Happy Monday, all! No matter the weather where you are, I’ve got just the sunny accent for it — a guest post from Jason of J. Falkner with all the skinny on their chic pencil range. Take it away, Jason!

Just because school’s out, that’s no reason to put away your pencils — especially with the new range of bright, playful patterns we’re featuring this summer. All our pencils are proudly manufactured here in the US, in partnership with a Tennessee factory that has been making pencils for over 100 years. It’s a real joy to sharpen the basswood body, and the No. 2 lead has a lovely smooth flow on the page.As with our line of greeting cards, we like to bring a colorful, modern spin to the traditional. So instead of standard gold or silver metal, we opt for black ferrules (the metal bit that joins the eraser to the pencil – the things you learn once you step into the pencil world!) and neon erasers. Our graphics are often inspired by some of our bestselling cards.The Palm frond print, by the way, has become a bit of a signature for J.Falkner Cards, inspired by our radiant Palm Beach location. This pattern is hand-drawn so it’s exclusive to us. Meanwhile, the pink and green Preppy Pineapples are as Palm Beach as a double strand of pearls. Our rainbow pencil, also a hand-drawn pattern, feels very happy with its kaleidoscope of colors.
Finally, what could be more fun that a little row of dachshunds marching up and down a shiny, red pencil?I love to place a pot of freshly sharpened pencils in our guestroom, an easy but personal touch that makes guests feel especially welcome.The palm and pineapple pencils launched earlier this year, while the rainbow and dachshunds are brand new designs that are premiering at the summer gift shows, including Dallas and Atlanta in mid-July. We’ll be at the Daniel Richards showroom at both shows. And they are all immediately available online here.

Pencils come in packs of 5 (of a single design, except for mixed packs of pineapple and palms) and retail for $5.75. To really celebrate the season, we’re offering TPC readers free shipping all season site wide all summer — just enter TPCSHIP1 at checkout!

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