Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Reviving a Forgotten Art

It’s hard to believe there was time long ago, before e-mail, instant messaging, posting and texting swept through our culture like an electronic nor’easter, that people actually sat down and wrote out messages by hand. The evidence is there, of course, in the carefully scripted, exquisitely crafted letters you might find in your grandparents’ attic, but even so, the concept is so foreign to us that letter-writers are now revered as specialists. If Avie Designs has anything to say about it, however, the practice of sending one’s love in longhand will not go gently into that good night. Offering a line of tasteful yet chic cards for any occasion, Avie encourages us all to take that extra moment to communicate with true class, utilizing such designs as the Shady Afternoon, Mayson, and Chevron Valley stationery sets to dress our messages with both flair and care.

In addition, Avie's shop features a number of items that speak volumes about one’s social savvy, with no need to inscribe a single word beyond those printed. For example, an up-and-coming artisan or independent reviewer might announce herself on Flourish Website Cards. A mom who appreciates the value of networking with other moms might carry a few Apple Calling Cards with her, for those squeezed-between moments when numbers are hastily exchanged. Or, someone giving the gift of literature to that prodigious young nephew might personalize it with a Trees Bookplate, and affix a Sparkle Holiday Card to the present. Whatever the occasion, it’s clear that Avie has your image in mind with these thoughtful and inspiring ideas. And as for ideas, entering today’s giveaway might be the best yet. Today's winner will receive their very own Bright Stripes Stationery Set ($20 value.) To qualify, visit Avie Designs, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 12/03/08.

**We have a winner! CutieFruity/TaylorFam who said, "I like the Blue Tiles Stationery Set. It sure would come in handy!"

172 comments:

Jennifer said...

I adore the look of the Mayson Stationery Set. I love sending out "real" snail mail and this store has such lovely products. I have hearted their store so I know where to find them.

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Jennifer said...

I am most definitely a subscriber. :)

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Jenn S. said...

I like the bookplates, especially the Mayson Bookplate

Jenna said...

My favorite is the White Peacock Circles Stationery Set. I like how simple it is! Thanks for the giveaway!

Discount Bento Mama said...

I like the Blue Tiles Tote Bag. I am a sucker for bags. Even my son knows that Mommy loves bags.

Discount Bento Mama said...

I am a subscriber.

Wehaf said...

My favorite Avie item is the set of brown hexagon stationery!

urchiken at gmail dot com

cathyhall said...

i love the Shady Palms Calling Cards, thank you so much.

cathyhall said...

I am an email subscriber, thanks so much again.

Amber said...

The apple calling cards are my favorite!

Thank you for the giveaway and please enter me :)
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Roberta said...

I loved the Blue Tiles Stationery Set, while I don't always send mail a lot, I always hand write my thank you cards!! - for any gifts we recive for the holidays, or birthdays or special occassions.

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

Adrienne said...

oh my favorite is the modern stationary http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5380103

and her bags that she prints onto.

a_rose_l [at] hotmail [dot] com

Roberta said...

I subscribe

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

Adrienne said...

I am SO a subscriber! :D

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kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Beautiful designs! I thought the Mums calling card was very clever.

sito50 said...

The Brown Peacock Diamond Stationery Set could have been made for me. I love the design and color. I still write a letters frequently, and these would add a bit of panache.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

The Jackson Family said...

I love the Mum's calling card, so fun!
jil@jildesigns.com

The Jackson Family said...

I'm also a subscriber!
jil@jildesigns.com

Keyomi said...

i love the Purse Bookplates. and also the Dots Calling card. Very simple and beautiful. :) thanks

Keyomi said...

i am also your subscriber. i really want to win this!

sarah said...

i really like the petals tote bag!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Edie said...

I love the dots and stripes calling cards. What a great idea to be able to hand someone a calling card instead of having to dig for pens and paper scraps and spell out difficult names!

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Edie said...

I subscribe!

elsteinmann(at)gmail(dot)com

Caitlin said...

I really like the tree drops return address labels (and everything else in the shop!)

Caitlin said...

I'm a subscriber through Google Reader.

Minxy Mimi said...

I like the Blue Tiles Stationery Set, its cute!
mimibunny31@gmail.com

Minxy Mimi said...

I am a subscriber!
mimibunny31@gmail.com

Shannon said...

I like the sparkle holiday photo card.

Sarah Speaks- Savvy SAHM Reviews & Giveaways said...

I like the Mayson Stationery Set

dowhatyoulove said...

I like the orange birdie tote bag. Very creative work.
enchanted_wart(at)yahoo(dot)com

dowhatyoulove said...

I am a subscriber. Thanks!
enchanted_wart(at)yahoo(dot)com

socmama said...

The Hexagon Brown Stationery Set is my favorite. Thanks!

socmama said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina said...

My favorite is the Blue Tiles Tote Bag!

Christina said...

I subscribed to your feed!

MaggieM said...

I really like the "Brown Peacock Diamond" card set AND the "Birds & Trees Save the Date" set. Great prints!

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

I'm a subscriber by email!

maggie@mannwieler.com

Sami said...

