Thank you notes are an integral part of a Southern woman’s upbringing. We are taught to be grateful, always say please and thank you, and appreciate the many gifts in life. This is how I was raised and this is how I choose to raise my daughter Maggie. I want her to grow up with a grateful manner. I want her to be thankful for all that life has to offer.
However in this busy day-and-age, I often forget or don’t seem to find time for a personal, hand-written thank you note. I plan to remedy that situation and I’m just now getting to my holiday thank you list. To those on my list, please be patient with us. We WILL make more time to sit with pen, scissors, and paper over the next weeks.
A recent Design Sponge post has some great ideas for crafting beautiful stationery and cards that will make expressing our gratitude easier. Vintage wallpaper and old maps are reclaimed and repurposed for some simple, elegant ways to say thank you. There is a great tutorial on DIY marbled paper- a beautiful addition to any stationery collection. The projects are thoughtful, inexpensive, and creative ways to show appreciation for special gifts, moments, or just because.
I also love to make and send Alabama Chanin beaded cards to thank those who support, encourage, and inspire us. You can find this project, its instructions, and a blank postcard to personalize on page 97 of Alabama Stitch Book . To make your own note cards, cut 100% recycled card stock to 5 1/2” x 4 3/4”. There are a few patterns provided here that can be printed and scaled to the size of the cut card stock. Choose from our colorful collection of bugle and seed beads.
Since my daughter Maggie and I will now be crafting our gratitude, we might be finished sometime around Valentine’s Day. Look for lots of RED gratitude this year… and thanks again for all your gifts, kind words, and patience.