Some of you who have been long time readers of Hadley Court know I love Tiffany’s. Do you love Tiffany’s as much as I do? Come, then, and enjoy a cup of coffee with me and a little piece of Tiffany cake created by Patricia Aribalzaga Haute Couture cakes, as I share with you a bit about saying thank you – an essential to living graciously.
Saying thank you and how to do it is something my mother taught me while I was a young girl growing up. One of the best articles I could find for you, that explained exactly how to write a gracious and charming thank you note, in detail, is this one, here, on Southern Living magazine’s site.
For me, I have to write my thank you notes on gorgeous stationery, as my recipients have told me over the years that they enjoy the way the beautiful papers feel and that they save my notes. One of my favorite sources for beautiful papers is the venerable Mrs. John L. Strong in New York City on Madison Avenue.
Now owned by the young Jacqueline Kott of New York City, Houston and New Orleans, pictured below, Mrs. John L Strong has made the finest custom stationery in the country for generations, including for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, (the Duchess had her crest engraved in royal blue), Pat Nixon and Mamie Eisenhower, Oprah Winfrey , and Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue.
I often send a little gift from Mrs. John L. Strong along with my thank you notes, and one that my friends and interior design clients like receiving is this one, a series of elegant paper notepads for each room in their home. This also makes a wonderful gift for any of you to give to your own interior design clients or friends. Each one is 28.50 and you can buy them, here.
I also appreciate the beautiful couture stationery of a friend I’ve come to know through social media, Angel Robinson of Write Robinson Couture Stationery. Angel lives in New Orleans and lost everything she had in Hurricane Katrina. When she re-oriented herself, she decided to pursue her passion for beautiful, handcrafted stationery and started her business. She custom designs stationery for any occasion and she also sells her couture stationery online. She made beautiful custom thank you notes for the patrons of a very special musical occasion and you can read about that process on her blog, here. The finished product is below.
Speaking of social media, Angel’s most popular line is her *Tweet Me Later* stationery, which is nice to have on hand to say thank you for those you meet at social media related events. I will be attending the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta the 1st week in March [#DBC2014] and High Point Market in April [#HPmkt ] and I plan to purchase these, for @Hadley_Court, which can also be customized in your own colors and with your own patterns. If you’re interested in purchasing these, too, you can buy them, here.
I also like to have small cards on hand to send a quick note of congratulations to friends who are celebrating a special event, and, going back to Mrs. John L. Strong again, I find these small cards easy to keep in my purse and I like the vellum liners in these brighter colors that say CELEBRATE to me. If you’d like to keep them in your purses, too, you can buy them, here.
Now, it’s time to enjoy another one of these beautiful Tiffany cakes. I would love to receive a boxed set of these as a gift to celebrate a special occasion, wouldn’t you? Breakfast at Tiffany’s anyone?
Thank YOU, readers, for subscribing to Hadley Court, here, and visiting my Pinterest Page here, my Twitter profile here and my Instagram Page here. I appreciate each and every one of you and I’d love for you to share your story of the most charming thank you note you’ve ever received in the comments below.
Have a blessed week ahead ~
Leslie Hendrix Wood, Founder, Hadley Court.