The first eight days of October are a rush of memories, dreams and thoughts for me. For everyday from the first to the eighth someone I know celebrates a birthday. I have to admit I’ve fallen into the jaws of modern technology, and in the rush opted to send electronic messages by phone and social networking sites, but with inspirational comments this week and visual boards that I created today, I’ve been inspired to make my own cards, write in them, create a little something special in each and send them to everyone of my friends and family. Written, signed, sealed and delivered!
We all know that giving or sending greeting cards is a simple and effective way of staying in touch, adding a truly personal touch and reaching out to those we care about, but where did the greeting card come from?
The first civilization to employ the use of greeting cards was the ancient Chinese, who used them for the purpose of conveying New Year’s wishes.
The earliest paper greeting card in existence is a Valentines Day card that originated in Germany during the 1400’s. It now resides in the British Museum.
The development of better printing methods and the introduction of postage stamps saw the greeting card become less costly, and reach new heights of popularity during the 1840’s.
Source: Thinking of You, Hinkler Books.
When was the last time, you hand wrote a card, sealed the envelope, bought a stamp, and posted it?
Sometimes it’s not easy as it would seem to stay connected to people we value. With the busy lives we all lead, it can be easy for months or years to pass while we’re thinking, I’ll call tomorrow’! But I’ve endeavored to change all of that today, and share a token of my love and friendship by sending a hand written card.
I had to also share a little something my sister bought me while visiting the Floriade 2011 in Canberra this week. Isn’t it divine a calico cap, featuring pink embroidered tulips.
Floriade is Australia’s celebration of Spring, featuring more than a million blooms as a backdrop. It’s held in Commonwealth Park in our capital, Canberra from 17th September – 16th October 2011. Floriade Ambassador, Rachael Finch wore this stunning hot pink and red rose petal dress at the launch of Floriade – A Feast for the senses.
Isn’t it just stunning. Imagine the rose scented perfume!
Linking to Pink Saturday, join in for the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Have a wonderful Pink and Inspirational day, friends.
Thanks for calling by. Just a few inspirational boards to keep me going over the weekend!
I applaud you, Yvette! I think the handwritten card is still a wonderful thing that technology can never replace…The handwriting alone is a part of the giver, and something to treasure. Your photos will make lovely cards.
I love your very pinks with the pretty white lace and tatting in these photos…I hope your Spring is a budding success.
Peace and Joy,
Hi Marianne, It’s been a lovely Spring day, after some terrifying thunderstorms last night! Admiration of beauty in the garden today, with new buds and roses just starting to bloom.Thank you for you kind words, and lovely comments as always. Have a wonderful weekend! x
I love posting cards to people 🙂
I knew you would have to be one who still loves the hand writing of a card, the romance of a word, and the sealed envelope with a loving kiss! x
Love the embroidered cap!
A great Summers wardrobe addition for those early morning walks! Have a lovely Sunday! x
Handmade gifts and cards are the best – you can’t store emails in a box tied up with a pretty ribbon!
So true, I have boxes of special memories! A handmade gift means that someone has indeed thought about you more than a minute, an outbox or a share/send button!
Wow cute. Happy PS!
Majority of my cards are handmade and I always write in them with my favourite fountain pens – so special sending a handwritten message.
Beautiful post Yvette.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks Mandy, you enjoy your Sunday. I’d like to see a glympse of your creativity, your baking is always special! x
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such pretty pinks! Happy Pink Saturday. Yvette I love the handwritten word and although I haven’t had time to make my own cards spend special time looking for just the right card to send to people. I think it lets them know that I think they are loved, thought of and very special. 🙂
I’m not fond of pink so much, but for National Breast Cancer month I will wear pink proudly. I love the flower shirt as well.. beautiful.
I am definitely Old School and I love to hand-write cards and notes and even letters.
A beautiful post.