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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Year, New You Giveaway!



A note from Jane and a Giveaway!

It is a busy time of year for all of us, so I will keep this short!

First, thank you. I started Boatman Geller eleven years ago and continue to be so grateful for your support. All of us at Boatman Geller appreciate your ongoing enthusiasm for our brand!

I recently said to a friend, "I can't help myself, I love self-help!" The absurdity of what I actually said made me laugh. But it is true. I have always been a seeker and one thing I am passionate about is that we get to create a life we desire. Love that.

I wanted to share with you all a delicious tool for digging into creating the life you love.

Danielle LaPorte has just launched The Desire Map. Details about her program are below. I am just getting started with my own journey with The Desire Map and I am loving it. I think you will too. So much so, that I am giving away a FREE Desire Map Program! ($170 value) See below to enter!

The Desire Map Program Description
The Desire Map is a holistic approach to planning your life. It guides you to identify your core desired feelings, and to use those feelings as the drivers of what you want to do, have and experience in your life.
It turns goal-setting inside out.

The Desire Map is a multimedia program. It comes with a PRINTED book (it’s embossed, even!) a downloadable book, audio book, a series of audio contemplations; a private, online Desire Map space; an app, and 12 weeks of weekly inspiration to help people make desire-mapping a true practice.

Two ways to enter!
Like us on Facebook and leave a comment on our Facebook page or below telling us how you want to FEEL in 2013.

OR

Like us on Facebook and sign up for The Scoop (our monthly newsletter). Leave a comment so you will be entered!

That's it!
I'll start if off... In 2013, I want to feel ON PURPOSE.
Now your turn!

Leave a comment by January 2, 2013. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on January 4, 2013.

Of course if you are like me and just want to get started right away, click my affiliate link to purchase your Desire Map!


Jane, Greg and their
daughters Isabelle, Anna
and Charlotte.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pattern Spotlight: Black Watch

We adore Black Watch plaid and that's why we've decided to make it our first pattern spotlight! This pattern is cozy, warm, and perfect for the holidays and the long winter ahead. Plus, its name comes from a legendary Highland regiment so it's manly enough for any guy on your list. What's your favorite
Black Watch gift?


1. Cell Phone Case  2. Small Tray  3. Notepads with Acrylic  4. Flat Card  5. Photocard  6. Ice Bucket
7. Photocard  8. Wine Tag  9. Coasters

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sweet Holidays!

The holidays are upon us and we're eager to get in the kitchen and make all of our favorite things. Sugar cookies are a holiday staple loved by almost all and we've found a recipe for Simply Splendid Sugar Cookies that we can't resist sharing! These would be a wonderful addition to any holiday get-together or can be left as treats for Santa! And our holiday entertaining items add your style to your holiday parties!


1. Chevron Holiday Wine Tag  2. Plaid Red & Teal Small Tray  3. Beverage Napkin with Icon  4. Wreath Platter  5. Bursts Teal Square Tray  6. Black Watch Plaid Coasters  7. Gingerbread Plate  8. Cup with Icon Ornament

Simply Splendid Sugar Cookies
2 sticks (½ pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine salt
1 large egg
1 ⅓ cups white whole-wheat flour, such as King Arthur
1 ⅓ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
White sugar sprinkles, for rolling

Preparation:
1. Arrange the racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Get out 2 large cookie sheets and line with parchment paper. Place some white sugar sprinkles in a small bowl.

2. Prepare dough: Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla, baking soda and salt and beat at medium speed until incorporated. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Add the flours and mix at low speed until blended, scraping down the bowl once or twice.

3. Scoop up enough dough to form into a 1-inch ball, rolling between the palms until smooth. Roll the dough ball in sugar sprinkles and then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat, arranging a dozen coated dough balls evenly spaced on each sheet and then, using a drinking glass, press on dough balls to flatten to about 1/4 inch thick.

4. Bake cookies about 12 minutes, switching and rotating the pans half way through, until cookies are golden and somewhat firm to the touch. Transfer cookies with a metal spatula to racks and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

For some more tips and the full version, see Epicurious' full recipe.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meet Papyrus Custom Printing

Meet Papyrus Custom Printing, a new Platinum Boatman Geller Retailer! Check out our best sellers from Papyrus Custom Printing!

1. Border Charcoal and Light Blue Flat Card 2. Espadrille Bright Foldover 3. Border Hunter and Navy Flat Card 4. Madison Damask Black Foldover 5. Pink Seersucker Small Flat 6. Bright Floral Foldover

PAPYRUS believes that life is a celebration. Which Boatman Geller items from Papyrus Custom Printing would you order for your next celebration? 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holiday Impressions!

