Etsy Treasury: Handwriting Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

It’s no surprise that the art of handwriting has been suffering a slow and steady decline over the last several decades. With computers taking over just about all aspects of our lives and making things über-fast, tapping away on a keyboard has become our default method of communication. Word processing, email, texting, smartphones and social media all make picking up a writing utensil and putting your thoughts down on a real piece paper a relatively alien idea. Many school districts across the US have even been phasing cursive writing out of their curricula.

Handwriting Day (which aptly falls on John Hancock’s birthday) reminds us of the beauty and elegance that can be found in this lost art. Calligraphy has been around for centuries, but I think it’s becoming more appreciated as a true art form now that people barely write anything at all anymore, let alone write anything beautifully. Common, everyday handwritten letters and notes are now a novelty to be reserved only for extra-special occasions, or as a way to stand out from today’s qwerty-obsessed crowd. Even grocery lists have joined the digital age—I’m a Virgo and obsessed with making lists, but I have to admit that even *I* have an app on my phone to help me keep track of which pantry items need to be restocked.

This treasury explores the variety of ways in which handwriting can be simply gorgeous and unique, and the tools that can be used to do things the old-fashioned way. Visit, favorite away, and perhaps write someone a personal note today. They’ll be touched by it. (Or perhaps they’ll think you’re a dinosaur!) Remember to visit my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

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Etsy Treasury: Tin Can Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Patented in the early 19th century, the humble tin can forever changed how we package and store food and other products, like oil, paint and fuel. Perishable food could be safely transported over greater distances with less fear of spoilage, eventually leading to the greater variety we enjoy on our grocery store shelves today. Tin Can Day celebrates this important invention that revolutionized the food and many other industries.

The sheer proliferation, utility and durability of the tin can has made it a favorite among thrifty crafters. I’ve seen all sorts of things made out of them, from pencil holders and vases to luminaries and lanterns. In putting this collection together, I was intrigued by the miniature furniture pieces common in what’s called “hobo art.” I’d never seen them before!

So if you open up a can today, whether it’s soup or cat food or paint, take a long look at the empty can and come up with something creative to upcycle it! Take a look at the items in this treasury for inspiration! Please have a look through some of my other Every Day is a Holiday Etsy treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

Newest Collection: The Wooden Keepsake Treasure Chests

Each of the hand-finished chests in this collection are now available in my Etsy Shop!