Like a well-heeled fashionista, a savvy correspondent owns a variety of stationery for different occasions, hence the term Stationery Wardrobe. Unlike a clothing wardrobe, your Stationery Wardrobe will always fit! By highlighting the occasions and appropriate stationery used for them, I hope to inspire you to update your Stationery Wardrobe. Many of the samples are mine; I was fortunate to own part of a wonderful stationery and invitation store. Although no longer in that business, I still have a passion for writing and inviting.
Thank You Notes
Like the Little Black Dress, this foundation piece of your Stationery Wardrobe item is paper appropriate to use for thank you notes. Keep your stash on hand to send a note of thanks to a hostess, gift-giver or to that special someone who has done you a favor. I adore personalized stationery with monograms, initials and names. The better my stationery, the more fun I have writing that essential note of thanks. The pieces below left are my own, both from William Arthur. Alison’s is shown on the right, from Stacy Claire Boyd, all through One Thing At A Time here in Richmond. For more ideas about crafting a thank you note, visit my Ellegram post.
The most difficult note of all to write, it’s important to have your formal stationery on hand to send condolences promptly. I use the folded ecru note above, as well as this lovely card from James Avery called “The Good Shepherd”. For more information about writing Sympathy Notes, click here to visit my Ellegram post.
Most businesses provide letterhead stationery for business use, but it is helpful to have professional and personalized letterhead for when one needs to write a letter of commendation, complaint or introduction. Now more than ever the written word gets attention, so if you want to be noticed, put your best pen forward. Below are a few samples of letterhead for personal use. Both are from William Arthur through One Thing At A Time.
Gratefully, Ellen & Alison
Are you ready now to update your Stationery Wardrobe?
January 23, 2013
ps. I have ceased maintenance of Elle-gram, and One Thing at a Time are no longer in business. ~ Ellen