We're all guilty! Someone, near or far, pops into our mind; we haven't thought of them in ages and we resolve to get in touch, ask how they are and let them know we're thinking of them. But life has a way of sweeping us along, often at high speed, and our best intentions become overlooked. The final week in September gives us the opportunity to put things right.
|An Eye on the Birds by Louise Rawlings - Milkwood Publishing|
Beginning on 26 September, 'Thinking of You Week' gives us seven days to catch up with family and friends - not by flashing off a quick text or email but by putting pen to paper or card and taking a few moments to convey all those things we really meant to say but didn't get around to.
|Loopy by Martin Leman ARWS RBA - Dry Red Press|
And science has shown that receiving a handwritten note or card creates a warm positive boost and makes people feel far more special. Some even believe that it can stave off feelings of loneliness and improve self esteem; great benefits from such a simple gesture.
|Cyclamen by Jane Crick - The Lavenham Press|
Writing the cards doesn't have to be a huge chore either. Think of seven people who would really love to hear from you and write to one each day: an elderly relative who you don't get to see very often; a brother or sister who's away at university; an old school friend who it's always a joy to catch up with but never frequently enough; even your other half who is so special and deserves to see your true feelings expressed as only you can.
|Thank You by Seb - Milkwood Publishing|
Even the children can participate and have fun by making their own card or doing a drawing or painting for granny and grandad or an auntie with a few words to say 'Thank you for looking after me, I always enjoy our days together'.
|Rowboat & Bike by Angus Robertson - Periodic Society|
The Royal Mail will be using a special franking mark on all mail during Thinking of You Week to ensure the message is spread far and wide. So why not join in? Make yourself a short (or long!) list of worthy recipients and set aside a few minutes each day, during your lunch break or in the evening, to pen a personal message to each one. They will be thrilled when your card drops on their mat and you will be glad you did!
|Autumn in Glenlivet - one of our own designs|
Many of you like to keep a stock of cards on hand and we are very grateful! Each purchase you make, especially from small, local independent shops, is a vital contribution to that business' success and to the independent artists and designers whose work is featured on the cards. That's why artist and designer, Sarah Hamilton began the Just a Card campaign: to stress how each and every purchase, however small, helps to keep so many small businesses in existence. Please keep a look out for the logo and spread the word to your family and friends. Use the hashtag #justacard on Twitter and Facebook.