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Something about a rainy day in the fall just makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a warm fire, a cup of tea and some stationery. Thinking of the recent contest held at Stone Hill Paperie where the wonderful friends of Stone Hill Paperie sent in stories of their favorite letters.  People sent in their stories of such heartwarming letters! I really enjoyed reading through all of them. There were letters from boyfriends that became husbands, long-distance friendships, from children to parents and from parents to children. The common thread was the cherished letter that can still be held and read again today.  I have had several clients requesting personalized stationery recently.  In this age of email, facebook, tweeting, blogging, instagram… a handwritten letter can carry more weight than it used to.  Just a little note can mean so much. Today I have a few people in mind that I will be writing some little notes to.

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  Saturday would have been my Grandmother’s 94th birthday.  It all makes me think a lot about my own childhood and some of my most treasured memories and possessions.  My Grammy didn’t have much money, but she had more love to give than anyone I know! Just ask my brothers, my cousins, any of the people we never knew that she would help in any way she could, and all those people invited to family picnics that she “adopted” into our family.

One of the ways my Grandmother showed her love best was through her cooking.  As kids, we would all get excited to go to Grammy & Grampy’s house for ice pops made from Tang, strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake, Grammy pickles, Grammy’s chocolate chip cookies, brownies, ginger snaps, and pancakes topped with homemade strawberry jam! My grandparents owned a strawberry farm – where we wandered the fields and woods freely and our imaginations would take us all over the world… with constant pit stops for a little strawberry picking nourishment.

I have Grammy’s recipe box.  It is one of my most treasured possessions.  It is a tangible piece of Grammy that I have.  The recipe box is unattractive, does not go with my decor one little bit, and it  doesn’t matter.  When I open that recipe box, I have those delicious recipes and memories in my Grandmother’s own handwriting.  When I look at those recipes I feel like a piece of Grammy is still here.  Those are love letters from heaven.  I miss Grammy and think of her often, especially on her birthday and Mother’s Day – but in a way she’s still here.

Incidentally, I have since discovered that many of those Grammy amazing recipes were not Grammy originals.  They are Nestle Tollhouse Cookies and that my Grandmother could have had a few episodes of “Semi-Homemade” on the Food Network.  I just thank God that she actually wrote out the recipes instead of cutting them out of a magazine!

Consider writing those recipes out by hand!  You never know what it will mean to someone 30, 40, or 50 years from now.  Recipe boxes are available at Stone Hill Paperie with matching recipe cards if you want to put together a keepsake of your own.  I’m starting mine today.

{© 2012 Stone Hill Paperie Amy Hammond | Photo © Amy Hammond}

Personalized stationery is a great asset to have on hand for those thank-you, how-are-you and just-thinking-of-you notes. It’s your words and your thoughts written on your own design.

Wondering how to get your own personalized stationery? Visit your local stationery shop and peruse the albums. Find or design a style that matches your personality and the recipient will be thrilled to know it’s from you. Keep in mind that prices range and that it helps to plan ahead. Creating your first engraving plate can take some time.

Don’t forget that personalized stationery makes a great gift for adults, as well as kids. Encourage your kids to unplug and skip the text message by writing notes instead. And for those who are readers, consider getting personalized bookplates, perfect for making that magical tale or in-depth detective novel truly their own.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Heather Donahue}

 

There are so many options available for personalized stationery at Stone Hill Paperie.  Feel free to make an appointment with Amy to visit & shop in a comfortable, no-pressure studio.  Currently, William Arthur and Crane & Co. are both offering a great promotion on personalized stationery through April 2, 2012 – Get 25 additional pieces at no charge when you order 75 pieces of personalized stationery!

While the thought of writing thank-you notes can be daunting in this age of email, it is much easier than you think and so much more appreciated than an email. Without further ado, sit down with some beautiful stationery and show your gratitude. Here’s a quick how-to to get you started. . . .

1. Greet the Giver ~ although an obvious one, the “Dear Aunt Jane” line is often overlooked.

2. Express your Gratitude ~ without any unnecessary lead-ins, simply say “Thank you so much for the fill in the blank.” If the gift was money, thank them for their generosity but do not directly mention money.

3. Discuss Use ~ say something nice about the gift and how you will use it.

4. Mention the Past, Allude to the Future ~ let the giver know how they fit into your life. {“It was great to see you at Jenny’s birthday party, and I hope to see you soon.”}

5. Grace ~ express your thanks one more time.

6. Regards ~ Simply wrap up the note using whatever sign-off feels right to you (love, yours truly, etc.).

7. Get it in the Mail ~ address the envelope, stick a great stamp on it, and post it.

Think of the sense of accomplishment you will feel, how appreciated the giver will feel, and the continued stream of gifts you will receive from a happy giver!

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Holly of Salutations | Photo © Ceressa Bateman}

And don’t forget to join us at the Stone Hill Paperie Letter Writing Club!

Adults: Every Wednesday morning from 9 – 10 AM

Adults: The 1st Thursday of each month from 7:30 – 9 PM

Kids: The 1st Saturday of each month from 9 – 10 AM

Please let me know if you will be joining me in the studio amy@stonehillpaperie.com or 484.802.2645

Want to raise gracious kids? Then teach them the art of the thank-you note. It’s never too early to start. Even toddlers can draw a thank-you picture for their birthday presents or a sleepover at Grandma’s house. For older kids, it’s a great opportunity to turn off the video games and pick up an ancient tool known as a pen.

The supplies needed vary according to age and type of note. For little ones, offer fun paper and art supplies. Let their imaginations create the right message. For older and more sophisticated purposes, nice stationery and a sleek writing utensil will be more appropriate. The most important element is that it relays a sincere note of gratitude.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Meagan Church}

In February 2009, Lyn S. received a red envelope in the mail. It didn’t hold the typical Valentine greeting, rather something better than she could’ve imagined. Within that envelope were old handwritten letters from a relative long since passed—one who Lyn had always wanted to learn more about and further understand. That relative was her father.

Lyn’s dad passed away when she was only four years old. “Over the years, I tried to get a feel for him from snippets of conversations and by talking to relatives. His true personality remained somewhat of a mystery,” Lyn explained. But everything changed with that red envelope.

“That package was possibly one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received,” she said. “I’m grateful to my Aunt Carol for recognizing the importance of sharing it. I’ve gained so many insights…. I learned about his work, visits with friends, dinners and parenting…. In short, I was left with the most accurate sense of his bright personality I could have ever hoped for.”

The package also contained messages from other family members, including her grandmother, siblings and mom. It has worked as a time capsule, transporting its readers back to a previous time and place. “A few weeks later my mother and I shared an afternoon reading the letters together. Afterwards she told me she had been concerned that they would bring back sad memories. Instead, they brought her past back into focus, and she was happy to have had the opportunity to revisit it.”

As a result of these letters, Lyn and her family have been inspired to write their own letters because, as Lyn said, “The truth is, your everyday life might seem ordinary to you, but to future generations, it may just prove to be precious.”

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Meagan Church}