Surprise birthday party on Felt & Wire today

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled coverage on Felt & Wire to say Happy Birthday to Alyson Kuhn! We’ve been fortunate to share her knowledge, keen eye, humor and artistry as a writer with friends who are as passionate about paper as we are. You’re invited to share virtual cake, ice cream, and birthday wishes!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled coverage on Felt & Wire to say Happy Birthday to Alyson Kuhn! We’ve been fortunate to share her knowledge, keen eye, humor and artistry as a writer with friends who are as passionate about paper as we are. You’re invited to share virtual cake, ice cream, and birthday wishes!

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  1. Posted by angela on 11.30.11 at 9:56 am

    Buon compleanno Alyson! Love the photo with the hat and the beautifully wrapped packages. Enjoy your day!

  2. Posted by DoubLe on 11.30.11 at 9:57 am

    Happy Birthday SingLe!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day :)(

  3. Posted by Lynda Decker on 11.30.11 at 10:00 am

    Happy Birthday! I was just looking at my spork the other day!

  4. Posted by Marylou on 11.30.11 at 10:06 am

    Happy Birthday Alyson! Hope you have a great day!!

  5. Posted by Geri McCormick on 11.30.11 at 10:06 am

    Wishing the best of the best, on your special day.

  6. Posted by Allan Haley on 11.30.11 at 10:07 am

    Hello Alyson,

    Happy Birthday!

    I am delighted to be invited to your surprise birthday party! And even more delighted to be able to call you a friend. An added benefit is that It’s rewarding – and great fun – to work with you.

    I’m looking forward to being a comrade and collaborator for a very long time. (Who says you’re the only one who can spin an alliteration?)

    Have an absolutely terrific day!

    and please pass the cake…


  7. Posted by Emily Arrison on 11.30.11 at 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday Alyson!

  8. Posted by Diane Tompkins on 11.30.11 at 10:09 am

    Happy Birthday, dear Alyson! You are the sparkliest candle on the cake – number 35, I’m guessing! And this year, all your wishes are granted, so make a good one.

  9. Posted by Jane Monast on 11.30.11 at 10:09 am

    Happy Birthday, Alyson! May your day be filled with happiness. The world was definitely blessed the day you were born.
    Jane Monast

  10. Posted by Lydia Crook on 11.30.11 at 10:16 am

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alyson. Hope you have a super day of fun, laughter and lots of cake. Best wishes, Lydia

  11. Posted by Chandra Greer on 11.30.11 at 10:17 am

    Alyson, your talent is exceeded only by your kindness and enthusiasm. Happy Birthday lovely lady.

  12. Posted by kimochi on 11.30.11 at 10:22 am

    Happy Birthday, Dear Alyson, Happy Birthday tooooo youuuuuu! (There’s a little dance that goes with that too, I’ll show you next time I see you.)Have a fantastic day!

  13. Posted by Paperlover on 11.30.11 at 10:23 am

    Hey Alyson,
    I FELT so bad to miss your B-Day in person that I had to WIRE greetings via the blog. Heartfelt wishes for wonderful days of celebration ahead!
    Best, Laura

  14. Posted by Laura Tarrish on 11.30.11 at 10:31 am

    Its been great fun getting to know you through my work on F&W…and even more fun finding toast-themed goodies for you! Happy Birthday Alyson!

  15. Posted by Donna Mugavero on 11.30.11 at 10:32 am

    Aly Bella- confetti’d, decorated, enthusiastic, fondest greetings: happiness, icecream, jolly kuhnversation! love, Miss M.

  16. Posted by Jamie Diersing on 11.30.11 at 10:34 am


    When I heard it was your birthday, I kuhndn’t wait to wish you the very best!


  17. Posted by Beth Goldstein on 11.30.11 at 10:35 am


    A special TOAST to you on your special day!
    Here’s to a great day, and every day after!

