Win It: Whitney English.

I’m really excited about this week’s giveaway from Whitney English. First, it’s Design Crush’s very first local company giveaway. Second, because it’s an absolutely amazing product line. And third, because it’s massive! Whitney English is known for their stylish personalized stationery, in both trendy and classic designs, so everyone is covered.

The giveaway includes:

• 80 return address labels
• The winner will get to choose their design

To Enter, Tell Me:
• About the best letter you’ve ever received (email doesn’t count!)
• Your email, should you win (those who do not will be disqualified)
• Do it all before Monday, November 23rd at 9am CST

  • phetched

    November 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Holy cow! What an awesome giveaway!

    The best letter I ever received was from my two best friends when I was a senior in high school and away for a month doing an internship. Together they wrote me a letter, and also included a tape where they recorded themselves laughing and joking around and playing music. It was awesome and totally helped me get through that month of homesickness!

    Email is phetchedblog at gmail dot com

  • Cameron

    November 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Great giveaway! The best letter I ever received was from my grandma, who makes me feel loved like nobody else in my family does! My e-mail is createbeautydaily (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • linda

    November 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm Reply

    I lived in Chicago and I was homesick for the east coast [Lake Michigan is not a substitute for the Atlantic ocean]. I was enrolled in a terrible graduate program and I'd applied to transfer to a bunch of schools and all the letters I received were rejections, except for one to Georgia Tech. I was about to commit to moving there, in spite of: not wanting to move to Georgia, not having any interest in Georgia Tech, and the air conditioner in my car was broken.

    It was our first year wedding anniversary and my husband found a great place for us to go out to dinner. He'd come home early for work, we opened the mail, and I got an acceptance letter from Rhode Island School of Design. Our friend called from France to wish us a happy anniversary, and I remember yelling into the phone (how embarrassing) but oh, the joy!

    I spent the best 3 years of my life going to the school I'd always dreamed of. No doubt, my best letter ever.

  • Megan

    November 16, 2009 at 7:01 pm Reply

    My best letter ever was one I received while living in Belgium. I was very! homesick, and my mom sent me a 'just because' card from the U.S. I was so happy to see it, let alone read it. I felt connected again with 'home'. It was such an uplifting feeling.

  • Megan

    November 16, 2009 at 7:02 pm Reply

    forgot my email!

  • Sarah

    November 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm Reply

    The best letter that I ever received was from my dad when I was at summer camp at age 12. He is a man of few words so it was wonderful to receive a letter from him telling me how much he loved and missed me!

  • Martina

    November 16, 2009 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Studying abroad was, for me and for so many others who do so, an unbelievable experience. I learned and grew more in those six months than I had thought possible. But I was afraid that when I went home I would lose something of what I had gained, so I asked a friend who lived abroad permanently to mail me a letter exactly two months after I left. It was a letter to myself, from myself, containing everything I hoped I wouldn't have forgotten in those two months home. Receiving it reminded me not of what I had been afraid I'd forget (because I hadn't forgotten) but of the intention behind the letter, the drive to remain my best self. I keep that letter close to me still.

  • Amanda Lynne

    November 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm Reply

    The best letter I ever received was from my parents on the day of my high school graduation. I found it on my pillow after all the partying had gone on. It was so sweet and heartfelt, and made me realize how much they really love me. It gave me the drive I needed to pursue my dreams at university. I still keep it in my desk drawer for when I'm having a lousy day.

  • Mariana

    November 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I bought my grandmother a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, because I drank a good portion of her bottle when I was visiting. She then wrote to me, complaining of how quickly she was drinking it and that, after that bottle, she was going to give it up for good. I didn't believe her. The best letter I ever received was from her, proving me right, that she was enjoying Bailey's once again.

    I'd love to write to her on this stationary!

  • Sareberry

    November 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Best letter I've received was when my mom's friend wrote me out of the blue to tell me how awesome my family and especially my mom is. I didn't know this woman at all, we moved away from her when I was two.

  • Meg

    November 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm Reply

    The best letter I ever received was a lacrosse scholarship offer.

