Have Yourself a Very Merry Southern Christmas, Y’all

The holidays are a special time of year meant for sending thoughts of joy and cheer to those you care about most. In the South, it’s also an opportunity to display southern hospitality at its finest. From baking treats for friends and neighbors to giving out big ol’ warm hugs and mugs of hot cocoa to anyone in sight, the greeting “Merry Christmas Y’all!” sums up our feelings on the entire season.

At Expressionery, we call Texas home – so we know what it’s like to celebrate the holiday season with a little (or a lot) of Southern flair. This year at Expressionery, we’ve created a new line of holiday cards, stamps, and a few special paper goods that give a nod to life in the South. With only a few more weeks until the holiday rush begins, take a look at these 5 ways to bring some Southern cheer into your home this year.

Southern Christmas with Expressionery

Soft Snowflake Custom Stamp | Merriest Berries Holiday Photo Cards | Elegant Season Holiday Photo Cards
Boughs of Holly Holiday Photo Cards | Vintage Tree Custom Stamp

3 Ways to Have a Very Merry Southern Christmas, Y’all

Create Southern Inspired Holiday Meals
Good food and good company go hand-in-hand during the holidays. Not sure what to cook for the next feast? Check Pinterest for some Southern comfort food for inspiration. Then, compile your favorite meals and treats into a recipe booklet or box using these pretty snowflake recipe cards.

Outdoor Adventure Family Photo Holiday Cards
It’s never too early to start thinking about your holiday photo cards. This year, why not take the family outside and show off the beautiful scenery around your community? Be sure to coordinate family outfits to compliment the setting. Go for rich greens, mustard yellow, and plum if you plan a woodland backdrop. For a snowy setting, consider bright reds, golds, or black. Then, upload your favorite photos to Expressionery and customize our Merry Christmas Y’all Holiday Photo Card.

It’s All About the Seasonal Stamps, Y’all
Once you’ve found the perfect Expressionery holiday card, add the finishing touch with a seasonal address stamp for the envelope. Our matching Merry Christmas Y’all Custom Stamp can be customized with an address and family name or a fun greeting. Or try one of our other popular holiday stamps. There are some amazing new designs in our winter custom stamp collection. Take a look and find one that suits your holiday spirit!

Now instead of dreading the task of holiday cards, look forward to it! You can also bake some of your favorite cookies to snack on before you settle in with a stack of cards and a fun personalized stamp. And to really help you get in the spirit, set the mood with this playlist of very country music holiday hits.

Let’s get in the holiday spirit, y’all!

Festive Fall Stationery and Stamps

Expressionery Fall Stationery and Stamps
Fall is in the air and with the changing colored leaves comes feelings of warmth and cheer- we’re feeling the need to update our stationery wardrobe. Say goodbye to bright colors & beachy feels- it’s time for warm colors & autumn inspired stationery & stamps!

Whether it’s throwing a fall-themed fete, or sending in a seasonal treat with your child to school, we have an amazing selection of stationery and stamps to help you create something perfect for the occasion. Take a look at our wide array of products that give a classic nod to fall, think lovely shades of grey, pale mint green and warm tan tones. You could go with the traditional bold orange and yellow fall colors or try some pretty poppy colored stationery or luxurious plum folded notes. There’s also plenty of floral and branch themed paper goods for fall-lovers everywhere.

Fall Into Autumn with Seasonal Stationery and Stamps

Expressionery tan laurel leaf thank you note Laurel Collection Our laurel stationery collection features a whole set of matching mint stationery pieces. Starting with party invitations and then moving to folded notes as thank you notes, there are even flat cards, skinny notebooks, a modern monogram stamp and self-inking laurel arch stamp.

Expressionery Fall Leaf Notebook in Tan Gold and Tan Keep warm and cozy with some gold toned thank you notes or a neutral, yet modern notebook in a tan design.

Fall leaves stamp Fancy Flowers and Branches Flower paper products are lovely this time of year, but without tree branches it just doesn’t feel like fall at all! This year we launched a new set of fall-themed self-inking stamps, are a great addition to your craft closet.

Whatever you fancy, Expressionery has seasonal fall stationery and stamps ready for you!

Organize Your Handbag With Aqua Accessories

Aqua desk accessories from Expressionery
As busy women we know handbags can quickly become a bottomless pit of receipts, pens, snack wrappers and loose change. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to clean out and re-organize your purse or bag every few months- not just the New Year or during Spring Cleaning.

Maybe you’ve updated your wardrobe and snagged a new Fall bag, or just feel like getting organized is something you’ve been meaning to tackle as we head into fall.

Take a baby step and start with your everyday bag. You’ll be so happy you did! When you’ve finished and cleared out the old junk, take a look at some of the new Expressionery organizational accessories. From stripes, to florals, classic patterns or monograms, we’ve got you covered when it comes to matching organizational accessories. Everything is small, yet chic and perfect for your handbag.

