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Paper Culture: Extreme Green Stationery

As much as we all utilize Evite or Paperless Post, there is still nothing as charming as an old-fashioned paper invite. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to get your festive cards ordered and organized. Local stationery company Paper Culture has every occasion covered, and they're as green as stationery gets.

Renegade Recap: Dandy Lion Press

Did you make it out to the Renegade Craft Fair last weekend? We stopped by on Saturday and were happy to see both familiar vendors that we love and artists whose work was completely new to us. One of our favorites of the latter was Dandy Lion Press. Locally owned and operated by Maia de Raat (who also teaches classes at San Francisco Center for the Book), the letterpress cards and small prints feature all manner of sea creatures and forest animals, each intricately rendered down to the last whisker or tentacle.

Our Favorite Local Letterpress Designs

Don’t be surprised if the latest designs from Bay Area letterpresses render you speechless.

DIY (Design It Yourself) at Minted

For the true design addict (ehem!) it's not enough to have a completely personalized home. No, the stationery has to be unique too. Enter Minted, where you can customize your invitations or cards with photos, choose specific colors, and basically just make your stationery absolutely your own. They've been nominated for a "Crunchie Award" (TechCrunch's way of honoring the best internet and tech innovations of the year) for Best Application, which translates to an easy to navigate site and tons of personalization options and possibilities.

Eco-Friendly Wooden Postcards from Night Owl Paper Goods

Sending a good old-fashioned note in the mail is so unusual in this time of e-mailing, instant messaging, texting and online social networking. But I still like to send notes and am particularly fond of the postcard (bonus: no wasteful envelope).

I discovered products from Night Owl Paper Goods at an event with eco-friendly merchants and fell instantly for the postcards made of sustainably harvested yellow birch with sweet and simple designs of birds, flowers and butterflies (pictured). I bought a couple but they sat on my desk, where I admired the designs for a while—then I finally went ahead and framed them. Now I plan to go with my original intention of sending them by buying a few more.
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