123 2012 January | Delicate Pen

Delicate Pen Weddings Reprise

BY jane, ON Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I thought before I present our first Delicate Pen Wedding in this new year, I should review some wedding highlights from 2011!

Tawnya and Kiel

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Leigh and Jonathan

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Debra and Jack

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Talia and Seth

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Best Wishes to all our 2011 Delicate Pen couples!

Owney the Postal Dog Stamp

BY jane, ON Friday, January 13, 2012

Everyone needs a friend like my friend Barbara! When I went this week to purchase a sheet of Owney the Postal dog stamps that were released in July, 2011 for my stamp collection, of course, not one was to be had in all of NYC. So, whom do I call for these kinds of dilemmas? Barbara! Barbara lives in DC and works near the National Postal Museum, which has a gift store with difficult to find stamps. Yesterday, my coveted stamps sheets arrived in the mail, thanks to my loyal friend, who knew this little acquisition meant more to me than any “normal” person.

Owney was a tatty little Irish terrier mix that became a mascot of the Albany, New York post office in 1888, when he was discovered curled up on a pile of old mail bags one day. Owney began accompanying the mail bags onto horse drawn wagons and then subsequently onto the Railway Post Office train cars all over the state and country. He even made an around the world trip in 1895. The mail clerks considered Owney was a good luck charm, for even though train wrecks were a common occurrence  back then, no train that Owney rode on, was ever in such an incident.

Owney marked his travels with medals and tags on his collar. When a certain Postmaster General John Wanamaker learned that the collar was becoming too heavy for the mutt, he created a harness to display his tokens. The circumstances of Owney’s death are unclear and not documented accurately, but Owney had become old, nearly blind and a little ornery. He died of a gun shot wound on June 11, 1897. His remains were preserved and they are on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum, the very museum where my commemorative stamps were purchased, and where one of my decorative envelopes was awarded a prize in 1999 and was on display under Owney’s watchful eyes that year. Owney wears his harness and is surrounded by his tags in the museum.  Countless books, movies and stories have been written about Owney. Owney even has his own multi dimensional app!

Owney the Postal Dog’s Commemerative Stamp

Martha Stewart Weddings Winter Issue

BY jane, ON Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We are happy to announce that we were asked to letter some fun table numbers for a wonderful feature in Martha Stewart Weddings winter issue on stands now.  The article suggests using a wedding palette of black, white and gold.  The table setting is just gorgeous, don’t you think?  Click here to see more images.

Black, white and gold table setting with a table number lettered by The Delicate Pen.

via Martha Stewart Weddings

Color of the year

BY jane, ON Monday, January 2, 2012

Each year Pantone announces a color of the year.  This year, 2012, it is Tangerine Tango. Orange is my least favorite color on the color spectrum, so I was a bit tepid in my first reaction to this color. But upon studying this tangerine,  I have grown to appreciate the reddish tint with the burst of yellow.  This is what Leatrice Eiseman,  executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute® has to say about this year’s choice:

“Sophisticated, but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Who doesn’t need a little tango this year?  Let’s see how I can work this year’s color on to some stationery.  Perhaps on some thank you notes for holiday gifts?

Photo: Frederic Cirou/Corbis via www.pantone.com


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