  • Loren

    November 16, 2009 at 9:19 pm Reply

    the best letter i've ever received was from my Dad asking forgiveness. the awesome part was that i'd simultaneously sent him the same type of letter (they crossed in the mail without either of us knowing the other had sent one, as well).

    lorenlatourelle at gmail dot com

  • Konstantine

    November 16, 2009 at 9:37 pm Reply

    The best letter I've ever received was within the last year.

    I'm about 6 hours from my family and most of my friends, and sometimes start to feel a bit forgotten about.

    One of my best friends back home sent a random 'Just Because' card with a short message inside letting me know she was thinking about/missed me. It was perfect timing, I was having a horrible day and it was exactly what I needed!

  • Gretch

    November 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm Reply

    In third grade by best friend moved across the country to Cali. She scrawled her address on the chalk board. I copied it down and sent her a letter and stickers. The letter came back saying she'd moved again. I forwarded the letter on. It came back 5 more times noting each time a new address change. A year later I got a reply from my friend. We've stayed in touch ever since and are now in our 20's. We still try to keep up letter writing.

    email go_me90 at hotmail dot com

  • Erin

    November 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Oh! I am in stationery heaven!!! My best friend lives in France and we write to each other all the time. How I would love to send her mail on that paper!

    The best letter I ever received was from my fiance. He's British and from London, and I am Canadian and living on the west coast of Canada. He'd been for a two-week visit and had just headed back to London once again. I was missing him so much and decided to console myself with a Twirl chocolate bar (that he'd brought me from the UK) at my desk during my lunch hour. As I opened the wrapper, a small slip of paper fell out. It was a tiny letter from him saying how much he missed me already, how much he loved me, and reassuring me that he'd be back soon!! He had slit open the wrapping, tucked the note inside and re-sealed it. I was so surprised, and thrilled to pieces! As it turned out, he'd written many similar little letters and hidden them all over my place. I slowly found them all, the last one right before his return. I still have that little letter. And my husband and I have now been married 7 1/2 years!

  • Michelle

    November 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm Reply

    The best letter I ever received was my acceptance letter to college. Going to that college changed my life with the opportunities, traveling abroad, going to grad school and lastly introduced me to my incredible husband and amazing group of friends.

  • Jessica

    November 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Incredible giveaway – and gorgeous stationary!

    My most memorable letter (maybe not my most favorite!) was one my mom sent to me while I was a freshman in college where she gently urged me to find a part-time job. She agreed that I could get by without having one, but since she knew I wanted to shop and go out with friends I should look into one more seriously. She also took the time to send all sorts of job clippings and leads that she researched. In retrospect, it was such a sweet, loving gesture. 🙂

    jessicahamm [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Rachel

    November 17, 2009 at 12:00 am Reply

    What a generous giveaway!! My husband is in Afghanistan, so every letter I get from him is just wonderful. They never say too much I don't already know, but I just love getting them in the mail. He of course can't seem to understand how a letter is so much better than email or a phone call, but they are, and I get so excited every time he sends one!

    rachelmsmith14 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • April T.

    November 17, 2009 at 12:58 am Reply

    When I turned 18 my mother wrote me a long letter about how proud she was of the young woman I had turned out to be. At the time I found it corny and a little embarrassing, I don't even think I read the whole letter. But, a couple of months ago I was unpacking boxes from our recent move, and I found that old letter. After 12 years, I finally read the letter, and it was absolutely beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.

  • projectblancoyd

    November 17, 2009 at 1:06 am Reply

    The best letter I ever received was from my wacky Aunt Hogi. Her real name is Valerie but when she was 5 she got Hogi as a nickname and it kinda stuck around since my mom was too little to pronounce Valerie at the time. Anyway, my aunt has a collection of close to 5,000 rubber stamps and she would send off hilarious cards to my brother and I as kids that had scenes with UFO's, Circus Members and Submarines all throughout growing up. The best card that I ever got though was a card I made at her home for somebody else when I was about 6 but forgot to mail and she saved it and mailed it to me almost 20 years later. Now that was a fun letter to get in the mail!!

