July 12th, 2011

Crane & Co. Stationery Giveaway

by Jacqueline Whitmore

It’s a real treat to open the mailbox and receive a handwritten thank-you note, don’t you agree?  Today, I’m excited to announce that my friends at Crane & Co. have generously agreed to donate one of four elegant styles of engraved stationery to one of my lucky blog readers.

Crane & Co. is one of the most prestigious stationery companies, with its roots extended to before the American Revolution.  From these early times to the present, their reputation for quality, innovation and integrity is unmatched.

To enter this giveaway, tell me what you love most about receiving thank-you notes.  The winner will be chosen at random and will win his or her choice of one of the stationery styles below.  The deadline for comments is midnight on July 19, 2011.

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Hand Engraved Aviary Bird Scroll Notes

Hand Engraved Hello Sunshine Foldover Notes

Hand Engraved Great Blue Heron Correspondence Cards

Hand Engraved Initial Correspondence Cards


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36 Responses to “Crane & Co. Stationery Giveaway”

  1. Wehaf on July 12th, 2011 9:26 pm

    I love hearing how they like the gift. 🙂

  2. Dominique Vaughan-Russell on July 12th, 2011 10:08 pm

    The fact that someone took the time to hand write a note means a lot in this day and age of mass mailings and social media. Everything has become so impersonal. A hand written Thank-You note makes me feel special and valued.

  3. Hilo on October 10th, 2013 12:28 pm

    It is great to get hand written thank you later, I think people should do it more today. Instead of just sending email or twit, it shows much more your gratitude for something good you’ve got.

  4. Bruce Brown on July 13th, 2011 12:09 am

    Love the contest Ms. Whitmore.

    Unfortunately all three offerings I feel are way too feminine for me to ever send out.

    Please consider this next time and have at least one more masculine offering.

    Adore your newsletter. Hope you have great success with your book.

    You fan,


  5. Irma Parone on July 13th, 2011 12:36 am

    Hey Jacqueline,

    I absolutely LOVE to send Thank You notes. I believe it is so important that I found a system that allows me to send them very quick and at a low cost. They are NOT elegant so I do also purchase nice stationary for that special occasion, but these cards are fabulous as I can’t find an excuse NOT to send them. The truth is, I loved the system so much, I purchased a distributorship. Everyone loves to know they are appreciated for their contributions they bring to the table; or the love they bring to our hearts. Sending cards routinely has changed my life. Check out http://www.AppreciationMarketingMadeEasy.com

  6. Carly on July 13th, 2011 1:21 am

    The thing I love most about receiving thank you notes is that it shows a genuine appreciation for what I did. It shows that the person took the time out of their day to choose a card, hand write a letter and mail it rather than sending a quick, impersonal e-mail. It makes me feel truly loved and cared for.

  7. Danielle on July 13th, 2011 1:42 am

    I not only love to send Thank You notes, I really like to receive Thank You notes. I really think it means a lot for a person to take the time out of their busy lives to sit down and write out just how much they appreciated the gift received, the help received or even a simple Thank You for being a friend.

  8. Jorie Scholnik on July 13th, 2011 1:44 am

    When I receive a thank you note from a student, it completely makes my day and reminds me why I’m in this profession. I like knowing that I helped the student achieve his goals, but most importantly that he has a bright future ahead of him. It’s great to see a student’s hard work pay off!

  9. Jenn on July 13th, 2011 1:46 am

    In the past few months, I received one lovely Thank You note card. I really appreciated the thoughtful note card, that I carried it around showing friends and family and letting them know how much I really appreciated the writer for taking the time to write the message.
    In the past few years while still attending college, I always give a thank you note card to my professors, thanking them for all they do for the students at the college. One professor actually told me that it was the first time in a long time that a student actually give him a thank you note card.
    I love your newsletters, too.
    Good luck with your new book.

  10. Geri Guarino on July 13th, 2011 2:06 am

    I appreciate the fact that someone walked away from their electronic device and composed a brief note directly to me.
    I love pretty paper and stationery. Truly classic.

    P.S cannot wait for the new book to ship! So excited for you.

  11. Anita Whitaker on July 13th, 2011 2:48 am

    It makes my heart happy to open my mailbox and find a handwritten note thank you note. When I open the envelope and then the card to read the special words I know that, hopefully, I have made a difference in some way in their life. It truly is better to give than to receive – but, oh, do I love to get a thank you note.