It's time once again to start thinking about your holiday cards and we hope you're as thrilled as we are about our new Letterpress Collection! Along with social and wedding stationery, we've also created new holiday designs just for this collection. Whether you're after the traditional holiday photocard or simply a tasteful layout, we've got the card for you to make a great impression this year! We've chosen some favorites below and you can see more of our Letterpress Collection here.





Friday, November 2, 2012

Retailers of Distinction Highlight


We are excited to bring you our first blog post in our new Retailers of Distinction blog series. Please meet Three Hip Chicks, who have reached our highest level, Platinum in our Retailers of Distinction program. We have put together some of their favorite Boatman Geller items that you can find on their website. 
1. Kate Raspberry & Lime Cell Phone Case 2. Suzani Lucite Tray 3. Rugby Navy & Pink Cell Phone Case 4. Wrought Iron Lucite Tray 5. Chevron Pink, Navy & Lime Cell Phone Case 6. Madison Damask Lucite Tray 

In 2007, Three Hip Chicks branched out from home parties to an online boutique created and maintained by newly retired Mom, Christine Wehmann. The website gave the Hip Chicks the ability to offer a wide variety of fun, personalized and preppy products ranging from celebrity jewelry, classic monogrammed sterling silver and gold jewelry, monogram cell phone cases and tech covers, embroidered gifts, wall decals, preppy stationery and desk accessories. Over the years, threehipchicks.com has established a loyal following of customers and is thrilled to be selling their products to Hip Chicks all over the country!!
Visit their new website to view and purchase your favorite Boatman Geller items. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Charity Give Back!

We understand how important it is to give back to our community, so this year we're giving back! When a retailer reaches $1000 in sales with us this holiday season, Boatman Geller will make a one time donation of 10%, ($100) of that amount to a charity. Our retailers can choose one of our charities of choice, or they can choose a different charity that they would like to support. Orders being placed now count towards their $1000 sales total. Click here to find a retailer and help us give back!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Just In: Holiday Cases!

It's still early, but we're already getting excited about the holidays. Whether you're giving or getting, cell phones cases are a must this year! If you were lucky enough to get an iPhone 5 already, don't fret—we've got you covered, too! See all our designs online and find a retailer to get a case that's just your style!

1. Alex Houndstooth Red  2. Plaid Red  3. Bold Stripe Pink & Green  4. Black Watch Plaid  5. Greek Key Navy  6. Chevron Blue, Orange & Lime  7. Bristol Tile Tangerine  8. Racing Stripe Navy & Orange
9. Coral Repeat Teal  10. Chain Link Lime  11. Chloe Raspberry  12. Kate Raspberry & Lime

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holiday Photocards Your Style!

Living your style is important to you and that's why we're excited to introduce new holiday photocards for the season! Mod, preppy, classic or bohemian—we've got new styles for you to express yourself! These new designs are a perfect complement to our festive holiday collection. Check with your retailer to find out what specials are currently being offered.


1. Lattice Slate  2. Chevron Ombre Green  3. Bold Stripe  4. Ribbon Grosgrain  5. Peyton Teal & Chocolate
6. Merry Christmas Script 7. Beti Teal  8. Suzani Holiday


Friday, September 7, 2012

Trick or Treat!


September has just begun, but we are already planning our Halloween festivities! With our Custom Collection, you can create one of a kind invitations and personalized party accessories like napkins and lucite trays. Click here to find a retailer to create your style in time for Halloween!


1. Chevron Flat Card in Tangerine with Midnight Accent  2. Beverage Napkin with Icon  3. Polka Dot Platter in Tangerine with Midnight Accent  4. Polka Dot Square Tray in Midnight with Tangerine Accent  5. Awning Stripe Plate in Tangerine with Midnight Accent  6. Chain Link Flat Card in Midnight with Tangerine Accent 7. Bristol Tile Disposable Placemat in Tangerine with Midnight Accent  8. Swiss Dot Flat in Midnight with Tangerine Accent

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School Prep!

It's time once again to send the kids back to school, and in style at that! We are loving the stripes and plaids of the season. Why not get the kids some useful bag tags or stickers that match their favorite new outfit for back to school?


1. Boatman Geller Kent Stripe Kelly Stickers  2. J.Crew Boys' Long-Sleeve Ringer Tee in Rugby Stripe
3. Boatman Geller Bag Tags in Awning Stripe and Whale Navy  4. Sanrio Hello Kitty Preppy Metal Lunch Box  5. Boatman Geller Espadriille Nautical Notepad  6. J.Crew Girls' Maritime Dress in Wide Stripe
7. Boatman Geller Ladybug Notepad  8. TOMS Pink Academy Plaid Youth Classics  9. Boatman Geller Soccer Stickers


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Make Your Mark!

