Southern Traditions: The Art of the Thank You Note
Elegant and Stylish Personalized Stationery
Cover Image: Bespoke Letterpress
Personalized stationery and the handwritten Thank You note are practically a lost art form in the world of digital nomads in which we live today. But a Southern Lady always has a steady supply at hand. We send a handwritten note for everything; from a bowl of soup dropped off to your home when you are sick to that perfect gift great Aunt Elizabeth sent you for your birthday. Each gift or thoughtful gesture is deserving of a few moments of your time to write and send a personalized thank you note.
A fantastic source for etiquette in general and specifically in regard to stationery and sending thank you notes, is the original "Vogue's Book of Etiquette". When you boil it all down, it is simply consideration for others, an exercise in good taste and a healthy respect for tradition. Manners are taught and practiced to show reverence, appreciation and gratitude to others. This is something that was instilled in me from birth and I practice it every single day.
There are as many different types and styles of stationery available as there are individual ladies, from the very simple and affordable to custom bespoke pieces that are an investment and worth every penny. The options that I have chosen to feature here are all beautiful choices and span the price spectrum, but keep in mind, you can never go wrong in choosing to make a statement of elegance and style with your personal stationery.
These Beach Glass Hand Engraved notes from Crane & Co. are absolutely gorgeous and gossamer, just like a day spent sailing on the gulf or enjoying the gentle breeze and salt air from the veranda. Though they are lightweight and feminine, they convey an unmistakable air of refinement. The golden monogram adds that extra special touch of elegance. Simply stunning!
These gorgeous notes from The Southern Letterpress are created the old fashioned way, by hand and one piece at a time. These offer a casual, but elegant alternative to more traditional styles and can be ordered in six different colors with envelopes that match the color of the ink. Beautiful!
These precious envelopes are a custom creation by The Southern Letterpress. To see additional custom items or to request a quote, click on the photograph above to peruse all the wonderful items on their website.
This set includes two bespoke projects, which may include hand-lettered calligraphy, hand-painted beveled edges, and custom patterned envelope linings. Dulles Designs creates each design specifically for you, to your distinct specifications, allowing you to truly have a one of a kind stationery set. Elegant, refined, stunningly beautiful!
This romantic note card from Fine Stationery is perfect to add an elegant, feminine touch to your stationery. A delicate shape is detailed by a light pink border, which surrounds your monogram or customized text. This pretty card can be customized in a number of ways, including 40 font colors, 35 different fonts, 33 envelope liner choices, 15 different monograms and 35 unique motif choices. The design options are practically infinite and allow you to customize the Annabelle to be a perfect fit for you!
Customized crests and monograms in watercolour are all the rage in weddings and personalized stationery. With this Peonies & Hydrangeas Crest note card from The Dixie Design Collective, you can have the best of both worlds! Get your custom monogram printed on a beautiful watercolour crest emblazoned with pretty pink peonies and lilac hydrangeas. This is an elegant and unique piece of art to add to your stationery set.
The Imperial Letterpress note card from Hoban Press truly displays craftsmanship at its best. It is traditional and classically elegant in a beautiful shade of creme with a dove gray letter monogram. Each piece of stationery is hand fed and individually printed on a Chandler and Price letterpress from 1902, making these note cards one of a kind for you!
From Mr. Maizner's Website:
"These supremely elegant note cards are engraved in rich gold on white stock, and are finished off with a gold bevel and Maisner's unique round top corners and square cornered bottoms. This large note card is approximatly 6 x 9 inches and comes as a set of 10 cards and envelopes.
The "Adair" suite of items was named after a lovely bride of the same name. Adair, whose wedding invitation set Bernard had the pleasure of creating, showed us her great grandmother’s wedding menu, made in France about 125 years ago. Bernard fell in love with the pattern, and it became the visual theme for Adair’s invitation set. Modifying the wheat image used on the antique menu, the lush pattern was redrawn and modified, resulting in this stunning organic golden visual feast."
If you are looking for true one of a kind pieces of art, the Adair note card, with a hand-calligraphy monogram is the ultimate indulgence. Stunningly beautiful and impeccably created, Mr. Maizner is a master at his craft.
These Letterpress Plum Note Cards from American Stationery are beautiful classics, with a hand applied border and your choice of Monogram or typestyle. Each card is carefully letterpressed and will add pure sophistication to your stationery set. Matching envelopes are available with your choice of lining and return address printing. Classic, elegant, refined and traditional, these note cards are perfect!
The Bell' Invito Birds on a Wire Gold Note Card is a classically elegant and beautifully simple creme note card with hand applied gold border featuring gold birds and a custom gold foil lettered name. It is available in a multitude of colors and gives you a fresh twist on tradition.
The Bell' Invito Birds on a Wire Note Card Envelope with Custom Liner is the best way to showcase your beautiful note cards. There are dozens upon dozens of options to choose from for the envelope liner to make it uniquely you! An additional way to personalize this beautiful set of note cards.
Custom return address printing on the envelope flap further customizes this Birds set and matches the liner perfectly.
These personalized calling cards are very handy to use as gift enclosures or simply tuck one into a letter you are mailing for a personal touch that is sure to be remembered.
This Calling Card is designed as a Business Calling Card and can be tucked into your correspondence or a thank you note as a conveniently-sized card that the recipient can add to their collection or tuck behind a magnet in their office. There are so many uses for this card, it will certainly elevate your stationery suite to the next level.
In the end, perhaps there is something new and modern in bringing back a tradition that shows taste, reverence and good manners. What was once as natural as breathing has somehow slipped away in the modern age that we live in. So practicing proper etiquette and using the finest stationery that one can afford could just possibly be the next big trend!
Until next time...Godspeed!