Saturday, October 31, 2009

Custom Monograms

A couple of years ago a customer of ours had some custom stationery done for her children. The customer had a woman in New York design custom monograms. Then, I helped her select ink colors and card stocks and had Crane's engrave the stationery. It is still one of my top 10 favorite stationery orders.
For her son, we selected a very light blue flat card and had the monogram engraved in navy ink with a silver outline. For her daughter, we selected an ecru, heavy weight folded note and used 3 ink colors, hyacinth ink for her first and middle initial and red ink for the last name initials all outlined in gold. I adore them both.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mr. Boddington's Studio Special

My current favorite letterpress vendor, Mr. Boddington's Studio, is offering brides complementary stationery with the purchase of their wedding invitation trousseau. What a treat! They will continue to offer this special through December. They have fabulous fonts, ink colors and envelope liners. It is truly a unique look - I just love it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Best Holiday...

One of my favorite customers was just in the store (not that I choose favorites). We were discussing how Halloween is truly the best holiday. It is my favorite holiday for decorating, throwing parties and the candy! I've planted chrysanthemums in the pots in front of my house and attached huge hairy spiders to the metal fretwork columns. Now all I need is some "fun size" candy bars & a glass of wine.
Sounds like a party to me!

Photo of silver jack-o-lanterns from Carolyne Roehn's "A Passion For Parties

Monday, October 12, 2009


My love (obsession) for paper products, pretty things and parties began when I was a small child. It was nurtured by my mother's love of stationery, beautifully wrapped gifts, fresh flowers, a well set table and antiques. It now seems a natural fit that I'm the owner of a small fine stationery & gift boutique (Hayden Avery) located in central Austin. I love that my days are spent in a relaxing and pretty environment. I get to know all different kinds of people, at some of lifes' most exciting milestones, through their selections of unique invitations, announcements and personal stationery. I hope some of my favorite pretty things become some of your favorites as well.