We love introducing new products for customers, but we love it more when we can pair them together! Check out some of our new Calling Cards that we've matched with our new Stampers just for you! With a variety of styles, you can't go wrong with these new offerings.


1. Bursts Teal Calling Card with Sand Dollar Stamper  2. Toile Black Calling Card with Fleur De Lis Stamper  3. Bristol Tile Tangerine Calling Card with Napoleon Bee Stamper  4. Chain Link Lime Calling Card with Circle Monogram Stamper  5. Chevron Sunflower Calling Card with Pineapple Ribbon Stamper
6. Basketweave Slate Calling Card with Circle Monogram Stamper

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Soiree!

Summer is a perfect time to entertain and we're thrilled about our new products that will give your next party the perfect touch! Our new coasters, cups and disposable placemats can be personalized so you can add style to your next summer soiree. Here's to summer entertaining fun!


1. Cup without Icon  2. Chinoiserie Tangerine Disposable Placemat  3. Chinoiserie Tangerine Coaster
4.
Cup with Icon Anchor  5. Icon Anchor with Border Disposable Placemat  6. Icon Anchor with
Border Coaster


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mimi and George!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Mimi and George--two precocious mice who are always ready for adventure! They're also featured on our new flat note cards. They've just sent us some pictures from their current road trip. Mimi and George are always up to something fun and now you can follow their adventures on tumblr!



1. George Flat Cards  2. Mimi in Paris Flat Cards  3. George Baseball Flat Cards  4. Mimi Goes to Camp Flat Cards  5. Mimi Flat Cards  6. George the Sailor Flat Cards

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lobster Love!

Summer is here and it's the perfect time to start making all of our seasonal favorites. That's why when we saw this lobster roll recipe from Gilt Taste, we couldn't help but share it! Lobster rolls are a great party food because you can make them ahead of time. And if you're up for the task of making your own rolls, our lobster themed products are the perfect addition for your seaside-themed summer soiree!


Lobster Rolls
Serves 2
2 lobsters, 1¼ pounds each.

3-4 tablespoons homemade mayonnaise (more if you prefer, but I like my rolls to be mostly lobster)

2 teaspoons finely chopped red onion
½ rib celery, chopped
A few drops of lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Pepperidge Farm top-split hot dog buns

Cook, chill, and shell the lobsters: Bring a large pot of heavily-salted water to a boil over high heat. Submerge the lobsters and cook for 10 minutes, then place the lobsters at once in ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well. Remove all the meat from the lobster and chop into ½-inch pieces, reserving the tomalley and the roe in a small bowl.

Dress the lobster: Stir the tomalley and roe into the mayonnaise, and dress the lobster meat with it. Add celery, onion, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator (it will last 2 days).

Butter and crisp buns: Just before serving, melt a pat of butter in a small saute pan over medium heat and toast the hot dog buns on one side. When they’re golden, remove them. Add the second pat of butter and toast the buns on the other side. Spoon the lobster salad into the buns and serve immediately.

Mayonnaise
This is more than you need. But it keeps for at least a week, and there’s something wonderful about knowing you have homemade mayonnaise on hand for sandwiches, tartar sauce and dressings.
Makes 2 cups

2 egg yolks
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Pinch of salt
About 2 cups oil, at room temperature (not cold)

Crank the food processor: Put everything but the oil into a food processor and process until creamy, about 15 seconds. With the machine still running, slowly pour the oil into the machine until your mayonnaise is the consistency that you want.

For some more tips and the full version, see Ruth Reichl's recipe.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Introducing Julie Browning Bova Fine Paper & Gifts!


We are thrilled to announce the release of our new collaboration, Julie Browning Bova Fine Paper & Gifts! The new collection offers 11 products which have over 140 unique combinations that include a wide array of products and designs. Look for the collection this month at retailers and on Julie Browning Bova's website. We asked Jane Boatman Geller to share her thoughts with you regarding the collection. Here's what she had to say:

1. What made you feel that this collection with Julie Browning Bova was the right move for you?

Jane: Julie has such richness as an interior designer—all of that creativity and style was begging to be brought to the market in the paper and gift industry. We feel the JBB collection is very complimentary of the Boatman Geller look. Since we already have the production / wholesale end in place it was an easy fit.



2. Will you be infusing her designs into all your personalized product offerings?

Jane: We are launching the JBB line with those products that are the best fit for JBB's style and design. We are excited to be offering her designs on 11 different products to start.



