Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thank You Cards

This month I have received a lot of Thank You cards.

I love the idea behind Thank You cards, whether it be thanking someone for helping you move, for a wedding gift, for being a friend... Not to negate the importance of a voiced expression of thanks - it's just that a card has that tangibility about it, where you can record your expressions of thanks and it can be reread for years to come. I recently discovered a new Thank You Cards shop by that very name.

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The Thank You Cards Shop is run by Amy, who has the same thoughts as I do about the humble thank you card. She is a talented artist, and what better way to put her creative gifts to use than to use them to depict gratitude and thanks? She tells me that her husband is the king of cards, putting so much effort into every single card that he writes, always finding the perfect words to say - and her beautifully designed cards are the perfect canvas for his eloquent words, or any words of thanks that you would write in yours.
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When creating her cards, Amy just lets herself relax. She'll take time out to go for a walk for inspiration, or to drink a comforting cup of tea - she likes to spend time doing the things that she is thankful for, and then naturally the ideas come to her. One of her favorite movie scenes of all time is the Feather scene in Forrest Gump. She loves the beautiful simplicity of that lone feather floating into the scene. She showed me this link explaining the meaning of this scene, and it's lovely.
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Amy is generously giving away a thank you card set each to three lucky readers. To enter, please leave a comment here telling me something that someone has done for you that deserves a thank you card, and also let me know which set you'd pick if you won. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Gold-hearted Girl Giveaway is Dancing Branflake. And more good news
- Gold-hearted Girl is holding a special for all City Of Dionne readers through until April 1st. Just use the code CITYOFDIONNE15 to receive 15% off your order!)

63 comments:

Becca said...

Oh goodness, the card featuring the peacock towards the end of your post is to. die. for.

And I think everyone that helped out with my wedding deserved a thank-you, from the priest to the musicians, etc. I've already sent them, of course, but an added expression of thanks never hurt. :)

amy b.s. said...

i love this! i am a total nut when it comes to thank you cards. i actually should thank my husband for putting up with my crazy! i love the bee card! and i love the bike love cards in her shop. i'm actually really sad i'm already married because they are too cute!

Amanda said...

love thank you cards. don't always like writing them, but it's such an act of kindness! i am digging the green bunting ones--perfect for my parent's anniversary party coming up.

Barbara said...

Dionne, I loved that shrimp with bacon and cheesy grits! That looks soooo good. Now, if I ever get this diet finished, I'll be trying that!

Love thank you cards and they are so appreciated. Most of the ones I see in my favorite card shop are so corny. These are adorable. I just sent one to the Garden Club thanking them for the gift they gave me for being President for a year. I love the cards with the bumblebee on the front!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

beautiful cards!! i need to send some thankyous to bennett's fam who spent all week with us, showering us with meals, for his graduation :)

Kris said...

These are so pretty. I also love Jimmy Fallon's thank You Notes... LOL!

ps
Stop by because I've got the scoop on a giveaway trip to Holland!

Sarah said...

These are gorgeous. I'd love to get my hands on them.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Jesse said...

oh i love the peacock one, so purty.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love writing and getting thank you notes. I would like to campaign for more "real mail."

Enjoy your weekend, Dionne.

Fondly,
Glenda

Jess said...

These are so sweet! But is it bad when I like the kiddy thank you cards best? But how cute are those elephant ones or the hot air balloons????

I will definitely be needing Thank You cards for all the sweet gifts I received for my birthday!

Amber said...

My faculty advisor nominated me for a research fellowship this summer in sociology and I am so honored! I want to write her a thank you note for sure :) And I would choose the honeybee cards!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa said...

My neighbours are people who I feel I should be constantly be sending thank you notes for. They have allowed me to borrow their lawnmower, watched my cats when I go on vacation, and keep an ear out for jobs when I don't have one.

I would choose the peacock card set, I prefer the simple and striped background.

Kaylie said...

Oh my god!!! This is definitely cute giveaway!!

My aunt just sent me a huge pack of gifts the previous week. I want to thank her for all of that

I'll choose Just Ducky thank you notes

ckaylie777 at hotmail dot com

Arizona Girls said...

I love the peacock one! =) I like to send cards out randomly sometimes to just thank friends for being just that friends! =)

Marta said...

Hi! A friend of mine offered to cook soup for me because I was sick. It was comforting! My favourite card is the hot air balloons one. Thanks!
martaplayita [at] gmail dot com
http://www.englishinbarna.blogspot.com/

Colores said...

these are brilliant!thanks sooo much! you are so nice!!! a big kiss

Kristin H said...

