This week’s letter is a real treat — I knew it would be a good one as soon as I saw Winnie the Pooh peeking out of a little window in the envelope. (In case you’re wondering, that’s one of my daughter’s American Girl doll slippers covering up the return address — it was the perfect size!)
I’ll just let this correspondent take it away:
I’m Casey King. I live in Nashville, TN. I’m an aspiring stationery designer and I recently started taking Eva Jorgensen’s (of Sycamore Street Press) Stationery Biz 101 class on Atly.com. One of her resource lists took me to Oh So Beautiful Paper‘s site, which led to Emily Blistein’s post series “Hello Brick & Mortar,” which led me to These Are Things. I read their blog and heard of Tradeshow Bootcamp, which led me to The Paper Chronicles!
At the end of this little Internet rabbit hole, I read about your letter-writing campaign. What a fascinating idea! What you said about using stationery instead of letting it gather dust in a drawer is what led me to choosing this card to send you however decidedly non-indie it may be.
So here’s the story — I was given a box of these Winnie the Pooh cards likely 18 years ago. (I’m 26, and I figure I got these around 8.) I loved them so much! At the time my correspondence consisted mainly of notebook paper and Lisa Frank stationery. I was enamored by these cards and the box they came in, which included envelopes, stickers and a pencil. It came with 16 cards and I after sending this one to you, I have five left. There were four designs and of course, I sent them out with care over time to preserve at leaet one of each kind in store.
It’s funny, I don’t remember who gave them to me, but I remember always having them. They moved with me to college and three apartments, including cross country twice and into my first house. And it’s time they see some use! Thanks for the motivation to use them up. I hope you enjoyed my little story. ♥︎, Casey
I don’t even know where to start, Casey — first off, so glad you found me, and you rattled off some of my favorite industry peeps! I am so excited to be sitting on Tradeshow Bootcamp’s Meet the Press Roundtable November 5, but I think what makes me happiest is that your virtual journey ended with you physically writing a letter.
And, I remember loving (and hoarding) stationery as a kid too. (That’s no longer a problem for me, by the way — visitors to my house are typically urged to take something with them, a notebook or at the very least, a card!) But, I am so glad you were able to part with one of these precious cards, I loved hearing their backstory and of course your resolve!
After checking out Casey’s Instagram — her watercolors are gorgeous, by the way — I think a good fit are the cards below from Printed Luck By Cel. I feel like Casey would dig these bold yet simple linoleum print designs. Like that amazing pair of jeans you stumble across that fits as if they were made just for you, each card varies, in Cel’s words, “just like a unique and lovely individual.” Thanks so much to you both!
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!