Handwritten Letters & Notes

handwritten letters

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The other week my coworker were watching two teens text back and forth while sitting next to each other and we commented how their teen years will not contain the note passing we did in school. Then, I mentioned that I have a container full of handwritten notes, letters and cards. I have birthday cards, retreat letters, camp notes and long rambling letters about nothing in particular. I love them, not only for the messages but for all the cursive and printed writing. It is wonderful to see the variety of styles.

I have always been hooked on handwritten notes going back to when my mom put them on napkins in packed lunches to leaving them on the kitchen counter after school, when she worked second shift. While current and practical, it would not be the same getting a text message from my mom. And even though my 86-year-old gramma emails, I still like seeing her scrawled notes because it is almost a puzzle to figure out when she wrote!

One of my favorite pieces of handwriting is in my altered recipe book, a recipe card hand written by my mom right after she got married. The recipe is a familiar, but the card is beautiful! It inspired me to use as much of my own handwriting in transferring recipes into my book so that there’s a little piece of me in that book!

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  1. Songbirdtiff
    March 6, 2009 at 8:19 am

    This is great! I think there is really something special about handwriting.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Songbirdtiff’s last blog post..Life is Beautiful (Ryan Adams)

  2. Christine
    March 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I just recently discovered a box filled with old notes from grade school. I was going through the box trying to decide what I keep and what should go, but ultimately I kept them all! I like the quickness of email, but when I get a handwritten card or letter in the mail, it’s like Christmas morning. It just seems more personal. Great post! I think I’ll go write a note to someone now!

    Christine’s last blog post..Hooked On…

  3. coco
    March 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I love handwritten notes as well, they are so much more personal. When I was in high school my best friend and I had a notebook we would pass back and forth to write notes to each other. Everyone wanted to know what was in that notebook! We are still best friends even though we haven’t lived in the same state since then. We still make a point to write hand written letters instead of always using e-mail.

    coco’s last blog post..hooked on built-ins…

  4. Angela
    March 6, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I remember passing notes back and forth in school – until we learned how to write on our graphic calculators (way before texting!). I’ve kept some many of my notes from when I was young, and now I’m glad I have them! I miss not getting many handwritten letters anymore! Thanks for sharing!
    ~angela @ peonypatch

  5. DesignTies
    March 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I found your blog through Hooked on Fridays — the topic caught my eye, because I love handwritten notes and cards too 🙂 When I was a kid, one of my best friends moved away in grade two. We sent letters back and forth to each other for years — I think until we were both in University. Then life got busier and there was less time for letter writing.

    Too bad kids today are surrounded by technology. E-mails and text messages are fast and convenient, but they definitely don’t have the charm of a handwritten letter.

    I love the picture of your recipe book with your mom’s card on Flickr. I really cherish all the handwritten recipes that my mom and my grandma wrote out 🙂

    Kelly @ DesignTies

    DesignTies’s last blog post..Hooked on… Circles!

  6. Gayle
    March 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Andi, this is such a wonderful post! I have very few things that were hand written by my mom, but they are all precious to me. Just seeing her hand writing brings back wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  7. Andi
    March 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you Songbirdtiff, coco, Christine, Angela, Kelly and Gayle for stopping by, I enjoyed visiting your blogs!

    Gayle, I long for a completed crossword puzzle from my maternal grandmother, because I loved the way her writing of each letter filled the square, but wasn’t cramped – was just neat!

    Andi’s last blog post..Handwritten Letters & Notes

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  9. katie
    March 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    What a cute site you have! Thanks for visiting my site too! I think there is something really special about a handwritten note. In one of my recent posts I showed a picture of a card that I actually framed from my husband. I love having it framed and a constant reminder of his feelings! (and it doesn’t happen that much so I’m glad I did it!)

  10. JudyBug
    March 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I miss the days of handwritten letters. I have kept letters from my gr-grandfather to my grandmother, my mother and daddy’s letters while he was in the service, etc. They are newsy, funny and sentimental!

    JudyBug’s last blog post..Pink Saturday 3/7 – Better late than never!

  11. rebecca
    October 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I know this entry is older, but I came across it googling (fishing) for others who enjoy handwritten letters ~ I smiled at your picture because I have bins and bins full of letters, cards, etc that I’ve saved over the years. Like you, I love to go back through them and read the words, appreciate the penmanship etc. Thank you for sharing!
    .-= rebecca´s last blog ..Dear PenPal: Lessons in Letter Writing =-.

  12. Angelia
    January 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve kept many of the cards and letters I’ve received over the years; yet am at a point where I’m beginning to wonder if it’s time to clean a few out. Will some of the little notes I’ve received from friends over the years really be wanted by my children some day? I don’t really know….
    .-= Angelia´s last blog ..Is letter writing a selfish act? =-.

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