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Saying Thanks in Style!

2 Jan


A Refresher Course in Writing Thank you Notes

By Sue Fox, StudioNotes Etiquette Expert

Saying “Thank You” with handwritten note cards is a gracious and traditional way to repay holiday kindness – especially in today’s fast-paced world of changing technology. With less formal options of e-mail, texting, and social networks, writing a thank-you note is still absolutely necessary.

A handwritten thank-you note is a shining example of repaying kindness with kindness. It also expresses your gratitude and makes others feel appreciated. More importantly, it shows respect.

The excuse of having no time to write a thank-you note isn’t acceptable. Think about all the time and effort, not to mention the expense that may have been involved in providing a favor, a gift, a dinner, lending a sympathetic ear, putting a party together, or other acts of generosity. The silence is disappointing to the giver, but has bigger implications—hurt feelings.

Writing thank-you notes isn’t terribly difficult or time consuming—it takes just a few minutes at the most!

When you sit down to craft a thank-you note or letter, be yourself and write with sincerity. Your letters and notes should reflect your personality, as if you were talking with the recipient in person. Be sure to use the following basic elements in the structure of your note.

  • Always use a salutation or greeting. Depending on your relationship, you may use either a first or last name and appropriate title.
  • Keep in mind that three to five sentences are all that’s necessary in the main body of your thank-you note.
  • Always refer to the gift, deed, or act of kindness by name (not just “Thank you for the present”) and describe the deed
  • If you’ve been given a gift, say what you like about the gift and mention how you plan to use it.
  • If someone went out of the way to help you, mention the actual deed and how that person’s support was beneficial.
  • Include a closing sentence. You want your closing statement to flow with the letter or note. The closing sentence can be a final mention of your appreciation or something as simple as “I hope to see you soon.” Always end on a positive note.
  • Close your letter appropriately. Depending on your relationship, a close can be personal (“Yours truly,”) or formal (“Respectfully,”)

Here are a few additional tips on writing personal or business thank- you notes.

  • Thank-you notes should be sent within a week at best. If it happens to take a bit longer, don’t apologize or make excuses for why you’re late.
  • Neatness counts! Take a deep breath just before you begin. If you mess up somewhere along the line, start over with a fresh piece of paper, note card, or envelope. Strikeovers, ink blots, messy erasures, etc. are not acceptable.
  • Thanking people for something usually follows the form in which the invitation was extended. If you receive a telephone invitation, a telephone thank-you is appropriate, although a thank-you note is a nice touch. If you receive a written invitation, you should always write a thank-you note.
  • Thank-you notes are not reserved for parties and dinners. The general rule is this: If someone goes the extra mile for you, a thank-you note is appropriate; if the thank-you is just for day-to-day business, a verbal “Thank you” is good enough.
  • If you’ve been a houseguest and are continuing to travel, send a thank-you postcard from your next destination rather than waiting until you arrive home to send a thank-you note.

And, like just about everything else in life, the habit is learned young! Remember mom and dad—children learn by example. When parents give children a pass on showing gratitude with pen and paper, they foster a sense of entitlement—to invert the popular saying, you can get something for nothing in this world.

Charming New European Stationery

9 Aug

We are charmed to present an exquisite collection of stationery, Bohemia Correspondence Papers. This lovely line of elegant and fun correspondence cards is designed and produced in the classical European tradition by Jan Petr Obr.  Prepare to be dazzled.  Each piece of stationery is an individual work of art. This quality boxed stationery is created, manufactured and personalized in the fine old world tradition in Prague, Czech Republic.  These are special little works of art and we hope you will enjoy and appreciate the skilled artisan designs as much as we do.

These are truly lovely designs perfect for men, women and young adults.  Both sophisticated and stylish, these cards are clearly unique and produced with the finest care.  The timeless collection features engraved designs, like little charms, positioned carefully on textured hand-made paper.   In their printing shop, Jan Petr Obr creates stunning engraving dies. The handmade stationery is designed and produced in classic European tradition with process methods dating back to the 16th century.  The collection draws from an extensive library of historic engravings, antique maps, botanicals and art nouveau designs.

The mouldmade paper is supplied by Bohemia Papers, a small distinguished mill located just outside of Prague using the same paper-making technique that has been virtually unchanged for over 300 years. The mill is located in a 16th Century manor house.  From start to finish each sheet passes through the hands of the papermaker 10 times.  Originating from the technique of paper making by hand, mould made paper is often referred to as handmade but there are distinct differences.  The mould is not held by hand but instead is replaced by a slowly rotating cylinder mould which picks up the paper stock from a vat.  Mouldmade paper therefore ideally combines the uniformity of machine papers with the individual character of handmade papers.

The stationery has a characteristic natural edge and felted surface. Every box of stationery gives a personal nod to the skilled artist that impressively engraved or hand-printed the stationery.  Sets of 100 or more are personalized using a letterpress imprint, which is a lovely addition at no extra charge.  For those who appreciate the art of letter writing and quality old world stationery with a modern twist, this collection is something you will truly admire and enjoy.

The Stationery Studio Wins Trendy Online Stationer of the Year

1 May

Renee Redman, TheStationeryStudio.com Wins Industry's Highest Honor from Stationery Trends Magazine.

This Just In!  We’re proud to announce that the owner of The Stationery Studio, Renee Redman, was recently awarded Stationery Trends Magazine’s highest honor: Trendy Online Stationer of the Year.

TheStationeryStudio.com started in a living room 18 years ago and has grown into a premier website with more than 10,000 unique visitors a day and a reputation for excellence.

One of the greatest honors is when members of your industry recognize your hard work, dedication and contributions,” Redman said.

The Trendy Stationer and Trendy Online Stationer of the Year are sponsored and managed by Stationery Trends, the resource for greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery.

Says Renee: “We truly enjoy showcasing and promoting custom personalized stationery and gifts.  We believe in this industry and the business of gracious living. Sending beautiful thank you notes, giving thoughtful personalized presents, and entertaining in style shows an appreciation for all things lovely and is the basis for the success of our business.  This award is a symbol of what it truly means to ‘dare to dream’ “.

For more information about The Stationery Studio, click here.