Still Talking About Goals {And A Giveaway}!




Hello Farmgirl Friends!

I wrote a post here a couple months ago asking my readers to comment about their goals and hopes for themselves for this year.  I’ve read over every single one of those 97 comments numerous times.  They have actually been so helpful to me because a lot of them are exactly what I feel for myself too.




There was a general thought that went through a lot of the comments that has been on my mind as well:  do better about keeping in touch with friends and loved ones.  Someone actually said in reference to her almost grown grandchildren:  “My goal is to send them a snail mail note once a month”.  I absolutely loved that.




So, with the thought of keeping in touch the old fashioned way I started thinking:  “How could I set up a system that would make it more fun and more of an organized set up for me to keep consistent with this”?  And as is so often the case for me; that involves sewing in some way or another!  Ha Ha!




So I had this brainstorm to make a covered 3-ring binder with calendar pages where I keep track of the people I want to write to each month, along with birthdays and anniversaries.


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That turned into such a fun project that then I added a pocket page where I can actually put cards for that month.




And of course THEN I needed a zipper pouch to hold my pens and stamps right?




This project turned into a few weeks of brainstorming and working on it off and on until it is finally all complete.  (And in my trial and error I made three sets… one for me and two for friends!)




I’m SO excited to get started March 1st with my list of letter writing.


I’ve been thinking about what kind of letter I would like to receive in the mail… and I’ve come to the decision that I would be so thrilled with a simple card with just a little note of “I’m thinking about you”.  That’s all it would take to make my day.  My goal is to keep the words in my cards very short and from the heart.


“This is the year to spend kindness and love.”  That phrase was in many of the comments from my blog post in December and I’ve thought about it so much.  This is the year for kindness.




Because I love give-aways and I love all of my special readers, I’m offering another give-away!  This time it is to help you get off to the right start in keeping in touch!




I’m giving away a set of 10 note cards that I’ve made from flowers from my flower farm.  These are all my photography and have been professionally printed.


All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling who the first person is that you plan to write to!  The first person I plan to write to is my dear, sweet Momma. Even though I talk to her every single day on the phone, that simply does not replace a sweet note in the mail does it?


I’ll let you know the winner in my post in March!


Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.


Leave a comment 120 Comments

  1. Sandra Johnson says:

    The first person I will write to using your beautiful notecards is an elderly aunt that I rarely get to visit in person! I have several friends that I have been corresponding with during the pandemic since handwritten notes are enjoyed far longer than phone calls or emails, and they will get notes, too!
    I enjoy reading your posts and seeing photos of your lovely crafts! Inspiring, though I don’t have your talent.

  2. Stacey Mitchell says:

    My first handwritten letter will be to my friend Bobby. He is a dear, loving friend.

  3. Cathy Holton says:

    I’ll send one to my best friend!

  4. Emily Pennington says:

    Hi Dori;

    Your cards look beautiful! And I love the binder and pouch you made.

    Since our family lost a sister this year, I would send my remaining sister the card. Since she rarely sews, I think it would be special to make something to send with it!

    Thank you for the opportunity of receiving a set of your cards.

    Take care.

  5. Lisa D Von Saunder says:

    I send cards for each and every holiday all year round to all my friends .But this year I was not able to go the stores to get the cards I needed. I have a list of about 30 people so I think I’m good at letting people know I care and think about them.

    People really seem to enjoy them and I try and pick out ones appropriate for each person. Some are the same cards to different people but you get the drift. I write something personal in each and the pets get their own cards if possible.
    ( try and find Easter cards with cats or dogs on them ! )

    Its a great way to stay in touch and sure beats Texting and emailing for personal reaching out.

  6. winnie Jackson says:

    love the cards! My goal this year is to remember people by writing more notes to them to bring JOY to their lives this year. This virus has put us all in a different way of remembering others close at heart. So I desided to do at least 3 each week. I purchase beautill stamps, just need to get pretty cards. Stay safe and I am grateful for all you post for all of us that follow you. Blessings, Winnie :)

  7. Carole Harmon says:

    Your idea is wonderful! My cousin Donna wrote me a long letter last year, which I treasure. It prompted me to mail Christmas cards in December, writing notes in each.

