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Five Reasons why Huey Lewis (and the News) was right! Way back in the eighties in a time when Mark Zuckerberg was still in nappies, Huey Lewis and the News sang a rather catchy little tune called “Hip To Be Square”. Purportedly about the pleasures of conformity and the importance of trends, Huey was definitely onto something. In celebration of all things hip and all things square, here are our top 5 reasons why the regular quadrilateral is our fave:
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. –Alfred Painter
Recently, I read a fascinating article about a US-based ‘start up’ that has developed technology that is able to scan your handwriting and reproduce it to create robot-written greetings and thank you notes. Isn’t it telling that even in our time-poor society, the hand-written note is still social currency and worth paying several hundred dollars to fake?
Many of us remember participating in a post-Christmas thank-you-letter-writing marathon (and on receiving our pressies having to list what was from whom). I know it was a feature of my Christmas school holidays, and am sure many of you can relate. FORMER MP Ann Widdecombe deserves some credit for recently calling on parents to get their children to write thank you letters. [Read more…]
December is that wonderful time of year where friends and relatives who may not keep regular correspondence reach out with carefully considered and thoughtful messages, cards and notelets are sent by the dozen and thank you cards are then written following visits and the exchange of gifts.
Receiving a handwritten message is such a treat (perhaps even more so in today’s instant digital age) and at HoneyTree we’ve been encapsulating those emotions through our bespoke illustrations since 2009.
I’m going to say something potentially contentious here: sometimes I feel that Father’s Day gets a little overshadowed by Mother’s Day. Now that’s not to say that Mother’s Day should be down-graded – far from it (and it is written about in the bible), but I would like to make a case for a greater celebration of fathers.
So this year I’d like to come out and fly the flag for Father’s Day. We’re proud of having done our bit in guiding our children towards adulthood and, more than anything, proud of our children – so let’s celebrate together.
Promoting the importance of letter writing by hand to children, teachers and schools
Here at the HoneyTree Studios we are very excited about the start of National Stationery week (25th April – 1st May 2016) which this year is working with the National Handwriting Association, Greeting Card Association, Writing Instrument Association and the Post Office to promote the importance of letter writing by hand to children, teachers and schools.
This follows the Government’s decision to reintroduce handwriting and letter writing into the Secondary Schools’ curriculum next Autumn. We care passionately about the survival of the written word and see this as a huge step in securing this ‘art form’ for the future.
Mother’s Day – No forgetting!
Mother’s Day is considered as one of the most important family days of the year. It’s the chance for everyone to get together to show your Mother how much she means and that you all appreciate everything she does throughout the year. It’s the day where as a son or daughter you can display those little acknowledgements that the years of hard graft as a parent didn’t go unnoticed and when choosing your gift or Mother’s Day card you can show that no one knows better than you what your mother really likes.
When it comes to choosing mother’s day cards and gifts, that’s where personalisation comes in. It’s the little touches of personalisation that mothers especially appreciate. It shows love, understanding and sometimes that element of humour that is unique to your family.
Recently, whilst enjoying supper with friends, the conversation turned to whether the art of letter writing and all things paper were relevant in this day and age of fast communication, naturally the floor was divided myself and Lizbeth leading the “pro vote’ while the opposition ranted and raved as to the convenience of emails and social media, the conversation became more and more heated until our host suddenly got up and left the table, we thought perhaps he had had enough of our rowdy rantings and decided to leave us to it, but he soon reappeared clutching a Nile Blue box from a certain stationers residing in Bond Street.
At HoneyTree are acutely aware that we are all writing letters and social correspondence less nowadays. We believe that when one does ‘put pen to paper’, we are looking to make a lasting impression, that’s why we started Honey Tree, so selecting the most appropriate cards / papers for the task in hand is an important consideration.
For some kinds of correspondence, only real stationery will do. If you are writing a love letter, a sympathy note, a thank you card, or a letter of congratulations, you don’t want to send such meaningful musings on paper you tore out of your spiral bound notebook. Quality stationery adds a depth of sincerity to your words plus letters and cards are always opened (email are not!).
What is Post Quarto writing paper (PQ)?
Post Quarto writing paper is THE traditional size of writing paper, favoured by the Royal Household, and fits perfectly between the office standard A4 (which is quite intimidating to write on due to its size, but convenient for today’s desktop printers), and A5, which is a lovely gift set size. For the discerning letter writer therefore, Post Quarto writing paper is the perfect standout option.