Fall is for – going apple picking

If you don’t already know, I’m a fan of handwritten letters and cards. I seek out unique cards to send to friends, and I like to support makers of fine stationery. In true Southern tradition, if you send me a thank-you note, I’ll likely send you a note to thank you for the thank-you. I send postcards and write letters to several pen pals, too.

And so it was with great pleasure that I came across the duo of Isabel and Kate, the creative force behind Of Note Stationers. Their philosophy is in perfect sync with mine.

Together, we believe that letter writing is a mindful act, one that allows you to slow down, appreciate the little things in life, and share that appreciation with others. We strive to keep people connected and deepen relationships through the written word.

I subscribe to the Of Note newsletter and enjoy shopping the newest collections of cards. I love what I see.

Gorgeous letter press craft.

Clean and simple designs that invite rather than overpower.  

No syrupy sayings or contrived messages, just honest words from the heart.

Like some of my favorite photographs where beauty is found in the subtlety of life, cards designed by Isabel and Kate help us to see that there are no ordinary moments.

I was especially drawn to their card, Fall is for . . .

Not so much a to-do list, more of a wish list. A little reminder of the power we have to make time for things that enrich our lives. I love that the list includes things that bring us together like going apple picking AND things that encourage us to rest and relax in solitude like cozying up with a book and a blanket. There is mention of eating a slice of pumpkin pie but no mandate to “make a pumpkin pie from scratch.” It’s a lovely list infused with balance.

As we put on more layers, we remind ourselves of the opportunity this time brings to re-visit and perhaps re-set our intentions for the rest of 2017. We have three and a half months, how can we make the most of what is left?

I ordered a few cards from Of Note Stationers and a sweet little “keep in touch” stamp. I’m going to use the Fall is for . . .  card as a framework for some photography fun, aiming to take pictures of each activity. And when I am finished with the list, I'll send that card to a friend with the photographs as my gift.

Here’s my first check mark . . . going apple picking.  

We spent a gorgeous Sunday in the Shenandoah Mountains picking apples.

Black Twig, Winesap, Fuji, Golden delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Empire, and York.