Simplify Life: Multi-Purpose Cards

There are myriads of little things that take up time, space, money, and energy. I don’t pretend to have them all figured out.  One thing I make a point of, though, is to avoid buying specific types of cards for correspondence. It’s all too easy to go overboard with notecards.  You can have professional thank-you notes, cutesy thank-you notes, sympathy cards, birthday cards, “thinking-of-you” cards, Christmas thank-you cards, and before you know it, you have a filing cabinet drawer totally full of the silly things.  You will never, in this lifetime, use them all up.

I do sometimes tend to overbuy them still.  But I can now randomly grab a card and almost guarantee that it will be appropriate for almost any use.

Let’s talk about what we have in the picture.

We have a monogrammed card — I think it’s very nice. What’s even nicer about it? Those cards, with envelopes, were 8 for $1 at Michael’s in those bins near the checkout.

Next to that is one with my name on it — a delightful personalized gift from a member of my husband’s family.

Then (since I’m a vintage fashion nerd), I couldn’t pass up those “Couture” cards that I found at a yard sale for $1 (a whole box, unused!).

And finally, a whimsical little eyelet card — also 8 for $1 at Michael’s.

In reality, I’d be totally fine with just having a lifetime supply of the monogrammed cards. But we can have more fun this way.

And voila, we are prepared for any card emergency.  So next time, think long and hard before buying another package of cards — you probably don’t really need eight sympathy cards at once. (At least we hope not.)

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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