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Letter Writing Made Easy

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Derek Blasberg for Opening Ceremony Stationery

Derek Blasberg, editor at large of Harper's Bazaar magazine, is a man after my own heart. He's an etiquette guru and a firm believer in the superiority of a hand-written letter. Handwritten Letter Helpers, his new collaboration with fashion powerhouse Opening Ceremony, charms me to no end (and also made me laugh).

Blasberg, whose book, Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Modern Lady, was a New York Times bestseller, created a collection of eight fill-in-the-blank letters suited to a range of occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, thank you's) that can be personalized by sender. Think of them as very proper, grown-up versions of Mad Libs.

Derek Blasberg Letter

 

I think it's a delightful idea -- and would love to pass a few out to the email and Facebook addicts in my life!

(Images: Opening CeremonyMr.Blasberg)

My New Stationery

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Back in November, I wrote a post about my visit to the renown stationery shop Mrs. John L. Strong to purchase personalized stationery. The note cards finally arrived! Lucky for me, the shipment came in time for me to write heartfelt thank you notes to my friends and family for their generosity over the holidays. Take a look at the final product below.

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The box was almost too beautiful to open.

1 The box was almost too beautiful to open.

I love the shop's stately insignia.

2 I love the shop's stately insignia.

It felt like Christmas came twice this year. Didn't the cards turn out well?

3 It felt like Christmas came twice this year. Didn't the cards turn out well?

Here is a close-up view. I can't wait to start using them!

4 Here is a close-up view. I can't wait to start using them!

Sending Out Thank-You Cards

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Writing thank-you notes, nevermind letters, seems to have become a thing of the past. I find the writing of a thank-you note to be absolutely essential. I have always found that if I write a thank-you note immediately after receiving a gift or when I get home from a dinner or party where I am someone's guest works best.

Stationary is a great way to express your design aesthetic as well as communicating your sentiments. The options for design and price point are many and they are widely available, so there's no excuse for not sending one.

Here are some helpful tips for writing thank-you cards (and it's never too early to have children learn the proper way to write them too!):

Tips for Writing Thank-You Notes (After a Wedding)

A Letter Writing Kit

How-To: Multilingual Thank-You Cards

Handmade Thank-You Cards

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The Martha Stewart Aqua Die thank-you cards from Crane & Co. has the signature Martha Stewart color. I also love the elegant edges around the card.

1 The Martha Stewart Aqua Die thank-you cards from Crane & Co. has the signature Martha Stewart color. I also love the elegant edges around the card.

This Martha Stewart Butterfly thank-you card would be perfect to use in the spring time.

2 This Martha Stewart Butterfly thank-you card would be perfect to use in the spring time.

I love the different shapes and edges on the card.

3 I love the different shapes and edges on the card.

The edges on this card have beautiful details.

4 The edges on this card have beautiful details.

The Watercolor Birds thank-you card can be found at Crane & Co.

5 The Watercolor Birds thank-you card can be found at Crane & Co.

The wreath shape around an initial has a classic and stunning look.

6 The wreath shape around an initial has a classic and stunning look.

With more details to it, this Martha Stewart Flourish Wreath thank-you card would be perfect for a formal letter.

7 With more details to it, this Martha Stewart Flourish Wreath thank-you card would be perfect for a formal letter.

For the newly weds, it is exciting to get personalized stationery.

8 For the newly weds, it is exciting to get personalized stationery.

With a simple and playful design, the seahorse and initials would be perfect stationery for a teenager.

9 With a simple and playful design, the seahorse and initials would be perfect stationery for a teenager.

The Martha Stewart Ribbon Framed thank-you notes from Crane & Co. are so charming.

10 The Martha Stewart Ribbon Framed thank-you notes from Crane & Co. are so charming.

I love the combination of the two different styles of fonts used on this stationery.

11 I love the combination of the two different styles of fonts used on this stationery.

Here is the Modern Classic Kensington thank-you note.

12 Here is the Modern Classic Kensington thank-you note.

The royal blue and fonts sport a classic and modern look.

13 The royal blue and fonts sport a classic and modern look.

This thank-you card would be perfect to use during the holiday season.

14 This thank-you card would be perfect to use during the holiday season.

Kate Spade uses a fun and bright color in this stationery at Crane & Co.

15 Kate Spade uses a fun and bright color in this stationery at Crane & Co.

A simple and ideal thank-you card.

16 A simple and ideal thank-you card.

The details on this card are exquisite!

17 The details on this card are exquisite!

This Engraved Peacock Blue thank-you card has a clean and refined style.

18 This Engraved Peacock Blue thank-you card has a clean and refined style.

I love how the letters on this thank-you card have a popping allure to the eye!

19 I love how the letters on this thank-you card have a popping allure to the eye!

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