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“I don’t want to be rich, I just want to be wonderful.”Marilyn Monroe
Everything, we think, within reason…..Susan has spent many hours creating her beautiful blog along with her “WILLARD” newsletters to surprise her “Girlfriends” over the years. If you have found them to be of value, and if it tickles your fancy, please consider supporting her time with a donation of your choosing: anything between the cost of a glass of wine or a good dinner! And don’t even think about this if it puts the slightest crimp in your wallet as she will love you forever no matter what happens. ♥

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THE REASON WE CALL OUR NEWSLETTER “WILLARD”

I would like you to meet my grandfather, Willard Smith. When I was around eleven, and in full letter-writing mode, I sent a letter to his house in Sioux City, Iowa. I had fallen in love with “the olden days” and so I wrote to ask him for pictures of when he was young. He sent me lots of photos including this one of him in his pilot goggles.

As far back as I can remember, my grandfather wrote long newsy letters at Christmas and sent them to everyone he knew; a year in his life more or less. My mom would bring the letter to the dinner table and read it to all of us. He was the first person our family ever saw do this. We thought he invented it.

One day, someone else sent us this same kind of letter, my mom brought it to the table to read; my brother Stephen, who was then about twelve, put two and two together, piped up and said, “Oh! It’s a Willard!” Of course this sent all of us into hysteria, we thought he was so brilliant and brave. Brave because we didn’t usually call Grandpa by his first name for one thing, it was normally frowned on. But my parents were laughing too, this was a good one. So when it was time to give my newsletter a name, my choice was obvious. “It’s a Willard!” I thought you’d like to see a picture of “Our Founder.” He also sent me this photo of his smoking dog Jack. (Don’t think for a moment I agree with this, I cringe a little when I see it now, but it was of its time.) Of course we kids loved it. Willard was our hero, he was the bee’s knees. Liked pork chop gravy on his chocolate cake. A legend in his own time.

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611 Responses to Willard Sign Up

  1. Ann McKenna says:

    Dear Susan,
    Congratulations on your Blog anniversary! It is a wonderful thing to be able to read the things you have just written and be able to communicate with you. You are a blessing to the world..
    As always, I’m excited for your 3 upcoming giveaways! The winners-to-be are very lucky, indeed! Thanks for everything!

  2. Kathy Kiefer says:

    Dear Susan
    Thank you for giving me a remembrance of how the world was meant to be.
    Being a 64 year old, I connect with your humor, style and art.
    Bravo !

  3. Mary Calaway says:

    Looking forward to Willard !!!!!

  4. Penny Cornett says:

    I would consider myself fortunate indeed to receive your newsletter, as well as any of the products in your give away.

  5. sue says:

    I would like to participate on your blog, but anytime I send a comment it always says something like your comment is in moderation, what does that mean, and what am I doing wrong… Thanks Sue

  6. Kathie Burkhart says:

    I love ALL of your things… Every single one!! When will you be coming out with new fabric designs?

    • sbranch says:

      It depends on if I am approached by a fabric company . . . right now I have no fabric license. :-( Maybe someday again.

  7. Judy Flynn says:

    I love all about your site. I love the good old days, the prints you show, the books, the things you enjoy…all of it..and hope to be a part of it here now..that I found your lvely site.It is very peaceful here and I want to thank you for having this blog
    so people can come visit…Happy Summer to you and your family. Also, I found you on fb too..should be fun..looking forward to it..here…

  8. I have the book..” To My Daughter with love from my Kitchen”.
    Do you have one that is to my son?

    • sbranch says:

      No, we should, but I can’t talk the manufacturer into making it (I license my art and design for that book, but they are the ones that decide what’s going to be made). I’ve asked them, but they say there isn’t enough of a market for it. I disagree. If you want, you can look on your book for their website and contact them . . . they are much more likely to listen to you.

