Somehow writing a blog makes you realize the things you’re obsessed with. In my case, it seems I’m quite the neurotic and I’m IN LOVE with way too many things. Chairs, paint, photography… and now, stationary. Ah, stationary, my first true love. When I was younger I would spend all of my hard earned allowance on Sanrio stationary, only to look at it and keep it safely packed away in it’s original plastic wrapping. I just loved all of the different designs and colors, the tiny envelopes with intricate details, the perfectly rounded edges of each and every note card. Seriously, I could go on and on. I’m just that crazy eccentric.
Luckily for my husband and my family, my obsession for all things stationary has followed me into adulthood, giving them an easy gift for me for any occasion (hint hint). One particular bit of stationary that I think everyone should own is a simple, monogrammed set for a quick thank you note or to send condolences, well wishes, etc. I had to write some thank you notes for my NeoCon sponsors, so I pulled out my little notecards and went to work.
The nice thing about a simple, understated note card, printed on high quality paper, is that it can be used in a multitude of situations. These cards are professional enough to be sent to a business colleague, but also can be used for a quick note to a friend or family member. Spending the little bit of extra money to have your monogrammed note cards printed on a fine paper (ie. has some weight to it) sends a message to your reader that you’ve put the extra effort into their note. It’s totally worth the extra buck in my book to make someone feel important. But then again, I’m a paper snob.
Another little stationary essential is my return address stamp. This little guy saves me precious minutes of having to write my return address on every card I send out – plus, it’s super cute to boot. It’s fun to pop this stamp on the back of an envelope, in one of the bottom corners, to give your receiver a little different flair from the standard snail mail they receive every day (nerd alert, nerd alert). So I get my kicks from paper and stamps – are there any inanimate objects that have your heart a flutter as well?