|Posted by writtenbysanta on November 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Hi everyone! The holiday season is already upon us so I thought it would be a good time to post ordering deadlines. For international customers, to be sure your item arrives in plenty of time, we recommend ordering by November 12th.
For customers in the United States, we recommend you order by:
December 3rd with regular first class mail
December 10th with Priority mail
December 14th with Express mail
Turnaround time before we can put your item(s) in the mail is usually 1 week for paper items and 2 weeks for 3D items and invitations during the holidays. Please order as soon as you can so you won't have to worry.
*Remember: Elf Stacy must travel back to the North Pole each year to help Santa, so orders that come in after December 15th can not be processed until after the New Year. All orders needed for Christmas must come in before December 15th.
|Posted by writtenbysanta on June 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
6/10/13 EDIT: The heatwave has passed for now so we're giving away a set of Gryffindor wax seals on our Facebook page today. Please go comment on Facebook if you'd like to win them. Go to: http://facebooks.com/elfstacy
Hi everyone! We are about to experience some really extreme heat here in CA this weekend, and I just want to give out a reminder that our items with wax seals may re-melt in transit. If that happens and it sticks to the bubble mailer, the best thing to do is gently rip the mailer down the back where it isn't stuck to release the contents and then very carefully peel the wax seal away. If you are able to postpone your order until cooler weather that works too.
|Posted by writtenbysanta on May 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM||comments (1)|
We are so honored that we now have 1000 likes on Facebook! To celebrate we are giving away one of our Tom Riddle Diary replicas and one of our Sorcerer's Stones.
If you haven't already, please like us for all our news and giveaways at this link: http://www.facebook.com/elfstacy
|Posted by writtenbysanta on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM||comments (4)|
For my son's Wonka themed birthday, I wanted to have the candy from the original movie, but couldn't find any good advice online as to how to make them. I found an original 1971 Wonka candy bar mold on eBay that was a cereal promotion back when the movie first came out. It was a godsend! The mold has one tray for small versions of the regular bar, the Scrumdiddlyumptious Bar, a mini bar, and a circular one maybe for a mini Fudgemallow? I got Wiltons meltable chocolates and it was fairly easy to mold them (remember to tap the tray against the countertop a few times to get out the bubbles). I then got aluminum foil from the Dollar Store (it's thinner like real candy foil) and printed out my own wrappers.
I wanted to have a yellow edible tea cup like the one Willy Wonka takes a bite out of and found two tea cup and saucer candy molds on Amazon.com. I used the cup from one and the saucer from the other (which looked more flower-like). I poured the yellow candy metls into the mold and swished it all around so it just coated the mold and put that in the freezer. I then put one more layer on just to make it really solid.
I put everlasting gobstoppers inside the cups, wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with a tag that said "You can even eat the dishes". To make the gobstoppers, I dipped mini marshmallows into red, green, blue, and yellow candy melts. After they were set I took a plain mini marshmallow and attached 6 of the coated ones to it with a dab of melted chocolate. I had wanted to stuff the cups with a little edible grass like you find at Easter too, but sadly couldn't find any in July. Hope you have fun making your own!
If you'd like to use my "You can even eat the dishes" tag, you may download it here: dishes.jpg. (For personal use only. You may not sell it or use it for any commercial use.)
|Posted by writtenbysanta on July 3, 2012 at 5:10 PM||comments (1)|
I just typed up the sign about all the different creams from the original Willy Wonka movie and thought I'd share it as a free printable. I have a large format printer and printed it at 13 x 13, but as a .pdf you can fit it to any size page you like. Just click here: cream.pdf. (For personal use only. You may not sell it or use it for any commercial use.)
If you have any trouble, learn how to download pdf files here http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/display-pdfs-internet-explorer-aol.html
|Posted by writtenbysanta on July 1, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (4)|
As you know, my oldest son just starred as Charlie in a local production of Willy Wonka Jr. and we will be giving our youngest son a Wonka-themed birthday party in late July. I had been looking all over the internet for a scan of the Wonka contract that the kids must sign as soon as they enter the factory. There were some designs out there, but none really close to the original. I really wanted that vine border! I purchased the 40th anniversary set that showed the contract on the production notes folder and used a copy of that along with carbon paper (yes, I still use carbon paper!) to trace the border and "W". Then I typed in the text as far as I could make it out on the contract and duplicated some of the lines over and over for the really tiny text that I couldn't see. I printed mine out on several sheets of paper and glued them together to avoid paying a lot for a large print at Kinko's. Then I used gold leaf on the inside of the "W". I just need to add a wax seal and blue ribbon on the bottom right. Any ideas how I can make a saucer sized "W" wax seal?