    The first handwritten letter would be to cousin Donna. Close seconds would be to my sister and daughter.

    Thanks for sharing your photos and ideas, Carole

  8. Pat G says:

    I was just telling my sis that I am going to write a ltter to our niece that lives in NJ & we have not seen in over 30 yrs.!

  9. Debbie Klann says:

    Doris, I ❤ this!!! You are so creative and your binders turned out so pretty!!
    This is a great idea. I still have little notes that I’ve saved through the years that mean so much to me…especially those from my grandma, who is no longer here. We never know how just a few encouraging words will make a person’s day.
    It reminds me of the idea that to make change in the world, WE need to start with ourselves.
    I’m not sure who I would write to first! Probably my friend, Jami.

  10. Karen Kudla says:

    I love, love love this idea! My first handwritten note will be to my grandchildren! Will you do a tutorial on your project? I’d love to make this for myself!

  11. Mary Pitman says:

    I would send a card to my dear life-long friend who lives in Montana. We do write to each other (snail mail) about once every so often, not consistent! That would be perfect, just a sweet “Thinking of You” would mean a lot!

  12. Joan Piercy says:

    The first person I will write to is my BFF, Linda J. She lives in Alabama & we try to keep in touch but sometimes it is weeks before we connect. Just want to say that your cards are beautiful! Do you sell them?

  13. Maxine Jelinek says:

    I love this! It’s simply beautiful! I love getting snail mail and hardly get any, I know because I don’t get myself to write it. I have a long time friend that sends hand written notes several times a year, and she is the first person I would respond to!

  14. Bonnie McKee says:

    My first note will be sent to my 18 year old granddaughter, Rachel ❤️

  15. Cheryl says:

    I have several friends at church that are needing prayers and I know they would enjoy a card letting them know I am praying and thinking of them daily

  16. Bonnie I. says:

    I love the binder also! My best friend has been having health problems and has just now been correctly diagnosed and on the mend. I had to send her a card to express my gratitude and love. There is nothing like a personal note. Phone calls are good but a hand written note is best in my opinion. I like your idea of a monthly binder and may implement it for my own friends and family. Thank you so much for the great ideas!

  17. Judy From Maine says:

    First card would go to my Mom. She is in assisted living, and I speak to her regularly, but I also send her a card once a week or so. I remember her sending me cards and letters when I was at Girl Scout camp and how much I loved getting them. ( I was very homesickJ I like to think that the cards I send her bring her as much joy.

  18. Pamela says:

    What a great idea! My Mom is #1 and my aunt is #2 on my list. I love your cards – they’re beautiful! And the binder is a great idea!

  19. Marge Turner says:

    I love that binder and immediately thought of the fabric scraps I have! I am a stamper so I love to make cards (with plenty of glitter) and send to special friends. I have a very special friend who lives in a nursing home in another city and because of covid we haven’t been able to visit-she is first in my list.

  20. Jacqueline Bilder says:

    Wow, you are so creative and talented. I will write to my sister in CA. We usually talk every week or so but hand written notes are so awesome to receive! Thanks for sharing all of your hard work!

  21. Irene says:

    I love the idea of making a binder. My letter would be to my friend Elaine. We’ve been friends since the late 60’s. We been writing ever since I moved away.

  22. Pam says:

    I would write to my daughter. I miss her so much. Nice project and lovely cards.

  23. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Hi! I love to make cards out of photos I have taken. I love snailmail. My first card would be to an elderly lady I have kept in touch with for years after she moved.

  24. LaVon Davis says:

    If I was one of the Lucky winners, I would use the card to send to my friend that was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am a card sender, so I would use them all.Thank you

  25. Jackie Galluze says:

    I will write to my niece who is in a personal care home. She is only 40 years old & has many medical problems. She loves to receive cards from me. She will never be able to be on her own.

  26. Judith Stout says:

    What a great and thoughtful idea. I would write to my brother who I don’t get to see very often. Thank you and God Bless.


  27. Joanne says:

    I would send my first note to my good friend and college roommate.
    Her birthday is in the month of March and we have remained friends for almost 50!years!!

