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Why Send a Save-the-Date Card? May 6, 2008

 

Using save-the-date cards is one of the most effective ways of gathering close friends, family or business associates to join you at your momentous occasion. Not to be confused with the actual event invitation, save-the-dates are the preferred choice for those induviduals who have loved ones or business clients that live out of the area and who would benefit from advance notice of your upcoming soiree.
The Purpose of Save the Date Cards

Save-the-date cards serve as reminders or to give one a “heads up” about your event. More than that, they allow the recipients to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements in advance.

Sending Save the Date Cards

Save-the-date cards can be mailed out up to one year before the actual occasion.

Couples that plan their weddings close to popular holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and even Fourth of July) should mail their cards several months in advance so that their guests can avoid things like overbooked flights and hotels.

Types of Save the Date Cards

There are two types of save-the-date cards that are currently sold in stationery stores: cards and magnets. The wording on most save the date cards is usually straight to the point regardless of the type you choose. Usually, the information on the card consists of the hosts name, persons of honor (if applicable) and general location of the event.
The save the date cards with a magnetic backing are the most popular choice today. These are in great demand because they can be kept on the refrigerator door…no one is likely to forget the event date if the card is in full view!

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The Importance of the Handwritten Note May 1, 2008

The Importance of the Handwritten Note

When was the last time you received a handwritten note from a business associate? It may be that it was too long ago for you to remember. On the other hand, if you have gotten one lately, you know exactly who sent it and when. Handwritten notes have become almost extinct in the business world. So if you are looking for ways to stand out from the crowd, to be noticed by your colleagues and clients, try putting pen to paper whenever you have the slightest excuse.

There are few acts more impressive than handwriting a letter or a note to someone with whom you do business or would like to. Most people think that writing notes by hand requires extra time and effort. Ironically, it can be quick and painless if you do it frequently and follow these tips:

1. Have writing supplies close at hand.
Store stationery and stamps in the most convenient place in your desk. When you need to send a note, all you have to do is reach for your stationery, dash off a few lines, address the envelope, put the stamp in place and mail it.

2. Keep your message brief.
These are notes so you only have to come up with three or four sentences. If you attempt to compose more than a few lines, writer’s block is liable to set in and you will never get past “start.”

3. Develop a system.
Before you head out of the office to a business meal or function that someone else is hosting, address an envelope to your host. It will be a breeze to jot down your short message when you return.

4. Use the appropriate professional stationery.
Both single-sided correspondence cards and fold-over notes with the company name or logo imprinted on them are business-like and will represent you and your organization well.

5. Poor penmanship is no excuse unless your handwriting is totally illegible.
The person who receives your note will appreciate your thoughtfulness and will not be grading your handwriting. If your penmanship does not meet your standards, it is never too late to improve. There are numerous resources at your library or on the Internet to teach you to write legibly.

6. Use any occasion to get noticed with a note.
A few of those instances are when…

  • You have received a gift
  • You were a guest in someones home
  • You were treated to a meal
  • You received a business favor
  • You are replying to an invitation
  • You are sending condolences
  • You want to offer congratulations
  • You need to apologize

 

7. Make your message timely.
Whether you are sending a note of appreciation, congratulation or condolence, do it as quickly as possible. A thank you should go out within 24 to 48 hours. However, don’t forgo sending a note because you think too much time has elapsed. There is no definite statute of limitations on appreciation.

8. Understand that e-mail is not a substitute for the personal handwritten message.
The Internet is fast, efficient and remote. If you are corresponding by e-mail immediately following a meeting with a business associate, include your expression of gratitude, but don’t let that stop you from sending a second message by ground.

Successful people pay attention to the details and look for ways to build better business relationships. When you take the time to send handwritten notes, you will stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. Your next big sale or job promotion may came about as a result of your doing business just a little differently.

-Taken from an article written by Lydia Ramsey of Manners that Sell

I personally have seen a huge benefit, both personally and professionally of being a “note writer”.  I became a note writer because, quite frankly, my parents made me.  While my friends could get by with a quick call to the grandparents to say “thanks”, I was made to sit and write a note.  The act of note writing later became a habit and I am so glad that it did.  I now own and operate a small stationery store, and, I am a first-class note writer….if I do say so myself!

