August 2, 2011

on some pretty snail mail...

notes.

I remember being a little girl and my mom always sitting down with my sisters and I after a birthday or Christmas, reminding us how important it was to write thank-you cards for the gifts we had received. We'd each sit down with a stack of cards and efficiently write out our notes of thanks, carefully practicing our cursive and addressing each envelope with care. I love that she engrained that in us, mostly because I realize that it's a lost art these days. I'm always pleasantly surprised when a thank-you note comes through the mail for me—so, I love being the one to send out notes of gratitude whenever I have the opportunity.

As a side note, I love that Jay is the same way. He even asked me to make him some cards so he could write some thank-you notes to his coworkers (they recently threw him his own baby shower, which was incredibly thoughtful).

Now that I'm older (and life is slightly busier) I know I've slacked when it comes to showing my appreciation via snail mail. I decided to sit down for a couple hours yesterday and get started on all the thank-you cards I owe the people who have showered me with baby items in the past few months! I had made these cards a bit ago and was excited to send them out to brighten up some mailboxes.

notes.

My mason jar stamp is obviously my go-to craft supply. In any case, these cards are simple in design and very quick to put together, but still have some creative, handmade charm.

envelopes decorated with washi tape!

I used washi tape on each envelope to make each of them cheery and unique. Oh, washi tape, you are my BFF.

probably the prettiest stamps ever.

Also, I was entirely too giddy about these stamps when I saw them on a poster a while back. Um, hi? They are gorgeous and it may or may not have taken me trips to three different post offices before having the chance to snag a set. (I'm totally going back for more this week. Don't judge me.) I also love that they coordinate perfectly with the tape I added to the front of each envelope.

This pleases my OCD very much. Obviously.

My sweet friend Marianne, who threw my coed baby shower this past weekend, made me some gorgeous handmade thank-you notes, as well! I kind of can't wait to get started on the next round. Pretty cards make a task like this so very enjoyable.

20 comments :

  1. My sister & I are big on the thank you notes too, my mums hard work obviously paid off all those years ago. My vest friend gets her little boy to make his thank you cards. I love getting something sticky and painty he's made through my letter box! x

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  2. *best friend - not vest friend obviously! It's very small type on my phone!

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  3. Yes, some of the new Forever stamps are lovely! I love the ones you picked, as well as the Lunar New Year ones.

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  4. Those cards are adorable! I'm not big on thank you cards, though, either getting or receiving them. I LOVE that people put thought and effort into expressing their gratitude, I just never know what to do with the card after. I don't want to keep it and add to clutter, but it feels mean to throw it away. What do you do with old thank you cards?

    When I'm writing cards, especially to a bunch of people (after my wedding, for instance), I don't like to just write the same thing over and over, and I don't like getting cards that seem like that's what I got. I'm more of a fan of a nice personal phone call or visit.

    Gosh... I sure am opinionated about thank you cards, aren't I? But yours really are beautiful and it's fantastic that you put so much effort and love into them.

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  5. I love those stamps! I've had fun writing baby shower thank you notes too.

    http://sparklescribbles.blogspot.com

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  6. I love writing thank you cards! After my son was born I gave some to my husband to give out to friends at church for shower gifts and he JUST took them out of his guitar case on the weekend. A YEAR LATER. Ugh. Lesson learned: MAIL THANK YOU CARDS! Yours are so pretty :)

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  7. I love those stamps too! I was so happy when those were the ones that the lady handed me to go on my baby thank-yous :-)

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  8. i love getting thank you notes in the mail, they somehow seem so much more personal and meaningful than electronically

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  9. I love writing any kind of cards, and it's really nice when someone shows appreciation for the things you did, or whatever... and they send you a thank you card. Those are awesome and I totally love the stamps! :)

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  10. Those are such pretty stamps! I love pretty stationery. Reading this post is making me want to break some out and write a friend a good long letter!

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  11. Cuuuute stamps! FYI, you can order them online and I think the shipping is free. :) Just in case!

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  12. I love snail mail and creating hand-made cards and stationary is my new favorite thing. In fact, I think this post has inspired me to 1) invest in some pretty washi tape, 2) go find adorable stamps, and 3) send snail mail out to all of my friends. :]

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  13. Those stamps are super cute, and I love your simple thank you cards! I adore the mason jar stamp, it's the cutest thing ever.

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  14. As you know I'm a huge admirer of hand written notes and letters so I absolutely adore this. Washi tape makes everything look so pretty. I need a bigger collection I think.

    I think anyone would be happy to receive this in the mail :)

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  15. I love love love sending thank you cards, but I've never sent cards nearly as pretty as these!!

    Also, the fact that Jay's coworkers threw him a shower absolutely melts my heart.

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  16. thanks for commenting...it allowed me to find your incredible blog...loving it...and this post. writing letters is one of my favorite pastimes. those are some cute cards. can't wait for your little girl to arrive:)

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  17. I am a stickler for personal thank you notes, and yours are precious. And, I think those stamps are to die for, so trips to the post office = totally warranted.

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  18. Thank you notes is one of my biggest peeves! I always always always send them. I know that most people don't send them anymore, but I will admit that I feel a tinge of sadness when one never comes, though mostly because I want to be sure the gift arrived. Of course, I use tracking, but it isn't quite the same!

    I do love your little notecards and have several sets :)

    Also, I have those stamps too!

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  19. I could eat you with a delicate spoon...seriously. Your blog i've enjoyed for a spell now quietly. And just have to say hello now. Right now. These next few weeks will be a blur...but an amazing blur. You'll have photos to remember it by, and of course the birth story that only your husband(and docs) know. It's a story that honestly you will never forget, nor will want to. Because the moment you meet her.....the real story will begin. And it will be a fairy tale from then on. It is when a heart you never knew existed begins to beat.

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  20. I love these prints/colors! I used to love writing/receiving letters. How much has changed over the past decade or so. It's kind of crazy how little time we spend to encourage others with the written word anymore. Every now and then I think about it, but then figure people would think it was weird or too intimate to send an actual letter. Maybe I'm wrong though and they would appreciate the personal touch. Maybe we've gotten too out-of-touch in these electronic days. Food for thought...

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