Even those who live north of the Mason Dixon line will find something irresistible about Southern Fried Design Barn. The aim of  Tennessean Amy Kinslow is to help spread, educate, and cherish the culture of the South. “It’s a different world down here, full of rich history and an inviting Southern hospitality that’s just too hard to resist,” she writes on the company’s “About” page.

Amy’s Southern Sayings Collection is Amy’s rustic chic tribute to distinctive Southern vernacular and lifestyle. Each card is paired with a kraft envelope. $4, and you can buy them here or find a nearby store here.

You can also see it all in person in May, when Southern Fried Design Barn will be exhibiting with Stationery Academy at National Stationery Show, booth 2628.







Finally, a few weekend reads. Happy Friday everyone!

Etiquette Tips: What to do when your fiancee is snubbed on another invitation.

Here’s a news story on the very adorable Michigan-turned-LA card designer Julie Astrauckas of Julie Ann Art. There’s a video, too — though I feel it’s my civic duty to warn everyone that there’s a few rather painful paper puns near the beginning.

I’m digging this interesting piece on immersive experiences, specifically as they relate to retail.

From Ruffled, here’s a lovely take on coordinating a wedding invitation to the event itself.

There’s lots of eye candy & trend inspiration in Polyvore’s Trend Report.

Here’s a rather entertaining first-person account of judging the best of show awards at at the London Stationery Show from The Guardian’s Peter Robinson — roughly the British equivalent of our NSS. It is also National Stationery Week in the UK from March 31-April 6. It would be wonderful to have something like that stateside! I have met its managing director Chris Leonard-Morgan a few times at NSS, and he is simply brilliant to unite all those partners and sponsors into one mighty, week-long effort.

Meanwhile, I seem to have come down with a British design bug. I can’t stop thinking about these charming photographs of stationery and flowers from UK photographer Marianne Tucker.

Finally, carefully curated, ultra-posh goods at Brown Ink are 25% off through Monday — just use the coupon code SPRING25.


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