Today, I’m invited to Mr. Wager’s 4th grade class at Grove Elementary School. It’s their annual Valentine’s Day party, but I’m going to do a little something different with them today. Hopefully the students are deep into their school day and this won’t be a spoiler for the party. We’ll chat about all sorts of fun things related to Valentine’s Day, but we will also write letters and practice using fountain pens.
In a survey sent to the students earlier this week, many wanted to know if letter writing was still important in the internet age. I was happy to see this video on The TODAY show this morning…which I think answers this question of most people today.
George and Barbara Bush Love Letters Revealed on the TODAY Show. Jenna Bush Hager interviews her grandparents to understand how important letters were to them.
I’m so proud of my male clients this year. They didn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to come flying in looking for the “perfect card” for their sweetheart. Actually a few of them didn’t really want to get a traditional “Valentine’s Day” card. They wanted very plain (but nice) paper with matching envelopes. “This year I’m just gonna write it!”, said one of my clients. “No hearts, no cupids and maybe not even a card.”
- Graphic Image Leather Journal, $60, Leather Jotter, $40, Leather Business Card Case, $40. Pineider Capri Stationery, $120. Visconti Fountain Pen, $145. Pilot Japanese Ink, $39. Dempsey and Carroll Engraved Calendar, $125. Constance Kay Greeting Cards, starting at $9. Just Write, by Molly O’Shaughnessy, $12.95.
He said my window display gave him an idea of what to get his wife this year. He bought the leather Graphic Image journal in red and a bottle of Private Reserve Ink in Dakota Red for his fountain pen. He said he plans to write on the first 14 pages (get it?) and then leave the journal on her night stand. How creative, thoughtful and flat-out romantic.
So no need to work yourself up trying to search for the perfect card. Almost every card in TT Patton is blank inside so you write what YOU feel. Mmmmm, I think I might take these hints from my male clients this year for my sweetheart. I’m just gonna write it! But, shhhhh don’t tell my husband….he thinks he’s getting a motorcycle!
Pineider Capri Note Cards
Pineider, made in Italy, is a beautiful line of stationery sold only in a few good stores! So, I love it when a client calls ‘just to see what we have in stock.’ ‘Not looking for anything in particular, just browsing’…on the phone. After chit chatting for a while, I shared that we have white note cards with red trim in stock. HIS whole mood changed. ‘REALLY?’, he said with excitement in his voice. ‘Can you email me a picture?’ So I opened the boxed and snapped a picture of it. Before I could call him to make sure he received the photo, he had already emailed me his address to send him a box…OVERNIGHT!
It IS February and Pineider love is in the air.
Another ‘browsing’ client was actually looking for really nice paper to leave his sweetheart love notes all throughout the house leading up to Valentine’s Day. He also decided on Pineider, but red with white trim. How sweet! Sure hope I get red notes all over the house….