Friday, February 26, 2010

*meep* You. Will. LURVE!

Ok, here it is, one of the (tasty) tricks up our sleeve!

Monogrammed cookies!

Yup. Any of our monograms. On a cookie. On a darn good cookie. Does it get any better than this??! 'Cuz is sure doesn't get any cuter. Nope. Not one bit.

There's more where that came from, so stay tuned!

XOXO
{FM}

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Say It With Me: Date Nite!



It's still February and it's still the month of L-O-V-E!


The Nest.com has loads of creative date nite ideas - here are a few tickle us pink:


++ Look up the date of the next full moon and celebrate with a champagne toast.
++ Forget breakfast in bed. Have dinner in bed (and don't worry about the crumbs).
++ Create a cocktail together and name it after yourselves.  
++ Go to a bookstore or music store together, then split up. Your mission: Buy something you know they'll love. Then wrap and exchange.


Find more at the Nest.com here!

XOXO
{FM}

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Retailers - FM Wants YOU To Take The Poll!

We've got a few things up our sleeves for the New York Stationery Show this year!
I can't spill the beans just yet, but there will be some NEW yummy things...


Before I say too much, here's a little something we'd like to ask our retailers.


Click away! (If you refresh the page, you can vote more than once.)



Monday, February 22, 2010

What's The Big Idea??


There’s one thing we look forward to every year…it’s a little like Christmas, a little like your birthday + a little like Disney. It’s so much work you could faint, and so much fun you could squeal.

What is it??

It’s the New York Stationery Show! It’s where we show off + see friends + make new ones.
This year we’ve got a little something special planned for our retailers. It’s Fontaine Maury’s Big Idea Lab!

Make a bee-line to our booth (#2806-2810) at the show and get The Big Idea!

The Big Idea Lab will be packed with specimens for you to peruse and new ideas to use. Sign up for our Learning Labs (no white coat required) because they’re chock full of everything YOU want to know about.

Need some help with merchandising? There’s a Lab for that. Wanna beef up your branding? There’s a Lab for that. Windows need some work? Yep, there’s a Lab for that.

In preparation for the Big Show, we’re connecting us to you and you to each other with the Big Idea Lab online. We’ve sent out invites, but if you’re not already a member (retailers only!), email us at info@fontainemaury.com to sign up! We want to know what you think - what’s the best hotel for the show? Fave restaurant? And, most importantly, what Lab classes are you itching to take?

Jump online and get the Big Idea – and give us your big ideas!

XOXO
{FM}

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Double Down on the Antioxidants, I Say!

Did you need another excuse to eat chocolate? Here it is - antioxidants. Yup, they're in there! Don't ask me where, but they are.

Are they in this next recipe? Somewhere....Oh! But there's a strawberry in it, too! Double down on the antioxidants, I say!

For more uber-fashionable ideas, check out the Blue Orchid Blog - they're wedding planners in Arizona and they've got heaps of hip ideas! Find 'em here.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You'll need:
* 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
* 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
* 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well

Put the semisweet and white chocolates into two separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill two medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Love, Actually!

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but why not make it last all month? Plan a date night!

Love Actually is a cute lil blog all about love - with date nights, home decor, gift ideas and more.


Here's one of my faves! Fondue Night! Who doesn't love a good chocolate sauce? Put the kiddies to bed, then break out the marshmallows and fruit for dipping. All the instructions are here, including ideas for an invitation just for your hubbs! You know how we love invitations!

Check out Love Actually here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lily Lemontree Wants a Fontaine Maury Valentine!


We don't know if she got one, but we sure hope so!

Lily Lemontree is single-handedly "reviving the charming arts." She blogs about style and etiquette - and she wants a tray from FM!

Need a little diversion? Check out the extensive list of blogs she follows - lots of goodies in there.

Find Lily Lemontree here.
XOXO
{FM}

Monday, February 15, 2010

What Did Cupid Bring??


Cupid shot Otis (Suzanne won't tell us where) and she got 8 more place settings of her flatware! She's a happy girl with hearts in her eyes!

Cupid shot R.J. in the tummy and he took me out for a French dinner on Thursday (très romantique!) AND he made me dinner on Sunday! Num num! 

Thanks Cupe!

Make your own Pretty in Pink Heart Cake - info here!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Luckeee!!!


The chocolate, the sprinkles, the drizzle - it's all too much!
You try to look away ...... but you just can't!
Some lucky person is getting a few of these lovelies shipped right to their door. Someone's on Haile's Good list!

Wanna get cupcaked? Try Crumbs Bake Shop here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What'll Ya Have, Cupid? (Aren't you too young to drink?!)



J. Faber after Ph. Mercier

Well, Cupid's Cocktail, of course!
We all need a great little drink in our pockets to pull out at dinner parties, so here's a Valentine's version.

Cupid's Cocktail
1 oz cherry liqueur
1 oz peach schnapps
4 oz fresh orange juice


Shake + strain into a chilled highball glass. Garnish with a cherry.
(find the original recipe + plenty more here.) 

P.S. - We've been mentioned on Southern Protocol!! Haven't heard of them?? Oh, they're quite spiffy. Check them out here!

