February 23, 2021
Celebrating the Art of Letter Writing
There’s nothing quite like sending and receiving handwritten notes. It’s a thoughtful gesture that continues to stand the test of time. Even in this day and age, when it’s often more convenient to communicate via email or text message, we continue to exchange snail mail and even use the internet to find pen pals. Comprised of heartfelt inspiration, stories, and musings, it often feels as though Bella Grace is a long handwritten letter from us, to you.
Calligrapher, Margaret Shepard explains that most describe letter writing as a “dying art.” However, she reminds us, “The handwritten note has been around for hundreds of years…adapting to the needs of every fresh generation, it continues to connect people. In fact, a handwritten note is even more vital now than it was a few years ago because it’s less routinely used.” The thought of snail mail becoming a lost art is a shame as it is a simple way to touch the heart of another. In addition, it leaves the recipient with a tangible souvenir that can be kept forever.
One of the best parts about sending and receiving mail? The stationery! Stationery allows for handwritten notes to become even more personalized. If you’re looking to add an extra personal touch to your letters, our publisher shares several stationery projects to make cards that are a reflection of your own style and the recipient’s too.
The next time a loved one has a birthday or special milestone coming up, consider sending them a handwritten letter in addition to a text message. What could be more thoughtful than a collection of words that came straight from your heart – a little piece of you the recipient can keep for always? As Margaret Shepard describes, “[letter writing] brings out both the best in both the person who creates it and the person who looks at it.”
For more heartfelt inspiration, preview our upcoming issue of Field Guide to Everyday Magic, a publication dedicated to helping readers shine a spotlight on the here and now — the radiant glow to be found in seemingly ordinary moments.