I love all stationery. In particular, I really like the Shady Palms Calling Cards.

samarachodosh at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

Orange Tiles Stationery Set is my pick.

Thanks for ANOTHER great giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shelley said...

I'm a subscriber

mverno said...

the apple calling cards

lisagee said...

Mayson Stationery Set is nice.

The Green Yak said...

I absolutely love sending letters and cards, so I checked out the stationary section. The "Shady Afternoon" set is lovely :-)


greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

two hippos said...

I love the apple calling cards!

Sandy said...

blue tiles tote bag is sweet mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Sandy said...

subscriber mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Mia J. said...

I like the multi petals stationery.

peg42 said...

My favorite item is the Chevron Valley Stationery Set. This is so pretty! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway. Great site!

Stacy said...

The Shady Afternoon Stationery Set is adorable.

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Anonymous said...

i like the trees calling cards

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elenalecue said...

My favorite is Orange Petals

elenalecue said...

i am a subscriber via therethere at mail dot ru

judybrittle said...

I really like the Orange Birdie tote bag. That is really cute. Thank you!
judybrittle at aol dot com

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.
judybrittle at aol dot com

Ashley said...

Favorite that I am probably going to buy ASAP- Tree Drops Return Address Labels!
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Erin, maker of chimes said...

I like the stationary sets, particularily the "petals" style.

dinnertimechimes at aol.com

Mama Zen said...

I like the Peace Holiday Photo Cards!

kelli at pfrog dot net

pms3237 said...

I like the Bright Return address labels

jamie said...

Avie had these adorable bright numbered/lettered calling cards awhile back. I loved them so much I blogged about them but never got the chance to get them :(

jamieislovelyATgmail.com

jamie said...

also a subscriber!

jamieislovelyATgmail.com

Kate said...

I would love to be writing letters on the Round Trees Stationary!

kisigler@gmail.com

Kate said...

subscriber!

kisigler@gmail.com

Jayme said...

i like the 2009 AVIE DESIGNS CALENDAR. it would look great on my desk at work.

jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

Amander said...

The orange petal calling cards.

Amander said...

And I am for sure a subscriber!

toughturtles said...

2009 AVIE DESIGNS CALENDAR

Lynne said...

The purses set of writing papers is very stylish. I like to write letters to friends, my mom and my sister. Thanks for the opportunity!

lynne at fairpoint dot net

ky2here said...

I like the brown peacock diamond stationery set.

Anonymous said...

I like the "Peace Photo Holiday" card.

Thanks,

Dee

mhgatti (at) yahoo (dot) com

Melody said...

I totally love the Bright Type return address labels! Very snazzy.

Melody said...

P.S.--I subscribe.

Kerrie said...

The Bright Type return address labels are really cute - love the stationery sets too!

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber too!

tiff said...

i love the orange birdie tote bag.

texan_michael(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Erica said...

Very nice shop. I have added it to my favorites. The Blue Peacock Return Address Labels look very chic...

Don said...

The Apple calling cards

CutieFruity/TaylorFam said...

I like the Blue Tiles Stationery Set. It sure would come in handy!

my7kids said...

Love the Peacock 2 Circles Stationery set! Thanks for chance to win!

Enter my own giveaway through 12/01/08... ONE item of up to $18 value from either of my Etsy shops!
http://mysevenkids.blogspot.com/2008/11/go-green-for-holidays-giveaway.html

jesus_iscomin at yahoo dot com

http://my7kids.etsy.com
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Nikki

my7kids said...

I put your giveaway link on my blog!

http://mysevenkids.blogspot.com

Nikki

- Marybeth I. said...

2009 AVIE DESIGNS CALENDAR is my favorite!

- Marybeth I. said...

i am a subscriber

misaacmom [at] gmail [dot[ com

Andrea said...

I love the Bright Type Return Address Labels!!

andraya3 at yahoo dot com

ADBulldawgs said...

I like the 2009 Avie Designs Calendar. Thanks!

kathemc said...

I love all of the designs, but the blue tiles totebag was what really caught my eye. kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com

Lama Works said...

I like the trees book plate!
lamaworks@gmail.com
lamaworks.blogspot.com
lamaworks.etsy.com

TheAngelForever said...

Gorgeous items! I really like the Hexagon Stationary set. Thanks for the opportunity.

chazvgo said...

I like the Orange Tiles Stationery Set.

mommyjen99 said...

For my books when I loan them out I like the Mayson Bookplate
jen62728@aol.com

mommyjen99 said...

I am a rss google reader subscriber
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Kimberly L said...

I like the Orange Birdie Tote Bag

brn2lisn(at)gmail(dot)com

tami said...

i love love love the website cards!! please!!

tami said...

i subbed!

janehixon said...

the Purse Bookplates and Stationery Set are my favorites.....

Anonymous said...

I like the sparkle holiday photo card.

lrcav4@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I am subscribed by email.

lrcav4@aol.com

Meg said...

The Hexagon stationary is so modern and fun, thanks!!
gomeggo[at]gmail[dot]com

SeahorseLady said...

