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Coping with Grief / Coping with Grief : Litsa Williams

My dad had the most perfect penmanship. He attributed it to his Catholic school education: “The nuns beat it into me,” he would say. Whether he was writing with his left or right hand, his handwriting was better than most people’s. As the story went, he broke his right arm three times in a year and got no slack from the nuns. They smacked his left hand with a ruler until his handwriting looked just as nice with his left as it had with his right.

After my dad died, I found comfort in almost anything with his handwriting on it. One might think this had to do with what he wrote, and of course, sometimes it did. But more often it was just that he wrote it. A grocery list, a random phone message, whatever. Throwing away anything with his handwriting on it? Unthinkable. Well, unthinkable until it started to seem a little unrealistic to keep every scrap of paper around the house with his handwriting on it. At some point, things slowly had to go.

When my grandmother died several years later, I went through this all over again. She was my dad’s mom and, not only was her handwriting sentimental in and of itself, but it also reminded me a lot of my dad’s. As I cleaned out her house I knew I couldn’t keep everything, but there were some things I couldn’t part with – letters and recipes mostly.

Recently I have been thinking about ways to preserve handwriting of those we love and I have stumbled upon some really cool ideas. I figure I might not be the only one with some handwriting-nostalgia, so today I am compiling some of these ideas in case you are looking for ways to hold on to your loved one’s handwriting without having a room in your house piled high with every scrap of paper they ever wrote on. I have linked back to the source where possible, so click on the image to go to the site.

Handwriting Tattoos

I know more than a few grievers with one of these babies. A good tattoo artist will be able to replicate anything you bring in that your loved one wrote. It may be best to seek a tattoo artist who specializes in text to make sure you get something you are really happy with. There are a zillion examples, but here are a few:

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

Framing Recipes

This is from yours truly at WYG. My grandmother’s recipes had her beautiful handwriting and seemed a perfect decoration and memorial for my kitchen. You can always just throw the recipe itself in a frame, but if you click the image below there is a tutorial on how to blow the recipe up and frame it at a larger size.

How to display handwritten recipes
Create a Handwriting Scrapbook Page

Though this blog hasn’t been active for many years, The Good Grief Scrapbooking Blog provided 24 scrapbooking prompts to remember loved ones. They had a great handwriting prompt and some of the submissions are really cool.

How to display handwritten recipes

Handwriting Jewelry

If a tattoo seems a little too permanent, you can still wear your loved one’s handwriting in a more temporary way. There are TONS of jewelry makers who will take something your loved one wrote and turn it into a beautiful necklace, bracelet, keychain, etc. Etsy is a great place to start. A search for handwriting jewelry there brings up nearly 4,000 options, so I am guessing you’ll find something you like!

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Overlay Handwriting on a Photo

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

If you have a card, letter, or something else that is meaningful that your loved one wrote, you can use photoshop to impose the handwriting onto an image that you may also find meaningful (or just a nice image that you want to use!). If you have a little photoshop knowledge, this tutorial will help you get it done! If you don’t, you can order custom handwriting-photo overlays from this Etsy store .

Binding Letters into Books

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

This is such a neat idea. I am a disaster when it comes to crafty things, and this looks like it takes some skill, but for those of you who are more ambitious and talented than me, it could be a VERY cool memorial.

Framing Just About Anything with Handwriting

I love this look and it could be just about anything – grocery lists, postcards, letters, recipes, or anything else. This I saw on Pinterest (shocking, I know) and the link took me here, but I couldn’t actually find the image there. If anyone knows the original source, please comment to let me know!

How to display handwritten recipes

Obviously, this is another Pinterest find. I thought it was another cute option for hanging just about anything with handwriting on it. Plus you could mix in some photos, etc.

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

Recipes on Tea Towels? Yup!

How to display handwritten recipes

I love this idea! Erin of the Sometimes Homemade blog transferred her grandmother’s recipes onto tea towels. I guarantee this would be a train wreck if I tried it, but I feel certain some of you are talented enough to make this work. And if you do you better send us a photo!

Recipes on a Cutting Board? Yes again!

Will the creativity never cease? I am OBSESSED with this idea. Obsessed. I saw this one first on the Nutfield Geneology blog, but I have links to some Etsy sellers too. There are more if you search Etsy with a range of prices.

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

I’m sure there are many options to preserve handwriting that I have missed. Leave a comment to let us know, then subscribe to get our new posts right to your inbox!

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A family member’s famous “secret” recipe is deserving of its own recipe plate. If your relatives are like most, you probably have at least one piece of lined paper with a recipe written carefully in longhand. There might also be a few splotches, spills and scribbled notes.