The are gorgeous and lovely. Have a great weekend!

Marija said...

The peacock card is amazing!
My boyfriend deserves a big thank you for taking care of me while I battled yet another cold!

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Nicole RJ said...

Beautiful cards! I'd send one to my mom, who recently cleaned my house while cat sitting for the weekend.

And I love the bunting - kids thank you cards!

florentina said...

i would like to thank my friend for being so supportive of me during school. she never doubted me!

florentina.tase@gmail.com

Celeste said...

I am a kindergarten teacher - and the last day of school was this past Wednesday. I received several lovely gifts from my students -- and plan to send them all a thank you note. :)

** I love the Perched Bird thank you notes!


celeste@mail4me.com

measuringspoons said...

I'd probably choose the bees cards. So unique.

I owe some thank you cards to some friends. I've had some health troubles recently, and they have really been trying to be supportive and cheer me up. One even sent me a gift card to King Arthur Flour to try to make me feel better. :)

Poppy said...

so beautiful!! I love the honey bee cards! I think my friend deserves a thank you card, he helped me when I was ill.

♥ cheryl elisabeth said...

My parents definitely deserve a thank you card. I'm getting married this summer, and they are not only helping pay for the wedding, but they bought us a king size bed, are hosting multiple events, and are supporting me this summer while I finish up my education (even paying for my gas!)

From the listings you have, I love the one with the bird cage, but from the site I would definitely choose the wedding photo folded card - perfect for our wedding!

mom2girls said...

I would choose these cards because I adore elephants: Elephant Family Thank You's the first people I would send them to would be a lovely couple in our church who had us to their beautiful home for a hike and a camp fire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows - a lovely treat, it is hard for our daughter to go to camp grounds to do this as their is to much noise for her - she has Aspergers - so to do this in their huge back yard, where there was no noise, just trees, was amazing, and so generous, she had a wonderful time as did we all.
tracyschultz@yahoo.com

carley....n' family. said...

I love the bees!!! I would totally give them to the women helping me set up a few hives in my backyard!! They are gorgeous!

Splendid Things said...

I love the Blue Floral Wedding Thank You Notes. A sweet friend from our church congregation baked homemade bread for us not long ago and she is always doing kind things such as this for people. She def. deserves a thanks! Jeanette at thealldays(at)msn.com

Angie said...

I love the Bird Thank You cards:). My friend Claire watched our kids so we could go out to dinner...and I think that deserves a thank you!

rennieangie at gmail dot com

Klemm Family said...

Very soon I'll be writing thank you cards after my son's 1st birthday party! :) I love the elephant and balloons set
skklemm at gmail dot com

Erin said...

My grandma has been doing nice things for me lately so I should definitely give her a thank you card! I love the peacock thank you cards!

corey said...

I like the Elephant & Balloons Thank you cards. We have taught our children to send thank you cards for almost everything. Recently, my daughter was invited to a special sleepover (which is usually a no-go with us) so a thank you card to the parents and girl who hosted it would be nice. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

jhitomi said...

I love the Bees and Flowers Thank you card!
I would send one to my husband to thank him for putting up with my bad moods lately!
Jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My sister recently let me stay with her while I was visiting her city; we had a blast and I wish I could have stayed longer. She doesn't have a huge apartment, so she certainly could have asked me to stay in an apartment, but she's too generous for that.

I would choose the purple floral notes if I won!

urchiken at gmail dot com

sunset studies said...

i'm not able to work at the moment due to illness, and my parents have been helping me out a lot with getting by, so these lovely cards would be for them :)

i love the peacock cards the best, thank you so much.

louise_gillies {AT} hotmail {DOT} com

Diana said...

I love the bees. I would give one to my daughter that works at a greenhouse. She helped me set up some fantastic planters of flowers!

Hilary Claire said...

I like the cards with the bird sitting on the vintage chair (right side) w/ the bird house & crown over the "Thank You"

I recently got back from a trip to Ireland and my mom generously smuggled some euros into my suitcase for me to find upon my arrival. I'd say that definitely warrants a thank you card!

@nola727 said...

Thanks for the review and the chance to win. I love the peacock cards and would send one to my best friend who gave me the sweetest birthday gift--a handmade book

nolagirl727 at yahoo dot com

AmbreRose said...

My family was amazing and let me move back in when I lost my job. Now I'm going to school full time and getting on and I am so thankful that they let me move back in. I would give them this card with a huge hug :) ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

stacyleigh14 said...

Wow... those are really beautiful cards! Are you really going to make me choose just one??? Okay, if you insist, I really love the bees and flowers one. :)

Tender Branson said...

