This week’s package came to me all the way from Louisiana and was filled with absolutely stunning handmade cards from LEHIGH Paper. So much time, thought & TLC went into it all.

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The letter reads:

Dear Sarah~

Thank you for all of the effort you put into the paper and stationery world. I really enjoy The Paper Chronicles especially. Paper has always caught my attention; I have always loved it, played with it, written letters on it.

My small endeavor is called LEHIGH Paper, named after the beautiful Lehigh River and Valley where I grew up in Pennsylvania. I now live in Lafayette, LA. I love designing, creating and sending my stationery and paper goods. (Banners! Cupcake and cheese picks! Custom date books!) My goal/heart’s desire is to be able to make a reasonable “part-time job” income from LEIGH Paper. Children can be expensive, bless them!

Thank you for the opportunity to see, read and communicate with other paper lovers. Enclosed is my End of Summer ’14 collection (flowers), my kraft paper and gold correspondence cards, and my J.G.F. (jolly good fellow) card. Best wishes always, Abigail Rayrock Richard

Wow! These are gorgeous, Abigail! I look forward to watching your business grow. When I first started in stationery in the late 1990s, letterpress was pretty much non-existent except for a few stalwarts, and handmades dominated the greeting card scene. Now everything has turned around — and I definitely think a strong handmade line such as this one can find a niche. These are so lovely — and they will go to a lucky future TPC correspondent.

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After some thought, I think these letterpressed designs from Smarty Pants Paper Co. are a good fit for Abigail. This clever, quirky and compelling cards, ‘pressed one by one by Kate Thurman in Knoxville, Tennessee, will soon be on their way to you. Thank you both so much for writing in & generously donating your work!

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Do you want some free stationery swag? Then send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122.

I will share it here, and then send you even more stationery for your efforts. And to anyone else who is interested in donating, please reach out — I definitely want to hear from you too!

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