How to display handwritten recipes

A RECIPE THAT’S BEEN HANDED DOWN

You’ve probably handed that piece of paper around for generations, and it may be starting to fall apart. Now, you can take that piece of paper and have it memorialized forever on a ceramic pie plate, quiche plate, platter, serving dish or casserole pan.

How to display handwritten recipes

MAKE THAT TATTERED PIECE OF PAPER LIVE FOREVER

Imagine seeing your grandmother’s handwriting permanently inscribed on a plate that you can use to bake a pie or hang on the wall. Think about handing that plate down to your own children and grandchildren.

You can also choose to permanently inscribe your wedding invitation or a special letter on a plate. Did your mother write an encouraging note to you that you’ve kept all these years? Immortalize it on a plate.

How to display handwritten recipes

TURN IT INTO A WORK OF ART

Prairie Hills Pottery is an Etsy shop that specializes in turning handwritten notes into objects of lasting, useful beauty. The lettering, invitations or other documents are etched in black paint on pure white plates. The look is simple and stunning.

A recipe plate can also work as a wall display.

How to display handwritten recipes

A RECIPE PLATE MAKES AN UNFORGETTABLE GIFT

They are amazing:

  • Wedding gifts.
  • Sympathy gifts.
  • Birthday presents.
  • Holiday gifts.

They come in your choice of size and shape.

How to display handwritten recipes

HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GORGEOUS RECIPE PLATE

Prairie Hills Pottery is an Etsy seller with five-star customer ratings and enthusiastic reviews. Get ready to turn your favorite family items into heirlooms that will be cherished forever.

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How to turn old recipe cards into memories and make wonderful bridal, Mother’s Day or Christmas gifts for your family.В If you like these projects, check out my DIY Kitchen Art project I created to hang in our kitchen.В

How to display handwritten recipes

I’m a very sentimental person and I love the idea of having a keepsake in my kitchen that I know my grandmother or a family member used.В I know you’re going to love this idea of turning old recipe cards into gifts as much as I do.

These ideas that I’m sharing with you today will make the perfect bridal shower gift for the new bride. Or perhaps you want to honor your mother or grandmother with a gift of their handwritten recipe for Mother’s Day or Christmas.

I know they will be loved by whomever you give them to.

Handwritten Recipe Gifts

This is a photo of recipes from my grandmother. I have two spiral little notebooks with her handwritten recipes.

How to display handwritten recipes

Recipe Cards as Kitchen Art

Here is a project I did that hangs on my kitchen wall. Those are my grandmother’s recipe cards that I framed with a photo of my grandmother and I from a long time ago.

I love this reminder that I see every day when I’m cooking in my kitchen.

You can find out more about this DIY Kitchen Art project HERE

How to display handwritten recipes

Recipe Cards as Aprons and Dish Towels

There are plenty of places on Etsy that will print your old recipe cards on dish towels, aprons and tea towels. Here are a few that I found that would make great gifts.В

How to Turn Old Recipe Cards into Memories

Here are a few ways to displayВ Old Family Recipe Cards.

Jessica Stacey George is a professional designer who creates her own sewing patterns. After her grandmother passed away, she inherited digitized files of all her grandmother’s handwritten recipes. She also scanned her own copies of her other grandmother’s recipes. Creating beautiful things is her forte, so George looked for a way to display the heirloom handwriting.

“I saw an article floating around on Pinterest where someone scanned recipes and printed them on dish towels,” she says. “I thought it was so cute! It was a tutorial for Spoonflower fabric, where you can print your own fabric designs.”

“I didn’t want to do a dishtowel because it would get dirty,” she continues. “So I designed my own fabric and wrapped it around a pre-stretched canvas.” George wanted to use vertical canvas panels, which limited the recipe images she could use, since most of them were horizontal. She found one vertically-oriented recipe from her grandma Stacey for cream cheese pie, shown in the center panel, and two from her grandma Christensen.

She gets the most comments from the recipe printed on a Zantac promotional pad. “My grandma was a nurse and was always writing on the prescription pads,” she explains. “I didn’t even think twice about it—that was so grandma! But I had to look up what Zantac was used for and make sure it was ok to put on the wall. (It’s for heartburn).”

The Zantac pad recipe also has another fun history element in it. “That homemade ice cream recipe was made when Tang just came out. It sounds really good—until you get to the Tang part. So I’ve never actually made it.”

