When was the last time you put pen to paper, wrote a personal letter, and then posted it?
With the prolific use of email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools, I’m guessing it could be some time ago.
Recently, a “Claire Hewitt” left a comment on my blog. I clicked on her link to take a look at her blog, and read with great interest her most recent post, “Handwriting is the new black”. Go have a read!
Claire professes her love for a hand-written card or letter, and also suggested a 6-week challenge to write at least one hand-written letter each week, and post it (yes, using stamps.)
Claire’s idea resonated with me immediately. Ever since I was young, I loved writing and receiving letters in the post. I think this love started when I was around eight, when a friend and I used to write letters to one another, adorn them with stickers, and cycle to each other’s houses to carefully place them in each other’s letterbox.
I’m also a big keeper of greeting cards, and still keep all mine and the kids’ birthday and Christmas cards (along with the drawings and paintings they do). Let’s just say I have a few boxes stored under Mr.4’s bed filled with cards and letters.
Anyhow, so back to the 6-week challenge.
I’ve told Claire I’m in, and true to my word, picked out a few gorgeous cards today to write in. (Nice excuse for some shopping I may add.) Also bought some stamps, and noticed they’ve gone up to 60c now (it’s been a while!)
I visited Kikki K and chose four cards, as when you buy three, you get a card free:
So who am I sending these to?
1. Card with teapot & teacup – to my Mum, to say thanks for staying and helping with the kids this week (she lives in Sydney). I hardly ever send her a thank-you note, so this one’s for her.
2. ‘Thinking of you’ leaf card – for my friend Katie, also in Sydney. She’s celebrating her 40th next month and I won’t be there. I’m sending her a birthday gift, but I also wanted to write her a letter. We’ve been friends for a decade.
3. Zebra card – to my god-daughter Grace, in NZ. We exchange birthday and Christmas gifts, and lots of emails with photos, but it’s high time I sent a card & letter to her from myself and the family.
4. Baby love card – to Fliss, a friend in Queensland who’s about to give birth to her third child. They’ve had some hard times lately, and aside from a baby gift, want to send her a special note. An example of keeping in touch via email and Facebook, and not writing or phoning.
Then as Father’s Day is around the corner, no.5 and no.6 had to be Father’s Day cards, right? An easy option perhaps. Well, I did make the point of choosing two special cards:
The one on the left is no.5, is for my Dad. It cost me $7.95, way more than what I’d normally spend on a card. But I think it really ”suits” my Dad. It’s made by Egg Press, who are in Oregon, US, and use antique letterpresses to hand print each card.
Finally, no.6 is a Father’s Day card for my husband. It’s a comic by Wulffmorgenthaler. He’ll get handmade cards from the boys, but this one struck a chord as it’s a comic about sharks…and my husband is obsessed with great white sharks and great white fatalities (yeah, I know). So I think he’ll appreciate it 🙂
I also plan on writing him a letter to include with the card. It’s been a long time since I wrote a letter to my husband, and I will post this to him at his work address.
So, are you up for the challenge? If so, visit Claire’s blog and she’ll add you to her list!