Thursday, August 25, 2011

Burying My Head in the Snail Mail Sands

Note: All products mentioned below were purchased by little ol' me, and were in no way solicited nor sponsored product placement - though if, ya know, Crane's Stationery were to come calling - please come calling! - Mama likes her paper. And handbags. Also, ponies. Um...

This article, brought to my attention by favorite Invisible Internet Friend Ouiser B, suggests that as we lead more of our lives online, many of us simultaneously grow attached to more traditional means of communication such as writing an old-fashioned note. Kinda dovetails wonderfully with that digital age netiquette stuff we talked about yesterday, eh?

Of course, many of us never abandoned pen & paper in the first place, looking for any excuse to jot a note to someone, whatever our online habits. E-reality notwithstanding, some of us still race to the mailbox every day, hoping that there's a special something from a loved one nestled amongst the dreary bills & Chico's catalogs (!)(How, HOW did I end up on your mailing list?)(Parentheses). We look forward to spending that extra minute thinking of how to word a card and carefully savor & save the ones sent to us.

I'm cheered to see the continued art of a well-written missive, whether it be the organic result of all this time we - as in, the royal We, since I'm pointing the finger squarely at myself here - spend online, or thanks to the marketing efforts of small-market stationers as that WSJ article suggests. Machiavelli & I may be on the same page (zing!) here, but the Pretty Paper ends justify the means as far as I'm concerned.

So I will continue to do my online stuff with you & try to get caught up with the Facebook announcement times but, by the powers vested in me by the State of Denial, I will continue to send things via snail mail too. Speaking of, here's what's in the outgoing Pretty postbox lately:
                                                                                Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

My notes - aggressively pink, just how I like it.

                                                                                              Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Here are Master P's notes - yes, he has them already, thankyouverymuch - and the high chair hurricane couldn't be a more suitable photo.

                                 [THIS SPACE LEFT BLANK INTENTIONALLY]

Here is where the Anonymous Husband's notes should be, except that he refuses to have his own stationery, claiming that it is - wait for it - "women's stuff". Sigh. When forced - ahem, encouraged to write thank you notes, as is mandatory with any relative of mine, he puts pen to . . . law firm paper. Guess what's coming to his Christmas stocking this year?

                                                                               Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

The best housewarming gift I've ever received; I use this Three Designing Women stamp regularly and, unlike a plant or bottle of wine, I've yet to be able to kill it.

                                                                                     Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Try as I might not to hop on every blogger trend going, who am I to resist a calling card designed for my new Chief Executive Mom position? I've had good experiences with Minted, who designed Master P's first birthday invitations, so I'll happily be blog trendy just this once for the mere price of shipping 25 of these to me.

Here I'll remain, one foot planted firmly in the past, learning to live with those Facebook announcements & dreaming up more excuses to find Pretty paper - for the Pug? Imaginary Child #2?


Kate said...

I love Master P's notes. Adorable!

I have a Three Designing Women stamp too. The best!

Mrs. C said...

I love them!

for a different kind of girl said...

I keep a stash of note cards and greeting cards and pretty little pieces of paper around for this sort of thing. I love to get notes (I never seem to) and I love to send them (if only to keep my horrific penmanship in check)(it's never in check).

This also reminds me that my son needs to dash a thank you note off to my sister for a birthday gift. It's a note I've said he must send now for the past two weeks. I'm going to go make a note on my to do list now...

Mrs. R said...

I am glad I am not the only one who loves handwritten notes!! I have a desk in the living room that is dedicated to stationary. It just makes me happy to pull up a chair and choose a note card from the different boxes tucked away in the drawer.

I must admit, I am currently stalking Etsy for calling cards. I think that is way more convenient than taking out your phone and plugging in a new contact. Call me lazy, but I can never find my phone in my purse anyway. LOL!!

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