  9. Eileen Kimble says:

    Dearest Susan,
    Last year I purchased your pocket calendar–your artwork captured my eye. Then just the other day I was in Barnes and Noble and your new book “A Fine Romance” jumped out at me and I picked it up and started browsing. Well, of course I had to get it and I just love it. I am so glad you shared with us all your wonderful trip to England in your book. Thank you so much. So many details, photos, your wonderful artwork, quotes and tips re: traveling. My mother was from London and I have been over there; however, not to the wonderful places that you were. I need to leave you now as my hubby wants to get on. Bless you my kindred spirit, eileen hugs

  10. Alison says:

    Hi Susan!
    Thanks for putting your older stationary back into use!! (Free Stuff!) Takes me back to a time of “no more strife ….the simple life”!! Of course, everything you do, does just that! Happy Summer to all!

  11. Karen Forsten says:

    About 4 years ago I received as a gift a box of 64 Happy, fun, little inspirational sharable thoughts of JOY cards. Loved them! Where and what do I do to order several more boxes? They’re called JOY cards by Susan Branch. Please HELP!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I know, JOY cards . . . there were also “Love Notes” and “Girlfriends Forever” — but they’re long gone I’m sorry to say.

  12. Char fruland says:

    I have ordered your amazing calendars for years
    Of course that won’t change;)
    I wonder if anyone noticed the fact that there wasn’t a July 31 on the 2014?
    I probably wouldn’t have except it was the day we leave for a little getaway with our four kids and their ‘littles’ .
    Love everything you do. Char

    • sbranch says:

      The bad news is that it’s true, July 31 is MIA. The other bad news is my pitiful excuse . . . the good news is the FIX, because it really does work. Go HERE to read more and get the perfect little fix. And please forgive me, Char . . . I’ve posted about it several times, here and on Facebook, but I knew some people would slip through the cracks. Thank you for your sweet, soft, kind FYI. xoxo

  13. Miley says:

    Hi, Susan! I’m starting to like art and I saw your website. This is really fantastic. I love every bits of it. Hope to learn more from you. Thanks! :)

  14. Barb Whyte says:

    I just finished “A Fine Romance” – what a wonderful book, could not put it down. I have
    collected all your books, beautiful artwork ! Your trip to England reminded me of a trip I
    made with my husband fifteen years ago, he passed away last year, it brought back beautiful
    memories, thank you.
    Barb

  15. Vivian Borgstrom says:

    Susan…I have been a fan for so many years! Everything you do is just so wonderful and positive and lovely and I could go on and on !
    I do hope you will soon be coming to California ! I know you have been here in the past, but I was not able to go to see you……now I can and I just hope and pray you will come back !!!
    Thank you for all your wonderful things and attitude! So refreshing in this day and age! Love you !

    • sbranch says:

      I will be there in November . . . and have dates for two signings; one in Santa Barbara, the other in Cayucos. See EVENTS in the right hand column on the main page of the blog for times and directions and all that good stuff. Hope to see you there Vivian!

  16. Adrianne E. says:

    I recently started getting the emails from the Susan Branch Blog. Are the Willard newsletters the same content? I don’t want to get duplication (not that I don’t love this stuff, but I just have too many emails to sift through now!!) I don’t want to miss ANYTHING!!
    Thank you.

  17. Carol Reynolds says:

    Dear Susan~
    I had to write and let you know that I just received my copy of “Autumn”. I haven’t even gotten past the first few pages and I LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for inspiring me through your words, your thoughts and your watercolor images. Fall is my most favorite time of year and I can’t wait to read each and every page. I have just ordered another copy to give to my sister – she will love it as well! I love reading your blogs and seeing all the beautiful pictures of your home and surroundings. We are way down here in Florida so things are a little different but when I am into your website, in my mind everything is the same! Thank you again!
    Carol Reynolds
    Alachua, Florida

  18. Ruth says:

    I read “A Fine Romance” in two evenings and loved every page of it. In fact, I am going to read it again in a few weeks, maybe a I missed something the first read.

  19. Gammy Ro says:

    Love your blog, and just signed up for the “Willard”s. Am going to buy your book and see you in Santa Barbara. Yahooo!

  20. Colleen H. says:

    Five years ago I purchased 5 of your AUTUMN books, and gave four of them to very special people. I saved one to give my future (unknown at the time) daughter-in-law. Now, today, a brand new bride of 2 weeks, I gave her this precious book for her 28th birthday! Next to my Bible, YOUR book is my favorite of all! Thank for this treasure!

