Monday, November 30, 2009

ACISWG Winner Announced

I know I was supposed to announce the winner of the Annual Crane Insider Stationery Wardrobe Giveaway just after Black Friday, but it seems that all this holiday stuff got in the way.

Our winner is James Porter, who wrote:

"My mother trained me to write thank you notes for every gift received for Christmas or a birthday; however, at some point I learned to write them truly as thanks instead of avoiding a punishment.

I'm not your typical user of stationery. Most 22-year-old males who just graduated from college and are barely out of the fraternity house don't write many handwritten letters; although, all my friends who know me well know my love of a handwritten note and love of stationery. In fact, I was in New York City two months ago for job training and the only souvenir I brought home was some Crane stationery from the retail store in the city. I love to write friends who working at camps or in the armed forces, and have recently bought a wax seal to seal my letter the real old fashioned way.

I would love to get to some of the ACISWG to send notes to friends and family. It sounds cheesy but writing letters is truly a way I love and serve those whom I care about or are in need of an encouraging note. My generation seems to have lost the art of handwritten correspondence but I do my best to bring it back in style one letter at a time. Thanks!"

Thank you James! Please e-mail me at peter dot hopkins at comcast dot net.

And thanks to all who took the time to send in your comments. I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about writing and stationery and other such stuff. I was truly impressed and humbled by all that you wrote. I wish I had something to give each and every one of you.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Free Crane Stationery - Unique Collection Available!

As regular readers of this blog are aware, I take a lot of photographs of stationery. But what happens with all that 100% cotton engraved, letterpress beauty once digitally captured? To be honest, it hangs around in my photo studio anxiously awaiting the Annual Crane Insider Stationery Wardrobe Giveaway.

I've got to move this merchandise to get ready for the Annual Onslaught of January Introductions.

Here's what I have to offer - for free! There are notes, cards, invites, greeting cards, envelopes, place cards, etc.. Pretty much one of each to comprise exactly a Boat Load. But wait! There's more! I'll even toss in a box of these.

I also have a bunch of personalized stationery samples if you want to assume multiple identities, but I'll leave that for later.

Just leave a comment below, telling me why you really want, can't live without, or just want to see what's in the the ACISWG.

The giveaway will officially end, appropriately, at midnight on Black Friday. I will announce the winner shortly thereafter, so stay tuned. Here's a look at the ACISWG:

Good Luck!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dreary Outlook for the Annual Trek in the Woods

It's time once again for the annual foray into the wilds of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in search of the elusive Whitetailus Slipperendae. And it looks like the weather won't be cooperating. I am not looking forward to Tropical Storm Ida's aftermath, which looks to bring wind and rain and temperatures in the 40s. I am not happy. Not that they would have anything to worry about from my presence in the woods. After al,l I still have my lucky shells from 1972.....

Since I probably won't be seeing any in the woods, I have taped the following on my wall.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Holiday Cards are for the Birds!

And they're on sale to boot! All Crane personalized holiday cards are 10% off through the end of the year. Some of my personal favorites have flown in to strut their stuff: