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Mother’s Day Gifting

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to share some of our favorite gifts! Spring Flowers This brand-new set embodies the fresh and colorful beauty of springtime. We love the way the engraving captures each delicate detail of this hand drawn illustration.  This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially for those who love the …

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Etiquette Tips We Live By

Navigating the world of etiquette can be overwhelming and complicated at times.  Yet, it doesn’t always have to be!  In fact, you probably already have some rules of etiquette that you follow in your everyday life.  Below are the etiquette tips that the Dempsey and Carroll team members live by: Jaimie: One etiquette rule I …

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Monograms

I absolutely love a monogrammed card.  Personal monograms, usually only containing three letters, can reflect a wide range of styles; they can be as modern and simple or as flowery and extravagant as one wants.  A lot of monograms with more block styled letters feel contemporary, yet as our founder John Dempsey writes in “Art Stationery …

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Sending Signals: Folded Corners

Is it still proper to send coded messages by turning down specific corners of your correspondence or calling card? In “Art Stationery and Usages of Polite Society,” published in 1879, George Carroll, one of our founders, touches on the Victorian etiquette around folding corners.  He describes which corners should be turned down depending on the type of …

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Why We Still Write Letters

It would surprise no one for us to say that COVID-19 has caused most people to become even more reliant on the digital world. From Zoom calls to Amazon orders, being stuck at home for the last 18 months has meant an exponential increase in screen time. While nothing is inherently wrong with being in …

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Thank You Notes: Digital or Handwritten?

My peers call me “old fashioned”- a Jane Austen character that lingered off the page and wound up in a complex, technology driven society. And yet, even I, rarely take part in the classic 19th century ritual of letter writing. The composing of ‘Thank You’ cards is no exception… But should it be? In this …

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