Welcome to the world of Smile and Bloom, a celebration of the beauty of friendship and the treasure of writing personal notes and letters.

Receiving a beautiful handwritten letter lightens the heart. If you're like me, I can't help but smile when I receive a special note from a friend. It is such an encouragement and a gift, which is the reason why I make handmade cards: to give others a beautifully written note in a specially made card that is worth keeping.

I hope that this site encourages you to take the privilege of writing more often, and to share the same joy with others.

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When I first read that quotation several years ago, I had to laugh! What is the first best thing we can do with our lips? Kiss, of course! It made me giggle about how cute this is.

Here are some other worthwhile quotations about smiling:

Before you put on a frown, my friend, make absolutely certain, there are no smiles available.

A smile is the universal welcome.

- Max Eastman

A laugh is a smile that bursts. 

-Mary Waldrip

A smile...

I love to read quotations about gratitude or thankfulness.  They are so eye-opening most of the time, pointing me to the fact that it is so easy to forget to be thankful.  It's so easy to fall into the trap of entitlement, which prevails our culture. Gratitude, like the quote above implies, is really a soul/heart-type-of-matter. 

It won't do us harm to take a moment and ask ourselves why we're not more grateful than we sho...

Why am I so drawn to flowers? They are always smiling and blooming, and I love making greetings cards full of flowery paper.

A rose does not scream, “Hey I am a rose, see me here!”

A rose is beautiful because of what it is, not because of its title.

In the same way, we are marvellous and talented even if we don’t have a certificate to prove it. It’s true, because the truth is, each one of us has a talent that we can hone and work...

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