Archive for March, 2016

March 25th, 2016

Stationery Appetizers


It’s no secret that I love food a lot. When I’m not eating it, I’m talking about it, or dreaming about it.


It’s the same thing with stationery. When I’m not designing it or writing letters on it, I fantasize about it. Come on, admit it, you fantasize about stationery too. No? Just me then.


So food and stationery are 2 of my biggest loves. But what do they have to do with each other? A lot more than you think.


You see, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always enjoyed going to buffets. Not because of the food quality (some buffets are better than others though), but because of the variety. Options! I like having a lot of options.


It’s similar with restaurants that offer appetizer samplers. That has got to be the smartest idea ever! I love when restaurants do that. What if I want to have wings AND onion rings AND cheese sticks AND nachos all at the same time and don’t want to just pick one?


Because I like having a few bites of many different things, I often put a strange assortment of things on my plate at home. For example, one day I had some bread, chips, cheese, vegetables, shrimp, tzatziki sauce and cashews for dinner.


Tout Ca 1


Denise also likes those types of meals, but she tends to smother everything in blue cheese dressing (she loves the one from Trader Joe’s, I prefer the one at Buffalo Wild Wings).


Tout Ca 2


This is also my favorite kind of meal when we’re having small family gatherings. We make a few salads and dips, we add some vegetables and crackers, smoked salmon and prosciutto, we put a baguette in the oven… This is my version of heaven on earth!


Tout Ca 3


When my son was little, I would often put random things on his plate to make sure that he’d get a little something from each of the 5 food groups in his meals, and he always loved it. He would ask “Mom, what’s for lunch?” and I would answer “Oh, you know, some chicken, peanuts, strawberries, blueberries, crackers, carrots, all of that.” The funny thing is I would always answer different things, but would always end my sentence with “all of that”, so he started calling those meals “all of that”. Well, he speaks French, so he would actually say “tout ça”. So when we want to eat a bunch of random stuff, we just say that we’re eating tout ça now! He’s 11 years old, but the habit just stuck.


However, let’s be real for a moment. Sometimes our “tout ça” meals don’t look amazing. The photo below would never end up in a magazine. But trust me: dumplings, seaweed salad and pretzels are fun to eat with a clementine, banana and avocado.


Tout Ca 4


That brings me to stationery. Yes, I like to have a lot of variety on my plate, but I also like to have a variety of stationery for my letter writing. If you’ve received a letter from me in the past year or so, there’s a good chance it looked like a rainbow: alternating ink colors on different sheets of paper.


Letter SSS


That’s why I launched the Stationery Subscription Service (SSS) a little over a year ago. Every month I create 6 new stationery designs, and I’ve been having a blast using all those fun, colorful sheets of paper to write to my penpals!


We get feedback from our subscribers all the time, and apparently the SSS just keeps getting better and better. Well this week we sweetened the deal for all our friends who like variety like me and enjoy having a few bites of everything… You can now get a monthly subscription for just $6! It still includes our 6 new monthly designs, but instead of the entrée (24 sheets) or full course meal (48 sheets), you can now only order the appetizer version (12 sheets). Take a look at our different subscription plans here.


My meals are often like the SSS – they both include 6 very different things (go ahead, make fun of me with my dumplings, seaweed salad, pretzels, banana, clementine and avocado!) and there’s something for all tastes. In February, the SSS had 6 distinct themes: galaxy, fox/owl, unicorns, matryoshkas, penguins and ancien Egypt. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, come over for dinner, or get a stationery subscription from La Papierre!


My apologies if you’re drooling because of this post… I’m craving some very weird food combos now! I can’t wait until my next tout ça meal. Yum!

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March 23rd, 2016

Ben in the UK


I have an interesting penpal ad for you to read… but first, I have a few random bits:


> I’ve recently discovered a new blog that features news pieces involving the USPS. Do you know about Postal Reporter?


> Julie and I are planning a weekend road trip to NYC to meet up with some members in the League of Extraordinary Penpals – this shall be an exciting adventure!


> I have been craving orange juice for 2 days.


> We’ve got some new envelope options in the La Papierre Etsy shop.


> Julie has an exciting stationery announcement to make on the blog and there’s a good chance it will happen tomorrow. So you might want to work checking the blog into your Thursday plans…











If you’re interested in sending some mail to Ben, you can contact him via email first:


I must sign off for now. I can hardly stand the suspense of knowing if Crosby and Jasmine are going to make it. What this means is that I’m off to attend a date in front of the Netflix with my love.



My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of pens and a day full of hugs.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.

This is me with my wife,
Denise. We met through the
League of Extraordinary
Penpals and are living
happily ever after in the
Stationery Kingdom.

Denise blogs here too and is
the one in charge of the
social media: Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 40 years old,
from South Dakota,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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