  28. Cynthia Lopez says:

    Wow, I have a few I would send too. But my friend Maureen would be first choice. We have been friends since Desert Storm and have not seen each other since then, but write to each other every year. We are planning to meet in Phoenix (half way for each of us) this year when this Pandemic has abated. What a reunion!
    Thank you!

  29. Bonnie Baker says:

    Hi Doris,
    I have to say that you are so creative on so many levels. I’ve always loved your choice of fabrics…so cheerful and colorful. The fabric note cards and binders are adorable. And the flower photo note cards are glorious… I’m so ready to see some sign of spring and summer! So I’m hoping to have them appear in my mailbox.

  30. Mary Rauch says:

    My first letter will be to a school pal from 56 years ago who recently found me on Facebook and said that she always wanted to be closer when we were in high school but was too shy to make it known…That made me so sad. Here’s my chance to recapture the treasure of a friendship that I have been missing all these years! Dori, your column has already “won a gift for me”, a renewal of friendship from long ago! See how wise you are?

  31. Wendy Moore says:

    My daughter is 18 and in college. She would be the first person that I would write to. I would love to send her notes throughout the year to remind her of how special she is and that she is a beautiful child of God!

  32. Susan Boysen says:

    Oh so many to reach out to from afar…last year I moved from my long time home in Washington state to a new home in Idaho with my son and his family. Left good friends and my daughter (and her family) behind. Then left Idaho for a visit with a special friend in Maryland where I have been ‘happily’ stuck due to covid concerns since October. So I have friends and family scattered from coast to coast who I miss so very much…but who to write to first? I think my ‘sister from another mother’ who retired this year. We need to plan a girl’s trip in honor of her retirement…what better way to begin to plan than with an ‘old fashioned handwritten’ letter?

  33. Sandy says:

    I would definitely write to my mother first. She will be moving from the hospital to a rehab center this week. She would love to get some Mail. In fact, just thinking about this has inspired me. I’ll do that as soon as she moves. Thank you

  34. I simply love your ideas about sending notes to loved ones!.
    Im going to send a note to my Great Granddaughter today.
    Your binder is awesome! Would love instructions on how to make my own.


  35. Cassandra Brungardt says:

    I would send the first one to my daughter. We do not get to see her very much.

  36. Rebecca says:

    I love this idea. Nothing brightens my day more than opening up the mailbox to a hand written note or letter. My first letter will go to my friend Jo. We met while we both worked for the U.S. Coast Guard and became like sisters. She’s battled breast cancer twice, but never let it get her down. We live in different states and don’t see one another as much as we like but we talk and text often. Thank you for your idea. I love it.

  37. Sanne says:

    My best friend and gardening buddy comes to mind. We always swap seeds and talk about our (gardening and otherwise) successes and failures. She loves flowers just as much as I do.

  38. Sanne says:

    And thank you so much for the inspiration of the binder! I bought a binder cover for my knitting pattern binder on ebay years ago, was never quite happy with it, and will now work in improving it.

  39. shawna says:

    I will send a card to my daughter who is in Portland while we are in San Diego. Because of covid we have not been able to visit her as much as we had planned. I send her a box of goodies from home every month including something homemade from the kitchen & something knit or crocheted & there is always a card with bits of news from home. We are so thankful for facetime & texts so we can keep in touch, but it is not the same as being able to hug her.

  40. Judith Smith-Coleman says:

    Hello Dori,
    Your project is just beautiful…and engineered perfectly. You thought of everything!! I have made it my ministry for a couple decades now to send snail mail notes, particularly to a friend from college who has become unable to leave her house without lots of planning. Also, I’ve been involved in a pen pal program at two nursing homes not far from my home. This has become especially important this year with COVID eliminating any contact visitations. I also try to send my nieces and nephews fun cards as they move frequently for school and jobs. It is purely selfish because I want to keep myself on their radar. :) I have found two artists through Facebook who have small businesses selling their work on greeting cards. I have been purchasing cards from them when I get low. Your cards are just beautiful. I admire all the work you and your family do to make your flower business a success. The pictures are wonderful…and hopeful!! I enjoy your blog!! Be well! Judy

  41. Ann says:

    I’ve gathered together a group of friends who are all writing letters to the elderly for an organization that provides these letters to residents in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. So far we have collected over 100 personal notes and thinking of you cards to send the Love for our Elders. I can’t think of a better way to brighten someone’s day than a personal note.