I love great looking stationery and yes, I still like to write letters.
The Modern Shapes Stationery Set is my favorite.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

matilda sue said...

I love the hexagon brown stationary set - and I love the way you have photographed your shop!

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Tamara said...

The Chevron Valley Stationery Set is a very nice design.
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Tamara said...

I am a subscriber.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Heather said...

I love the website cards in the Flourish design! Thanks for a great giveaway.

blissnpieces(at)live(dot)com

The Downs Gang said...

I love the Mum's calling card

Anonymous said...

Love. love, love Chevron Valley stationery - thanks for a great contest!!

bonobo said...

I just love, love, love the orange birdie tote bag. Thanks for yet another great giveaway!

jjdragonfly [at] gmail [dot] com

bonobo said...

I'm a subscriber!

Anonymous said...

I like the Bright Type return address labels. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber. cardeb2@verizon.net

Jaye Reilly Photography said...
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rosannepm said...

Blue times tote bag or stationary set would be fine
rosans4@comcast.net

rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber

Heather said...

i like the modern shapes stationery

kohndr said...

subscribed

kohndr said...

Trees Calling Cards

wgbc1446 said...

I like the orange birdie tote bag - it's cheerful looking! wgbc1446@yahoo.com
Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Modern Shapes Stationery Set.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lynn said...

My favorite is the dots and stripes. I am what my kids call old fashion and still write letters on pretty stationary.

mactransport@msn.com

Kari said...

I love the petals tote bag!!

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!!

Catherine said...

I like the Mayson bookplate best. :)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17280438

catherineh_78@yahoo.com

Catherine said...

I'm a subscriber.

catherineh_78@yahoo.com

wwe11 said...

I like the multi petals stationery Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Shelly said...

I subscribed to your feed

Shelly said...

My favorite is the Blue Tiles tote bag

jennem said...

I like the Hexagon Stationery Set.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

c said...

Trees Bookplates =)

Lavendot at gmail dot com

Andria said...

I love her orange birdie tote. So cute. Thanks for the chance.

Gabriel said...

I like the Shady Afternoon Stationery.

legab67156 (at) gmail (dot) com

paryjeja said...

I like the Petals Tote Bag - very cute and lively

Deb said...

I like the calling cards with apples. Thanks for the giveaway.

djolsen said...

I like the Shady Afternoon stationery set. I do send notes and little cards a lot. These would be used very fast.

Kelly F said...

I really like the Bright Type Return Address Labels. They are so whimsical and cute!

wordsmoveme(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly F said...

I am a subscriber.

wordsmoveme(at)gmail(dot)com

blueviolet said...

I like the trees return address labels!
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blueviolet said...

I'm subscribed!
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cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
the simplicity of the White Peacock Circles Stationery Set

sx2143 said...

the Shoes calling cards are very cute.

Leah said...

I love the Orange Birdie Tote Bag. So sweet! : )))

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

You'll love that I'm a subscriber to your AMAZING BLOG.

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Luck Happens said...

I need return address labels and my favorites are the Blue Peacock Return Address Labels. What a great giveaway!

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Luck Happens said...

I subscribe to your blog via Bloglines.

arvard said...

I like Mum's calling card.

mom2anutball said...

My little man will be the driver! Hes only a few months old now, but Im sure he would love it soon!!

Xenia said...

I would love to send the Sparkle Holiday Photo Card out to friends and family this holiday season, it's so hip and cool!

Thanks!
xpbloch@juno.com

Xenia said...

I am a subscriber!

xpbloch@juno.com

Lori said...

I like the Mayson stationery set.

Brooke said...

The Dots and Stripes Bookplate

Brooke said...

I subscribe!

AllieOop said...

I like the Purse Stationery Set--thanks for the giveaway.
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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I really like the Shady Palms Calling Cards!

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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe!

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purango said...

The Orange Petals calling cards are my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

klp1965 said...

i love the purse book plates

klp1965 said...

IM A subscriber :)

Rhonda said...

The Flourish book plates are so pretty! Thank you for offering this giveaway! rhonda (at)acedesignstudio (dot) com

Whimsical Creations said...

I love the orange birdy tote.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i am a subscriber

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Roxy said...

I love the Pretty Modern Return Address Labels.

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donna444444 said...

The Chevron Valley Stationery Set is cute.
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donna444444 said...

I am a subscriber.
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ldrnc2000 said...

Such a hard decision because there are so many nice designs! But I decided I like the Sparkle Holiday Photo Card the most! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Starshine3 said...

My favorite product is the Peacock Circles 2 Stationery Set. Great designs :)

Starshine3 said...

Subscriber :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Candie said...

I liked the return address labels

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lilyk said...

I love the Birdie Return Address Labels!

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your blog.

~Kimberly said...

Chevron Valley Stationery Set
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masonsgranny59 said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the entry:)I heart the Mayson Stationery Set:)

Gianna said...

I love the the White Peacock Circles Stationery Set :)

Taylor said...

The modern shapes stationary, ty. skyxsky27[at]gmail.com

Helen said...

I adore the Purse Bookplates.