letters + stationery for Katie + Anne


I just looooove mail! The best mail comes from readers and like-minded letter writers. A couple of weeks ago, I opened up p.o. box 1219 and not one, but two letters were waiting for me. Yay! Both ladies made promises to write more letters in 2013, so I decided to send them each a letter and some supplies to help them make good on their goal.

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one hundred and seventy-three: a letter for a very patient receptionist

Isabella is the receptionist at my new dentist. This woman is a saint. I have a very tricky schedule—every day is different. And yet she manages to schedule my cleanings with expert skill. Thank you + props necessary.

June 23, 2011


A big thank you for your unfaltering patience with me—I so appreciate it! I know my work schedule creates difficulty when making appointments. Thank you for always squeezing me in and working with me until something well, works (even if six messages are involved). You are a gem! And I just love getting appointment reminders from you—you have the best accent!

Thanks so much,


Sarah Drake (graciously donated–thank you)

one hundred and sixty-eight: a letter for a lobster roll (essentially)

The lobster roll is a wonderful thing friends—it is the most delicious mark of summer. Should you ever find yourself on County Road 39, en route to the Hamptons, do not miss East End Clambakes.

June 18, 2011

Dear East End Clambakes,

How do you do it?! Your lobster rolls are unlike any I’ve ever tasted. Chunks of fresh claw, a hint of lemon + herbs, all heaped on the most delicious brioche roll. The coleslaw and krinkle-fries round out a meal of perfection. I find them completely habit forming and dream worthy (especially during those winter months). Thank you for creating such a splendid compliment to summer weekends at the beach! You guys are the best!

Full + Happy,


paper + envelopes from Paper Presentation

WARNING: photo may make your mouth water and your belly grumble …





one hundred and sixty-six: a letter for Moses

Friends, I got the best news today—my letter writing project was featured in a Chinese newspaper! I had absolutely no idea—but thanks to Moses I now have a scan of the article and a thoughtful translation. And lots of new letter requests from Singapore (hello, new friends)! A proper thank you note was a must!

June 16, 2011


Big, heartfelt thanks for your news—I had no idea my letters had crossed so many oceans! And thank you for taking the time to scan and translate the original article. It means so much to me. The best part of this journey is connecting with so many wonderful people who share in my fondness for letters. Thanks for the kind words about my project and for keeping up with me. May your mailbox always be full of cheer!



 kate spade

a photo of the article:






one hundred and sixty-five: a letter for Anne Marie

I have a particular fondness for pretty things, especially art. Generally my art is more affordable than it’s frame. So, I count my pennies and wait for the quarterly A.I. Friedman framing sale. This year I got a little ahead of myself, but the ever gracious Anne Marie accepted my canvas early. Thank you Anne Marie!

June 15, 2011

Anne Marie,

Thank you for your wonderful customer service today! I sincerely appreciate you honoring the framing discount so I wouldn’t have to make a special trip back. And am bubbling with excitement to see the finished product (this canvas has been sitting in my closet for more than a year). I am always pleased with your store’s work and I am sure this will be no exception. Best of all, it will be ready for pick up just before my birthday! Thank you again for such stellar service.

All the best,


R. Nichols (graciously donated-thank you!) 

one hundred and sixty-one: a letter for a lovely reader

The best part about this daily journey of letters, is meeting wonderful readers like you (and you, and you, and you too!). One lovely lady has been a great source of encouragement. Her emails and shot-outs on the facebook page are like little rays of sunshine. And although we’ve never properly met, I’m grateful for her today.

June 11, 2011


You must be a Mom (or you’d make a darn good one if you aren’t). Thank you for your sweet emails and kind words of encouragement. I never expected to “meet” so many wonderful people along this journey—by far the best part! You are a rainbow of cheer! I just wanted you to know how much your thoughtfulness means to me. I am one lucky lady.

To letters! And internet friendships!

All the best,


fill in the blank cards, Greer Paper 

one hundred and sixty: a letter for a thoughtful neighbor

I’ve lived in my building for five years but am ashamed to admit I know very few of my neighbors. I met a particularly friendly one yesterday (and he has an adorable dog to boot!). Plus he is a hair-care master—does it get any better than that? I just adore making new friends!

June 10, 2011


Great to finally put a name to a familiar face! And thank you for the swanky shampoo. It smells amazing and is working magic on my tresses! I like to use it on for particularly “rough” mornings… A proper note isn’t really thank you enough, so please think of this as an I.O.U. for a pie at Posto! Thanks again!



pancakes & franks 

one hundred and fifty-nine: a letter for a salad star

I’m a veggie lover through and through. Salads are generally my lunch go-to, so imagine my delight when I came across the salad star, Sade. This woman is an expert chopper—really, she could win a contest. She’s always smiling and has my preferred dash of dressing down to a science. People like Sade make the world a better (+ tastier) place.

June 9, 2011

Dear Store Manager,

I am writing today to sing the praises of Sade! I frequent Hale + Hearty locations, all over the city, and have yet to come across a more talented chopper! Sade provides superior customer service, and always with a smile. She expertly mixes ingredients and really listens when the customer says “just a little bit of dressing please.” I always sigh when I see her ladle-ing soup or ringing at the register because every salad she makes is perfection! Please pass along my appreciation!

Many thanks,


R. Nichols (graciously donated-thank you!)