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The Art of Letter Writing

A letter is more than a means of communication. In this modern era of the quick text, the easy email, and the last-minute voicemail, a handwritten note stands out as a thoughtful and personal gesture. In this day and age, receiving a letter is in fact like receiving a gift. The recipient will recognize the time and thought that goes into putting pen to paper, and feel special for having received such a personal gesture.

Many of us haven't sat down to write a letter since the day we discovered email. For this reason, many are calling letter writing a "lost art." We believe this to be far from the truth. A huge misconception is that letters are boring or antiquated because they necessarily must follow strict rules of formatting and function (rules which most of us forgot the day we graduated high school). This couldn't be further from the truth. When you purchase your personal stationery and begin to write, you'll realize that letter writing can be a fun, personal, and even inspirational experience that doesn't have to follow any rules but your own.

Of course the best trick of the trade is to have plenty of quality on stationery on hand, so you'll be ready to write whenever an occasion presents itself.

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The Friendly Letter - Getting started

The Anatomy of a Friendly Letter

Specific Letters - How to

How to Write a Friendly Letter

How to Write a Condolence Letter

How to Write an Apology Letter

How to Write a Love Letter

Teaching Children to Write Letters

Letter Writing - Commonly Used Abbreviations

RSVP (please reply)

ASAP (as soon as possible)

PS (postscript - for adding last-minute notes after your signature)

CC (carbon copy - for when you are sending the letter to more that one person)

ENC. (enclosure - indicating there are additional items in the envelope)

How to Write a Congratulations Note

Engagements, births, and promotions are always deserving of a “congratulations!” But how about those other joyous occasions and achievements which often go unrecognized? (Think the everyday pleasures like big wins at work, kids success at school, etc.) Send notes of congratulations on beautiful stationery to help your loved ones celebrate the happy moments in their lives and they’ll be forever grateful…and maybe even return the favor when you get good news of your own!

An example of an easy and elegant “Congrats!” :

Dear Janel,

I just heard the fun news! I know you’ve been looking into adopting a pet for quite some time. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Jan told me that Sparky is just adorable and I can’t wait to meet him myself. Here’s to years of long walks and good times with your newest furry friend. Casey

A few tips to follow:

  • Make it clear in the first sentence or two why you are writing (so the congratulations doesn’t sound like an afterthought).
  • Get the note in the mail as soon as possible after you hear the good news.
  • Say the word "Congratulations." There’s no other word in the English language to express the same sentiment.
  • Keep the note short and sweet and focused on the event or achievement.
  • Make it fun! This is a happy moment to be celebrated!
  • Stationery Suggestions for Congratulations Notes

    Any fine stationery or correspondence card will do for a congratulatory note. There are also plenty of congratulation note options available, which will help you specifically speak to the happy occasion.

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