Have you ever heard of the five love languages? The theory goes that we all give and receive love in different ways - touch, quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation and gifts. Now, of course we all likely enjoy each of these in varying orders of priority, but often there is a dominant one. For me it is gifts. Cue eye rolls and expectations that all I really want is for B to shower me with presents - day in, day out. While I do love surprises, for me it's not about the actual thing that is given (or its price tag), but rather the thought behind it. So when I was away on holiday (when we were dating) and found that B had stashed a secret letter to me in my suitcase he got a lot of brownie points. The way that we most feel love is also often indicated by the way that we show love to others. So a big hint of my love for gifts is that I often get that 'I saw this and thought of you' urge when I'm out shopping. It can be as simple as anything salted caramel flavour for B, a little pot plant for a friend who is going through a tough time or just a postcard to say hi to a friend, because let's face it, everyone loves snail mail.
All this postcard sending means that I'm always on the lookout for lovely new stationery to add to my stash. Cue the amazingly covetable range by In Haus Press, stocked by Quill London. Oh my. Made by Treasa Ewing in San Francisco, it's a gorgeous edit of cards, notecard sets and sweet coffee invitations. Each card is letterpressed on one of her three antique printing presses. The name of the brand comes from the fact that every step of the design and production process - the design, photography, production and packaging - is done in house. Impressive, right?
With an effortlessly chic design, and a beautiful quality, the range of cards is perfect for those 'just saying hi' moments. Always a fan of monochrome and pink, these tick all the boxes with their soft white paper and blush envelopes, exclusive to Quill. And, with sayings like XOXO, J'adore and Ooh la la! there is a card for every occasion.
My personal favourite has to be the coffee date cards. The size of a business card, these are perfect for slipping into a letter, to arrange a coffee date with your favourite person. Just scribble the place and time on the back and call it a date.
I must confess at this point, that I am yet to send any of these to my nearest and dearest. I popped the J'adore and Ooh la la! cards in simple white Ikea frames *for safe keeping* and they are still there. They just look so pretty on my bedside table. I might just have to buy some more in the meantime...