  • Alissa

    November 17, 2009 at 1:46 am Reply

    My best friend and I became close when she went off to a music camp in upstate New York (we met in Iowa) and we decided to keep in touch via mail. I can't really pinpoint one specific letter that was the best because they were all so great – filled with stickers and drawings and stories from the camp. To this day I still remember a sunny summer afternoon I spent on the lake just reading and responding to her newest letter. Good times!

    awendels (at( gmail dot com

  • kaitlin

    November 17, 2009 at 3:16 am Reply

    The fourteen love letters my then-boyfriend left behind when he went to Chile for two weeks. They were wonderfully hand-written and oh-so sweet.

    Yeah, I married that one 🙂


  • Angela Spangela

    November 17, 2009 at 3:27 am Reply

    The best letter I've ever received was my acceptance letter to my number one school. Four years later, this past May, I graduated.

    What an awesome prize!!

    my email is angela_spangela[at]yahoo[dot]com

  • Jennifer

    November 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm Reply

    My youngest brother was born when I was 14 years old, and I adored him as if he were my own child all through high school.

    He started kindergarten the year I started college, and I missed him terribly. My mother sent me a letter enclosing a picture he had drawn of my family in his kindergarten class.

    He had drawn me first and filled up the entire page, and then drew little mini-figures of my parents and our other siblings where they could fit around me.

    Best letter ever – I still have it.

    My e-mail is

  • krisfagan

    November 17, 2009 at 5:35 pm Reply

    The best letter I have ever received was actually a love letter….
    My boyfriend was deployed to Iraq a few months ago. Before he left he kept on telling me about a surprise he was “making” for me. I waited and wait and on the day that left the US I received the package and inside was the best love letter. Filled with all of the wonderful things you expect in a fabulous love letter. Along with the letter was a stack pieces of construction paper clipped together the cover page read “ The Fist 10 reasons Why I love You”.
    I know it sounds super mushy but when a loved one is deployed these things mean more than one could imagine. Since he has been gone he has continued to send me equally as wonderful letters – with additions to the list.

  • Allison

    November 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm Reply

    The best letter(s) I ever received were the "love" letters from my first boyfriend.

    We met at summer camp and we wrote back and forth all year until we saw each other again at camp the next summer. Ahh, summer love.

  • Dobbygirl

    November 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm Reply

    The best letter I've ever received was from my best friend way back when. She was on a trip to see a bowl game with her dad and brother and she wrote it to me on the plane down. It was completely hysterical, giving me the play by play of how annoying they were being, etc (hey we were teenagers – everything is annoying). I kept it all these years because it makes me laugh to this day!

  • Cassie

    November 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Fab giveaway! My favourite letter was a little special that my best friend sent to me tucked inside a very beautiful Laura Ashley notebook cover that nows plays home for special photo's.
    The letter was very short but oh so sweet.

  • stigg100

    November 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm Reply

    The best letter I've received is from my now-fiance. I finished college a semester early, so I spent a month babysitting my 3 month old nephew, while my sister returned to work.

    Jason never writes letters, but one day I got a surprise from him in the mail. He wrote me the most heartfelt letter telling me how much he missed me, how much I meant to him and how excited he was to have me back at home with him in two more weeks.

  • love-v

    November 18, 2009 at 1:31 am Reply

    This is such a difficult question to answer because I love writing and receiving letters.

    A letter that stands out to me as the best is one I received from my grandfather. Before my grandmother had passed away she was encouraging me to go back to school for my Masters in teaching. After she died, my grandfather discovered an insurance policy she had and sent me a letter and a checkbook to pay my tuition. He told me that my grandmother wanted me to continue my education and that it would have been her wish for me to have the money. I still have the check register with his message inside.

    My e-mail is: vilijas at

  • Mrs. Jones

    November 18, 2009 at 3:16 am Reply

    My college acceptance letter! I was SO EXCITED that day. 🙂 I actually didn't even get to read it. I was out of town and my father called and read it over the phone to me. So wonderful!

  • Lahtaye

    November 18, 2009 at 8:15 am Reply

    The best letter I got was in the form of a small, handmade book. A close friend made it as a gift to congratulate me on my graduation. Besides cute comics, he wrote of my entire study journey, from late nights at the library to hanging out at the cafe for Internet connection. It holds a special place in my heart and never fails to make me smile.