  18. Posted by Truly Smitten on 11.30.11 at 10:36 am

    Happy wonderful, wonderfuly birthday, Alyson!! Sending you lots of bday hugs!
    xoxo Sarah

  19. Posted by Kelly on 11.30.11 at 10:42 am

    May your day be filled with all the is gorgeous and cheering–Happy Birthday to a fantastic lady!


  20. Posted by Laura Des Enfants on 11.30.11 at 10:43 am

    Best wishes for a spectacular day…wishing you were here wrapping gifts for the Scotch tape event so I could see you! Eat bread products (it should say cake but you aren’t really a cake gal.)

  21. Posted by devine qui? on 11.30.11 at 10:44 am

    Bonbon Anniversaire, Aly!

    Today I’ll dispatch the parcel full of goodies I’ve been collecting for you! I hope your day is full of surprises in the way of paper, chocolate and baked goods!

  22. Posted by Tom Biederbeck on 11.30.11 at 10:45 am

    Wit, discernment, learning, the way you make words come alive — these are all gifts those of us who know you prize. But as wonderful as these are, they’re still not equal to the gift of your friendship, Alyson. So today we share with you loads of cadeaux for a birthday mirthday!

  23. Posted by Ethel Kessler on 11.30.11 at 10:48 am


    You’re too too too too too much.

    LOVE and more


  24. Posted by David Gordon on 11.30.11 at 10:50 am

    Happy Birthday! And we Toast the fact that you are now a neighbor! I wish you many happy returns of this day. Lots of love to you.

  25. Posted by Ginna BB Gordon on 11.30.11 at 10:56 am

    Happy Birthday,you beautiful, wonderful, talented, chirpy creature.

  26. Posted by mieke on 11.30.11 at 10:59 am

    you deserve the most beautifully wrapped gifts this paper world can muster! happy birthday, ms. alyson!

  27. Posted by Pat Reagh on 11.30.11 at 10:59 am

    Alyson, you stand, or sit, or lie on Sacred Ground, because wherever you are, it’s your Birthday. Your existence has brought joy to many people. Go fold some paper and try not to spill any wine on it.



  28. Posted by Nate Durrant on 11.30.11 at 11:00 am

    Whoohoo! Aly the Great is having a birthday! Have a wonderful one, Supreme Purveyor of Inspiration!


  29. Posted by Emily Potts on 11.30.11 at 11:02 am

    Have a great day Alison!

  30. Posted by alex on 11.30.11 at 11:03 am

    Tres Chic, Alybalyhoo!!
    have a marvelous birthday in that marvelous hat, dahling!
    xoxo alex

  31. Posted by leatrice eiseman on 11.30.11 at 11:05 am

    Dear Alyson;

    You are obviously well-loved by many. i join in on their good wishes to you…..

    Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman

  32. Posted by Pam Williams on 11.30.11 at 11:09 am

    Alysonian, there is absolutely no one like you, anywhere! Wishing you happiness all day, all week, and all year long. Happy, happy birthday! oxo Pam

  33. Posted by Mary Austin on 11.30.11 at 11:15 am

    Love and Ampersands – and LOTS of eXclAmAtion points!!!!! all from Cape Town! Happy Happy!


  34. Posted by Bari Zaki on 11.30.11 at 11:31 am

    Dear AK Dear ~ I bow to you today and every day, for being you! Big Kiss for a Big Birthday! XO/BZ

  35. Posted by Elizabeth Talerman on 11.30.11 at 11:35 am

    Wishing you a very very orange day! You are AoK in my book!

    Hugs and love,


  36. Posted by Shellie on 11.30.11 at 11:35 am

    Dearest Aly,
    A heartFELT birthday wish to see you soon!
    Happiest day to you! Love, Shellie

  37. Posted by Treasa of In Haus Press on 11.30.11 at 11:40 am

    Happy Birthday Alyson!
    - treasa

  38. Posted by John Hanford on 11.30.11 at 11:40 am

    Hi Alyso, I want to wish you the happiest of birthdays. Looking forward to celebrating in person. Love to you!

