Two years ago, I ordered bespoke engraved stationery from Nancy Sharon Collins Stationer in New Orleans. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Nancy Collins created a custom cypher for me (shown above) and together we selected the perfect pink - Precious Peonies - for the cypher. The border is another shade of pink - Unspoken Love. The letterhead is 6 x 9. The second photo shows the back of the stationery. I love how the engraving looks on the flip side.
I also ordered a custom French-fitted case to hold the stationery and envelopes. The case is made of aubergine silk and has a turquoise silk lining. Every time I pull out a piece of stationery from the box, I feel like the Queen of England. Luxury at its finest.
After two years of pretty constant use, I am about to run out of stationery. So it's time to decide what format I want to use for the next few years. I have enjoyed the 6 x 9 size, but I'm thinking I may want to change to a notecard format. I try and write at least one handwritten letter a week. And I want the recipient to feel special when he/she receives it. Is a notecard any less special than a piece of stationery? Am I overthinking this? I would love your comments.