3. What do you feel sets this apart from other collections?

Jane: JBB's designs have a sophistication and depth of style that is rarely seen in the paper and gift industry. The cornerstone of her designs is equestrian in nature which is a new niche in our industry. We feel the richness of the look speaks to an upscale lifestyle—whether or not horses are your passion!



4. Is there anything that you'd like to share about the development of the collection and the items you're introducing?

Jane: Julie's designs were presented to us in quite a finished format. They really were ready to be taken to the next step and polished for product. Julie's clear vision for her brand made for an almost effortless creation from concept to end product. Julie and I are both hoosiers at heart and feel passionately that good design isn't found only on the coasts—but right here in the midwest too!



5. What are you most excited about in terms of this launch?

Jane: Being able to offer such a lovely line of paper and gifts that we feel will be enthusiastically received by the Boatman Geller retailers across the country.

Friday, June 1, 2012

We Have a Winner!

At the end of April we set out to give away birth announcements to one lucky winner.

Congratulations to Jennifer of Wake Forest, North Carolina! Jennifer has won Boatman Geller birth announcements valued at $125.00!

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Jennifer, not only for winning, but also on her new arrival! We can't wait to see the birth announcements she picks out. Shop for birth announcements, shower invitations, and more online at Boatman Geller.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Red, White and Blue!


Memorial Day has long been a tradition to remember our fallen soldiers, but it's also the unofficial kickoff to summer. For most, that means firing up the grill and entertaining some friends! We love the patriotic colors of these products, and they're here to help you throw a fantastic BBQ! How will you spend this
Memorial Day?


Monday, May 7, 2012

Celebrate Mom!

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th which means it's right around the corner. We love the idea of something personalized for Mom to let her know how special she is to us! Show your appreciation with monogrammed recipe cards, a new cell phone case, or a colorful calendar to keep her (and the whole family) organized! How will you celebrate Mom this Mother's Day?


1. Lucy Orange Foldover Note  2. Mod Diamond Tangerine Recipe Card  3. Kate Raspberry & Tangerine Cell Phone Case  4. Beti Pink Ice Bucket  5. Cameron Raspberry Calendar  6. Spring Pink Flat Card  7. Chevron Sunflower Cell Phone Case  8. Bright Floral Acrylic Notepad  9. Chloe Sunflower Foldover Note

Monday, April 30, 2012

Giveaway! Win Birth Announcements!


Jane (Boatman Geller) is excited to introduce you to fellow entrepreneur, Devon Clement, a certified postpartum doula, new parent guide, and baby demystifier. Jane thinks so highly of Devon's advice for new parents (and parents to be) that she is offering a BG Birth Announcement Giveaway ($125 value) for one lucky winner! Click here to sign up for Devon's free Mini E-Book by Monday, May 14th and be entered to win. We will announce the winner here on Friday, June 1st.

Devon and BG teamed up to give you some advice...
People want to see your baby and you will not have the time, or wherewithal, to put your announcements together those first few days the baby is here! You'll want to use your limited free time to rest, shower, and snuggle your little one.

1. Create your announcement ahead of time. Choose the design, font, color and text. Go ahead and place your order with a BG retailer! You can even have proofs done beforehand to make sure that you are happy with your choices. Don't know yet if you are having a boy or girl? Design one of each and be truly prepared!

2. Pre-order your envelopes from Boatman Geller and get them addressed before the baby even comes – this way, all you'll have to do is stuff the envelopes with your gorgeous announcements. Or, ask your visitors to pitch in when they ask how they can help!

3. Contact BG when the baby arrives to fill in the name, vital statistics and submit that "oh so adorable" photo of your newborn!

It can mean the world to have a knowledgeable, caring person to talk to, reach out to, ask questions of, and be reassured that everything is normal. Someone to take care of YOU so you can take care of your baby! Devon Clement acts as a coach, consultant, caregiver & confidence reinforcer for "frazzled 'rents" who want it all — starting with one good night's sleep. Her company, Mama's Best Friend gives new moms & dads foundational skills & emotional support to care for their babies (and themselves) — so they can stop freaking out, and start having fun!

Meet your new BFF online at MamasBestFriend.com, and on Twitter at @mamasbestfriend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring into Color!

As you probably know, we draw our inspiration from everything around us which is why we always like to check out what's new in fashion for each season. We're thrilled that spring is here and colors are blooming! We've paired some of our favorite spring fashion colors and patterns with some of our favorite products for the season. What inspires you this season?



Middle: Vineyard Vines Whale Silk Tie and Churchill Dot Dress paired with Boatman Geller's Whale Blue Plate and Lucy Cell Phone Case

Bottom: Brooks Brothers Tattersall Dress Shirt and Fitzgerald Sport Coat paired with Boatman Geller's Baxter Check Foldover Note and Pineapple Lucite Tray

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Email Your Style!

We love a handwritten note as much as anyone, but did you know that you can also get an email stationery template from Boatman Geller through MeebleMail? Since most of us are on email all day, a personalized template is a fun way to live your style! MeebleMail email stationery works with web browser email clients such as AOL, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo for both Mac and Windows. Below are just a few of our samples so click here to see the full collection or click here to see how it works.

6. Kate - Red & Teal  7. Cameron  8. Classic Blue Floral  9. Grosgrain Ribbon - Pink & Green

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Florals!

Spring is upon us and we are anticipating all of the things soon to be in bloom! We've picked our favorite floral patterns for the season for social stationery, entertaining, gifts. Check out some of our blooming floral patterns below. What are you most looking forward to this spring?



Friday, February 24, 2012

Tying the Knot!

Valentine's Day is the most popular day to get engaged, so we're guessing that there a quite a few soon-to-be-brides out there who are starting to plan their big day! If a nautical themed wedding floats your boat, there is plenty to love. This month we're rounding up of some of our favorite nautical items like Boatman Geller monogrammed napkins for the reception, tote bags that make great bridesmaids gifts, and Boatman Geller foldover notes perfect for post-wedding gratitude.


1. Boatman Geller Nautical Stripe Save the Date  2. Nautical Garland Cake  3. Boatman Geller Anchors Navy Flat Card  4. SeaBags Medium Anchor Tote  5. Boatman Geller Nautical Knot Kelly Foldover Note
6. Anchor Bags  7. Boatman Geller Beverage Napkin with Icon  8. Lobster Lollipops  9. Boatman Geller Stripe Lobster Platter

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Trend Spotting: Paisley!

As you probably know by now, we love patterns! That's why we're excited to see that Elle Decor featured paisley in their Trend Alert section this month! Patterns, especially ones as bright and detailed as paisley bring an added texture to all sorts of things—dresses, dinner plates, umbrellas, and even our new Ellie foldover notes! (Available through your favorite retailer this month!) What are your favorite paisley items in the closet or around the house?

And if you missed Jane's paisley pattern tutorial, you can watch it here.


1. Turquoise Ellie Foldover Note  2. Raspberry Ellie Foldover Note  3. Navy Ellie Foldover Note
4. Mocha Ellie Foldover Note

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Nantucket vs. Manhattan - A Hometown Super Bowl

I jest! But really, this is the recipe for my perfect Super Bowl Experience. New England Patriots vs. NY Giants. Teams from two of my most favorite places. Two powerhouse teams - therefore no underdog to worry and fret about (that's a big issue with me - drives Greg nuts!) And last but not least, it is right here in my hometown!!

I was born and raised in Indianapolis - then set out after college to split the next 14 years between Manhattan and then Seattle. To see my hometown transformed into a Super Stage has been fascinating and exciting. The festivities kicked off last weekend and have been going full steam ahead this week. Greg spent last Saturday with the kids at the NFL experience (amazing) and with the unusually warm weather we loaded the kids up in the car and headed downtown last night to walk the Super Bowl Village. The zipline is pretty amazing - see the video below!



It was so fun to see the party tents still being set up for all the VIP celeb parties this weekend. It had sort of a pre-trade show vibe to it! Greg and I are going to parties Friday and Saturday nights so I will be sure to tweet any celeb sightings!

There is a possibility that we may even go to the game... beer + celebrity watching + Madonna at half time = Super Fun!

How are you spending Super Bowl Weekend?!

The zip line (from standing on the ground below - no ride for me!)

video

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just in—Cases!

We are so excited to announce our new line of cell phone cases! Whether your style is modern, preppy, or classic, we've got you (and your phone) covered! These cute cases fit the iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Galaxy S. Click here to find a retailer.


1. Cameron Raspberry  2. Coral Repeat  3. Bright Floral  4. Alex Houndstooth Black  5. Madras Patch Blue 6. Rugby Navy Kelly  7. Stella Pink  8. Suzani Teal  9. Madison Damask White with Black  10. Lucy Chocolate  11. Kate Red & Teal  12. Espadrille Bright

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So Sweet!

We love the practice of little ones giving Valentine's Day exchange cards out to their classmates and the thought of boxes being overstuffed with small tokens of sweetness! We're also really excited to give you a peek at our new 2012 designs for exchange cards and invitations! If you're hosting a party, you'll find the invitations are a must, but the exchange cards make great tags for favors or bags of candy for guests! Click here to find a Boatman Geller retailer.