  39. Posted by A Kuhntributor on 11.30.11 at 11:50 am

    The Birthday Princess is almost (but not quite) speechless with delight! I commend all commenters! THANK YOU for getting my day off to a figuratively toasty start .. and now, what a surprise, I must hasten to my first snack & yak of the day, featuring … actual toast. I will report from the road! xoxtra, A.

  40. Posted by Nancy Wu on 11.30.11 at 12:04 pm

    Alyson, wishing you the happiest of birthdays! With much love and the warmest hugs….
    - Nancy Wu

  41. Posted by Lorrie Gauthier on 11.30.11 at 12:06 pm

    Happy Birthday, dear friend! Have the best celebration ever! (Love the hat!)

  42. Posted by Alexis Gabay on 11.30.11 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday to the wonderful woman who shared her love of all things paper with me. Have a great day and a fabulous year!

  43. Posted by Terry Lee Stone on 11.30.11 at 12:21 pm

    H.B.T.Y.(and many happy returns)

  44. Posted by Alexis Gabay on 11.30.11 at 12:22 pm

    Best wishes to the wonderful woman who shared her love of paper with me. Have a fabulous day and a spectacular year!

  45. Posted by A.J. on 11.30.11 at 12:22 pm

    My Dearest Aunt:

    Writing to wish you a very happy birthday. May your day be filled with well wishes, plenty of laughter, and a delicious snack or two! Take care and hope to see you Kuhn… I mean, soon!

    Love, your nephew -

  46. Posted by Bill Jones on 11.30.11 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Alyson. It has been a pleasure getting to know you a little bit.

    Enjoy your day.


  47. Posted by Bridget Watson Payne on 11.30.11 at 12:34 pm

    Hooray, you were born! Happy birthday m’dear. Hope its a fantastic one with lots of color, puns, and cake. xo b

  48. Posted by Kseniya on 11.30.11 at 12:35 pm

    Happy happy birthday to one of my favorite paper people! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  49. Posted by wms on 11.30.11 at 12:40 pm

    Absolutely bedazzled chum! May your toast be toasty, your gifts decorey, your joy galorey. And many morey! xyz

  50. Posted by Alice Koswara on 11.30.11 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Birthday Big A!
    kiss kiss hug hug,
    little a

  51. Posted by Ann Flower on 11.30.11 at 12:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Alyson! I can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!!! Phoebe says woof (It’s always woof with her…)

  52. Posted by michael carabetta on 11.30.11 at 12:50 pm

    you are a classic. herewith, a quote from the classics for you on this day:
    “And while friendship embraces very many and great advantages, she undoubtedly surpasses all in this, that she shines with a brilliant hope over the future, and never suffers the spirit to be weakened or to sink.”
    – from “On Friendship” by Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Many happy returns of the day, Michael

  53. Posted by Janet on 11.30.11 at 12:54 pm

    Happy Surprise, to my long time friend.
    Welcome to our new age.
    Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy.

  54. Posted by joseph Michael Essex on 11.30.11 at 12:56 pm

    Birthdays mark and measure days.

    The experiences we have and share with others adds value and substance to our lives.

    Keep track of the days but remember and cherish the experiences and those we love and that love us.

    Always, Joseph

  55. Posted by Nancy Kuhn on 11.30.11 at 12:56 pm

    Many can call you a friend or colleague but only one can call you her big sister, c’est moi. Happiest of birthdays ever with many more to come. Love XoNky

  56. Posted by Brian Singer on 11.30.11 at 1:02 pm

    Warm wishes for your birthday, and pretty much every other day! – your favorite letterpress gangster.

  57. Posted by El Si on 11.30.11 at 1:06 pm

    Aly-Son-Your-Birthday! Best, best wishes! Very honored to be included in the surprise and to call you “FRIEND”.

