Today’s letter was actually tucked in a very large box full of goods from The Persephone Papers in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
It reads: Sarah, I’m not going to lie. I’m on my email all day long. It is my primary mode of correspondence & I am unashamed. There are occasions, however, that call for a handwritten note: a thank-you letter to my mentor, a card for my best friend at the birth of his first child, a letter for my baby sister before she leaves for college.
My partner Constantine & I wanted to created cards for these occasions — cards as beautiful and momentous as the words they contain. Cards meant to be kept, reread & passed down. The other day my mother-in-law showed me the letter my father-in-law worte to her parents in the Phillipines asking for her hand in marriage. It was incredibly to hold this aged airmail paper that had travelled thousands of miles & a back — a letter that had been kept and treasured for decades. This piece of our family’s legacy would not exist if it were sent via email or Facebook.
We must do all we can to preserve the written word. So fight the good fight Ms. Sarah Schwartz. We are right behind you. With gratitude, Vanessa
Thank you so much Vanessa, of course I will keep fighting the good fight. I am grateful so many designers are creating amazing stationery to help! Which leads me to all the opulent goodies she sent. And I just have to say, I’ve been enchanted by Greek mythology since I learned about it in sixth grade — and I’ve always been partial to the sad tale of Persephone, Demeter and Hades. There is something so magical and classical about this range, the way it plays with posh materials lives up to even my lofty expectations. Let’s review, shall we?
First up, we have a box of eight Gratitude cards, masculine and tailored enough for a man, but really able to be enjoyed by anyone. Featuring gold foil on thick burgundy cardstock — it looks rather Marsala to me — they’re paired with charcoal envelopes.
Then I have two cards with sentiments engraved on brass cartouche, again paired with charcoal envelopes. We have a baby blue New Year’s Resolution as well as a burgundy lover!
This next card is made of stone, yes, stone, micro-planted in Rajastahn, India, and paired with a display stand. The message is engraved and will endure through the ages.
Now we are getting into the Persephone Paper’s dimensional offerings, and they are beyond opulent. This gingko design comes in a grey gift box, paired with white satin ribbon for in-person giving as well as a mailing label if you’re using the USPS.
And here we have an “I love you” flower that will never wilt.
Going to the other end of the color spectrum is this “lucky bitch” design. It is printed white inside for your message.
And finally, we have not one but two actual butterfly cards. They are sourced from sustainable butterfly farms that encourage indigenous people to grow plants and raise insects instead of clearing land for cash crops, thus helping to preserve forests and assuring the survival of natural butterfly habitats. This is a Citrus Swallowtail from Madagascar — and a Blue Moon from Marinduque is at the bottom of this post.
I can’t thank Vanessa enough for sending in these gorgeous cards. I do think this is the most upscale donation to my campaign ever, and it’s definitely for special correspondence! The Butterfly cards for example retail for $30 each, so I’ll most likely break these up for a few correspondents. You can see their entire range here in The Persephone Paper’s lookbook, be ready to be dazzled!
So, if you want to get some of these for free, or cards from TPC’s many other generous sponsors, it couldn’t be easier. 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!