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The Magic of Handwriting

There is something so wonderful about handwriting.  

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A simple handwritten note has become such a sweet, but rare, treat in this age of emails, instagram and snapchat.  As Christmas cards start arriving in my mailbox, I'm surprised that I can recognise the handwriting before I check the return address. It's important to treasure these notes we get and we all should make an effort to write more notes and letters.

Handwriting intrigues me.  I love writing things by hand and I love the look of handwriting - neat and small, large and loopy, messy or neat, doctor-style illegiable.  I love it all.  There's a reason I use this font for my blog titles.  Some people hate their own handwriting.  If you don't like your handwriting, I guarantee there is someone that loves it, because they love you and it's a part of who you are. :D

People tell me they like my handwriting and they would write more if they had handwriting like me.  Well, handwriting is like anything else, it gets better with practice.  I write everyday.  I prefer writing to typing, so I do it a lot.  I hand wrote the draft to this blog post actually ;)  So if you'd like to improve your handwriting, it's totally doable, you just need time and practice.  I'm sure there are some great printables to help you, or if you can get your hand on this fabulous book by Heidi Swapp.  It's an oldie but a goodie!

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I get nosey when I see a handwritten list left behind in the bottom of the shopping cart I just pulled out of the cart corral.  What did that last person need?  What is her life like?  Does she buy the same groceries as I do?

The other day on the way to the school bus stop, I noticed a scribbled note lying, wet, on the sidewalk.  It started with 'n'oublie pas...' (don't forget).  It made me a little sad every time I walked passed on my many trips back and forth to the bust stop.  Not only was I a little worried that the person it was meant for may have very well forgotten, but also I was sad because it was wet and abandoned.  With notes being such a rarity these days, it was almost like a lost treasure. 

Have you ever come across a note from someone you've lost?  Anytime I come across something from my mom, I get a little pang in my heart, but it makes me smile all the same.  Even if it just says 'love Mom'

I've got a challenge for you!  If you are sending out Christmas or Holiday cards this year, make an effort to add a little note in your unique-to-you handwriting.  Or get your child to sign his name.  Now, I understand that this could be a daunting task if you are sending out as many cards as I am, but at least sign your name and add a few notes to the people who you think woud appreciate it most.  I'm thinking the older generations, or young children just learning to read this year.  But hey, who knows, my 84 year old grandmother is on Facebook!

Card-pieces

I plan to sign our name to the bottom of my handmade cards (I am soooo behind on getting them made!) and I plan on adding a few notes to some of the cards.  My sweet friend Aimee sent me a package of goodies, including this pretty notepad below.  Aimee has been my inspiration for this.  She is amazing at writing letters and corresponding by mail and I want to do more of that in 2016.  I alos want to improve my handettering! I love this trend :D

Notepad

So who is with me?  Let me know in the comments if you plan on adding a sweet little note to some of your cards this year or some other bit of handwriting.  Let's do it together :D

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