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Stationer wins national accolades for her Louisiana-inspired designs

Jennifer Miller started making cards and stationery items as a way to provide relatives and friends with unique, personal holiday gifts, but the Northshore woman's affinity for producing eye-catching and heartwarming designs soon developed into a cottage industry.

Miller began designing her handmade stationery in 1999, drawing her inspirations from fine art, textiles and touches of whimsy. Its fine detailing and free spirit gained her a clientele of interior decorators, designer showrooms and, eventually, celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Dustin Hoffman, Sandra Bullock, Spike Lee, Ashley Judd, Ludacris and a host of others.

Customers can choose from a range of designs that include fleur de lis, crowns, martini glasses, dragon flies and many others that come in note cards, thank-you cards, invitations, personalized stationery and the popular jotter cards that fit inside a leather jotter case. That item is made from leather and holds cards on one side and has slots on the other for business cards and can fit inside a jacket pocket, purse or brief case. Some of the cards are available with a special hand-shimmering over the design.

After Spike Lee received Osborne & Miller products in his Oscar basket, he invited Miller to participate in a celebration of his 20-year career with a cruise in May to benefit his alma maters. Osborne & Miller products were chosen for the cruise, along with Cartier, Hermes and Mercedes Benz and were given to such celebrities as Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro.

Over the short time the stationery has been on the market, it has gone from being a local Louisiana favorite to one that is sold internationally. It has been featured in Lucky, Harper's Bazaar, People, Celebrity Living, Redbook and Life & Style. It still remains affordable, however, with the jotters, which come in tan and red leather, retailing for $24, or black embossed for $28. Jotter cards are $9 for 25 or $36.95 for 50 personalized cards. A box of eight hand-shimmered cards and envelopes are $15, and hand-shimmered stationery is $62 for a box of 25 with envelopes.

Locally, the products can be purchased at The Art of Fishing (5519 Magazine St., 891-4370; www.artoffishing.net), The Garden Gate (2918 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-6699; New Orleans Crab Bag Co. (606 Royal St., 552-2722; www.crabbag.com), RSVP Stationers (2701 Airline Drive, Suite Q, Metairie, 837-7787), Stationer of New Orleans (3947 Magazine St., 895-4868) and Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 596-4513).

click to enlarge Osborne & Miller's "jotters" and note cards were the only - stationery items to be included in the 2006 Oscar gift - baskets. - ROMNEY PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Osborne & Miller's "jotters" and note cards were the only stationery items to be included in the 2006 Oscar gift baskets.
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