
Perfect for the kid's gifts, this sticker will make every teacher smile. From Felix Doolittle.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
This tag is easy to fill in, good for those short on time! From Felix Doolittle.

Photo Courtesy of Iomoi
Love the graphic pattern and script. Large sticker labels from Iomoi make a brown box from the post office look cheery.

Photo Courtesy of Sesame Letterpress
Use them or buy them for others, these elegant letterpress tags with brightly colored motifs from Sesame Letterpress are gorgeous.

Photo Courtesy of Sesame Letterpress
More to inspire...


I saw this way back when at the gift show and could not wait to write about it! This adorable wrap brings personalization to a whole new level, get yours from Fine Stationery.

Love the circle monogram, preppy will never die!