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My Stationery Addiction Now Has A Support Group! (52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge)

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious problem with stationery supplies. It’s partially genetic. My father collects fountain pens. My mother makes handmade paper goods from recycled fabrics and paper waste. I’m finally using my last stick of sealing wax left from a huge batch that my great aunt gave me in 1978. Yes. 1978. I inherited hundreds of vintage Christmas cards from my grandmother–another hoarder of ephemera– that are so beautifully made, that I couldn’t bear not to use them.

Did I mention that my grandmother passed away in 1990?

When I started my November 1st, 2001 Resolution to “Get Rid of 10 Things a Day,” I did an audit on my Stationery Closet. Yes. Stationery Closet. Did I mention I have a serious problem with stationery supplies? Nine years ago I had $3000 in handmade note cards, rag paper envelopes, exotic inks, and decorative papers. Today, I have close to $300 still left.

So, I was only too excited to read about the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge on The Non-Consumer Advocate. In addition to giving me added incentive to write letters–something I actually do already–and helping me find a purpose for my still robust collection of writing paper and cards, the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge fits nicely into my personal challenge for 2011 of “only handmade.”

The rules for the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge are simple: One piece of “real” mail sent out each week. The one piece can be a letter, a postcard, a care package or even a thank you note sent to anyone in your life.

Once a week, for all 52 weeks of 2011.

Want to sign up for the challenge? Go here: The Non-Consumer Advocate


  1. Posted December 29, 2010 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the link. I look forward to reading about everyone’s letters.

    Katy Wolk-Stanley
    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

  2. DangerGirl
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I love your stationery closet!! I remember you showing me some of your beautiful handmade note cards, envelopes, inks & decorative papers.

    I would be thrilled to receive a letter, card, note from you – I keep beautiful cards & stationary in various journals I’ve created. *Hint Hint*

    Much love, joy, success in 2011.

  3. Posted December 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I can do this. I know that I have tons and tons of note cards. Good idea, Katy! and good for Max for reinforcing this in my little brain. : )

  4. Posted December 31, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    My stationery doesn’t remain stationary long enough for it to accumulate. I send about 50 pieces of mail a week, so I am always fretting that my stationery stash is getting low.

    I have taken up a challenge to create stationery this year, via MailArt365 with the hope that I’ll develop my artistic skills to the point where all my stationery will be handcrafted by me.

  5. Posted January 1, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to get to the point of where I’m only using handmade stationery. What a cool personal challenge!

  6. Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I’d “heard” rumors about this project, thanks to google and to you, I now have the “official word.” Lotsa fun!

  7. Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Hi.I found your blog under the 52 letters project and was hoping you could help us in our 2,011 letter project.We are trying to collect 2,011 letters from all around the world…it’s not just about getting the letters,but learning about other people and other countries,states,etc. We hope you can join to help us reach our goal…we are getting sign ups everyday,but have a long way to go. 🙂 Please also help us spread the word if you can.Thanks!

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