Wednesday, 10 March 2010

T-15: The Vexed Issue of Stationery

The man from British Telecom has given us our new phone number but said that it couldn't be guaranteed until we've moved in. He specifically said that we shouldn't 'order any stationery' until we're moved in and the line has been connected. On any previous move, my response would have been "???" but this time...

...I'm absolutely itching to get change of address cards, correspondence cards, play date cards (hubby only knows about the first ones on the list - so far). Maybe it's partly that we're moving to an old house and I want to do things 'properly', maybe it's also that this is going to be our family home (our 'forever house' as Kirsty would say), maybe I'm just a huge snob.

But, the happy hours I've spent looking a printers' websites, comparing the prices for engraved this versus tissue-lined that, laid vs. woven card, oyster vs. cream. I think I may be a little bit in love.

And then there's the picture problem. Debretts is quite clear in vetoing pictures of your new house on change of address cards but honestly, whilst it'd be lovely to say that you're just letting people know your new postcode, in reality you're saying "Woo, look at our lovely new house! We love it!! Isn't it marvelous!!!". It's worth also mentioning that I'd spent a considerable number of hours on the lovely pen and ink you can see above before I found this gem of etiquette, so I wasn't best pleased. The debates rage on...

Incidentally, if you , like me always had trouble with which stationary/stationery to use, here's a quick quote from Bill Bryson (the last sentence being rather patronising, but useful):

stationary, stationery. The difference in spelling goes back centuries, though etymologically there isn't any basis for it. Both words come from the Latin stationarius and both originally meant "standing in a fixed position". Stationers were tradesmen, usually booksellers, who sold their wares from a fixed spot (as opposed to itinerants). Today in Britain stationery is still sold by stationers, which makes the misspelling here less excusable.


  1. I love the graphic above! Is that the house? Did you do the pen and ink as you suggest?

    I think you're wonderful for worrying about stationery (not the spelling, although it's interesting.) I get the business cards and the change of address cards, but are you talking about notepads and writing paper? 'Cause if you are, you are so a better person than I. I gave up putting pen to paper when word processers and the internet became real. I'm better about communicating too. I always fretted over Thank You's ~ If my handwriting that day didn't suit never got sent. Here with the font of choice,I'm a happy camper and if the subject interests me...full of words too (evidence, this comment.)

    Regards to Steve and Rose,

  2. Thank you. Yes the title picture is the house and yes it was done by me but only in the sense that your thank you letters involve any pen or ink - all computer art, I'm afraid!

    Have to say that if it's an 'occasion' I'll still get out a pen and paper. I just feel it's important to send a hand-written note (although I'll admit to doing a draft on the computer first).

    Oh, and my handwriting is bad every day, so that's never been an issue!