    LC/El Si/El See Ya Later

  58. Posted by barb long on 11.30.11 at 1:18 pm

    Hello Alyson,
    hope you have a wonderful Birthday.
    Miss you here in the Napa Valley.
    Love and misses,

  59. Posted by Vanessa Anderson on 11.30.11 at 1:21 pm

    Happy Birthday Lil’Aly from the Valley!!!
    I want to sing you a “virtual” Happy Birthday like you did for me. 1, 2, 3….
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to yooou….Happy Birthday Lil’Aly the greatest gal ever….. Happy Birthday toooo youuuuuuuu!!!!
    Love always,
    Vanessa :)

  60. Posted by Deborah Brown on 11.30.11 at 1:31 pm

    Hello Alyson!

    Happiest birthday wishes to you today! I have so enjoyed working with you and am enchanted by your wit and creativity. I’ve moved to Portland and changed my business name but promise to keep in touch!

    All the best,

    Deborah from Seattle

  61. Posted by Jane Anderson on 11.30.11 at 1:32 pm

    Happy Birthday to the queen of delightful ribbon and perfectly wrapped packages. Hope you have a fabulous day!

    Jane A

  62. Posted by Brooke Johnson on 11.30.11 at 1:32 pm

    Happy Birthday Alyson! Wishing you an exuberantly colorful day! ;)


  63. Posted by Mark Sherwood on 11.30.11 at 1:45 pm

    Happy, happy, joy, joy. Hope you enjoy the chocolates – it was great to see you Monday. Wendy sends her best!


  64. Posted by Sheri K on 11.30.11 at 1:50 pm

    Happy Birthday to the world’s best gift wrapper! Have the most splendid of birthdays.:)

    Love, Sheri

  65. Posted by Sharon Woo on 11.30.11 at 2:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Alyson! Thanks for letting me celebrate over corned beef hash & CHOCOLATE!!!! Many happy returns! xox Sharon

  66. Posted by Sheryn Labate on 11.30.11 at 2:05 pm

    To Alyson at Sixty (with apologies to Lerner and Loewe and sorry I couldn’t find something in MFL)- everybody sing along.

    A child was born some six decades ago here
    She grew up teaching people to have fun
    Her legendary soirees put on a show here
    That’s Alyson
    She grew up on the streets of San Francisco
    Became a Francophile barring none
    On world and nation travels she oft did go
    Our Alyson
    Alyson, Alyson
    I know it may sound like a quiz
    But our Alyson, Alyson
    That’s just the way she is
    Her way with words and letters will astound you
    Misuse the language – be prepared to run
    That disapproving tilt of head will hound you
    From Alyson
    All those of us who love her are so grateful
    Despite the slight abusing of the pun
    That the writing skills continue ‘unabateful’*
    From Alyson
    Alyson, Alyson
    She is such a shining star
    Sent to Alyson, Alyson
    Good wishes from afar

    And now she’s starring in the Felt and Wire
    Living in the Carmel fog and sun
    Another six decades then she may retire
    Our Alyson
    Come one come all to celebrate on this day
    No words of love will we ever shun
    For this amazing girl who did it her way
    It’s Alyson! Alyson!
    (* poetic license)

  67. Posted by Emily Alyson on 11.30.11 at 2:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Auntie!! I wish you a fabulous day and hope you are doing exactly what you want to be doing. I hope I get to see your face very soon!
    Love you very much!
    Emily Alyson

  68. Posted by Ilene Strizver on 11.30.11 at 2:50 pm

    Hey there Miz Aly from Alywood! You are most deserving of an absolutely fabulous birthday celebration. It has been an honor and a privilege to get to know you and work with you! I often find myself saying to myself when writing, “how would Alyson say this?” May we share many more working mornings (and a few chuckles) over oatmeal breakfasts!

  69. Posted by Lori Tulkoff on 11.30.11 at 2:53 pm

    Happy happy Alyson day! Hope it continues to be fantabulously great fun. xo

  70. Posted by Jennie Hinchcliff on 11.30.11 at 3:10 pm

    Alyson – a happy happy birthday to you! I hope that you will be spending the day among wonderful friends, fabulous food, and (of course) perfectly packaged presents. You’re the best and it is a pleasure and delight to be friends.

  71. Posted by Tracy Smith on 11.30.11 at 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday to the best wrapper I know.
    All the best,

  72. Posted by David Wolske on 11.30.11 at 3:16 pm

    All hail Alyson the alliterative on her day of delivery into a world made better by her arrival!

