December 18, 2010

7 days until christmas | smock peacock boxed letterpress folded cards

Christmas is a week away! While you’re out finalizing your Christmas shopping this Super Saturday, be a little bit proactive (and take advantage of the sales) by scooping up some beautiful stationery so you’ll be ready to write those thank you cards after the holidays.

At the beginning of 2010, I resolved to write more letters, send more “just because” cards and just support the U.S. Postal Service in general. :) This was a fantastic resolution for me because collecting beautiful stationery is a guilty pleasure of mine — perhaps it’s the old-fashioned Southerner in me, but I love taking a moment to sit down, write a sweet note and send it on to my friends, knowing that they will be surprised to find a handwritten card or letter in the mail.

Some of my favorite, most special stationery is from Smock, a stationery company in upstate New York that specializes in letterpress stationery on bamboo paper. Smock’s stunning stationery features whimsical designs, bright colors and soft paper that are attention-grabbing from the moment you open the textured envelope. I particularly adore Smock’s peacock letterpress thank you cards — those feathers, rich colors and big ol’ peacock eyes are just charming.

smock letterpress peacock thank you card

{I love how this card is strong yet feminine — and a little bit goofy. Photo Courtesy Smock}

Smock is only available at fine stationery stores throughout the country, so it may be difficult for some of us to access these cards on a whim. But that idea — just grabbing whatever’s available — is completely opposite of what slowing down and taking the time to find the perfect card and write the perfect thank you note is all about. Plan a little bit. Find some stationery that suits your personality (and your budget). You want your friends to keep your cards in a special place (I keep mine in a shoebox!) and revisit them year after year.

Do you send handwritten notes? Why or why not?

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