Charlotte & Meldi entered our daggy but well meant card contest and won our hearts with their happy rationales. We have sent them both six of the best and we might throw in five dollars for a coffee. Wait a second does coffee really cost five dollars in New Zealand? No fair!
Keep up the bespoke communication Charlotte & Meldi…
xxx Team Little Branch
1. Because: your endorphins explode to life when you open your letter-box and find a hand-written card from a friend!!
2. Because: As a reciever you feel as though someone truly cares for you.
3. Because: I feel a sense of achievement when i have put time into making, writing and sending a card.
4. Because: it is fun and you can get creative
5. Because: you can put a $5er in the card and your recipient can buy a coffee (i use to explode with joy when my Dad did this for me back in 1998!)
6. Because: It keeps our posties employed!
Please please send me some of your lovely cards!!! I love the illustrations so much, they are the best I even bought Savvy Chic, and great advice in this, and the darling illustrations, Drool.
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Hi there Little Branch!
I adore your cards. I found them at Ariel Books in Paddington last week, and bought three straight away.
Last night I looked up the website, so here goes for my six reasons why receiving a handwritten card makes the difference:
1. Receiving a handwritten card lights up your day and lifts up your heart, because it means someone has taken the trouble to put pen to paper and write a personal message to you. This conveys to the receiver that they are worth time and attention…and ultimately…love. A handwritten card shows the style and slant of a person’s writing, which communicates a lot about their personality and perhaps even their mood when they wrote to you.
2. Receiving a handwritten card with a beautiful and uplifting image on it warms the heart. Looking at something beautiful inspires us in our busy lives and reminds us there is beauty in the world. This is something that cannot be conveyed in emails, which are usually impersonal and convey little, if any, emotion.
3. Receiving a handwritten card is very meaningful because it’s something we can keep and treasure for years to come. It creates a bit of tangible history of the relationship between you and the person who sent you the card. I still have a beautiful card my aunt sent me when I was 14 – 29 years ago! It has dainty white flowers placed as notes on a musical stave and is set against a sky blue background. It’s absolutely stunning.
Another card I have kept has a funny drawing of a woodpecker playing the flute on it. A friend gave it to me when I was 15…we are still friends and she was a bridesmaid at my wedding in June 2012. She wrote: ‘last night I heard the most beautiful flute playing I have ever heard.’ She was writing about hearing me play the flute at a concert. When I feel a bit down etc I get this card out and read it as it encourages me and lifts me up. How beautiful and meaningful is that?
4. Choosing a card for someone is very personal. How many of us have stood in a newsagency or bookshop agonising over which card to choose? The kind of card we send to someone sends a clear message to the person we send it to as to what we think of them and of the message and emotion we would like to get across to them. The card you choose reflects your personal style and your thoughts and attitude to the person. When you think of it like that, no wonder it’s such a personal thing and we spend so much time thinking about it :-)
5. Receiving a handwritten card stands out in this age of technology; most people send a message via email, the phone, iphone, android, ipad or fax. Whatever happened to the humble telegram?! Receiving a handwritten card has become something unusual and special, and it is a permanent record.
6. I always remember a story I read about an old woman who put envelopes in her letter box late at night so she could go and collect them during the day. The goal was to communicate to her neighbours that she was still loved, that she was not forgotten, and people did still send her letters.
It’s amazing how powerful receiving a piece of mail ie a handwritten card can be and how valued and loved it can make us feel.
Your cards really struck a cord with me!
I collect beautiful cards and have for a long time.
All the very best,