Friday, January 30, 2015

vintage valentines - a lifetime in a box


Years ago, I went to an estate sale in the Ottawa Valley. We used to rent a cottage there when the kids were little. I arrived a bit late in the day to find the auctioneer practically giving away unwanted lots of personal items from a very elderly lady who had died.


I remember gasping when I spotted two big boxes full of cards, letters and these antique boxes. I don't remember what I paid for them, but it was very little, probably about five dollars.

Inside the two boxes was a lifetime of correspondence. Birthday cards, anniversary cards, sympathy cards, Christmas cards, letters etc. There were a lot.

I spent an afternoon sifting through these personal items. Reading messages of love, celebration and sometimes sadness. It was so sad to me that no one wanted to keep any of these items. Terrible to think where these could have ended up!



Finally, I resorted to sorting through the vast piles to keep only the cards, stationery etc that appealed to me for their illustrations, fonts or sometimes script-like handwriting.

I was able to edit it down to these 6 boxes which I have held onto for many years. The boxes on their own were great to find. I wonder what The Northway Store was?


So that's all, just a little story about collecting :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

the handwritten note ... a lost art?

Custom stationery from Paper Parade Co.

Today is National Handwriting Day. Yes there is such a thing ;)

Do you still write by hand? If you have children, have they learned the art of cursive handwriting?

I can credit my late mom with teaching my children how to write in cursive. She grew up in an era where good penmanship was valued and had the patience to sit with her grandchildren at a young age to teach them. Thank goodness she did, because I certainly didn't. Not every teacher will spend the time on this at school today and I think it's unfortunate. The kids actually like to write in cursive. It's much more efficient than printing and I think they like the artistic touch they are able to add to their writing. 

It turns out that handwriting even has benefits for your brain. According to this article in the Wall Street Journal it can help you learn better and can help keep your mind sharp as you get older. Interesting. I see that with my own kids as they like to write out study notes by hand to help them learn, something I also did in school.

I insist that they send handwritten notes to family and friends to thank them for gifts. Yes, they roll their eyes at me and tell me I'm old fashioned and that nobody does that anymore. My answer is if someone can take the time to think about what you would like, purchase it, wrap and deliver it, surely you can find the time to write a note to say thank you. 
*Disclosure: We are still working on Christmas thank you notes, but better late than never, right?

Resorting to email and greeting card apps to say thank you etc is fine once in a while. I'm the first one to use them! But as a recipient don't you think it's nice to get real mail? To know that someone has taken the time to think of you?

I love that there has been a renewed interest in calligraphy and penmanship. You are seeing it in art, home decor and event decorating. Hand lettering on chalk boards, invitations and all sorts of other things is on trend. I recently bought a calligraphy set for my teen daughter as she loves to incorporate hand lettering in her art. I hope this trend stays for awhile.

To celebrate National Handwriting Day we are offering 
20% off at PAPER PARADE CO. 
Use Promo Code: HANDWRITE15

We offer custom stationery for all your handwritten stationery needs. So send me a note, and I'll help get you some personalized stationery.

Happy National Handwriting Day!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Colour Inspiration - Blue, Gold and Winter White





This is the first post in a series on colour and colour inspiration! Colour has such a big impact on our lives. It has the power to change our moods; motivate, soothe, energize and inspire. I plan on using this series to showcase some palettes and colour combinations that are inspiring me right now. Sometimes they will reflect colour palettes that are on trend now but often it's just me playing with colour. 

You've probably seen similar posts like this on my blog before but now it has a proper scheduled time slot. I'm aiming to a colour inspiration post every week or two. I hope you enjoy it :)




I love these cold Winter days when the sun shines and the skies are blue. The combination of blue sky and golden sun with the occasional cloud inspired this palette.



This is a letterpress card my daughter made for me. A good reminder...



We found this glass at a Toronto beach a few weeks ago. 
My daughter was getting some shots for her portfolio when we found this lake glass. So pretty and an unexpected find on a cold, icy beach. 


 layers of beautiful paper some Italian, some Japanese, mixing modern and traditional patterns...


Vintage blue stamps from my stacks of stamps... I'm addicted.



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