  42. Patty says:

    My Aunt French in Tahoe. She would so enjoy the flowers because she will still be looking at snow. She is in poor health and I really need to reach out to her more.
    I would love to have directions for your binder and accessories.

  43. Treese Hellstrom says:

    Beautiful work! I’ll write/send one to my best friend Marian!
    Colorado Cowgirl.

  44. kim says:

    I LOVE sending ( and receiving, of course)correspondence thru the mail. I live in NM, and currently my two best friends are living very far away…one in OR, the other in NC. Thankfully we are all good letter writers! I have made a practice of writing another age old friend twice a month as he is in assisted living after a stroke. I write him as he needs a little spark to brighten his day, we all do!
    THANK YOU for re-affirming the joy of writing! I love your quilting reports too!

    All the best, Kim

  45. sharon butera says:

    Several years ago my parents had to make the tough decision to move to an assisted living complex. Mom had lost her ability to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries so it fell to Dad to continue sending their love and good wishes through greeting cards. To make it easy for him I put together a binder with monthly pockets, a calendar and the names and milestones. I tucked a card appropriate to each into the pockets with envelopes already stamped so all Dad had to do was write a note and drop the cards into the post box in the home’s office. It was a big job to set up for him the first year, but then each Christmas I would replenish a year’s worth of cards as a gift to him and Mom.
    I love the idea of a quilted cover 3 ring binder! Yours looks beautiful. And I so enjoy reading about your flower business and your girls who work right along side you. Photo notecards from your farm would be a delight to receive and even more of a joy to send.
    And thanks for the reminder that we all would enjoy receiving a bit of love in the mail.

  46. Betty says:

    Wonderful Goal!
    My daughter-in-law. She is a two time cancer survivor and one of the most courageous women.

  47. Pamela L Czurak says:

    The first person I plan to write to is my almost 100 year old Uncle, last of his generation who has been stuck in his Condo for over a year because of Covid.

  48. Crystal M Pung says:

    The first person I plan on writing is my grandmother who is on hospice. This could be the last letter I get to write to her.

  49. Della says:

    The binder is such a nifty idea. My first note will be to my childhood friend.

  50. Beth O'Nyon says:

    Hi Dori

    Knowing who to send the first note too is tough. I have so many wonderful people in my life who love, show kindness and keep me sane :). As with everyone, this past year has been tough. We moved to a new home which is beautiful and restorative. It is not a working farm, but I am getting it back to being as close to a farm as I can. Then we had fires and had to be evacuated for a week. Then I had to deal with some serious health issues. Then the major storms just came through and took our power and heat for a week brr. Yet, when I look back at emails and texts from my friends and loved ones, I know how lucky I am. My first card will go to my cousin Pam. She has been like a mother, older system and best friend for many years. When I moved to CA from Ohio, she is one of the people I miss most. I think she would be delighted to receive a beautiful handwritten note in the mail. Thanks for sharing this idea. Best of everything–Beth

    • Mary Rauch says:

      Beth, you can assure Pam (in Ohio) that we will support her as she adjusts to missing you. Maybe she will come to the Farmgirl blog and talk with all of us? We love Ohio and plan to stay the rest of our lives if it be God’s will.

  51. Brenda Cervantes says:

    I would love to write to my momma and my elderly aunts. Some letters to older family members is so important. Let them know they are still important! Thank you for your blog. Always enjoy!

  52. Mary Homolka says:

    I love this idea of keeping in touch with my family and friends I too talk to my sister every day she lives in Missouri and I live in Nebraska. We both miss our mom so we talk to each other to help us Thur this time and we r hope to see each other this summer

  53. Sandy says:

    Love the cards! The first person I will write to is a niece who lives far away from the family.

  54. Renee says:

    Hi Dori:

    My first card would be to my great-niece! My sister, her Gam, died two years ago. She asked me to take Cassie on as my own granddaughter. I like to write stories to the now five year old about her Gam!

    Your cards and calendar are beautiful!