These are great looking, much better than the ones you see in stores. I need to stock up at the end of the year for the gifts the kids and their parents give me. May have to invest in some of these for next year.

Punctuation Mark said...

i love them!!! hope you're having a nice weekend!

herecomesthesun said...

These are so lovely. I have to agree, it's always nice when someone has gone to a little extra effort to show they appreciate you

K said...

Thank you cards are such a sweet way to let people know that what they have done is truly appreciated. My mom made my sister and I write thank you cards when we were little, and I hope to do the same for my children.

YnR said...

The most recent thing that someone has done for me that deserves a card would have to be my sister gifting me a ticket to see Florence and the Machine next month with her in Berkeley. She's so sweet! And I know she would love one of these just as sweet Thank You cards.
I'm in love with the Honey Bees Card featured here, but they're all so pretty!

Kaytee said...

My mom threw me a really amazing graduation party, complete with my favorite cakes and snacks, awesome decorations, and my whole family there. It meant the world to me.
I love the elephant with blue and red balloons cards!
katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

Hi,how Are you? I love this cards and the theme of this post!today it's important for me to say thank you.i love the idea of a card to' say it..and when the card Are so elegant i love more too!!

Kris said...

These are so cute!

I think I deserve one for putting up with myself. JK!

I'd send one to one of my current teachers. She's been more helpful than most!

ps I have another giveaway!
http://www.beholdthemetatron.com/2011/05/foodie-giveaway.html

All Things Photography said...

lovely post :)

Summer Green said...

So many gracious people in my life deserve a thank-you note. But today my Mom deserves a lovely thank-you card for always being there for her grandchildren. Just this weekend I was talking with Mom on the phone and wondered aloud how I would get my teen home from her job in the evening on the day I would be out of town. During daylight hours a 40-minute walk is not a problem, but I don't feel comfortable having my daughter walk in the dark. Without hesitation, my Mom said she would be more than happy to drive into town (over an hour's drive for my mom) to pick up my daughter and deliver her home safely. I was overwhelmed with love and appreciation for Mom, and let her know that she need not worry, that I would make some calls to secure a local pick-up arrangement for my daughter. But just the fact that she would even offer to drive over 2 hours round trip to arrive at my daughter's work to drive her only 8 minutes to our home just floored me! I really do have the best Mom ever. If I win, I would love to receive the gorgeous thank-you cards with the bumble bee. They are so sweet and absolutely perfect for every occasion!

Sarah Mina said...

I absolutely love thank you cards! They come in so handy when you need them and I can't wait to get some with our new monogram and my new last name :)

Abby said...

i'd say thanks to my friends who have been through thick and thin and always look out for me. would love the Bees and Flowers as it's so pretty but the Green & Grey Personalized Thank You Cards are great too!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Ingrid said...

I'd give a thank you card to someone who recently got my group of friends together again, after we drifted apart post-college. He really did the unexpected. :)
I like so many sets.. one adorable one is Red and Blue Balloons.
so.kitsch at gmail dot com

Aik said...

I'd love to send my friend Rachel a thank you card for reminding me about my plans to study in the holidays.Love the peacock one!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Lyudmila said...

I'll give
Mint Baby Shower Thank You Cards to
my nephew a map
for good grades in school
lusizova at gmail.com

TaylorMade said...

I would love to send some thank you cards to the people in my life that supported me during my time in college these past four years, moving from california to oklahoma, it was so needed to get all the encouragement from some special people.

taylorgketchum@gmail.com

Joni Deutsch said...

My relative gave me one of the sweetest presents I could have ever asked for. She deserves a thank you card, and a hug!

And I liked the Crowned Bird Thanks Cards

tarheelgalwv32 @ hotmail dot com

Jacqueline said...

id like to say thank you to my employer for hiring me. i was unemployed for 8 months and have found the best job and feel so valued by my bosses! :) I like the bees and flowers cards jmmccarr@gmail.com

Juliana said...

I looove the Peacock thank you cards!
My mom has been my rock for the longest time, especially after my father died. I know that I don't say thank you enough, and I would give this card to her... with a heartfelt letter inside :)
xoxo
lacquerlipstick[at]gmail[dot]com

Luisa said...

This is a no brainer as I would give one of these gorgeous thank you cards to my mom, just for all the sacrifices she has made throughout my life. If I win I would love the second set of thank you cards with the antique chair. So lovely

weezie33 at hotmail dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

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Tony said...

These are beautiful cards. My girlfriend makes thank you cards as well. We're thinking about putting them on the web as well. I hope she is having some good luck selling them.