XOXO
{FM}

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Fun Than a Barrel of Valentines?

What nips at the heels of Valentine's like a caffeinated chihuahua? Mardi Gras!! Whip up some jambalaya and break out the bread pudding - and don't dare forget the king cake!

What's got me thinking Mardi Gras? Well, we're having a party, for one. (No, no beads!) And for two, one of our fave New Orleans retailers, Scriptura, has been featured on The Nest.com! The Nest lists 6 great finds inspired by N. O. and they they mention Scriptura right here! And here's our post about them earlier this year.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What A Girl Wants For Valentine's



"Well, I'm hoping to get some new earrings with dinner + a movie. But if it's like last year, he won't know what kind + he'll just get me a card with his cc taped in. hehe."

Lisa
Production

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Get these babies at Nordstrom here
(I can't even tell what they look like, can you?? I'm just mesmerized by the bird in a jar.)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine Gifties: Bring Home Some Ohm!


Check out these cutie-patootie yoga mats! Look at 'em sitting there, all sweet and personalized and such. Since we do yoga in the office 2 days a week (yup, Haile-pie loves us!), she got us these mats for Christmas (she really loves us!).
Put them on your Valentine's wish list and maybe Cupid's (mouse) arrow will strike!

Dream Yoga Mats
 

 
Get yours here!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Outblush Thinks Fontaine Maury is TRAY Cool!


Squirreled away in an old Coca-Cola bottling warehouse with rustic brick walls and square windows that we open in nice weather, we like to think that people in the big wide world out there love our stuff. So we're thuh-RILLED when they talk about how much they love it!

Check out Outblush - it's a blog that aims to be your team of personal shoppers.
Of course, here's where they talk about us!

XOXO
{FM}

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mmmmm... Molten Chocolate Cakes


Doesn't it just sound nummy? Molten. Chocolate. Cake.

No excuse needed, whip these up at will. Didn't you know? Every time someone says "I'm on a diet" a fairy dies!

So save some fairies, and your sanity, and if you're feeling dangerous, add a scoop of ice cream!

Dark Molten Chocolate Cakes
Ingredients:
6 ounces BAKER'S Dark Bittersweet
Chocolate Baking Bars
10 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease 6 (6-oz.) custard cups or souffle dishes. Place on baking sheet.
2. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM (50%) for 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Add powdered sugar and flour; mix well. Add whole eggs and egg yolks; beat until well blended. Divide batter evenly into prepared custard cups.
3. Bake 14 to 15 min. or until cakes are firm around the edges but soft in the centers. Let stand 1 min. Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Carefully invert cakes onto dessert dishes. Sprinkle lightly with additional powdered sugar and garnish with raspberries, if desired. Serve immediately.



From Baker's chocolate by way of allrecipes.com.

XOXO 
{FM}


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Personalized Purchasing in Your PJs!



Mouse fingers at the ready…..steady now….get clicking!

I know you thought the trays and water bottles were enough to keep you busy - at Christmas we thought so too! But sometimes, lots of times, more is better!

We’ve got cool coasters (mother would be proud), snappy clipboards, and monogrammed mousepads + memo boards. All personalized, all available online, and all with our signature peppy prints and your personalization!

Of course, if you’re not sure about the color (computer monitors aren’t always accurate!), or if you’d like to get touchy-feely with some items (by all means!), we’d LURVE for you to drop by one of our retailers and get your hot little hands on our goodies. You can also see the boatloads of other personalized must-haves we offer! This ain’t all we got, sista!

To peruse in thy PJs, click here.
To find a retailer near you, click here.

Enjoy!
XOXO
{FM}

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What a Girl Wants for Valentine's


1. I'd like a 3 carat cushion cut diamond with smaller diamonds on either side of the band. 
2. If that's not available, then a gold Rolex with diamonds surrounding the Mother-of-Pearl face will be a good sub. 
3. Truthfully, I'd give up both to have a swimming pool in my back yard....this would be a good time of
year to start so it would be ready by Spring.  

The reality is I will get a bouquet from Publix, if they have any left by the time my husband gets there. 

--Suzanne Boyd
Customer Relations
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Otis, you've been warned! 

By the way, I got this sparkly pic from a neat website that lets you build fashion looks. Remember those Barbie fashion plates where you mix and match skirts and tops, and then rub crayon over paper to make pictures of your ensembles? It's kinda like that but digital and addictive. It's called Polyvore, and it lets you collect images from any online store and make collages. 
Now tell me you couldn't spend hours at work doing that!

Visit Polyvore here.


XOXOX
{FM}

Monday, February 1, 2010

XOXOX February Is Here! XOXOX


Valentine's Day is almost upon us and of COURSE we have some sweet picks for your sweetheart!

Scenario 1: candlelight, wine, chocolate covered raspberries, all arranged on a monogrammed tray.

Scenario 2: A monogrammed tray heavy with bath salts, essential oils and some good ol' chick lit.

Of course, Scenario 2 could follow Scenario 1, and make Scenario 3 - and one happy Valentine!

XOXOX

{FM}