I have been trying to update my inventory with new items just for this event. I've been working on new cards, favors, and some mini scrapbook albumns. The cards are pretty simple, but I wanted to get something out there with animals on it to help make it relevant for the people that would visit the shelter. I figure they would like animals. So I've been making cards with dogs and cats. They are pretty basic, but I've been drawn to the clean lines and the simplicity of these cards. It reminds me of simplier times. I know that letter writing is becoming a lost art and not many people give cards out anymore. But I still love getting a card with a heartfelt message written on it. I hate when my husband or anyone for that matter just signs their name at the bottom of a card they bought from Hallmark. I think the extra effort to write out your thoughts on paper is touching, romantic, and brings great healing to the soul. In this day and age of text message, e-mails, Instant messaging, and automated phone calls---a handwritten letter is a like a long embrace as the thoughts unfold on paper as the reader soaks in every word.
I guess that's why I make so many blank cards. Not because I don't want to take the time to put something in there. It leaves more room for the giver to write their thoughts out to the recipient. Can you imagine what it must have been like to live back during the days of the pony express? People writing letters by candle light. Waiting days for a reply. Anticipation of opening a letter that was hand delivered to your door by a letter carrier. It seems so romantic. No blogs, no computers, no modern conviences. Simply being appreciative for everything you have. Sometimes I'd like to go back in time to eras like this, then I snap back to reality as I hear the ding of my dish washer.....and then I wonder how in the world did these people ever get by without electricity.
Anyways, I got to go put the laundry in the washer. Thank God we don't have to use washboards anymore. Enjoy the pictures and rember to be thankful for what you have this week!