Here’s a video tutorial from Spoonflower fabric showing how to reproduce handwritten recipes on tea towels. This is what inspired George to print the recipes on fabric:

Here’s another option for putting your heirloom recipes on hand towels, using fabric transfer sheets instead of custom-printed fabric:

George says it was worth the effort to create these unique panels. “We get so many compliments on them!” She also finds it sweet to have reminders of both her grandmothers on her dining room wall. Thanks to Jessica Stacey George, owner of Sweetbriar Sisters sewing patterns, for sharing this great idea with us!

Looking for more great heritage décor or family history-themed crafting ideas? Follow us on Pinterest! Check out our boards on Family History Crafts and Gifts and Heirloom Preservation.

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A family member’s famous “secret” recipe is deserving of its own recipe plate. If your relatives are like most, you probably have at least one piece of lined paper with a recipe written carefully in longhand. There might also be a few splotches, spills and scribbled notes.

How to display handwritten recipes

A RECIPE THAT’S BEEN HANDED DOWN

You’ve probably handed that piece of paper around for generations, and it may be starting to fall apart. Now, you can take that piece of paper and have it memorialized forever on a ceramic pie plate, quiche plate, platter, serving dish or casserole pan.

How to display handwritten recipes

MAKE THAT TATTERED PIECE OF PAPER LIVE FOREVER

Imagine seeing your grandmother’s handwriting permanently inscribed on a plate that you can use to bake a pie or hang on the wall. Think about handing that plate down to your own children and grandchildren.

You can also choose to permanently inscribe your wedding invitation or a special letter on a plate. Did your mother write an encouraging note to you that you’ve kept all these years? Immortalize it on a plate.

How to display handwritten recipes

TURN IT INTO A WORK OF ART

Prairie Hills Pottery is an Etsy shop that specializes in turning handwritten notes into objects of lasting, useful beauty. The lettering, invitations or other documents are etched in black paint on pure white plates. The look is simple and stunning.

A recipe plate can also work as a wall display.

How to display handwritten recipes

A RECIPE PLATE MAKES AN UNFORGETTABLE GIFT

They are amazing:

  • Wedding gifts.
  • Sympathy gifts.
  • Birthday presents.
  • Holiday gifts.

They come in your choice of size and shape.

How to display handwritten recipes

HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GORGEOUS RECIPE PLATE

Prairie Hills Pottery is an Etsy seller with five-star customer ratings and enthusiastic reviews. Get ready to turn your favorite family items into heirlooms that will be cherished forever.

Coping with Grief / Coping with Grief : Litsa Williams

My dad had the most perfect penmanship. He attributed it to his Catholic school education: “The nuns beat it into me,” he would say. Whether he was writing with his left or right hand, his handwriting was better than most people’s. As the story went, he broke his right arm three times in a year and got no slack from the nuns. They smacked his left hand with a ruler until his handwriting looked just as nice with his left as it had with his right.

After my dad died, I found comfort in almost anything with his handwriting on it. One might think this had to do with what he wrote, and of course, sometimes it did. But more often it was just that he wrote it. A grocery list, a random phone message, whatever. Throwing away anything with his handwriting on it? Unthinkable. Well, unthinkable until it started to seem a little unrealistic to keep every scrap of paper around the house with his handwriting on it. At some point, things slowly had to go.

When my grandmother died several years later, I went through this all over again. She was my dad’s mom and, not only was her handwriting sentimental in and of itself, but it also reminded me a lot of my dad’s. As I cleaned out her house I knew I couldn’t keep everything, but there were some things I couldn’t part with – letters and recipes mostly.

Recently I have been thinking about ways to preserve handwriting of those we love and I have stumbled upon some really cool ideas. I figure I might not be the only one with some handwriting-nostalgia, so today I am compiling some of these ideas in case you are looking for ways to hold on to your loved one’s handwriting without having a room in your house piled high with every scrap of paper they ever wrote on. I have linked back to the source where possible, so click on the image to go to the site.

Handwriting Tattoos

I know more than a few grievers with one of these babies. A good tattoo artist will be able to replicate anything you bring in that your loved one wrote. It may be best to seek a tattoo artist who specializes in text to make sure you get something you are really happy with. There are a zillion examples, but here are a few:

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

Framing Recipes

This is from yours truly at WYG. My grandmother’s recipes had her beautiful handwriting and seemed a perfect decoration and memorial for my kitchen. You can always just throw the recipe itself in a frame, but if you click the image below there is a tutorial on how to blow the recipe up and frame it at a larger size.

How to display handwritten recipes
Create a Handwriting Scrapbook Page

Though this blog hasn’t been active for many years, The Good Grief Scrapbooking Blog provided 24 scrapbooking prompts to remember loved ones. They had a great handwriting prompt and some of the submissions are really cool.