  12. Tim Langford on July 13th, 2011 2:58 am

    Whenever I receive a handwritten thank you note, I’m reminded of my Grandmother, Vara Moore, a fine Southern lady. She taught me and my siblings to always send a thank you note, to write them in black ink, and to write them in your finest handwriting. We were reminded to always mention the gift or kindness by name and to relate how receiving the gift or kindness would enhance our lives. I continue remembering her by having my personal notecards at work so that I may use them to show my appreciation of others, in black ink – of course!

  13. Arden Clise on July 13th, 2011 5:05 am

    I’m always so touched when someone takes the time to handwrite a note to me. It says to me that someone is classy and thoughtful. I always cherish those notes and usually hold onto them for a while, unlike an email that I delete after reading.

    Cute stationary. Oh, and congrats on the book Jacqueline. I can’t wait to read it!

  14. Kelsey Horning on July 13th, 2011 5:26 am

    I love thank you notes for a number of reasons. They offer a personal expression of appreciation and they are often lovely and sweet to making them a real treat.

  15. Amy Hartley on July 13th, 2011 6:55 am

    A hand-written note of thanks truly demonstrates someone’s appreciation. I tend to hold onto these thank you cards. I have three pinned up at work now!

  16. Lisa Engelhardt on July 13th, 2011 12:35 pm

    I always send personalized thank you notes when I receive a gift or a friend does an act of kindness. I have taught my children the value and purpose of thanking others and they, too, show their appreciation by sending personalized notes. With the ease of email and texting, hand written notes is a novelty and, as much as I like the new technologies, I still find time to write the note. Another novelty is telephone calls!

  17. Kathie Martin on July 13th, 2011 2:49 pm

    It’s not only knowing that someone cared enough to spend the time to chose the stationery, write a note, purchase a stamp and mail a thank you note to me, it’s the sheer beauty of a hand-written note that makes me warm all over. The sender has put a touch of himself or herself on paper and given it as a gift in return.

    A phone call is lovely and an e-mail can be printed out, but neither of those have the lasting effect of a personalized note.

  18. Vivian on July 13th, 2011 6:43 pm

    I love hand written notes…………..they are so personal, it shows that someone cared and took the time to choose a card and to write it. It´s very “rare” to see this anymore, but it´s nice to give or get a “surprise” once in a while. You definetely feel special with a handwritten note. We should do this more often, instead of just “texting”

  19. PeepaBo on July 14th, 2011 3:49 pm

    Everyone loves getting personal notes, but the best part for me (being the girly-girl that I am) is sitting in a big comfy chair with my favorite cup of tea, and writing them out for people I know who don’t use e-mail or social networks. Because I know they really appreciated them the most, and it helps slow ME down in this fast-paced busy world.

  20. Moye on July 14th, 2011 6:19 pm

    A hand-written thank you note is a joy to receive because it says good manners and gracious living are not dead! My mother taught me the art of writing a good note and I have passed it on to my children. Hopefully, they will teach my grandchildren how special a well-written note can be to the recipient.

    Thanks and best wishes on your new book!

  21. Diane Burr on July 14th, 2011 8:25 pm

    In my business, I use note cards and birthday cards often and I get positive feed back from my clients.

    It is always nice to receive a personalized, hand written note because I know it took a bit more effort to write it, address it and mail it.

    I love these note cards!

  22. Ruth Dunn on July 14th, 2011 9:02 pm

    I too was taught as a child, to always write your Thank You notes when you receive a gift or someone does something kind for you. Yes, with black ink and the best notes you can find.

    I wish you the best with your great new book. Can’t wait to get it. Ruth

  23. Carol L. Zimmerly Graham on July 15th, 2011 2:44 pm

    I love paneled informals! My Aunt Jeannette introduced them to me when I was a young girl. I have been meaning to slow down and take the time to write a few handwritten notes. You have inspired me to make a pot of tea and put my thoughts down on paper.

  24. Kathryn Johnson on July 16th, 2011 4:44 pm

    Crane.s has been a part of my life ever since I was born, My birth announcement was on Crane’s and when I was baptised the invitation’s were engraved on Crane’s. As soon as I learned to write my name my mother taught me the art of writing thank you notes. “You do not have to write long notes. Just be sure to thank the giver so he or she knows you received and appreciate the gift,” she told me.
    Before the Christmas paper was cold I was writing thank you notes on the monogrammed stationary I really believed came from Santa Clause .
    When I was confirmed I received Crane’s calling cards.
    At 18 I made my debut at the Batchelor’s Cotillion of Baltimore. All invitations to the balls and parties were on Crane’s stationary. When I married of course the engraved invitations were on Crane’s.
    I have had a box of Crane’s stationary in my desk for my entire life. The art of writing thank you notes is a way of life for me.
    In my mind thank you and Crane’s go together like peanut butter and jelly.
    When I receive birth announcements the baby receives a box of monogrammed Crane’s statinary when he or she learn’s to write. The name Crane’s has a felt content of love and tradition for me.I love my Crane’s stationary and will use it for the rest of my life to let people know I appreciate their effort to make me happy carrying on the lessons my mother taught me at 4 years old.