  • aimee

    November 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I moved from Virginia to Iowa about 7 years ago – leaving a few good friends behind. My best letter ever was from one of those friends who I have not talked to in over a year (maybe more). It was great to hear form her, because I think about her all the time. A reminder not to let the daily grind get in the way of friendship.

  • Whitney

    November 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

    First, I should totally win because my name is Whitney also.

    Second, I bet the best letters I received were when I was at girl scout camp growing up. I would go for two weeks which would seem like an eternity for 8th/9th grade "relationships". I have some of the letters from my boyfriend at the time, who I still keep in touch with, and they are very childhood romance-sweet.

    whitneyinchicago [at] gmail [dot] com

  • awolfie

    November 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm Reply

    The best letter I ever received were the ones from my first boyfriend when I was 15. It was such an amazing feeling to open one of his letters and I couldn't wait to get home from school to find them in my mail box. A feeling I've never felt before or since. Ah first love. I had totally forgetten about this, thank you.

  • kate

    November 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm Reply

    during the summer I got a letter from my college boyfriend (art school) who lived in another state He decorated it all beautifully but he was short on postage. the mail woman wrote a note to us that she paid the extra postage to because she had seen us write back and forth and wanted to make sure i got the letter. i thought that was so sweet of the post office woman.

  • Megan J. Miller

    November 19, 2009 at 6:02 am Reply

    when i turned 16, i got a letter from my wanna-be boyfriend as my birthday present. it was dorky and cute, but inside it he wrote the best present i've ever gotten: he told me he thought i was cute in 7th grade! when i had a "pixie" haircut, braces, and arms that went past my knees. whenever i feel gross and ugly, i think of that letter he wrote me and get the warm fuzzies.



  • crissy

    November 19, 2009 at 6:03 am Reply

    My husband used to write me love letters while we were dating. (What I would give for one now! But he doesn't have time to write like he used to.)

  • Lindsay @ Likely Design

    November 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm Reply

    The best letter that I have ever received…probably the one that said I was accepted to the college of my choice, ha! 🙂

    Or my Aunt's yearly family update that she used to do when we were little…would get us all very excited for our annual camping trip!

    lindsay @

  • glynis

    November 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm Reply

    The best letter I ever received was from my husband before we were married. He was in Colorado, I was in Oklahoma, we'd been dating for 6 months and he couldn't wait 2 more months to tell me he loved me for the first time. So he wrote me a wonderful letter and told me. Still have it, still treasure it.

    gr8fulg @

  • Jennifer

    November 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm Reply

    The best letter that I have ever received was one from my husband, letting me know that I was the one he was going to marry once he returned home!

    jack.sweet.jen @

  • Terry

    November 20, 2009 at 12:02 am Reply

    Wow! I've always wanted my own calling cards! And paper letter-writing stationary is really hard to find in MN for some reason.

    I guess I'll call my "best" letter the one that still brings a smile to my face now, 6 years later. My best friend was studying in Italy at the time, and I was a Sophmore in college. I don't know if any of you know, but the Italian mail system is just painfully slow, so I didn't get letters from her often, and they were usually well over a month old. One day I opened my campus mailbox to find an official looking envelope from the Italian government waiting. I opened it to find a form letter explaining that my letter had been "damaged" and that they had enclosed "everything that was left". That "everything" just so happened to be my adress, neatly cut out in a perfect rectangle, and another perfect little rectangle of envelope with a tiny picture she'd drawn of a cartoon version of her on it.

    Given what year this happened, I'm sure that they mistook her doubtless very thick and heavy letter for anthrax or something, and took it apart to try to save me from a horrible death. I just thought it was too funny that she wrote me such a long letter that the government found it suspicious, and that they had then carefully cut out her little doodle for me. It somehow felt like a little apology for destroying my mail.

    tblauer @ gmail . com

  • Mel

    November 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm Reply

    The best handwritten letter I ever received was, ironically, from my mother. She mailed me a letter when I left home early (before graduating high school). She did not agree with my reasons for moving out, and told me so in that letter. (It couldn't have been fast enough…)

    All that being said, it was about three pages of her sad attempt at saying how disappointed, yet how proud she was of the person I had become. Yes, all in one letter.

    This was about 15 year ago. I've had others since then (happier even), but this one in particular was MY BEST letter ever received because it proved that my life would be so much better having left home.

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