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I have noticed a simple monogram jewelry piece that is very popular right now.  So, I ordered one, but not every sales associate knows the rule.

Simple Rule for a lady who is married:

Married lady places her married name in the middle(Large letter), the left side is the initial of her first name, the far right is the initial of her middle or maiden name.

Simple unmarried Rule:  First , then, middle, then last name initial in order.


Filed under: ETIQUETTE, Invitations, Stationery, Thank you Notes

The Facts about Thank You Notes

A thank you note is written, addressed, stamped and mailed out immediately.  A thank you note is late after 10 days and shows non appreciation or leaves the giver wondering if the recipient ever received the gift.

A thank you note

Here are some suggestions of what to write so start writing:

Dear ….

Thank you for the beautiful glass vase.  It’s already on my dining

room table being used.  It is the perfect size to hold my favorite flowers.

I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Thanks again,


Please note that an indentation is used for the first sentence, the conclusion(Sincerely, Warm regards, Best, Love, With love,etc…) and the person’s name.

Here is another example:

Dear Grandma and Poppy,

The check you gave me for my 5th grade graduation really helps me.

I have been saving a long time to buy a IPhone and your check is a big help.

I hope to see you both really soon. I love you.


Ben    (Please indent at the first paragraph, the conclusion and who is signing)

NOTE:   When sending a business thank you or a condolence note, an indentation should be at the first paragraph and the last paragraph.

On a Personal NOTE:  Crane is a classic.  Crane & Co is the only thank you note that I feel completely comfortable with.  Why?  It is 100% cotton paper which reflects a certain nobility and sophistication.  The company seems to gets it right without being too modern, too traditional or too boring.  This company is like a simple black dress or a blue short coat.

Filed under: ETIQUETTE, Stationery, Thank you Notes

Example: The Thank You Note

IMPORTANT PARENTS:   I want to make sure that all parents everywhere are having their children write, scribble or draw a thank you note.  A baby can write a thank you note.  The sooner we have our children write a thank you note the less likely a child will complain about it.

The thank you note is 4 lines.  Line 1,2, 4 are about the gift.  Line 3 is about something else(I had a wonderful time.  Great to see you.) To conclude write Love, Warm regards(first word always capitalized second is lowercase)Sincerely, Your friend, etc… complete with your name.

Here is an example:

Dear Michelle,

Thank you very much for the gift certificate.  I have been saving to buy the new IPad.

It was wonderful sharing old times with you at lunch yesterday.

Your gift will really helps me towards buying the IPad.

Warm regards,



If you are a woman:  a folded card is lovely.  If you are a man, DO NOT use a folded card.  Your card needs to be on a flat, square cotton paper known as a correspondence card.

Ladies start writing on page 3 of the folded card(The bottom half of the card once opened, never, never on the back.).

Gentlemen: 4 lines written on the front.

Please do not have your children or you make pre-made thank you notes or fill in the blanks.  It shows a disrespect to the person you are thanking.  Plus, it’s tacky.

Filed under: ETIQUETTE, Thank you, Thank you Notes

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