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How Does Stationery Inspire Your Relationships?

Gabrielle Blair (@designmom) guest posts today. She is in love with Ben Blair for lots of reasons. One of them is because he reads her blog Design Mom devotedly—even though 99% of the content doesn't interest him in the least. Together, they have 5 kids and live in New York.

This is the 14th year that Ben Blair and I have celebrated Valentine’s Day together. Our family tradition: putting together a special breakfast for the kids on February 14th. Our couple's tradition: to forgo gifts and exchange love letters instead.

Love letters are wonderful to receive and a challenge to compose. It’s often hard to put feelings into words and the exercise of recording your deepest emotions for your lover is both intimidating and exhilarating. (I mean it. It will get your pulse pounding). Plus, the idea of being an old lady and having a box filled with stacks of love letters tied up in fading ribbons is so charming. How could I not get on the love letter train?

We were really good about our love letter tradition for many years. And somewhere I have a file with those heartfelt notes waiting to be found and reread. But for the last few Valentine's Days, we’ve totally slacked off. Resolution: start it up again in '09.

Why not join me in writing out your devotion to the one you love? To get us started, here’s a roundup of sweet and super sweet Valentine Stationery to get you in the mood for love. Personally, I find it’s much easier to put my pen to paper when the paper is delicious.

Sources (from left to right):
Biking Together by Kindred Knit.
Little Angel by Craft Pudding.
Coffee Love by Little Brown Pen.

Love in Cabbage by Armato Design .
You and Me by JulieAnnA.
Valentine Vespa by Winifred Studio.

So Very Happy Card by Dazey Chic.
Crush by Bloom Art Design.
Birthday Numbers by Sweetbeet.

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Janika said...

Thanks for the heads up on the darling Vespa/scooter valentine! My husband just got a sleek new (to us) Vespa and this card just gave me the idea to write him a love note and suggest a romantic little outing on the Vespa. Thanks again for the inspiration!

Jeana said...

Love this... I actually created little cards for my hubby and kids so I could give love notes to them frequently throughout the year. They are called Quick-Me-Ups. What a great way to stay in touch and nurture your family and marriage relationships! Thanks for the sweet post!

Therese said...

I love this idea! I am really bad when it comes to telling my hubby just how much he means to me, so this would be a great gift for me to give him.

Organic Sugar Scrubs said...

awwww how sweet! We don't celebrate V-day but I am writing my hunny a letter tomorrow! I want to be an old lady with a box full of letters to share with my grandchildren!!! Thanks for bringing back the old world!

Rachel Ferrucci

Shooting Starchild said...

My husband and I tell each other we love each other all the time, but I always feel better about having things written down - and I'm more eloquent in writing.

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