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Stationery-Now and Then

What ever happened to stationery that looked like this?





Has anyone else noticed that just about all of the stationery found these days is note card size? Although it makes me sad to think that the days of thoughtful letter writing has been replaced by short texts, wall posts, or twitters--I must say that the take over of note card correspondence has led to an enormous amount of adorable stationery. There are 3 main kinds that I really enjoy.

Thank you's-
I have an entire desk drawer filled with stationery, and I'd say 75% of it is Thank You cards. Which I'm totally okay with because I know it will get used. Sending "thank you" notes is something that I believe people don't do enough. Actually, just SAYING "thank you" is becoming less common. It makes me sad. I love to send little notes to people saying thank you, even for the small things, and here's why. 1. People don't expect it so it will be a nice, warm surprise. 2. Everyone loves snail mail. 3. It gives you a good excuse to buy that "thank you" note set you saw and felt you just had to have.

This vintage inspired beaut from Heatherly Designs is so friendly and simple. I love the bird and the colors. It's the perfect little way to say "thank you."

Embossed Stationery-
Ever since I was little I've been writing "thank you" notes to my relatives for the gifts I received from them.

"Dear Uncle so and so,
Thank you so much for the new purse. It is so cute! Thanks again!
Love,
Mallory"

It was nothing poetic; I was seven. But that was okay because it was beautiful. My grandfather always gave me and my sister embossed stationery- complete with our full names (my favorite part) and address. I always loved it, felt so proud sending out stationery of my very own. Perhaps this is why almost 20 years later, I still am in love with embossed stationery. It's complete understated elegance. No fancy inks or paper, just raised a script whose beauty you can see and feel. And who doesn't love something that is especially made for them?



Even designers are getting into the biz. These lovely ones are designed by Vera Wang.

Or you can buy your own embosser for $29 from American Stationery and emboss any thing and everything! Just make sure you plan on being at the same address for awhile to get the optimum use out of it.


Custom-
We all know I have a thing for patterns and Lemon Tree Paperie has just about any one you could dream of putting your name on. I'm talking pages and pages. These are stunning, no?

DIY-
If you're someone who is trying to save money due to the economy or just because it makes you feel good (like me), then this is the perfect option. DIY stationery can still be custom and charming. And all you really need is a stamp, ink pad and plain paper. I found my R stamp at Michael's in the $1.00 bin and have used it on stationery, gift bags, gift tags and place cards. There's no end to what you can do with a little imagination.





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