  25. Margaret MacPherson on July 16th, 2011 5:49 pm

    Ms. Whitmore:

    Although they say it is better to give than receive, receipt of a snail mail thank you note makes my day.

    Handwritten notes are a bit time consuming, and to receive one sends the message they cared enough and thought enough of me to do so.

    Your new book cover looks inviting; and the title is perfect.

    Wishing you much success,
    Margaret MacPherson

  26. Sue Becker on July 18th, 2011 12:02 am

    What I love most about receiving a thank-you note is knowing someone took the time to write to me and think about what I and/or my gesture did for them. Unfortunately,many people seem to never have learned this skill (or have forgotten how important it is once their parents aren’t around to remind them to do it!).

  27. Marcelline on July 19th, 2011 2:34 am

    It is so unusual to get a Thank You card, especially on special and quality paper, that I keep all of them in a special box. When I am feeling down, I take down my box from the cupboard and read all those special notes from friends and acquaintances. They immediately cheer me because i know for a fact that I the love I give out comes back to me a thousand fold.

  28. Donna Lahr on July 19th, 2011 2:23 pm

    A hand written thank you note always puts a smile on my face. For someone to take a few minutes to write a note says more than thank you…it says I matter. We should always find time to write thank you notes for even a kind word or encouragement. I love Crane note cards. They are the best.

  29. Daniel on July 19th, 2011 8:26 pm

    I sure do miss the little things like those stationary notes. My mom was big on them and still sends her boy in california one now and again. I am deffinately reminded of the 2 most influential and amazing wemen in my life (mom and grams) when I think of hand written notes. They always had beautiful penmanship which greatly influenced my love of english and grammar.
    This made me think, I should be sending these things to my clients. I have though of doing that before but never acted on it. I guess it’s time.
    I’ll tell you exactly what I’m going to do If I get them;
    I will sit down and write to my mother and grandmother in my greatest penmanship. A note to each just because they were always there for me. No need to wait for a special holiday.
    My mother will cry (she misses her boy in california) and grams, well it will make her day too..

  30. Katie on July 19th, 2011 8:53 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful contest. Thank you notes are a treat in a pile of bills and ads. I love knowing that my friend, my sister or even someone I have done business with has taken the time to recognize the importance of our relationship. Even my three year old son can tell the difference between a handwritten envelope and the rest of our automated mail; he gets so excited and plucks the handwritten ones out of the pile with a beaming smile.

  31. DaGeneralPatton on July 19th, 2011 8:59 pm

    What I love the most about receiving thank you notes is the proof that I was appreciated at that moment. The act of selecting a fine piece of Crane’s stationery (with its corresponding envelope) just for me, well, brings a smile to face. Good manners are appreciated.

  32. karen on July 19th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Love the fact that some people have not lost the magical touch of being able to sit down and actually write a note and drop it in the mail!

    Life is too fast some times, and people need to get back to the fundamentals!

  33. Denise Pietzsch on July 19th, 2011 10:49 pm

    This subject is near and dear to my heart!

    I think of thank you notes as special treasures. I used to work in a middle school and I still have many of the thank you notes that I received from the students and their parents taped inside of my kitchen cabinet doors. Whenever I feel blue, I look at those notes and they always make me smile.

    I am so proud of my daughters and my niece and nephew because they always send thank you notes. My oldest daughter enjoys making the cards herself and they are adorable. My younger daughter shares my weakness for fine stationery, such as Crane, but no matter what the paper, the notes are treasures. It only takes a few minutes to write a thank you note, but those minutes can turn into hours and hours of joy for the recipient. It’s nice to know that someone cares.

    For me it’s gotten to the point that just walking in to the Crane store makes me feel happy!

    Denise Pietzsch

  34. Jeannine on July 20th, 2011 2:21 am

    I love the return address! Its nice to get mail from friends. It was always exciting to see the foreign address from my pen pal letters when I was a kid.

  35. Roy Whitmore on July 21st, 2011 2:46 am

    Giving is undoubtedly more pleasurable than receiving. Sending a thank you note allows both parties this enjoyment….the first gives the gift; the second gives their appreciation….

  36. Jacqueline Whitmore on July 24th, 2011 1:39 am

    Congratulations to our lucky winner, Diane Burr! And Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this contest!

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