  55. Leisa Joan says:

    I would probably send a card to my folks who live in Florida for the winter season. We miss them a lot, and my mom loves receiving cards/mail. My daughter who is 23 is on a letter/card campaign of her own – sending out Valentines, birthday, first day of Spring etc. She would love to see a pattern of your address/card book if available. thanks, ljp

  56. Lorrie boothby says:

    I would write my granddaughter adaline who lives in florida.

  57. Mary Sand says:

    My sister-in-law is in assisted living since March 2020. And with Covid-19 has only been able to visit family and friends via looking out her 2nd story window and talking on her phone to us. My first card would be sent encouraging her to have hope for the future when we can go to coffee or lunch and have a good hug!
    She was an avid gardener and loves plants and flowers and would love one of your cards!

    Thanks for listening – Mary Sand

  58. Adrienne Kristine says:

    My first recipient would be Jacalyn. We’ve spoken many times on the phone and through email, but she just lost her love of 20 years and is trying to live in a world without him. I would let her know how loved and cherished she is by one of her many friends. Thank you for this opportunity.

  59. Marsha Gulick says:

    I love this idea. And I LOVE your fabric planner.
    My goal is to send a small watercolor piece of art to all my 30-ish nieces and nephews. Or a book I think they would like. I sent the first three Little House Books to one niece who was struggling with home schooling. I suggested she just read aloud to her kids.
    Are you going to make a pdf or teach an online class on your project? I would love that.

  60. Laurel Anne Pries says:

    What a lovely idea!! When covid hit…I wrote letters to my 6 little grt grandchildren ages 4-6, telling them it wasn’t their fault we couldn’t see them so often. We all live in a small community in the foothills of beautiful Mount Rainier in Washington state. The littles loved getting something with their name on it in the mail and drew pictures to send back to us….it was fun! So I think I would send a little note to these mamas that are so good to papa and me….Thanks Dori for the great read. Laurel

  61. Deb Powell says:

    My first card will be a “thinking of you” card to a friend who recently lost a family member.

  62. Carolyn Lokken says:

    I too am reverting to handwritten notes, something that has fallen by the wayside. Those I receive I always keep. I direct a community chorus I have nor seen for a year. That’s where i’ll Start.

  63. Marie Listopad says:

    My first letter will be to my sister Vanessa (Audra Rose). We write each other frequently and I want to send her a special message of gratitude.

  64. Daizy Bailes says:

    Hay there. I didn’t see your first request from your blog asking what I was planning for this year, however, at the first of this year I decided that I wanted to be more active with my snail mail. Now, it’s funny that I am reading this blog post at this time. I have cards on my desk to write notes in and mail. My goal is 5-6 per month. But I am a bit behind for February as they should have been posted by the 15th. I have a dear friend in Texas that is receiving one of these cards.

    You cards are so pretty. I too have a set of cards that are from my photos. It’s nice to send something so personalized. Have a great day. Hugs from Daizy at The Poor House Ranch

  65. Sheree says:

    The first person I would write is my 91-year old grandmother!! We still do book clubs together, cook together, watch movies together….even though we are separated by 500 miles.

  66. CJ says:

    Beautiful work, Dori! I would love to send a handwritten note to my one and only daughter, Robin.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  67. Debbie Watson says:

    Your note cards are beautiful. I also love your binder.
    I am going to send a note to my three brothers. We lost our oldest brother this past December. Life is short. I will also send one to my sister-in-law.
    Thank you for your encouragement.

  68. Susan says:

    I started writing my granddaughters early and have suggested other grandparents write their grandchildren. One of the other grandmothers suggested to keep all the letters and give them back to my granddaughters on there wedding day. My granddaughters also have started writing to more family members. It is amazing how one small thing and keep growing and brighten so May people lifes

  69. Toni Looker says:

    Our grandchildren. Three beautiful girls from 10 years old to 25.

  70. Paula Clemens says:

    The first person I would write to is my friend Evie. She is a woman of indescribable strength, wisdom and spirit. I admire her and feel a deep kinship when I am able to see her (which has been infrequent over the past 40 years). She feeds my soul.

  71. Emilie K Wacker says:

    A friend just sent me something in the mail so instead of calling him to thank him, I will send a written note instead.