  73. Posted by Libby Anne on 11.30.11 at 3:39 pm

    An H and a B to thee..
    Long-time friend o’ me
    We laugh and we dance
    And someday, perchance
    We’ll eat cake in Carmel-by-the-Sea!

  74. Posted by Debbie and Andrew on 11.30.11 at 4:31 pm

    Hurrah…hurrah….Happy Birthday YC A&D

  75. Posted by Rocket Caleshu on 11.30.11 at 4:50 pm

    Happiest birthday from all of us at the San Francisco Center for the Book. It’s always a great day when you drop by to show us some fantastic and awe-inspiring paper goods.

    With love!

  76. Posted by Topaz Conway on 11.30.11 at 4:54 pm

    In thought – in mind – so often. Remembering the indelible mark you made in my world (and Brix’s!).
    Sending you heaps of love from Down Under. tc

  77. Posted by Joan O'Connor on 11.30.11 at 5:18 pm

    Such a funny, clever pal, and my favorite hip replacement coach! You are remarkable not only for your quips and commentary, but also for your quiet, thoughtful company when the occasion calls for it. Thanks for all you do to make the world a whole lot more interesting simply by being here. Love and hugs to you on your SpECiaL dAy. ox, Joan

  78. Posted by Sharon B on 11.30.11 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Alyson,
    A very Happy Birthday!
    So happy to join in the chorus of appreciation for you. It’s a joy to know you and so glad to be friends.
    All the Alyson accolades are so appropos.
    Fondly & amp; Ok bye, Sharon

    Thank you Felt and Wire for the great photo and the lovely online party.

  79. Posted by Michael Bartalos on 11.30.11 at 6:08 pm

    Happy birthday Alyson! Three cheers for our favorite kuhnoisseur of paper, post, pun, and pal-dom!

  80. Posted by Michelle Wilson on 11.30.11 at 6:10 pm

    Happy birthday!!!!!! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, and wish you the best for this upcoming year!!!!!
    Michelle Wilson

  81. Posted by Kate Blackman on 11.30.11 at 6:20 pm

    To our favorite KUHNTRIBUTOR!! Happy, happy and many, many. xo Kate and Jamie

  82. Posted by Felt & Wire on 11.30.11 at 6:32 pm

    Sharon B: yes, it has been a lovely online party, and we thank YOU for dropping by!

  83. Posted by lee moody on 11.30.11 at 7:03 pm

    Alyson ~ the mold was broken after you were born ! There is no one as brillant as you ~ we love you madly ! Now go out and have some martinis in that hat and celebrate !!! :>)

  84. Posted by Jan & Dave on 11.30.11 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Birthday, Alyson from DC! Sorry we can’t be there in person to wish you the best.

    -Jan & Dave and Petey the Greyhound

  85. Posted by beth on 11.30.11 at 8:32 pm

    Kuhngratulations!Napa is NOT the same without you…Lonely without you. I celebrate you every day and how you changed my world.

  86. Posted by Tom Ingalls on 11.30.11 at 9:34 pm

    I feel like the lucky one, not only to be your friend, but to have a 3 hour lunch at Zuni, then some retail fun and now off to dinner and hi jinks at the Monaco, and then who knows what…ta ta

  87. Posted by Steve Frenkel on 11.30.11 at 9:43 pm

    You look absolutely smashing in the photo they’ve posted of you, Alyson! Much love and a big, big virtual hug. Happy 30th birthday! Steve

  88. Posted by Eroca Brawne on 11.30.11 at 9:48 pm

    I hope you had a fabulous day – I remember your last big birthday – what a fantastic event that was. Thank you for your wit, humour and compassion, and all you alysonisms – there is no one like you!