I belong to several organizations including the Chamber of Commerce and a local women in business group.  When I meet someone I will always ask for a business card…every time…and follow up either that day or the next with a handwritten note.  I have gotten extremely favorable responses from note writing. I recently received a call from a very prominent local CEO after having sent a note following his speech at a breakfast meeting that I had attended. I also write a note to EVERY new customer who provides me with an address.  It is so important to show appreciation to your clients.

-Becky

 

 

Pink and Green Fever March 22, 2008


Spring is coming…I just know it! Even though it might be snowing here in PA (we call it the “onion snow”) I am still longing for the bright, warm, wonderful days ahead.  So, I am going to showcase a few little items here in Pink and Green, my fav color combo….duh, just look at my store!

 

Anyway, here is my favorite thing for spring…a super cute trench in, um, PINK! It’s from Chadwicks of Boston and retails for $39.99….wahoo!

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Wow, just found these ADORABLE shoes in GREEN and LEOPARD…can you imagine? They are from www.shoes.com and are a little more expensive than the stuff I usually look for ’cause I think fashion should be affordable. But, they are from Oh Deer and are $154.99 and I am in love…

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Since I am on a shoe roll…what do you think of these from Tommy Hilfiger??  Love ’em and they have a much better price point at $74.99. They are also from shoes.com  Check out the lining…TDF!

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I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention some cute stationery!  www.threedesigningwomen.comoffers a look at their fantastic personalized stamps and embossers.  There are so many designs to choose from….I absolutely LOVE my stamper…us it every chance I get (course, I use bright pink ink).  Here at Pushing the Envelope the stamps are on sale right now for $36.00 during my Spring Fever sale.

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Now, the same company also offers a product called “imprintables”.  It is a collection of folded notes, wine tags, memo paper, gift tags, etc that you can personalize with your cute stamp.  Check out the wine tags…toooooo cute…..!

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So I just turned 41….and ummmm my eyes are maybe not as ummmm good as they maybe used to be.  Not saying I have to get full-on prescription glasses yet.  I might just need a little something to help me out with the newspaper print.  Why have they started to make the print smaller?  I don’t get it.  If you could use a little magnification in your life, you might want to log on to http://www.target.com/Influence-Reading-Glasses-Olive-Pink/dp/B000TVXCZK/sr=1-14/qid=1206197930/ref=sr_1_14/601-9129330-7380928?ie=UTF8&rh=k%3Apink-and-green-bags&page=1 and take a peek at these darling glasses in, what else, but PINK and OLIVE (green):)

I love a cute wristlet….I am still trying to rid myself of my giant bag!  Anyway, here is one from my favorite web site www.etsy.com.  It’s darling and it fits in with my theme…AND it’s only $12.00.  Find it here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6665962

 

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Now go look for spring…it’s lurking out there somewhere…just like my BFF cyber stalker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow and Gray February 21, 2008

So, have you all been following the latest color trends?  Are you absolutely certain that you have got to have something fab in that great yellow and gray combo?  I am, I do, I must have it.  Found some super kewl stuff just for you.

Check out this smart looking top from Lulu’s http://www.lulus.com/products/Yellow+and+Gray+Daytime+Top/7883.html It’s soooo cute, 100% silk and it’s only $38 get two for heaven’s sake.

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Everyone knows that I LOVE paper…I guess that I darn well better since I sell the stuff!  Anyway, I found these great notes from Whitney English http://www.whitneyenglish.com/catalog/index.php

I don’t carry their papers yet…but I will!  Darling!

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Get your vintage on with these great trainers from Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com for 58 bucks.

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Now have a look-see at this cute yellow clutch from Target (did I hear you use a french accent when you read “Target”??)

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This little clutch is a whopping $14…isn’t it cute?  I am seriously trying to use a 12 step program to break my addiction to a large bag.  I am really trying to use a wristlet or clutch as much as I can…it’s hard.  Say a prayer!

Here’s a little mirror to tuck in to that clutch…it’s on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/index.php

oh crap, can’t get the photo to work….click on this to see the cute mirror

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8826920

BTW, do you shop Etsy?  It you don’t, you should!  It’s all handmade, really cool goods from mostly groovy and totally creative babes like us.  Check it out!