  72. Bette M Axiak says:

    One of my goals for this year is to “slow down” and ask God to organize my life in such a way that he would allow me to see people’s needs and respond to them confidently knowing God will provide the words and actions for me to relieve some of their stress. What better way then to send a note to them periodically. Thank you for the old fashion way of returning to sending “notes” not generated by e-mail. I am been enjoying all your “projects”.

  73. Donnalee Smith says:

    You are very resourcefull. Thank you for a chance of winning your cards. I would send the first one to my son in Pennsylvania. Haven’t been able to visit because of the virus.

  74. Denise Woods says:

    My first letters will be to my sisters. I recently celebrated my 60th birthday and they both made a special trip to visit me (in Michigan!) because “I wasn’t supposed to turn 60 alone!” They are always with me and supporting me thru the good and bad. I love them both very much and feel blessed to have them!

  75. Heike says:

    Hi Dori,

    what a fantastic binder! My first card would go to my 6 best friends. Our last time together was to celebrate my birthday by the beach, pre-Covid. Two live out of state/county, the rest are here. But we are still distancing, so I would write them ALL! I bet a “real” card would do wonders for the spirit :).

  76. Deb says:

    Hi Dori,

    I would send a card to my friend of 39 years. Even though she had to move a few years ago to be with her family, we still try and keep in touch by phone or by cards and letters.

  77. Martha Turner says:

    Vida – ex mother-in-law

  78. Sharon says:

    My first note will be to my granddaughter. She is just eleven years old, and needs extra encouragement right now to listen to the Lord and cling tightly to His promises for her life.

  79. Laurie Lasala-Tuttle says:

    Hi Dori,
    Such a great way to make a 3-ring binder both useful AND lovely! I would send a card to my 91 year old daddy, who I haven’t been able to visit in a long while. I would love to purchase a pattern to make your special binder.

  80. Margaret Shie says:

    I’m going to send two — one to my friend who under goes renal dialysis three a week due to kidney failure; and one to my friend who has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
    Both need lots of love and support!

  81. Robin Malloy says:

    I would write to my best friend, although we try to connect at least a few times per week. This past few months have been really rough on her and her family. I think a special note would cheer her up. Wait…..I think I will do it now!

  82. Beth says:

    I’ll write to my sister. I haven’t seen her in nearly 2 years although they live just a few hours north. We got used to seeing each other so often in the years before our mom passed. As we both understood (and gave thanks for!), we couldn’t have done that without each other.
    I often tell her she’s my favorite sister. Even though there are only the two of.
    Such a blessing!

  83. Angela Roberts says:

    I’ll send a letter to my mom, who has been quarantining for 9 months.

  84. Antoinette Anderson says:

    My sister!

    Your cards look beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  85. oanne Vanderheite says:

    The first person I would write to with the beautiful note cards is My Daughter , she just asked me to help her with a garden this year with her four daughters. I would love to brighten there day with a lovely card of yours. Thanks for the chance

  86. Donna Kozak says:

    The first person I would write to is my sister (who I always send little notes to with bookmarks I make !!). She loves all the little things I send but told me recently “Enough bookmarks!!”

  87. Nicki says:

    I’ll write to my daughter at college!

  88. Marilyn says:

    The first person I intend to send a letter is my cousin Lorraine. Her birthday is coming up in March. We do keep in touch throughout the year,but not enough.Thank You for the giveaway.

  89. Marion McCann says:

    I spent a day this week going through an old trunk. I found letters that were sent to me by my mother and my aunt. I lived near them and saw them frequently yet reading these letters reminded me of their love and their desire to show it through a handwritten letter. They both died many years ago and how special those letters are to me now. It was also a lesson to me to do the same. I’m blessed with 4 adult children and 7 adult grandchildren. I plan to write them each a special letter on days that are important to them but also just because. I love that you being these old fashioned and important ideas to us all through your blog.

  90. Sheryl Walz says:

    Your cards are beautiful!!! We’ve had a rough year at my school with two dear friends with cancer. One recently passed and the other is in treatment again. I would send her a card once a week and our friends who are praying and hand holding would get some too. We must always remember that a long life is not a guarantee so we have to cherish and love each moment we have.