  89. Posted by A Kuhntributor on 11.30.11 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Commenteers: I am touched beyond adjectives by these e-xpressions of friendship from my entire social spectrum, from my very oldest friends (Janet N. and Nancy K.) to my very freshest. Thank you all, from the bottom of my divinely dark chocolate heart. I will cherish your comments individually & collectively e-ternally. Thank you x-tremely! The über-indulged Birthday Princess, now off to make merry at the Monaco with Monotype

  90. Posted by Stephen Thomas on 11.30.11 at 11:03 pm

    As usual, I am late to the party—HAPPY BIRTHDAY OXOXOXOX!!

  91. Posted by Jennifer Jerde on 11.30.11 at 11:13 pm

    May the next 60 years be as good as the first.
    I am grateful to know you.

  92. Posted by Jessica White on 11.30.11 at 11:25 pm

    Many wishes for a very beautiful and happy birthday for you, Alyson!

  93. Posted by Pat Burke on 11.30.11 at 11:41 pm

    Seriously? Amazing!
    You’ll “get it” soon.
    Speaking of Monaco…we’re off to see the Prince and all his philatelic merry people.
    With best wishes from your many phederal philiatec phriends at the NPM.

  94. Posted by Kathy Barr on 12.1.11 at 12:58 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

    Oddly enough I saw a wonderful stamp yesterday and thought of you—and the wonderful awareness of the important touches in our lives that do matter.


  95. Posted by Antonio on 12.1.11 at 1:28 am

    From one “A” to Another: ‘Appy Birthday

    and Again:

    ‘Appy Birthday Alyson!

  96. Posted by Julie Salestrom on 12.1.11 at 3:37 am

    It’s 11:32pm and the wonderful birthday party is almost over, at least for today. How great to see all these greetings to a most wonderful and finely feted friend. xxoAxo, Julie

  97. Posted by Felt & Wire on 12.1.11 at 9:23 am

    Thank you, one and all, for joining our virtual soirée for someone who has clearly made an indelible mark on so many, many people. Though the party is officially over, may the good wishes to Alysonian continue! Cheers to 16° celsius!

  98. Posted by Andrea Jenson on 12.1.11 at 11:58 am

    Happy Birthday Alyson! Hope it was a great one, and here’s to many more! Hope you got a lot of great birthday cards.

  99. Posted by Kathy and Malcolm on 12.1.11 at 12:14 pm

    Many Happies Day Before (which the Oldies;Us-being totally naive about this kind of communo-cado), failed to sent proper-like, Day After and All Days to Follow. We want only Health, Prosperity, Love, Friendship and All of Your Dreams to Envelope You. We love you, our always to be, younger cousin.

  100. Posted by Kathy and Malcolm on 12.1.11 at 12:20 pm

    I have attempted to copy the script, three times now, and see what age does; my eyes are beginning to fail me. Please don’t reject my warm wishes because of my age-relates failures!

  101. Posted by Diane Carr on 12.1.11 at 12:33 pm

    Bon Anniversaire, mon amie! Slightly after the fact, but with undiminished very warm wishes for a FANTASTIC birthday and year ahead! I think of you fondly and often, most recently when I came across a delightful card that says: “You’re just my type” – Coming soon to a PO Box near you, Ms. Ally-vous. xoxo

  102. Posted by Susan kk on 12.1.11 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Alyson, Best wishes for a wonderful birthday-week celebration! Who says a birthday should be enjoyed for just one day? Warmest and happy greetings from Los Angeles, Susan kk

  103. Posted by vicki and Barry on 12.4.11 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Alyson, wishing you a wonderful birthday… to Good Health and Much Happiness Always..With all our love and good wishes XXOO Vicki and Barry

  104. Posted by dan connor on 12.15.11 at 4:36 pm

    Happy Belated Alyson! I thought it would be fun to roll up fashionably late for the party – that way it comes in waves! much love and hope you’ve had a wonderful year so far!

  105. Posted by PamelaArts on 03.25.12 at 4:01 pm

    Wow–I am really (really) late to the party but considering we’ve just recently met I guess that is understandable. LOVE the photo of you and love that you had an on-line surprise birthday party. How fun! I’ll be sure to be on time with birthday wishes for your next one!

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