How to display handwritten recipes

Handwriting Jewelry

If a tattoo seems a little too permanent, you can still wear your loved one’s handwriting in a more temporary way. There are TONS of jewelry makers who will take something your loved one wrote and turn it into a beautiful necklace, bracelet, keychain, etc. Etsy is a great place to start. A search for handwriting jewelry there brings up nearly 4,000 options, so I am guessing you’ll find something you like!

How to display handwritten recipesHow to display handwritten recipesHow to display handwritten recipes
Overlay Handwriting on a Photo

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

If you have a card, letter, or something else that is meaningful that your loved one wrote, you can use photoshop to impose the handwriting onto an image that you may also find meaningful (or just a nice image that you want to use!). If you have a little photoshop knowledge, this tutorial will help you get it done! If you don’t, you can order custom handwriting-photo overlays from this Etsy store .

Binding Letters into Books

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

This is such a neat idea. I am a disaster when it comes to crafty things, and this looks like it takes some skill, but for those of you who are more ambitious and talented than me, it could be a VERY cool memorial.

Framing Just About Anything with Handwriting

I love this look and it could be just about anything – grocery lists, postcards, letters, recipes, or anything else. This I saw on Pinterest (shocking, I know) and the link took me here, but I couldn’t actually find the image there. If anyone knows the original source, please comment to let me know!

How to display handwritten recipes

Obviously, this is another Pinterest find. I thought it was another cute option for hanging just about anything with handwriting on it. Plus you could mix in some photos, etc.

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

Recipes on Tea Towels? Yup!

How to display handwritten recipes

I love this idea! Erin of the Sometimes Homemade blog transferred her grandmother’s recipes onto tea towels. I guarantee this would be a train wreck if I tried it, but I feel certain some of you are talented enough to make this work. And if you do you better send us a photo!

Recipes on a Cutting Board? Yes again!

Will the creativity never cease? I am OBSESSED with this idea. Obsessed. I saw this one first on the Nutfield Geneology blog, but I have links to some Etsy sellers too. There are more if you search Etsy with a range of prices.

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

How to display handwritten recipes

I’m sure there are many options to preserve handwriting that I have missed. Leave a comment to let us know, then subscribe to get our new posts right to your inbox!

Let’s be grief friends.

We post a new article to What’s Your Grief about once a week. Subscribe to stay up to date on all our posts.

Jessica Stacey George is a professional designer who creates her own sewing patterns. After her grandmother passed away, she inherited digitized files of all her grandmother’s handwritten recipes. She also scanned her own copies of her other grandmother’s recipes. Creating beautiful things is her forte, so George looked for a way to display the heirloom handwriting.

“I saw an article floating around on Pinterest where someone scanned recipes and printed them on dish towels,” she says. “I thought it was so cute! It was a tutorial for Spoonflower fabric, where you can print your own fabric designs.”

“I didn’t want to do a dishtowel because it would get dirty,” she continues. “So I designed my own fabric and wrapped it around a pre-stretched canvas.” George wanted to use vertical canvas panels, which limited the recipe images she could use, since most of them were horizontal. She found one vertically-oriented recipe from her grandma Stacey for cream cheese pie, shown in the center panel, and two from her grandma Christensen.

She gets the most comments from the recipe printed on a Zantac promotional pad. “My grandma was a nurse and was always writing on the prescription pads,” she explains. “I didn’t even think twice about it—that was so grandma! But I had to look up what Zantac was used for and make sure it was ok to put on the wall. (It’s for heartburn).”

The Zantac pad recipe also has another fun history element in it. “That homemade ice cream recipe was made when Tang just came out. It sounds really good—until you get to the Tang part. So I’ve never actually made it.”

Here’s a video tutorial from Spoonflower fabric showing how to reproduce handwritten recipes on tea towels. This is what inspired George to print the recipes on fabric:

Here’s another option for putting your heirloom recipes on hand towels, using fabric transfer sheets instead of custom-printed fabric:

George says it was worth the effort to create these unique panels. “We get so many compliments on them!” She also finds it sweet to have reminders of both her grandmothers on her dining room wall. Thanks to Jessica Stacey George, owner of Sweetbriar Sisters sewing patterns, for sharing this great idea with us!

Looking for more great heritage décor or family history-themed crafting ideas? Follow us on Pinterest! Check out our boards on Family History Crafts and Gifts and Heirloom Preservation.

Related Reads

FamilyTreeMagazine.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com and affiliated websites.

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