The Importance of the Written Word

You can take the girl out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the girl. My mother always taught me to fully appreciate the power of a properly timed thank you note. Since the growth of the internet, it's become such a rare thing to find someone who actually takes the time to write an honest-to-goodness card. It's terribly pleasant to receive one, and a lovely way to express your appreciation to someone who might have helped a sister out.

There are a number of instances when one should hand-write and personally send a thank you note. First of all: after receiving a gift. It seems pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how few people follow through! And, of course, the other times include (but are not limited to): when someone does you a huge favor, immediately following job interviews, and after crashing at someone's place. Also, after an at-home dinner party or brunch, I always try to thank the hostess for the invitation and hospitality.

When you're picking out thank you notes (which happens to be one of my favorite pastimes - I can spend hours in a stationery store), make sure that the paper doesn't feel cheap. I prefer a heavier weight and a lined envelope, which always adds a special touch. I do like a great blank card - it's easier to craft your own note that way - but I've also been known to choose cards with a bit of a hippie tea party twist to them (go figure). A dash of pink, bunnies, fantastic fonts: all of these add a bit of sweetness to your gesture.

My collection of thank you notes.
Some of the best thank you notes I've ever found come from:

1. Kate Spade, which has the greatest lined envelopes on the planet, and often feature cute little phrases like the adorable "Tickled Pink" ones ($25).
2. Rifle Paper Co., hot off the heels of a collaboration with Garance Doré, making my heart sing with these floral numbers ($18).
3. Target, of course, has a wide range of possibilities - from blank note cards with fun patterns to cat-themed thank you notes ($4).
4. Hartland Brooklyn, which is local (yay!), quirky, and whimsical. Nothing's better than the "Thank Ewe" card ($5).
5. Steel Petal Press, offering up some of the best typography there is ($16), and as a bonus, is based in Chicago - home to Mateline.

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