If you would like to print a small version I have a .jpg here: wonkcontsm.jpg. If you would like a larger .jpg like the one shown below, it is available as a digitial file for just $3 in our web store here. (Both versions are for personal use only. Party or event decorations and live theater prop use is allowed, but you may not sell it, share it, or use it for any commercial use.)
|Posted by writtenbysanta on March 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM||comments (1)|
My oldest son just got the role of Charlie Bucket in our town's upcoming live production of Willy Wonka Jr. and our youngest son has chosen Willy Wonka as the theme for his birthday party in July. I've been working on new designs to use for the 2 events, and I've just added replicas of both the vintage golden ticket from the original 1971 Willy Wonka movie with Gene Wilder ($9) and the modern version from the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory film with Johnny Depp ($11) to my web store. They are printed on thick double-sided gold reflective paper with a mirror-like finish just like the real ones!
If you are interested in purchasing one or both, you will find them in the movie section here.
I read online that you may make your own lickable wallpaper by melting Jolly Rancher candy and painting it onto the individual fruits. The tutorial I found though just recommended looking for fruit wallpaper and I wanted the exact paper from the movie, so I found a screenshot of that scene and my very talented husband hand drew and colored a section for me. Now I just need to print out how many I need, paste them together and paint on the candy. I've included it here as a free printable for those other fans who have been seeking the same thing. Enjoy!
Just click the link below, and when the image comes up, right click with your mouse and save the file to your computer. Then you may print it at whatever size you need. I think I will print mine 4-up on a legal size sheet of paper (8.5 x 14 inches)
(For personal use only. You may not sell it or use it for any commercial use without permission.)
|Posted by writtenbysanta on November 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Many people are still confused about the letters from Santa Claus program through the post office, so I thought I'd blog a little about how the program has changed. Operation Santa has been around for almost 100 years (they started in 1912). In the past, when children sent letters to Santa Claus, postal employees would keep the letters to distribute to volunteers. These volunteers would then send a letter FROM Santa to each child. Many of these volunteer organizations used photocopied form letters addressed "To My Friend", but it was still exciting to get a reply at all! My husband and I both have ours from when we were children, and can remember how fun it was to get mail from Santa.
Unfortunately, the program has been struggling the past few years because it was decided (and probably rightly) that it was unsafe for the volunteer letter writers to have so much personalization information on the children. What they now do, is only accept letters at post offices which have the capability of changing the child's name and address to a code that only their equipment can read. However, you can understand how much extra work this makes for the employees, and only a handful across the country participate.
You must send your child's letter to Santa to the closest participating post office if you want to get a reply, and there are only 24 as of 2010. Of those 24, they may not even get enough volunteers for every letter to be answered. Here is the link of post offices if you want to take your chances:
It is a wonderful program, and it saddens me that it can longer be what it once was. That is why I am happy that I can continue this tradition for today's children, and dedicate myself to writing extremely detailed and personalized letters to as many as possible during the holidays.
If you want a guaranteed reply from Santa Claus, please place your requests using our handy order form at http://legendaryletters.com/santaletters.htm . Every request we receive is processed as soon as possible. Orders received in November are sent to North Pole, Alaska for a real postmark, and orders received in December get a faux postmark stamped in the top middle of the envelope as well as a real California postmark in the upper right.
|Posted by writtenbysanta on November 12, 2011 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Happy Veteran's Day everyone! Today is 11-11-11, and I want to congratulate my cousin, Jeff Smith, on his marriage to Kate Sessions! Many of my relatives are in Eugene, Oregon today for the magical event, and I was a little sad that we couldn't make it. However, to boost my spirits I received the news that one of my customers, Alli, wrote a full page blog on Legendary Letters today! I'm so thankful to her for all the compliments and so pleased that we helped make her sister's birthday special with one of our Hogwarts Acceptance Letters. Thank you for making my day brighter, Alli!
You may read her blog here: http://cupcakediariesblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/letters-from-santa-hogwarts-acceptance.html and I encourange you to check out her other posts too! She has some great recipes. I especially liked the post about a Twilight birthday party and vampire cookies. Very cool!
|Posted by writtenbysanta on October 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Our annual press release went out to local media today. Feel free to repost in its entirety.
Honorary elf, Stacy Rose, will open the Northern California branch of Santa’s mailroom again this year on November 1st. Elf Stacy has been helping Saint Nick send out personalized letters, telegrams, and nice list certificates to good boys and girls for 15 years. She even takes requests from parents that Santa leave a little extra evidence of his visit on Christmas Eve through evidence kits. Adults may place requests for personalized items online at http://legendaryletters.com, and new this year is a section dedicated to fans of Harry Potter.
Letters from Santa Claus have been making Christmas a little merrier for children for generations. Authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and Mark Twain were so delighted with the letters their children received that they published them along with their own works.
Every year elf Stacy donates 10% of her yearly income to a charity. This year she is a proud sponsor of Starbound Children’s Theater’s upcoming performances of The Christmas Grinch, which will be held December 2, 3, and 4 at the Fairfield Center for the Creative Arts.
Elf Stacy is a member of the Professional Association of Santa's Elves (paseelves.org), the founder of the National Organized Elves League (elvesleague.webs.com), and is the online editor of the Open Directory Project's Santa Letter Directory (dmoz.org/Shopping/Gifts/Personalized/Greeting_Letters/Santa_Claus/.