What is more thrilling for many kids than counting down the days to Christmas? Merrymaker has so many fun advent calendars in stock right now. From a wood nativity scene kids unpack piece by piece, one day at a time – to a three-dimensional Christmas Village that can house a small treat or note in every piece. Come check them out!

Hot Foiling

We absolutely adore gold hot foiling. Here are some of our favorites found on Pinterest! Follow our boards for even more hot foil inspiration (or come into our store, we do it ourselves!)

1. I like it. What is it? | 2. Heart of gold. | 2. Bring out the bubbly! | 3. Hot business cards.  4. Greeting note cards.


Journal writing is a great way to figure out what you think about things, to record events so you can remember the details later. A travel journal is like a regular journal on caffeine. Because traveling takes us out of our normal routine, we see everything with fresh eyes. Every new street you walk down, each bite of unfamiliar food is a minor revelation. Recording the details of a place, sketching the view from your table at the coffee shop, or simply listing everything you’ve purchased or eaten can help you slow down and immerse yourself in this strange place. Best of all, you can dip back into the pages of your travel journal when you get home and bring your mind right back to that sandy beach, those stone-paved plazas, or that creaky porch swing where you were serenaded by crickets…

How to Address an Envelope

Addressing Wedding Invitations

Addressing the outer envelope

Traditional etiquette dictates that every married couple or individual over the age of 18 in a household should get their own wedding invitation.  Children under the age of 18, if invited, would have their names listed on the inner envelopes beneath their parents’ names.  However, most of our customers today send a single invitation to each household. In this case, the names of invited children would be listed on a line beneath their parents’ names. 

Married couples are formally addressed as: 

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. 

In the case of unmarried couples, or when a married women has kept her maiden name, the woman is listed on the first line and the man on the next line, such as: 

Ms. Jane Jones

Mr. John Smith

In any case where a woman has a special title, such as that of a judge or medical doctor, she may be listed first with her appropriate title and first name, such as:

Dr. Jane Jones

Mr. John Smith

In the case of same-sex couples with different last names, guests may be listed in alphabetical order by their last name, such as:

Ms. Sara Jones

Ms. Susan Smith

Single guests who are invited to bring a date to the wedding would have ‘and guest’ written after their name on the inner envelope. If only outer envelopes are being used ‘and Guest’ (note the capital ‘G’ here) may be added to the outside envelope.

Abbreviations are typically not used when addressing wedding invitations. States, ‘Apartment’, and ‘Post Office Box’, for example, are all spelled out. Most word processing programs have a ‘Find a replace text’ feature that allows you to find ‘NY’, for example, and replace it with ‘New York’ in the event that you have a list with a lot of common abbreviations. You may have to repeat the operation with common spelling variations, such as ‘Ny’ and ‘N.Y.’ Also be warned that any words containing these letter combinations will be altered as well, so ‘Tony’ will become ‘ToNew York’.

Addressing the inner envelope

The inner envelope does not require a street address, but only the names of those invited. For married adults, only surnames are used on the inner envelope, such as:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith


Ms. Jones

Mr. Smith

If ‘Jr.’ or ‘III’ was used on the outer envelope, it is not necessary to repeat it on the inner envelope.  The names of children under 18, if invited, are listed beneath their parents’ names on a single line – in age order – oldest to youngest. 

The return address

The return address typically does not include the name of the sender – simply the address. The address is either that of the person who is issuing the invitation, or the address to which you would want gifts to be sent.

DIY Treats

It’s no secret that we love paper: that’s why when you visit our Carytown store – you might find yourself being a little overwhelmed by the sheer amounts we have in stock! But, never fear – along with being total paper good connoisseurs, we know how to put that paper to good use! Try out some of these totally cute DIY projects, and be sure to share them on our Facebook page when you’re done!