 

 

Alrighty then, go and find yourself something fabulously yellow!

 

 

 

 

Monogram It Baby!! January 23, 2008

So, I get this great trade magazine called Greetings, etc.  I love this magazine because it’s a fantastic way to follow and predict the trends in the stationery biz.  Anyway, this month Greetings, etc. listed the top 25 trends to watch for in 2008.  And, to my excitement, the “Push for Personalization” was listed as one of the top trends. The magazine states that “customers of all ages seem to be a part of the ‘me’ generation – and thy are making their mark via personalization”.

Who knew that lil ol’ me would be such a trend setter and WAY ahead of the curve with all of my smart looking monograms on everything and anything that I can get ’em on.

I carry a line of wonderfully creative pieces from a company called Heartstrings…have a look at these…

Monogrammed Stone Pendant

A great looking pendant!  Carved stone available in several colors and shapes and can be mixed and matched on any number of necklaces with your choice of fonts.  I have other styles available in wood and shell too….. from $25, very, very cool!!

What about these great monogrammed soaps?  Not only do they look great, but, they  are really wonderful soaps….smell amazing too and available in several different scents like mandarin mango, fresh linen, cherries jubilee and milk chocolate truffle…starting at $11 YUM!

 

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Monogrammed bumper-shoot anyone?  Please, tell me, who wouldn’t want to carry this darling umbrella that is completely personalized just for you??  At $29, you will be singin’ in the rain for sure!!

 

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Checkout these cute folded initial notes from Hype Strype…I offer several different designs and at ten bucks for a pack of ten, you can not pass them up.

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Last, but never least, have a peek at these amazing key-fobs from Lauren Nicole Fashions

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I carry an identical product in my store, Pushing the Envelope!  Ours are a bit bigger to fit over your wrist..soooo very convenient…never lose your keys in your bag again.  I have lot’s of darling ribbon choices….polka dots, sports themes, pink leopard, preppy as can be and more!  $10 or $13 with a monogram!

 

 

So go personalize something…you’ll be a trend setter just like me 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rub-A-Dub, Ms. Monogram’s in the Tub! January 3, 2008

Today I want to share some fab bath treats and related items that I LOVE.  Lately I have been in the mood to soak in my whirlpool tub at home…I guess because it’s been so COLD and WINDY here.  There is nothin’ like a good soak to take the chill off!

 My first treat for you is a special little web site that I found when I was looking for stocking stuffers for my Dolly and for little gifts for my nephews.  Here is the URL… http://www.ebubbles.com/ Please check it out! E-Bubbles sends your goodies wrapped in bright blue tissue and offers free samples of your choice with each order.  Also, my package arrived sooo quickly, I was truly amazed! I got the MOST darling little snow globe soaps and funky band-aids…um, I mean adhesive bandages and other cute things.  Right now, I am looking at the site and salivating over Star & Rose Chocolate Body Shake Bubble Bath…YUM! Well drat, they won’t allow me to post the photo….so here is the link…have a peek. http://www.ebubbles.com/ebubbles.filereader?477cfdb2003c9b90271d424d36190684+EN/products/0095&2D701

 Now, for a product that I am absolutely going to carry in my shop….Soapy LoveSoapy Love pure glycerin soaps!

http://www.soapylove.com/soapsicles.html

They are absolutely the cutest soaps that I have ever seen.  The soaps are shaped like Popsicle’s and come in several different “flavors” like Confetti Cupcake, Nilla Sammie (which looks like an ice cream sandwich) and Orange You Cute. To die for…get some!

 And what about these darling Soap Rolls from What fun! ?

http://www.what-fun.com/thegoods/soaprolls.shtml

Soap Rolls are long lasting and moisturizing and gentle enough for you face too.  Who says gettin’ clean isn’t fun!

 

Well, I am bummed because today it seems as if I am unable to post photo’s…and that is such a fun part of this blog. In the mean-time, just scroll your curser over the link and you can see a small photo.  I will try to work out the bugs and have pic’s next time!

 

Until then, happy washing!