Friday, March 11, 2011

Paper Delights-ful!

I was absolutely smitten yesterday after a wonderful visit to Paper Delights in Wallingford. Back in November, my good friends Erika and Sienna gave me a Paper Delights gift card for my birthday. I had been saving it for the perfect occasion to treat myself to some fabulous finds from this delightful paper store that fancies itself in carrying “cards, confections and cravings.” That’s pretty accurate. I love everything in this store from the designer stationary from Kate Spade, Orla Kiely and Martha Stewart, to the yummy sweet confections that match the paper products, to colorful umbrellas (to brighten a rainy gray Seattle day – SO tempting yesterday!) to yummy candles and custom invitations and stationary. DELIGHTFUL!

I was actually in Wallingford for a slightly different reason when I decided to pop into Paper Delights. I was reading a wonderful novel, Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries, about a young Indian-American woman who owns a struggling bakery in Wallingford and ends up finding enlightenment at a baking retreat in Kyoto, Japan. Set during the WTO conference in the late 90’s, it’s a wonderful, delicious, romantic read. I was near the end of the book yesterday and I thought it would be fun to finish it in a coffee shop in the neighborhood where it took place. Anyway, I digress, but I did want to put in a plug for the book in case you’re looking for a great (and, at times, mouth-watering!) read.  

Anyway, back to Paper Delights. It is a small, light-filled store run by a mother and daughter duo. They have a great eye for the most delightful of offerings. Here I share some of my favorites with you. Do pop in soon for a burst of spring color, a letter-pressed Mother’s Day card, or a gift card for a friend. It truly is the perfect gift. (Thanks again, Erika and Sienna. Xoxo.)

I love this fabulous wrapping paper!

The Orla Kiely collection - cravings for sure!

Kate Spade style and wit for your correspondence. The pink note cards are engraved with “Tickled Pink.” Too cute!

 Darling, darling cocktail napkins.

A wonderful selection of orange, pink and red goodies.

And green goodies, including pear Jelly Bellies, my fav!

And sweet blues.

And the yellow and gray collection.

And for my selections, from top left - "with thanks" cards by Paper Delights, printed in Wallingford; a bright red and orange zinnia note pad by Snow and Graham; Wallflower notepad from Orla Kiely; and light blue scalloped "hello" cards from Martha Stewart Stationary for Crane & Co.

I was even more smitten when I got home and found a card from my friend, Cathy, in New York in a pink envelope in my mailbox. It absolutely confirmed my passion for the written word, especially hand-written notes.

Happy Friday friends. What does your weekend have in store? Maybe a trip to Paper Delights (or your local version)? We are off to Tahoe for a week of downtime and spring skiing. See you when we return.

1 comment:

  1. so fun! Paper Delights is of course one of my fave spots as well. Always inspiring and fresh. great post! have a great week in Tahoe.