  91. Maureen says:

    My first note will be to my sister that resides in assisted living. Because of Covid, they still aren’t allowed visitors. Hopefully soon.

  92. Jeanine Buettner says:

    My first note would be sent to a dear friend in a nursing home. Of course we cannot go visit her so I try to get a note to her every month or so. So having something new to send would be great. Thank you so much for your blog, I really enjoy it.

  93. Sharon says:

    I would write a special note to my daughter who lives in Austria! She & her (Austrian) husband had hoped to visit us last Fall, but, you know, COVID-19 . She loves gardening as much as I do-in Austria she does it on their little apartment balcony!

  94. Carol says:

    I love the idea of spreading love and kindness. Even more so, I love the idea of writing to the grandchildren once a month. Luckily, I only have 2 granddaughters, one 16 and one 5. So, they are the very first people I will write to! Have fun scattering kindness everyone! Carol

  95. MS Barb says:

    My cousin Sue! (She lives in WI, and I live in OH; we both were born in MN!) We’ve been “pen pals” for years! Thanks for a nice, special, giveaway!

  96. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I would begin by writing a quick note to my 4 grown children and then my 4 grandchildren. They need to know that we miss them, even though we talk once a week. I like to encourage everyone with my notes. We all need to know that we are loved!

  97. Lois Huston says:

    Since loosing my husband to cancer after a 9 year battle back in the fall of 2019, I have tried to put myself into the shoes of others who have experienced loss in their lives. A simple card, expressing a few words of encouragement, kindness, and understanding can lift the heart of that person. I would send your beautiful cards to someone who has gone thru heartache and loss.

  98. Carleen Sisler says:

    My mother!!

  99. Robin Reichardt says:

    I have several plain 3-ring binders that need fancied up as you did!! Yours are so pretty!!! My daughter who is in Tulsa, trying to home-school 2 energetic boys could use a card or 2 of encouragement!!

  100. Goatldi says:

    You nailed it!

    My Missouri cousin and I tried a round robin with our Mama’s families cousins all 24 of us. Wasn’t met with success

    I have been thinking about a way to jump start our failed project and your idea is perfect. Being a spinner and weaver I am all to familiar with “dying traditions “.

    If we don’t begin to involve the generations that come after us we will loose forever another skill forever.

    Great post well done!

  101. Teresa P. says:

    My first letter recipient of one of your unique and lovely note cards would be my friend in Pennsylvania. We both like to sew, so she would really appreciate your handiwork. Thank you for always being an uplifting soul, especially during the last year and my later years.
    Hugs and kudos to you!

  102. Liz Olson says:

    I plan to send my first card to my Uncle Bill! I haven’t seen or talked to him for sooo long and I want to ask him questions about my mom, his sister who died many years ago! On second thought I actually think I’ll take the card and hand deliver to him so I can hug him at the same time!

  103. Trisha Wilkins says:

    I am going to write to my grandma who is getting ready to celebrate her 95th birthday at the end of the month. I love the act of writing letters and notes to stay connected because it is such a rare thing these days. I know I love getting something in the mail, just knowing someone was thinking about me makes me feel good.

  104. Valerie Jensen says:

    Hi Dori!
    I think kindness always should be a thought as we interact with others all times! But yes, this is especially important these days. The first person I will write to is my new friend Carole-introduced to me by her granddaughter-another friend. We both have much in common-living for many years in adjacent towns and loosing our husbands to cancer last year.
    Thanks for all your thoughtful blogs

  105. Carmen Anderson says:

    A lovely idea…receiving mail is such a wonderful expression of love, caring and memories. I would send two lovely cards to dear friends…one in Virginia I have known since grade school so many years ago who lost her husband unexpectedly November 2019…she is brave and heartbroken, our love for each other knows no bounds. The other card card will go to a sweet friend in PA who lost her husband also, to an aggressive brain cancer just a couple years ago, they have 6 sweet children, a community of love and support..both of these women strengthen me in more ways than I could ever express…sending them a beautiful reminder that there is a spring even in times of sadness while bringing a smile to their hearts…..thank you for offering your talents and love …

  106. Kristin Jonec says:

    I plan to write to my dear friend Karyn. We have been friends for almost 40 years. I have not seen her in close 30 years, but we still keep in touch. Love your binders!

