Today’s sweet frog-adorned letter comes from Northampton, Massachusetts.It reads: Dear Sarah—
I found your blog recently and am already gearing up for letter-writing month in 2016. I recently loaded up on stationery from my favorite shop, Jules Verne in Truro, MA, so I’ve got plenty of supplies. This particular paper is one of several sets I own from Saturn Press — I love the feel of the paper and the simple, classic designs.
I work as a book editor, and although I have written letters all my life I have found particular relief and pleasure in it as of late. I suspect it is because it is so different from my work, perhaps even its antidote. I get to do it all on paper (all my editing is on the computer) and I never edit or start over, even when I make an error like I did above.
I just finished reading a book of letters between two writers and gardeners, Katharine White and Elizabeth Lawrence, and I was struck by how beautiful they were in their rawness. It is hard to be disingenuous in a letter.
Thank you for all you do to support the letter writers of the world!
Happy scribing, Janna
Thank you so much for writing in, Janna! I agree, it’s hard to be disingenuous in a letter (thank goodness), and as someone who also works in publishing — and does all proofing online — there is something reassuring and even calming in returning to old-fashioned, imperfect paper. I am impressed that you are already getting ready for letter-writing month next year!
And, I love Saturn Press. They were one of the letterpress houses I came across years and years ago, while letterpress was only being done by a handful of ‘pressers. While Jane and Jim exhibited at National Stationery Show for years, they don’t communicate via email, or have a website. For that reason you can only find their classic wares on sites like this. Their work is amazing in person!
Janna, I think you are going to love the papers you will be receiving from Tales of a Peanut’s Handwritten Heritage range. The sets are available blank, personalized and even themed with prompts for various occasions (such as college and pregnancy), and I think you will really enjoy them as well. Thank you so much Jennifer for donating a set to Janna when I reached out to you! I so appreciate your generosity.So, do you want to score some free stationery swag for yourself? Just drop me a quick note on your favorite paper (which is most likely gathering dust) and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. And if you are interested in being sponsor, I’d love to hear from you too!