Four Aqua Organizational Necessities Every Woman Needs

We’ve handpicked some beautiful Expressionery products that will be sure to transition perfectly into the Fall & Winter seasons. Here are some of our favorites from the Aqua Accessories Collection.

1. Aqua Jute Wallet
This aqua jute wallet is exactly what you need to need to keep everything organized and in one place. Plus, it’s a great size!

2. Aqua Bright Notebook
There’s a reason this is one of our top selling notebooks. Small & light, our new notebook collection is exactly what you need when inspiration or a task item strikes!

3. Paint Stripe Contact Cards
For those moments when you meet someone, but can’t find a pen to write down your contact information. These Aqua Paint Stripe cards are great to keep stashed in your bag, the car, or wallet. With the bright pop of aqua color you are sure to be remembered.

4. Paint Stripe iPhone 6 Case
Add class to your calls and texts with the Paint Stripe iPhone Case. It’s jewelry for your phone! Our iPhone cases add a dash of style and fit most mobile phones.

If Aqua isn’t your color, take a look at our other chic desk accessories including two new pink wallets or pieces from the lotus flower collection.

Grab a new accessory to brighten up your day!

5 Great Summer Baking Ideas

5 Summer Baking Ideas with Great Packaging from ExpressioneryWhether you’re attending a backyard barbecue or whipping up a sweet treat for family, summer is a great time to explore new delicious desserts. Our friend and designer Laura Kelly has partnered with some amazing bloggers and The Bakers Party Shop to bring you plenty of fun recipes to try in your own kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorites, complete with DIY gift tags and fun packaging to give your baked good the perfect handmade touch.

Great Summer Baking Ideas For Any Party with #ExpressioneryBakes

The next time you need to bring a sweet treat to a gathering, take a look and find some inspiration from one of these four great summer baking ideas.

1. Watermelon Treat bakers-party-expressionery1 Nothing says summer like a tasty watermelon, but these watermelon rice Krispie Treats look just as sweet! Get the full instructions on the Housewife Hellraiser blog here and recreate this treat for yourself. Use the Baked With a Lot of Love Expressionery stamp paired with fun pink cookie bags and baker’s twine from The Bakers Party Shop to seal your cookies before delivery. Yum!

2. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches Ice Creamcookies Who doesn’t love ice cream at the end of a hot summer day? Ice cream + cookies = one amazing summer dessert sandwich! Head to Sparkle Living to learn how to make these delicious chocolate ice cream sandwiches from scratch. Use an ice cream cone cookie cutter from The Bakers Party Shop for added cuteness and a personalized tag using a personalized Expressionery stamp to recreate the fun packaging.

3. White Chocolate Sprinkled Popcorn white-chocolate-popcorn-gift-tagTechnically a snack turned dessert, popcorn is a treat that travels well and loved by all ages. To make this colorful version look to the lovely ladies of LollyJane for the complete how-to. You’ll want to stock up on white chocolate, colorful sprinkles, this domed lid and cup set from The Bakers Party Shop as well as Tasty Treat self-inking stamp for the tag.

4. 4th of July Cereal Treat july_4th_dessert Independence Day is right around the corner and these red-white-and-blue nautical themed cereal treats are a great dessert to bring along to the fireworks show. Head over to Michelle’s Party Plan It for all the details and a full list of supplies, including our popular Baked with Love self-inking stamp to add a personal touch.

5. Spectacular Sea Inspired Sugar Cookies How-to-decorate-seashell-sugar-cookies-772x1024 If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at fancy sugar cookies, visit Make Life Lovely for a master class on these seahorse and sea shell cookies.

Bakers, don’t forget to snap a photo of your finished goodies and be sure to tag #ExpressioneryBakes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. Save 25% sitewide using code SUNSHINE25 too, so grab a stamp and start baking!

Even More Inspiration

Summer Styles for 2012

Summer 2012 Trends

Put away your sweaters, coats and boots! Summer is almost here, and it’s time to celebrate with new fashions for your wardrobe, home and office. This summer has a lot to offer with bold colors and fun & funky patterns. Here are our top picks for hot summer trends.

Summer Style – Flowers

This year’s fashions prove that flowers aren’t only for your dining room table. Fashion accessories are blooming everywhere, from your personal wardrobe to your stationery wardrobe.

Floral summer styles for 2012

Floral summer styles for 2012

This summer’s breezy floral styles are highlighted with bright pops of color.

Summer style – Hint of the Sea

Cool off from the summer sun with nautical themed trends. Sail through the summer in style with color blocked stripes and fresh from the sea icons.

Nautical summer styles

Nautical summer styles

Summer style – Chandeliers

From interior design to your own personal style, chandeliers in every shape and size give a fresh new look to any décor. Accessorize your home, office or outfit with these iconic pieces.

Chandelier summer styles

Chandelier summer styles

Where have you spotted these emerging summer style trends?