  107. Sandi King says:

    Hello Dori
    I have two email accounts and I only check one of them once a week or every two weeks and of course, my Mary Jane Bloggers are on that one, so I am a bit late. I love your idea for that binder, it is most precious, and worthy. In this time of instant technology, it is so rewarding to actually get a nice letter in the mail or a note that says “I’m thinking of you”. Much nicer to actually hold a piece of paper in your hand and remember the past when everyone wrote letters. I kept my mother’s letters to me over a 10 year period when we lived far apart and since she has passed away a few years back it is always nice to be able to reread them and think of her. I keep them in a 3 ring binder inside plastic sleeves the kind photos are put in to preserve them. Since I am unable to write to her now, I think I would write to my cousin who lives in Arizona or the one in California or both. I have started sending out birthday cards to all I have addresses for this year with a note inside. Thanks for this lovely blog and the idea for the binder. I wish I could sew one too.

  108. Janice says:

    Think I’ll write to my college roommate whom I’ve known for 57 years!

  109. Denise says:

    What a cool idea. I love to send cards to people & when they thank me for making their day brighter, then it makes me so happy I took the time to send that card! I make a lot of my cards so I really loved what you have done with your photography with your cards.

  110. Shari says:

    My friend Stephanie

  111. Marci Dodd says:

    The first person I would write to is my lovely daughter.

  112. Margaret King says:

    I love reading your blogs. This one, showing how to make greeting cards really made my heartstrings sing The first person I have already written to is my granddaughter in Divide, Colorado. Any time i wtite to her it is on a card I’ve painted for her with watercolors. Once she sent an acrylic picture she painted; another time, a photo of her first try at quilting by making a pillow cover. For a young girl with a wonderful husband, three beautiful daughters, two dogs and a cat, she is truly a farmgirl at heart. The card I sent her was my first try ever at cutting squares and sewing them to a blank card. It was so much fun that next I’m trying one of the others designed you showed. Simple pleasures. Thank you and God bless.

  113. winnie Jackson says:

    I love note cards! This is something I do in my life by sending people whom I care about by writing a note to put a smile on their face and joy i their heart.What a beautiful card set. Thank you for this offer! Blessings to all, Winnie Jackson :)

  114. Pamela Ann Frey says:

    What a wonderful blog! Finally reading it as you are preparing your new one. The design is beautiful and a great idea. I bought a comparable type at a school fair. It is a great organizer, but no where near as lovely as yours; awesome DIY gift! …………And all the
    responses it brought were wonderful. They touched my heart and reminded me that I am not alone during grief, health concerns and now COVID. There are so many people out there showing love. Snail mail is a great tradition to revive and Keep. Thanks for all the joy and inspiration you share with us. Pamela

  115. Susan E. Kindt says:

    The first person I am writing and sending something to is my school friend from many years ago. She was also a bridesmaid in my wedding. I have been married 58 years and have seen her only 2 times in all those years. We keep in touch monthly via email. So this Easter I made a Cup/Bowl Microwave Buddy, filled it with Easter grass and a chocolate bunny, a card with a hand written note. She has an invalid husband as I almost do as well. We share our stress, family happenings and health news. I miss sitting across from her – we both turned 80 in 2020. I do try and send cards to my friends with a note from me and I love receiving them as well. But I also love sewing and try to give away a lot of things that I make. I so enjoy reading your Blog.

  116. Linda Marie Hilburger says:

    I plan on writing to my beautiful granddaughter.

  117. SYLVIA Bengisoy says:

    I would write a letter to my friends (relatives of my ex) who live in the Bay Area and San Jose area. I have lost touch with them but still consider them my people!

  118. Cathy Garrett says:

    I would send a beautiful card to my Mother who is in assisted living and would love to receive a card in the mail. She was a gardener and was very good at it. Your beautiful floral cards would be perfect and would make her day!

  119. Amy says:

    I’m still thinking about goals, but things have shifted. It’s all about the house, and I think BF is on board. It’s time.

    BTW, I made that cake myself and wrote a blog post about it:

    I liked it. He wasn’t as enthusiastic. But just a week or so later, we had a big freeze in the South, and Valentine’s Day was postponed.

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