My first letter of the day came all the way from Quezon City in the Philippines. Buge Machica is a very talented artist and crafter; I really enjoyed perusing her blog. The card itself is a miniature work of work, hand-stitched with a dimensional kite that is also carefully embroidered with flowers. There’s even little ties on its tail. The envelope is lined, and I’m a little envious of Buge’s lovely penmanship.

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The letter reads:

Dear Sarah,

I love, love your letter writing campaign! Thanks to you I get to use some stationery from my stash. This one I’m using is from a craft soirée that I attended last year. We swapped hand-made stationery sets and it was really fun. I’m sending you some of my own handmade sheets for you to keep or give away. Hope you like them.

Have a great Day! Buge Machica

What a gorgeous letter — and I love the idea of a craft soirée! Here are Buge’s hand-drawn sheets, which she also blogged about here. She even mentioned creating them just for this campaign. They are so lovely! Thank you so much for writing in, Buge, and thanks too for your patience in my putting this up!

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My next letter comes from Adam Schwartz (no relation other than fellow correspondence fan), who I work with a lot at Stationery Trends in his capacity doing PR for Chronicle Books. I love the note’s little palm size!

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Hi Sarah!

I LOVE this new campaign so very much. The simple act of writing to you fills me with nostalgia. In fact, Chronicle Books has been focusing quite a bit on the tendency to yearn for the past, especially with the letterpress revival that has been taking place. I, however, I am writing to you on one of my favorite stationery lines that harkens to decades past: The Polaroid Love Notes!

With the weather warming up and travel coming up, I thought this beautiful train station to be a perfect bit of correspondence!

I hope my reference to warm weather isn’t offensive. You really should join us in San Francisco!

All the best, Adam Schwartz

Thanks so much for writing in, Adam, and no offense taken about the weather. (You have to be rather thick-skinned to live in Cleveland.) In fact, I had the pleasure of meeting Adam at the Chronicle offices in April — so I did get to take him up on his generous offer! And Adam very generously also donated four sets of the Polaroid Love Notes to our correspondents, so Buge will be getting hers very soon. Thank you so much — they are too cute. Check them out:

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Lovely, right? Adam, you will soon be the very proud owner of these Bicycle Notes from William Arthur. Here is a post from the William Arthur blog on their designer, James Gulliver Hancock, who is also currently drawing all the buildings in New York.  I hope you like them, Adam!

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So, please do write in — the box of goodies to send my correspondents just keeps growing. Just 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!

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