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Such wonderful treasure: The Art of the Handwritten Note, a guide to reclaiming civilized communication by Margaret Shepherd. This valuable book provides us with inspiration for writing letters and notes, as well as small thank you cards, shown here attached on a Korean Celadon flower vase with Dutch Tulips.
Vermeer’s ‘Girl reading a letter at an open window’ (circa 1659) tells us that despite the open window, that invites noises of playing children, dogs or chickens in the yard, in the room, a handwritten note captures the devoted attention of the girl. For a brief moment, the reader is drawn into the world of the writer. While we read letters, we hear the voices of the writers in our heads and hearts.
Don’t we all need a bit of enchantment, a show of friendship, or, like my Pheasant Feather card, a sign of appreciation?
We are approaching the Christmas and the Happy Holidays season. Refill your ink pens, and prepare your desk for a few hours of delightful, mindfully writing handwritten notes and cards.
N.B. Here is Valerie’s lovely blogpost on the magic of a letter.