  21. Barb Schrock says:

    I just received 2 of your 2015 calendars..the large and mini..cute..except I was so disappointed in the quality of the calendar paper..thin..not your usual heavier quality paper..

    • sbranch says:

      Oh dear. Well, I’m feeling the paper on both the old blotter (made by the other company) and our new one, and I can’t really tell the difference. If it’s the 12 x 12 wall calendar you’re talking about, there is a difference ~ they decided to change the paper to be easier to write on. I think the weight is the same, but maybe the texture is different? Either way, I’m truly sorry if it isn’t quite what you expected.

  22. Cheyenne Renard says:

    I plan to come to either Santa Barb or to Cay near morro bay to see u. I am planning on it hope to get to see u. Love to you both all 4 actually Love Cheyenne XXX

  23. Jeanne says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your free downloads of stationery and bookmarks. It is greatly appreciated.

    • sbranch says:

      My pleasure. In the old days when I wrote snail mail Willards, I always included little gifts in them — this was the only way I could do it via the computer, but it works!

  24. Susan says:

    I love, love, love your books and calendars and everything! I have two questions. Will you be getting more of the autumn charms (I really, really want one)? Can we put our name on a backorder list? My second question is a flag that you had in the past. It is the Halloween flag- “the goblins will get you if don’t watch out”. Is there anywhere I can get one of these garden flags, anywhere? My grandmother used to recite this poem to me when I was young, and it brings back such good memories for me? I have looked on eBay and the internet and haven’t been able to find one. Could you PLEASE help me? Susan

    • sbranch says:

      I’m not sure about the flag . . . I forwarded your question to Sheri to see if maybe we still have one of those around. As for the charm, I’m working on that now, but I just don’t know yet. Keep in touch!

  25. Carol Ney says:

    For the last six months or so I was rarely getting your blog and I think I only got one Willard. I wasn’t sure why this was happening, but recently found out that my computer had been “hacked” and after having it thoroughly “scrubbed” and “debugged” etc I have been assured that all is well as of Oct. 4 however I didn’t get your Oct. 6 blog posting and I haven’t gotten a Willard since April.
    In light of this, I thought that (since I’m already subscribed to both your blog and Willard) there was something that could be done at your end that would fix the problem. Please let me know if I need to do something so I can continue to get your wonderful “pieces of mail from the land of cozy fires, sweet kitties, little lambies (my honey’s nickname for me–he is my wolfe) and wonderful friends who don’t have to live next door to have a special place in your heart. Thank you,
    Carol N

  26. Sara says:

    Hey, Susan, I can think of no better way to spend the morning of my 69th birthday than skipping around on your website, reading posts by your girlfriends and your replies, and stopping by your online store. I think it’s great that stuff flies off your Cali shelves but a little sad that I missed getting the autumn charm and the lavender soap. I’ve been checking every day, because I firmly believe that the early bird gets the worm, even though I must have been just sitting in my favorite tree watching the world below when the charms and soap first appeared in your store. Hope springs eternal with me!

    I know you already know this, but it bears repeating again–you bring such joy to so many, including me! It was fun meeting you, Susan, and every time you blog, it’s like you’re right there, sharing your enthusiasm for life with me. It’s a beautiful day here in Indiana, and this afternoon I get to take a Nanny hike in search of all things great and small with my three grandsons and then share my chocolate cake with penuche icing with my family. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

    Have a wonderful day! :) Sara :)

    • sbranch says:

      Happy Birthday dear Sara!!! I know the soap will be back soon — cup is half full! Sorry about the charm, they are truly making it difficult for us to reorder them. Happy happy day to you and yours!

  27. Linda Dillon Jones says:

    Susan, I just started reading your wonderful book A Fine Romance, and I wanted to write to you immediately to tell you how much I’m enjoying it. Your comments are interesting, your drawings are beautiful, and I think this is the book I have always wanted. I think it is actually a better option than a travelogue film, because you can curl up with it and enjoy it over a long period of time! Even though I love to pass my books along to others, I think I’m going to keep this copy by another copy for my friend.

  28. Linda Dillon Jones says:

    I meant to say BUY. How embarrassing. I pressed “send” too soon!

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