Monday, 31 March 2014

Just a Note About National Stationery Week.


I was delighted to read that this week is National Stationery Week! 
I know that to many people that doesn’t sound too exciting, but if you love pretty paper and cards and gorgeous pens, like I do, then this is a week to revel in...

Have you had a note in the post recently? Something handwritten that someone didn’t dash off but had spent time crafting and was popped in a cheery card that you could place with love on your mantelpiece, desk or pinboard?  There is a common view that letters, notes and writing by hand are things of the past and that ‘thank you’ notes and keeping a diary are also old school…can you even remember how to hold a pen?

 The media has for the past few years have been bemoaning the apparent fall from grace of handwriting, but it is still something my children are very much into and I know primary schools the world over are still teaching it, even if they have all singing, all dancing IT suites.  One look at my pinterest newsfeed tells me the art of calligraphy seems to be having a bit of a comeback.   Personally, I love nothing better than to have a lovely paper diary or calendar with a pretty cover and luxurious paper to thumb through.  I get giddy with excitement in presence of beautiful stationery as my friends have witnessed on many a shopping trip...

It’s convenient to think that we don’t use diaries because everyone favours planners on i-pads and tablets, and that no one writes a handwritten letter because it’s easier and cheaper to email it. I think more than likely, technology and our overly complicated and very busy lives have distracted us from sitting and staring out of the window, composing ourselves and putting pen to paper.  

Up in our loft I have a large box of letters from my pre-internet days that are replies from letters I had sent to friends and family, which documents my life at that time in a very unique and treasured way, in a way that an email could never do and I feel blessed to have such a box of treasures!...  

The organisers of National Stationery Week want to remind people of the joy and importance of putting pen to paper. They say it’s not just about the physical act of putting pen to paper but also about stopping what you’re doing and taking time out to enjoy the process. Think of Beatrix Potter and the wonderful stories and paintings of her characters she included in some of her letters. It was a creative activity and so heart-felt...

Possibly slightly ironically I am telling you all about this on a blog and the organisers are using the hashtags #GetBritainWriting as well as #LoveStationery and #StationeryAddict on Twitter. Maybe we should all be popping a few notes in the post about the event this week instead?

To find out more visit: The awareness week runs from 31st March until 6th April. 
Happy writing!

Best wishes,